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Nicole Hvidsten

Taste Editor | Newsroom
Phone: 612-673-7563

Nicole Ploumen Hvidsten is the Star Tribune's Taste editor and senior editor of Star Tribune Magazine. In past journalistic lives she was a reporter, copy editor and designer — sometimes all at once — and has yet to find a cookbook she doesn't like.


Hvidsten grew up in Minnesota and knew that journalism was her calling way back in middle school, when the Star Tribune published two of her essays. She graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a degree in mass communications and a love for all things journalism and politics. Hvidsten worked at newspapers across the country for several years before finally returning to where it all started. She and her husband are proud parents of three amazing kids and one amazing dog.
Recent content from Nicole Hvidsten
An Oklahoma-style cheeseburger from Dream Creamery, a new ice cream parlor in northeast Minneapolis.

Travail Collective quietly opens ice cream and burger shop in northeast Mpls.

Plus there's a kickoff for the State Fair, Thai New Year celebrations and more.
It won’t be long before farmers markets are lined with fresh produce.

As the growing season slowly starts, look to Twin Cities area farmers markets

With nearly 70 markets, try to mix things up to support farmers and makers across the metro.
A menu sampling of Revival Smoked Meats, which opens May 14.

Restaurant news: Revival Smoked Meats opens this week in Minneapolis

Plus 6 other restaurant openings you should know about.
Bent Paddle Brewing Co. won big at the World Beer Cup awards.

5 Minnesota breweries are among the best in the world

Regional beers won three gold and three bronze medals at the World Beer Cup.
Potato Mozza at CrunCheese Korean Hot Dog.

The 5 best things we ate in the Twin Cities area this week

Taste team members share the highlights of their weekly dining experiences.
The Memorial Day grill kit from GK at Home features a smoked rib-eye.

Grill kits, visiting chefs and river cruises: Book your summer fun now

If you're seeking culinary adventures, it pays to plan ahead.
Satisfy mom’s sweet tooth with a Skillet Brownie Cookie from America’s Test Kitchen’s “The Complete Cookbook for Teen Chefs.”

Getting kids comfortable in the kitchen is the best Mother's Day gift of all

Three recipes that young chefs can make with just a little help from an adult.
Sunshine-colored rice porridge with an array of mix-ins at the new Kalsada in St. Paul.

Restaurant roll call: The latest openings and closings in the Twin Cities

What's open, what's closed and what's still to come in the Twin Cities and beyond.
Sunshine-colored rice porridge with an array of mix-ins at the new Kalsada in St. Paul.

The 5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities area this week

The Taste team shares the highlights of weekly dining experiences.
Meal kits from Red Rabbit and Red Cow can take the work out of planning Mother’s Day brunch.

Take and bake or dining in, 21 ideas for Mother's Day brunch in the Twin Cities

Let local restaurants step in for Mother's Day, with dine-in or take-and-bake options.
Ring in spring with a sparkling wine tasting at the Rand Tower Hotel’s fifth-floor Garden Room.

5 things to put on your Twin Cities culinary calendar

From sipping bubbles and planting trees to Cinco de Mayo and supporting Ukraine, there's something for all tastes.
A breakfast sandwich made better by a brissant and a hefty dose of Panda Crunch.

The 5 best things we ate in the Twin Cities area this week

Our food writers share the highlights of their weekly dining experiences.
Customers wait to shop at the Seward Community Co-op in Minneapolis at the start of the pandemic.

4 upcoming Twin Cities area food events for your culinary calendar

From cooking classes to a pizza party, it's not difficult to find something to do.
Saint Dinette chef Adam Lerner is crossing the river to help lead chef Ann Kim’s restaurant group.

Longtime Saint Dinette chef will help lead Ann Kim's Minneapolis restaurants

In other restaurant news, Dumpling in Minneapolis is closing and new chefs and downtown restaurants.
The popular pop-up sandwich shop Marty’s Deli is getting a permanent location.

7 restaurant openings or reopenings to watch in the Twin Cities metro area

From salads and sandwiches to Burnt Chicken and Filipino food, there's a lot happening in the dining scene.
Six Blue Plate Restaurant Group locations will offer both the sweet and savory side of brunch.

23 Twin Cities area restaurants offering take-and-bake Easter dinners

Take a holiday off and let local chefs do the cooking for you.
Get your vegetables in with a Broccoli Cheddar Tart.

Spring into brunch season with these 8 recipes for a range of palates

From salads to egg bakes, brunch can be as varied as a cook wants it to be. Just don't forget dessert.
Ground sumac packs a lemony punch.

Sumac has deep roots in Minnesota

Use it to flavor everything from lamb to lemonade.
Murray’s might be famous for steaks, but its raspberry pie is vying for the spotlight.

The 5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities area this week

Our food writers share the highlights of their weekly dining experiences.
Embrace the Instant Pot for mealtime relief.

Turn to the Instant Pot to help take the pressure off of mealtime planning

Once you get the courage to take it out of the box, the multicooker can be a cook's best friend.
Chef Yia Vang will be behind the bar at the Hewing Hotel and part of a prix-fixe dinner at Steady Pour.

6 upcoming Twin Cities food events for your calendar

From cocktails to inventive dinners, it's going to be a tasty spring.
Dim sum is a comforting way to brunch.

The 5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities area this week

Our food writers share the highlights of their weekly dining experiences.
The Shamrock Shimmy at Brother Justus.

7 ways to raise a glass to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in the Twin Cities

From coffee and cocktails to ice cream, it's your lucky day.
Mason Jar Kitchen & Bar in Eagan has a fish special available all day long.

28 fish fry options in the Twin Cities metro area for Lent

If your Lenten ritual includes weekly fried fish, there is no shortage of options.
Take a bánh mì and make it a Benedict.

The 5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities area this week

Taste team members share highlights of their weekly dining experiences.
In All Places is the new release from Utepils for International Women’s Day.

Minnesota women brewers create bond, beer ahead of International Women's Day

This year's result is In All Places, available for a limited time in local liquor stores and restaurants.
Du Nord’s Foundation Vodka is available throughout the state — and on Delta flights.

Avoiding Russian vodka? Try these 20 Minnesota-made vodkas instead

Russia doesn't have a monopoly on tasty vodkas.
Fans of J. Selby’s Dirty Secret — a plant-based version of the Big Mac — can once again enjoy it on site.

4 openings (or reopenings) in the Twin Cities area you should know about

Plus, Sen Yai Sen Lek and Dipped & Debris to close in Minneapolis.
Animalz at the Opera was a recent flavor from A to Z Creamery.

The 5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities area this week

Taste team members share highlights of their weekly dining experiences.
The Reuben burger takes what’s great about the iconic sandwich and adds a beef patty.

The 5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities area this week

The Taste team shares the highlights of their weekly dining experiences.
The UHK Pantry Essentials Sampler is among the gift sets available with an investment.

Minneapolis' Union Hmong Kitchen launches CSR — community-supported restaurant — program

"These last few years have been hard," said chef-owner Yia Vang.
The matzo ball soup at the Gnome defies all expectations of bar food.

The 5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities area this week

Taste team members share the highlights of their weekly dining experiences.
Switch up your chili game with Cincinnati Chili Five-Way.

10 Super Bowl party recipes from the Star Tribune archives that will make you the MVP

From Cincinnati chili to DIY crackers and bloody Mary mix, these recipes are sure to impress both diehard football fans and those who are all about the snacks.
Mason Jar Kitchen & Bar has both dine-in and takeout options for Valentine’s Day.

13 places to celebrate Valentine's Day in the Twin Cities area

Whether you're celebrating early, late or right on the day, there are plenty of options that range from sweet treats to sipping celebrations.
Rice tots at Bap and Chicken are a homage to bibimbap.

The 5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities area this week

Taste team members share the highlights of their weekly dining experiences.
Tater Tot Hot Dish is a Minnesota staple.

Minnesotans take Tater Tot Hot Dish personally

There are plenty of opinions to go around when it comes to the unofficial state dish. But times and tastes are changing.
The more time in oil, the more golden the tots.

Are homemade tots worth the fuss?

The answer is yes, but it's complicated.
The 5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities area this week

The 5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities area this week

The Taste team shares the highlights of their weekly dining experiences.
Shaved beef with au jus and freshly made potato chips are served up at a new Minneapolis sandwich shop.

The 5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities area this week

Our food writers share the highlights of their weekly dining experiences.
Avocado toast from Brim.

The 5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities area this week

Our food writers share the highlights of their weekly dining experiences.
Daniel del Prado took his Linden Hills restaurant Rosalia offline until Jan. 2 to allow his staff to reset.

COVID concerns force Twin Cities restaurants to cut holiday season short

A typically festive New Year's Eve turned into another blow for restaurants as they temporarily closed.
Tropical Storm punch from “Hot Little Suppers” is a crowd-pleasing option for New Year’s Eve.

7 cocktail recipes that add a twist to your New Year's celebration

The night doesn't have to be all about bubbly. Try a tropical punch, espresso martinis or another new concoction.
Tomato Jam Tartlets can be made in advance and served warm or at room temperature.

6 appetizer recipes that will make your party the tastiest

Delicious doesn't always have to mean complex.
In late 2020, tables were spaced out and plexiglass divided dining areas at Alma.

Our best Minnesota dining experiences of 2021

From old favorites to new places, dining out had a deeper meaning after a rocky 2020. Our food writers share their best moments.
Honey and cream cake at Spoon and Stable.

The 5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this year

The Taste team recounts their favorite meal of the year, from takeout to a communal spread.
Dana Thompson and Sean Sherman, co-owners of Owamni by The Sioux Chef in Minneapolis, Minn.

5 Twin Cities restaurants and chefs who survived 2020 to thrive in 2021

After a crippling 2020, these restaurants and makers forged ahead, only to re-emerge.
Pappardelle with mushroom bolognese at All Saints.

The 5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities area this week

Our food writers share the highlights of their weekly dining experiences.
Coppersmith Photography// The Norway House is holding its annual Gingerbread Wonderland, and 2021 marks the seventh year. See the exhibit through Dec.

Gingerbread Wonderland is the Norway House's sweet holiday tradition

Bakers of all ages were elbow-deep in royal icing and candy for this annual event.
Credit: Barrett Radziun Musician Barrett Radziun is baking his way through Claire Saffitz’s “Dessert Person.” Goat Cheesecake with Honey and Fig

Minnesota-born musician bakes — and Instagrams — his way through bestselling cookbook

Barrett Radziun is determined to make every recipe in Claire Saffitz's "Dessert Person," and he's almost there.
Smoked whitefish smörgåsar at Fika.

The 5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities area this week

Our food writers share the highlights of their weekly dining experiences.
Our 15 top cookbooks of the year cover everything from easy dinners to baking challenges

Our 15 top cookbooks of the year cover everything from easy dinners to baking challenges

The picks are suitable for gift-giving, but you might want to keep them for yourself.
Potica from Sunrise Bakery by way of Iron Ranger in St. Paul.

The 5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities area this week

Our food writers share the highlights of their weekly dining experiences.
2021 Holiday gift guide.

2021 Holiday Gift Guide: Find local treasures for everyone in your life

We went in search of Minnesota and Midwest items to find not-so-obvious treasures to surprise and delight.
Pepperoni slice at Joey Nova’s.

The 5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities suburbs this week

Our food writers share the highlights of their weekly dining experiences.
Last year’s Glow Holiday Festival at the fairgrounds proved to be a popular attraction.

4 tasty events in the Twin Cities area to kick off the holiday season

From State Fair food and lights to holiday traditions, here are some fun ways to get into the spirit.
Biscuit sandwich at Butter Bakery Cafe

The 5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities area this week

Our food writers share the highlights of their weekly dining experiences.
Artichoke dip at Gray’s

The 5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities area this week

Our food writers share the highlights of their weekly dining experiences.
In 2019, Maggie Karschnia designed the St. Paul Cathedral in gingerbread form for the Norway House’s annual competition.

Baking, celebrating and beer: 4 events in the Twin Cities for your November calendar

Family-friendly celebrations include Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights.
Savory crepe at the French Hen Cafe.

The 5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities area this week

Our food writers share the highlights of their weekly dining experiences.
The I Know What You Did Insane Shake at Sugar Factory.

6 tasty ways to celebrate Halloween in the Twin Cities

Choose your own adventures, from kid-friendly events to special cocktails and milkshakes.
Mini Pumpkin Pie Gravestones is among the 80 recipes in “Spooky Food.”

6 recipes that will put fright into your Halloween night

From a kid-friendly dinner and blondies to cocktails and crostini, make the holiday fun for everyone.
Tenderloin sliders at Sidecar at the Tap.

The 5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities area this week

Our food writers share the highlights of their weekly dining experiences.
‘Better Than a Bagel’ pizza at Margie’s Kitchen + Cocktails

The 5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities area this week

Our food writers share the highlights of their weekly dining experiences.
Summit Brewing is celebrating 35 years with a daylong party.

5 food and drink events in the Twin Cities for your weekend calendar

From celebrating fall to haunted restaurants, October is a busy month.
Ronald, 11, has a vibrant personality.

Minnesota's Waiting Child: Ronald, 11, is fearless and funny

Ronald, 11, is caring and witty. When you're with Ronald, you can expect him to sing, dance, play pranks and make jokes. He describes himself…
Vegetable toast from A-Side Public House.

The 5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities area this week

The Taste team shares the highlights of their weekly dining experiences.
Caramel apple from Abdallah Candies

The 5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities area this week

The Taste team shares the favorites of their weekly dining experiences.
The cheese curd burger at Northern Taphouse.

The 5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities area this week

Taste editor Nicole Hvidsten and food writer Sharyn Jackson share the favorites of their weekly dining experiences.
Mary’s Christmas Merriment at Psycho Suzi’s in 2019.

5 events at Twin Cities restaurants to put on your calendar

From three-course dinners to Christmas celebrations, there's no shortage of activities.
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When should you worry about hair loss?

A dermatologist sheds a little light on hair health.
Pan con tomate at Petite León.

5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities area this week

Taste editor Nicole Hvidsten and food writer Sharyn Jackson highlight the favorites of their weekly dining experiences.
Minnesota craft breweries are producing award-winning beer.

6 Minnesota breweries named among best in nation

Medal winners abounded at the Great American Beer Festival.
The St. Paul Brewery is staging its inaugural Oktoberfest.

Beer here: 5 Twin Cities-area beer events to check out this weekend

There's plenty of news on tap at local breweries.
An exterior of MN BBQ's distinctive building on Lowry St. NE.   ]  JEFF WHEELER • jeff.wheeler@startribune.com Travail's entry on the barbec

Minnesota Barbecue says it's 'packing up the smoker' in Minneapolis

Copperfield Neighborhood Diner & Bar has opened in Mendota Heights.
Provided Th3Jack in Minneapolis has a bucket of cookies through Sept. 11.

Get a taste of the State Fair at these Twin Cities area restaurants

If you're not going to the Great Minnesota Get-Together this year, here's where to get cheese curds, funnel cakes and more.