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Stepping up during Missouri deer season

Friday, November 15th, 2013



Fall holds a special place in the hearts of many Missouri hunters. For them, changing leaves and dropping temperatures mean the start of deer season is just around the corner. The firearms season begins tomorrow, Nov. 16, and St. Louis-area hunters have an opportunity to have their deer processed for free and donate to a good cause.

After the joy of tagging a trophy deer comes the arduous task of cleaning it. Approved local meat processors will clean deer for the annual Missouri Department of Conservation’s Share the Harvest. Hunters can donate part or all of their kill to the statewide program, which reimburses part of the processing fee. Approved shops then clean and package the meat to provide food to needy families. Last year, Missouri hunters donated more than 300,000 pounds of meat.

In previous years, local hunters had to foot part of processing bill in order to donate meat. However, this year Operation Food Search and the Denny Dennis Memorial Fund are picking up the remaining tab. For $7 (the cost of a tag for a doe), a St. Louis hunter can now help feed a family for months. Nearly a dozen meat processors in the St. Louis region are participating in Share the Harvest, including Kenrick’s Meats and Catering, John’s Butcher Shoppe, HMS Quality Meat Service and more.

If hunters don’t fare so well or the thought of killing a deer is too close to Bambi for comfort, Sharp Shooter in Afton will be a bulls-eye. The new indoor shooting range at 8101 Gravois Road boasts 20 shooting lanes, a 3,500-square-foot gun shop and a full-service barbecue restaurant. The Pit and Grill menu features a variety of smoked meats like pulled pork, beef brisket, smoked turkey and spicy sausages. Guests can catch the game on a big-screen TV or watch the action in the shooting range.



The Crossing asks diners to Instagram for charity

Monday, September 9th, 2013



The Crossing is encouraging diners to whip out their smartphones and snap away now through October. The restaurant, located at 7823 Forsyth Blvd., in Clayton, is participating in the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America Local Dish Challenge, which highlights local producers and promotes culinary education.

The Crossing will donate $1 from each Rain Crow Ranch Berkshire Bone-In Pork Chop (pictured) sold to the JBF Taste America Drive. And diners who post a picture of their chop to Instagram with the hashtags #Clayton and #JBFTasteAmerica could help a local nonprofit win big bucks, too. JBF will donate $10,000 to the city with the most tagged uploads; The Crossing selected Operation Food Search’s Nutrition and Culinary Education Program as its designated charity.

“This is a great opportunity for us to call attention to all of our local food providers and to make more people aware of the James Beard Foundation,” said chef-owner Jim Fiala in a press release.



Clayton Restaurant Week is just around the corner

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Let’s hope this warm weather holds out, because a great week of dining out is fast approaching. The 4th annual Clayton Restaurant Week will take place from Monday, January 21 through Sunday, January 27. This year’s lineup includes 17 of Clayton’s fine dining establishments offering a special three-course dinner for a fixed price of $25 per person, plus tax and tip. There are no passes or tickets to buy; simply visit the participating restaurant of your choice, though reservations are recommended as this week tends to get busy. Feeling charitable? Add an “extra helping” of $5 to your bill to benefit Operation Food Search.

WHAT: Clayton Restaurant Week

WHEN: Monday, January 21 to Sunday, January 27. Check with each restaurant for individual dinner hours.

WHERE: Check out the full list of participating Clayton restaurants here.

COST: $25: 3-course meal, plus tax and tip. (If you add a $5 “extra helping” to your check, you can provide a meal for a hungry family through Operation Food Search.)

Three reasons to dine out and give back

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

041211_DineOutSt. Louis is one of the nation’s most generous cities, ranked 8th nationally, based on per-capita giving among large cities in 2009. We in the Gateway City know that charitable giving is important; it’s just a matter of deciding who should get our charitable dollars. Here are three ways to make your dining dollars support some worthy causes right now.

1. Give Back Mondays at Ruth’s Chris Beginning yesterday and running through the end of the year, when you head to Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse downtown or in Clayton on Mondays and order the Give Back menu item of the month, 10 percent of sales will be donated to Backstoppers, a group which supports families of public safety workers in the greater St. Louis area who have died while on duty.

2. The Ripening of the Mad Tomato Chef-owner Vito Racanelli Jr.’s new restaurant at 8000 Carondelet Ave., in Clayton is set to officially open May 6. However, you can get a preview of Racanelli’s Southern Italian cuisine by attending the opening fundraiser party on Thursday, April 28. Half of the proceeds from your $30 ticket will support St. Louis area food bank Operation Food Search. Make your reservation by calling 314.802.8883 x 399.

3. Dine in the Dark to help fight blindness. Guests who attend Dining in the Dark at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac hotel on May 11 will don light-blocking blindfolds while dining and use their sense of smell, taste, sound and touch to gain heightened awareness of blindness. Proceeds from the event will support the sight-saving research efforts of national nonprofit Foundation Fighting Blindness. To purchase tickets, visit fightblindness.org or call 847.680.0100.

Local chef takes part in first lady’s program

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

061710_mealthymesEarlier this month, chefs from 37 states visited Washington to participate in the launch of Michelle Obama’s Chefs Move to Schools program. The only area chef included: Lauren McCabe.

McCabe – who operates the MealThymes personal-chef service in Augusta, Mo. – passed a whirlwind 36 hours in the nation’s capital for the June 4 conference after being nominated to attend by Operation Food Search, where she volunteers.

“The first lady’s goal is to really eliminate or reverse the childhood obesity epidemic within one generation,” McCabe told us. Chefs Move to Schools, which the Department of Agriculture will oversee, will pair schools with local chefs, who will try to educate children about the benefits of a nutritional diet, she noted.

“Government can’t dictate this – we have to change this locally,” said McCabe. “You can’t legislate a healthy lifestyle. … It’s not part of our national culture to legislate those things, so we really have to change a belief structure.” The Agriculture Department should be pairing chefs and schools in late summer or early fall, McCabe estimated, although she herself has already informally spoken to one school district in St. Charles County, where she lives.

Other shoppers’ supermarket purchases often astound her, McCabe noted. “If people read what was in this stuff, if they took the time to learn it, then most people would never eat it again,” she said. “And I’m not one of those people that says you can’t ever have a bag of potato chips or you can’t ever go to a fast-food burger place. I mean, let’s be realistic. But know what you’re eating and know what’s in it so you can make the decision. And certainly don’t eat it every day.”

McCabe expressed great enthusiasm for Chefs Move to Schools. “The program is something that’s really, really very close to my heart,” she said, “because I’ve been a volunteer for Operation Frontline for about a year and a half now and teach classes in a classroom environment and work with economically disadvantaged families to try to teach them to eat healthy on a budget.”

Photo courtesy of Lauren McCabe

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