by Heidi L. Everett
St. Joseph has some serious street cred when it comes to food and beverage in the United States. Two local establishments have been recognized on a national stage for being the best.
Krewe walked away with Midwest Living magazine’s Best New Restaurant 2021. In the citation, the magazine noted:
“St. Joseph, Minnesota owners Mateo Mackbee and Erin Lucas could have rocked the Twin Cities with their Cajun-Creole dishes inspired by the cooking of Mackbee’s New Orleans-born mother. Instead, they opted to be the first Black-owned business in this rural college town of 7,000, working to shine a light on racial inequities while serving the best jambalaya, crawfish and crab cakes for hundreds of miles around.”
And, we are so glad they did.
If you have yet to indulge in their mouthwatering jambalaya-smothered catfish or grandpa’s gumbo, what are you waiting for?
Krewe is open from 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and then 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. You can also order online at www.krewemn.com.
And then there’s Milk & Honey Ciders, who are among the finalists in USA Today’s Readers’ Choice 2021 for best cidery.
As USA Today explained, the popularity of cider as a beer alternative has exploded in recent years. According to Statista, there were more than 800 cider makers in the United States as of 2018.
USA Today asked a panel of industry experts to nominate their 20 favorite cideries from coast to coast. Milk & Honey Ciders made the list along with some stiff competition from across the country, including cideries from Atlanta, Boston, Denver, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Spokane.
And if you didn’t know: Milk & Honey Ciders makes their beverages from heirloom and traditional cider apple cultivars. The focus is on dry, aromatic and tannic ciders produced with minimal intervention to let the natural apple flavor shine through.
Fans voted online until Tuesday, March 16. Winners will be announced on Friday, March 26.
Regardless of the outcome, Milk & Honey Ciders is number one in our book.
Learn more about the taproom at www.milkandhoneyciders.com.