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.


Cupcakes and cannoli at Richfield's newest bakery at the Hub

Baker Ebony Turner is focusing on sweets at her just-opened Dessertopia.


Fresh air! Sunshine! Strawberries! 23 U-pick berry farms near the Twin Cities

Minnesota and western Wisconsin U-pick farms are opening their gates.


Twin Cities chef's new foraging book encourages eating local plants – even hosta

In "The Forager Chef's Book of Flora," author Alan Bergo introduces a new world to Midwestern cooks.


Celebrate summer at these 5 Twin Cities area drive-ins

Here's where to get burgers, corn dogs, malts and more classics.


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.


Walker Art Center restaurant changing hands: Goodbye Esker Grove, hello Cardamom

Chefs Daniel del Prado and Shawn McKenzie are teaming up to bring a more casual, Mediterranean flair to the museum's table.


10 restaurants and bakeries that got their start at Twin Cities farmers markets

Farmers markets can be a fruitful place to launch a business.


What's it like to run a farmers market? Maple Grove's market manager explains

There's always a manager running the farmers market show. In Maple Grove, it's Kirsten Bansen Weigle.


Walker Art Center's iconic brick building, now 50 years old, is aging gracefully

The Walker Art Center's minimalist, brick-clad building opened 50 years ago. Here's a look back at its roots.


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.