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Where To Explore Next: Edwardsville

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

With its tightly packed historic buildings and Wildey Theater marquee in the backdrop, Main Street in Edwardsville, Ill., feels like a scene from Back to the Future. While the Edwardsville of 2013 still holds as much small-town 1950s charm as fictional Hill Valley, Calif., its food scene has kept pace with the times. The Land of Goshen Community Market, Fiona’s, 222 Artisan Bakery and Sacred Grounds Cafe are oldies but goodies, while Cleveland-Heath and Craft Chophouse offer the latest in farm-to-table and steakhouse fare. And since Edwardsville is just a half-hour drive from downtown St. Louis, you don’t even need a DeLorean to get there.

For more information on this vanilla orange twist cone, found at Northside Dairy Haven, along with the rest of our tour of Edwardsville, click here.

— photo by Jonathan Gayman

Top Chef: The Tour coming to St. Louis on June 30

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Bravo TV’s Top Chef is on the road again. The popular “cheftestant” showdown hit the road in May for its fifth annual mobile tour, and St. Louis is the final stop on a 15-city circuit that features a live, interactive cook-off between two former Top Chef contestants in front of fans and a panel of judges.

On Saturday, June 30 at Soulard Farmers Market, chefs Edward Lee and Kenny Gilbert will go head-to-head in a culinary battle for area fans. Lee, who appeared on the cable show in Season 9, is the chef-owner of 610 Magnolia in Louisville, Ky., and a 2011 James Beard Foundation Award finalist in the Best Chef: Southeast category. Gilbert, corporate chef of 50 Eggs Restaurant Group in Miami, appeared on the show in Season 7. The free event will also include games, prizes and opportunities to meet both Lee and Gilbert.

Pre-registration tickets are gone, but walks-ins are still welcome. Just show up the day of the event, when remaining seats will be available on a first come, first-serve basis. Demo times are 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. More information about Top Chef: The Tour 2012 is available on Bravo’s website.

— Images courtesy of Bravo

You know the table – how ’bout the farm?

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

060810_ofallanparks“Farm to table” – that phrase has lately become quite common. Now area foodies can investigate its first component at the end of this month, when the O’Fallon Parks & Recreation Department sponsors a tour of a pair of Missouri farms prominent in the locavore movement.

The tour, scheduled for June 29, focuses on Overlook Farm and Vesterbrook Farm, both in Clarksville, a 90-minute drive northwest of St. Louis. Over time, those two Pike County spreads have devoted themselves to organic and sustainable practices, thanks to their proprietors, Overlook’s Nathalie Pettus and Vesterbrook’s Mike and Carol Brabo.

The Tuesday tour, which is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., doesn’t involve just a visit to the two farms, by the way. Participating foodies can also look forward to lunch at Overlook’s Clarksville Station Restaurant, a visit to Clarksville proper and a wine tasting at Crown Valley Port House.

The tour costs $70 for O’Fallon residents and $75 for others. The deadline to register for it falls this Sunday, June 13. Potential participants should go to the department’s Web site, visit either the department’s offices at 400 Civic Park Drive or O’Fallon’s Renaud Spirit Center at 2650 Tri Sports Circle, or call 636.474.2732.

For more information on the tour, e-mail pcreech@ofallon.mo.us or call 636.474.8121.

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