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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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.

hops | Caitlin Abrams
MN's First Farm Taproom Is On The Way

Waseca's Half Pint Brewery will finally give you the chance to show the kids where hops come from.

Tiny Diner

With Tiny Diner open and The Third Bird coming, Minneapolis finds itself fully in the age of Kim Bartmann. Pass the fries?

Corn Fritz from Blue Barn at MN State Fair
Top 5 New Foods of the MN State Fair

Dara drills down her top picks from the Great Minnesota Get-Together. Dig in!

The Blue Barn in The West End Market at the Minnesota State Fair.
There Will Be Frozen-Foam Blueberry Grainbelt At The State Fair

The Fair's new West End Market includes two enormous restos & the craziest Grainbelt ever.

A still from Chipotle's The Scarecrow video
Don’t Freak Out About Ebola

Freak out about antibiotic resistant diseases born in your chicken’s poop instead.

Jason Good
Jason Good, Modern Family Guy

The ridiculous, amazing story of a daddy, a blogger, a book deal, and what it means to be a man.

Brasserie Zentral
Brasserie Zentral is for Grown Ups

Downtown Minneapolis’s new Brasserie Zentral is wonderfully off trend—a restaurant for adults.

Jamie Malone
Jamie Malone Leaves Sea Change for Brut

Jamie Malone announces her new restaurant, called Brut—and it's with Erik Anderson. Love and champagne, people.

Saucy Burt's
They Don’t Shoot Food Trucks, Do They?

Tracking down the ghosts of food trucks passed.

Diane Yang at La Belle Vie
Pastryquake 2.0!

Diane Yang leaves La Belle Vie for Merchant, and Niki Francioli ditches Brasserie Zentral for La Belle Vie. Phew.

Sneak Peek: The Third Bird

Kim Bartmann's new restaurant on Loring Park looks to open in August.

MN Butterfly
Extinction Distinction

The search for the loneliest butterfly: the Poweshiek skipperling.

Five Watt Coffee in Minneapolis
Land of 10,000 Crazy Iced Coffees

When chilled coffee isn't enough: Dara looks into all the ways local coffee brewers are amping up your summer caffeine boost.

Details On Gavin Kaysen's New Mpls Restaurant

With plans to open this Fall, Merchant will be a frisbee’s throw from Bachelor Farmer and run by Bill Summerville.

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