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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Taproom Building Boom
Taproom Building Boom

The Twin Cities has been utterly transformed—by the pint.

LoveTree Farmstead’s Mary Falk makes some of the world’s best cheese.
The Cheese Artist

LoveTree Farmstead’s Mary Falk makes some of the world’s best cheese. What does it taste like? Genius.


Icehouse dazzles in the unlikeliest genre of American cuisine—bar food.

Minneapolis's Asian Restaurant Boom
Minneapolis’s Asian Restaurant Boom

The new Asian restaurant boom is run by cooks who are redefining their particular cuisines in light of their personal, Minnesota-touched stories.

Trial Run: Brunch  Pickling Class
Trial Run: Brunch Pickling Class

We send Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl to a cocktail brunch where you make the pickle garnishes for your drinks and take some pickles home, too.

Twin Cities Summer Nights in Photos
Twin Cities Summer Nights in Photos

A 12-hour photo essay of how the Twin Cities comes alive after 6 p.m. 

One Great Plate: Affogato at Crema Cafe
One Great Plate: Affogato at Crema Cafe

The best affogato in town? Without a doubt, it’s at Crema Cafe, home of Sonny’s Ice Cream.

Big Changes Coming to La Belle Vie – And Taste! is This Weekend! Last Ticket Giveaway

All Minnesota knows La Belle Vie as the premiere fine dining restaurant in the state—but did you know that America’s first James Beard Award winning restaurant is about to undergo some big changes? Of course you didn’t, only they did. But you know, speaking of James Beard Awards, guess who’s returning to Minneapolis?

Breaking: Minneapolis to Get Chef Shack Restaurant

Hold on to your hats (so that you may throw them in the air), Minneapolis: Chef Shack is opening a brick and mortar, year round, real live restaurant in scant weeks!

A display case full of Bundt cakes at Eden Praire bakery, Nothing Bundt Cakes.
Bundt Cakes are the New Cupcakes. Discuss.

A new Bundt cake bakery, called Nothing Bundt Cakes,  opens in Eden Prairie.

A crowd at Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Tastemakers
Can Working Women Have It All?

Answers Revealed!

Celebrate Cupcakes, for A Great Cause!

Unless you’ve been living under a thick blanket of chocolate fondant, you know that the Twin Cities have been in the throes of cupcake madness for the past many years, with cupcake specialist bakeries (including Cupcake, Sweets Bakeshop, and Sweet Retreat), a cupcake truck, and now possibly a cupcake world grand champion!

Guests singing at Nye's Polonaise Room
Open On Thanksgiving

Where to eat should disaster strike.

Patrick’s Bakery to Open New Tarte Flambée Restaurant

Sit down, people of the northwestern suburbs, I’ve got some good and shocking news: You’re getting a 200-seat Alsatian tarte flambée restaurant and one of the best French bakeries in the country.

Pride Visitor’s Guide: Top 5 Minneapolis Food & Drink Tourist Attractions

This year's Pride Fest—the first one since Minnesota passed a law allowing gay marriage — is gonna be historic. So much to celebrate!

The Rookery Details: Sandwiches, Fun Microplates, and Molecular Crazy Travail-Style Cocktails

Everywhere I go people keep asking, "How is it possible Travail could close?" "Will it be the same? And what is up with the new locations?

A chef at Travail holds a plate of food
The Scoop on What Travail Plans to do with all that Kickstarter Cash!

In six hours, Travail reached its Kickstarter goal. Now they've surpassed $180,000, so what will they do with all that cash?

Tastemakers: Secrets to Minnesota Food Entrepreneurs Success, Revealed!

What makes Minnesota food life so awesome? No really! Really. We have great producers of so many things—baguettes, ducks, grass-fed milk, soft ripened cheeses, Mangalitsa ham, bourbon, kettle corn.

Tiki drink
Tiki Is Hot Again: Top Tiki in Minnesota!

Pu pu platters are flaming hot—ba dum sha. No really, tiki is back, taking Minnesota by storm this summer, from high octane zombie drinks to full throttle pu pu platters.

Too Early Review: Ipotli

When the new Indian spot in the skyways popped open earlier this month, I had to try it. Because: What’s up with the Indian food boom in the skyways?

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