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.


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.


Twin Cities restaurant openings, closings and events you should know about

From a new coffee shop to free food trucks and grill kits, the week in restaurant news.


It's too hot to cook. Here are 10 recipes from the Star Tribune archives that help beat the heat

Keep these recipes on hand throughout the summer, when produce is at its best and the heat is at its worst.


Upcoming Twin Cities food events include fine dining with Van Goghs at Mia

Plus: Little Tijuana opens this week, Jetset resurfaces and legal coffee in St. Paul.


Smack Shack owners opening new North Loop restaurant in 2023

The name and menu of the tequila-focused restaurant are still in the works.


4 Twin Cities events — and a brewery pass — for your culinary calendar

From sweet potato pie to fine-dining tasting menus, plan your weekends accordingly.


Summer is heating up with pop-ups from Twin Cities chefs Tim McKee and Yia Vang

Plus: 5 restaurant openings you should know about.


Restaurant roll call: The latest openings and closings in the Twin Cities

What's open, what's closed and what's still to come in the Twin Cities and beyond.


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.


3 Twin Cities upcoming food events for your calendar

Chef dinners and Swedish fun kick off a busy but tasty summer.