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    November 10, 2014

    Chef Chat: Bixby's New Chef Corey Ellsworth on Going from Dishwasher to the Boss

    Chef Corey Ellsworth didn't realize his dishwashing gig in Bloomington, Illinois would lead to a stint working for Thomas Keller's mentor. He was just an angsty 17-year-old looking to make some cash. That was until, over the din of clanking plates and the dish machine, he paid attention to the guys ... More >>

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    September 3, 2014

    Stur Restaurant & Lounge Set Itself Up for Success -- So What Went Wrong?: Review

    Stur Restaurant & Lounge (4 Club Centre Court, Suite A, Edwardsville, Illinois; 618-307-9613) Hours: 4-9 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Sat. (Closed Sun. and Mon.) Angie Schmitt was a woman with a dream -- to create an upscale restaurant and lounge that would have a chef-driven, farm-to-table ... More >>

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    December 23, 2013

    The 13 Most Overcooked Food Trends of 2013

    Here are thirteen food trends that have become ubiquitous and shed the sheen of novelty -- now they're just dull and sometimes annoying, in spite of an exciting debut. (To keep things interesting, we've included a few food trends we hope continue into 2014 and beyond. See if you can identify which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2013

    Loving Las Vegas and MSG: A Q & A with Qui Tran of Mai Lee

    This is part two of Gut Check's Chef's Choice profile of Qui Tran of Mai Lee. Read part one, a profile of Tran, here. Part three, a recipe from Tran, will be available on Friday. Mai Lee (8396 Music Memorial Drive, Brentwood; 314-645-2835) isn't simply a job for chef Qui Tran. It's his legacy. His ... More >>

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    April 24, 2013

    From Michael Ruhlman to Mom: The Favorite Cookbooks of St. Louis Chefs

    Chef's Choice is Gut Check's regular profile and interview, with recipe, of a St. Louis chef. From time to time we'll present several chefs' answers to one of our regular questions. This week: What is your favorite cookbook? Shopped for a cookbook lately? So many beautiful choices. So many expensiv ... More >>

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    April 4, 2013

    No, He Meant the Champagne of Beers and Not-Poisoning a Prince of Saudi Arabia: A Q & A with Andrew Jennrich of Farmhaus

    This is part two of Gut Check's Chef's Choice profile of Andrew Jennrich of Farmhaus. Read part one, a profile of Jennrich, here. Part three, a recipe from Jennrich, will be available on Friday. Is it unseemly to be thankful for the financial stresses that others have faced? Of course. So put it ... More >>

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    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

    December 17, 2012

    First Look: Basso, the Lower-Level Gastropub at the Cheshire

    Last month we featured a first look of the Restaurant at the Cheshire (7036 Clayton Avenue; 314-647-7300) on the heels of its November 5 opening. Its sister restaurant, the lower-level gastropub Basso (7036 Clayton Avenue; 314-932-7820), opens today. Basso's robust Italian menu features sharable pl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2012

    The Ten Best New Restaurants in St. Louis 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

    August 3, 2012

    Report: Amtrak Has Lost $834 Million on Food Over Ten Years

    Yes, that headline is accurate: Amtrak has lost $834 million on food service over the past ten years, an audit by the Government Accountability Office has revealed. Seems like the national rail line's food-service workers get a little peckish and a little sloppy on those long hauls across the countr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    Josh Galliano to Open Pop-Up Fried Chicken Restaurant August 13 [Updated]

    Update: (Friday, July 20, 10:25 a.m.) Josh Galliano has revealed the location of his pop-up restaurant: All-Star Fried Chicken & Fish will open at 5 p.m. on Monday, August 13, at Half & Half (8135 Maryland Avenue, Clayton; 314-725-0719). The restaurant will remain open until 10 p.m. or until the foo ... 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 >>

  • Dining

    February 16, 2012
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    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

    November 8, 2011

    Call Them "Favorite" Foods: Cleveland-Heath Nears Opening

    ​Gut Check reported last month on Cleveland-Heath, the new restaurant opening at 106 North Main Street in Edwardsville, Illinois (the former Fond space). This week, Jennifer Cleveland, who owns the restaurant with partner (in life as well as business) Eric Heath, checked in with us to say that the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    Jimmy Hippchen of the Crow's Nest, Part 2

    This is part two of Mabel Suen's Chef's Choice profile of Jimmy Hippchen of The Crow's Nest. Part one can be found here. Part three, a recipe from Hippchen, will be posted Thursday. Mabel SuenChef Jimmy Hippchen in the Crow's Nest's kitchen.​Did your family cook when you were a child? My mom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2011

    Todd Lough of Bixby's, Part 2

    This is part two of Mabel Suen's Chef's Choice profile of Todd Lough of Bixby's. Part one can be found here. Part three, a recipe from Lough, will be posted on Thursday. Mabel Suen​Did your family cook when you were a child? Not really. I started cooking for the family when I was twelve. Fir ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 5, 2011
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    April 18, 2011

    St. Louis Food Blog Digest, 4.11-4.17

    ​Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs. Eat It STL: The newest blog in our digest wrote about Sunday Supper. Veg St. Louis: The vegetarian bloggers checked out Everest Cafe & Bar. Cupcake Project: Stef shared a recipe for "bunny tails," an Easter version of donut holes.

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    The Perennial Plate Needs Help to Visit St. Louis

    You watch "The Perennial Plate", right? The sustainable food web series from Minneapolis that's won the praise of Thomas Keller and Andrew Zimmern, among others? Of course you do! Otherwise you'd miss out on things like their educational music video about meat-cutting. Be warned - it's not for the c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    17th Street Bar and Grill Named 85th Best Restaurant in the Nation

    Jennifer Silverberg​More accolades for pit master Mike Mills and his 17th Street Bar and Grill. His original joint in Murphysboro, Illinois (two hours southeast of St. Louis), has been named the 85th-best restaurant in the U.S. on The Daily Meal's 101 Best Restaurants list. 17th Street tied w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2010

    Genetically Modified Apples From Canada Poised to Invade U.S.?

    Frankenapples from Canada! The Associated Press reports that a Canadian company has requested U.S. approval for an apple that doesn't turn brown. Okanagan Specialty Fruits of Summerland, British Columbia, got the technology from an Australian company who developed it to keep potatoes white by silenc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Bring on the Sad Meals - San Francisco Outlaws Fast Food Toy Giveaways

    Sorry kids, but San Francisco has outlawed fast-food toy giveaways. Reuters reports that the city's Board of Supervisors passed the law on Tuesday, making them the first U.S. city to pass a law - not just an ordinance - banning the toys. Toy giveaways stop on December 1. NPR visits with Lisa Johan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2010

    If You Hand Cut Your French Fries, Learn to Cook Them Properly

    Welcome to Fly in the Soup, a new feature in which Gut Check contributors rail against those culinary experiences that annoy us most.Image viaThis had better be one of two fryings.​In my younger and more vulnerable years as a food writer, few words excited me more than "hand-cut fries." It suggest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2010

    Chef's Choice, Part 2: Chef John of Entre:Underground

    Robin WheelerCulinary man of mystery, Entre:Underground's Chef John​This is part two of Robin Wheeler's Chef's Choice interview with Chef John of Entre:Underground; to read part one, click here. We'd be most surprised that you eat _____. Microwave popcorn, and just because I am lazy. Stovetop ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 30, 2009
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    December 29, 2009

    The Ten Most Important St. Louis Restaurant Openings of the Aughts #2: Monarch (2003)

    ​Monarch (2003)Josh Galliano is reason enough to rank Monarch so high: The Louisiana native, sent packing when Katrina devastated New Orleans, is everything you could want in a chef -- creative yet respectful of tradition; ambitious yet humble. Yet he has been the executive chef at Monarch for onl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2009

    A Food Writer's List of 10 Essential Food Books

    ​As much as I'd like to assemble a Top Ten Food Books of 2009 list, I'm so far behind in my reading that I'd struggle to compose a Top Ten Food Books of 2008 list. Best I can do for this year is two books. First, Momofuku by David Chang and Peter Meehan. It's a cookbook, but you can -- and should ... More >>

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    December 8, 2009

    What to Get Your Novice Foodie This Holiday Season

    User "Wikidemo," Wikimedia CommonsMerry Christmas! (Watch your knuckles.)​What to get the novice foodie(s) in your life this holiday season? Here are some gifts that I heartily recommend. These are invaluable tools, well worth the space they take up in my own kitchen because I use them so frequen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2009

    FoodWire: Wall Street Journal Visits St. Louis

    In this weekend's edition of the Wall Street Journal, the paper's food writer (and former New York Times restaurant critic) Raymond Sokolov paid a visit to St. Louis to check out our restaurant scene. Sokolov dined at Niche and Franco and had good things to say about each. Here, he comments on the t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2009

    Pi's Chris Sommers Deep-Dishes on Cooking at the White House...and the Controversy

    User "Wadester16," Wikimedia CommonsChris Sommers, owner of the Delmar Loop pizza restaurant Pi (6144 Delmar Boulevard; Web site), will appear on Fox & Friends tomorrow morning to set the record straight on his visit to the White House to cook pizza for President Barack Obama. The interview shou ... More >>

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    April 22, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 4.22

    Congress proposes a bill to strengthen the FDA's oversight of food safety. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer) Do top-tier seafood restaurants support sustainable fishing? An investigation by Charles Clover, who wrote The End of the Line, a must-read book on overfishing. (Vanity Fair) Are your plastic co ... More >>

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    April 16, 2008
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    April 9, 2008
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    April 5, 2008

    Weekend News: Sommelier Chris Hoel Splits for California

    Sommelier Chris Hoel is bidding adieu to his native St. Louis. An e-mail I got from him this morning says he's accepted a job at The French Laundry, the preeminent chef Thomas Keller's Yountville, California restaurant. Hoel is/was one of only two advanced sommeliers (certified by the Court of Maste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2008

    Gerard Craft on Being Named Food & Wine Best New Chef 2008

    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

    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 >>

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    November 6, 2007

    Michael Ruhlman at Viking Thursday

    God among food writers Michael Ruhlman will be hosting a discussion and demonstration promoting his new book The Elements of Cooking at the Viking Cooking School (1811 South Brentwood Boulevard). The event runs from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, and the cost is $69.99 per person. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 10/3

    In case you missed last night's post: This week's review, Keep It Down and Drink of the Week are now available online. Concerns about food safety could hold up passage of the new farm bill in Congress. (Washington Post) Rats prefer the organic biscuit and other cool notes on ... More >>

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    September 25, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 9/25

    A new survey finds that a majority of U.S. consumers plan to cut back on restaurant visits in the coming months. (Reuters) Does the imminent release of a line of frozen foods mean that superstar chef and foodie god Thomas Keller has finally spread himself too thin? (B ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 5, 2007

    Fare St. Louis

    Bistro Alexander aims to break the mold (and the Review Generator 3000).

  • Film

    June 27, 2007

    Incredible, Edible

    Brad Bird does it again; health inspectors everywhere shaken to their core.

  • News

    April 18, 2007

    The Wine Master

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

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2006

    Ballpark Village Celebrity Chef Betting Pool Now Open

    source: Coming soon to a Ballpark Village near you? Word is that Ballpark Village might feature not one but two "celebrity chef" restaurants! Whose cuisine will reign supreme just a long fly ball from the home of our ten-time World Series champs? Here's the early line (odd ... More >>

  • 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