Reporter | Dining and Food

Rick Nelson joined the staff of the Star Tribune in 1998. 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.


The story behind the makeover of the 50-year-old IDS Crystal Court

How the $5 million makeover, five years in the making and a model of sensitivity and ingenuity, came to be.


15 foods that belong in the Minnesota State Fair's hall of fame

Restaurant critic Rick Nelson shines a spotlight on 15 foods at the Minnesota State Fair.


10 chocolate chip cookies to satisfy your Minnesota State Fair cravings

Missing Sweet Martha's Cookie Jar, the State Fair's top-grossing food vendor? Here are a few options to fit your chocolate chip cookie needs.


Take advantage of these 6 Twin Cities restaurant patios while the weather cooperates

Enjoy the rest of our summer weather on these lovely patios across the Twin Cities area.


30 ways to replace those Minnesota State Fair favorite cold treats

Even without the Dairy Building, there's no shortage of cool treats for these dog days of summer.


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

Food critic Rick Nelson highlights the favorites of his weekly dining experiences.


Where to get your fix of corn dogs – and Pronto Pups – in the Twin Cities

If you're missing your favorite corn dogs — in whatever form — we've got a backup plan.


Attention, bakers: Enter the 18th annual Star Tribune cookie contest

It's time to enter the 18th annual Star Tribune Holiday Cookie Contest.


Fresh apples, pies and donuts: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum's AppleHouse is now open

Minnesota apples will be available by the plenty.


Our Minnesota State Fair food wish list for 2021

These goodies would fit right in at the Minnesota State Fair ... next year.