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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
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.
Attendees of Ann Bailey’s annual cookie party decorated their delicacies at the Baileys’ dining room table.

How a half-baked idea to host a Minnesota cookie exchange became a 30-year tradition

How a half-baked idea to host a cookie exchange became a 30-year tradition.
The owners of Pearl & the Thief in Stillwater are closing the restaurant and plan to reopen it in Minneapolis.

'Top Chef' contestant plans to move Stillwater restaurant to Minneapolis

Chef Justin Sutherland's Pearl & the Thief will close Dec. 31.
Bus Stop Brewhouse brought in two vintage buses.

Inspired by vintage Greyhound depots, Mpls. bus-themed restaurant to serve burgers, beer

Bus Stop Brewhouse has two vintage buses and an old trolley.
Manger Restaurant and Wine Bar opens Jan. 5.

Oysters and wine at new Bayport restaurant, opening in January

Everything gets kissed by woodfire in a centerpiece oven. There will be pizzas, roasted veggies from local farms, braised meats and at lunch, sandwiches.
St. Paul's Justin Sutherland is competing on "Top Chef."

Despite a corn catastrophe, St. Paul 'Top Chef' contestant stands out again

Justin Sutherland knows his way around a hoecake.
Witch’s Tower Pumpkin Pie from Surly Brewing Co.

Surly brews up something new for the holidays: boozy pies

Surly is selling three pies for the holidays that incorporate beer.
Mary Etta Litsheim

Mary Litsheim, FEMA mediator from Roseville, dies on deployment to California wildfires

The 74-year-old died Nov. 19 in a car crash while on her way to establish a disaster recovery center in Chico, Calif.
Pizza Karma has three tandoor ovens.

New pizza restaurant from famed Indian chef opens in Eden Prairie

The country's first tandoor clay-oven pizzeria is the newest addition to the Twin Cities' increasingly global suburban strip mall foodscape.
Inside Willards, a former 100-year-old department store in Cambridge.

Acclaimed chef brings 'The Perfect Burger' to new eatery in Cambridge

The site of Erick Harcey's newest restaurant is a 100-year-old department store in Cambridge.
The Penny Poutine Burger at Piggy Bank in Uptown Minneapolis.

Piggy Bank bringing burgers and vegan bar food to troubled Uptown Minneapolis address

In recent years, it's been home to Vietnamese, Mexican, Southern, pizza and a gay sports bar.
St. Paul chef Justin Sutherland has been cast on “Top Chef.”

St. Paul 'Top Chef' contestant shows his Minnesota pride in season premiere

Justin Sutherland from St. Paul's Handsome Hog is competing on the Bravo show.
The exterior of Gyst Fermentation Bar.

Eat Street's Gyst Fermentation Bar closed for regular service

One of Esquire's 'Best Bars is America' is now a classes and event space, plus has a new cheese and pickle cart.
The Meat Tornado, at Animales Barbeque Co.

Minneapolis BBQ trailer's 'meat tornado' is a storm of a sandwich

Served outside of a popular taproom, the 'meat tornado' is buckling with ribs, sausage, bacon and so much cheese.
St. Paul Tap's 'pinball alley' has a row of pinball games.

Wild Bill's owner opens new St. Paul arcade and bar

Play 17-foot Mario Kart and drink Slurp Juice.
Justin Sutherland.

'Top Chef' contestant expands his Twin Cities portfolio

Sutherland believes he's the first black chef in the Twin Cities to run a multi-restaurant group.
Bialys at Rose Street Patisserie in Minneapolis.

Hal-what? A guide to Jewish nosh in the Twin Cities

Bagels were never hard to come by. Now, Jewish food is trending in Minnesota, and it's more than matzo ball soup.
Esquire calls Hai Hai one of the best new restaurants of the year.

Minneapolis gets lots of love from Esquire's 'Best New Restaurants' list

Hai Hai, Grand Café and Martina get shout-outs in the magazine's annual list of top-notch dining rooms around the country.
The Local in downtown Minneapolis.

Irish pub favorite, the Local, expanding with hopes of opening 10 locations

St. Louis Park's Cooper will be rebranded the Local West End.
Victoria Burrow director of operations Jason Cooney throws an axe.

Have a beer, hurl a hatchet at new suburban ax-throwing bar

The catchphrase at Victoria Burrow is "Drinking and ax-throwing: What could go wrong?"
Andrew Zimmern.

Andrew Zimmern responds to accusations of 'cultural elitism' at his new Chinese restaurant

He's been taking heat from national media for his 'insulting' remarks about Chinese cuisine in America.
Bartender Dan Nispel poured a fresh pint at La Doña Cervecería in north Minneapolis.

New Minnesota breweries bring diversity: 'Beer is the ultimate cross-cultural thing'

The craft beer boom is starting to include people of color and women.
Thanksgiving cooking tutorials on YouTube are at an all-time high.

Googling how to cook for Thanksgiving? Minnesotans down with mashed potatoes

Minnesotans know how to cook, North Dakotans don't, and other observations from the video platform's Thanksgiving data.
Nadia Cakes, in Maple Grove and Woodbury, created a “twerkey” cake for the holiday season.

Minnesota bakery's sold-out 'twerkey' cake offends sex industry workers, owner says

The "twerkey" is the latest viral cake from Nadia Cakes.
Jack Link's is testing some wild new jerky flavors.

Jerky goes berserky with cola, mocha flavors at Jack Link's new Mpls. test kitchen

The company's downtown Minneapolis store sells the experimental flavors deli-style.
Chef Andrew Zimmern at Lucky Cricket restaurant.

Andrew Zimmern's new restaurant, Lucky Cricket, now open in St. Louis Park

The TV-star chef's Chinese restaurant is at the West End.
‘Snowball Old Fashioned’ is a cocktail at Miracle at Lawless.

Drink cocktails with Santa in a winter wonderland at Minneapolis' Lawless Distilling

The monthlong transformation is like a holiday office party on steroids.
The entrance of Revolution Hall at Rosedale Mall.

Now open: Rosedale's new food hall serves chicken-and-waffle sandwich, 'piecaken'

The 11 restaurants come straight out of a social media meme.
From left, Travail co-owners Bob Gerken, James Winberg and Mike Brown.

Travail bringing its over-the-top restaurant to Minneapolis, temporarily

The Robbinsdale restaurant takes up residency on Hennepin Avenue S. while constructing a new space.
Marco Zappia was named to Forbes' 30 Under 30 list.

Minneapolis cocktail connoisseur named to Forbes 30 Under 30

He put fermented cocktails on the map.
The taps at the Indeed taproom in northeast Minneapolis.

Minneapolis' Indeed Brewing opening taproom and brewery in Milwaukee

It's a long way from where the Minnesota brewery began six years ago.
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