Andy Ayers

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2014

    Chef Chat: Grace Dinsmoor on Going from Jell-O Shots to Gourmet

    Ask Grace Dinsmoor why she cooks, and she'll tell you that it isn't really a choice. "I'm a chef by blood," she says. This doesn't mean it's come easy; this self-taught culinarian has spent the last twenty years working her way up in some of the city's hottest kitchens (Blue Water Grill, Modesto, Ni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2013

    Chris DiMercurio of Vino Nadoz Wants You to Trust Him

    This is part one of Gut Check's Chef's Choice profile of Chris DiMercurio of Vino Nadoz. Part two, a Q & A with DiMercurio, will be available Wednesday. Part three, a recipe, will be published Friday. You could easily miss Vino Nadoz (16 The Boulevard, Richmond Heights; 314-726-0400), dwarfed as it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    Colleen Clawson of Big Sky Cafe

    This is part one of Emily Wasserman's Chef's Choice profile of chef Colleen Clawson of Big Sky Cafe. Part two, a Q&A, will be posted tomorrow, and part three, a recipe from Clawson, on Thursday. Emily Wasserman​Trying to find the Big Sky Cafe (47 South Old Orchard, Webster Groves; 314-962-575 ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 21, 2011
  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    Christopher Lee of Cafe Ventana, Sanctuaria and Chuy Arzola's, Part 2

    This is part two of Robin Wheeler's Chef's Choice interview with Christopher Lee of Cafe Ventana, Sanctuaria, and Chuy Arzola's. To read part one, click here. Part three, a recipe from Chef Lee, will be available soon. Robin Wheeler​Did your family cook when you were a child? If so, what mea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2010

    Belly Up to the Wine List: Riddle's Penultimate Cafe & Wine Bar

    Tom CarlsonSee this guy? His name's Derek Flieg. When you're at Riddle's, seek him out and ask him about wine.​Loop landmark Riddle's Penultimate Cafe & Wine Bar (6307 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-725-6985) has long been a beacon of fine wine and eclectic cuisine that spotlights the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2009

    Chef's Choice: Anthony Devoti, Five and Newstead Tower Public House

    Robin WheelerAnthony Devoti of Five and Newstead Tower Public House‚Äč"I think that every food writer should be forced to put their credentials on their write-ups every single week. I don't understand how you can write about what goes on in a kitchen if you haven't worked in a kitchen," Chef Anthon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2009

    St. Louis Food Blog Digest: 2.21-2.27

    Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs.STL Bites: Earlier this week Gut Check's Brooke Foster bemoaned a new policy asking solo coffeeshop patrons to sit only at two-top tables. Bill argues the other side.Sauce: Sauce posts a picture of a mama and baby pig to illustrate a story on Kev ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 26, 2008
  • Blogs

    February 27, 2008

    American Apparel: Tell Dov Charney How to Come and Where to Go!

    Every once in a while I get an e-mail I feel compelled to share. Like the one I've pasted in after the jump, sent to me from Amy Stallard, who works for American Apparel. As you'll see, the LA-based clothing manufacturer/retailer, which recently went public, is considering a move into the St. Louis ... More >>

  • News

    April 25, 2007

    Loop Chained

    The arrival of Noodles & Company and Chipotle has some Delmar business owners wondering where it will end.

  • News

    April 18, 2007

    The Wine Master

    A St. Louis sommelier strives to be among the best in the world.

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2007
  • News

    April 12, 2006

    Talk Pretty

    David Sedaris' publicist asks Unreal to bend the space-time continuum. Plus: the blog of a former Cards hurler, and an obituary for Jim Igoe, the Delmar Poet.

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 29, 2004

    Best Wine List in a Restaurant

    Riddle's Penultimate Café and Wine Bar

  • News

    April 7, 2004

    Berger Bit

    Unreal bids fond farewell to Jerry Berger, witnesses a presidential Opening Day and a six-foot-tall termite and gives out a very, very special award

  • News

    March 31, 2004

    Bush Strikes Out

    Our commander in chief takes to the mound, Missouri gets its very own dinosaur, an Old Kid on the Block remembers when he was New, and Unreal learns a little something about love and basketball

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 26, 2001

    Best Restaurant Character

    Andy Ayers, Riddle's Penultimate Café & Wine Bar

  • Restaurants

    April 18, 2001


    Riddle's Penultimate Cafe & Wine Bar

  • Dining

    November 29, 2000

    Side Dish

    Even working chefs aren't immune to the lure of those celebrity-chef cookbooks

  • Dining

    July 26, 2000

    A Summer Riddle

    Andy Ayers presents inquisitive diners with new culinary experiences at Riddle's Penultimate Cafe & Wine Bar

  • News

    June 21, 2000

    Fertile Imagination

    In the era of modern agribusiness, organic farmer Paul Krautmann faces a tough row to hoe, but his innovative natural solutions yield delicious results