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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 12 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. 

Twin Spirits Distillery Front Door

Twin Spirits Distillery

In Northeast Minneapolis, woman-owned Twin Spirits Distillery is poised to throw open the cocktail room doors—and start pouring Bloody Marys. more

Jan 11, 2017 3:07 PM Foodie

Macy's Sky Room

Photo by Courtney Mault

Dara has some ideas to revitalize the soon-to-be-vacant Macy's in Downtown Minneapolis. more

Jan 5, 2017 1:15 PM Foodie 11 Comments

Raghavan Iyer cooking at home

Photo by Jenn Ackerman

Iyer built an Indian cookbook and cooking class empire in Minneapolis using love, laughter, and Betty. more

Jan 3, 2017 11:30 AM Eat & Drink

Bittercube outdid themselves at Cafe Alma. You'll never believe how happy you can be drinking a squash drink from a gourd. more

Dec 28, 2016 4:33 PM Foodie 1 Comments

Looking back on 2016, I'm still in love with St. G. more

Dec 27, 2016 1:10 PM Foodie

Wild rice soup, once our defining dish, is going, going—gone? more

Dec 15, 2016 2:08 PM Foodie 11 Comments

One of the best restaurants in Minneapolis to close in March—and two restaurants spring from the ashes. more

Dec 9, 2016 4:20 PM Foodie

You can't put a top local super hot restaurant under the tree—or can you? more

Dec 9, 2016 12:06 PM Foodie

Why can't grocery stores get in on the meal-in-a-box craze? more

Dec 5, 2016 1:09 PM Foodie

Prince and Cat Glover

Photo by Rob Verhorst/Redferns

Prince’s magical style went beyond the music. He created his own sexy, can’t-take-your-eyes-off-of-him moves. more

Dec 5, 2016 9:54 AM Arts & Culture

North Mallow marshmallows

North Mallow, Michael Nelson

Local marshmallow-maker North Mallow creates squishy sweet treats perfect for Christmas bonfires. more

Nov 30, 2016 11:52 AM Foodie

Chicken from Town Talk Diner and grilled cheese sandwich from Stewart's

Photography by Ashley Sullivan

New Stewart's in St. Paul and Town Talk in Minneapolis prove it's a good time for neighborhood mom-and-pop shops. more

Nov 22, 2016 4:20 PM Eat & Drink 2 Comments

Landon Schoenefeld, the chef of Nighthawks and Haute Dish and one of the best chefs Minneapolis has ever produced is leaving town—to save himself. more

Nov 22, 2016 2:07 PM Foodie 11 Comments

Minneapolis wine shop Henry & Son is offering cocktail kits which make putting together the fanciest drinks easy as grabbing a box off a shelf. more

Nov 17, 2016 10:55 AM Foodie

Twin Spirits Distillery Front Door

Twin Spirits Distillery

In Northeast Minneapolis, woman-owned Twin Spirits Distillery is poised to throw open the cocktail room doors—and start pouring Bloody Marys. more

Jan 11, 2017 3:07 PM Foodie

Macy's Sky Room

Photo by Courtney Mault

Dara has some ideas to revitalize the soon-to-be-vacant Macy's in Downtown Minneapolis. more

Jan 5, 2017 1:15 PM Foodie 11 Comments

Raghavan Iyer cooking at home

Photo by Jenn Ackerman

Iyer built an Indian cookbook and cooking class empire in Minneapolis using love, laughter, and Betty. more

Jan 3, 2017 11:30 AM Eat & Drink

Bittercube outdid themselves at Cafe Alma. You'll never believe how happy you can be drinking a squash drink from a gourd. more

Dec 28, 2016 4:33 PM Foodie 1 Comments

Looking back on 2016, I'm still in love with St. G. more

Dec 27, 2016 1:10 PM Foodie

Wild rice soup, once our defining dish, is going, going—gone? more

Dec 15, 2016 2:08 PM Foodie 11 Comments

One of the best restaurants in Minneapolis to close in March—and two restaurants spring from the ashes. more

Dec 9, 2016 4:20 PM Foodie

You can't put a top local super hot restaurant under the tree—or can you? more

Dec 9, 2016 12:06 PM Foodie

Why can't grocery stores get in on the meal-in-a-box craze? more

Dec 5, 2016 1:09 PM Foodie

Prince and Cat Glover

Photo by Rob Verhorst/Redferns

Prince’s magical style went beyond the music. He created his own sexy, can’t-take-your-eyes-off-of-him moves. more

Dec 5, 2016 9:54 AM Arts & Culture

North Mallow marshmallows

North Mallow, Michael Nelson

Local marshmallow-maker North Mallow creates squishy sweet treats perfect for Christmas bonfires. more

Nov 30, 2016 11:52 AM Foodie

Chicken from Town Talk Diner and grilled cheese sandwich from Stewart's

Photography by Ashley Sullivan

New Stewart's in St. Paul and Town Talk in Minneapolis prove it's a good time for neighborhood mom-and-pop shops. more

Nov 22, 2016 4:20 PM Eat & Drink 2 Comments

Landon Schoenefeld, the chef of Nighthawks and Haute Dish and one of the best chefs Minneapolis has ever produced is leaving town—to save himself. more

Nov 22, 2016 2:07 PM Foodie 11 Comments

Minneapolis wine shop Henry & Son is offering cocktail kits which make putting together the fanciest drinks easy as grabbing a box off a shelf. more

Nov 17, 2016 10:55 AM Foodie

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Photo by Caitlin Abrams

What's the hot insider intel for Thanksgiving in the Twin Cities this year? Peek inside—then peek back, because we'll be updating the source guide 'till turkey day. more

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Minnesota's whiskey scene just got a little better, with the release of single estate Far North Spirits Ryes. Plus, win tickets to Whiskey Whirl! more

Nov 9, 2016 12:49 PM Foodie

A new multi-use food space is coming to Minneapolis, provisionally called The Grange. more

Nov 7, 2016 4:12 PM Foodie 1 Comments

Beatrice Ojakangas, Minnesota cookbook author

Photograph by Bob King/Duluth News Tribune

Beatrice Ojakangas baked for Julia Child and Martha Stewart, and wrote 30-some cookbooks. Her new memoir shows how the Minnesota farm kid pulled it off. more

Nov 2, 2016 3:21 PM Arts & Culture

Best New Restaurants 2016

Photographs by Kevin J. Miyazaki, Caitlin Abrams, Ashley Sullivan, and Eliesa Johnson

Our annual critics' picks of the hottest new restaurants in the Twin Cities, plus the 30-plus dishes, drinks, and desserts you should try at these spots when you go. more

Oct 31, 2016 1:19 PM , Eat & Drink

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Photographs by Caitlin Abrams

How St. Paul's food scene is heating up. more

Oct 31, 2016 1:18 PM , Eat & Drink

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