Reporter | Food and drink

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.

The 5 best things we ate in the Twin Cities area this week

Sushi sandos, new cocktails, a chicken dinner for the rotation and a little bit of heaven found in chips and salsa and Italian bread and dipping sauce.

Dine face-to-face with one of Minnesota's top chefs at new Sanjusan residency

Tim McKee reaches into his deep knowledge of Japanese and Italian food for the limited-time Itameshi Omakase.

The 5 best things we ate in the Twin Cities area this week

Revisiting the Band Box Diner (hooray!), plus breakfast sandwiches, ice cream for breakfast, angelic treats and a new-to-us place for Mediterranean food.

Pork broth? Squid ink? 3 savory cocktails at Twin Cities area bars you'll want to try

Fall is ushering in creative, robust flavors as savory drinks become more mainstream.

First look: Porzana is chef Daniel del Prado's most personal restaurant yet

The steakhouse in the former Bachelor Farmer embraces the chef's Argentinian and Italian roots.

Twin Cities area's Chatime tea franchises go independent as Niko Niko Boba

The local owners of nine — soon to be 10 — Chatime tea shops are rebranding their boba empire as Niko Niko Boba.

Downtown Minneapolis' historic Band Box diner has reopened

The iconic diner had been closed since March 2020.

The 5 best cheeseburgers we ate in the Twin Cities area this week

To celebrate the upcoming National Cheeseburger Day, we set out to try some new burgers at both recently opened restaurants and old favorites, and were not disappointed.

3 cookbooks (and recipes) explore diverse Jewish cuisine for the High Holidays

The new volumes celebrate noshing, Shabbat and Roman Jewish food.

New places to eat in Minnesota and Wisconsin's river towns

From Scandia to Stockholm, a surprising number of new waterside eats have sprung up along Minnesota's border.