Food & Drink

Kevin Horn is a tremendously talented dude. His photographs not only exemplify a deep understanding of his craft, but also leave the viewer with a great sense of ambience in his images.

When 6Smith owner Randy Stanley first moved to Excelsior, he admits he was stymied by the geographical—and culinary—void that existed in the suburban space between Minneapolis and Maple Grove.

In the ever-changing Twin Cities food scene, most independent restaurants are considered lucky to see their fourth anniversary, let alone their eighty-fourth.

Jim Rogers knew he was Irish by age 5. “My mother never let me forget. She pinned green shamrocks to my shirt when I went off to school,” he says. That was St. Patrick’s Day—maybe a superficial way to recognize one’s heritage, but one that stands out.

“When you go to Disney World, you expect to see Mickey Mouse—not just one ear, but two. That’s their brand,” says Brian Schmechel, general manager of the Saint Paul Hotel. “And we have ours.”

Donuts practically grow on Chris Moquist’s family tree. His grandpa Cliff began selling freshly made ones in the 1950s, alongside grocery staples and ice cream, at his Dairyland shop in Watertown, S.D.

While everyone has their own tastes and preferences, there are a few themes to consider as you’re choosing springtime wine for meals and gatherings this season.

When Black Dog Café opened in Lowertown in 1998, it was the only café or restaurant in the neighborhood. But as the neighborhood evolved over the years, Black Dog Café found the need to change, too, co-owner Sara Remke says.

Ask Margo Bredeson about the early days of her career, and she might mention working in a tiny bakery—eventually covered in flour, fully immersed in the art of baking Swiss and Austrian pastries—as a college student in Madison, Wisconsin.