Ask A Midwesterner: Diane Yang, Executive Pastry Chef at Spoon and Stable


Diane Yang Spoon and Stable

With La Belle Vie, Aquavit, and Solera under her belt, Diane Yang stepped into the role of Executive Pastry Chef at Minneapolis’ Spoon and Stable when it opened in 2014.  The James Beard Award-nominated chef created a whimsical and modern menu of not-too-sweet desserts (her personal preference). Think Blackberry and Beeswax Crema and Poppy Seed Angel Cake with rhubarb, lemongrass ice cream, and pistachios. And, if you’re going to Sunday brunch, save room for her massive pastry bar. A lot of room.

We put the Minneapolis dessert master through our 18-question ringer to see where her Midwest roots (and tastes) lie.

Favorite place in the Midwest?
Superior North Shore

What temperature is considered warm enough for no coat?
45 when the suns out

Favorite meal to cook?
Steak with veggies on

What’s a hidden gem in your city?
If I told you, it wouldn’t be so hidden, but my second favorite spot is down under the 35W bridge at night looking towards the downtown skyline.

Local coffee shop of choice?
Five Watt Coffee

Go-to pizza toppings?

Soda or Pop?
It’s POP

Duck Duck Goose or Duck Duck Grey Duck?
Duck Duck Grey Duck

Favorite condiment?

Favorite local brewery?
Lift Bridge Brewery or Enki Brewing

Can you name all the ingredients in puppy chow?
Peanut butter, chocolate, Chex cereal, powder sugar

How many shovels do you own?
At least 3

Favorite food on a stick?
Corn dog

Skiing or wakeboarding?

Signature drink order?
Gin Gimlet

Mississippi River or Great Lakes?
Great Lakes

Favorite Midwestern artist?
Bob Dylan

Favorite building in the Midwest?
Target building at night


Connect with Diane Yang
Twitter: @pastrydiane
Instagram: @dianemyang