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St. Louis food community reacts to James Beard wins

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

The St. Louis restaurant community erupted Monday night when it received two prestigious honors from the James Beard Foundation at its annual awards gala – essentially the Academy Awards of the American restaurant industry. Sidney Street Cafe chef-owner Kevin Nashan was named Best Chef: Midwest, and the foundation declared Gioia’s Deli an America’s Classic. Here’s how some hometown chefs and restaurant personalities reacted to the news.

 

 

 

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The Scoop: Sidney Street Cafe’s Kevin Nashan wins James Beard Award

Monday, May 1st, 2017

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Raise a glass to Sidney Street Cafe chef-owner Kevin Nashan – winner of the 2017 James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: Midwest.

Nashan received the honor tonight, May 1, at the James Beard Foundation Awards gala at the Lyric Opera House in Chicago.

This is Nashan’s first win and third finalist nod, and it’s St. Louis’ second James Beard award. Niche Food Group chef-owner Gerard Craft won Best Chef: Midwest in 2015.

The James Beard award recognizes “chefs who have set new or consistent standards of excellence in their respective regions,” according to the culinary organization’s website. The Midwest category considered restaurants from Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Four others were nominated in this category, including another hometown chef: Farmhaus chef-owner Kevin Willmann of St. Louis, Steven Brown of Tilia in Minneapolis, Justin Carlisle of Ardent in Milwaukee and Jorge Guzman of Brewer’s Table at Surly Brewing Co. in Minneapolis.

 

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This wasn’t St. Louis’ only honor of the evening. The Beard Foundation named Gioia’s Deli an America’s Classic, an honor reserved for restaurants that serve delicious food and reflect the characters of their communities. Gioia’s Deli, which began as a grocery store on The Hill, will celebrate its 100th anniversary next year.

For coverage of the Beard Foundation gala, follow Sauce on Twitter and Instagram.

 

Nashan photo by Carmen Troesser; sandwich photo courtesy of Gioia’s Deli

Catherine Klene is managing editor at Sauce Magazine.

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The Scoop: James Beard Foundation declares Gioia’s Deli an American Classic

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

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The James Beard Foundation has announced the five recipients of its 2017 America’s Classics award, and one of St. Louis’ longtime favorites has landed on the list. Gioia’s Deli is the first St. Louis restaurant to receive the honor since the award’s inception in 1998.

“It’s a whirlwind. It’s been crazy,” said co-owner Alex Donley. He received news of the event late last year. “I was sitting in a movie theater with my daughter, and I got this call from New York. I just ignored it. I thought it was someone wanting money or something.”

Gioia’s Deli opened in 1918 and began life as a grocery store. The Gioia family sold the deli to the Donley family in 1980, when it began a second incarnation as a lunch spot famous for its Hot Salami sandwich. The Gioia’s food truck debuted in 2014, and a second location opened downtown, with the same menu as the original restaurant, last year.

To qualify for the award, restaurants have to have been in business for at least 10 years and be locally owned. The America’s Classic award honors restaurants that “have timeless appeal and are cherished for quality food that reflects the character of their community,” according to the announcement from the James Beard Foundation.

“In an ever-changing culinary landscape, these honorees have created enduring restaurants and food establishments that have not only stood the test of time, but continue to bring people together in celebration of the unique flavors in America’s vast food scene,” Susan Ungaro, president of the James Beard Foundation, said in the announcement.

Donley said he’s ready for a bump in business once word of the award gets out. “We’re so excited,” he said. “We’re preparing for the storm and making sure the lines won’t be too long.”

The other awardees include La Taqueria in San Francisco; Sahadi’s in Brooklyn; Schultz’s Crab House in Essex, Maryland; and Bertha’s Kitchen in Charleston, South Carolina. Gioia’s Deli and the rest of this year’s winners will be recognized on Monday, May 1 at the James Beard Foundation Awards Gala in Chicago.

 

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92 years of hot salamis

Sneak Peek: Gioia’s Deli Downtown

Friday, April 1st, 2016

Gioia’s Deli Downtown is opening at 903 Pine St. today. As reported by The Scoop in January, this is the 98-year-old deli’s second location.

Third generation co-owner Alex Donley chose the spot after seeing how good lunch business was downtown. “The food truck sells out every Friday,” he said. Now Gioia’s-lovers can eat inside.

The menu is almost the same as that on The Hill, with the addition of a couple favorites from Gioia’s food truck and catering menus: the Hogfather sandwich, featuring hot coppa, hot salami and bacon, and the Italian Salad, with pepperoncini, black olives, tomatoes, red onion and mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.

The 2,000 square-foot space seats 40 for weekday lunch, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

-photos by Meera Nagarajan

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The Scoop: Gioia’s Deli to open second location downtown

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

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After a mere 98 years of consideration, Gioia’s Deli is opening a second location. Gioia’s Deli Downtown will open by April 1 in the former Sauce on the Side space at 903 Pine St.

“The food truck was key,” said co-owner Alex Donley. “We were able to take the truck to new markets and through the food quality, it created a frenzy. The downtown frenzy was the most powerful.”

The new location will seat about 40 people and will serve the lunch crowd to start, with tentative opening hours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The walk-up deli counter will serve up the same menu as the flagship location on The Hill with a few additions. “We have a base of loyal downtown, truck customers,” said Donley. “They have come up with some sandwiches that will be at the new location.”

Look for the customer-created Hog Father with hot salami, bacon and hot coppa on garlic-cheese bread or the Strongman, created by a Wells Fargo employee that features hot salami, hot roast beef, hard salami and giardiniera.

While the food truck is popular in St. Louis County, it will stay on the scene downtown during the week to serve customers farther away from the new brick and mortar. Prior to opening, the Donleys plan to park the truck in front of the new location.

 

 

92 years of Hot Salamis

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

062910_gioiasIf the 25th anniversary is celebrated with silver and the 50th anniversary is golden, it only seems appropriate that Gioia’s Deli on The Hill is celebrating 92 years in business with what it does best — the toasty, meaty sandwich that made it famous. This Friday, Gioia’s, located at 1934 Macklind Ave., is marking its notable tenure serving the St. Louis area by offering its signature Hot Salami sandwich for only $5 (that’s $2 less than usual).

Originally served by Challie Gioia back in 1918 as Salam de Testa, the deli’s homemade sausage quickly became a favorite for hungry St. Louisans. The sandwich was added to the menu years later when Steve and Johnnie Gioia began serving the bustling lunch crowd, and it has truly withstood the test of time here in the Lou.

So if you’re looking for a little taste of history this Friday, stop by Gioia’s Deli between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. for a hot and cheesy delight that is sure to keep your wallet fat and your stomach happy. The limit’s two per person, and the special will only go on while supplies last – so go on, get celebrating.

- Stacy Schultz

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