Food & Drink

Atmosphere is the white whale of the restaurant industry: The harder one tries to capture it, the quicker it slips through the weather-worn grasp. A perfect catch is the balance between a destination eatery and the neighborhood bar, where friends are always near at hand.

Many in the St. Croix Valley are asking themselves this month, “How do you return the unconditional love only a mother can give?” In May, the month of mothers, you could agonize over which sentimental gift shows her how much you care, or you could give her the greatest gift of all—your time.

Some might ask: What do a Caribbean island and Hudson have in common? Thanks to restaurateur Pete Foster, the two unite at the San Pedro Cafe, a spot favored by locals for its unusual flavor combinations and a warm, relaxed atmosphere.

After a successful first year, the Afton Farmers’ Market will return to Afton Town Square Park this summer. The market offers the unique items of 12 to 20 vendors from 4 to 7 p.m. each Thursday, June through October; local farmers and artisans are featured.

Whether he’s busy working the line or dreaming up new cocktails, it’s clear that restaurateur Mark Hanson infuses his culinary vision into every part of Marx Fusion Bistro & Bar.

Even if it doesn’t feel like spring yet, Cooks of Crocus Hill will warm up all five of your senses with a fun and engaging cooking class.

In its inaugural 99 Beers in 99 Cities ranking, put Stillwater at No. 17 on its list of the best cities in the United States for craft beer.

A plate of food made from the heart has the ability to make you feel loved. Pair that with a cultivated wine from a vineyard in France, Washington state, or Italy and you have a perfect evening with that someone special.

Standing behind the handsome marble bar in LoLo American Kitchen & Craft Bar in downtown historic Stillwater, co-owner and bar program director Joe Ehlenz chats with customers and mixes cocktails while his business partner, culi

Winter is the perfect time to cozy up with a steaming mug of coffee. With so many wonderful coffee shops to visit all along the St. Croix River Valley, we stopped by four venues in Stillwater and Hudson this month to chat with the owners and find out what they have brewing this winter.