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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    May 2, 2013

    Loving Las Vegas and MSG: A Q & A with Qui Tran of Mai Lee

    This is part two of Gut Check's Chef's Choice profile of Qui Tran of Mai Lee. Read part one, a profile of Tran, here. Part three, a recipe from Tran, will be available on Friday. Mai Lee (8396 Music Memorial Drive, Brentwood; 314-645-2835) isn't simply a job for chef Qui Tran. It's his legacy. His ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2012

    Dressel's Was on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Last Night (Whoops)

    Despite spending way too much time on the Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives page of the Food Network website, charting the path that Guy Fieri cut through St. Louis earlier this year, I somehow missed that last night's new episode -- "Pubs and Grub" -- included Dressel's (419 North Euclid Avenue; 314-361- ... More >>

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    August 16, 2012
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    February 27, 2012

    Celebrity Chef Tour at Sidney Street Café on April 16

    ​Kevin Nashan is excited. OK, so, this probably won't surprise anyone who knows the owner and chef of Sidney Street Café (2000 Sidney Street; 314-771-5777). Better to say Kevin Nashan is really excited. Better yet to let him say it. "I'm really excited about everything that's going on" in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2011

    Update: Six Buttery Recipes for the Holidays​Update: A Norwegian blogger named Tommy recently posted a vlog where he expressed disgust at Americans who've been taking the crisis lightly. We're also pretty sure he calls us fat, and he mentions something about Norwegians eating cats. Check out the video after t ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011

    The Five Worst Stuffing Recipes

    WARNING: This post contains the words "Paula Deen" and "lumpy corn dog." ​While shopping malls and radio stations are already gearing up for Christmas, we at Gut Check are patiently awaiting the beloved return of Thanksgiving. Gorging on Halloween candy was a good warm-up for the the inevitable st ... More >>

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    October 31, 2011

    Think About What You're About to Eat From Big Lots

    Think. Think about what you're about to eat from Big Lots.​Times are tough. No doubt about that. The economic free fall explains why there's a new discount or closeout store every single half-block. While it might be tempting to purchase reduced-price food along with off-brand electronics, De ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    Shocking Photo of Guy Fieri Emerges

    This gesture is OK.​So we've been a little obsessed with Guy Fieri the past couple of weeks, thanks to the feature story about former Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives producer David Page in our sister paper City Pages. The latest embarrassing revelation about the spiky-haired superstar chef isn't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2011

    Guy Fieri-City Pages Brouhaha Continues, @DadBoner Weighs In

    ​To review: Our sister paper City Pages published a profile of former Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives producer David Page that painted star Guy Fieri in a less than flattering light. Though both Fieri and the Food Network refused comment to writer Gregory Pratt, after the article's publication Fieri's ... More >>

  • 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.

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    June 30, 2011

    A Peach, a Tomato and a Fine Rosy Mist

    Welcome to Read This Now, a recurring feature in which Gut Check recommends books, longer articles and other material worth an investment of your time.​Lucky Peach is a new quarterly food magazine founded by Momofuku chef David Chang and food writer Peter Meehan and published by McSweeney's. The n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    Arby's Flash Mob Turns Spontaneous Joy Into Marketing

    Ah, Corporate America. Once again you've taken something good and pure, created by the people, and turned it into a bland advertisement for bad food. Last week a well-choreographed flash mob infested Times Square to do a "spontaneous" dance routine to an Arby's commercial broadcast on a giant scre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    Eat Your Way Out of the Snow: Seven Snow-Based Recipes

    Did you scoff at the storm warnings, shun the overcrowded grocery stores, and post insults on Twitter about just how stupid it is to panic at the impending snowmaggedeon/pocolypse/MG? And do you now find yourself snowbound and eying your dog because he's looking mighty tasty? Don't panic! And plea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    Nobody Doesn't Like I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!

    ​Just last week Gut Check chewed the fat with celeb chef Alex Guarnaschelli of Butter Restaurant in Manhattan. Guarnaschelli had popped into St. Louis as part of a promotion to help kids eat better, on behalf of that paragon of healthy-eating, Sara Lee. The schtick was that Guarnaschelli was g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    The Only Diet Aid You'll Need in 2011

    Here, via a colleague, is a video of Guy Fieri eating. And eating. And eating some more.

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    December 17, 2010

    Video: Food Network Stars Show Off Their O (This Dish Is Tasty) Faces

    Grub Street, the food blog of New York magazine, put together a video montage of various Food Network celebrities reacting to just how damn delicious their dishes are. A similar video, featuring only Giada De Laurentiis, floated around the Internet a few months ago. The technical problem that kept o ... More >>

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    November 19, 2010

    South Park Mocks Food Network, Foodies, You

    This week's episode of South Park ruthlessly mocked Food Network, celebrity chefs, foodies and, most likely, you (and me). At any rate, I could post any number of scenes, but I think this might be my favorite.Because this is South Park, though the truly NSFW language is bleeped, you should use prope ... More >>