Taste editor | Food

Lee Svitak Dean is food editor at the Star Tribune. She has written about food since 1982 and was formerly a copy editor. As an editor who also writes for the Taste food section, she handles content related to home cooking, restaurants, wine, beer and spirits, nutrition and food trends.

"Svitak Dean grew up in Minneapolis and has a master's degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She is the author of two cookbooks, "The Great Minnesota Cookie Book" (with Rick Nelson, 2018) and "Come One, Come All: Easy Entertaining With Seasonal Menus"" (2010).


Buck Hill ski resort in Burnsville hopes to be year-round dining destination

Owners hope that sunsets, green space and dinner will expand the seasons at the longtime ski and snowboard area.


Crepes make the morning meal delicious

Extra time in the kitchen meant an opportunity to learn a new skill.


Attention, bakers, start your ovens for the Star Tribune Holiday Cookie Contest

While others think of notebooks and pencils (or Zoom and computers) post-Labor Day, we in Taste have a different focus: We’re all about the cookies.…


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Bring out the brews for two virtual beer tastings

One will be for for summer brews, the other for fall ones.


The great reveal of the lip balm of the year for the Minnesota State Fair

There may not be a State Fair, but there is a lip balm in its honor.


A celebration of food, flag and each other for a flavorful July 4th

There will be fewer of us than usual at the picnic this weekend. In fact, you may be able to count everyone on one hand.…


New volumes make the 2020 James Beard book awards

Get out your notebooks. Here are new volumes to put on your wish list.


Hand sanitizer serves a purpose beyond clean hands

We all need hand sanitizer. And many people are in desperate need of food. Here's how they work together.