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Off The Menu With Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl

Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl is the Twin Cities’ premier expert on food, a critic at Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine. She brings WCCO’s tradition of nutritional information to new heights, Saturdays from 11 a.m. – Noon. If you have something to say on a topic, call-in at 651-989-9226 or text 81807.

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  • 4/19/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    April 20, 2014

    This Easter Holiday edition includes Local chefs Tyler Shipton and Nick O'Leary, Mike Hoops of Town Hall Brewery, and cookbook author Beth Dooley.
  • 4-12 - Off The Menu with Dara

    April 13, 2014

    Renowned winemaker Randall Graham joins the show to talk about bio-dynamic farming. Top 5 breakfasts for a sweet tooth. Erik Anderson of Catbird Seat is in studio.
  • 4/5/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    April 7, 2014

    On this week's show, kitchen designer Michael Anschel, Emily and Joel Vikre of Vikre Distillery in Duluth, and Dara's top five vegetable-based cookbooks.
  • 3/29/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    March 30, 2014

    This week, author Tricia Cornell on Farmer's Market cooking, Heartland chef Lenny Russo about MN representation at the upcoming World's Fair, and the top 5 area wine bars.
  • 3/22/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    March 23, 2014

    This week: Joe Marrocco of Cafe Imports talks coffee; Rabbit Hole owner Thomas Kim makes an appearance; the top five flower-filled lunch dates.
  • Off The Menu with Dara - 3/15/14

    March 16, 2014

    Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl shares information from the world of food & drink…at home, in restaurants, and at the market. This week, it's the St. Patrick's Day program. Dara speaks with Washington D.C. chef/owner Cathal Armstrong about his new cookbook, "My Irish Table." Later, Twin Cities restaurant/pub owner Dermot Cowley explains the m
  • Off The Menu with Dara - 3/8/14

    March 9, 2014

    Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl shares information from the world of food & drink…at home, in restaurants, and at the market. This week, Dara covers a plethora of topics. Prairie Restorations founder Ron Bowen tells us why he wants homeowners to convert a quarter of their land to house native prairie plants. Then, Strip Club owner/chef J.D. Fratzke talks about h
  • 3-01 - Off The Menu with Dara

    March 2, 2014

    Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl shares information from the world of food & drink…at home, in restaurants, and at the market.
  • Off The Menu with Dara - 2/22/14

    February 23, 2014

    Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl shares information from the world of food & drink…at home, in restaurants, and at the market. In this "Bees & Sprouts" edition of the program, Dara speaks with Lucia's owner and chef Lucia Watson about a new form of cooking called bee-friendly cuisine. Then, as a kid, you probably avoided brussel sprouts like th
  • 2-15 - Off The Menu with Dara

    February 15, 2014

    Marla Spivek of the U of M Bee Lab talks about threats to pollinators. Top 5 Beach Getaways right here in the middle of a harsh MN winter. Kim Bartmann owner of Bryant Lake Bowl, amongst others, joins the show to talk about her newest restaurant.
  • Off The Menu with Dara - 2/8/14

    February 9, 2014

    Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl shares information from the world of food & drink…at home, in restaurants, and at the market. It's a "Ramen & Romance" edition of the program. Dara speaks with chef Ivan Orkin, the definitive American expert on ramen cuisine. Then, we hear about one of the most romantic restaurants in the Twin Cities, as Gray Ho
  • Off The Menu with Dara - 2/1/14

    February 2, 2014

    Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl shares information from the world of food & drink…at home, in restaurants, and at the market. This week, Dara hosts a "Champagne & Grains" edition of the program. She speaks with Chef John Occiato, now in charge of the area's biggest champagne destination. Dara also speaks with cookbook author Robin Asbell about
  • 1-25 - Off The Menu with Dara

    January 26, 2014

    Molly Mogren of the 'Hey Eleanor' project is in studio to talk about finding success in the industry. Top 5 Bowling Alleys with Foodie food. Alexander Roberts talks Super Bowl snacks.
  • 1-18 - Off The Menu with Dara

    January 18, 2014

    Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine of Perennial Plate talk about their African excursion. Pilar Gerasimo is in studio to talk about a new aproach to dieting... "good carbs".
  • 1-11 - Off The Menu with Dara

    January 11, 2014

    The Buttered Tin is one of the top new restaurants of 2014. Owner, Alicia Hinze is in studio. Dara looks at the top 5 food trends of 2014. Jim Norton of the Heavy Table talks about his North Coast Atlas and upcoming MN trends.
  • 01-04 - Off The Menu with Dara

    January 4, 2014

    A "Best Of' episode this week. We revisit an interview with Lenny Russo from Heartland Restaurant. Plus a conversation with John Foley – Head of the Institute of the Environment at University of Minnesota
  • Off The Menu with Dara - 12/28/13

    December 29, 2013

    Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl shares information from the world of food & drink…at home, in restaurants, and at the market. In this last edition of 2013, Dara speaks with Dana Goodyear, the author of "Anything That Moves." Our host also has a discussion with Pip Hansen (Marvel Bar) about drink trends from 2013, trends set for 2014, and the best place
  • Off The Menu with Dara - 12/21/13

    December 22, 2013

    Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl shares information from the world of food & drink…at home, in restaurants, and at the market. This week, it's a "Sweet Treats" show as Dara invites Twin Cities jazz legend Thomasina Petrus back to the program to discuss her famed cashew brittle. Plus, author Tessa Marrone stops by to explain the extensive applicatio
  • Off The Menu with Dara - 12/14/13

    December 15, 2013

    Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl shares information from the world of food & drink…at home, in restaurants, and at the market. This week, Dara takes some time to talk about Nordicware. Jenny Dahlquist is in studio to tell us about some of the products we can use to make those Holiday dinners and treats. Then, poet and author Heid Erdrich joins the program to disc
  • 12-07 - Off The Menu with Dara

    December 8, 2013

    Becky Wahlund with Land O’ Lakes talking about latest products and holiday ideas. Top 5 Thai restaurants with the experts from Surdyks. Andy Ricker from Pok Pok chronicles his rise to the top.
  • 11-30 - Off The Menu with Dara

    December 1, 2013

    Jodi Ohlsen Read of Sheperd's Way - A top American cheese maker right here in MN. Top 5 local gift extravaganzas with Surdyk's. Laurie McCann Crowell is the absolute queen of the great local food gifts scene and she gives us some holiday ideas.
  • 11-23 - Off The Menu with Dara

    November 23, 2013

    There's a newcomer in the Vodka market. Marc Grossfield of Aviv is in studio. "Top 5 Thanksgiving Emergency Solutions" from the experts at Surdyk's. Healthy eating with Pilar Gerasimo is the founding editor of Experience Life magazine.
  • Off The Menu with Dara - 11/16/13

    November 17, 2013

    Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl shares information from the world of food & drink…at home, in restaurants, and at the market. Thanksgivng is less than two weeks away, and Dara is getting you ready for the biggest feasting holiday of the year. Birchwood Cafe chef Marshall Paulsenis in studio to present a brand of cookware that should make your hoilday prep much e
  • Off The Menu with Dara

    November 11, 2013

    Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl shares information from the world of food & drink…at home, in restaurants, and at the market.
  • Off The Menu with Dara - 11/2/13

    November 3, 2013

    Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl shares information from the world of food & drink…at home, in restaurants, and at the market. This week, Dara turns to where the food is prepped. She talks with Otagawa and Anschel Design Build co-founder Michael Anschel about the nuances and effectiveness of kitchen design. Then, it might be described as the Robin Hood of local b

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Sweet-Tooth Breakfasts

Every once in a while you deserve a treat. You work hard, sometimes it’s OK to just say “I want the French Toast”. Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl has mined the sugary and indulgent menus for her Top 5 Sweet-Tooth Breakfasts!

04/12/2014

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Vegetable Cookbooks

Now that Spring has sprung (finally, sort of), we can start talking gardens, farmer’s markets and vegetables. Sometimes we need some help taking it from the garden to the plate and Dara helps with her Top 5 Vegetable Cookbooks!

04/07/2014

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Wine Bars

It’s about appealing to the “wine snob” and the “wine novice”. To communicate what tastes good and give it to customers in a very accessible way. And to offer up amazing selections with food to match. Here are Dara’s Top 5 Wine Bars in the Twin Cities!

04/03/2014

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Lunch Dates to Look At Flowers

Everybody loves flowers! And good grief do we love them after THIS winter. This week, the Macy’s Flower Show opened up on the 8th floor of the downtown Minneapolis store and that inspired Dara to come up with her Top 5 Lunch Dates to Look at Flowers!

03/22/2014

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Shrimp Dishes

Where do you go to find a creative and delicious shrimp dish in the Twin Cities? Dara broke it down for you in ways from classic and exotic. You’ll be sure to find these abundant sea creatures prepared to your liking on Dara’s Top 5 Shrimp Dishes in the Twin Cities!

03/18/2014

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Fish And Chips (Fancy Beer Edition)

For many people, this time of year means Lent. And Lent brings the height of the Fish and Chips season! Expect your favorite fish joint to be busy on a Friday. So we decided to look at it a different way. Here are Dara’s Top 5 Fish and Chips (Fancy Beer Edition)!

03/11/2014

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Places I’d Take Rick Bayless To Eat

So, Dara got a call from Chicago this week from celeb chef Rick Bayless asking where to eat in Minneapolis? Here’s what Dara came up with, to impress any foodie elite who is taking a whirl through town. It’s Dara’s Top 5 Places She’d Take Rick Bayless To Eat!

03/01/2014

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Ramen

While we slip and slide through yet another winter blast, let’s lean over a steaming bowl of Ramen together, breathe in the goodness and enjoy the warmth pouring forth from the broth and noodles. Skip the box you had in college because here are Dara’s Top 5 Ramen dishes in the Twin Cities!

02/24/2014

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Warm-Weather Food Getaways

Let’s think this way: beach getaway, for two hours, no airfare required. Sounds like a winner. If there’s no plane ride to somewhere on or near the Tropic of Cancer, then Dara can provide a few places to warm your belly and get at least a “taste” of the beach-life. Here are her Top 5 Warm-Weather Food Getaways!

02/15/2014

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 “Cheapskate “Valentine’s Day Ideas

Valentine’s Day can be a wallet-emptying experience. But for many of you out there, it’s just a chance to spend some quality time with that person you love and maybe you just need a fresh idea. Dara came up with some “cheapskate” ideas for Valentine’s Day and here’s her Top 5!

02/13/2014

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top Bowling Alleys With Foodie Food

Now would be the perfect time to celebrate the indoor sports, thank you very much Polar Vortex. If the temp can’t get close to 100 maybe your bowling games can. Here are Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top Bowling Alleys with Foodie Food!

01/27/2014

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Trends for 2014

Dara decided to take a moment and look into her “Foodie Crystal Ball” and share her top 5 trends to look for in 2014!

01/16/2014

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Local Gift Shopping Destinations

It’s time to start thinking about the next holiday, Christmas. This year, think food when it comes to gift giving. Dara dug into this a bit and shares her Top 5 Local Gift Shopping Destinations!

12/05/2013

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Thanksgiving Emergency Solutions

It’s Thanksgiving and you need options. Disaster has struck, you’ve waited to long and you need help. So, what to do. Dara has ideas and don’t we love ideas! Here are her Top 5 (actually 6…we have a tie) Thanksgiving Emergency Solutions!

11/26/2013

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Thanksgiving Pies To-Go

We’d bet Thanksgiving is equally split between those who go for the stuffing and turkey (the savory folks) and those who are just in it for the pie (sweet tooth). If you’re one of the latter, or if you’re just wanting to bring pie everywhere you go Thanksgiving weekend, you need to know the top bakery pies in the Twin Cities. Dara found you the Top 5 Thanksgiving Pies to-go!

11/18/2013