Food & Drink

Minnesota is one of the country’s major food hubs with some of the best-known names in the food industry based here. Amid high-profile Twin Cities companies like General Mills and Cargill, food developers might be a less obvious part of the scene.

These days we hear a lot about food and kitchen hacks as a way to up your game in the kitchen, but for food professionals, finding ways to save time in the kitchen is less of a commodity and more of a lifestyle.

Does the idea of being paid to try products and offer your opinion sound exciting?

In 2011, Mark Largent set out to create a cheese curd for the food service industry that would be “Minnesota-Wisconsin” quality. A Wisconsin native familiar with the Minnesota State Fair’s curds, Largent wanted to make it possible for restaurants to offer curds as good as the ones at the fair.

Here are three suggestions from Sid’s Discount Liquors, all with hints of fall flavor, that are great for this time of year.

If you’re looking for a way to spice things up this fall, try this cocktail suggestion by Tim Martin, wine manager at Sid’s Discount Liquor. It’s the perfect drink for a crisp, cool day.

You’ll find many fall favorites available when you step into a Lunds & Byerlys this time of year, such as pumpkins, apple cider and a variety of festive bakery items for Halloween.

Haskell’s John Slattery and Patrick Chapman recommend these drinks for September:
The Gardener Russian River Pinot Noir 
This wine has a fruity flavor and is aged in French Oak barrels for 10 months.

Two Pony Gardens is a green floral oasis that features the tranquility of the countryside, but is actually no further than 15 minutes west of Plymouth in Long Lake.

Come and get it ChuckWagon style. Plymouth-based ChuckWagon Catering puts out a spread worthy of any occasion.