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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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  • 8/23/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    August 24, 2014

    Dara talks with Cherie Peterson (Sausage Sisters), Michelle Gayer (Salty Tart), & Dustin Brau (Brau Bros.). Plus, her top five new Fair foods.
  • 8/16/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    August 17, 2014

    This week, Dara speaks with Heritage Foods USA founder Patrick Martins and the team behind Mighty Axe Hops. Plus, the top five Summer squash recipes.
  • 8/9/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    August 10, 2014

    This week, Dara talks to Herbivorous Butcher owners Kale & Aubry Welch, writer Chris Clayton, and New Scenic Cafe (Duluth) chef/owner Scott Graden.
  • 8-02-14 - Off The Menu with Dara

    August 2, 2014

    Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl shares information from the world of food & drink…at home, in restaurants, and at the market.
  • 7/26/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    July 27, 2014

    Dara takes a natural approach to this week's edition. She talks with Urban Organics' Fred Haberman and master gardener Bonnie Blodgett.
  • 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

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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

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

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!

04/14/2013

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Pizza Slices

Everyone loves pizza! And suddenly, the Twin Cities are full of great pizza and pizza slices. Dara scoured the MN pizza joints for the quintessential East Coast “slice” and here’s her Top 5!

04/09/2013

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Off The Menu Guests From Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl: 4/6/13

With “No Reservations”, Dara dove headfirst into another version of “Off the Menu” on Saturday . It was Anthony Bourdain from the Travel Channel plus Best Pizza slices and pastry chef’s on this week’s show.

04/09/2013

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Off The Menu Guests From Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl: 3/30/13

Each week on “Off the Menu” with Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, we’ll spotlight the people doing amazing things with food and drink! This week, it was food safety, “Cult” pizzas and help with your Easter meal!

04/01/2013

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Easter Brunch Recommendations

So you missed your chance to get in to the St. Paul Grill. Why not try for 2014. In the meantime, Dara has some great ideas for a perfect Easter Brunch!

03/24/2013

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Off The Menu Recipes From Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl: 3/16/13

Each week Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl shares a couple of new recipes on her Saturday show, “Off The Menu”. This week, in honor of St. Patty’s Day of course, it’s Beets and Cabbage!

03/20/2013

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Off The Menu Recipes From Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl: 3/9/13

This week’s recipe is a New Orleans classic you can easily make in your own kitchen! It’s Dara’s Bananas Foster.

03/12/2013

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Off The Menu Guests From Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl: 3/9/13

It was food, glorious food this past Saturday on “Off The Menu”. Here’s a rundown of who Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl talked to and where you can find more information including her picks of the “Top Five Healthy Restaurants” in the Twin Cities.

03/11/2013

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