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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 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. 

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David Paul Schmit, used by permission

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Photos by Caitlin Abrams

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Copyright Ellen Silverman used by permission, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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Photos by The Restaurant Project

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MICHAEL PERSICO

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Photo by Shutterstock.com

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Jackfruit Tacos, photograph courtesy of David Paul Schmit

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