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

Our food writers share the highlights of their weekly dining experiences.


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.


COVID concerns force Twin Cities restaurants to cut holiday season short

A typically festive New Year's Eve turned into another blow for restaurants as they temporarily closed.


7 cocktail recipes that add a twist to your New Year's celebration

The night doesn't have to be all about bubbly. Try a tropical punch, espresso martinis or another new concoction.


6 appetizer recipes that will make your party the tastiest

Delicious doesn't always have to mean complex.


Our best Minnesota dining experiences of 2021

From old favorites to new places, dining out had a deeper meaning after a rocky 2020. Our food writers share their best moments.


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

The Taste team recounts their favorite meal of the year, from takeout to a communal spread.


5 Twin Cities restaurants and chefs who survived 2020 to thrive in 2021

After a crippling 2020, these restaurants and makers forged ahead, only to re-emerge.


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

Our food writers share the highlights of their weekly dining experiences.


Gingerbread Wonderland is the Norway House's sweet holiday tradition

Bakers of all ages were elbow-deep in royal icing and candy for this annual event.