Taste Editor

Nicole Ploumen Hvidsten is the Star Tribune's Taste editor and senior editor of Star Tribune Magazine. In past journalistic lives she was a reporter, copy editor and designer — sometimes all at once — and has yet to find a cookbook she doesn't like.

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.


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

Taste editor Nicole Hvidsten and restaurant critic Rick Nelson highlight the favorites of their weekly dining experiences.


10 Father's Day specials from Twin Cities restaurants to help treat Dad

Mother's Day gets all the attention, but there are plenty of offerings for dads, too.


Chef Yia Vang bringing family dining to St. Paul Farmers Market

The Vinai chef is teaming up with other area chefs for a seasonal series of dinners.


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

Taste editor Nicole Hvidsten and restaurant critic Rick Nelson keep things cool as they highlight the favorites of their weekly dining experiences.


Twin Cities food halls Keg and Case, Market at Malcolm Yards announce additions

Don't worry if you've lost track of the goings-on at local food halls — you're not alone. Some updates:Keg and Case (928 W. 7th…


Beat the heat with these 12 recipes from the Star Tribune archives

From drinks and desserts to cold soups and salads, light and easy is key when it's just too hot to cook.


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

Taste editor Nicole Hvidsten and restaurant critic Rick Nelson highlight the favorites of their weekly dining experiences.


Snack bars give Minneapolis restaurant Max's Cafe a boost of energy

Max Broich has taken his popular kitchen creation to the next level to help business at his downtown restaurant.


Twin Cities chef Jack Riebel back at the Lexington amid cancer treatment

His return is marked with a new dinner menu.


Chef Hector Ruiz's flagship Minneapolis restaurant Ena has reopened

The move comes with some safety-minded changes in place.