Columnist/Reporter | Dining and Food

Rick Nelson joined the staff of the Star Tribune in 1998 and is the newspaper's restaurant critic. He is a Twin Cities native, a University of Minnesota graduate and a James Beard Award winner. 

Nelson and Taste editor Lee Svitak Dean are publishing "The Great Minnesota Cookie Book: Award-winning recipes from the Star Tribune's Holiday Cookie Contest" (University of Minnesota Press) in October 2018.

5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week

Our food writers highlight the favorites of their weekly dining experiences.

36-plus Twin Cities restaurant patios for soaking up the warm weekend

Grab a mask and take advantage of the pre-spring weather.

It's fish fry season! 26 to try in the Twin Cities metro

Dive into the Friday fish fry ritual at these local restaurants.

Black Sheep Pizza chef/owner will revive barbecue restaurant in North Loop

Jordan Smith is teaming up with Rapids Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids, Minn.

Chef Ann Ahmed has a name for her new south Minneapolis restaurant

After dropping "Spice Market," she has chosen a name with a personal connection.

Maverick's Real Roast Beef adding another location in Stillwater

Expect the same menu as the original Maverick's in Roseville, with beer to follow.

Lat14 Asian Eatery owner to bring new restaurant, retail space to Minneapolis

Chef Ann Ahmed is hoping to open her third restaurant sometime this spring.

Curry Diva pop-up in Minneapolis (finally) lands a home of her own

After seven years of cooking at Our Kitchen, chef/owner Heather Jansz has a kitchen of her own.

Twin Cities culinary duo started Aliment Pasta Co. after noodling a pandemic change

The culinary veterans seized the moment and started a new venture: Aliment Pasta Co.

How a Minnesota tax credit has saved historic buildings

Over the past 10 years, the state's historic tax credit has been applied to more than 100 projects all over Minnesota.