Food & Drink

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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.

Two drinkers clink two glasses of the best local Oktoberfest beers.

It's not Oktoberfest without beer, and these local breweries keep the fun pouring.

The Schlachplatte, a German dish from the Winzer Stube

Here are a few things you probably didn't know about Oktoberfest.

Traditional German beers and a pretzel at the Winzer Stube's Oktoberfest celebration.

The fun of Oktoberfest never ends at these local, long-running German restaurants that celebrate German heritage year-round.

A cheese plate and wines from Belle Vinez Winery, a winery in the St. Croix Valley.

Celebrate the harvest season by raising a glass of wine with friends and family at one of these local wineries.

A variety of Halloween drinks and decor ideas.

Spook up your Halloween party with these drink decor ideas.

Six of Sara's Tipsy Pies

Fans of Sara's Tipsy Pies can get their fix in the new Stillwater shop.

Apples and pumpkins from a local apple orchard/pumpkin patch

Take the family pumpkin picking or gather up locally grown apples to make your favorite pies, bars and crisps.

Oysters on ice at Manger in Bayport.

The types, the toppings and the technique: here's a primer on how to eat oysters.

A pizza from Manger, a new restaurant in Bayport.

Chef Mike Willenbring and his wife Nicole, a businesswoman, opened Manger after he spent years at Revé in Stillwater.

Sarah Kubler, founder of Confection Cotton Candy, stands by a cotton candy cart, available for events in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Confection Cotton Candy offers original flavors, a cart for events and sealed bags for party favors or gifts.