In the Midwest, we have a healthy appreciation for food—good food. And that preoccupation is oozing (read: pouring) its way into the St. Croix Valley. So quickly, I might add, that lately it seems I could fill an entire year’s worth of St. Croix Valley Magazine issues with stories on new restaurants, pop-ups, coffee shops, food/beverage carts and events. Luckily, the themes of this issue are home and—you guessed it—food. So we’re going all out and embracing the cooler weather and the start of the holiday season with some mouth-watering meals and inspiring stories from local chefs, entrepreneurs and interior designers.
Last issue, we dove into Hudson’s food culture, so this month, we’re looking across the river at some new additions to Stillwater’s budding culinary scene. Meet chef Anthony Gilbert, whose Detroit-style pies caught the attention of the Lolo Group, leading to a partnership and prime downtown location. Writer Jennifer Pitterle talks family, shifting careers and, of course, rectangle pizzas with Gilbert. Then, get a glimpse into the heart behind You & Me Café—which opened on Stillwater’s South Hill in April. Local entrepreneurs and owners Dariush and Sarah Moslemi share the unique way they plan to uplift their chefs in the coming months.
Even our home stories revolve around food this issue—with a spectacular kitchen remodel by Draper House Design Co. and deep-dive into curating tablescapes this holiday season with the help of Brick + Linen.
I hope this issue makes you hungry—for great food, change and, above all, community connection.
Until next time,