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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20 Off The Menu

20 Off The Menu


  • 12-13-14 - Off The Menu with Dara

    December 14, 2014

    Top seafood chef Ben Pollinger talks about his new cookbook. Top 5 oyster recipes. Paul Greenberg wrote the book on cooking fish and it's called "American Catch". He talks about it with Dara.
  • 12-06-14 - Off The Menu with Dara

    December 7, 2014

    Kara Nielsen of the sterling-Rice group discusses culinary trends. Top 5 coconut recipes. Freelance food writer David Sax joins Dara.
  • 11/29/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    November 30, 2014

    This week: the Food & Mood show. Dara talks with health/nutrition writer Julie Beck and Experience Life Magazine founder Pilar Gerasimo.
  • 11/22/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    November 23, 2014

    Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl shares information from the world of food & drink…at home, in restaurants, and at the market.
  • 11/15/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    November 16, 2014

    Dara hones in on small farms. She talks with Brian Fredericksen (Ames Farm), Gretchen Perbix (Sweetland Orchard), and author Elizabeth Millard.
  • 11/8/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    November 9, 2014

    Dara digs into food allergies this week. She talks with Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist Dr. Joseph Murray and authors Zoe Francois & Stephanie Meyer.
  • 11/1/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    November 2, 2014

    Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl shares information from the world of food & drink…at home, in restaurants, and at the market. This week, Dara talked to Mandy Aftel from Berkeley, CA about her perfume line. Then she talked with NY Times reporter Alex Stone about his latest book. Plus, what can you make to make your house smell awesome? Find out!
  • 10/25/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    October 26, 2014

    This week, web host/author Dan Pashman, FEAST organizer Jan Joannides, and sheep rancher Janet McNally. Plus, the top five recipes for ground lamb.
  • 10/18/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    October 19, 2014

    This "mushroom & sprouts" show includes talks with Peter McCoy (Radical Mycology) and chef Alan Bergo. Plus, the top five ways to cook with beer.
  • 10/11/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    October 11, 2014

    Dara talks with Uli Koester (about cuisine for elementary schools), beer expert Michael Agnew, and Jorge Guzman (chef at Surly Brewery).
  • 10/4/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    October 5, 2014

    It's an Apple Fest as Dara talks with author Rowan Jacobsen and U of M horticulturalist David Bedford. Plus, Dara's top five Fall apple recipes.
  • 9/27/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    September 28, 2014

    Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl shares information from the world of food & drink…at home, in restaurants, and at the market.
  • 9/20/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    September 21, 2014

    This week, Dara chats with authors Dan Jurafsky (food menus), Jennifer McLagan (the taste of bitter), and Robin Asbell (juicing).
  • 9/13/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    September 14, 2014

    Dara speaks with geologist Jim Doten (about biochar) and Yumzar developers Steven Lauder & Abbey Smalley. Plus, Dara's top five apple salads.
  • 9/6/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    September 7, 2014

    Dara talks to oyster farmer/food writer Tamar Haspel and Upper Mississippi Valley teaching chef Dina Berray. Plus, the top five watermelon recipes.
  • 8-30-14 - Off The Menu with Dara LIVE at the Fair

    August 30, 2014

    Becky Wahlund of the Land O' Lakes Test Kitchen joins Dara at the State Fair WCCO booth. Dina Kountoupes of Harvest Moon Edible Landscapes tells us about backyard gardening. Brewmaster Chris German explains malted barley.
  • 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.

Recent Articles & Blog Posts

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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

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Cookies

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!

07/15/2013

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Minneapolis Food And Drink Tourist Attractions

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!

07/01/2013

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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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