Food & Dining

Off the Eaten Path: Café Levain

By Heidi Fellner / August 25, 2011

Unfortunately, summer is considered the slow season for Minnesotan restaurants. It’s ironic for such a produce-rich state, but backyard grills…

Off the Eaten Path: 128 Café

By Heidi Fellner / August 11, 2011

The 128 Café has been a fixture of St. Paul’s Merriam Park neighborhood since 1996, but when Jill Wilson bought…

Dog Days of Summer Dining

By Andy Lien / August 11, 2011

The Dog Days of Summer. Sultry, lazy days. Days marked by lack of movement, a partial stagnation of sorts. But,…

Social Luxury: D’Amico Kitchen at Chambers

By Justin Jones / August 11, 2011

I don’t celebrate my birthday. Well, okay, I do, but not because I like to. I feel awkward in situations…

Kitchen in the Market

By Heidi Fellner / August 11, 2011

Taking a cooking class at Kitchen in the Market is somewhat similar to attending a class at any reputable retail-based…

Viva la Seven!

By Justin Jones / July 28, 2011

When Lavender asked me to profile some of the area’s social scene, I jumped on it faster than I do…

Off the Eaten Path: Butcher Block

By Heidi Fellner / July 28, 2011

When I became a food writer for Lavender, I was absolutely ecstatic. There was only one nagging, horrid little thought…

Restaurants: Trends for 2012

By Joy Summers / January 12, 2011

While most people have been hanging up new calendars and sweeping up the end of the pine needles, I’ve been…


By Lavender / June 4, 2010

When I moved to the Twin Cities, and got my first job, my normally reserved mother gushed, “You’re just like…

Paring Down Pairings of Wine and Food

By Lavender / December 3, 2009

Bob Andrzejek, a longtime Wine Consultant with Surdyk’s, probably has seen more than his fair share of panic. After all,…

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