Food & Drink

Gavin Kaysen, owner of Demi, Spoon and Stable and Bellecour

Five Twin Cities chefs are among the contenders for Best Chef: Midwest, and the full list of James Beard Award semifinalists features several other local chefs and restaurants.

It’s Wednesday night and you’ve got a house full of rowdy kids looking for something to eat. You’ve worked all day and you’re tired; cooking sounds tedious. The thought of sitting down at a restaurant with the kids sounds difficult. You suddenly realize that takeout is the answer.

XYZ University’s founder and CEO Sarah Sladek’s fifth book examines theories behind different talents and explains why organizations who want to recruit and retain employees in today’s workforce need to change their culture, strategy and structure.

With about 2,000 different cheeses worldwide, plenty of recipes include at least one kind, creating a strong flavor that differs depending, usually, on its age.

With all the holiday parties, hectic errands and celebrations of the past few months, now is the time for a fresh start, both in planning New Year’s resolutions and the pants-don’t-fit-anymore sense.

Portillo’s Chicago-style restaurant was created in 1963 by Dick Portillo after investing $1,100 in a trailer with no running water.

Sharing a meal is a great way to get into the holiday spirit. Lookout Bar & Grill owner Mike Kinnan is announcing a new menu item this season: smoked wild rice meatloaf.

The days are getting shorter and with holiday season approaching and so many errands to run, sandwiches are a quick meal perfect for any lunch or dinner. Plus, with plenty of toasted options, you’re bound to stay warm.

Holidays are a loud, hectic affair at the home of Terry and Maureen DeBruyn. Before scattering with plates of turkey and stuffing served up buffet-style, tradition is that their four kids and eight grandkids stop what they’re doing, hold hands around the kitchen island and say a blessing.

As the days become colder the drinks should heat up. John Farrell at Haskell’s in Maple Grove recommends these four combos for chilly temperatures.

Hot Mulled Cider
4 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. nutmeg
½ gallon apple cider

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