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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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  • 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
  • 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".

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Dara Moskowitz’s Grumdahls Top 5 Places For Grass-Fed

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!

06/24/2013

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top Buffalo Wings

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!

06/20/2013

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Tacos

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!

06/10/2013

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Hot Dogs

We may not be Chicago and we certainly aren’t New York City. But that doesn’t mean we can’t make a great hot dog. Meat in tube form can be one of life’s great pleasures. So let’s celebrate the places that do the dog right. Here’s Dara’s list of the Top 5 Hot Dogs!

06/03/2013

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Great Food With A View

The holy grail of the Minnesota summer: A spot with a staggering view, and fantastic food. Does it exist? Yes! Of course, we all know of the summer hotspots with great views and average, to be kind, food. But there are places to go for off-the-charts good food and a view that’s fit for a postcard. Here is Dara’s top five!

05/31/2013

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Off The Menu Recipes From Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl: 5/25/13

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!

05/31/2013

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Tap Rooms

It’s time to celebrate the Craft Brew. This weekend is the end of Craft Brew Week in America. When it comes to Craft Brews, Minnesota is at the top of the class with several new breweries debuting in the last year. Dara took some time to sling back a few beers and here’s her list of the Top 5 Tap Rooms in Minnesota!

05/20/2013

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Places For Cakes

Sharpen your sweet tooth and pour the coffee. It’s time for cake! Dara this week is sharing her Top 5 places for cake in the Twin Cities. She’s searched high and low for different kinds, different tastes and things she thinks everyone will enjoy. It’s the Top 5 Cakes in the Twin Cities!

05/16/2013

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Mother’s Day Ideas With Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl and Chad Hartman: 5/9/13

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!

05/10/2013

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Sustainable Seafood Restaurants

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!

05/04/2013

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Drive-Ins

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.

05/01/2013

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Off The Menu With Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl and Chad Hartman: 4/25/13

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!

04/26/2013

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Places For Fish And Chips

It’s easy to do. Everyone does it. But it’s hard to do well. Let alone great! And Dara did some digging and now she’s sharing it with you. It’s time to reward the best of the Fish and Chips in the Twin Cities and here is Dara’s Top 5!

04/22/2013

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Off The Menu Guests From Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl: 4/20/13

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!

04/22/2013

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Places For Fried Chicken

The Twin Cities Fried Chicken scene….is weird. Well, according to Dara. There’s never been a quintessential fried chicken place in the Twin Cities. So, Dara took it upon herself to suffer through tasting the best fried chicken the Twin Cities has to offer over the last few weeks and here’s her list of the best of the crispy bunch!

04/15/2013