Chef Chat: Farmer Girl Meats' Leslie Moore Is a Little Bit Country and a Little Bit City

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Leslie Moore, founder of Farmer Girl Meats. | Compliments of Farmer Girl Meats

Leslie Moore, of Farmer Girl Meats, remembers the first time she picked up meat at the grocery store. She was 23 years old and living in St. Louis as a business school graduate student. She ran into the store to grab a pound of hamburger; when she got home and unwrapped it, she was shocked by what she saw. "I thought something was wrong with it," Moore recalls. "Seriously, I thought it had gone bad. It was so fatty. I almost took it back. It was disgusting."

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Baconfest St. Louis 2015 Postponed

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No bacon for you. | Courtesy of Matthew Willer

It looks like St. Louis won't be bringing home the bacon this year.

In a statement posted on their Facebook page dated July 24th, Baconfest St. Louis organizers Matthew Willer and Matthew Guillot announced that this year's event has been delayed. No date has been set for a future festival.

See Also: St. Louis Baconfest Unloads A 500-Pound Hog Log On Kiener Plaza This Weekend

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R.I.P. Joe LeGrand, Co-Owner of LeGrand's Market

Categories: Restaurant News

Photos by Johnny Fugitt

The co-owner of one of St. Louis' last family-owned markets passed away on Thursday, July 30. Joe LeGrand died unexpectedly at the age of 52.

Roger Perry, a meat cutter at LeGrand's Market & Catering in St. Louis Hills, said LeGrand's death was a "big shock." The market will maintain normal hours except for Tuesday, August 4, when the doors will be locked at 2 p.m. for the remainder of the day. The visitation is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. at nearby Hoffmeister Colonial Mortuary.

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The Definitive Ranking of Tacos at Tower Taco

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"A life without tacos is a life not worth living." - Everyone, Everywhere, at Every Time

Tacos feed more than our bellies; they feed our souls. Some tacos, however, are more fulfilling than others. Riverfront Times visited Tower Taco (3147 Cherokee Street) to separate the "make you weep with joy" tacos from the "yup, it's a taco" tacos. We present to you: The Definitive Ranking of Tacos at Tower Taco.

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Pearl Cafe: Asian Cuisine That Continually Cranks Up the Heat in Florissant

Categories: Hidden Gem

Welcome to Hidden Gem, Gut Check's short love letter to restaurants, coffee shops and bars that lie off the beaten path. These places soldier on in relative anonymity, beloved by their regulars, but largely overlooked by the greater populace. Hidden Gem will attempt to rectify these terrible oversights. Have a Hidden Gem of your own to share? Tell us in the comments.

A recent addition to the Pearl Cafe menu: Sriracha fried rice. | Photos by Mabel Suen

Since opening in 2009, Pearl Cafe (8416 North Lindbergh Boulevard, Florissant, Missouri; 314-831-3701) has continually harnessed heat in delightfully creative ways. A collection of 240 beers and 250 scotches are needed to balance the best-selling spicy drunken noodles and infamous fiery eating challenge.

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First Look: Guerrilla Street Food's Brick-and-Mortar

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The "Flying Pig."

St. Louis needs no introduction to Guerrilla Street Food. The food truck has served tasty Filipino-inspired creations around town since 2011. We've called it the best food truck in St. Louis, it has been featured on the Food Network, and it's got a following most brick-and-mortar restaurants would kill for.

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Revel Kitchen, Formerly Athlete Eats, Rolls Out New Brunch and Lunch Menus

"The Hunter" omelet served as a breakfast burrito. | Photos by Mabel Suen

Where: Revel Kitchen (2837 Cherokee Street; 314-932-5566)

When: Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We Tried: "The Hunter" omelet with bacon, ham, sausage and avocado as a breakfast burrito ($10); "Cool Cucumber" juice.

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St. Louisan Opening Barbecue Shop in Colorado

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Courtesy of Jason Ganahl

Jason Ganahl, a 1994 graduate of Webster Groves High School, is taking St. Louis barbecue to Colorado. The St. Louis native has fond memories of his father grilling in the back yard with his Weber Grill and Maull's sauce at the ready -- such flavors and experiences, he believes, are missing in much of the West.

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La Vallesana's Paletas, A Tasty Frozen Treat To Beat the Heat

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Welcome to Sugar High, a series devoted solely to spotlighting the best ways to sate a sweet tooth in St. Louis. We'll sample the best the city has to offer at restaurants, bakeries and holes-in-the-wall, and provide some insight on how these confections are made along the way.

Pistachio and strawberry paletas. | Photos by Mabel Suen

Before La Vallesana (2801 Cherokee Street; 314-776-4223) expanded into the full-service, multi-patio Mexican-food mecca it is today, it had humble beginnings as a simple frozen-treat stand. According to manager Marco Vargas, whose father owns the business, the restaurant originally opened in 2003 selling ice cream. The addition of tacos, tortas, burritos and more came in years following. To this day, La Vallesana still offers some of the desserts that started it all: paletas.

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Aaron Teitelbaum's New Chess-Themed Kingside Diner Is a Clear Winner

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Kingside's slider is served all day.
Kingside Diner
4651Maryland Avenue; 314-454-3957.
Sun.-Thurs. 6 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 6-1:30 a.m.

When asked about his pregame dining regimen -- and yes, he gets asked about it quite often -- chess wunderkind Magnus Carlsen will spout off a menu that sounds as if he is training for an Iron Man. Actually, it's far healthier.

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