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    April 18, 2013

    Celebrate The Sweet Divine's Grand Opening in Soulard Saturday

    They're baaaaaaaaaack! The yummy cupcake shop and winner of the Food Network's Cupcake Wars closed its Kingshighway location on March 30 to prepare for its new shop in Soulard, and it's finally ready for business. The Sweet Divine (1801 S. Ninth Street; 636-942-2900) is hosting a grand opening fêt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2013

    Hwy 61 Roadhouse Owner Talks Diners, Drive-ins and Dives Episode, Meeting Guy Fieri

    In December 2012 Hwy 61 Roadhouse & Kitchen (34 South Old Orchard Avenue, Webster Groves; 314-968-0061) appeared on Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Since its initial airing, the episode has replayed a handful of times each month, with four airings slated for April, including tonight at 8:30 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2013

    The Sweet Divine to Move to Soulard in March

    The Sweet Divine (4521 South Kingshighway Boulevard; 636-942-2900) is about to get a little sweeter. The bakery, which opened in south city only last June, is already planning a move next month to bigger digs in Soulard. The cupcakery began as the dream of Jenna Seibert, who owns the store with her ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2012

    Reminder: Anthonino's Taverna on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Tonight

    Guy Fieri's spotlight shines again on St. Louis: Anthonino's Taverna (2225 Macklind Avenue; 314-773-4455) will appear on tonight's episode of the spiky-haired one's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on the Food Network. The episode, entitled "All Family, All the Time," airs at 9 p.m. local time. See Also ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2012

    Guerrilla Street Food on Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Tonight; Dates Set for Shaved Duck, Espino's [Updated]

    Reminder: Guerrilla Street Food (@GuerrillaStreet; 314-529-1328), RFT's "Best Food Truck" for 2012, will appear tonight on the Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. The episode, titled "Burgers, Noodles and Quahogs," airs at 9 p.m. local time. This is the first St. Louis establishment to appe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    The Sweet Divine to Appear on Food Network's Cupcake Wars

    The Sweet Divine (4521 South Kingshighway; 636-942-2900) announced via Twitter this afternoon that it will appear on an upcoming episode of the Food Network show Cupcake Wars. The episode will air for the first time on Sunday, July 29, at 7 p.m. local time. According to the Cupcake Wars page on the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2012

    The Final Guy Fieri Round-Up: Dressel's, Highway 61 Roadhouse and (Maybe) Espinos

    Since last week, we've been stalking tracking the visits that Guy Fieri made while in town filming for Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Yesterday, we added The Shaved Duck (2900 Virginia Avenue; 314-776-1407) to a list that already included Anthonino's Taverna (2225 Macklind Avenue; 314-773-4455) and fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2012

    Guy Fieri Also Visited the Shaved Duck

    As you might have heard, Guy Fieri was in St. Louis over the past week or so, filming segments for future episodes of his Diners, Drive-ins and Dives program. Among the restaurants that he visited were Anthonino's Taverna (222 Macklind Avenue; 314-773-4455) and food truck Guerrilla Street Food (@Gue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2012

    Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives Filming Guerrilla Street Food RIGHT NOW

    Yesterday, we learned that Guy Fieri was shooting a segment for his smash-hit Food Network show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives at Anthonino's Taverna (2225 Macklind Avenue; 314-773-4455) This morning, driving to Gut Check International Headquarters here in the Delmar Loop, I happened to notice the Gue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2012

    Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives Filming at Anthonino's Taverna RIGHT NOW

    Guy Fieri is in St. Louis as we speak to film segments for his hit Food Network program Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. A tipster told me last week that Anthonino's Taverna (2225 Macklind Road; 314-773-4455) would be one of the local restaurants featured. My message to the Scutaro brothers, who own An ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    Jilly's Debuts New Menu Items and Big News at Its Adults-Only Cocktail Reception

    Jilly's Cupcake Bar had reason to celebrate Thursday night, despite the cold, slushy weather. While the streets were frosted with fluffy precipitation, Jilly's cupcake chefs dropped dollops of buttercream icing on tray after tray of the bakery's famous jumbo cupcakes in preparation for the night's " ... 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 3, 2011

    Beastie Eats: Eight Foods From Beastie Boys Songs

    Top Chef: Just Desserts recently brought in a special guest: MC King Ad-Rock (also known as Adam Horovitz) of the Beastie Boys. Although by the time you're a gray-haired 40-something appearing on a cooking show, you're probably a Beastie Man. Regardless, he presented contestants with ingredients fea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2011

    The Gap Ruins Four Food Trends in One Leap

    On Friday we thought Applebee's killed the food truck trend dead. But it was only the beginning. Gap puts tacos in jeans. ​ Meet Pico de Gap, a taco truck operated by The Gap in Los Angeles. Because having a trillion brick and mortar stores isn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    17th Street Bar and Grill Gets Double Recognition

    Image via​Pit master extraordinaire Mike Mills of 17th Street Bar & Grill (1711 West Highway 50, O'Fallon; 618-622-1717 or will be cooking at the famed James Beard House in New York City on July 15. The dinners at the Beard House are hosted monthly by the James Be ... More >>

  • 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 18, 2011

    Foot Hi Pie at Blue Springs Cafe

    Robin Wheeler​Last October Gut Check staged the Great Illinois Pie Fight, with Blue Springs Cafe in Highland taking a sound beating from Mills Apple Farm in Marine. How sound was the beating? But if we ever need to gather ammunition for a pie fight, we're heading straight to Blue Springs. O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Food Network Creates $14 "Signature" Sandwich for Busch Stadium

    Food NetworkDo not adjust your television set. This is a Food Network steak sandwich -- the Red, White and Blue Steak Sandwich, to be precise.​If there's one thing St. Louis Cardinals fans love, it's an all-star hunk of meat at on the plate. Tomorrow, on Busch Stadium's 2011 opening day, the F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Food TV Sees First Decline in Viewership

    Food TV's popularity is waning. The New York Post says that the network's 2010 numbers showed the first decrease in the network's history. In the fourth quarter of 2009, viewership plunged 10.3 percent among viewers ages 25 to 54. The slide continued with 3.3 percent in the second quarter and 4.5 pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Food Feuds Gooey Butter Cake Battle Airs Thursday, 12.30 -- Tomorrow Night

    Can Gooey Louie beat Park Avenue Coffee in the gooey butter cake battle?​Update: (Wednesday, 12.29, 11 a.m.) A reminder from earlier this month that the Food Network appearance of Park Avenue Coffee and Gooey Louie is tomorrow night at 9 p.m.Original post:When Iron Chef America star Michael Symon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    Food Feuds with Pappy's Smokehouse, 17th Street Bar & Grill Airs Tonight

    Screenshot: Feuds airs a St. Louis segment tonight.​The Food Network visited St. Louis in September to film a "battle" between local barbecue meccas Pappy's Smokehouse and 17th Street Bar & Grill for its new show, Food Feuds, hosted by Cleveland-based Iron Chef Michael ... 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

    September 2, 2010

    The Boob Tube, or Why We Watch Food Shows

    Image viaNigella Lawson: "My eyes are up here."​On Tuesday, the RFT's dear friends at Jezebel looked at the comments posted on a Guardian article about celebrity chef Nigella Lawson.Sadie Stein noted how several of these comments criticized Lawson for her sexy-chef act and then broadened the issue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2010

    Iron Chef America Ingredient Roll Call Hilarious, Hypnotic

    Another gem via the folks at Eater: A video compilation of the Iron Chef America chairman introducing ingredients.

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 6.11

    After 134 years, New Orleans' P&J Oyster Company has ceased operations because of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig catastrophe. According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the company will not close entirely. They'll shuck as oysters are available, even if they have to ship them from the west coast. " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2009

    The Ten Most Important St. Louis Restaurant Openings of the Aughts #8: Iron Barley (2003)

    ​Iron Barley (2003)Tom Coghill's laidback -- but decidedly not quiet -- restaurant has enjoyed a recent surge in interest thanks to its appearance on the Food Network's megapopular Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. It's the rare case when I don't want to kick host Guy Fieri in his Rocky Mountain oyster ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 3.27

    A new report from the Department of Health and Human Services finds a lack of proper record-keeping on safety issues throughout the food chain. (Reuters)NBC has canceled superstar chef Marco Pierre White's first U.S. cooking show, Chopping Block, after only three episodes. (Eater)A dairy surplus at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2009

    FoodWire: Crown Candy Kitchen, Iron Barley & Pappy's Smokehouse on Travel Channel

    Tonight the Travel Channel airs the St. Louis episode of Man v. Food. Host Adam Richman takes the "malt milkshake challenge" at Crown Candy Kitchen and also visits Iron Barley and Pappy's Smokehouse. The episode airs tonight at 9 p.m. central.Assuming everything goes according to plan, I'll be live- ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 24, 2008
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    April 23, 2008

    Good Reads

    Alton Brown on books on food

  • Dining

    April 16, 2008
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    March 12, 2008


    7 p.m. Tuesday, March 18. Pop's, 1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2008

    Iron Chef America -- The Game!

    Sorry it's still so quiet around here. Working on something for next week's paper that's taking some of my blogging time. Anyway, to tide you over, here (via Eater) is news of an Iron Chef America video game for the Wii. ( They should include the characters from the original Iron Chef. ... More >>

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    February 16, 2008
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    February 13, 2008

    The Valentine's Day Pig and Other Food News of the Weird Meet Valentine, a two-week-old Gloucester Old Spot piglet from a farm in Taynton, Great Britain. This isn't a common breed of pig. Still, the heart-shaped mark is a first, according to farmer Eric Freeman. Answering the question I know you're thinking, Mr. Freeman tells the Da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2007

    A Few Other Tidbits from Michael Ruhlman's Class

    A few things that didn't really fit into the previous post on Ruhlman's The Elements of Cooking and the demonstration he gave at Viking Cooking School last night... First of all, I apologize for the lack of pictures. I didn't have my camera with me. Bill promises pictures soon. As proof, he offers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2007

    Michael Ruhlman at Viking, Borders and Gut Check

    As already mentioned, food writer Michael Ruhlman will be at Viking at 6:30 p.m. to promote his new book, The Elements of Cooking. This slim book offers a handy A-to-Z index of vital cooking terms, techniques and ingredients, with a welcome dash of Ruhlman's own opinions. T ... More >>

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    November 6, 2007

    Michael Ruhlman at Viking Thursday

    God among food writers Michael Ruhlman will be hosting a discussion and demonstration promoting his new book The Elements of Cooking at the Viking Cooking School (1811 South Brentwood Boulevard). The event runs from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, and the cost is $69.99 per person. ... More >>

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    November 1, 2007
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    October 10, 2007
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    September 10, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 9/10

    The FDA is considering making nutrition information on food packages easier to read. (AP) Inside the marketing strategy of a new "all-natural" Quaker Oats cereal. (New York Times) This article seems to explain the whole is-Mario-fired-or-not? debate. No more Molto Mario rer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 9/5

    I wake up every Wednesday knowing that there will be several good stories in the New York Times, which publishes its dining section today. But this morning there's a bonanza of good stuff from all over the place. Those idiots at the Food Network have dumped Mario Batali. That ... More >>

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    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 >>

  • Calendar

    February 14, 2007
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    September 7, 2005

    Naked Chef

    (But still wearing clothes, alas)

  • Film

    August 24, 2005

    Breaking Bread with Father Dominic: Episode 106 (1999)

    This bun-baking priest is hella endearing

  • Calendar

    January 26, 2005

    Are You Experienced?

    Foodies and oenephiles, rejoice -- your good taste will benefit the St. Louis Rep

  • Calendar

    January 19, 2005


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

  • Calendar

    June 18, 2003

    I Summon the Iron Bartenders!

    The masters of mixology flex their muscles

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    September 4, 2002

    To Serve Man

    "St. Louis Cooks and Entertains" -- and you get to sample the results

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