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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl is one of the most awarded food writers in the country. She was born in New York City little aware of her destiny—to eat out a lot in Minnesota. She started her career as a 13-year-old restaurant dishwasher, and, after coming to Minnesota for college, became a local restaurant, wine, and drink critic in 1997. Now with Mpls.St.Paul, Dara is the other half of our star food and dining team, working side by side with Stephanie March. In addition to her dining and beverage reviews for the magazine, Dara writes monthly on people, travel, health, and the environment. Her food writing has appeared in Delta SkyGourmet, SaveurFood & Wine, USA Today, and Bon Appetit, to name a few; she has been selected for quite a few editions of the anthology the Best Food Writing in America. Dara has been nominated for her food and wine writing 13 times for James Beard Awards, the Oscars of the food world, and has won five times. Follow her on Twitter @DearDara, on Facebook @Dara.Grumdahl, and right here at Mpls.St.Paul for all the local food and drink expert info. 

Stilheart - Lower floor

Little Box, Inc.

The North Loop's first (woman-owned) distillery opens in time for the holidays! Read more

Foodie

Chinese spare ribs, let us revel in the sticky red joy of char siu! Read more

Foodie

Ann Kim at Young Joni

Photo by Caitlin Abrams

New details on Ann Kim's forthcoming Uptown eatery in the former Lucia's spot. Read more

Foodie

Tai Hoa BBQ, St. Paul

Dara

If you haven't gotten roast pork from Tai Hoa, you don't know oink about Minnesota barbecue. Read more

Foodie

Aren't there any great restaurants where you can have a quiet chat? How about 10? Read more

Foodie

It took Dara three days to get through the 53 new beverages at the fair, but she crawled out alive with her top five! Read more

Eat & Drink

Harry Singh

Photographs by Caitlin Abrams

While you were Instagramming your mermaid toast, Caribbean food legend Harry Singh was rolling another perfect roti. Read more

Eat & Drink

Minnesota kitchens are reeling over a local chef's cancer fight. Here's why, and what you can do. Read more

Foodie

Fire Lake Grill House

Courtesy of Fire Lake Grill House

In which Dara recommends a restaurant with free parking for pre-Golden Girls dining. Read more

Foodie

League of Champions

Photograph by Caitlin Abrams

We’re obsessed. You’re obsessed. It’s a hot damn hamburger bandwagon. Hop aboard! Read more

, Eat & Drink

Historic Calumet Inn in Pipestone, MN

Photographs by Caitlin Abrams

We sent Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl to spend a night at the Historic Calumet Inn, a spectacular hotel in Pipestone with a cursed history. Read more

Arts & Culture

Sparkling wines

Photo by Caitlin Abrams

The Twin Cities first natural wine bar plans to open this October in Minneapolis. Read more

Foodie

Elephant Bar

Photographs by Caitlin Abrams

Elephant Bar leads you on an eating adventure, from the spice road of the Mughals to a remote spot in Lowertown. Just hold on to your howdah. Read more

Eat & Drink

Mighty Axe Hops

Photograph by Caitlin Abrams

Exploring the idea of terroir and Minnesota-grown hops. Read more

Foodie

There are plans afoot for more corn space at the Corn Roast. Read more

Foodie

Par Avion's color-changing tea with jewels is what's next. Read more

Foodie

Octo Fishbar

Photograph by Caitlin Abrams

Foodie

Stilheart - Lower floor

Little Box, Inc.

The North Loop's first (woman-owned) distillery opens in time for the holidays! Read more

Foodie

Chinese spare ribs, let us revel in the sticky red joy of char siu! Read more

Foodie

Ann Kim at Young Joni

Photo by Caitlin Abrams

New details on Ann Kim's forthcoming Uptown eatery in the former Lucia's spot. Read more

Foodie

Tai Hoa BBQ, St. Paul

Dara

If you haven't gotten roast pork from Tai Hoa, you don't know oink about Minnesota barbecue. Read more

Foodie

Aren't there any great restaurants where you can have a quiet chat? How about 10? Read more

Foodie

It took Dara three days to get through the 53 new beverages at the fair, but she crawled out alive with her top five! Read more

Eat & Drink

Harry Singh

Photographs by Caitlin Abrams

While you were Instagramming your mermaid toast, Caribbean food legend Harry Singh was rolling another perfect roti. Read more

Eat & Drink

Minneapolis Police Department Mounted Patrol

Photographs by Simone Lueck

Meet the horses (and officers) behind the Minneapolis Police Department's mounted patrol. Read more

Arts & Culture

Minnesota kitchens are reeling over a local chef's cancer fight. Here's why, and what you can do. Read more

Foodie

Fire Lake Grill House

Courtesy of Fire Lake Grill House

In which Dara recommends a restaurant with free parking for pre-Golden Girls dining. Read more

Foodie

League of Champions

Photograph by Caitlin Abrams

We’re obsessed. You’re obsessed. It’s a hot damn hamburger bandwagon. Hop aboard! Read more

, Eat & Drink

J. Carver and Hai Truong have collaborated on a Minnesota whiskey made for the chef-camping type. Read more

Foodie

Historic Calumet Inn in Pipestone, MN

Photographs by Caitlin Abrams

We sent Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl to spend a night at the Historic Calumet Inn, a spectacular hotel in Pipestone with a cursed history. Read more

Arts & Culture

Sparkling wines

Photo by Caitlin Abrams

The Twin Cities first natural wine bar plans to open this October in Minneapolis. Read more

Foodie

Elephant Bar

Photographs by Caitlin Abrams

Elephant Bar leads you on an eating adventure, from the spice road of the Mughals to a remote spot in Lowertown. Just hold on to your howdah. Read more

Eat & Drink

Mighty Axe Hops

Photograph by Caitlin Abrams

Exploring the idea of terroir and Minnesota-grown hops. Read more

Foodie