Food & Drink

Napa Valley Brussels Sprouts

I get excited this time of year, when Brussels sprouts are in season (through mid-February) because it gives me a reason to make one of my all-time favorite and most party-perfect side dishes.

White chocolate bavarois ~ paired with ~ Raymond Ragnaud, Dessert wine/Cognac, Pineau des Charentes

When it comes to dining, oftentimes so much emphasis is placed on the main course that one of the best parts of a meal—dessert—is overlooked.

sparkling wine

Bubbles are a must for the holidays, and there are so many great variations out there that I’d like to highlight an entire category, not just one producer. 

bone broth

The old adage and once popular book title Chicken Soup for the Soul is no joke. Turns out chicken broth truly is a restorative food. Dieticians claim that broth can help keep you hydrated, clear congestion and ease cold symptoms.

grains

Why does pasta get so much of the culinary glory? Granted, it transforms dishes, comes in shapes galore and has “comfort food” written all over it.

Thai-Style Red Curry with  Turkey and Green Beans

Somewhere, someone in your family or friend circle (or maybe it’s you!) is planning this year’s Thanksgiving meal.

Wine can be appreciated all year, but it’s especially apropos during the holiday season. Dinner parties, restaurant gatherings and holiday gift giving tend to make wine top of mind for many revelers.

Kym Jolstad

One morning in August 2019, Minnetonka resident Kym Jolstad got a call from her sister Kelly. “I said, ‘Hey, Kelly, what’s up? I’m at breakfast. Is everything okay?’ and she said, ‘No,’” Jolstad says. “...

I recently helped my college-age daughter host her first dinner party for her friends. (She said they were just “hanging out,” but it was, in fact, a dinner party.)

wine set out on table

Wine and the holidays go hand in hand.  When hosting, a great pairing can make a meal so much better when done right.  Wine makes the dish taste better, and great food makes wine taste amazing.  This can be a daunting task if you think about it too hard; don’t be intimidated. 

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