Iron Fork, the Riverfront Times' annual tasting event, is this Thursday, March 28, and I still have nothing to wear. That's my problem. Your problem is that you still haven't purchased tickets to Iron Fork. What are you waiting for? This year's event will feature samples from 40 restaurants and foo ... More >>
Iron Fork, the Riverfront Times' annual tasting event, is only a week away. It features samples from 39 area restaurants, a mixology competition among twelve local drink-slingers and the centerpiece Iron Chef-style battle pitting four local chefs against one another. Have you bought your tickets ye ... More >>
Fame can be a tough nut to crack for a taxidermist. That is unless you're someone like Rick Nadeau, a man who specializes in mounting squirrels dressed up like little rodent cowboys, soldiers, chefs, you name it. Nadeau boast on his website that he can "mount any squirrel in just about any position ... More >>
Mark Thursday, March 28, on your calendar. That's the date of RFT's seventh annual Iron Fork event, highlighting the best cuisine the St. Louis restaurant scene has to offer. UPDATE 2/11/2013: The offer has been extended till midnight tonight, but the remaining available tickets are bound to sell o ... More >>
Oh, hello. Ian here on behalf of Gut Check. You know, we often use exclamation points in our headlines -- usually ironically or sarcastically or because our finger slipped and we're too lazy to fix the typo. In this case, however, we really are excited. Next Thursday, March 22, is our annual Iron F ... More >>
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What are you doing on the evening of Thursday, March 22? Wrong. You're coming to Iron Fork, Riverfront Times' annual tasting event, at the St. Louis Union Station Marriott. This year, for the first time, the paper asked me to set the table for the evening. To that end, I've selected the 30 local ... More >>
Mourad Lahlou, acclaimed chef (ahem, Iron Chef) and owner of Aziza in San Francisco, has just released his first cookbook: New Moroccan. The pages are filled with gorgeous photographs and recipes, of course. But just as important are the glimpses into Lahlou's history and philosophy that are ... More >>
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 >>
Each year, the RFT hosts Iron Fork, a benefit for the St. Louis Area Foodbank. Aside from the Iron Chef-style chef and bartender battles, there will be live music and free samples from dozens of area restaurants. Additionally, three free drinks are included with each ticket. You can win tw ... More >>
Each year, the RFT hosts Iron Fork, a benefit for the St. Louis Area Foodbank. Aside from the Iron Chef-style chef and bartender battles, there will be live music and free samples from dozens of area restaurants. Additionally, three free drinks are included with each ticket. You can win two ... More >>
Image viaFor the fifth consecutive year, Riverfront Times will showcase food from multiple restaurants and host an Iron Chef-style battles between local chefs and bartenders. This year's Iron Fork will be held Thursday, April 7, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the St. Louis Union Station Marriott.General ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
Image viaSt. Louis...tastes like Arch.Did our annual Best of St. Louis issue not give you enough inspiration to get out and try the area's restaurants? Looking for an opportunity as many restaurants as possible in one place while also enjoying the early autumn weather?You're in luck! This weekend ... More >>
Image viaMichael Symon, host of Food FeudsThe Food Network will pit (ha ha) the ribs from barbecue meccas Pappy's Smokehouse and 17th Street Bar & Grill against each other for a new show called Food Feuds. Hosted by the Cleveland-based Iron Chef America chef Michael Symon, Food Feuds will deb ... More >>
Another gem via the folks at Eater: A video compilation of the Iron Chef America chairman introducing ingredients.
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: RT @nicklucchesi: Cheeseburger in Gas Tank Causes $1,000 in Damages: http://digg.com/d31YVTP?t Video compilation of Iron Chef America chairman introd ... More >>
This weekend some talented St. Louis high school seniors will cook for their futures at the sixth annual Le Cordon Bleu Future Chefs Competition at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. image creditOK, just guessing here, but the competitors this weekend will probably be a wee bit older than th ... More >>
This is part two of Robin Wheeler's Chef's Choice interview with Clara Moore of Local Harvest Cafe & Catering; to read part one, click here. Robin WheelerLocal chef who most impresses you? Andy White's revamping of the Tap Room has been amazing, and he seems to be smiling every time I see hi ... More >>
Jérôme Sautret, Wikimedia CommonsSweet potatoes: Try not to eat them all before you're done.As a compulsive cooking overachiever, I have a tendency to see pot lucks as a challenge: How can I make something totally novel and awesome...yet avoid shopping? It's like Iron Chef: College Ingenuity.S ... More >>
Robin WheelerJerad Gardner at work in the Rotten Apple's kitchenIntroducing Chef's Choice, a new weekly feature in which St. Louis-area chefs cook and discuss some of their favorite recipes. Jerad Gardner didn't dream of a career in cooking. The 27-year-old studied to be a teacher and made it as ... More >>
Kelli Best-Oliver is on a quest to become a full-fledged foodie. Beginning this week, she will chronicle her adventures for Gut Check. She writes about any damn thing she pleases at South City Confidential.I have no formal culinary training. It's been ten years since I worked in a restaurant, wai ... More >>
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 >>
Earlier this morning, eight campers, age nine to twelve, and their two counselors, Washington University students, crouched around a potato bed in the university's student garden, the Burning Kumquat."OK, who here can tell us how long it takes for a potato to grow?" asks counselor Katie Anderson, wh ... More >>
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