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Eat & Drink
December 10, 2020
Shawn McKenzie will open Cafe Ceres in the former Penny’s Coffee shop in Linden Hills.

Former pastry chef is taking over at Penny's Coffee space in south Minneapolis

The daytime bakery/restaurant is a partnership with Martina and Colita chef/owner Daniel Del Prado.
Eat & Drink
December 9, 2020
Clockwise from left: t the start of the pandemic, Heather’s staffer Zoey Brom-Palkowski handed off takeout orders to waiting customers. Ruhel Isla

The 2020 Restaurant of the Year? All restaurants

In a year filled with obstacles, there were many bright spots in the restaurant industry, too.
Eat & Drink
December 9, 2020
Our favorite books from 2020 — perfect as gifts, or to add to your collection.

20 cookbooks that need to be part of your collection

Give them as gifts or keep them all for yourself.
Variety
December 9, 2020
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.
Eat & Drink
December 8, 2020
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.
Eat & Drink
December 8, 2020
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Where to get Hanukkah takeout meals (and latkes) in the Twin Cities

Let someone else do the cooking during this holiday season, and order a Hanukkah dinner (or latkes) at these Twin Cities restaurants.
Eat & Drink
December 5, 2020
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.
Eat & Drink
December 4, 2020
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.
Variety
December 4, 2020
Apple Cardamom Pecan Star Cookies by baker Jana Freiband were winners in 2015. This year will mark the 18th annual Star Tribune Holiday Cookie Contest

Watch our Star Tribune Holiday Cookie Contest virtual cookie exchange

We talked about this year's five gotta-bake recipes, told insider stories from past cookie contests and answered as many questions as we could fit in.
Eat & Drink
December 3, 2020
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.
Eat & Drink
December 3, 2020
Photo: Dennis Becker; Styling: Lee Svitak Dean and Lisa Golden Schroeder Chai meringues, by Zia McNeal

Cookie finder: Try nearly 100 of our best recipes

Nearly 100 recipes to use all year long.
Eat & Drink
December 2, 2020
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.
Coronavirus
December 2, 2020
Noble Pour general manager Tyler Schwanke made one of the Duluth lounge’s signature cocktails, Midnight Song, behind the bar in December 2019.

Struggling Minnesota bars and restaurants want to sell cocktails to go

Limited beer, wine sales allowed with to-go orders of food, but cocktails still prohibited.
Eat & Drink
December 1, 2020
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."
Eat & Drink
December 1, 2020
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.
Eat & Drink
November 30, 2020
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.
Eat & Drink
November 25, 2020
Mississippi Market locations are open from 7:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.

These Twin Cities supermarkets are open on Thanksgiving

(Truly) last minute shopping for Turkey Day essentials? You're covered.
Eat & Drink
November 25, 2020
Revival's southern fried chicken is headed to St. Louis Park.

Revival's top-rated fried chicken is coming to St. Louis Park

The Southern-style restaurant is set to open in the Texa-Tonka shopping center in April.
Variety
November 23, 2020
Chef Thomas Boemer, left, with restaurant consultant Pat Weber in front of Boemer’s Lang barbecue smoker at an event.

Revival chef recovers 2-ton smoker: 'I couldn't believe it'

The custom-built smoker is Thomas Boemer's "most prized possession."
Movies
November 23, 2020
Kevin Smith and Jason Mews of "Jay and Silent Bob" fame at a previous pop-up installment of Mooby's.

Kevin Smith's pop-up restaurant Mooby's to open in First Ave's Depot Tavern

The fictional fast-food joint from Smith's "Clerks" movies will sell takeout only Dec. 12-18.