Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl


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. 

Let's pour one out together for Todd Haug's last Darkness. more

Oct 19, 2016 4:16 PM Foodie

Top Mexico City chefs are cooking at top Minneapolis restaurants this week. more

Oct 10, 2016 12:43 PM Foodie

Cloud Gate at Millennium Park

Photograph by Gabriela Herman/Gallery Stock

AKA, the easiest way to visit the Windy City (with or without kids). more

Oct 4, 2016 10:37 AM Travel & Visitors


Photo by Eliesa Johnson

Minnesota locavore pioneer Heartland is closing on New Year's Eve 2016, but Heartland's influence will be felt for decades. more

Oct 3, 2016 11:09 PM Foodie

Fiona McCrae

Photography by Ackerman + Gruber

How Fiona McCrae's visionary approach to publishing turned Minneapolis's Graywolf Press into a Pulitzer Prize-dominating powerhouse. more

Oct 3, 2016 2:21 PM Arts & Culture

Hmongtown Market

Photography by Caitlin Abrams

An insider’s guide to St. Paul’s Hmong Village and Hmongtown. more

Oct 3, 2016 10:40 AM Eat & Drink

October 12th, 2016, a date that will live forever in Twin Cities memory as the day we have an April Bloomfield party, with April Bloomfield. more

Sep 29, 2016 11:19 AM Foodie

Cocktail from Tattersall

Photography by Terry Brennan

The people, places, and trends defining how we sip now. more

Sep 28, 2016 2:55 PM , Eat & Drink

A quest to find decent vino in the land of lakes. more

Sep 28, 2016 1:33 PM Eat & Drink

A new vodka from local distillery Loon Liquors is just about the definition of what a Northern product should be. more

Sep 21, 2016 12:21 PM Foodie

What's "Woods and Lakes" cuisine? The chef of Tullibee at the new Hewing Hotel knows. more

Sep 15, 2016 3:45 PM Foodie

Lucia's Wine Bar

Photo by Caitlin Abrams

Alan Bergo takes over Lucia's—it's a chef-change all of Minneapolis will be watching. more


The local cocktail and bitters empire-builders of Bittercube have found a booming market in special cocktail design for that special day. more

Sep 8, 2016 9:12 AM Foodie

Dr. Brad Feltis, Amina and Rania

Photo by Caitlin Abrams

How do you operate on fetuses? Just ask Dr. Brad Feltis, co-founder of Minnesota’s first fetal surgery center. more

Sep 1, 2016 3:03 PM Health & Fitness

We need to talk about the number of stunt beers at the Minnesota State Fair this year. more

Aug 31, 2016 12:37 PM Foodie 3 Comments

From Kool-Aid pickles to ice cream in a fish-shaped cone, here are the best bets of the Minnesota Get-Together (and the three worst eats). more

Aug 25, 2016 3:26 PM Foodie

Rookery burger 2


Cocktails at The Rookery—also known as the bar at Travail—proves that drinks can also be a show. more

Aug 24, 2016 2:22 PM Foodie 2 Comments

Tatanka Truck Traditional Native American Truck

Photography by Caitlin Abrams

A slew of farms, restaurants, and education initiatives are galvanizing Minnesota’s native and indigenous foods movement. more

Aug 22, 2016 4:09 PM Eat & Drink

St. Paul's Glockenspiel is about to go Mexican at the hands of two Tim McKee acolytes. more

Aug 8, 2016 1:54 PM Foodie 1 Comments

Do you want America’s first native foods restaurant to be in Minneapolis? more

Aug 8, 2016 10:55 AM Foodie 1 Comments

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