Taste Editor

Hvidsten grew up in Minnesota and knew that journalism was her calling way back in middle school, when the Star Tribune published two of her essays. She graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a degree in mass communications and a love for all things journalism and politics. Hvidsten worked at newspapers across the country for several years before finally returning to where it all started. She and her husband are proud parents of three amazing kids and one amazing dog.

Plymouth vet opens indoor dog park, restaurant and pet retreat all under one 'woof'

The Brew Park is a place where both pets and people can play all year long.

The 5 best things we ate (and drank) in the Twin Cities area this week

The Vincent Burger at EaTo is among the foods the Taste team has especially enjoyed this week.

Restaurant news: Mall of America sues over Chicken Guy lease

Plus: Pizza is back at Broders', the return of Oysterfest and more.

Iconic eats: 35 must-have foods from greater Minnesota

Fall is an ideal time to hit the road and discover that our rich food scene reaches all corners of the state.

S'mores kits fire up Long Lake marshmallow business

North Mallow started as a marshmallow business and is having sweet success with its gourmet s'mores kits.

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

The Taste team shares the highlights of their weekly dining experiences.

Restaurant news: Alma expands to open grab-and-go spot

Plus: Cook like chef Gavin Kaysen; his new cookbook is now available for preorder.

Out-of-the-lunchbox ideas help make eating fun for everyone

The right foods and a good strategy can make even the pickiest of eaters look forward to the midday meal.

Minnesota hazelnuts deserve your attention this fall

Whether eaten plain or pressed into oil, the heart-healthy nuts are a great addition to any kitchen.

4 Midwest restaurants worthy of road tripping

These chef-driven restaurants give you the perfect excuse to get out of town.