Lenny Russo of Heartland (pictured above) makes the cut for this year’s Saveur 100 [not yet online; here’s a .jpg]. Rustica is now offering an intriguing lunch menu [also a .jpg, contributed by reader Jon Schultz]. Three of Lavender Magazine’s favorites from 2012 (look for our year in review blowout on Dec. 31.). Our editor talks Borealis Fermentery on the Current (our story’s here) and makes the New York Times “What We’re Reading” blog. A strong roundup of butcher shops and butcher shop culture in Madison. Dara offers a great rundown on local, modern takes on the good old fruitcake. A reflection on how Minnesota interacts with the global coffee trade. Stephanie March previews the exciting-sounding Borough and Parlour in the North Loop. Punch Pizza will be expanding to Woodbury. A Strib profile of Big Wood Brewery, and another of John Kraus from Patisserie 46 (here’s our video portrait of his bakery). Jason DeRusha shares his favorte Minnesota winter beers. And a BBQ bracket showdown gives high marks to Q Fanatic (we did, too).