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Sharyn Jackson

Reporter | Food and drink
Phone: 612-673-4853

Sharyn Jackson is a features reporter covering the Twin Cities' vibrant food and drink scene.


A New Jersey native, Jackson moved to Minneapolis in 2014, when she joined the Star Tribune as a general assignment features writer. She was previously a news reporter for USA Today and the Des Moines Register, and an arts writer and editor at the Village Voice in New York City. She earned a Master of Science from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Jackson is a leader of the Minnesota chapter of NLGJA - the Association of LGBTQ Journalists. She has won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, and is a Livingston Award finalist.
Recent content from Sharyn Jackson
Handsome Hog chef and 'Top Chef' contestant Justin Sutherland was named Oustanding Chef at the 2019 Charlie Awards.

'Top Chef' contestant opening first Minneapolis restaurant at new Moxy hotel

The hotel and residences are expected to open by the end of June, and the corner whiskey-and-oyster bar will follow later this summer.
Five Watt Coffee at Keg and Case Market in St. Paul

Five Watt expands its coffee empire with another south Minneapolis location

It's the fourth Five Watt Coffee to open in the Twin Cities.
A seder table features candles, several bottles of wine, baskets of matzah, haggadot and the seder plate.

An aunt's seder plate lives on at the Passover seder for her niece

The symbolic seder plate connects generations around the Passover table.
Ike's in the mall area at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport.

Big changes in MSP Airport food scene: Ike's departs, Hi-Lo Diner arrives

More culinary changes in sight at MSP airport.
Castle Danger owners Clint MacFarlane, Jamie MacFarlane, Mandy Larson and Lon Larson celebrated their beer bracket win in 2018.

Meet Minnesota's (still) favorite brewery, Castle Danger

Here's how the North Shore brewery cinched its second win.
The beer at Brew Hall at Allianz Field.

Sizing up the food and drink at Allianz Field: Lots of beer and global cuisine

Global flavors reflect St. Paul neighborhood, soccer fan base.
Here's your 2019 Ultimate Minnesota Beer Bracket champion

Here's your 2019 Ultimate Minnesota Beer Bracket champion

Which North Shore brewery was voted Top Brew?
Exterior of the Loon Cafe in downtown Minneapolis.

After 37 years, downtown Minneapolis' Loon Cafe opening second location in St. Paul

Opening in May, it takes over the former Great Waters Brewing Company.
The Napoli pizza at Giulia in the Emery

Now open: pizza, pasta and Spyhouse coffee in downtown Minneapolis hotel

Chef Steven Brown is attached to the northern Italian restaurant Giulia, in the former Hotel Minneapolis.
Scallops are served in seashells at Travail’s Homage pop-up.

Remember 1990s fine dining? Travail pop-up wants to take you back

The experience comes complete with a '90s soundtrack.
North Shore showdown: Castle Danger meets Bent Paddle in Minnesota Beer Bracket final

North Shore showdown: Castle Danger meets Bent Paddle in Minnesota Beer Bracket final

The No. 1 and No. 2 seeds held their ground, sending them to the championship.
The Naked Dani at Colita is a margarita-type of drink with salt bubbles -- the perfect nesting spot for a rubber duck.

These 3 Twin Cities cocktails are so refreshing, they're almost like vacation

A crucial category of classic cocktailing, sours' ingredients are simple: spirit, sugar and, importantly, citrus.
Freddie Manton, host and heart of Brit's Pub in Minneapolis, was 'lovable rogue'

Freddie Manton, host and heart of Brit's Pub in Minneapolis, was 'lovable rogue'

Often when a customer headed to the exit of Brit’s Pub, the downtown Minneapolis British watering hole, Freddie Manton would stop them at the door…
The Ultimate Minnesota Beer Bracket 2019: Round 3.

It's a North Shore-Twin Cities clash in Minnesota Beer Bracket's Foamy Four

Schell's, the one-time champ went down in the Ale-ite Eight.
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Target Field's new foods: Chicken-and-waffle cone and a 24-inch chili dog

Here's everything new you can eat at the Twins home opener this Thursday.
Chef and managing partner Justin Sutherland (left) and bar director Gus Gonzalez at Ox Cart Arcade in St. Paul.

'Top Chef' contestant transforms Lowertown restaurant into '90s-themed arcade

There are 'Saved by the Bell' bathrooms at Ox Cart Arcade, opening Thursday.
The Minnesota Beer Bracket is heating up this round.

Will North Shore sink Twin Cities? Big matchups ahead in Beer Bracket's Ale-ite Eight

Minnesota breweries square off in the latest round of the Ultimate Minnesota Beer Bracket.
A New York-made Juicy Lucy at a Texas-style barbecue restaurant opening in Staten Island.

NYC restaurant will serve Minneapolis' Juicy Lucy: 'We stole your hamburger'

A layover visit to Matt's Bar inspired a Staten Island restaurateur.
The opening round of the Minnesota Beer Bracket is set.

Meet the 16 breweries that made it into the Ultimate Minnesota Beer Bracket

NOTE: Voting is now closed for the Sudsy Sixteen. Voting for the Ultimate Minnesota Beer Bracket's Ale-ite Eight will begin Monday, March 25, at
The pho challenge at iPho by Saigon, in St. Paul.

6 new Twin Cities restaurants to know about — and some closings

Spring is around the corner, and so are new restaurants, pop-ups and franchises that wisely waited for the thaw before opening their doors.
The Local in Minneapolis.

13 Twin Cities Irish pubs for your St. Patrick's Day celebration

You don't need to be Irish to join in the fun at this weekend's festivities.
From hot dogs to hotdish: The famous eating contest gets a Minnesota spin.

New Minnesota eating contest: How much hot dish can you scarf in 8 minutes?

They're going to need a lot of cream of mushroom soup.
A new restaurant will open in the former Heyday space.

Pizza and beer restaurant coming to former Heyday spot in Lyn-Lake

The address will flip from four-star restaurant to a "big beer jukebox" with woodfire pizza.
Castle Danger Brewery owners, from left, Clint MacFarlane, Jamie MacFarlane, Mandy Larson and Lon Larson hoisted the trophy after their surprise victo

How Castle Danger nabbed the crown in last year's Ultimate Minnesota Beer Bracket

In a North Shore vs. Twin Cities faceoff, Castle Danger Brewery prevailed.
Forepaugh's shown in a file photo. The restaurant opened in 1976.

After decades in historic St. Paul mansion, Forepaugh's restaurant closes

The restaurant recently mourned the loss of its head chef.
Are Minnesotans over the bacon trend? Bacon Social House thinks not.

Bacon-centric restaurant coming to downtown Minneapolis hotel and development

Breakfast meat takes a starring role on the menu at Bacon Social House.
Federal Galley in Pittsburgh. Galley Group is bringing its food hall concept to Minneapolis summer 2019.

New North Loop food hall will launch 4 micro-restaurants by rising chefs

A Pittsburgh-based food hall concept modeled on the tech industry gives Twin Cities chefs a chance.
Fairgrounds' light-filled, Instagram-ready space in the North Loop.

7 new Twin Cities coffee shops as eye-catching as they are caffeinated

New Twin Cities cafes are creating stunning spaces to sip an artisanal latté.
Rare books and manuscripts from the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine at the U of M feature historic food and drink recipes.

Try the 'plague water': Twin Cities distillers are finding new drinks in historic recipes

Twin Cities mix masters are reintroducing antique liquors to offer a fresh taste of the past.

Young Joni, Rustic Inn sidelined by fires

Editor's note: After this story was published, Young Joni reopened. Acclaimed northeast Minneapolis restaurant Young Joni is closed while it assesses damage from a…
Copper Cow’s deep-fried burger.

Deep-fried burger at new Minnetonka restaurant is like eating at fair year-round

Even the bun gets the tempura-battered treatment at the new Copper Cow Bar & Kitchen.
Justin Sutherland on 'Top Chef'

After a standout run, St. Paul 'Top Chef' contestant is sent home

While he waved the flag of the North Star State, Justin Sutherland found his minor mistakes got him ousted from the cooking competition.
Meat that was up for raffle sat waiting to be claimed. ] COURTNEY DEUTZ • courtney.deutz@startribune.com on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 at V.F.W. Post 494

The meat raffle: Everything you need to know about our weirdest bar game

A how-to guide for playing — and winning — at a great Minnesota tradition.
Tattersall Distilling in Minneapolis.

Minnesota distillers win big in national craft spirits competition

Minnesota rum and brandy are leaders in their fields.
File photo (2001): D’Amico & Sons on Grand Avenue is closing.

D'Amico & Sons closing Grand Avenue location after two decades

Its other Twin Cities locations will remain open.
Chef Scott Pampuch at 4 Bells

Chef Scott Pampuch takes over the kitchen at Loring Park's 4 Bells

And he's bringing back the fried chicken.
J.D. Fratzke photographed at his previous post as executive chef at Bar Brigade.

Chef behind Strip Club Meat & Fish opening destination supper club in Cannon Falls

J.D. Fratzke was a star in St. Paul for his cooking at the Strip Club and Bar Brigade. Now he's bringing his talents to a "rural highway supper club."
Bark and the Bite’s new home in St. Paul

After fire destroys business, BBQ counter to become full-scale St. Paul restaurant

Bark and the Bite takes over the former Heirloom in St. Paul.
An increasing number of Minnesota companies are quenching drinkers’ thirst for unusual beverages with alcoholic and nonalcoholic elixirs.

7 Minnesota-made beverages may change the way you drink

Move over, beer and wine. Our state is flowing with alcoholic and nonalcoholic drink alternatives.
Lift Bridge Brewery in Stillwater now makes hard seltzer.

Minnesota craft breweries make a splash with hard seltzer

The spiked sparkling water is trending here and everywhere.
Kyle Bell and his 3-year-old daughter Stormy.

Kyle Bell, chef at Forepaugh's, dies at 32 after battling flu

St. Paul restaurant Forepaugh’s is reeling from the sudden loss of its executive chef, Kyle Bell, who died Feb. 1 at the age of…
The #503, Pho Trap Cam (or the “Combo Pho”) from Quang Restaurant, located at 2719 Nicollet Av. It contains fresh sliced beef, meat balls, tripe,

Quang in Minneapolis undergoes major update

When Quang, the acclaimed pho-and-more restaurant, opened with just four tables on Minneapolis' Nicollet Avenue 30 years ago, there wasn't such a thing as "Eat…
The #503, Pho Trap Cam (or the "Combo Pho") from Quang Restaurant.

Beloved Minneapolis Vietnamese restaurant Quang closes for renovations

It will reopen Sunday and continue renovations till summer.
The Local West End

Irish pub the Local opening Wednesday at the West End

Yes, the Vincent Burger lives on.
Those candles lighting up the lounge at P.S. Steak? They might be made of beef fat.

How Twin Cities restaurants fight food waste

Wandering Kitchen/Barkley’s Bistro Jamie Compton runs Wandering Kitchen, a catering company that also makes meals to go, with her husband, chef Colin Murray. Using scraps…
Fig and Farro’s Joshua Hockstatter fixed a “forgotten foods” special — deep-fried vegetable scraps.

Bagel beer, ugly vegetables, 'forgotten foods': Twin Cities restaurants combat food waste

More kitchens are coming up with creative ways to transform garbage into gourmet in an effort to minimize the environmental and economic damage.
Justin Sutherland's 'Purple Rain' dish on 'Top Chef' consists of New York Strip with braised red cabbage, beet potato dumpling and purple pearl onion.

St. Paul 'Top Chef' contestant makes a Prince-inspired dish and it's purple

Once again, Justin Sutherland brings his home-state pride to TV.
Chef Shack co-owners and chefs Lisa Carlson and Carrie Summer.

Minneapolis food truck trailblazers selling Chef Shack restaurant and trucks

Chef Shack put mini doughnuts on the map.
Handsome Hog chef Justin Sutherland was named Outstanding Chef at the 2019 Charlie Awards.

And the winners of the Charlie Awards are ...

The Charlie Awards recognize the Twin Cities' best in the local food and drink industry.
Pig Ate My Pizza in Robbinsdale is offering a BOGO deal.

Twin Cities restaurants offering freebies and cold-weather specials

Get through the polar vortex with these deals.
The deep-fried burger at Copper Cow in Minnetonka.

Doughnut burger and boozy shakes now available at former Minnetonka DQ

The new Copper Cow is the 'brother' restaurant of Eat Street's Copper Hen.
Winners congregate on stage at the 2019 Charlie Awards.

Hai Hai and 'Top Chef' contestant win big at Twin Cities Charlie Awards

Best restaurant went to Minneapolis' Hai Hai and St. Paul's Justin Sutherland took home best chef.
Justin Sutherland stands behind the wheel on a Kentucky houseboat on ‘Top Chef.’

Latest 'Top Chef' episode reveals Minnesota contestant loves the lake life

Handsome Hog chef Justin Sutherland knows how to throw a boat party.
Not That Olson Twin is a cocktail that pays homage to former La Belle Vie bartender Jon Olson at the new P.S. Steak lounge.

New lounge in old La Belle Vie spot pays homage to top bartenders of the Twin Cities

The famous lamb burgers are back, too.
Tater Tot Hotdish.

Sample fancy hot dish at St. Paul Winter Carnival Fancy Hot Dish Competition

Hot dish goes highbrow this weekend when chefs from six St. Paul restaurants compete in the Winter Carnival Fancy Hot Dish Competition at the…
A Mucci's doughnut covered in Fruity Pebbles cereal.

Fans line up in cold to get Mucci's doughnuts before they are discontinued

The St. Paul Italian restaurant ends its beloved doughnut service this weekend.
Keg & Case Market in St. Paul

St. Paul food hall voted best in America

Keg & Case Market tops USA Today's 10Best list.
Jon Hovland ate an egg noodle and wonton soup at Pad Ga Pow in the Minneapolis skyway as part of his January of Dumplings challenge.

Mounds View man discovers inner foodie with monthlong Instagram dining challenges

Software engineer chronicles meals at Twin Cities restaurants for November of Noodles, Desserts of December, January of Dumplings and more.
Justin Sutherland, left, laughed with fellow “Top Chef” contestant Brian Young, who came to St. Paul to help Sutherland host a six-course meal.

Watching 'Top Chef' with two of the contestants at Handsome Hog

Handsome Hog chef Justin Sutherland is cultivating a crowd of followers during his "Top Chef" run.
Portage Brewing Company in Walker was destroyed by fire on Jan. 6, 2019.

Fire destroys northern Minnesota craft brewery

The owners of Portage Brewing Company plan to rebuild.
Lift Bridge Brewery in Stillwater now makes hard seltzer.

Hard seltzer craze comes to Minnesota with Lift Bridge launch

The Stillwater brewer is the largest in the state to offer the spiked beverage.
Hasty Tasty’s food was centered around a wood-fired rotisserie and custom-made smoker.

Lyn-Lake corner restaurant Hasty Tasty taking 'extended break'

The smoked meat and cocktail spot was open just a year.
Justin Sutherland competes on 'Top Chef.'

Where to see Minnesota's 'Top Chef' contestant this week

Justin Sutherland is butchering, smoking and taking over kitchens across the Twin Cities.
Ben Frazzini of Wayzata shoots out of a sand trap while playing in the Tri-State invitational at Edinburgh USA Golf course.

Brooklyn Park golf course restaurant closed, will become a D'Amico bistro

The Brooklyn will replace Girvan Grille at Edinburgh USA.
Beer was poured at the Urban Growler Brewing taproom Saturday night.

Four Twin Cities beer events to get you through January

It's a fun month for craft beer.
Long-awaited downtown Minneapolis restaurant reopens in Target headquarters

Long-awaited downtown Minneapolis restaurant reopens in Target headquarters

Minneapolis has had to live without the formerly meatball-centric restaurant far longer than expected. Until now.
MN Hmong Hotdish at Union Kitchen

Curry hotdish on menu at new Hmong food trailer in northeast Minneapolis

The trailer parked outside Sociable Cider Werks in northeast Minneapolis will serve Minnesota takes on Hmong cuisine.
Justin Sutherland on "Top Chef."

Can St. Paul's 'Top Chef' contestant survive the pressure cooker of Restaurant Wars?

Things get a little too hot in the kitchen on this week's episode.
Nico’s Taco & Tequila Bar.

St. Paul's Muffuletta space gets new life from Uptown taco, margarita bar

Minneapolis' Nico's Tacos expands to the St. Anthony Park neighborhood.
The Pollinator, a vodka cocktail at Royal Foundry Craft Spirits in Minneapolis. The new distillery is British-inspired, with Union Jack flags and red

British booze comes to Minneapolis

There's even a red telephone booth and cycle speedway.
Kids Baking Championship, Season 6 contestants include Paige Goehner, 11, Blaine (front left) and Meadow Roberts, 10, Minneapolis (front center).

Two Minnesota kids will bake on Food Network competition

They're the latest locals to land on a national cooking competition.
Justin Sutherland competes on ‘Top Chef’ ORG XMIT: Season:16

Is Minnesota's 'Top Chef' contestant getting too confident in Restaurant Wars challenge?

Justin Sutherland loses his cool in this cliffhanger episode.
New whiskey emporium Dalton & Wade is now open in North Loop. (Photo credit: Dalton & Wade)

North Loop 'country' restaurant with 200 whiskeys is closing

Dalton & Wade is closing. A group of five friends (three of them brothers) opened the North Loop “country-style” restaurant in July 2017 and…
A mix of cheese, bread, olives, nuts and dried fruit and edible flowers from Gazta & Enhancements.

Headed to a New Year's party? How to make a stunning cheese plate

Twin Cities cheesemongers offer tips to help you make a picture-perfect cheese plate.
The Pollinator, a vodka cocktail at Royal Foundry Craft Spirits in Minneapolis

New British-inspired distillery brings single-malt and cycling to Minneapolis

The skittles lanes are among the very British touches in the new cocktail room, event space and distillery in Minneapolis.
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