A reason to celebrate

Since 1969, Taste has stepped into the kitchens of home cooks, chefs and farmers and brought back the good news to readers: We’ll be your guide to eating well.

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Fondue was all the rage in the 1970s, as were low tables.

Decades in the making: 50 years of the Star Tribune's Taste section

From meat boycotts to recessions, low-fat diets to farmers markets and restaurants, our mealtime choices — and options — tell a story.
A timeline of Taste throughout the years shows how we ate ⁠— and how we lived.

A timeline of Taste throughout the years shows how we ate ⁠— and how we lived.

October 10
Year by year, page by page, Taste offered a snapshot of our lives.
Look back on 18 years of playful, artist-designed Taste covers

Look back on 18 years of playful, artist-designed Taste covers

October 10
Poster covers — some beautiful, some weird, some funny and all imaginative — were a Taste signature feature for nearly two decades.

Who created wild rice soup?

April 20
Here's the culinary story behind Minnesota's beloved unofficial state dish.

How to make the best Minnesota wild rice soup with these easy tips

February 14
The now-classic soup first appeared in the Star Tribune's Taste section four decades ago.

Here is the best recipe for Minnesota's state muffin

August 1
Grade school students paved the way for the state's official muffin more than three decades ago.

An updated monkey bread offers a caramel delight for brunch

April 12
Yes, it's easy to monkey around with bread dough, even the frozen prepared variety. And your brunch guests will thank you.

50 years of Bundt cake recipes, from the wacky to the divine

March 28
For the past 50 years, Taste has featured cake recipes that take full advantage of one of the state's leading culinary exports.
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October 10
The pressure was on to impress “world-class foodie” Paula Wolfert when she visited the Twin Cities in 1988.

This word didn't appear in Taste pages until 1988.

This word didn't appear in Taste pages until 1988.
Recipes
October 10
Charlie’s Cafe Exceptionale owner Louise Saunders in the kitchen with executive chef George Lisovkis in 1976.

Recipe: Charlie's Cafe Exceptionale Potato Salad

Charlie’s Cafe Exceptionale Potato Salad Serves 8. Note: This recipe, published in the Taste column “Requests” in 1975, is identical to a version that the…
Taste
October 10
In the kitchen at Charlie’s Cafe Exceptionale in Minneapolis with executive chef George Lisovskis and owner Louise Saunders in 1976.

The potato salad recipe that had the Twin Cities talking a while back

Famed Charlie's Cafe Exceptionale took great pains to get its important recipe right.
Eat & Drink
October 10
Al's Breakfast in Minneapolis.

25 Twin Cities restaurants that are 50 and older

From Al's Breakfast to Jax Cafe, these beloved local restaurants have stood the test of time.
Eat & Drink
October 10
The Carousel restaurant offered 360-degree views of St. Paul from the 22nd floor.

12 unforgettable Twin Cities restaurant settings from the past

Sometimes it's a restaurant's looks that stick in our minds. Here are a dozen designs of now-closed restaurants that formed lasting impressions over the past 50 years.
Eat & Drink
October 10
Tejas, in downtown Minneapolis, in 1987.

20 extinct Twin Cities restaurants that we still miss

Aquavit. Cafe Brenda. Charlie's Cafe Exceptionale. La Belle Vie. New French Cafe. The Nankin. The Lincoln Del.
Taste
October 10
Raisa Gorbachev, the wife of the last Soviet leader, Mikhail S. Gorbachev, visits the Karen and Steve Watson family at their south Minneapolis home du

Remembering when the Soviet Union dropped by Minnesota for tea

The dining room was filled with TV cameras and the whole world was watching as a Minneapolis family served as host.
Taste
October 10

Cookbooks for the shelf (and kitchen)

Taste has had four cookbooks to its name. (These should not be confused with the yearly collections of cooking-contest recipes from 1977 to 1987 from…
Taste
October 10
A tomato and zucchini casserole in New York, June 2017. A potluck host is like a choreographer whose role is to create a dance rather than a mosh pit,

Overflowing tables and fake ice cream: How food styling has changed in the last 50 years

Food styl­ing re­flects the de­cades, just like any oth­er trend.
Taste
October 10
Gavin Kaysen is named Best Chef Midwest at James Beard awards. Chef/owner of Spoon and Stable and Bellecour won at the “Oscars of the food world.”

Taste: An award-winning section

Taste
October 10
In 1988, the Bake-Off competition, held in San Diego, was expanded to include cooking, not just baking.

For 70 years, the Pillsbury Bake-Off has changed how we cook

The annual cooking contest has not only reflected food trends, but created them.
Taste
October 10
Help us celebrate!

Help us celebrate!

Break out the party hats and light up the birthday candles. Yes, indeed, the Taste section is 50 — and we’ve never looked better. So…
Taste
October 10

Shortcuts with Jacques Pépin

What makes a good dish? Not necessarily the use of homemade ingredients.
Taste
October 10
'Very impressed': Recalling James Beard's historic visit to Minneapolis

'Very impressed': Recalling James Beard's historic visit to Minneapolis

A store opening brought James Beard and others to the Twin Cities to bask in the adoration of cooks.
Taste
October 10
Julia Child on the set of her cooking show “The French Chef,” which ran on public television from 1963 to 1973.

In 1995, a visit from Julia Child enthralled the Twin Cities

She thrilled the crowd at Dayton's, who came to meet their TV hero of the kitchen.
Taste
October 10
Recipes from the Magic Pan were often requested. Bill Wagner cooked crêpes at the Minneapolis location of the popular chain.

5 of the most reader-requested recipes from beloved Twin Cities restaurants

Tracking down restaurant secrets was a Taste staple for more than three decades.
Taste
October 10

Taste goes to the movies

What better way to celebrate 50 years of food, glorious food, than in a movie theater experience, highlighting favorites where food is integral to the…
Taste
October 10
1969-Boys cooking class at Kennedy High School. Mrs. Shroyer checks crepes made by Wesley Lund and Tom Stone. For Taste 40

The origins of Taste, a trailblazer of newspaper food sections

Minneapolis Star editors weren't sure there was an audience for a food section. They gave it a shot anyway.
Taste
October 10
Look at all those supermarket ads

Look at all those supermarket ads

The combo of grocery ads, recipes and a poster cover kept readers coming back for more.
Taste
October 10
How much grocery prices have changed over the last 50 years

How much grocery prices have changed over the last 50 years

The rate at which prices have gone up over the last 50 years varies significantly from product to product.

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