Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl

Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl

Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl was born in New York City, little aware of her destiny—to eat out a lot in Minnesota. She has been writing about restaurants and wine since 1997, first as the restaurant critic for City Pages, then for Minnesota Monthly and Real Food, and now for Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. Her food writing has appeared in Gourmet, Saveur, Bon Appetit, and many other publications, (her work has appeared in six editions of the Best Food Writing in America anthology, if anyone's counting,) and her last book was Drink This: Wine Made Simple. She has been nominated 10 times for James Beard Awards, the Oscars of the food world, and has won five times. She lives in south Minneapolis with her husband and two young children, a life she says is very close to perfect, because it is rich in both Sauternes and string cheese.

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NEWS: La Belle Vie is Closing

A number of factors are causing the most important restaurant in Minneapolis to close its doors on Oct. 24.

A sample glass of beer at Mpls.St.Paul Magazine's 2014 Harvest Beer Festival
Where Were You For Your First Time?

Your first fresh hop beer can be life changing, which is why you should run, not walk, to the 2015 Harvest Beer Festival.

The Ultimate Guide To Brunch

Where to eat, drink, and be merry (before noon) in the Twin Cities.

What is Nature Worth?

This U of M professor is the leading economist when it comes to putting a dollar value on nature—and his findings might help save the planet.

Flask at Norseman Distillery in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Sneak Peek: Norseman Cocktail Room

Minneapolis’s first legal distillery since Prohibition ups the ante with a 250 seat cocktail room.

First Bite: Birdie

Take a look at Birdie, Landon Schoenefeld's newest dinner-party-chef's-table.

Jamie Malone, co-owner of Brut MN
Update: Coming Soon ... Brut MN

The long-awaited Jamie Malone/ Erik Anderson concept will be hitting the old Sapor space in the North Loop this spring.

Naked, Hot Italian

Uptown’s newest Italian spot, Parella, has nothing to hide—and that’s not easy to pull off.

Loud Mouth Food Truck Minneapolis
First Bite: Loud Mouth Food Truck

Dara tries the new farm-to-truck food truck and the results are yummy.

Oude Oak logo
Coming Soon: Oude Oak, MN's First All-Sour Brewery

How hot are sour beers? Hot enough to launch the first all-sour brewery!

The Splendid Prequel

Lynne Rossetto Kasper has been broadcasting America’s top food radio show for 20 years—but she’s even more interesting than that.

Day 1 of the Minnesota State Fair
Top 5 State Fair New Foods of 2015

Dara tasted nearly every new food, so she could bring you the good, the bad, and the ugly.

The bar at Il Foro in downtown Minneapolis
A Second Act for the Forum?

The setting of downtown’s new Il Foro is the same eye candy of a historic gem it’s been for nearly 100 years—but how’s the food?

Interior of Pig Ate My Pizza restaurant in Robbinsdale, MN
Pig Ate My Pizza Scales Back

The Twin Cities is in the middle of a major cooks drought, and the Robbinsdale pizza shop is officially feeling that pain.

Interior of Fika restaurant at American Swedish Institute
Magnus Nilsson Comes to Mpls.!

The international chef arrives with the bloom of spring.

Ferran Adrian at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Ferran Adrià Comes To Town

Clear your calendars, because the museum formerly known as the MIA is hosting the biggest food event of the year.

Eat Great Cheap

Your guide to 100 of the most delicious Twin Cities eats that are as easy on the wallet as they are tasty.

Fair State Brewing Butterfly Beer
Fair State Brewing: Sour Kings with a Secret Beer Garden

Try the top sour beers in the state, while sipping in a secret beer garden in Northeast!

Cucina Redux: Monello

Monello’s take on fine-dining Italian fills the void left by the defunct but still legendary D’Amico Cucina.

Minnesota's First Vermouth

Shaken or stirred, the all-Minnesota martini is nigh.

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