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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Best New Restaurants 2014

Tons of new talent and ideas are raising the bar on our already-happening local eating scene.

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.

Surly Beer Hall under construction
Surly Beer Hall to Open: December

Jorge Guzman spills some details about the forthcoming Surly taproom.

harvest beer festival logo
The 2014 Harvest Beer Festival Is Here

Go to a castle and drink unlimited beer.

Mighty Axe Hops
The Great Minnesota Hop Boom

Behold the land of 10,000 hop yards.

Red Table Meats
Red Table Meats Debuts . . . Finally.

After many delays, Mike Phillips’ Red Table Meats is finally launching.

Flavor Man

Next time you’re at happy hour, raise a glass to Jim Aune the mellow Minnesotan who invented root beer schnapps.

dishes at Libertine in Minneapolis

Tim McKee’s new Uptown restaurant brings great food to luxury-condo world.

Janet McNally with her flock at Tamarack Lamb & Wool
Wolves at the Door

A woman who tends a flock of sheep stands between them and the wolves of northern Minnesota.

Surly Chef Jorge Guzman
The Surly Nation Gets a Chef

We check in with the freshly hired chef of Surly's new brewery complex, Jorge Guzman.

Day Block Brewing
Editor's Picks: Best of Beer

Our food and drink editors pick their favorite pours and beer ephemera.

Charcuterie master Geoffrey Hausmann
Introducing Pork & Pickle, Mpls.’ Newest Pop-Up

Your primer on the new meat-centric concept from former Travalian chef-pirate Geoff Hausmann.

Vellee Deli food truck parked at Capella in Minneapolis.
Vellee Deli's Getting A DT Minneapolis Storefront

. . . The only question is where. Dara thinks she knows the answer.

Alan Bergo, the executive chef at Salt Cellar in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Introducing Salt Cellar And Its Forager Chef

The St. Paul resto from Lenny Russo and the Eagle St. Grill folks will be a retro steakhouse with a forager chef at the helm.

Red Wagon Pizza in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Red Wagon Pizza: Soon Available Sans Wagon

The mobile pizza maker is kneading a brick-and-mortar home in Southwest Minneapolis.

Real Scandals of Lake Minnetonka

Don’t let those happy yachters fool you, torrid secrets lurk beneath those blue, blue waters.

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