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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  • 6-27-15 - Off The Menu with Dara

    June 27, 2015

    Author Kristen Ohlson joins Dara to talk about her new book "The Soil Will Save Us". Top 5 Swiss Chard recipes. Mike Brown tells us about this weekends Travail Lakeside Party.
  • 6-20-15 - Off The Menu with Dara

    June 20, 2015

    Adam Sachs, Editor in Chief of Saveur takes a look at what he feels is America's next great food city. Dara's top 5 cherry recipes. Janet Fletcher is a food writer based out of Napa Valley. She joins the show to talk wine.
  • 6/13/15 Off The Menu with Dara

    June 14, 2015

    Dara talks with Adam Sachs, the new Editor-in-Chief of Saveur Magazine. Plus, cooking lessons for kids out on Summer Break and the best Mason Jar recipes.
  • 6/6/15 Off The Menu with Dara

    June 7, 2015

    Dara chats with documentary filmmaker/cookbook author Aileen Bordman and former Olympic weightlifter/winemaker Nigel Avery. Plus, top rhubarb recipes.
  • 5-30-15 - Off The Menu with Dara

    May 30, 2015

    Head brewer at Summit, Damian McConnn is in studio to talk about the Summit expansion. This weeks top 5... green beans! Master Gardener Bonnie Boldgett gives us some tips for these early summer months.
  • 5-23-15 - Off The Menu with Dara

    May 23, 2015

    King of the Brooklyn Hipster BBQ'ers Joe Carroll with some Memorial Day grilling tips. Dara's Top 5 radish recipes.
  • 5/16/15 Off The Menu with Dara

    May 17, 2015

    This week, Dara speaks with Black Forest co-owner Erica Christ about wiener schnitzel. Plus, Dara's best asparagus recipes and news from the food world.
  • 5-09-15 - Off The Menu with Dara

    May 9, 2015

    Jim Osland, former editor of Saveur, has set out on a new literary venture. Dara disusses Rodale's Organinc Life with Jim. Dara gives you her top 5 strawberry recipies. MN's only TIron Chef America contestant Sameh Wadi joins Dara to talk about his new cookbook.
  • 5/2/15 Off The Menu with Dara

    May 3, 2015

    This week, Dara speaks with husband-wife team Griffith and Cheryl Day about becoming self-taught bakers and authors. Plus, Dara's top oregano recipes.
  • 4-25-15 - Off The Menu with Dara

    April 25, 2015

    Cheesemaker at Lone Grazer and MN native Ruben Nilsson. He joins the show to talk about his journey. Dara delivers her top 5 green onion recipes.
  • 4-18-15 - Off The Menu with Dara

    April 19, 2015

    James Oseland of Saveur fame is back and taking on a BIG new project. He stops by to talk to Dara about it. Dara has her 5 frozen beet recipes. Jordan Mckay, co-author of the Franklin BBQ book talks grilling.
  • 4-11-15 Off The Menu with Dara

    April 11, 2015

    Author Marnie Hanel talks picnicking. Top 5 Cheese Balls! Dara recaps the top food news of the week.
  • 4/4/15 Off The Menu with Dara

    April 5, 2015

    Dara talks eggs with food stylist Jenny Park and Easter baskets with Golden Fig owner Laurie Crowell McCann. Plus, the top five brunch dishes.
  • 3/28/15 Off The Menu with Dara

    March 29, 2015

    This week, Dara talks to Kristin Miglore (Food52.com) and Andrew Knowlton (Bon Appetit Magazine). Plus, Dara's top chicken drumsticks recipes.
  • 3/21/15 Off The Menu with Dara

    March 21, 2015

    Dara talks about healthy eating and gives her top 5 hummus recopies.
  • 3-14-15 - Off The Menu with Dara

    March 14, 2015

    Vayu Rekdal is teaching science through food. She is in studio with Dara to explain how. You gotta have soda bread on St. Patty's day. Top 5 soda bread uses. Lucas Almendinger of the Third Bird talks whole hog cooking.
  • 3/7/15 Off The Menu with Dara

    March 8, 2015

    In this "healthy eating" edition, Dara talks with Jillian Lampert about when healthy eating might become unhealthy. Plus, Dara's top five squash recipes.
  • 2-28-15 - Off The Menu with Dara

    February 28, 2015

    Dara talks with author Brian Abrams about his new book which details the history of partying at the White House. This weeks top five: pickles! A fascinating look at the meaning and history of tea with Lily Duckler of Verdant Tea.
  • 2/21/15 Off The Menu with Dara

    February 22, 2015

    Dara talks with writer Rebecca Harrington and Experience Life Magazine's Pilar Gerasimo about celebrity dieting. Plus, Dara's top five grapefruit dishes.
  • 2-14-15 - Off The Menu with Dara

    February 15, 2015

    William Bostwick of the WSJ talks about his book "The Brewers Tale". Dara gives us the top 5 aphrodesiac recipes on Valentines day.
  • 2/7/15 Off The Menu with Dara

    February 8, 2015

    Dara talks with food historian Libby O'Connell about the evolution of American cuisine. Plus, our host's top five lentil recipes.
  • 1-24-15 Off The Menu with Dara

    February 5, 2015

    A big show for Dara! She talks to Dominique Ansel, the amazing pastry chef and creator of the Cronut! Plus Moonshine, Guacamole Recipes and your questions!
  • 1/31/15 Off The Menu with Dara

    February 1, 2015

    This week, Dara discusses the American cocktail renaissance with author Jennifer Fiedler and Bittercube co-founder Nick Kosevich.
  • 1-17-15 - Off The Menu with Dara

    January 17, 2015

    Bill Yosses was the pastry chef for the White House for 7 years! He joins Dara to talk about his experience and what's next. Top 5 taco fillings. Food writer Josh Schonwald talkks about what's next for the classic American hamburger.
  • 1-10-15 - Off The Menu with Dara

    January 10, 2015

    Sameh Wadi of Saffron in Minneapolis joins the show to tell Dara his story. Dara has her top 5 cauliflower recipes.

Recent Articles & Blog Posts

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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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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

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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