French Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2014

    10 Weird Foods for the Adventurous St. Louis Eater, Including Pig Tails, Brains and Bugs

    Sometimes we just want to try something new. And when we do, St. Louis chefs are more than happy to rise to the challenge. We've compiled of some of the stranger local offerings that just might tempt you away from your comfort zone and into an extraordinary taste adventure you're sure to remember. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2014

    Panorama Launches New Menu and Cocktail Program

    Panorama (1 Fine Arts Drive; 314-721-0072), the new(ish) restaurant at the Saint Louis Art Museum made waves in May when it snagged chef Ivy Magruder from Gamlin Restaurant Group. He debuted his new menu and cocktail program at Panorama on Tuesday. See also: Chef Ivy Magruder on Whiskey, the Next B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2014

    10 Places to Take (and Impress) Your Visiting Foodie

    Many have said that St. Louisans have an inferiority complex about our fair city, but there's nothing to be ashamed about when it comes to the culinary clout in our kitchens. St. Louis is increasingly being recognized nationally for its chefs and burgeoning restaurant scene. What better way to help ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 2, 2013
  • Blogs

    April 1, 2013

    St. Louis Food Blog Digest, 03.25-04.01

    Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs. Rhubarb and Honey: Kimberly made spring candy bark. The Sweets Life: Natalie shared spinach and cheese stuffed shells with marinara sauce. Cupcake Project: Stef made April Fool's Day "cupcakes." Eat Write: Judith shared goat cheese and smok ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2013

    Happy Presidents' Day to the Top Five Foodie Presidents

    Washington has been focusing more and more on food and eating healthy lately, thanks to Mama Obama's presence in the white house. Michelle planted a garden on the White House grounds, which regularly provides produce to the prez and his family. She's working to make school lunches healthier, but she ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    Ten Best Food Events This Weekend: August 17-19

    Friday (Aug. 17): Third Friday @ Third Degree Glass Factory This month's theme is "vroom-vroom." Enjoy samples from Frostbite Gourmet Ice Cream, sip on watermelon martinis, and snack on small plates such as orzo pasta salad, spedini skewered chicken and hummus with pita over the usual live enterta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2012

    Ten Best Food Events This Weekend: August 10-12

    Friday (Aug. 10): Food Truck Friday @ southwest side of Tower Grove Park Grab eats from Guerilla Street Food, Le Food Truck, recent Cupcake Wars winners The Sweet Divine and many more during this monthly mobile food event. Admission is free. 5 to 8 p.m. Julia Child inspired dinner @ Vin de Set In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    The Nine Best Wine Bars in St. Louis

    Gut Check has been looking back on the Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis 2011, but we're also keeping an eye on the Best of St. Louis 2012 by nominating finalists for our awards this fall. To see hundreds more winners and finalists, suggest your own contenders and download the Riverfront Times Best ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2012

    Screw Single-Malt Scotch, Bring Us Some Single-Udder Butter!

    Gut Check has been known to enjoy us some New Yorker every now and then. (And by "now and then" we mean "now and then." When someone tells us they read the New Yorker every week, we know they're 1) paid to do so, 2) an insufferable bore, 3) letting mildew grow on their shower curtain and shit, or 4) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    The Five Most Promising Menus From Clayton Restaurant Week

    As we told you yesterday, Clayton Restaurant Week runs from Monday, January 23, through Sunday, January 29. Participating restaurants have three-course prix-fixe menus for $25, tax and tip excluded. You can see the full list of those restaurants and their menus on the official Clayton Restaurant Wee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2011

    Try the Pumpkin Pie Crêpe at City Coffeehouse & Crêperie

    We love pumpkins! We just want to carve 'em, roast their seeds and then bake the guts into all kinds of awesome. So, this autumn, we're on a quest for the tastiest local pumpkin goodies, before the fleeting flavor is gone. Do you have a favorite local seasonal pumpkin food? E-mail tips@riverfro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    Reine Bayoc of SweetArt Bakeshop

    This is part one of Emily Wasserman's Chef's Choice profile of chef Reine Bayoc of SweetArt. Part two, a Q&A, will be posted tomorrow, and part three, a recipe from Bayoc, will be posted on Thursday.Emily Wasserman​ What do you get when you take a self-professed Southern girl, mix in a little ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    Restaurant Tidbits from Brasserie by Niche, Franco, Pi

    Jennifer SilverbergNow you can enjoy the onion soup at Brasserie by Niche seven days a week.​A few notes from the last week:- Brasserie by Niche announced via Twitter this weekend that it will now be open seven days a week.Smart move: By all accounts, Gerard Craft's French restaurant, which landed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    Eating the Pyramid

    New year, a bazillion new diet industry ads. Ellen Tarlin of Slate's "Clean Plate" column cuts through the fads and begins an attempt to stick to the food pyramid for a week while examining the conflicting nutritional information and research that can make it so difficult to understand what we need ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2010

    Man Watching Julie & Julia Every Day for a Year, Blogging the Experience

    ​This has been making the rounds over the past few days -- I saw it on Eater this morning -- but Gut Check is never one to pass up a fun story, especially when it allows us to question another human being's life choices.Meet Lawrence Dai, a student at Northwestern University who has decided to wat ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 3, 2010
  • Blogs

    December 8, 2009

    What to Get Your Novice Foodie This Holiday Season

    User "Wikidemo," Wikimedia CommonsMerry Christmas! (Watch your knuckles.)​What to get the novice foodie(s) in your life this holiday season? Here are some gifts that I heartily recommend. These are invaluable tools, well worth the space they take up in my own kitchen because I use them so frequen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2009

    Julie & Julia & Ellis

    ​Recently unearthed footage from the pilot of The French Chef from WGBH in Boston, featuring political reporter -- and current Riverfront Times managing editor -- Ellis Conklin in the role that Julia Child would make famous. Test audiences reacted poorly to the then-127-year-old Conklin, who refus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2009

    The Novice Foodie: Julia & Julie & Kelli

    Part of my concept of what being a foodie entails is being able to cook well. I think I'm a decent home cook. I cook mostly from scratch, and I love being in the kitchen, but dishes that take a long time or have a complicated ingredient list intimidate me, mostly because I have the attention span of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2009

    Julia Child Haunts the Sneak

    Fernando de Sousa, Wikimedia Commons Julia Child is haunting me.In full disclosure, I invited her in. I just didn't realize that beloved, deceased TV chefs followed roughly the same rules as vampires. Man, that is going to be no good for Mario Batali. That gentleman has stringent minimum garlic req ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2009

    What Do Bess and Stephen Colbert Have in Common?

    ​RFT staff writer Aimee Levitt and her cat, Bess, continue their culinary adventure.Like every other food blogger in St. Louis and probably the country, I went to see Julie & Julia over the weekend. (It was mandatory. There was a memo and everything.) I enjoyed it. A cat played a minor but alm ... More >>

  • Film

    August 5, 2009
  • Dining

    July 8, 2009
  • Blogs

    September 17, 2008

    Bistro Toi Update: Indeed, Asian Fusion

    A follow-up to last week's post on Bistro Toi, the new restaurant at 3257 Ivanhoe Avenue (the former KoKo space): As suspected, Bistro Toi is an Asian-fusion joint, with a definite French bent. The menu, now posted in the restaurant's windows, includes numerous small plates such as "Bangkok" wings ( ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 6, 2008

    Fresh Ideas

    Soulard Farmers' Market gets classy

  • Dining

    November 1, 2006

    Moveable Feast

    At the Emperor's Palace, you could dip chicken feet in a chocolate fountain.

  • Dining

    September 6, 2006

    Ready, Set?

    Lafayette Square gets a brand-new bistro -- or does it?

  • Dining

    January 12, 2005

    Homegrown History

    This quaint neighborhood bar has it all -- really

  • Dining

    June 25, 2003

    Now You See It ...

    The food at Voilà French Café is incroyable!

  • Dining

    August 7, 2002

    Chez Clayton

    Despite a few misses, Café de France will remind you of how good French cuisine can be

  • Dining

    June 19, 2002

    French Connection

    Leon Bierbaum's renowned namesake restaurant needs some polishing

  • Restaurants

    April 17, 2002
  • Dining

    August 2, 2000

    Brulee Brouhaha

    The hot controversy over cold crème brûlée