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James Beard Foundation

  • Blogs

    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 >>

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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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    Mystery Solved: Alton Brown Loves Pi Pizzeria

    Earlier this week, we chatted with Food Network star and James Beard award winner Alton Brown before he brings his one-man show to St. Louis on February 1. Brown recalled the last time he was in St. Louis, he tweeted that he was starving, and someone sent him a pizza. See also: Help Alton Brown Fin ... 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

    August 13, 2013

    Edward Lee Cookbook Signing Tuesday at Taste

    Louisville chef Edward Lee is stopping in St. Louis tonight, August 13, to sign copies of his new cookbook, Smoke and Pickles: Recipes and Stories from a New Southern Kitchen at Taste (4584 Laclede Avenue; 314-361-1200) at 5:30 p.m. Oh, and he's inspired a special menu for us St. Louisans. See also ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2013

    Salt Restaurant Shuts Its Doors

    It's finally the end of the road for Salt (4356 Lindell Boulevard; 314-932-5787). The acclaimed Central West End restaurant closed last weekend after a rocky two years. Salt opened to much fanfare in April 2011 and chef and co-owner Wes Johnson, formerly of the Shaved Duck and Eclipse, was the toa ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 6, 2013
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    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

    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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • Dining

    April 11, 2013
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    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

    January 15, 2013

    Tidbits: Basso, It's a Better Burger, Espinos

    - Basso (7036 Clayton Avenue; 314-932-7818) which opened last month at the Cheshire, is now open for lunch 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. daily. You can view the lunch menu on Basso's website. (Other restaurants: Please note how clean and readable Basso's non-PDF menu is!) Basso is the second new restaurant to ... 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

    October 3, 2012

    Salt Spilled? Restaurant Landlord Alleges Unpaid Rent, Sues for Eviction [Updated 2x]

    Salt (4356 Lindell Boulevard, 314-932-5787), Riverfront Times' "Best New Restaurant" in 2011 and a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation's "Best New Restaurant" award for 2012, is embroiled in a legal battle with its landlord, according to court documents. Updated with comment from Salt after ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2012

    Wes Johnson Leaves Salt [Update]

    George Mahe of St. Louis Magazine breaks what is, without a doubt, the biggest restaurant story of the year so far: Chef and co-owner Wes Johnson has departed Salt (4356 Lindell Boulevard; 314-932-5787), the restaurant that he opened in early 2011 to acclaim both local (Riverfront Times' "Best New R ... 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

    October 7, 2011

    Has "Ruth Bourdain" Been Unmasked?

    ​(Warning: This post contains spoilers. Food-media inside baseball, too. You've been warned.)For more than a year now, the parody Twitter account of Ruth Bourdain has delighted -- and grossed out -- the food world with his/her mash-up of the haiku-like tweets of former New York Times restaurant cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    17th Street Bar and Grill Gets Double Recognition

    Image via​Pit master extraordinaire Mike Mills of 17th Street Bar & Grill (1711 West Highway 50, O'Fallon; 618-622-1717 or www.17thstreetbarbecue.com) will be cooking at the famed James Beard House in New York City on July 15. The dinners at the Beard House are hosted monthly by the James Be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    Nosh in Maplewood Closed, New Restaurant Opening

    Jennifer SilverbergThe Nosh space in Maplewood, soon to become Home Wine Kitchen​The Maplewood restaurant Nosh has closed after less than a year in business. Its storefront at 7322 Manchester Road is mostly cleared out, and the phone number has been disconnected. I reviewed Nosh just six months ag ... 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

    March 2, 2011

    St. Louis Chefs Fall Short in Food & Wine Vote

    Screenshot: www.foodandwine.com​As seemed likely since early last week, all three St. Louis chefs competing to be named the "People's Best New Chef" by Food & Wine magazine fell short of being named a finalist for the Midwest region when voting closed yesterday.Lee Richardson of Ashley's at th ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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

    June 1, 2010

    Monarch Closed for Renovations

    Robin WheelerJosh Galliano, executive chef at Monarch​Saturday, May 30, was the final service for several weeks at Monarch (7401 Manchester Road; 314-644-3995). The restaurant is now closed for renovations. Unlike many restaurants that close "for renovations" but are never heard from again, Monarc ... 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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    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.

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    February 13, 2008
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    September 5, 2001

    Side Dish

    In most cases, barbecues and beards don't mix, but here's an exception

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    May 30, 2001

    Side Dish

    How much service is too much service?

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