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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Sikora Polish ham case
Sikora’s: My New Favorite Polish Market

There's so many reasons to love Northeast's new Polish market, Sikora's.

La Belle Vie Lounge
Bill Summerville: Out! at La Belle Vie

Longtime sommelier, partner, maitre d', and wine guy at La Belle Vie has left La Belle Vie.

Best $20 Prix Fixe in Minnesota? The Gray House

The Lyn-Lake spot's new prix fixe concept looks to be a winner.

Cafe Maude at Loring Park, now closed
Kim Bartmann in the Old Café Maude on Loring Park?

Historic preservation versus tasty revitalization. Where do you land?

Fried chicken.
Host A Fried Chicken & Champagne Pop-Up

Acclaimed chef Erik Anderson is looking for a venue for his next pop-up. Might it be yours?

Todd Stenson Benefit at the Amsterdam
Star Studded, Serious Stuff

Three reasons why you should attend this benefit for local set designer Todd Stenson.

Fish tanks at Urban Organics aquaponics in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Exploring Aquaponics At Urban Organics

See what the new aquaponic fishery/ farm inside the former Hamm's brewery is really all about.

The Buttered Tin restaurant
The Tops: French Toast Wonderland

Dara's take on where to get the best French toast in the Twin Cities.

Ron Bowen of Prairie Restoration
Prairie Restoration

Imagine all the people saving the monarch butterfly. Ron Bowen has since childhood, and now he has a plan that just might work.

Gavin Kaysen
Michelin Starred Gavin Kaysen Leaving NYC for Mpls

The local hero and protége of Daniel Boulud comes home.

Terzo Vino Bar | Photo by Katherine Harris
The Best Wine Bars Around MSP

Put down the bottle of Two Buck Chuck and pick up the menu at one of the area’s premiere wine-slingers. 

Coup d'Etat kitchen
Next Level: Coup d'Etat

Dara review's Uptown's flashiest new addition.

Con Artistry

The real story of how the world's most notorious art collection wound up in Minnesota.

Garden Party
How to Cheat A Garden Party Before Spring Has Sprung

The best indoor flower displays/ lunch spot doubleheaders in town.

Ribs from BoneYard Kitchen & Bar / photo by Caitlin Abrams
Sneak Peek: BoneYard Kitchen & Bar

The new BBQ joint opens Friday in Uptown.

Clam strips at Mac's Fish and Chips in Minneapolis
FIRST BITE: Mac's Fish & Chips

The St. Paul fish stand hits Minneapolis.

Bachelor Farmer tabletop
50 Best Restaurants

The essential guide to eating in the Twin Cities right now.

Bachman's goes neonic free bees graphic.
Bachman’s Goes Neonic Free

The local garden store's doing its bit to save the pollinators.

A crowd at a one of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine's Tastemakers events.
Tastemakers: Save the Bees

The buzz on life as we know it. Preventing the steep decline of our world’s pollinators.

Interior of Marvel Bar
The Tops: Five Best Places to Take Rick Bayless

Where Would You Take Rick Bayless?

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