ALL ARTICLES BY Stacy Brooks

chris weber holding a popsicle

Popsicles in Minneapolis? Why Not

Moving their business from a street cart to a brick & mortar store proved to be a splash of genius for this couple, who traffic in creatively flavored ice pops like grapefruit carrot and strawberry balsamic basil.

AFC cofounders (l-r) Princess Haley, Michelle Horovitz, Tasha Powell

A Taste for Change in Minneapolis

What do you get when three people form an organization that offers healthy food opportunities in an underserved Minneapolis community? Change for the good of everyone!

Sophie Mendelson and Martha Bass

Bewitched in St. Louis: An Ice Cream Tale

These two self-described “food system nerds” turned their small batch ice cream company Sugarwitch into something so magical it’s inspired a cult following.

mason dixie products

Memories of Old-Fashioned Biscuits are Baked into Mason Dixie

Ayeshah Abuelhiga hated her corporate job so she turned to what she loved best: Creating buttery, crumbly, gooey baked goods. What started as a biscuit pop-up is now a full-fledged frozen foods company.

tonya council

Chef Tonya Council Shares Her Tastes of the South, One Bite at a Time

A North Carolina chef turns her pecan crisp cookie recipe into a nationwide juggernaut of baked goodness and then some.

CHX meal

CHX: A Minneapolis Chicken Restaurant Finds Its Wings

Two childhood friends keep it simple by building a fried chicken empire created from
America’s Black experience.

chef prej iroegbu

Detroit’s Fork in Nigeria is a TikTok Sensation

When Prej Iroegbu moved to the U.S. and couldn’t find authentic Nigerian food, he did what any chef with a love for his home country’s cuisine would do. He created his own.

lemon blueberry and apple crisp cheesecakes photo credit Momo's Cheesecakes

Pay As You Go Business Momo’s Cheesecake Relies on Trust

Working two jobs didn’t leave Brenda Ledezma a lot of time to sell her homemade cheesecakes. So she left them in a cooler in her garage for sale. Trust prevailed.

kitchen with island seating

An Apartment Worth Dining In

Borough, a seasonal, contemporary American restaurant in Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood, has taken the “home” trend to heart with a new venue called
The Apartment at Borough.

emily lauer at farmers market

When Covid Throws You Lemons, Make…Pop Tarts?

Minneapolis pastry maven Emily Lauer has made Fruit & Grain’s Instagram must-read social. The proof is in the pies.