Foodies with North Dakota Ties Make Top Six for SAVEUR Magazine’s 2015 Food Blog Awards

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Voting is open to the public through April 30

BISMARCK, ND – From a record-breaking 50,000 nominations, two food bloggers with North Dakota ties, Kristin Rosenau and Molly Yeh, have made the top six for SAVEUR Magazine's 2015 food blog awards in the Best Baking & Desserts Category. Public voting to select the best food blog is open now through April 30.  Cast your vote by visiting: http://www.saveur.com/content/blog-awards-2015-vote.

Bismarck native, Kristin Rosenau’s blog, Pastry Affair, is designed for the home baker and features a variety of recipes paired special cooking tips, ingredient recommendations and homegrown stories of baking triumphs, failures and family memories that make the recipes and Rosenau approachable and inspiring. Her work has been featured in HGTV Magazine, Bon Apetit and Food & Wine. She was also named to The Times’ (U.K.) 10 best food bloggers and Huffington Post’s best food bloggers. When she’s not blogging, this aspiring physicist-turned-baker is a high school science teacher at Perham High School in Minnesota.

Molly Yeh moved to North Dakota by way of Brooklyn, NY, continuing her successful food and travel blog, My Name is Yeh. Her Jewish and Chinese roots as well as her husband’s gluten and dairy free diet influence her recipes, which she walks through complete with links to tips and how-to examples. Yeh is also a blogger for Betty Crocker, has done freelance work for Food & Wine and Conde Nast Traveler, and was named Yahoo Food’s blogger of the year in 2014.  This Julliard-trained percussionist now lives on a farm outside Grand Forks.

North Dakota’s food culture has evolved in more recent years with unique local restaurants, breweries, bakeries and food trucks popping up in communities across the state. This increase in food and beverage options has resulted in an increase in attention to and respect for North Dakota’s culinary prowess. In fact, Fargo Brewing’s “Iron Horse” American pale ale and Laughing Sun’s “Sinister pear” Belgian golden strong ale made Men’s Journal’s list of the 101 Best Beers in America. Nichole’s Fine Pastry in Fargo was named in People magazine’s “A Cake from Every State” listing,

Unique food and wine events in North Dakota have also become more prominent with Art & Wine Walks now happening in Grand Forks, Bismarck, and Minot; Fargo’s Beer and Bacon Festival in its second year, Yoga on Tap at the Fargo Brewing Company, and Artful Happy Hour in Jamestown.

Long-standing traditional food festivals still draw crowds as well with Norsk Hostfest now the largest Scandinavian festival in the U.S., Sauerkraut Day in Wishek drawing hundreds each fall, and the popular Chokecherry Festival in Williston honoring our state fruit.

Whether catering to native North Dakotans or welcoming new faces to our communities, North Dakota’s food culture is on the rise and earning positive national attention.

For more information on North Dakota’s unique dining opportunities, visit www.ndtourism.com or call 701-328-2525 or 800-435-5663.

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