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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Interior of Sanctuary Restaurant in Minneapolis
Sanctuary Is Now Chef Co-Owned

Long-time chef Patrick Atanalian now has a stake in the Washington Avenue restaurant.


Taps at Surly Beer Hall | Photo by Caitlin Abrams
Surly Brewery's Next Steps

With a planned 85-seat elevated restaurant, a beer garden, an event center, and a massive patio the new Surly Brewery just keeps getting crazier.


Uptown Theater, Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Foodie Movie-Lover's Guide To Surviving Minnesota Winter

Dara's guide to the Twin Cities' best places to eat near movie theaters.


Coming Soon: St. Genevieve, a New Steven Brown Restaurant

The old Lynn on Bryant space will host Tilia chef Steven Brown's latest project.


Agra Culture
Paleo's Progress

Feeding your inner caveperson is all the rage in Minnesota, no flint axe required.


Gene Winstead
Nice Guy Finishes First

Gene Winstead is the mayor of Bloomington, and so nice you’d never believe that his kid sister is spitfire Lizz Winstead, co-creator of The Daily Show.


Peace Coffee Comes To Downtown Mpls.

In the Capella Tower, to be exact. Because you can't have a newsroom without coffee!


CIndy Joseph.
Tastemakers: Change is Good!

Meet our newest Vitamin Joy panelist Cindy Joseph.


Ján Gadzo of Andrej’s European Pastry
The Big Night

Christmas cakes inspired by Slovakian childhood.


11 Wells
Sneak Peek: 11 Wells

The upstart whiskey slingers let us poke around their distillery and cocktail room in the old Hamm's Brewery.


Hola Arepa
Meals Off Wheels

Unpacking the success of the food truck to brick-and-mortar mega-boom.


Tastemakers: Vitamin Joy

Is the reason you’re not happy because you’re not having enough fun?


The Secret to an Authentic Thanksgiving? Hard Cider.

Sweetland Orchard crafts hard cider that would make our forefathers proud.


#GrapeGate Thanksgiving, A Modest Proposal

Minnesota is large, it contains multitudes. But nowhere will you find a grape salad.


Now Open: Vikre Distillery's Cocktail Room

Minnesota's first distillery-based cocktail room is officially open for business.


Rabbit Hole restaurant in Minneapolis
Rabbit Hole: Secretly Gluten-Free!

Plus, Left Handed Cook rises again!


Exterior of Masu restaurant at Mall of America
Let Them Eat Ramen

Dara's current favorite kids' menu is at Masu in the Mall of America.


Third Bird
Mentoropolis: The Third Bird and Lyn 65

The Third Bird and Lyn 65 are new restaurants by protégés of Steven Brown and Alex Roberts— mentors on the move.


Adam Lindquist, Teddy Roosevelt impersonator
Playing Politics

Adam Lindquist gets a lot done by pretending to be former U.S. president Teddy Roosevelt.


Harvest Beer Fest at American Swedish Institute
Best of Harvest Beer Fest 2014

Now that our first ever Harvest Beer Fest has been reaped (and we've taken a long nap) we look back at the highlights.


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