Rick Nelson | Star Tribune
Columnist/Reporter | Dining and Food

Nelson and Taste editor Lee Svitak Dean are publishing "The Great Minnesota Cookie Book: Award-winning recipes from the Star Tribune's Holiday Cookie Contest" (University of Minnesota Press) in October 2018.


Famed Calder sculpture once graced Nicollet Mall. Can't it return to its home?

A sculpture by Alexander Calder, now in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, originally was in downtown Minneapolis. It had been a victim of the newfangled skyway at the time.


The story behind Taste's 'Great Minnesota Cookie Book'

Readers have asked for a print edition of all the recipes that have won recognition in the Star Tribune Holiday Cookie Contest. Now the cookbook is available.


From bagels to burgers, Uptown's Meyvn is first-rate

Review: It's all in the details at the new restaurant from the team behind Saint Dinette.


21 great restaurants for a fall-colors road trip, from Grand Marais to Red Wing

The annual autumn-leaves show won't be around forever. It's not too late to make last-minute Lake Superior plans, or to stay closer to home.


140 Twin Cities chefs join effort to promote sustainable seafood this month

The James Beard Foundation is calling on chefs to help change the way Americans consume seafood. Twin Cities chefs have signed on, in huge numbers.


Minneapolis chef crowned 'Queen of Pork' at prestigious Cochon555 contest

With the help of a pig raised in Elgin, Minn., Corner Table chef Karyn Tomlinson is now culinary royalty.


Sweet Chow proves North Loop is still home to more great restaurants

Sweet Chow packages lively Asian flavors into a quick, convenient and approachable neighborhood setting.


Some of Minnesota's best popcorn comes from this organic family farm

Not many foods have onomatopoeic names, but popcorn — pop! pop! pop! — is one of them. America’s favorite snack is one of nature’s minor…


Deadline for the Star Tribune Holiday Cookie Contest is noon Oct. 19

We need you to help us continue a happy holiday tradition.


9 Twin Cities restaurants by top chefs we can't wait to open

Twin Cities diners can look forward to a heaping helping of exciting new restaurants.