Columnist/Reporter | Dining and Food

Rick Nelson joined the staff of the Star Tribune in 1998 and is the newspaper's restaurant critic. He is a Twin Cities native, a University of Minnesota graduate and a James Beard Award winner. 

Nelson and Taste editor Lee Svitak Dean are publishing "The Great Minnesota Cookie Book: Award-winning recipes from the Star Tribune's Holiday Cookie Contest" (University of Minnesota Press) in October 2018.

Twin Cities restaurants turn to crowdfunding for laid-off employees

Following a national pattern, Twin Cities restaurants are raising money for their laid-off employees through online campaigns.

Cheat sheet of 20 easy baking, cooking substitutions may come in handy

At a time of strained pantries, keep these easy replacement measures in mind.

5 comfort-minded, stress-relieving recipes to bake now for a bit of calm

Anxious? Hungry? Then head to the kitchen and break out the flour and sugar.

75 Twin Cities restaurant takeout/delivery options picked by our food critic

Takeout and delivery is the fast-changing new normal for the Twin Cities restaurant scene. Here's a critic's list of 75 Twin Cities metro area options.

State says farmers markets can remain open

With the growing season fast approaching, the state's farmers markets will be allowed to operate.

Now open: Heather's, a new restaurant by former Lucia's manager in south Mpls.

Heather Asbury is the force behind Heather's, which is now open in the former Mario's at 52nd and Chicago.

Restaurant roll call: Local cocktails at the airport and a rash of downtown restaurant closings

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

Get the party started with a dinner menu with a Minnesota theme

Dinner parties don't have to be daunting, or fancy.

It's fish fry season – here are 16 Twin Cities options

Fish fry season is fast approaching. From single servings to all-you-can-eat, here's where you can get your fill.

French-born pastry maker brings a taste of Paris to St. Paul's Frogtown

Marc Heu moved to Minnesota for love. Now he's turning the corner of Western and University avenues into a pastry destination.