Alton Brown

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2014

    "Beyond Meat," the Mizzou-Created Faux Chicken That Fooled the New York Times

    "Chicken-Free Strips," by Beyond Meat, were created in a lab at the University of Missouri. When we heard that both Mark Bittman and Alton Brown think this faux meat can substitute for the original without anyone being the wiser, we decided to taste test it ourselves and see what all the fuss was ab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2014

    Your Pick for St. Louis' Most Underrated Doughnut Is...

    Gut Check readers are pretty vocal when it comes to doughnuts. We're always hearing about new places all over the city and county, especially when we do our delicious blind taste tests. The vote is in, though, and there's one place we'll definitely be going to soon. See also: A Blind Taste Test of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2014

    The Walking Dead Cast Ate at Charlie Gitto's on the Hill

    The nerds were out in full force earlier this month for Wizard World 2014. It's basically the Comic Con of St. Louis. Joss Whedon favorite Nathan Fillion helped a couple get engaged; even William Shatner was here. See also: The Three Best Things About Wizard World 2014 Several celebs have been in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2014

    The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: January 31 to February 2

    Yes, it's Super Bowl weekend (already!), but there are plenty of non-football activities going on this weekend. Help raise some money to save Local Harvest Cafe & Grocery, see the Pi Pizza-loving Alton Brown or take a sugary tour of Maplewood. Check out our food-related recommendations after the ju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    Mystery Solved: Alton Brown Loves Pi Pizzeria

    Earlier this week, we chatted with Food Network star and James Beard award winner Alton Brown before he brings his one-man show to St. Louis on February 1. Brown recalled the last time he was in St. Louis, he tweeted that he was starving, and someone sent him a pizza. See also: Help Alton Brown Fin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2014

    Help Alton Brown Find the Mystery St. Louis-Style Pizza that Stole His Heart

    Live music, large-scale food experiments, colorful puppets and even stand-up comedy make up Alton Brown Live!: the Edible Inevitable Tour, is set to hit the Fox Theatre (527 North Grand Boulevard; 314-534-1111) on Saturday, February 1. The production comes from Peabody and James Beard award-winning ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2013

    Gut Check Shares Thanksgiving Family Recipes

    Thanksgiving is tomorrow. It's officially crunch time. Here at Gut Check, each of our families have different Turkey Day traditions and recipes that we love. One of the worst best parts of the holiday is spending time with family, and the food really does bring us together. Check out four of our fav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2013

    Leftover Halloween Candy? Here's How to Deal

    It's been an entire week since Halloween, and all the telltale signs of the passing holiday remain. Some stringy cotton cobwebs still stick to surfaces all over town, sad Jack-O-Lanterns droop on the neighbor's porch and that bowl of bite-sized candy bars sits on the counter, pecked at slowly for we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    The Class War Between Food Culture and Music Culture

    Art and life co-habitate, informing, imitating, and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship I'm a sucker for the Food Network. Chopped is my jam, I have strong opinions about specific Iron Chefs, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    Your Weekly St. Louis Bestseller List

    ​Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending October 16, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd'nhead Books, Subterranean Books and Sue's News. Hey, look, it's Freedom! Back again, in it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    River City Savories Offers Homemade Cheese Spreads and Baked Goods

    Courtesy of Laura Van AlstineA Cardinals-themed hand-painted pie by River City Savories.​People call Brian Runge the cheesemonger. When a friend sent him nearly 100 pounds of dehydrated morel mushrooms, he decided to get creative by incorporating them into a cheese spread that became so popula ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2011

    Your Weekly St. Louis Bestseller List

    ​Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending October 9, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd'nhead Books, Subterranean Books and Sue's News. We don't know of any other author for young ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2011

    St. Louis Food Blog Digest, 10.10 - 10.16

    ​Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs. Rhubarb and Honey: Kimberly shared her recipe for Payday Candy Mix. Veg St. Louis: Veg St. Louis visited Bailey's Range. Cupcake Project: Stef made frozen pumpkin mudslides.

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    Ten Best Food Events This Weekend: October 7-9

    Friday (Oct. 7): Soulard Oktoberfest @ Lyon Park This annual event features plenty of chow and booze -- approximately 2,000 kegs of it. Admission is $5 each day, but dress in lederhosen or dirndl and get in free! Friday, Oct. 7 from 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 8 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    St. Louis Food Blog Digest, 9.19 - 9.25

    ​Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs. Rhubarb and Honey: Kimberly made her own version of pork and beans. Veg St. Louis: Lois compiled a list of her favorite veggie burgers in St. Louis. A Veggie Venture: Alanna made a beet salad with yogurt and pita.

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Goodbye, "Good Eats": Alton Brown's Ten Best Moments

    Wikimedia CommonsAlton Brown's leaving the studio kitchen.​ After twelve years and 249 episodes, Alton Brown is ending "Good Eats", according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The final half-hour episode aired last week. The Food Network will air three final hour-long episodes this year. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    Ten (Imaginary) Shows We'd Watch Instead of the Food Network's Latest Garbage

    Guy Fieri, starring in exactly none of our proposed Food Network shows​The Food Network this week announced several new series to debut this year and next. Frankly, even by the Food Network's ever-lower standards, the list is unappetizing.Among these new shows is an unholy marriage of Guy Fieri an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Breast Milk Ice Cream & Six Other Grown-Up Foods Made From Breast Milk

    Ewww, gross! Ice cream made from breast milk! Oh, wait ... maybe that's not so bad. We're mammals. Cows are mammals. The milk's screened to hospital standards. And it's free-range! As long as Mum gets out of the house on occasion. "How can anybody possibly say this is disgusting? If it's good ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2010

    Anthony Bourdain Preaches (Profanely) to the Choir at the Fox Theatre

    ​A standing ovation from an enthusiastic (though under capacity) audience greeted Anthony Bourdain as the chef turned author and TV host strolled onto the Fox Theatre stage on Friday evening. For the next two hours, Bourdain demonstrated the force of personality that has made him one of the bigges ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    Gut Check's Week in Tweets

    ​Don't you know? Gut Check has a Twitter account. You can follow us @gutcheckstl.Here's some of what you missed on the Twitter feed this week: Good NYT article on Australian chef David Thompson opening a Thai restaurant in Bangkok. Alton Brown calls out Man v. Food http:/ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2010

    Sometimes Handmade Isn't Best: Etsy's Questionable Food Crafts

    Last week Regretsy, the website that culls online mega craft show Etsy for the worst handmade goods -- "Handmade? It looks like you made it with your feet." -- featured an art photo they dubbed "Shit Sandwich." The artist, unimpressed with a sandwich she'd ordered, reconstructed her leftovers, took ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 6.1

    The salt companies are fighting back. Even Alton Brown has paired with food giant Cargill to encourage the use of salt while other companies cut back. In case you missed it during the long weekend, The New York Times exposed what's happening behind the scenes as food processors brace for the hit o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 5.12

    Dude! Food! The changing image of male chefs, thanks to celebrity chef culture, is creating some new gender issues. So much so that Time examines the issue, from the somewhat classy machismo of Anthony Bourdain, to the crass blog-to-book "Cook to Bang". Josh Ozersky explains, "But in between these ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2009

    Java Enabled: On the Road, Coffee-Style

    There was a time when Alex McCracken was the most quoted man on coffee in St. Louis. When he was Kaldi's trainer, McCracken was regularly interviewed by St. Louis publications whenever they had a caffeine-related question. But you can only field questions about someone else's café so long before y ... More >>

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    May 2, 2008
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    April 25, 2008

    Go! The St. Louis Weekend Calendar, April 25 - 27, 2008

    Not totally satisfied with your weekend itinerary? Never fear, Go! is here! This regular feature highlights everything from rock shows to art openings, from delicious dishes to hidden-gem hangouts. Here's a listing of the weekend's concerts, from A to Z. Friday, 4/25 Benefit-Style Barbecue: ... More >>

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    April 25, 2008
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    April 23, 2008

    Good Reads

    Alton Brown on books on food

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 1.4 Believe it or not, there's news besides Britney this fine Friday morning. The FDA is likely to approve the sale of meat and milk from cloned animals, reports the Wall Street Journal. (Here's a Reuters summary if you can't read the WSJ piece.) China, still on the warpath, wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2007


    One of the more beautiful things about St. Louis is its surplus of doughnut shops that are not Dunkin' Donuts or Krispy Kreme. Mmmm...doughnuts...sugary, yeasty, deep-fried bits of goodness... Sorry, got a bit carried away there. Ahem. Back to the point of this post: Dough ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2007

    More Love for Mike Mills

    Mike Mills of 17th Street Bar & Grill fame has another feather to stick in his cap -- though he'll have to wait a few weeks to learn exactly how big that feather will be. photo: Jennifer Silverberg The September issue of Bon Appétit -- in my mailbox today -- features 17th Street in a ... More >>

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    January 19, 2005


    Celeb chef Alton Brown is just here for more food (and he'd like to see you, too)

  • Dining

    May 12, 2004

    Welsh, Welsh, Welsh

    Llywelyn's expands the empire