Ben Welch

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    The Precinct Prepares for Police Headquarters to Open Next Door

    Jim Edmonds and Mark Winfield rebranded their downtown steak house as a police-themed restaurant called the Precinct (1900 Locust Avenue; 314-588-8899) last year to coincide with their new neighbors, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department's new headquarters, moving in. Not everything went as p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2014

    The Precinct's New Chef Ben Welch Shares (Some) Barbecue Secrets and His Love of Tequila

    "I've heard Mike Emerson is my competition," Ben Welch said, matter-of-factly, as I dug into his brisket. I thought this comparison to Pappy's co-owner was hyperbole. After all, taking on the undisputed godfather of St. Louis barbecue is a bold move. One bite of the glorious, smokey meat, however, m ... More >>

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    March 27, 2014

    The Precinct's New Menu Focuses on Smoked Meats and Pub Food

    The Precinct (1900 Locust Avenue; 314-588-8899) debuted in October; it was a new concept for owners Mark Winfield and Jim Edmonds, whose Edmonds 15 Steakhouse previously occupied the space. The re-branding was set to coincide with the police department headquarters moving in next door, which has sin ... More >>

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    March 4, 2014

    The Precinct Launches Revamped Menu

    The Precinct (1900 Locust Avenue; 314-588-8899) debuts a new menu today, March 4, along with a new chef. Owners Mark Winfield and Jim Edmonds opened the bar and grill branded as a cop hangout in October. The first setback was the SLMPD's delayed relocation next door. The second was the unfortunately ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2010

    St. Louis Food Blog Digest, 10.11-10.17

    ​Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs. STL Bites: Bill discussed coffee. One Hot Stove: Nupur made Self-Saucing Cabbage Curry. Cupcake Project: Stef made Mushroom Cupcakes.

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    September 20, 2010

    St. Louis Food Blog Digest, 9.13-9.19

    ​Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs. Cupcake Project: Stef made Sorghum Cupcakes with Orange Whiskey Whipped Cream. One Hot Stove: Nupur made Cold Coffee for a Tea Party. Iron Stef: Stephanie made Bruise Salad.

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    September 17, 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: Lady Gaga Wears Meat Dress at Video Music Awards #ladygaga #meat #blatantpanderingforpageviews RT @stlhops: Schlafly Portfolio Changes ... More >>

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    April 6, 2009

    FoodWire: New Chef, Menu for Brandt's Café

    Delmar Loop institution Brandt's Café (6525 Delmar Boulevard; Web site) has a new executive chef, Ben Welch. Welch, a graduate of Johnson & Wales culinary school in Charleston, South Carolina, has worked at Emeril Lagasse's NOLA restaurant and, locally, at the late Blue Water Grill. Brandt's ne ... More >>