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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Bar at Il Foro in Minneapolis, Minnesota
News: Il Foro Closes

What happened to Minneapolis’ high profile Italian stunner?


Beef brisket from Q Fanatic in Minneapolis
Raising the Barbecue Bar in the Twin Cities

New Q Fanatic in Minneapolis and Handsome Hog in St. Paul are proving that barbecue does not only belong to the South.


Lawless Distillery
Coming Soon: Lawless Distillery Cocktail Room

The Seward neighborhood is about to get a cocktail room from Lawless Distilling Co.


Gnocchi at Bachelor Farmer
Paul Berglund: JBFA Winner and Secret Gnocchi King

Is the best gnocchi in Minnesota not at any Italian place whatsoever but at New North pioneer Bachelor Farmer?


Swedish chef Magnus Nilsson
Meet the Superstar Swedish Chef

Why is Magnus Nilsson, one of the world’s most exciting culinary minds, having a gallery show in Minneapolis?


Two bottles of pink wine
Chilled Out: The Best Pink Wines

Rosé season is upon us. This versatile and affordable pink wine is the perfect way to ring in spring.


glasses of wine
A Wine Tasting to Blow Your Mind

The New American Classics Tastemakers event is the wine event of the year.


Mucci's deep-fried pizz
St. Paul's New Mucci's Fried Pizza Is Totally Worth It

Mucci’s is a hipster funhouse and a noble addition to St. Paul’s red-sauce row.


nigiri sushi illustrations
Coming Soon: Kaiseki Furukawa

Didn't see this one coming: Minneapolis is getting a bona fide kaiseki restaurant.


Menu at Surly Brewer's Table
Revisit: Surly Brewer’s Table Is Amazing

Talent and time have truly focused Brewer's Table at Surly.


Foreign Legion
Foreign Legion: Dunzo

Foreign Legion, the terrific wine bar, pizza spot, and pretzel grissini wonderland, is closing April 16.


Left: Poplar Ridge rental unit at Caribou Highlands in Lutsen. Right: Steps down to guest  cabins at
A North for All Seasons

A perfect destination for each season, because in the North it's as much about when you go as where.


Bottles of Earl Giles mixers
Introducing Earl Giles

Fancy cocktails have a new buddy in Earl Giles.


Nelson Christensen, professor of physics at Carleton College
Five Questions With Nelson Christensen

The Carleton College physics professor answers our important question: 'Who has more gravity, Prince or Babe the Blue Ox?


A delicate pile of Swedish pancakes with citrus and rye at brunch at Upton 43 in Minneapolis, MN
Art of Sweden

Erick Harcey’s new Upton 43 may be the most challenging new restaurant in town.


Pip Hanson at Marvel Bar
Pip Hanson Returns!

After earning international kudos, one of our top bartenders is coming home.


Kung Fu restaurant in Minneapolis
First Bite: Kung Fu Noodles

The ramen boom continues.


james beard awards
2016 James Beard Awards Finalists Announced!

There are five local food movers and shakers up for the coveted James Beard Award, including ...


Sneak Peek: Starkeller Brewery

Looks like Starkeller Brewery in New Ulm will be the first sour-only brewery in Minnesota.


COMING SOON: Ann Kim Brings Young Joni to NE

Ann Kim finally reveals details about her her new restaurant that will open in NE this summer.


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