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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 Mpls.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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  • 7/19/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    July 20, 2014

    This time around, Dara talks chicken & fish with reporter/author Maryn McKenna and duck farmer Katie French. Plus, Dara's top five salmon recipes.
  • 7/12/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    July 13, 2014

    This week, Dara features a couple local brewers in Kevin Welch (Boom Island) and Jim Watkins (Sociable Cider Werks). Plus, her favorite kabob recipes.
  • 7/5/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    July 6, 2014

    Dara talks with seafood author Paul Greenberg and ice cream entrepreneur Ashley Olds. Plus, Dara's top five garden herb sauces.
  • 6/28/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    June 29, 2014

    This week, Dara talks with Red Cow Pub owner Luke Shimp and bartender Jesse Held. Plus, our host's top five local spots to get an iced coffee.
  • 6-21-14 - Off The Menu with Dara

    June 21, 2014

    Ree Drummond of the Food Network talks farm girl cooking. Top 5 picnic resources. Pilar Gerasimo of Life Magazine talks about obesity and diet.
  • 6/14/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    June 15, 2014

    This week, Dara speaks with the owners of Angelica's Garden and Pig & Fiddle chef Stephanie Kochlin. Plus, the top 5 places for a Father's Day picnic.
  • 6-07-14 - Off The Menu with Dara

    June 7, 2014

    MN's first James Beard Award winner Tim McKee is in studio. Top 5 underrated patios. Scott Ervin is behind Minenapolis's first distillery since prohibition. He discusses the business with Dara.
  • 5/31/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    June 1, 2014

    This week, Dara talks with food author Nina Tycholz and Safa Hill cooking school owner Marianne Miller. Plus, her top five places that serve...toast.
  • 5/24/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    May 25, 2014

    On this week's show, Wedge & Wheel cheese shop owner Chris Kohtz and Far North Spirits co-founder Mike Swanson. Plus, the top five places for brats.
  • 5-17-14 - Off The Menu with Dara

    May 17, 2014

    How do you start a mushroom farm in MN? Jeremy McAdams joins the show to tell us. Today's top 5 list takes a look at baking books. Piccolo Shef Doug Flicker in studio to talk about his latest venture.
  • 5/10/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    May 11, 2014

    On this Mother's Day edition, Dara talks with the mother-daughter teams behind Thumbs Cookies and Bars Bakery. Also, the top grilling cookbooks.
  • 5/3/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    May 4, 2014

    This week's guests include Hot Indian food truck owner Amol Dixit & Clint Roberts of the MN Craft Brewers Guild. Plus, a top five for Comic Con.
  • 4/26/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    April 27, 2014

    Sandy Hill of the Minneapolis Farmer's Market and contributors from the Heavy Table help Dara celebrate her annual Spring Show.
  • 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

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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

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Meals For $5 And Under

Tough days for those cheapskates out there. $5 is not what it used to be. Even a simple burger at most places will run you over $5. So where do you go with a five dollar bill hoping to get a rib-sticking, crazy meal? Well, there are places if you know where to look. Good thing for us Dara has our wallets covered!

11/14/2013

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Indian Food Buffets in Minnesota

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!

10/25/2013

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Tap Rooms 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!

10/16/2013

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Oktoberfests

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!

10/07/2013

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Frozen Yogurt

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.

07/29/2013

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Pizza Farms

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!

07/24/2013