It’s hard to believe the holiday season is already upon us. How is it that Halloween costumes and candy are already being clearanced out, and store shelves are filled to the brim with holiday decor? It feels like just yesterday that pumpkin spice lattes were hitting coffee shops. While my social schedule tends to get a bit over-full in the last two months of the year, I take solace in the fact that I can also fill up on time with loved ones—not to mention delicious seasonal food, drinks and treats.
If you need some help preparing your schedule and your menus for the holidays, you came to the right place. This month, we’re celebrating some of Minnesota’s cultural heritage with Scandinavian-inspired Thanksgiving recipes (page 18). We’re also getting to know local baker Margo Bredeson, the kind-hearted woman behind Edina’s beloved French bakery, Patisserie Margo (page 42). (Pro tip: order the quiche.) And speaking of French pastries, we chatted with one Edina family that is deeply connected in the French-speaking community, connecting with fellow Francophiles over food, wine and culture (page 28). But it’s not all food. For those of you parents who are equally excited and nervous to leave your kids with a babysitter for upcoming holiday parties, we’re sharing some expert advice on how to find a babysitter you trust (page 16).
So, pull up a chair and gather ’round the table (ideally with a good snack and drink!) as you enjoy our food, wine and entertaining issue!