Napa Valley

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2014

    Chef Chat: Ed Heath on Moving from the Mountains to the Prairie

    Ed Heath had a plan: cook in restaurants to support himself while in school, then start his career in natural resource management. The path was clear for the Utah native, until he graduated, got a job working for the government, and realized something was missing. He quit, bounced around from restau ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2014

    The Best Destination Restaurants Within Driving Distance of St. Louis

    The kids are back in school, and your vacation time is likely not what it was three months ago. But summer's not quite over yet (according to the mercury). There's still plenty of sunshine and hours in the day left to visit destination restaurants in the St. Louis area. They're all just a mini-road ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2014

    Vote for St. Louis' Most Underrated Winery

    We plan on spending all the weekends we can this summer at wineries. Napa Valley is 2,000 miles away, but there are award-winning vineyards right here in Missouri. We tallied up the reader suggestions for the winery that should get some more love; vote for your favorite after the jump. See also: Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2013

    Late Summer Supper at Russell's on Macklind

    It may be September, but we can all agree that due to the weather, it's still summer. Cool off with the Late Summer Wine Supper at Russell's on Macklind (5400 Murdoch Avenue; 314-553-9994) Monday, September 9. See also: The Cakes at Brand-New Russell's on Macklind Are Almost Too Pretty to Eat. Almo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    Five Bistro Dinner Highlights French Wine

    The latest in Five Bistro's (5100 Daggett Avenue; 314-773-5553) celebrated wine dinners is Friday, August 23, hosted by French vintner Fabrice Roelandt. Chef Anthony Devoti has created a French country dinner menu around five Domaine Moillard wines. See also: Napa Valley Winemaker Visits Five Bistr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2013

    Napa Valley Winemaker Visits Five Bistro

    Five Bistro (5100 Daggett Avenue, 314-773-5553) is celebrating chef Anthony Devoti's birthday Thursday night with one of their acclaimed wine dinners. Hosted by Falcor Napa Valley's Ryan Bee, the dinner pairs five wines with a five-course dinner handpicked by Devoti. See also: -Don't Pass Over Fiv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2013

    The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: June 21 to 23

    This weekend, look forward to Tour D'Onut, the Francis Park Grub and Groove, a Sustainable Backyard Tour, Fiesta in Florissant and more. Bottoms up, everyone! The weekend awaits along with our suggestions, right after the jump. See also: - Guide to Lafayette Square - Endangered Wolf Center Announce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    Eric Heath Destroys a Giant Vase and Bans Death Metal in His Kitchen: A Q&A with the Cleveland-Heath Chef

    This is part two of Gut Check's Chef's Choice profile of Eric Heath of Cleveland-Heath. Read part one, a profile of Heath, here. Part three, a recipe from Heath, will be available on Friday. For years Eric Heath and Jenny Cleveland planned to open a restaurant together. But when they found the pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2013

    Chef Eric Heath of Cleveland-Heath Calls Edwardsville "An Awesome Place"

    This is part one of Gut Check's Chef's Choice profile of Eric Heath of Cleveland-Heath. Part two, a Q & A with Heath, will appear Thursday. Part three, a recipe from Heath, will be available on Friday. "Sometimes, we'll get cooks in here who are like, 'You don't sous-vide? You don't do this? You ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    Six Solid Wine Values from the Shelves at Schnucks

    A lot of people feel intimidated about shopping for wine at a wine store. Gut Check understands this -- for the uninitiated, darkening the doorway of a retailer that specializes in wine can be as daunting as walking onto a used-car lot: What are they going to try to sell me? How will I know if they' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    The Five Best Restaurants to Die in the Past 12 Months 2012

    Selecting the Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis 2012 was no picnic. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this Gut Check series, we're chewing our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. To see hundreds more winners and finalists ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    Tidbits: Farmhaus Nose-to-Tail Dinner, Niche Lobster Rolls

    - Farmhaus (3257 Ivanhoe Avenue; 314-647-3800) has announced a special "Nose-to-Tail" dinner on Tuesday, August 21. Chef de cuisine Andrew Jennrich is putting together the dinner's tasting menu, which will feature locally raised pork. Among the dishes promised by general manager Eric Scholle are pig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    Ten Best Food Events This Weekend: June 15-17

    Friday (June 15): Third Friday Party @ Third Degree Glass Factory Sip mojitos, eat south-of-the-border themed small plates such as loaded nachos with green chili chicken, meet Aladdin and Jasmine from the Muny's Production of Aladdin, enjoy live entertainment and glass blowing, and more. Admission ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 16, 2012
  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    Review Preview: Cleveland-Heath

    This week, I travel to Cleveland-Heath (106 North Main Street, Edwardsville, Illinois; 618-307-4830), a new restaurant that boasts quite the pedigree: Cleveland-Heath takes its name from partners (in life as well as in business) Jennifer Cleveland and Eric Heath. The name is a rather audacious move ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Ten Best Food Events this Weekend: June 17-19

    Mabel SuenKerry Soraci, owner of I Scream Cakes​This weekend, treat yourself to some cheap thrills by attending a free burlesque show at Al Waha Restaurant & Hookah Lounge, tuning into a free concert at Tower Grove Farmers' Market's Harvest Sessions or grabbing some from-scratch ice cream and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    Valentine's Dinner Deal at Robust Wine Bar

    ​The best Valentine's Day dinner deal we've found so far has to be the prix fixe tasting menu offered at Robust Wine Bar & Cafe. Three courses, each with its own three-ounce wine pairing, for $55 per person. Better still, the Webster Groves wine bar will feature this deal all through Valentin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    Bob Colosimo of Eleven Eleven Mississippi, Part 2

    This Q&A is part two of Robin Wheeler's Chef's Choice profile of Bob Colosimo of Eleven Eleven Mississippi. Part one is available here; part three, a recipe, we'll publish on Friday. Robin Wheeler​Did your family cook when you were a child? If so, what meals stand out? Growing up in an Italia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2010

    Kentucky Man to Use the Caffeine Defense in Murder Trial

    Too much caffeine makes him tense. CNN reports that a Kentucky man claims that he murdered his wife because his high caffeine consumption made him crazy. He claimed he had consumed a great deal of soda, diet pills with caffeine, and No Fear energy drink before strangling his wife with an extension c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    Lou Rook III of Annie Gunn's, Part 2

    This is part two of Robin Wheeler's Chef's Choice interview with Lou Rook III of Annie Gunn's. To read part one, click here. Part three, a recipe from Chef Rook, will be available soon. Robin WheelerChef Lou Rook III in the Annie Gunn's kitchen with Samantha Beard.​Every other year chef Lou R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2010

    Wine Buy the Bottle - Great Values in St. Louis: 33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar

    Given Gut Check's never-ending quest for obsession with great wine values, we figured it'd be a good idea to check in from time to time with local merchants. They pick three wines they consider to be excellent values, and Gut Check buys and tries one of them. Price is important, but value is really ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 5, 2010
  • Blogs

    April 21, 2010

    Wine Buy the Bottle - Great Values in St. Louis: Grapevine Wines

    Given Gut Check's never-ending quest for obsession with great wine values, we figured it'd be a good idea to check in from time to time with local merchants. They pick three wines they consider to be excellent values, and Gut Check buys and tries one of them. Price is important, but value is really ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 3.11

    ​Missouri state representative Jim Viebrock wants to circumvent federal bans and allow horse slaughter for food in Missouri. Viebrock argues that unwanted and abandoned horses can be slaughtered and sold to European and Japanese markets. (USA Today) New York State legislator introduces bill t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2010

    FoodWire: Free Napa Cabernet Tasting at Wine & Cheese Place

    [Updated 3/2/10 with tasting notes; click through to read...] ​Never had the disposable income to buy into the north-of-$50 world of Napa Valley cabernets? Here's your chance. Paul Hayden, manager of the Clayton location of the Wine & Cheese Place (7435 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton; 314-727-8 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2010

    The Noble Writ's New Year's Resolutions

    Unlike several of my fellow Gut Check contributors, I'm not much for reminiscing about, dissecting or ranking the past year. Instead, I enjoy the challenge of looking forward and setting goals. So here are my plans for both my personal wine consumption and The Noble Writ in 2010.Aaron Logan, Wikime ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2009

    The Noble Writ in the Lion's Den of California Cabs

    ​Following up on my post a couple of weeks ago about wine being fun, I decided to have some fun myself. I saw a post on the Wine and Cheese Place's blog about an upcoming tasting featuring the wines of Chateau St. Jean and Beringer. Regular readers of the Noble Writ will likely realize that these ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2009

    FoodWire: Veritas Hosting Pahlmeyer Wine Dinner August 19

    Veritas Gateway to Food and Wine (1722 Clarkson Road) is hosting a five-course dinner featuring Pahlmeyer Wines on Wednesday, August 19, at 6:30 p.m. Pahlmeyer Winery sales manager Dave Landis will be a guest. Pahlmeyer Wines include the "Jayson" line, named after founder Jayson Pahlmeyer, which eve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2009

    Gerard Craft Featured (Again!) in Food & Wine Magazine [Updated]

    Gerard Craft (alone, right) cooks for Napa Valley winemakers. Gerard Craft of Niche (1831 Sidney Street; Web site) is featured in the April issue of Food & Wine. In the article "Napa Cabernet Now," the magazine had Craft, one of its reigning Best New Chefs, cook lunch for seven of Napa Valley's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2008

    FoodWire: New Year's Eve at Big Sky Café

    As many special New Year's Eve menus as Gut Check can find.Big Sky Café (47 South Old Orchard Avenue) is hosting a three-course prix-fixe dinner on New Year's Eve. (The regular menu is available, too.) The cost is $37 per person, and Kelly Donovan from the All Great Restaurants group lets me know t ... More >>

  • Film

    August 6, 2008
  • Blogs

    April 3, 2008

    Gerard Craft of Niche Named "Best New Chef 2008" by Food & Wine Magazine

    Today Food & Wine magazine named Gerard Craft, executive chef and co-owner of Benton Park restaurant Niche, one of its ten "Best New Chefs" for 2008. Craft is the first St. Louis-based chef to receive the honor, which began in 1988. Previous winners include such noted chefs as Daniel Boulud (Daniel) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2007
  • Blogs

    November 5, 2007

    Restaurant Tidbit: Harvest

    Harvest (1059 South Big Bend Boulevard) is hosting two wine dinners this week. Thursday will feature wines from Bell Wines in Napa Valley; Friday will highlight German wines from Pinnacle Imports. As always, call the restaurant (314-645-3522) to learn whether reservations are still available. -Ian ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2007
  • News

    April 18, 2007

    The Wine Master

    A St. Louis sommelier strives to be among the best in the world.

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2007

    Small Plates: Thursday, 2/22

    Several special events to tell you about today. First up, the Schlafly Tap Room (2100 Locust Street, 314-241-2337) is hosting its annual Cod and Cask Festival this weekend. You can listen to live Icelandic music and even enter to win a trip to Iceland while you enjoy fish and chips and cask-conditio ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 3, 2007

    Off the Rack

    If The Tuxedo Room's food and service don't improve, it'll be curtains.

  • Dining

    February 15, 2006

    Under the Hampton Sun

    Find a foodie paradise in south St. Louis

  • Dining

    September 22, 2004

    Sofia Mini Blanc de Blancs

    World Market, 24 Brentwood Promenade Court, Brentwood, 314-918-7800

  • Dining

    September 8, 2004

    Charbay Blood Orange Vodka

    Sub Zero Vodka Bar, 308 N. Euclid Avenue, 314-367-1200

  • Calendar

    July 28, 2004

    This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

    Week of July 28, 2004

  • Dining

    July 16, 2003

    Robert Pecota Moscato d'Andrea

    Frazer's Traveling Brown Bag, 1811 Pestalozzi Avenue, 314-773-8646

  • Dining

    June 19, 2002

    French Connection

    Leon Bierbaum's renowned namesake restaurant needs some polishing

  • Dining

    April 3, 2002

    That's a Winner

    Culinary star David Slay teams up with baseball great Ozzie Smith to produce a terrific dining experience

  • Calendar

    January 30, 2002

    Subculture Club

    Globe-trotting food writer/TV host Anthony Bourdain is hungry for more than just what's on his plate

  • Dining

    May 2, 2001

    Family Tradition

    Corky's Restaurant lifts classic American comfort food to new heights

  • Dining

    January 3, 2001

    Side Dish

    The latest offering from wine purveyors: the white merlot

  • Dining

    May 12, 1999
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