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    June 2, 2014

    The Libertine Spearheads Negroni Week for Charity

    The Negroni is Libertine (7927 Forsyth Boulevard; 314-862-2999) owner Nick Luedde's favorite drink. The simple, classic cocktail is made with gin, vermouth and Campari, which, Luedde says, makes it refreshing and perfect for summer. So when his friends at the Bartenders' Guild approached him about b ... More >>

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    May 23, 2014

    The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Memorial Day Weekend: May 23 to 26

    We know Memorial Day isn't actually the official first day of summer, but it sure feels like it. Pools are opening, pork steaks are grilling and there are lots and lots of patios. Don't feel overwhelemed, though -- we've hand picked the best food-related events this weekend and for your day off on M ... More >>

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    May 21, 2014

    Eclipse Celebrates St. Louis' 250th Birthday With Master Mixologists

    St. Louis has been celebrating its 250th birthday all year, and the party is still going strong. On May 25 Eclipse (6177 Delmar Boulevard; 314-726-2222) and the Moonrise Hotel (6177 Delmar Boulevard; 314-721-1111) are gathering the city's best mixologists and bartenders for a birthday bash. See al ... More >>

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    May 16, 2014

    The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: May 16 to 18

    The sun will finally come out this weekend just in time for us all to enjoy outdoor festivals like Maifest, Taste of Maplewood and Winefest. So many options, so little time. Check out our food-related recommendations after the jump and let us know what you're doing this weekend. See also: The Best ... More >>

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    May 17, 2013

    Being Happy While You Cook and Learning to Love Bourbon: A Q&A with Joseph Hemp V of Robust

    This is part two. of Gut Check's Chef's Choice profile of Joseph Hemp V of Robust. Read part one, a profile of Hemp, here. Part three, a recipe from Hemp, will be available Monday. As a kid, Joseph Hemp V would stand on a step stool next to the stove to help make Sunday breakfast, his family's brea ... More >>

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    April 5, 2013

    Taste's Kyle Mathis: Winner of Iron Fork's Mixology Competition and Featured Bartender of the Week

    Welcome to Girl Walks Into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week, Kaitlin Steinberg profiles Kyle Mathis of Taste. Below is a Q&A with Mathis, followed by the recipe for Another Hop Pun. We know, we know. We just interviewed a bartender from Taste (4 ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    November 28, 2012

    Tidbits: Joyia Opens Friday; Eater Salutes Taste

    - Gut Check has had its eye on Joyia, the new Mediterranean tapas restaurant at 4501 Manchester Avenue in Forest Park Southeast's Grove district, since September. A check-in with owner Chuck Pener reveals that the restaurant will debut at lunch this Friday at 11 a.m. The restaurant's regular hours ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    March 14, 2012

    The Future of Monarch: Gut Check Suggests and Speculates

    As you likely know by now, Monarch closed after service this past Saturday, March 10. The closure leaves a hole in the dining scene and one of our most talented chefs without a professional kitchen to call his own. It also means a large piece of property in the heart of Maplewood stands empty. Mona ... More >>

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    December 28, 2011

    Wes Johnson of Salt, Part 2

    This is part two of Natalie Mclaury's Chef's Choice profile of Wes Johnson of Salt. Part one can be found here. Part three, a recipe from Johnson, is published here. Did your family cook when you were a child? Mostly my father. How old were you when you started cooking? 10. First cooking job? Waf ... More >>

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    December 27, 2011

    Wes Johnson of Salt

    This is part one of Natalie McLaury's Chef's Choice profile of Wes Johnson of Salt. Part two, a Q&A, will be posted tomorrow, and part three, a recipe from Johnson, will be published on Thursday. Savannah Dodd​The culinary career of Wes Johnson of Salt (4356 Lindell Boulevard; 314-932-5787) h ... More >>

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    October 10, 2011

    Your Weekly St. Louis Bestseller List

    Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending October 2, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd'nhead Books, Subterranean Books and Sue's News. There are plenty of new titles on this week's adu ... More >>

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    May 11, 2011

    Nate Hereford of Niche, Part 2

    This is part two of Katie Moulton's Chef's Choice profile of Nate Hereford of Niche (1831 Sidney Street, 314-773-7755). To read part one, click here. Stay tuned for part three, a recipe from Hereford, which we'll publish tomorrow. Katie MoultonThis man "loves offal." Thankfully, he opted to make En ... More >>

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    April 4, 2011

    South Central Regional Barista Competition: And the Winner Is...

    The setup at one of the stations at the South Central Regional Barista Competition.​Several former baristas work here at Gut Check International Headquarters, and sometimes when we're really, really bored, we gather in someone's cubicle and compare war stories. Oddly enough, none of these stor ... More >>

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    March 23, 2011

    Kold-Draft: The Machine Behind the Ice Revolution

    www.kold-draft.comA Kold-Draft ice cube​If you've read this week's article on the ice revolution in mixology -- if you haven't, hurry! before it melts! -- you know that its local origins can be traced back to Ted Kilgore, now of Taste, using a Kold-Draft ice machine to Monarch when he worked there ... More >>

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    March 1, 2011

    Cross Booze-Spiked Ice Cream Off the To-Do List: St. Louis Has Plenty!

    Wikimedia Commons​Three weeks ago Men's Health named St. Louis the sixth-drunkest city in America. Gut Check knows we can do better, so we posted some tips on how to reach the pinnacle of national drunkenness in '12. This past weekend we got an e-mail from a fellow named John Clopton, who ow ... More >>

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    February 23, 2011

    Preview: The New Taste

    Aimee Levitt​The official opening for the new Taste at 4584 Laclede Avenue is next Monday, February 28, but the recently relocated-from-Benton-Park spot staged an impromptu soft opening this past Thursday, February 17, in order to accommodate a visiting editor from Food & Wine who was coming i ... More >>

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    February 8, 2011

    We're Number Six! What St. Louis Needs to Do to Become America's Drunkest City in 2012

    Bravo, St. Louis! We worked hard, and we did it: Men's Health has named us America's sixth-drunkest city -- and the drunkest city in the entire Midwest! Daily RFTSt. Louis: Where the squirrels go to hide their Everclear!​But we can do better. What do Fresno, Reno, Billings, Riverside and Aus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2010

    Gerard Craft's Niche Restaurant Musical Chairs Act Won't Commence Till February -- Got That?!

    Local chef/restaurateur Gerard Craft took to Twitter earlier today to counter misconceptions that his Benton Park twosome, Niche and Taste by Niche, have closed for renovation. ​Niche will "close day after Valentine's, reopen a couple of weeks later," Craft tells Gut Check. Of course, Ian F ... More >>

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    December 1, 2010

    Gerard Craft Sells Taste by Niche to Adam Altnether

    Jennifer SilverbergTaste by Niche's current digs. The new space will also feature a new owner.​Gerard Craft announced today that he has sold Taste by Niche to Adam Altnether. The 24-year-old Altnether, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, has worked for Craft for ... More >>

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    September 10, 2010

    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    Jennifer Silverberg​It's back to school season, and Gut Check University is no exception. The semester started with a rigorous and delicious survey course covering all things Cheese-ology. Check out Ian's full review, and be sure to take notes; a pop quiz on Ian's Provel stance could b ... More >>

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    June 3, 2010

    Chris Kelling of Pi Pizzeria in the Central West End: Featured Bartender of the Week

    Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week Alissa Nelson profiles Pi Pizzeria bartender Chris Kelling. Alissa Nelson​Chris Kelling doesn't mince words when chatting about the weather. "It was depressing," declares the Bay ... More >>

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    June 3, 2010

    Nightclubbing: Book 'Em, Danno's -- The Craft-Beer and Classic-Cocktail-Favoring Pub, That Is

    ​Danno's American Pub is a bit off the beaten path, but it's a good reminder why venturing out of the city is a worthwhile exercise. Danno's is exactly what you expect from a classic American pub. It has a casual atmosphere, comfy club chairs, Big Buck Hunter, a pool table and a kitschy '60s ... More >>

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    November 11, 2009

    Drink of the Week: Pastis Plenty, 33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar

    User "Chriusha," Wikimedia Commons​Supposedly the world is running out of bitters. Not bitter people, mind you, but the cocktail mixer. Specifically, Angostura bitters, those that come in the ubiquitous paper-wrapped bottle with the yellow plastic cap. Just a few years ago, such news wouldn't hav ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 14, 2009
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    October 14, 2009

    Review Slideshow: Taste by Niche

    Photo: Jennifer SilverbergThe crew, starting in front, going clockwise, owner/chef Gerard Craft, chef de cuisine Adam Altnether, mixologist Ted Kilgore, cook Nick Blue, pastry chef Mathew Rice and sous chef James Peisker. See a slideshow of photos from Taste by Niche.​My review of Taste by Niche ( ... More >>

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    October 7, 2009
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    July 22, 2009
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    July 20, 2009

    FoodWire: Niche Taste Bar Opens Tomorrow

    One of the more anticipated restaurant debuts of the year occurs tomorrow as Niche Taste Bar officially opens its doors. (The restaurant had a soft opening this past weekend.)Niche Taste Bar is located at 1831 Sidney Street in Benton Park, the same address as its namesake restaurant, Niche (Web site ... More >>