Kosher Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    Don't Pass Over Five Bistro's Upcoming Wine Dinners (Alternate Pun: Hop to It!)

    Whether you're Jewish or Christian or a devil-worshipper who just appreciates good food and wine, Five Bistro (5100 Daggett Avenue; 314-773-5553) has you covered. Chef Anthony Devoti is hosting a gourmet Passover seder on Tuesday, March 26, and a Piemonte wine dinner on Thrusday, March 28. (Bonus: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2012

    Where to Break the Yom Kippur Fast

    Tomorrow is Yom Kippur, the Day of the Atonement and the holiest day of the Jewish year. It's a time for confessing sins, begging the pardon of everyone you have offended over the past year and praying desperately for God to inscribe you in the Book of Life for the next one. In order to show how tru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    The Great Gut Check Matzo Tasting of 2011

    Matzo is the taste of freedom, and don't you forget it!​The Jewish holiday of Passover and its oppressive dietary regime of eight days of matzo has descended up on us with the surety of the Angel of Death. Yeah, yeah, it's hard to compare a week of eating cardboard with the slaughter of all th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    Kosher Soul Food: The Recipes

    Aimee Levitt​On a recent morning, Andria Simckes and her mother Evelyn Lard invited Gut Check to Simckes' Creve Coeur kitchen to give us a crash course in their specialty: kosher soul food. The results were delicious. They were kind enough to provide recipes, but Gut Check declines to take res ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2011

    Kosher Soul Food: Uncommonly Delicious!

    Aimee LevittAndria Simckes (right) and her mother, Evelyn Lard, might be the only two kosher soul-food cooks in St. Louis.​Few cuisines would appear to be as incompatible -- nay, irreconcilable -- as kosher food and soul food. It's not that Jews don't have soul -- it's just that they're strong ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    Just How Many Antibiotics Are Given to Livestock, Anyway?

    29 million pounds of antibiotics. That how much the Atlantic says was given to animals intended for food last year. This is the first time the Food and Drug Administration has tracked antibiotic use in commercial livestock.A hacking we will go! National Restaurant News reports that McDonalds had a d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2010

    Vegan Meals Not Accecptable Substitute for Kosher Fair in Indiana Prisons

    Court tells Indiana prison to keep it kosher. The Jewish Chronicle reports that an Orthodox Jewish inmate at Indiana's Miami Correctional Facility has successfully sued the state to bring back kosher meals. The prison stopped serving kosher meals last year, instead providing a vegan option to cut co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 4.14

    New television drama set in New Orleans tries to get the food right. "Treme" airs on HBO, produced by "The Wire" creator David Simon and focuses on a chef. Despite a few food timeline goofs, CNN said that the show's getting the city's food right. The new food trend in New York City? Going ancient. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2010

    Five Great Finds in the Passover Aisle

    Rules for Passover eating are bizarre and idiosyncratic, to say the least. According to the kosher rules (which are always open to interpretation to different schools of thought), only five grains banned: wheat, oats, barley, rye and spelt. Except maybe not spelt. And sometimes corn. And maybe legum ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2010

    Passover, Shmassover: Grocery Stores in St. Louis City Not Kosher for Passover?

    ​Let my groceries go! Passover begins at sundown on Monday, March 29. This means it's time for the annual scramble to restock the pantry with less-flavorful versions of everyday staples. (There's a difference between "kosher for Passover" and just-plain kosher. The former's far stricter than ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 3.23

    ‚ÄčThe James Beard Foundation announced its 2010 finalists yesterday. This is the twentieth year the organization has recognized chefs, food professional and food writers. Locally, Gerard Craft of Niche made the cut. ( Detroit-area kosher food bank Yad Ezra sees increase in need for Pa ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 25, 2009
  • Blogs

    April 24, 2008
  • Blogs

    January 5, 2007

    Small Plates, Friday, 1/5

    Shmeers Cafe (8400 Delmar Boulevard), notable since its 2004 opening for being a vegetarian, kosher-certified restaurant, is kosher-certified no longer. Its menu now features both meat- and dairy-based dishes (a kosher-certified restaurant can serve only one or the other), and it will be open every ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 12, 2006

    Manischewitz Sweet Whitefish & Pike

    302 North Kingshighway

  • Music

    April 20, 2005

    Gone, Daddy, Gone

    We say goodbye to a rock & roll forefather, talk sports with Mr. Lif and get religion at the new Gearbox

  • Calendar

    February 18, 2004

    Shalom and Banzai

    The Kosher Sushi Club is for everyone

  • Culture

    May 7, 2003

    Slick Shtick

    Campy tribute to Allan Sherman delivers lots of laughs

  • Restaurants

    April 2, 2003
  • Restaurants

    April 17, 2002
  • Dining

    April 18, 2001

    Lotsa Matzo

    After a tour of St. Louis' finest, our reviewer knows from deli

  • Restaurants

    April 18, 2001

    Kosher-Style Food

    Pumpernickle's Real Deli