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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
Chef and restaurateur Hector Ruiz with his children, from left, Benjamin, Ena and Shawmen, at his new El Travieso Taqueria in Minnetonka.

Longtime Twin Cities chef Hector Ruiz is changing his restaurants with the times

He was named the Star Tribune's Titan of the Year in 2019. Then the pandemic hit.
Coconut macaroons are a staple on Passover tables. iStock

3 flour-free recipes for the sweet side of Passover

A lack of flour doesn't mean lack of taste.
Brother Justus released its first cold-peated whiskey this year, a one-of-a-kind method developed at the distillery.

3 local whiskeys that show off the creativity of Twin Cities microdistilleries

Minnesota is seeing a boom a decade after legislation made way for microdistilleries to flourish.
Sharyn Jackson • Star TribuneMargherita pizza from Red Rocket Pizza Co.

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

Our food writers highlight the favorites of their weekly dining experiences.
Shabbat subscription box from Common Roots Cafe.

Subscriptions and memberships keep customers fed and Twin Cities restaurants in business

By rewarding their most faithful customers, subscriptions and memberships are the latest restaurant pandemic pivot that might be here to stay.
Crisp & Green owner will soon open Stalk & Spade in Wayzata, offering plant-based burgers and shakes.

Vegan burger and shake restaurant by Crisp & Green coming to Wayzata

Stalk & Spade, a new vegan burger restaurant, is debuting on Earth Day. The owner wants to take it national.
Carline Bengtsson founded Dine4Dinners, which gives profits from her signature catered meals to hunger-relief organizations.

A Medtronic retiree with a talent for cooking turns her second act into fighting hunger

The founder of Dine4Dinners caters private meals and donates a portion of the proceeds to hunger relief organizations.
Rick Nelson Star TribuneCrullers from Cardigan Donuts in Minneapolis.

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

Our food writers highlight the favorites of their weekly dining experiences.
An enclosed patio at Red Cow, which serves burgers and a long list of gastropub fare.

36-plus Twin Cities restaurant patios for soaking up spring weather

Grab a mask and take advantage of the pre-spring weather.
The new owners of Butcher & the Boar plan to bring back the menu’s greatest hits, including a variety of sausages.

Mpls. restaurant Butcher & the Boar will reopen in new spot under new ownership

Jester Concepts plans to bring back greatest hits from meat-and-whiskey haven.
Handsome Hog chef Justin Sutherland.

Twin Cities chef Justin Sutherland has plenty cooking

As a restaurateur, activist and television personality, the Handsome Hog chef is wasting no time.
Jeff Christensen • Associated Press file Guy Fieri is brining Flavortown Kitchen to Minnesota.

Guy Fieri the latest celebrity to bring a virtual restaurant to Minnesota

Flavortown Kitchen is operating out of two Buca di Beppo restaurants.
Cranberry jam toaster pastry from the vegan, organic Hark! Cafe.

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

Our food writers highlight the favorites of their weekly dining experiences.
Scott Poepard and his son Kierson ate pepperoni pizza from Red’s Savoy in St. Paul. Poepard has tried some 700 pizzas nationwide in the past 10 year

A Minnesotan traveled around the U.S. to 700 pizzerias. Here are his favorites.

Can there be such a thing as too much pizza?Scott Poepard has sampled the goods from some 700 pizzerias across the U.S., and he's not…
Boludo’s pepperoni pizza is made with fresh mozzarella and San Marzano tomatoes.

Our food writers pick their favorite pizza places in the Twin Cities

Can't decide where to get your pizza? Here's a little help from food writers Rick Nelson and Sharyn Jackson, who picked their favorites.
Chef Gustavo Romero makes tamales with “Relish” host Yia Vang.

TPT's 'Relish' becomes a cooking show for the COVID era

The third season of TPT's "Relish" will have a slightly different look.
La Tapatia serves up three styles of burritos, tacos and tortas.

From tortas to bánh mi, a mini-wave of restaurants opening in Roseville

Three locally owned restaurants serving up bánh mì, tortas and classic American fare.
Rick Nelson • Star TribunePasties from Lands End Pasty Co.in Minneapolis.

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

Our food writers highlight the favorites of their weekly dining experiences.
JEFF WHEELER • jeff.wheeler@startribune.com Chef Tim McKee is spearheading a meal-kit program featuring products from the Food Building in northeast

Cook to support the local food scene: New make-at-home meal kits from top Twin Cities chefs

Meal kits just got an upgrade.Top Twin Cities chefs are designing make-at-home dishes that celebrate the goods coming out of northeast Minneapolis' Food Building, and…
Valentine’s Day means long, busy days producing dainty delectables at <a href="https://www.lmorechocolat.com/">L’More Chocolat</a> in Minneapolis,

Old and new, Twin Cities chocolate shops speak the language of love

With a front-row seat to romance, chocolate purveyors old and new help melt hearts.
Freedom made his home at the U’s Raptor Center but now will reside as an exhibition bird at the Turtle Back Zoo.

A Minnesota sharpshooter rescued eagle caught in tree. Now the raptor has a forever home.

Freedom made headlines in 2016 after he was daringly rescued on July 4th by a U.S. Army veteran.
Wild rice soup from the Kenwood Restaurant

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

Our food writers highlight the favorites of their weekly dining experiences.
Madeleine HillA Super Bowl ad supporting independent restaurants was filmed in the Twin Cities by Andrew Zimmern&#39;s production company and features

Super Bowl ad featuring Twin Cities chefs is a call to save independent restaurants

An ad for Cointreau that will run during the big game in support of the Independent Restaurant Coalition was filmed in Minneapolis.
Jeannine Marie Photography Cheesecake conversation hearts are among the many sweet treats available for Valentine&#39;s Day.

9 food-and-drink treats for celebrating Valentine's Day in the Twin Cities

Here are some ideas to add a sweet touch to Valentine's Day.
Ana Maria Lopez Joel McHale and chef Justin Sutherland in TruTV’s “Fast Foodies.”

Twin Cities chef Justin Sutherland is back on reality TV with "Fast Foodies"

Former "Top Chef" Justin Sutherland is now taking on fast food.
Cinnamon bread from Nelson&#39;s

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

Our food writers highlight the favorites of their weekly dining experiences.
Pulled chicken arepa from Arepa Bar

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

Food writers Sharyn Jackson and Rick Nelson highlight the favorites of their weekly dining experiences.
Star Tribune file Bellecour in Wayzata will soon become the Italian restaurant Josefina.

Former Bellecour in Wayzata will reopen as Italian restaurant and pizza takeout

Martina and Colita chef Daniel del Prado eyes spring opening for Josefina and Pizza Fina.
Sharyn Jackson • Star Tribune In-room dining experiences at the Rand Tower Hotel from Whiskey & Soda.

Twin Cities hotels get creative with cozy in-room dining experiences

In-room experiences remain a popular dining option even as restaurants reopen.
Kimchi from Pizzeria Lola.

Stock your fridge and pantry with these 12 products made by Twin Cities restaurants

Many food and drink makers turned to retail to boost pandemic sales.
Pork pies at Kieran’s Kitchen Northeast.

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

Food writers Rick Nelson and Sharyn Jackson highlight the favorites of their weekly dining experiences.
Rick Nelson • Star TribuneTurkish Bagel at Cafe Ceres in Minneapolis.

11 places to get your bagel fix in the Twin Cities for National Bagel Day

Go ahead, start your bagel bucket list.
Credit: Ren FullerMulled Cider from Very Merry Cocktails (Chronicle) ORG XMIT: 190815

4 warm drinks for cold days, with or without a buzz

These hot cocktails will take care of winter's chill — with or without alcohol.
Chef Ann Kim of Young Joni photographed at her new restaurant under construction in Uptown Sooki & Mimi.   ] CARLOS GONZALEZ • cgonzalez@startribune

12 things we hope to see from the food and drink scene in 2021

From promising debuts and comebacks to the downtown Minneapolis Dayton's Project, our fingers are firmly crossed.
94 Twin Cities restaurants that closed in 2020

94 Twin Cities restaurants that closed in 2020

Pandemic, riots devastated the food-and-drink scene in the Twin Cities this year.
A Gold Medal Flour postcard from 1919 depicted a winter scene in Norway.

Time travel for Christmas dinner with this 1904 Gold Medal Flour cookbook

An antique cookbook shows us what holiday meals were like at the turn of the 20th century.
Izzy’s Ice Cream’s first location, in St. Paul.

The old St. Paul Izzy's will see new life as Nellie's, an ice cream sandwich shop

Look for a spring opening of Nellie's Ice Cream.
New Year’s Eve steak dinner from the Lexington.

25 Twin Cities restaurants offering takeout meals for New Year's Eve

Add some champagne to your order and count down to 2021 — finally — in style.
While restaurants increasingly rely on apps to facilitate ordering and delivery, such as GrubHub, fees have become a sticking point. Some restaurants

In relief for restaurants, Minneapolis caps delivery app fees at 15%

The 15% cap on fees, which takes effect Wednesday, will help restaurants that have turned to takeout and delivery to survive under coronavirus restrictions.
Christmas cookie platter from the Czech Baker.

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

Food writers Sharyn Jackson and Rick Nelson highlight the favorites of their weekly dining experiences.
Star Tribune file The Grand Ole Creamery in St. Paul has been a popular ice-cream spot since opening in 1984. Here, people celebrate the Fourth of Jul

Grand Ole Creamery launches online fundraiser to keep its ice cream business afloat

The ice-cream institution is not alone in hoping customers will rally in support.
Sharyn Jackson’s culinary travels started in Paris, eating pastries like this with Patisserie 46’s John Kraus.

From profound to seemingly normal, 2020's meals will never be forgotten

The year began with pastries in Paris, but on the way home it was clear that change was coming.
Family taco box with nixtamal tacos at Nico’s Taco and Tequila Bar in Minneapolis.

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

Food writers Sharyn Jackson and Rick Nelson highlight the favorites of their weekly dining experiences.
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Sweet, sweet fantasy: Mariah Carey's cookies are now being delivered in the Twin Cities

Get Mimi's Mix Box and other cookie packs delivered to your door.
Bebe Burger is a weekend-only burger joint.

18 recent restaurant and takeout-kitchen openings in the Twin Cities

Optimism reigns as openings remain strong.
Chicken Liver filled Paris Brest with Black Honey Glaze and Foie Gras Royale with Crème Gitanes. The Grand Cafe has closed its south Minneapolis loca

Restaurant roll call: Even amid closings, new restaurants are springing to life

What's open, what's closed and what's still to come in the Twin Cities and beyond.
Jojo & Co. Chai rum raisin challah

Twin Cities bakers put their own twist on challah

The pandemic has fueled an increase in demand for challah, and Twin Cities bakers have stepped up.
Rick Nelson • Star Tribune Cheeseburger at Bebe Burger

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

Food writers Sharyn Jackson and Rick Nelson highlight the favorites of their weekly dining experiences.
Gift basket from the Cookie Cart

11 tasty holiday gift baskets for the food lover in your life

These food and drink gift baskets highlight Minnesota makers.
Rooms have been reconfigured for private dinners at Minneapolis’ Hewing Hotel.

With restaurants on pause, Hewing will deliver 7-course dinner via room service

Rooms can accommodate two to four diners.
Jean-Claude Tindillier in 2019.

Jean-Claude Tindillier, French chef, dies at 87

Even at 12 years old, Jean-Claude Tindillier had a discerning palate.One weekend, he ran away from his boarding school outside Paris, trekking 10 miles back…
RENEE JONES SCHNEIDER • renee.jones@startribune.com Chef Justin Sutherland during a 2019 “Top Chef” viewing party at his Handsome Hog restaurant

7 more restaurants close in the Twin Cities, some temporary and some permanent

The pandemic has made things "unattainable."
The dining room at Grand Cafe. Chef Jamie Malone will continue to offer meal kits through her other restaurant, Eastside.

Widely acclaimed Grand Cafe in south Minneapolis has closed

The lauded restaurant served its last dinner on site on Nov. 14 but still offers meal kits.
Chef Justin Sutherland during a 2019 “Top Chef” viewing party at his Handsome Hog restaurant in St. Paul.

'Top Chef' contestant's St. Paul restaurant Handsome Hog closing temporarily

Chef Justin Sutherland announced the restaurant would 'take a break' until indoor dining can resume.
Be a food tourist without leaving your dining room table

Be a food tourist without leaving your dining room table

A growing number of restaurants and bakeries are bringing a taste of home right to your front door.
Dogwood Coffee founder Dan Anderson, left, helped Houston White with his efforts to launch The Get Down Coffee Co. in north Minneapolis.

The Get Down, a new Black-owned coffee shop to open in north Minneapolis

Houston White has big plans for his brand, thanks to a little help from a friend.
Pear, Gorgonzola and pine nut pizza at Boludo

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

Food writers Rick Nelson and Sharyn Jackson highlight the favorites of their weekly dining experiences.
Provided Pies from Tara Coleman of Hot Hands

7 Minnesota pastry chefs teach you how to make the perfect pie

No need to fear: Experts are here to help make sure your Thanksgiving pie is a hit, not a miss.
Fireside Sangria from “Winter Drinks.”

Toast the holidays with these 5 festive cocktails you can make at home

These easily scalable cocktails will set a festive mood.
At Can Can Wonderland in St. Paul, find plexiglass barriers on the skee-ball machine.

How does an arcade survive a pandemic? Twin Cities bars are adapting

How do you play pinball in the age of COVID?
Gingerbread ice cream sandwich from Kemps.

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

From ice cream sandwiches to chicken potpies, here's a rundown of our food writers' favorites from the last week.
At the Grocer’s Table in Wayzata, manager Zach Dunphy went over the new cashier safety protocols on Tuesday.

'We're terrified': Minnesota bar and restaurant owners react to Walz's changes

Some bar and restaurant owners expected the news to be worse. Others were caught off guard by the latest adjustments they must make to help curb the spread of the coronavirus in a year that has already seen a shutdown of indoor dining followed by capacity limits.
Belen Rodriguez's popular Quebracho empanadas are now available in the frozen-food aisle.

Twin Cities favorites Quebracho and Nordic Waffles expanding frozen offerings

Both made pandemic pivots as they saw demand change.
Ready-to-bake croissants from Vikings & Goddesses Pie Co.

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

Food writers Rick Nelson and Sharyn Jackson highlight the favorites of their weekly dining experiences.
Chicken sandwich from Cafe Alma in Minneapolis.

Fried chicken sandwiches are booming in the Twin Cities. Here are 14 great ones

Twin Cities chefs get creative to outdo Popeyes.
At Pizzeria Lola, pizza chef Bishara Sahoury slices the Lady Za Za pizza -- a kim chi based pizza made with Italian red sauce, house-made kimchi, Kore

New Pizzeria Lola frozen pizza line launches, plus more Twin Cities restaurant innovations

Staying nimble during the pandemic has been crucial for local kitchens. Here are three Twin Cities restaurants expanding their offerings.
Breakfast sandwich at Lowry Hill Meats.

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

Food writers Rick Nelson and Sharyn Jackson highlight the favorites of their weekly dining experiences.
Billy’s on Grand will close for the winter on Oct. 31.

Citing crime and COVID, iconic Grand Ave restaurant is closing for winter

No reopening date has been set.
A worker removed supplies from Hennepin Avenue's Chino Latino, which closed this week after a 20-year run.

6 latest Twin Cities restaurant closings, plus a few 'hibernations'

There are more changes on the horizon for the local dining scene as restaurants ponder their next move.
Chef Mike Brown makes a smoky effect for the dessert course at Travail's new multi-course tasting dinner, A New Hope.

21 new and soon-to-open restaurants in the Twin Cities

New restaurants, breweries, drive-throughs, residencies, ghost kitchens, pop-ups, and even a barbershop-turned-coffeeshop take a gamble on pandemic-era dining in the Twin Cities.
Porchetta sandwich and dill pickle chips from Lake City Sandwiches.

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

Food writers Rick Nelson and Sharyn Jackson highlight the favorites of their weekly dining experiences.
Ma Halima is a Minneapolis “grandma” featured in Hawa Hassan’s book “In Bibi’s Kitchen.”

Somali chef Hawa Hassan tells stories of East African cuisine through the experts: grandmothers

Local "bibi" among those featured in the new cookbook.
Claire Saffitz’s new book, “Dessert Person,” aims to make home bakers feel more confident in the kitchen.

Ex-Bon Appétit star talks Minnesota influences, her love of dessert and what's next

Made famous by her Bon Appétit video series, Claire Saffitz is ready to strike out on her own.
Rick Nelson • Star TribuneRuth Bader Ginsburg Cookies at PJ Murphy’s Bakery.

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

Food writers Rick Nelson and Sharyn Jackson highlight the favorites of their weekly dining experiences.
Rick Nelson • Star Tribune Make the most of late-season tomatoes with a homemade tart.

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

Food writers Rick Nelson and Sharyn Jackson highlight the favorites of their weekly dining experiences.