No, not to you. The award-winning Springfield, Missouri-based chocolate company will be using proceeds from two of its products to fund school lunch programs in villages in Tanzania and the Philippines. The PTA's at Mwaya Secondary School in the Kyela region of Tanzania and Malagos Elementary Scho ... More >>
Askinosie Chocolate based in Springfield, Missouri, was recently awarded its fifth silver Sofi Award in the category of "Outstanding Chocolate" by the National Association of Specialty Food Trade (NASFT) for its new dark milk chocolate and black licorice bar. It's also a finalist for the organizati ... More >>
image viaRamadhan Abdulla, a Tanzanian cassava farmer who has benefited from the Danforth Center's expertise and the Gates Foundation's money.If there were an easy way to end starvation around the world, somebody would have thought of it by now. Obviously. But there are still one billion peop ... More >>
Photo courtesy Danforth Plant Science CenterVolunteers at a previous World Food Day eventToday begins a two-day commemoration of World Food Day at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center (925 North Warson Road, Olivette; 314-587-1000). Volunteers around St. Louis will prepare food packages to b ... More >>
Askinosie Chocolate Sean Askinosie with a farmer in Tanzania.This week, Missouri's two bean-to-bar chocolate makers each made news with some fantastic recognition: Patric Chocolate won a Good Food Award from Slow Food Nation, while Askinosie Chocolate traveled to Tanzania and put itself o ... More >>
Askinosie ChocolateShawn Askinosie (left) teaches a Tanzanian farmer how to roast cocoa beans.When Riverfront Times visited the Askinosie Chocolate factory in Springfield last winter, founder and proprietor Shawn Askinosie promised he would take members of the Cocoa Honors program at the fact ... More >>
image viaDanielle Nierenberg in Arusha, Tanzania.Danielle Nierenberg, a former resident of Defiance, Missouri, now a project manager at the Worldwatch Institute, a think tank in Washington, DC, spent the past year and a half traveling through sub-Saharan Africa as part of a project called Nou ... More >>
courtesy Danforth CenterPack 'em up, ship 'em out: Donald Danforth Plant Science Center volunteers pack famine-fighting meals for shipment to nations in need.When it comes to the juxtaposition of hunger in sub-Saharan Africa with the wealthier enclaves of any First World city, it seems like t ... More >>
photos by Keegan HamiltonTam Tam owner Kassim Kone (left) and some of the Ivory Coast contigentTam Tam African Restaurant is an inconspicuous storefront next to a liquor store in one of the countless strip malls that line North Lindbergh Blvd in Florissant. On a sweltering Sunday afternoon, the p ... More >>
"It smells sweet, like candy," my friend said as I extended my wrist to his nose. My skin had absorbed the caramel flavors that had been wafting around me all day like a welcome second-hand smoke. It was the smell of coffee roasting.It was a bad day to hang out near a coffee roaster -- much less two ... More >>
Zach Dyer is a writer living in Saint Louis. He did his thesis research on coffee farmers in Southern Mexico. Since then, he has visited coffee plantations in Costa Rica and Mexico as well as roasters and cafés across the U.S. He blogs about coffee for Gut Check every Wednesday.In last week's arti ... More >>
Robin WheelerThis week, Gut Check was obsessed with totally awesome -- or, at least, totally memorable -- commercials for stuff we have no interest whatsoever in eating.Why? I don't know. A passing fancy, probably.Or maybe we've been watching too much TV lately.As always, it was a busy week around t ... More >>
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