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James Beard Foundation

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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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    March 24, 2014

    Cassy Vires, Ben Poremba Up for Food & Wine's Best New Chef: Midwest

    Every year, Food & Wine names ten chefs from across the country as the best up-and-comers in the culinary world. There are ten nominees from the Midwest region, and two of them are from right here in St. Louis. See also: Gerard Craft, Kevin Nashan James Beard Award Foundation Finalists

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    Gerard Craft, Kevin Nashan James Beard Award Foundation Finalists

    The finalists for the James Beard Foundation Awards were announced this morning in Chicago. St. Louis had a number of chefs (and a restaurant) in the semifinals, and so far we're not completely empty-handed. Gerard Craft of Niche and Kevin Nashan of Sidney Street Cafe are finalists for Best Chef: Mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2014

    Rick Lewis on His James Beard Foundation Award Nomination

    The 2014 James Beard Foundation Award semifinalist nominations came out this week, and although several St. Louis chefs are on the list, Quincy Street Bistro's Rick Lewis is the only one up for Rising Star against chefs from all over the country. See also: Lewis, Nashan, Galliano Among 2014 James B ... More >>

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    February 19, 2014

    Lewis, Nashan, Galliano Among 2014 James Beard Foundation Award Semifinalists

    The semifinalists for the annual James Beard Foundation Awards were announced Wednesday morning and we're happy to report that several St. Louis chefs made the cut. Of course, 2013 finalist Gerard Craft of Niche was on the list for Best Chef: Midwest, as well as 2013 semifinalist Kevin Nashan of Sid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2013

    James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour Hits St. Louis

    The James Beard Foundation is kind of a big deal. The annual awards go to chefs across the country that are the best-of-the-best, and even being named a finalist is pretty prestigious. Gerard Craft (from Niche, Pastaria, Taste and Brasserie, but you knew that) lost out to Colby Garrelts of Bluestem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2013

    The Crossing Competes in James Beard Foundation Taste America Challenge

    The Crossing (7823 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton; 314-721-7375) is the only restaurant in St. Louis and one of two in Missouri (the other is Jasper's Restaurant in Kansas City) to compete in the James Beard Foundation's Taste America Local Dish Challenge. Basically, you could help Operation Food Search ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2013

    Is Tonight the Night for Gerard Craft at the James Beard Awards?

    This evening the James Beard Foundation will announce the winners of its annual Restaurant and Chef Awards at a gala event in New York City. For the fourth time in the past five years, Gerard Craft of Niche (7734 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton; 314-773-7755), et al., is one of five finalists in the "Bes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2013

    Tidbits: Craft and Nashan Cooking in NYC, Central Table Food Hall Sets Opening Date, Balaban's Adds Brunch

    - Gerard Craft of Niche (7734 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton; 314-773-7755) will find out in a little over a week whether he is the James Beard Foundation's "Best Chef: Midwest" for 2013. Ahead of the gala awards ceremony in New York City on Monday, May 6, Craft and Kevin Nashan of Sidney Street Café ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2013

    Gerard Craft of Niche a James Beard Foundation Award Finalist for "Best Chef: Midwest"

    The James Beard Foundation announced the finalists for its annual Restaurant and Chef Awards this morning, and for the fourth time in the past five years, Gerard Craft of Niche (7734 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton; 314-773-7755) is one of the five finalists in the "Best Chef: Midwest" category. See Als ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2013

    Benton Park: An Updated Guide to Restaurants in the Benton Park Neighborhood of St. Louis

    St. Louis' neighborhoods are gems in their own right: full of history, great people and, as far as Gut Check is concerned, fantastic food. Each week we'll take you into a specific neighborhood and point you in the direction of the best places to grab some bites. This week we wander the old-school ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2013

    James Beard Foundation Announces Award Semifinalists: Gerard Craft, Kevin Nashan in Running for "Best Chef: Midwest" [Updated]

    The James Beard Foundation this morning announced the semifinalists for its annual Restaurant and Chef Awards (link PDF). This year, two St. Louis chefs made the cut of twenty in the "Best Chef: Midwest" category: Gerard Craft of Niche (7734 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton; 314-773-7755) and Kevin Nashan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2012

    James Beard Foundation Opens 2013 Awards Nominations

    The James Beard Foundation has opened the nominations for its 2013 awards. Through December 31, anyone -- me, you, even your dog (if he has his own email address) -- can nominate up to two candidates in each category. The main category for which St. Louis restaurants are eligible is "Best Chef: Mid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2012

    James Beard Foundation Awards 2012: Tonight's the Night

    At a black-tie gala in New York City this evening, the James Beard Foundation will announce the winners of its annual awards for restaurants and chefs. You can watch the ceremony on the James Beard Foundation's website or track each announced winner via Twitter. For the third time in the past four ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2012

    Gerard Craft Doesn't Win James Beard Foundation "Best Chef: Midwest" Award 2012

    For the third time in the past four years, Gerard Craft of Niche (1831 Sidney Street; 314-773-7755) was a finalist for the James Beard Foundation's "Best Chef: Midwest" award. For the third time, Craft didn't win. Supporters of Missouri chefs hoping to take solace in a win by Colby Garrelts of Blue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    Gerard Craft Nominated for James Beard Foundation "Best Chef: Midwest" Award [Updated]

    Gerard Craft of Niche (1831 Sidney Street; 314-773-7755) is one of five finalists for the 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards in the category "Best Chef: Midwest." This is the third time that Craft has been a finalist for the award, following nominations in 2009 and 2010. Craft was in a meeting when ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2012

    Tidbits from Sidney Street Café, Food Trucks

    - Gut Check told you last week about the Celebrity Chef Tour dinner at Sidney Street Café (2000 Sidney Street; 314-771-5777) on April 19, featuring dishes from eleven acclaimed chefs (including all four James Beard Foundation "Best Chef: Midwest" semifinalists from St. Louis). If you wanted to go, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    Celebrity Chef Tour at Sidney Street Café on April 16

    ​Kevin Nashan is excited. OK, so, this probably won't surprise anyone who knows the owner and chef of Sidney Street Café (2000 Sidney Street; 314-771-5777). Better to say Kevin Nashan is really excited. Better yet to let him say it. "I'm really excited about everything that's going on" in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2012

    Monarch to Close March 11

    ​Monarch (7401 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-644-3995) announced today that it will close on Sunday, March 11, ending a nearly ten-year run that featured much acclaim, including executive chef Josh Galliano being named only two days ago a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation's 2012 "B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    Salt, Four St. Louis Chefs Among James Beard Semifinalists

    The James Beard Foundation today announced the semifinalists for its annual awards honoring restaurants and chefs (link PDF). St. Louis scored four chefs in the category "Best Chef: Midwest" and -- a first, to the best of my knowledge -- a restaurant in the "Best New Restaurant" category, which incl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    Salt's Wes Johnson Celebrates, Preps for NBC's Today

    Chef Wes Johnson of Salt (4356 Lindell Boulevard; 314-932-5787) learned that his restaurant is among the semifinalists for the James Beard Foundation's "Best New Restaurant" only when our friends at Sauce called him this morning for comment. "I didn't know what was happening," he says. "We are caug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    Nominations Open for 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards

    ​There's no denying that the James Beard Foundation's annual awards ceremony is a swank, 1 percent shindig. What does one measly ticket to the event cost? Suffice to say, you could have scored a World Series ticket on StubHub for roughly the same price -- maybe a standing-room-only World Series ti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2011

    A First Look at Kelly English Steakhouse

    Evan C. Jones​Armed with a rich culinary pedigree and an armful of accolades including a James Beard Award nomination, Memphis-based chef Kelly English's newest venture, Kelly English Steakhouse (777 Casino Center Drive, Maryland Heights; 314-770-8100), anchors the main entrance to Harrah's Ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    St. Louis Chefs Shut Out of James Beard Award Finalists, Feast Magazine Nominated

    ​The James Beard Foundation announced the finalists for its 2011 awards this afternoon. St. Louis boasted three semifinalists in the category of "Best Chef: Midwest" -- Gerard Craft of Niche, Kevin Nashan of Sidney Street Café and Kevin Willmann of Farmhaus -- but none of the three were named fin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    Jennifer Silverberg The cooked mana-ish at Central Café and Bakery ​This week was full of food-news -- from hoodlums smuggling marijuana amongst a tomato shipment to management changes at a favorite local eatery to good 'ol restaurant and dish reviews -- Gut Check's been busy. What else ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2010

    Kansas City, Here We Come

    ​Drink of the Week just returned from our first-ever trip to Kansas City, where we admired the Christmas lights in Country Club Plaza, did a little shopping and ate and ate and ate. For two days, from Dean & DeLuca to Arthur Bryant's and Oklahoma Joe's to the three places we're about to mentio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    Beard Founation Reorganizes Food Writing Award Categories

    Food bloggers, rejoice! The New York Times reports that the James Beard Awards will no longer give separate awards for online and print food writing, meaning pieces published online will be eligible for the Beard Foundation's biggest writing awards - the M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 6.2

    Arizona's loose gun laws let restaurant owners decide they'll allow guns - registered and legal, of course - in their establishments. The Arizona Daily Star reports on the growing divide between gun advocates and those who'd rather not dine with a posse in the same dining room. What happens to an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2010

    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    ​This week, James Beard Foundation Awards were doled out, with St. Louis' own Gerard Craft of Niche up for Best Midwest Chef. The honor went elsewhere, but kudos to Craft for being a two-time finalist. For other local restaurant news, see the Restaurant Roll Call for ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 13, 2009
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    May 5, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 5.5

    New York restaurants dominate the major categories at last night's James Beard Awards, the food world's Oscars. (New York Times)Check out the complete list of James Beard Award winners from the foundation's official site (link PDF).A new study finds that the French really do spend more time eating t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2009

    Riverfront Times' Kristen Hinman Wins James Beard Award

    Riverfront Times staff writer Kristen Hinman last night won the James Beard Foundation Award in the category "Newspaper Feature without Recipes" for her article "The Pope of Pork." The article profiles Missouri hog farmer Russ Kremer and the Ozark Mountain Pork Cooperative.This is Hinman's second aw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2009

    Breaking: Niche's Gerard Craft Is Not "Best Chef - Midwest" at James Beard Awards

    Gerard Craft of Niche (1831 Sidney Street; Web site) lost the Best Chef - Midwest category at the 2009 James Beard Foundation Awards to Tim McKee of La Belle Vie in Minneapolis. The award was announced this evening at a black-tie event in New York City. This was the first nomination for Craft -- and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2009

    Gerard Craft of Niche a 2009 James Beard Award Finalist

    Gerard Craft of Niche (1831 Sidney Street; Web site) is one of five finalists in the "Best Chef - Midwest" category of the 2009 James Beard Foundation Awards. The finalists were announced today. The awards ceremony will be held Monday, May 4, in New York City.Craft, who last year was named a "Best N ... More >>

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    March 23, 2009

    Riverfront Times' Kristen Hinman a James Beard Award Finalist

    Riverfront Times staff writer Kristen Hinman is one of three finalists in the "Newspaper Feature without Recipes" category of the 2009 James Beard Foundation Awards. Hinman is nominated for "The Pope of Pork," her profile of Missouri hog farmer Russ Kremer and the Ozark Mountain Pork Cooperative.The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    Breaking: Three St. Louis Chefs Are James Beard Award Semifinalists

    The James Beard Foundation today announced the semifinalists (link PDF) for its restaurant and chef awards. Three St. Louis chefs made the cut in the "Best Chef: Midwest" category: Gerard Craft of Niche, Josh Galliano of Monarch and Kevin Nashan of Sidney Street Cafe. In addition, Mike Odette of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 2.13

    Once again, the big news this morning: Three St. Louis chefs are semifinalists for this year's James Beard Awards.Texas recalls everything shipped -- ever -- from a now-shuttered Peanut Corp. of America plant. (AP)Consumer spending on food fell in the fourth quarter. (Wall Street Journal)Is the coin ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2008

    2008 James Beard Award Winners Announced

    At a New York City gala last night, the James Beard Foundation announced the winners of its annual awards. Notable winners include Grant Achatz of Chicago's Alinea for Outstanding Chef and St. Louisan Danny Meyer's Gramercy Tavern for Outstanding Restaurant. You can read the long list of winners in ... More >>

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    March 24, 2008

    2008 James Beard Award Finalists Announced

    The finalists for this year's James Beard Awards have been announced. Full list is available right here. Unfortunately, none of the St. Louis chefs on the long list made the final cut. Congrats to Jason Sheehan, the incredible restaurant critic at Westword, the RFT's sister paper in Denver, for his ... More >>

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    March 24, 2008

    David Chang Profile in the New Yorker

    I should have posted this last week, but I didn't receive the March 24th issue of the New Yorker in the mail until Saturday, nearly a full week after it hit newsstands. At any rate, if you have the issue or see it on the newsstand or in your dentist's waiting room, check out the profile of New York ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2008

    In This Week's Issue

    My review of Taqueria los Tarascos is now available online. Click here to read. Taqueria los Tarascos - Photo: Jennifer Silverberg This week's issue includes a news bonus: Kristen Hinman reveals the ownership struggle plaguing the Loft District restaurant Red. Meanwhile, Malcolm tries to keep do ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 5, 2008

    Lists Naughty, Lists Nice

    Ian can recommend James Beard nominees Annie Gunn's, Atlas and Niche. But Missouri caviar? Not so much.

  • Dining

    February 13, 2008
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    November 30, 2007

    James Beard Award Open Noms Close Today

    A quick reminder: Today is the last day to submit nominations for the 2008 James Beard Awards. Click here to visit the nomination page. (You have to register. It's free.) I've made my nominations, which I'll keep to myself, thank you very much. Let's see if we can get some St. Louis love this year. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2007

    Small Plates: Monday, 3/19

    What's new on South Grand? Wat's new on South Grand! Add Ethiopian to South Grand's impressive roster of ethnic cuisines. Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant opened on Friday, March 9, at 3210 South Grand Boulevard, the space formerly occupied by Jasoom Mexican Revolutionary Restaurant & Cantina. Meske ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 30, 2001

    Side Dish

    How much service is too much service?

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