Food & Drink Stories

Lots of great places to eat in our region! Here are a few Greater Mankato Area food & drink stories to keep you in the know.

Dried Tea

Customer Service to a Tea – Karshe Tea

Sami Ismail has come a long way and invested a lot of himself with the help of his family to open Karshe Tea in Mankato
Photo by Molly Butler - Living Earth Center in Mankato

One Woman’s Zero-Waste Journey in the Greater Mankato Area

Molly Butler shares her journey towards zero-waste living and offers some steps that anyone can implement
Submitted Photo - Sambusas from J's Sambusa in North Mankato

A Long Road to a Taste of Somalia – J’s Sambusa

Nasra “Jamila” Ibrahim has traveled a long way and overcome many obstacles to open her new restaurant, J's Sambusa in North Mankato
Vegetable farmer market

What You See Is What You Get – Healthy Creations

Kristi Schuck and Marie Farley Christensen met under the worst of circumstances but out of extreme adversity, the two entrepreneurs created something beautiful and healthy
Submitted Photo - Burger flight at Nolabelle Kitchen + Bar in Mankato

Farm-to-Table Flair – Nolabelle Kitchen + Bar

Farm-to-Table Flair - Nolabelle Kitchen + Bar, a new restaurant in Mankato is work of Alexa Swindell Prosser and specializes in local farm-to-table fare
Photo by Don Lipps - The Hub Food Park in Old Town Mankato

Taste of Outdoors – The Hub Food Park

What is it about outdoor dining that we love so much? Whether a picnic in a park or a patio table at a restaurant,...
Submitted Photo - A sampling of some of the many original varieties at Locale Brewing Company

Shop Locale! – Jim and Lauren Parejko and Locale Brewing Company

Jim and Lauren Parejko offer insight into starting Locale Brewing Company which the couple opened in 2018
Submitted Photo - Offerings from the Cheese and Pie Mongers in St. Peter

The Cheese and Pie Mongers – Handcrafted Just Like Grandma’s

Taking a bite out of a pie baked at Saint Peter’s one and only Cheese and Pie Mongers is like taking a trip in time to Grandma’s home kitchen.
Submitted Photo - Offerings from Najwa's Catering in Mankato, MN

Mankato Staple – Najwa Massad & Najwa’s Catering

Najwa Massad has come a long way - from Lebanon, to running several successful business, to becoming the mayor of Mankato. Beneath it all is a heart that beats with a love for family, her community, and hospitality.

Eat Your Words? – Edible Book Festival Offers Unique Way to Appreciate Literature

4th Annual Edible Book Festival at the North Mankato Taylor Library memorably dishes up both sweet treats and community togetherness.