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.

Fall is a time of long walks in the crisp October air, raking leaves and jumping in the pile, preparing Halloween costumes and picking apples at an orchard.

With the meteoric rise in interest in culinary endeavors, the number of “foodies” among us has exploded.

Family meals can sometimes be fraught affairs, with picky eaters and busy schedules making it tough to get everyone together to simply enjoy the same food in the same place.

The delicious aroma wafting from Florence Aymard’s Crepe and Cake is often enough to lure attendees of the Maple Grove Farmers Market to her bright blue, white and red food truck.

Across borders and through generations, Nonna’s Best Antipasto has been passed from Dina Swanson’s grandmother and mother in their hometown in northern Italy, to Canada where they immigrated, and now to Maple Grove as Swanson jars the family

“My favorite wine is what’s open,” says vice president of Haskell’s John F. Farrell, III. Although Farrell isn’t picky on wine choices, he does have some recommendations for your table this fall.
 

Whether it comes from a local lake or a faraway ocean, fish is one of the most popular proteins on any menu. Lighter than red meat and high in heart-healthy fats, it’s as delicious as it is versatile, at home in a soup, wrapped up in a taco or deep-fried and served alongside crispy fries.

We all remember the less-than-stellar meals served in the school cafeteria. You might have been left sighing at the choice of a lackluster hot dish or a brown paper sack lunch, longing for the rare, once-a-month offering of everyone’s favorite: pepperoni pizza.

This is the cookie that started it all. The oatmeal chocolate chip was the first recipe that Maple Grove native Annette Gustafson ever entered at a fair and won a ribbon by coming in fourth place.

Cooking is universal. Every country eats, and so every culture cooks. We have many opportunities in Maple Grove to experience food cultures from outside of the United States; Mexican restaurants abound, and Chinese takeout is prevalent.

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