Amelia Rayno | Star Tribune
Features reporter | Food, drink and travel


A special kind of madness: Following Final Four in Central America

Our former college basketball writer is nowhere near the event that once controlled her life every March. But she's doing her best to keep up, even if means some serious improvising.


Twin Cities chefs taking hot cocoa to a whole new level

With chocolate, the opportunities are endless.


Bubbly made easy with this quick guide to the most popular sparkling wines

Champagne, Cava, Prosecco — our bubbly guide has you covered


3 Minnesota distilleries concocting whiskey with bold new flavor profiles

Pop quiz: What does whiskey taste like? Characteristics that come to mind likely include rich and oaky, smoky and smooth. Spirits boasting notes of vanilla, caramel…


How Kim Bartmann became the Twin Cities' most unapologetic restaurateur

For three decades, she's remained relevant in a changing industry, now overseeing 10 different restaurants.


8 great fall trips, from close to home in the Midwest to worldly escapes

Use this guide to plan your fall getaway.


Charcoal is trendy ingredient at Twin Cities restaurants, but comes with risk

Welcome to the dark side of cocktails and lattes.


The Frank and Amelia show: Inside the marriage of WCCO's power couple

The duo behind the Twin Cities' No. 1-rated news show juggle nightly broadcasts, parenting and life outside the studio.


Mary Alton, longtime attorney, mediator and teacher, dies at 71

Hours before Mary S. Alton died following complications with emphysema, her son, Joseph, bent by the hospital bed. His brothers, Adam and Charlie, making the…


Does service in Twin Cities restaurants still matter?

How we dine out is changing, as fine dining turns casual and tableside service gives way to counter service, touch screens and even self-service.