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Gerard Craft

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    July 31, 2014

    Zagat Gives St. Louis Some Love with Must-Visit List

    International food guidebook Zagat has really been giving St. Louis some love lately. A few weeks ago it named the new restaurant Spare No Rib as one of the fifteen hottest barbecue joints in the country. Now Zagat has released a guide to the hottest restaurants and bars in our fair city. It's prett ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    May 29, 2014

    The 10 Best Brunches in St. Louis

    It can be tough on a lazy (and possibly hungover) Sunday morning to decide where to head to brunch. Not to worry, Gut Check has winnowed down the bevy of local options to our absolute top ten favorite spots. Whether you're looking for a pile of stuffed French toast or just tagging along for the bott ... More >>

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    April 3, 2014

    Craft Art Bar on Cherokee Street Changes Name to "Art Bar"

    Craft Art Bar, an innovative, art-space-meets-speakeasy coming to 2732 Cherokee Street this spring, has been one of the most hotly anticipated new hangouts in St. Louis. But some people, upon hearing its name, were anticipating something else -- a cease-and-desist letter from celebrity chef and rest ... More >>

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    January 22, 2014

    Sidney Street Cafe Celebrates Ten Years with Ten Chefs

    Sidney Street Café (2000 Sidney Street; 314-771-5777), the esteemed Benton Park restaurant, celebrated its tenth anniversary this past Monday with a celebrity chef-studded celebration. This gathering of culinary greats, entitled "Ten Years, Ten Chefs," featured notable St. Louisans, as well as chef ... More >>

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    May 6, 2013

    Fellow Missouri Chef Colby Garrelts Takes the James Beard Foundation's "Best Chef: Midwest" Award over Gerard Craft of Niche

    Colby Garrelts of Bluestem in Kansas City won the James Beard Foundation's "Best Chef: Midwest" award for 2013 at a gala ceremony in New York City this evening. Garrelts edged out Gerard Craft of Niche (7734 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton; 314-773-7755) and three other chefs: Justin Aprahamian of Sanfor ... More >>

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    March 20, 2013

    Atomicdust's Branding Work for Pastaria Featured in April Issue of Communication Arts

    St. Louis branding and marketing agency Atomicdust is featured in the April 2013 issue of visual arts magazine Communication Arts for its branding and design work for acclaimed chef Gerard Craft's new restaurant Pastaria (7734 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton; 314-862-6603). Communications Arts is the lar ... More >>

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    March 12, 2013

    Pastaria's Italian Ramen: One of 100 St. Louis Dishes You Must Eat Right Now

    The Gut Check One Hundred is our accounting of the 100 dishes in St. Louis that you must eat right now. These are the best dishes at the newest restaurants and the newest dishes at the best restaurants. These are the 100 dishes that define St. Louis dining in 2013. Our list culminates this fall when ... More >>

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    November 30, 2012

    More St. Louis Love from Eater, Food & Wine

    The national nods to St. Louis restaurants continue. We've already noted that, as part of its weeklong celebration of cocktails, national food-blogging empire Eater has Taste (4584 Laclede Avenue; 314-361-1200) among its "38 Essential Cocktail Bars" nationwide and Blood & Sand (1500 St. Charles Stre ... More >>

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    September 27, 2012

    First Look: Pastaria

    "Sorta close to Italy" is the legend on the back of the the staff shirts at Pastaria (7734 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton; 314-862-6603). Indeed, the newest addition to chef Gerard Craft's portfolio is a far cry from the Italian countryside. Modern touches such as floor-to-ceiling glass cover the entire ... More >>

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    April 20, 2012

    The Ten Best Dessert Spots in St. Louis

    Selecting Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis 2011 was no picnic. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this Gut Check series, we are chewing our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. To see hundreds more winners and finalists a ... More >>

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    April 5, 2012
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    March 21, 2012

    Eat Me in St. Louis: Ten Splurge Restaurants for March Madness Visitors

    Hello, fans of North Carolina, North Carolina State, Kansas and Ohio, and welcome to St. Louis for the -- deep breath -- 2012 NCAA Division One Men's Basketball Championship Midwest Regionals! You've come all the way to St. Louis to watch your beloved team fight for a berth in the Final Four. Why n ... More >>

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    February 29, 2012

    Wes Johnson of Salt on NBC's Today: Video

    Wes Johnson of Salt (4356 Lindell Boulevard; 314-932-5787) appeared on NBC's Today this morning -- the second St. Louis chef to do so this very week, following Gerard Craft of Niche on Monday. Like Craft, Johnson had only a few minutes to provide an overview of his recipes for black-pepper pot roast ... More >>

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    January 20, 2012

    Bluestem: The Cookbook: Recipe for Pea Soup, Preserved Lemon, Crème Fraîche

    Tonight, Niche (1831 Sidney Street; 314-773-7755) presents the Bluestem Cookbook Dinner, featuring dishes from chefs Megan and Colby Garrelts of Bluestem, a progressive fine-dining establishment in Kansas City, Missouri, that features reinvented regional flavors from the other side of the state. Th ... More >>

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    January 9, 2012

    The Nine Best Tapas/Small Plates Restaurants in St. Louis

    Selecting Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis 2011 was no picnic. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this Gut Check series, we are chewing our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. To see hundreds more winners and finalists a ... More >>

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    December 15, 2011

    OpenTable Honors Niche, Tony's

    ​OpenTable, the restaurant-reservation website, has announced the winners of its annual "Diners' Choice" awards, and two St. Louis restaurants are among the 100 "Best Overall Winners": Niche (1831 Sidney Street; 314-773-7755) and Tony's  (410 Market Street; 314-231-7007).OpenTable users vote ... More >>

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    November 10, 2011
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    September 27, 2011

    The Veggielante Puts Niche to the Test

    ​The Veggielante has had it up to here with people bitching that St. Louis restaurants are vegetarian unfriendly. Sure, we'd like to see more restaurants offering more meatless dishes, but there are excellent choices out there if you take the trouble to look for them. We're not here to prosely ... More >>

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    June 28, 2011

    Flooded Taste Reopening Tonight

    ​This past weekend's torrential rain flooded more than a few basements and roads. As far as I'm aware, the only restaurant forced to close because of flooding was Taste (4585 Laclede Avenue; 314-361-1200).I just spoke with Gerard Craft, who said that Taste will reopen this evening with its regular ... More >>

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    June 10, 2011

    How to Bust a Restaurant Critic's Balls

    In my generally very positive review of Taste (4584 Laclede Avenue; 314-361-1200), I do lament the absence of some of the more...challenging...fare served at its previous incarnation as Taste by Niche:There is no octopus here, no rabbit and, to use maybe the most famous example from the original Tas ... More >>

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    February 17, 2011

    Three St. Louis Chefs and a Sommelier Are James Beard Award Semifinalists [Updated]

    ​The James Beard Foundation this morning announced the semifinalists for its annual awards (link PDF). Gerard Craft of Niche, Kevin Nashan of Sidney Street Café and Kevin Willmann of Farmhaus are among the semifinalists in the category "Best Chef: Midwest."In addition, Glenn Bardgett, the wi ... More >>

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    February 14, 2011

    Taste by Niche (Version 1.0) Closes Tonight

    Jennifer SilverbergThis octopus and potato preparation was one of many memorable dishes at Taste by Niche.​Tonight is the final service for Taste by Niche at its original location at 1831 Sidney Street, owner Gerard Craft announced via Twitter today.The restaurant will relocate to 4584 Laclede Ave ... More >>

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    December 7, 2010

    Nominate Your Favorite Food Blogger for RFT's Web Awards

    Is there a local food blog that makes your mouth water?​Do you sit by your iPhone, eagerly awaiting the next Tweet from @RobustWineBar?Are you Facebook friends with Gerard Craft -- and save screen grabs of the renowned restaurateur's most scintillating status updates?Even if you only dabble in the ... More >>

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    December 3, 2010

    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    Laura Ann Miller Kakao Chocolate​As we moved into a new month, Gut Check took stock of some changes to the local scene. Among the news, Kakao Chocolate is opening a shop in Maplewood, and Gerard Craft sold Taste by Niche to Adam Altnether. Find a list of the month's openings and closings i ... More >>

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    September 30, 2010

    Breaking: Gerard Craft Moving Niche and Taste by Niche, Opening Porano [Updated with Comments from Gerard Craft]

    Jennifer SilverbergGerard Craft at Brasserie by Niche, the only one of his restaurants not undergoing a change.​Hot off the wire is the biggest restaurant news in quite a while, a wholesale shake-up of the restaurant empire of Gerard Craft.First, the worst-kept secret in the St. Louis restaurant w ... More >>

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    May 3, 2010

    Gerard Craft of Niche at James Beard Foundation Awards Tonight

    ​This evening, the James Beard Foundation will unveil the winners of its prestigious awards for restaurants and chefs. For the second consecutive year, Gerard Craft, owner and executive chef of Niche and its offshoots Taste by Niche and Brasserie by Niche, is a finalist in the "Best Chef: Midwest" ... More >>

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    March 19, 2010

    Gut Check's Week in Tweets

    ​Don't you know? Gut Check has a Twitter account. You can follow us @gutcheckstl.Here's some of what you missed on the Twitter feed this week: The Ten Best Names of Traditional Irish Dishes - http://tinyurl.com/ykslrxz Beginning Sunday, 3.14, Niche Serving Any 3 Courses for $35 - http://is.gd/ ... More >>

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    March 12, 2010

    Beginning Sunday, 3.14, Niche Serving Any 3 Courses for $35

    Jennifer Silverberg​Owner and executive chef Gerard Craft has announced a change at his flagship restaurant, Niche (1831 Sidney Street; 314-773-7755). Beginning Sunday, March 14, diners can choose any three courses from the restaurant's menu for $35.The price change reflects Craft's desire to retu ... More >>

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    January 7, 2010

    FoodWire: Restaurant Tidibts from Niche, Sugo's

    A few news items for this overhyped snow day: First, Bill Burge reports at STL Bites that Brasserie by Niche (4580 Laclede Avenue; website) is now open for lunch Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and for brunch on Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (A sidenote: Gerard Craft recently tweeted that Taste by Nic ... More >>

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    December 30, 2009
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    December 1, 2009

    FoodWire: November Restaurant Openings and Closings

    A fairly busy month for openings. Closings, thankfully, were few. As usual, if I missed anything, please let me know in the comments.OpeningsBalaban's Wine Cellar & Tapas Bar (1772 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield): A resurrection of the famous name by business partners Steve McIntyre and Brian Under ... More >>

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    October 12, 2009

    Review Preview: Taste by Niche

    Jennifer SilverbergThe crew, starting in front, going clockwise: Gerard Craft, chef de cuisine Adam Altnether, mixologist Ted Kilgore, cook Nick Blue, pastry chef Matthew Rice and sous chef James Peisker.​This week I visit Taste by Niche, the new offering from acclaimed chef Gerard Craft. Of cours ... More >>

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    July 27, 2009

    FoodWire: Wall Street Journal Visits St. Louis

    In this weekend's edition of the Wall Street Journal, the paper's food writer (and former New York Times restaurant critic) Raymond Sokolov paid a visit to St. Louis to check out our restaurant scene. Sokolov dined at Niche and Franco and had good things to say about each. Here, he comments on the t ... More >>

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    June 23, 2009

    FoodWire: Even More Restaurant Tidbits

    A surprisingly busy Tuesday on the local restaurant front. First, Sauce Magazine scores a major scoop: Mixologist extraordinaire Ted Kilgore is leaving Monarch for the soon-to-open Niche Taste Bar, which replaces Veruca in the space adjacent to Gerard Craft's Niche.At Feast, George Mahe reports that ... More >>

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    May 1, 2009

    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    Chad GarrisonSomehow, it's already May. Don't know about you, but my brain is still playing catch up from approximately mid-March. At any rate, it's been another fun week on Gut Check, what with Dara sneaking into the race track, Zach accepting a bet to drink only one cup of coffee a day, Dave profi ... More >>

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    March 27, 2009

    The Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    The week peaked early here at Gut Check International Headquarters. On Monday came word that Riverfront Times favorite Gerard Craft of Niche is one of five finalists in the "Best Chef - Midwest" category of the 2009 James Beard Foundation Awards. As if that wasn't exciting enough, we also learned th ... More >>

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    December 24, 2008
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    December 8, 2008

    The Gut Check Year-End Bonanza Is Back...And It Needs Your Help!

    Cue the cliché: It's hard to believe 2008's almost over...but it is! That means it's time for the second annual Gut Check Year-End Bonanza. If you missed last year's bonanza, I counted down my ten favorite dishes of the year (drawn from my weekly reviews) and also awarded the Gut Check "Thing of t ... More >>

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    October 15, 2008

    James Beard Awards 2009: Open Nominations Have Begun

    It's that time of year: the James Beard Foundation has begun its open call for nominations for its annual awards. Nominees will be announced in late March, and this year's awards ceremony will be held in May. You can register and then submit your votes at this page. The two categories in which St. ... More >>

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    July 11, 2008

    Three for Three: 7.11-7.13

    Gut Check recommends three ways you won't go hungry this weekend. 1. This week's Chefs at the Market cooking demo at the Soulard Farmers' Market (730 Carroll Street) features Gerard Craft of Niche. The 2008 Food & Wine Best New Chef will present his free cooking lesson at 10 a.m. Saturday in the ma ... More >>

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    June 12, 2008
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    May 28, 2008
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    April 29, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 4.29

    The outcome of the U.N. summit on the food crisis: A task force and a call for countries to end bans on exporting food -- those bans are only worsening the situation. (AFP) Congress is finally wrapping up work on the five-year farm bill, but the White House isn't happy with the new version. (Reuter ... More >>

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    April 9, 2008

    In This Week's Issue: Everest Café & Bar, Burger King Snacks

    My review of Everest Café & Bar is now available online. Click here to read. Everest - Photo: Jennifer Silverberg Also in this week's issue: Malcom confronts Burger King Flame Broiled Flavored Potato Snacks, while the Gut Check column wraps up the news on Gerard Craft. Drink of the Week is on h ... More >>

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    April 4, 2008

    Eater Reports on Food & Wine Best New Chef Party

    Eater files a report, with photo gallery, on last night's party honoring this year's Food & Wine Best New Chefs -- including, of course, Gerard Craft of Niche. Apparently, Joey McIntyre of New Kids on the Block was there. -Ian Froeb

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    April 4, 2008

    Congratulations to Drink of the Week!

    Tomorrow my colleague and good friend Kristie McClanahan -- author of the RFT's Drink of the Week column as well as its editorial operations manager -- is getting married. Best wishes to Kristie and Brian for a wonderful wedding and years and years of love, happiness and drinks of the week. Wow. Qu ... More >>

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    April 3, 2008

    Breaking News: Food & Wine Magazine Names Gerard Craft A "Best New Chef 2008"

    What the headline says. A huge, huge deal. Congrats to Gerard Craft and everyone at Niche. More later. The Benton Park restaurant also made it onto the pages of the February issue of Food & Wine, which you can read about here. You can read Rose Martelli's original review of Niche, "Of Wee I Sing," ... More >>

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    April 3, 2008

    The (Late) Morning Brew: Thursday, 4.3

    Once again, the big news this morning: Food & Wine magazine has announced its Best New Chefs for 2008, and St. Louis' own Gerard Craft of Niche is among them. Elsewhere: The president of the World Bank says to fight rising food costs, the world needs to work together. (Reuters) Anheuser-Busch is ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 19, 2007

    Fat City, Baby!

    Is a meal at Niche better than sex?

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