Announcing our new food section

I'm proud to announce that City Pages has hired two new food critics and will soon launch an ambitious new dining section in print and online.


Our lead columnist, Rachel Hutton, is a familiar voice to Twin Cities foodies. For the past six years, she has been covering the local dining scene for Minnesota Monthly, where she won three awards from the Minnesota Magazine and Publications Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. A graduate of Stanford University, Hutton edited the essay collection Before the Mortgage in 2006. Hutton's column will critique the Twin Cities' newest buzz-worthy restaurants and provide perspective on movers, shakers, and food makers across the local landscape.

"I'm absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to write a weekly column," Hutton says. "For a long time, City Pages has been the must-read resource for anybody who cares about dining in the Twin Cities, and I'm excited to build on that legacy."

Hutton will be joined by James Norton, with whom she previously worked at Minnesota Monthly. Norton is a weekly columnist for, and has contributed food writing to and Popular Science. Norton will write a weekly half-page column that explores our local restaurant scene from a street-level perspective—think great meals for under $20 and bars with specials on unique drinks.

"I get a kick out of eating anything from mini cubanos at Chino Latino to gyros at Holy Land to wings from Shorty & Wags," Norton says. "A lot of the best eating in the Twin Cities can be found out in the neighborhoods, and rooting it out promises to be a tremendous amount of fun."

Both Hutton and Norton will be regular contributors to a new food blog, which we’ll be launching soon. The blog will feature fresh daily content and a Friday podcast hosted by Hutton and Norton.

Our new dining section debuts in the February 20 issue. Bridging the gap will be two columns by longtime City Pages copy chief Bridgette Reinsmoen, who will also be a contributor to the food blog.

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