Food & Drink

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Molly Wizenberg

Urban city centers and trendy suburbs are no longer the only hubs for great dining. Acclaimed restaurants are popping up all over Minnesota, in small towns and rural areas.

It’s a great time to be a foodie in Wayzata. Over the last year, several new restaurants from some of the Twin Cities’ most respected chefs have debuted in our lakeside community.

If a holiday happy hour is a sprint, New Year’s Eve is a marathon. A party to end all parties—at least the 2017 variety—can easily span several hours leading up to the much-anticipated countdown. Why not make the most of time with friends by throwing together a no-fuss charcuterie board?

Improving one’s health is the quintessential New Year’s resolution. Local holistic health guru Jodi McKee has a recipe for aspiring health-nuts in 2018: It’s a comforting classic—hot chocolate—with a twist. The secret ingredient? A mushroom called chaga. Don’t let the weirdness stop you.

At 94, Jim Jennings still checks in at each of his restaurants daily. As the son of a bootlegger, a Minnesota Hospitality Hall of Famer, and the owner of countless well-known restaurants and a liquor store throughout the years—it’s in his blood.

A Warm Winter by Feridun Oral
Recommended for preschool to grade three.

White-tablecloth dining is alive and well in downtown Wayzata. Gianni’s Steakhouse showcases elegant steaks, chops, seafood, lake fish and salads in a tradition that goes back more than 20 years.

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