Our own Becca Dilley will be one of the judges for the epic-looking Lift Bridge Brewing cookie bake-off and Biscotti beer release on Dec. 17, locally based Joia soda wins best carbonated beverage of 2011 from BevNet, Wisconsin-based BelGioioso Cheese wins six medals at the World Cheese Awards, some options for those hoping to give the gift of food to those in need this holiday season, Anoka-Hennepin schools are apparently a lousy place to be gay but a good place to be hungry, some more local holiday food gift ideas, after their tempestuous public debut this April 1 the Pour Decisions Brewing Company resurfaces in a marathon 34-minute-long video hosted by Northern Brewer, P.O.S. of Doomtree and John Grider of Broken Crow make some doughnuts over at MPLS.TV, and it looks like Trader Joe’s will be bringing its patented blend of quirky frozen food and traffic congestion to the already bustling Lyn-Lake area of Uptown. (The rumors have been flying for quite a while now.) Also, remember when EMF did that ad for Kraft Crumbles? Crazy, right?