David Rains wants to sell horse meat in Missouri. He says he's ready to start, having already modified his processing plant in Gallatin and consulted with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and industry experts from Canada. He'll know by January 27, the deadline for officials to respond to his re ... More >>
No matter what, people will always want more chocolate. Thankfully, local chocolate makers Bissinger's Handcrafted Chocolatier (3983 Gratiot Street; 314-534-2401) has purchased a massive building (220,000-square-foot) at 1600 North Broadway (as first reported by the Business Journal) with plans for ... More >>
With temperatures predicted to crest 80 degrees today in St. Louis, Gut Check could use some ice cream -- but then, couldn't we always? Today is Ben & Jerry's annual Free Cone Day, with area locations slinging free scoops of ice cream from Noon to 8 p.m. Find out where to get your free sugar fix af ... More >>
The Good Food Awards celebrate food that's good in all senses of the word: tasty and ethical and responsible. That is to say, food that's all natural, made by actual people who respect animals and the environment and the seasons and the culture of the people who produce it. It's food that costs a li ... More >>
When Gut Check learned that season seven of 30 Rock would be the show's last, we were sad to say the least. This Thursday, January 31, we'll say goodbye to 30 Rock for good when it's season finale airs. Here's an excerpt from a memorial Gut Check penned this past spring when the show's final season ... More >>
Friday (Jan. 4): Happy Hour @ Vino Nadoz Treat yourself to half price wines, cocktails and local beer on tap, along with bar plates. 4 to 6 p.m. Murder in Maybury @ Lemp Mansion Restaurant & Inn Enjoy a comedy-mystery dinner over a multi-course meal that includes soup, salad, chicken entree with ... More >>
Oh, indeed, it ain't easy being green. Yes, that's a frog -- a living, breathing frog, in fact -- inside a package of bagged salad. A Lake County, Florida, woman says she found the frog inside the salad, which she bought from Wal-Mart.
Last week, local confectioner the Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Company cut the ribbon on its new factory at 5025 Pattison Avenue on the Hill. With visions of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory dancing through our head -- except for the Oompa-Loompas, who still give us the capital-C Creeps -- we ... More >>
In June of this year Sue Wallis, the CEO of Unified Equine, announced that a shuttered cattle processing plant in Rockville, Missouri, would soon be home to her company's first horse slaughterhouse in America. Work was to begin immediately so that horses could be processed for human consumption as s ... More >>
The important thing to do as you hear the news in this blog post is to remain calm. Take a deep breath. Close your eyes and picture puppies frolicking in a field. Take another deep breath. Do you practice yoga? Go over into the corner and assume whatever position puts you in touch with your inne ... More >>
OK, so maybe you shrugged your shoulders at yesterday's news about the FDA's warning on Korean shellfish. Fair enough. Not exactly an everyday purchase around these parts. Bagged salad, on the other hand... The FDA has announced that River Ranch Fresh Foods of Salinas, California, has expanded its ... More >>
Voluntary food product recalls for mislabeled or missing allergens aren't the stuff of scandal, but when a company mass produces a product and labels it with a totally incorrect product name and it's missing allergen information, Gut Check's ears perk up. Yesterday, Nestlé Prepared Foods Company ... More >>
Today marks Ben & Jerry's annual Free Cone Day, with area locations slinging free scoops of ice cream from Noon to 8 p.m. Though many of its St. Louis stores have shuttered in the last few years, three shops still stand, and two are participating in Free Cone Day: Ben & Jerry's U. City (6380 Delmar ... More >>
Rick Jordan has one word of advice for Valentine's Day shoppers: "Stop asking for chocolate covered strawberries when they're out of season!" Jordan proclaims wearily from his west county chocolate store, RJ Chocolatier (14882 Clayton Road, Chesterfield; 636-230-9300). Jordan, in chocolate-making c ... More >>
Wellston Food Market in the 6200 block of Page.KTVI reports that one person is dead and six other people injured this afternoon in a mass shooting, at least part of which occurred at the Wellston Food Market on Page Avenue. Developing...
Thanks, Bobby Flay. The Spicy Mango Diet Pepsi and Pineapple Chipotle Diet Pepsi you commissioned for your "Tacos & Tequila" event last weekend most certainly increased the Patron consumption. At least PepsiCo had the good sense to not put these flavors on the mass market. They already have enough ... More >>
Sarah BarabaGut Check tried Schweddy Balls ice cream last week. We found the gimmicky ice cream to be surprisingly tasty! Meanwhile, the name of the flavor alone has left a bad taste in these ladies' mouths: One Million Moms has started a letter writing campaign and boycott to pressure Ben & ... More >>
Chrissy WilmesSchweddy Balls -- more than a gimmick?As reported yesterday, Gut Check's been on a quest for Schweddy Balls. After hours of phone calls met with laughter, disbelief and rejection after rejection, the Town & Country Whole Foods (1160 Town and Country Crossing Road, Town & Country ... More >>
The New York Times today has a story that's riling the food blogosphere: A group of food (and mommy) bloggers say food behemoth ConAgra and the PR agency Ketchum concocted a fake underground restaurant from celebrity chef George Duran to trick them into sampling new Marie Callender's-brand items. ... More >>
From the Department of Awesome Stuff People Send Me Apropos of Nothing, here are two ads for a Japanese noodle company featuring James Brown:
Wikimedia CommonsFamous Nathan's, which Murray Handwerker made really famous.Over the weekend two people who played major roles in the modernization of the food industry died. Murry Handwerker, 89, of Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs passed away on Saturday. Canadian potato entrepreneur Wallace McCai ... More >>
freakingfitness.comOne person in 133 is gluten intolerant, and they're joining forces to hold the first Gluten Free Food Labeling Summit. The group 1in133.org will host the May 4 event in Washington, D.C., in an attempt to get legislators and food producers to follow the 2007 Food Allergen La ... More >>
image viaThe Cheese House at Morningland of the Ozarks is no more.The battle over raw-milk cheese has come home to Missouri. On Tuesday the Howell County Circuit Court upheld a ruling by the Missouri State Milk Board that Morningland of the Ozarks, a dairy in Mountain View, would have to dest ... More >>
Last year, Frito-Lay pulled its new compostable bag for Sun Chips from the shelves because the bag was too gosh-darn loud. (Except in Canada, where the company instead offered a jovial eff-you to the haters.)Now the compostable Sun Chips bag is back in new, supposedly-not-as-loud form. As this video ... More >>
Donald J. Tyson, who turned his father's Arkansas chicken business into one of the largest meat producers in the world, died yesterday. He was 80 years old. The New York Times has his obituary, featuring the story of Tyson Foods' massive growth under Mr. Tyson. He retired in 1994, but not before fin ... More >>
Paula Deen may love Smithfield Foods pork products, but Mark Bittman's not a fan. Neither is the Humane Society of America, who released a report on inhumane conditions at Smithfield's large pig farms. Bittman took to his website yesterday to call for a boycott, and issued a plea to stop supporting ... More >>
A few weeks ago, Gut Check reported that Frito-Lay was pulling its new, EXTREMELY LOUD compostable Sun Chips bag from the market. In Canada, however, the bag will remain.Why?Because, as Frito-Lay Canada sustainability leader Helmi Ansari makes clear in this charming video (via Gizmodo), Canadians ar ... More >>
As the oil from last week's rig explosion creeps closer to the Louisiana coast, New Orleans restaurants are becoming concerned about the fate of their local seafood, especially on the verge of oyster reproduction season. The Chicago Tribune interviewed people whose livelihoods rely on Gulf oysters t ... More >>
Every spring, when the music festivals are unveiling their line-ups, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream also reveals their new flavors. This year, the two have collided with Ben & Jerry's Bonnaroo BUZZ. Ian McCulloch: You know what would go great with that wine? Ice cream. The company's website descri ... More >>
In a move that surprises exactly no one, Peanut Corp. of America has filed for bankruptcy. (CNN)Peanut Corp. of America is the source of the current salmonella outbreak in peanut-butter products. Earlier this week, the state of Texas ordered a recall of everything ever shipped from the company's pla ... More >>
In today's news: food makers ask Obama for help, Kenya asks for help and genetically engineered animals.
In today's news: More on Mexico and U.S. meat, prosecco and Burger King's meat cologne sells out.
In today's news: Mexico bans U.S. meat, Diet Coke Plus shouldn't be "Plus," and France isn't happy about its wine.
A potential upside to rising food costs: Will it force us to eat better? (New York Times) California legislators are working on a law to punish slaughterhouses for processing "downer" cattle, the meat at the heart of the Westland/Hallmark recall. (San Jose Mercury News) Japan will study whether cl ... More >>
www.dpi.vic.gov.au Mark Bittman offers a concise overview of the consequences of industrial meat production and why we should all try to eat less meat. (New York Times) Speaking of the consequences of industrial meat production: Tyson has seen a dramatic decrease in earnings. The producer blames ... More >>
Too soon? Nah. Spotted yesterday outside the Ben & Jerry's in the Delmar Loop (about a hundred steps from the RFT's offices). -Unreal
The current issue of the Economist has a lengthy article on the global rise in food prices. It's well worth your time. www.economist.com Though the article ranges over a number of topics related to food costs, I'd like to focus on one particular issue: The cause. In today's Morning Brew, ... More >>
Frozen turkey and chicken pot pies from Banquet (owned by ConAgra) are the likely culprits of a salmonella outbreak. (CNN) -Ian Froeb
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