Reporter | Food and drink

Sharyn Jackson is a features reporter covering the Twin Cities' vibrant food and drink scene.

A New Jersey native, Jackson moved to Minneapolis in 2014, when she joined the Star Tribune as a general assignment features writer. She was previously a news reporter for USA Today and the Des Moines Register, and an arts writer and editor at the Village Voice in New York City. She earned a Master of Science from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Jackson is a leader of the Minnesota chapter of NLGJA - the Association of LGBTQ Journalists. She has won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, and is a Livingston Award finalist.

'We want to show hope': Patios are open for dining at some Twin Cities restaurants today

But the long-awaited opening date has been put on hold for many more, who are reeling from a week of unrest.

Twin Cities restaurants, MOA put off plans to reopen amid unrest over George Floyd's death

The violence over the past few nights has some in the hospitality business hesitant about opening next week.

'Let my building burn': Minneapolis restaurant owner responds to protests and violence

A restaurant caught in the crossfire of unrest in Minneapolis Thursday night has sent a powerful message to its followers on social media.

'My head is spinning': Owner of Minneapolis' Town Talk Diner assesses damage the morning after rioting

Town Talk Diner and Gastropub was one of the businesses damaged Wednesday night.

Nicollet Mall loses national seafood restaurant McCormick & Schmick's

The restaurant held court on the corner of Nicollet Mall & 9th Street for 20 years.

Twin Cities park restaurants are reopening — with some new rules

More of the Twin Cities' waterside restaurants are opening, too.

A popular Uptown restaurant opens curbside pop-up in former Perkins in Savage

Lake & Irving expands to the southern suburb.

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

Food writers Rick Nelson and Sharyn Jackson highlight the favorites of their weekly dining experiences.

Restaurant roll call: Bar and restaurant closings continue during COVID-19 outbreak

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

Hand sanitizer serves a purpose beyond clean hands

We all need hand sanitizer. And many people are in desperate need of food. Here's how they work together.