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Gut Check: An open call for food-writing freelancers! 

Have you always dreamed of a job in the glamorous world of food blogging? Now's your chance! Gut Check, the Riverfront Times food blog, currently has several opportunities for freelance writers.

1) We're looking for a freelancer to assemble and post regular Gut Check features, including the Morning Brew roundup of food news, FoodWire restaurant updates and our weekly digest of St. Louis food blogs. Applicants should possess a keen interest in issues pertaining to food and restaurants locally, nationally and globally. Familiarity with blogging software such as Movable Type is a plus.

2) We're looking for a freelancer to produce the Drink of the Week column immortalized by former RFT staff writer Randall Roberts and current RFT editorial operations manager Kristie McClanahan. Applicants should be passionate about beer, wine, spirits, cocktails and nonalcoholic beverages — and the people who make them. Applicants also should read a generous sampling of previous Drink of the Week columns to understand the lively prose style and engaging stories for which this column is known. Visit and enter "Drink of the Week" (quotes included) into the search field.

3) We're also seeking more freelancers to produce original, recurring content in the vein of our existing columns: the Noble Writ, Java Enabled, the Sneak, Throwback of the House, the Dive Bomber and A Table for How Many? Applicants should be familiar with how Gut Check covers food, drink and restaurants in St. Louis — and should have the confidence and imagination to tell us what our coverage is missing.

All applicants should have access to a reliable Internet connection, as well as the ability to write clean copy and to adhere to deadlines.

Interested? Then send an e-mail to with the subject heading "GUT CHECK FREELANCER" (#1), "GUT CHECK DRINK OF THE WEEK" (#2) or "GUT CHECK IDEAS" (#3). Introduce yourself (a résumé is fine but not imperative), tell me why you're interested in writing for Gut Check and attach a writing sample. This sample can be something you've published or blogged, or it can be an example of the sort of post you'd like to write.

Opening a new restaurant? Know of a place that has closed? Something else for Ian to chew on? E-mail And check out this column's virtual doppelganger here.

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