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    September 12, 2014

    Tef Poe Honored By National Association of Black Journalists for RFT Music Column

    St. Louis rapper Tef Poe has been honored by the National Association of Black Journalists for his work with RFT Music in this year's round of awards. The NAJB, which is celebrating its 40th year, was founded by a group of 44 men and women in December of 1972, and is based in Washington, D.C. Tef P ... More >>

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    June 23, 2014

    Your Pick for St. Louis' Most Underrated Doughnut Is...

    Gut Check readers are pretty vocal when it comes to doughnuts. We're always hearing about new places all over the city and county, especially when we do our delicious blind taste tests. The vote is in, though, and there's one place we'll definitely be going to soon. See also: A Blind Taste Test of ... More >>

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    June 13, 2014

    The 5 Best Places to Celebrate Father's Day in St. Louis

    Father's Day is a bit more tricky than Mother's Day. You can't just take dad to a brunch with bottomless mimosas and give him some lovely flowers (OK, maybe you can. Who wouldn't love that?). It's getting down to the wire, but as long as you take pops to one of these places, he'll be satisfied. See ... More >>

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    May 23, 2014

    Where to Find the Great Food Truck Race Trucks This Weekend

    As we reported earlier this week, the Food Network's Great Food Truck Race is headed to St. Louis this weekend. Four trucks form all over the country will be slinging food for our beautiful Memorial Day weekend. The thing about food trucks, though, is they move -- so we've got you covered. See als ... More >>

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    January 31, 2014

    The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: January 31 to February 2

    Yes, it's Super Bowl weekend (already!), but there are plenty of non-football activities going on this weekend. Help raise some money to save Local Harvest Cafe & Grocery, see the Pi Pizza-loving Alton Brown or take a sugary tour of Maplewood. Check out our food-related recommendations after the ju ... 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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    August 13, 2013

    5 Best Foods to Eat at Busch Stadium

    Ahh, baseball. Is there anything this city is more obsessed with? Fans can catch dozens of games each summer, and fortunately there are more than just peanuts and Cracker Jack to go with that $9 Bud Light. Busch Stadium (Broadway and Poplar Street; 314-345-9000) now has several specialty carts and c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2013

    Angry Paula Deen Fans Mistake Missouri-Based Food Channel for Food Network

    Springfield-based media company Food Channel is not the Food Network. It is in no way affiliated with the Food Network, nor has it ever been the host network for recently-disgraced celebrity chef Paula Deen. However, you wouldn't know that from looking at the Food Channel's Facebook page which lit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    Jilly's Cupcake Bar & Cafe Wins Cupcake Wars A Second Time

    Congrats to Jilly's Cupcake Bar & Cafe (8509 Delmar Boulevard, Ladue; 314-993-5455), two time winner of Food Network's Cupcake Wars! Back in February, Jilly's cupcake chef, Casey Shiller, and its executive chef, Dana Holland, duked it out against other past competitors for a chance at redemption. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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

    March 12, 2013

    Caseyville Cafe to be Featured on "Restaurant Impossible"

    The Caseyville Cafe (421 South Main Street, Caseyville, Illinois; 618-343-0911) underwent a major renovation in November as part of the reality restaurant makeover show Restaurant Impossible. The fruits of the show's labor will appear on television this Wednesday, March 13, at 9 p.m. on the Food Net ... 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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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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

    April 19, 2012

    Food Network's "St. Louis Dog" at Busch Stadium Frankly Disappoints

    The "St. Louis Dog" is this year's signature offering from the Food Network's food cart at Busch Stadium. This cart, located across from section 144 in the main concourse, debuted last season at Busch and eight other Major League stadiums, serving two steak sandwiches: the "Red, White, and Blue," wh ... More >>

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    April 10, 2012

    Legends Restaurant Partners with East St. Louis High School Culinary Arts Program

    On the heels of its grand opening, Legends Restaurant and Sports Bar (517 Missouri Avenue, East St. Louis, Illinois; 618-779-9982) is also busy preparing to open its kitchen to students from East St. Louis High School. Working alongside the high school's culinary arts program, Legends will bus in j ... 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 >>

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    October 14, 2011

    Team Fieri Slams City Pages Article

    ​Yesterday, we told you about the profile of television producer David Page in our Twin Cities sister paper City Pages. Page, who created the smash-hit Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, made several sensational claims about Guy Fieri, including that the spiky-haired star styles himself a mafia don and ... More >>

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    September 23, 2011

    Get a Taste of St. Louis at Soldier's Memorial this Weekend

    Sarah Rusnak​Taste of St. Louis returns this weekend, and Gut Check can't help but think that the word "taste" doesn't even begin to encompass the event. Not only can you try food from 45 area restaurants, but you can also peruse the work of local and regional artists and rub elbows with some of o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    Casey Shiller of Jilly's Cupcake Bar: Recipe for Banana Toffee Cupcakes, a.k.a "Space Monkeys"

    This is part three of Emily Wasserman's Chef's Choice profile of confectioner Casey Shiller of Jilly's Cupcake Bar. Part one can be found here. Part two, a Q&A with Shiller, is published here. Emily Wassermancaption​Walking into Jilly's Cupcake Bar (8509 Delmar Boulevard, Ladue; 314-993-5455) ... More >>

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    August 17, 2011

    Food TV and Cooking Channel Ban Shark Meat

    Image via​Food Network and Cooking Channel have pulled all recipes with shark meat from their websites and will no longer feature shark on any of their shows. Food Network and Cooking Channel's shark removal was prompted when 31,000 people signed a petition at in ten days, decryin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    Wanna Be the Next Food Network Star?

    ​Are you the next Bobby Flay? The next Rachael Ray? The next Paula Deen? We hope not -- one of each of them is more than enough. But if you've always dreamed of televised culinary superstardom, your big break might have arrived.Food Network Star (formerly known as the Next Food Network Star) has a ... More >>

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    June 28, 2011

    Casey Shiller of Jilly's Cupcake Bar on Cupcake Wars and Why People Love Tiny Cakes

    Ettie Berneking​They can't talk about it. Everyone there knows how it ends, but no one can say a thing. If that sounds intense, it's because it is. The cupcake market has become a competitive niche. And Jilly's Cupcake Bar (8509 Delmar Boulevard, Ladue; 314-993-5455) knows just how intense th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    Ten Best Food Events this Weekend: May 27-30

    Photo by Steve Mitchell/Festival Partners LLC​Summer's so close, we can taste it. Find out exactly what flavors lead into the season at events such as Rib America Festival and the Third Annual Rib-Off at Iron Barley during the extended holiday weekend. Friday (May 27): Rib America Festival @ ... More >>

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    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

    May 12, 2011

    Oh, God, the New Rachael Ray-Guy Fieri Show Sounds Even Worse Than We Thought

    ​Last month, we learned about several new shows coming to the Food Network. The most ominous of the many ominous new titles was something called Guy vs. Rachael's Celebrity Smackdown.Well, Guy Fieri went on The Rachael Ray Show yesterday, and the two announced the new show. It's even worse you pro ... 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

    April 15, 2011

    Ten (Imaginary) Shows We'd Watch Instead of the Food Network's Latest Garbage

    Guy Fieri, starring in exactly none of our proposed Food Network shows​The Food Network this week announced several new series to debut this year and next. Frankly, even by the Food Network's ever-lower standards, the list is unappetizing.Among these new shows is an unholy marriage of Guy Fieri an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    Food Network​Like everyone else in St. Louis, Gut Check was pretty excited about opening day. However, we're even more excited about new food options available at Busch Stadium, from healthy, gluten-free eats, to the Food Network's "Signature" Busch Stadium sandwich. What else did we do this ... 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 >>

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    February 28, 2011

    Watching the Rotisserie Chicken Channel, Eh?

    Image via​A colleague who apparently has far more interesting Google Alerts than I do passed along this story from our neighbors to the north. Starting today, restaurant chain Swiss Chalet will operate a television channel that shows nothing but a chicken cooking on a rotisserie grill for twenty-f ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    December 29, 2010

    Sprout Recall Hits Illinois Farm Despite Lack of Evidence.

    The Los Angeles Times reports yet another alfalfa sprout salmonella contamination scare. This time the sprouts are from Tiny Greens Organic Farm in nearby Urbana, Illinois. Farm owner Bill Bagby Jr. said that samples tested from his farm were clean. The FDA's results are the same, but interviews wit ... 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 >>

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    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 >>

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    August 12, 2009
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    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2009

    Wanna Grill with Bobby Flay?

    Details on a casting call for Food Network's Grill It with Bobby Flay.

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    August 19, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 8.19

    The Department of Justice wants more info on InBev's planned takeover of Anheuser-Busch. (AFP) Controversy about potential grape-mixing in another Italian wine, vino nobile di Montepulciano. (Chicago Tribune) God help us all: The Food Network is working on a show described as a cross between eatin ... More >>

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    April 16, 2008
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    November 27, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 11/27

    The Food Network is ending production of Emeril Live. Insert your own "Bam!" joke here. (New York Daily News) A West African immigrant is charged with smuggling monkey meat into America. (AP) Want to make your own booze, but microbrewing just doesn't appeal? How about ... More >>

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    October 29, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 10/29

    A great big thank you to Jeanette Kozlowski for running the show so well last week. She did so well, in fact, that I'm putting her back in charge while I go back to Playa del Carmen for another few days... What? No? OK. Sigh. The story that will never end: China announ ... More >>

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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 >>

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    September 6, 2007

    Molto Mario?

    Now both Mario Batali and the Food Network are denying yesterday's report that Batali has been canned. (South Florida Sun-Sentinel) -Ian Froeb

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    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 6, 2007

    More Love for Mike Mills

    Mike Mills of 17th Street Bar & Grill fame has another feather to stick in his cap -- though he'll have to wait a few weeks to learn exactly how big that feather will be. photo: Jennifer Silverberg The September issue of Bon Appétit -- in my mailbox today -- features 17th Street in a ... More >>

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    May 16, 2001

    Side Dish

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