Food & Drink

The enchilada and eggs at Coalition.

50th and France is a decades-old destination for shopping, strolling, pampering and dining. Expand your palettes in Edina through the diverse group of local restaurants and cafés that offer wine tasting events, new brews and seasonally inspired menus.

As Minnesotans, there are certain foods that we can claim as a birthright, traditional recipes that define the 32nd state with button-bursting pride, as well as a heaping side dish of mockery. Hotdish anyone? Maybe a slab of lutefisk?

Put aside Edina’s cake-eating reputation and you still have a bounty of locally made baked goods: cookies, pastries, doughnuts, breads, bars and muffins to choose from.

With Edina Community Education cooking classes disrupted this fall due to construction and renovation of facilities, what’s a culinary hopeful to do? Fear not. Excellent learning opportunities abound for wannabes as well as experienced chefs.

Cooks of Crocus Hill

More than 350 doctors and medical office staff see close to 500 patients a day at the Edina offices of Twin Cities Orthopedics (TCO), an orthopedic urgent care, same-day surgery and physical therapy facility on West 65th Street in Edina.

Entertaining can be so much easier when guests bring a dish to share. But do you occasionally get stumped over what to bring? No worries. We asked around and came up with a few recipes that will likely become your potluck standbys for those occasions when you’re asked to bring a dish to pass.

Vegetarians come in many forms: ovo, lacto, ovo-lacto, vegans, semi-vegetarians and even lesser-known fruitarians. Some avoid eggs, dairy, honey, cheese or everything besides fruit, but all tend to steer clear of meat.

Edina residents love their dogs, and love to keep them by their side. Last October, the City of Edina passed an ordinance allowing dogs on restaurant patios.

Call them starters, call them appetizers, call them shareables, but whatever you do, don’t pass over them on the menu. Fun, shareable food encourages lively conversation among family and friends. These dishes are easily split into bite-sized tidbits.