Food & Drink

“The Grocer’s Table is exactly what Wayzata needed,” says Erica A. on a Facebook review. Talk about a ringing endorsement. “We’ve had a really nice, warm welcome from the community here,” says Lindsay Pohlad, owner of The Grocer’s Table.

In 2005, Bess Giannakakis started a 15-seat restaurant in Minneapolis and named it Colossal Café.

As Minnesotans, we are duty-bound to enjoy our many lakes to the max; our state motto won’t let us forget our natural abundance of water (86,936 square miles of it, across the state). We are deep in the season to be on the lake, and by “on the lake” we mean boating.

If you ever find yourself debating with friends or family where to meet for brunch, search no more. The Buttered Tin, TBT for short, offers American breakfast classics made in a fresh, homemade and updated way.

If you didn’t attend the farmers’ market, did the summer season really happen? Perhaps, but it probably was less memorable (and less flavorful) than it would have been if you had.

Mother’s Day is one of the busiest restaurant days of the year, probably because moms like to eat out.

In Novermber, ICA Food Shelf hosted The Great Taste event, an evening that showcased the local restaurant scene. Attendees began the night with appetizers and cocktails provided by area restaurants while they bid on silent and live auction items and a fund-a-need for all ICA programs.

In this fantastic little book, How to Survive: The Extraordinary Resilience of Ordinary People, published by up-and-coming press Think Piece Publishing, Saint Paul author Andy Steiner explores the idea of resiliency and the notion that every individual has the capacity to be resilient.

Picture an old-school restaurant, decked out like Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel. Think of the dining room—a vast chamber framed with dark wood paneling holding court to a sea of white tablecloths, polished silverware, fine china and sparkling glasses.

In the world of chain coffee shops and convenience on every corner, it’s sometimes easy to forget what an independent shop can offer. Aside from quality and often local ingredients, the communities that are built within these independent shops are hard to find anywhere else.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan is the much-deserved winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize and a beautiful tapestry of the human condition.