Minneapolis, December 19, 2007 Minnesota Monthly is pleased to announce that Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl has joined the magazine as a senior editor. In her new role, Moskowitz will serve as the magazine’s principal food critic, as well as write and edit feature stories.

“Dara is one of the best food writers in the country—a gifted storyteller who is adored by readers and enormously respected by professionals in the food world,” said Minnesota Monthly editor Andrew Putz. “Plus, she’s smart as hell. I expect her to be a key player in making the magazine a must-read for anyone who enjoys good food—and good writing. We couldn’t be happier to have her on board.”

Prior to joining Minnesota Monthly, Moskowitz was the restaurant, food, and wine critic for Minneapolis’s alternative weekly, City Pages, where she became one of the most celebrated food writers in the country. Nominated seven times for the highest award in her profession, the James Beard Foundation Award, she has won the honor four times: twice for wine writing and twice for restaurant criticism. Her work has also been chosen six times for inclusion in the annual anthology, Best Food Writing in America.

Moskowitz has also won awards from the Association of Food Journalists, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. In addition to those accolades, she was regularly voted as Best Columnist in Minnesota in City Pages’ annual readers choice awards. Her journalism has been featured in USA Today, Gourmet, Bon Appetit, Midwest Living, Wine & Spirits, and many other magazines. Also well regarded for her fiction writing, Moskowitz has won two Minnesota State Arts Board grants and a fellowship from the Loft McKnight foundation.

A native of New York City, Moskowitz had her first association with Minnesota Monthly in 1994, when, as a recent graduate of Carleton College, she won Minnesota Monthly’s annual fiction contest, the Tamarack Award. “We’re proud to have her back,” says Putz.

Greenspring Media Group publishes Minnesota Monthly as well as several other magazines, including Midwest Home, Drinks, Real Food and multiple custom publications. In addition to the publishing segment of its business, Greenspring Media Group produces signature special events including the Twin Cities Food and Wine Experience and Luxury Home Tours.