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 (and drank) in the Twin Cities area this week

The Vincent Burger at EaTo is among the foods the Taste team has especially enjoyed this week.


Iconic eats: 35 must-have foods from greater Minnesota

Fall is an ideal time to hit the road and discover that our rich food scene reaches all corners of the state.


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

The Taste team shares the highlights of their weekly dining experiences.


3 espresso martinis at Twin Cities bars and restaurant you'll want to try

Versions are popping up on menus — both dinner and breakfast — all over town.


After nearly 60 years in St. Paul, beloved Mama's Pizza won't reopen its dining room

The pizzeria will continue to offer takeout.


Downtown Minneapolis power lunches slowly return

Manny's Steakhouse and Fhima's have brought midday dining back to Minneapolis' beleaguered business district.


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

The Taste team shares the highlights of their weekly dining experiences.


They're real estate agents by day, bartenders by night at Minnetonka sushi restaurant

Wednesday nights at Kazoku have garnered a following ever since a couple of amateurs took a dip into bartending.


Restaurant roll call: The latest openings and closings in the Twin Cities

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


Meet the Meat Guy: He's the chef behind one of State Fair's most popular food stands

Charlie Torgerson is the pitmaster behind RC's BBQ, where he has turned out some of the fair's most consistently dazzling and innovative foods for more than two decades.