Food & Drink

 Bill Miller, Dan Niesen, Gina Holman, and Matt Miller of J. Carver Distillery in Waconia.

It took some imagination to look at an old Pontiac dealership and see a liquor distillery, but thankfully the group behind Waconia’s new J. Carver Distillery is not lacking in creative thought.

Every September, we look forward to watching the U.S. Open tennis championships. This year’s tournament runs from August 25 to September 8. Grey Goose Vodka has been a sponsor of the U.S. Open for the past seven years, and attendees go crazy for the Grey Goose Honey Deuce cocktail.

Everyone knows that kids are picky eaters. Eating out with the wee ones can be tough on the nerves and on the wallet, especially when the food isn’t, er, appreciated. On the flip side, kids make joyful, funny dining companions and who wants to shell out for a babysitter?

Savor the remaining days of summer with this refreshing mix of lime juice, gin, mint and ginger beer. A splash of St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur adds extra character to this cocktail.

Summer Mule

Beautiful Ruins
by Jess Walter
Recommended by Laura Carlson

With three vineyards and wineries, Waconia is becoming a destination for
local wine, but there’s more brewing in town. Schram Vineyards Winery &
Brewery ( started brewing small batches of beer and serving

Looking for a place to chill out with your dog? We found four local patios where your pup won’t be turned away.

The craft beer craze that hit Minnesota a few years ago finally made its way to the southwest metro about a year ago when Enki Brewing opened its doors in Victoria.

 “Burger” can mean so much more than just a beef patty on a bun; burgers can get as wild as they are familiar.
Beet salad

If I was a better person, I would've written this post about a year ago.