Sue Z. Says

THERE ARE SOME new cookbooks that will make great gifts for cooks for the upcoming holiday season, including: The Complete 15 Minute Gourmet by local author Paulette Mitchell; Make it Minnesotan! Sesquicentennial Cookbook: 150 Years of Recipes and Stories from Minnesota Kitchens by Claire Plank; Come One, Come All by Star Tribune food editor Lee Svitak Dean; Potluck Paradise, by Rae Katherine Eighmey and Deborah L.Miller; and Fried by Steve Lerach.

Local D’Lish, a new gourmet-food shop is up and running, offering fresh and local items in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis (208 N. First St., 612-205-2692). Owner Ann Yin carries everything from Sweet Cheeks Frozen Organic Baby Food to Golden Fig vinegars, as well as cheeses galore, fresh produce, locally baked breads and full takeout meals.

I was thrilled to hear the news that Simon Delivers was bought by Coborn’s and that the trucks are delivering again. Go to to order—just the way you did when it was Simon Delivers.

At the newly named Girvan Grille, located at Edinburgh USA, the picturesque golf course in Brooklyn Park (8700 Edinbrook Crossing, 763-315-8535), executive chef Jim Malinowski has created a new menu that features such dishes as mahogany-braised pork, horseradish-crusted filet, “wok-and-roll” chicken salad, and walleye—all from local and sustainable sources.

Sue Zelickson is the host of WCCO Radio’s Food for Thought.

Sue Zelickson (Sue Z.) is a James Beard Award-winning food media personality, philanthropist, and longtime contributor to Minnesota Monthly and WCCO radio. She has founded the Charlie Awards, the Women Who Really Cook networking organization for women in the local food industry, and the Kids Cafe at Perspectives, Inc., which improves access to nutritious meals for families in need. You can find her buzzing around from event to event throughout the Twin Cities, helping to raise funds for charitable organizations, including some she has had a hand in building.