Food & Drink

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.

Marcia Ryan
Age: 53
Background: Grocery cashier and mother of four
Advice for new entrepreneurs: Know that you will have long hours in your day. Follow the opportunity that God has given you.

Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano stirs up the food pot. Chef-partner Fernando Abundez is at the helm of the Maple Grove location. Daily, he features a selection of new shining culinary stars from a recipe database culled over 18 years.

When it comes to nourishment, Abby Cota wholeheartedly believes the mantra: “Enjoy the food you eat and feel good after you eat it.” And, if you didn’t know, her online business’s cakes, breads, muffins and more, which are gluten-free and dairy-free, you’d never guess it by the taste.

Family meals on week nights don’t have to be a bore. Try these great ideas from Maple Grove area residents for each Monday in March. Some of these dishes can be made or prepped the weekend before so that first night of the week can be quick and easy.

OMNI Brewing Company—open since September 2015—features a special brew almost every month. For the month of March, they will be re-introducing a St. Patty’s Day favorite—Rua.

The Fountains at Arbor Lakes remains one of the go-to spots in Maple Grove—filled with favorite shops and restaurants. Since opening the doors last July, the family-owned restaurant Hong Thai has become one of the hottest new places to eat.