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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Calling Out Cat Callers

Lindsey M. is a sweet-smiling Ivy League litigator who’s taking on Minneapolis’s street harassers, one catcall at a time.

Look, Booze Growlers Are A Thing

Micro-distilleries finally have an answer to microbrewery growlers: 375 milliliter bottles.

Jamie Malone
Coming Soon: Scena

The new Uptown super spot will feature Jamie Malone, Erik Anderson, and Bittercube Bitters chef-driven cocktails.

Twin Spirits Distillery logo
Coming Soon: Our First One-Woman Distillery!

Northeast will soon be home to Twin Spirits Distillery from the talents of Michelle Winchester.

The Dinner Party Download
The Dinner Party Download Comes To Town

The secret to APM's hit interview show is that they tape it . . . SHIRTLESS?!

Zap On, Zap Off

The future of tattoos is being written in Northeast Minneapolis, and it’s a lot less permanent than it used to be.

Namaste Cafe Uptown, Minneapolis
Help Namaste Café Help Earthquake Victims!

The latest tastiness from the Uptown Nepalese joint is a helping of global good will.

Announcing the Fanciest CSA Ever

The Twin Cities' most lauded restaurant, La Belle Vie, now offers a CSA box program.

Oliphant Brewing’s
Go East!

It’s road-trip season, and the east metro towns of Stillwater, Hudson, Bayport, and Somerset have bloomed over the winter with several new drive-worthy destinations.

Sandcastle's Curdburger with a side of tots
The Curdburger & The Turdburger Are Now Actual Things

Lake Nokomis eatery, Sandcastle, is dropping a pair of new burgers, which, thankfully, contain turds in name only.

Top Four Drink Destinations

Go beyond the bass and Bunyan on your Minnesotan travels with Dara's four drink destinations.

Fika restaurant inside the American Swedish Institute
AWP Great Author’s Eating & Drinking Guide

When discussing literary icons, one does need a snack.

Going Off Script

Al Milgrom all but single-handedly created the indie-film-viewing scene in Minnesota.

Jim Christiansen in the kitchen at Heyday restaurant in Minneapolis, MN
Heyday's Jim Christiansen Named a Food & Wine Top New Chef

A chat with the MSP wunderkind on making the mag's Top Ten New Chefs list.

Coming Soon: Parella

The original Figlio space will soon be the home of MN-turned-NYC-turned-MN again chef Todd Macdonald’s first Minneapolis restaurant.

John Kraus of Patisserie 46
Zen and the Art of Chocolate Cake Maintenance

John Kraus, of Patisserie 46, might be the best baker in the United States—but he’s also a south Minneapolis hockey dad.

Monello and Constantine

Former LBV chef de cuisine Mike DeCamp plans to turn Porter & Frye into an Italian sea urchin haven, with Jesse Held pouring cocktails downstairs.

Interior of L’Etoile du Nord Café in Bayport
First Bite: L’Etoile du Nord Café in Bayport

Bayport gets Belgian waffles, beer, and pizza, lucky ducks.

Joe Rolle in the kitchen at Borough
Joe Rolle's IN at Il Foro & Some Spring Resto Updates

The former Borough chef resurfaces at Il Foro, plus updates on The Lex and the unnamed DeCamp restaurant!

Interior of Shag Sushi in the North Loop of Minneapolis
First Bite: Shag Sushi

Is the new sushi spot in North Loop groovy, baby?

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