Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl
Grumdahl was born and raised in New York City and graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, Minn. in 1992. Grumdahl wrote for City Pages from 1995 to 2008, and currently is senior editor for Mpls.St. Paul Magazine.
She has been nominated for eleven James Beard Awards for both her food and wine writing and has won five times. She has also written for Gourmet Magazine, USA Today, Wine & Spirits, Bon Appetit, and Saveur.
Grumdahl is among the preeminent food experts in the Twin Cities, and joins WCCO’s rich history of programming dealing with food and nutrition.
I’m talking about New England, down the coast and along the islands of Maine and Nantucket, and then inland back in the mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont.
I heard from another fine radio personality the other day that kale is over—but he was wrong, and it’s totally not. Especially not Dinosaur Kale, also known as Tuscan Kale, or Black Kale—it’s bumpy, it’s cruciferous, and it’s everywhere at the farmers’ markets right now.
Give the people what they want, that’s my motto, and so here I present to you fancy holiday recipes from fancy famous people that everyday Joe’s like us can pull off.
Blueberry season is one of the very best seasons: The sun-ripened local blueberries are just head and shoulders above the winter California ones.
It’s stil eating-healthy month, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun. So let’s celebrate the fun superfood, the pomegranate.
At first when I saw all the hard winter squashes in the grocery store I felt really sad. This is it! Winter is coming! Then I remembered: Winter squash is delicious and when life gives […]
There are not enough good things to say about blueberries.
Here are my top five next-level tomato salads—No. 1 is so good you might cry.
Indian Buffets are popping up all over town. They have quickly become a “Dara Favorite”. The all-you-can-eat buffet can be really good, or it can be a train-wreck of bad food. Dara dug through the curry and vindaloo for you and came out the other end with a list of her top 5 Indian Food Buffets in Minnesota!
There are many small suds makers turning into major players in the beer world. The Minnesota “Giants” such as Summit, Schell’s and now Surly continue to churn out great craft beers but some of the lesser known makers are doing amazing things in small batches. This week Dara shares her Top 5 Tap Rooms in Minnesota!
Is there really a better way to celebrate fall then a tall beer and a brat? We don’t think so. And with a heavy German background, many Minnesotans know exactly how to celebrate the changing season and that’s with Oktoberfest! If you can’t make it to Munich, just look up the street because chances are there’s a great festival going on not far from you. Here’s Dara’s Top 5 Oktoberfests!
It’s a sweet tornado rolling through town. We think it’s fair to say frozen yogurt has exploded around the Twin Cities. If you have kids, you already know this. Fro-Yo has taken over! Dara shares her Top 5 for your noshing pleasure.
What’s a pizza farm? Good question. It’s a farm that on a certain day of the week makes pizza in a wood-fired oven using ingredients grown on the farm. It’s a great idea and Minneapolis-St. Paul is becoming the world’s center for the pizza farm movement! Dara shares her top 5 so you know where to find the best!
It’s a good time to be a cookie lover in the Twin Cities! These are not mom’s chocolate chips or your basic snickerdoodle (as good as they are!). So Dara went off the beaten path to discover the best cookies in the Twin Cities. Here’s her top 5!
Hundreds of thousands of people visit Minneapolis every year, eat at restaurants, drink local brews, and enjoy all that the city has to offer. So Dara decided to make a Top 5 for them! What are the places we can brag about that are basically within walking distance of Loring Park? Dara knows!
Farmers and ranchers all over Minnesota are turning to grass pasturing their animals, instead of raising them indoors, on grain. Name your animal and traditional farm product, they can be raised out of doors on pasture. Come out to the farm with us and find out about places doing it on grass!
Everybody loves buffalo wings. But where can you go for the best of the best that might be a little off the normal wing path? Here’s Dara’s list of the top sticky, saucy, buffalo-like wings in the Twin Cities!
There are a lot of traditional tacos in the Twin Cities. However, there is a different breed of tacos around town, called Nuevo Tacos. Think of tacos but chef-driven. Rebellious. Outrageous. All of the above. It’s more than meat, cheese and lettuce. So why not think outside the shell a bit and find some Nuevo Tacos and here are the Twin Cities’ best according to Dara!
The farmers markets are in full swing and now it’s time to figure out what to do with all of those fresh veggies! Dara shared an Arugula Mint Pesto recipe, from “Minnesota Bounty: The Farmer’s Market Cookbook” by Beth Dooley, University of Minnesota Press, on her show Saturday!
You know mom worked hard to make sure you had plenty to eat growing up. Now it’s your turn to take care of mom on this Mother’s Day weekend. But where to go? And uh-oh, you waited until the last minute? No worries. Dara has you covered with plenty of options!
Seafood and what to eat has been controversial, with over-fishing seemingly emptying the world’s oceans. So where can you get the best, sustainable seafood in the Twin Cities? Dara has you covered and here’s her Top 5!
As the weather turns warmer, maybe it’s a good time to take the top down, enjoy a burger and a malt and take in a warm evening at a drive-in? Everyone remembers the classic drive-in restaurant. Did you know there are several, including really great ones, still around the Twin Cities? Dara jumped in the car to check out some and shares her favorites.
Thursday afternoon, Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl of WCCO’s “Off the Menu” stopped by to talk food and more with Chad Hartman. Dara is heading to New York for her 11th nomination for a James Beard Award, Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern of the Travel Channel have a show in town plus more from the local and national food scenes!
This past Saturday on “Off The Menu” with Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, we found out what we are supposed to be eating according to our ancestors, the best Fish and Chips and all things cooking with Marianne Miller, chef and owner of cooking school Saga Hill!
We can’t promise any “Bizarre Foods” on weekly episodes of WCCO’s new food show “Off the Menu”. But for this Saturday, Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl dove in headfirst with the host of the Travel Channel show’s crazy culinary journey and Minnesota’s own, Andrew Zimmern! Plus, the owners of 112 Eatery, Bar La Grassa and Burch plus the Twin Cities Top 5 Places for Fried Chicken!