Gut Check to Andrew Zimmern: OMG! We're So Sorry!

The voicemail sent a chill straight down Gut Check's spine and back up again:

"Hi, this is Alison ________. I'm calling from Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern. There was a piece that was published about Andrew Zimmern coming to the Soulard Market. The network has just asked me to give you guys a call. They're a little bit uncomfortable having all of this information published."

The briefest of pauses.

"For security purposes."

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See also:
- Bizarre Foods' Andrew Zimmern to Visit Soulard Farmers Market in March
- Soulard Farmers Market Announces Bizarre Foods Filming Date

Sweet mother of God, what had we done?

In late January we'd gotten word that the balding, gregarious glutton and his Bizarre Foods team would be visiting St. Louis at a date TBA in March to, you know, partake of some bizarre foods. Specifically, we'd gotten said word via the Soulard Farmers Market (730 Carroll Street; 314-622-4180), which promised on its Facebook page to provide details ASAP "so that you can come down and see one of America's most beloved TV personalities at work."

ASAP turned out to be March 7, when the Soulard Marketeers again took to their Facebook page (and their webpage) to announce the date: Andrew Zimmern of Bizarre Foods America will be shooting at the market on Saturday, March 16, from early morning to early afternoon.

Oops, we just reported it again!

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We called Alison ________, like, a bunch of times. Because we want to personally apologize for our unwitting security breach, and, we hope, to learn what Mr. Zimmern is worried might happen now that the citizens of St. Louis are aware he's coming to town. Alison ________ must be a very busy woman, though, because she hasn't called us back.

Savvy Gut Check readers will have noted that we're not publishing Alison's last name. That's a trick we learned in News School, but we won't elaborate here. For security reasons.

If you doubt we're talking serious business here, know this: The day after Alison ________ left her message at Gut Check International Headquarters, we checked Soulard Market's website and Facebook page and the information about Andrew Zimmern's visit had vanished!

If only we could speak with Alison ________, this is what Gut Check would tell her:


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Soulard Farmers' Market

730 Carroll St, St. Louis, MO

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23 comments
unbelievable
unbelievable

This is probably the worst article I have ever read. I just lost A LOT of respect for the RFT. The author must be under a lot of pressure to write an article, but the fact that the editors allowed this to get through is inexcusable. Obviously Bizzare Foods would like to film the Soulard Market without huge, annoying crowds. It seems like an extremely reasonable desire.

StLTHING
StLTHING

I have read some irresponsible articles in my time but this "article" is nothing more than the verbal bowel movement of someone who's feelings are hurt.  How could the RFT, surely one of St. Louis's most prestigious publications (hurl), have approved the ramblings of this person.  So you don't agree with safety precautions, let it go.  Don't go on record attacking an individual simply because your ego has been damaged.  When so many other lists bash St. Louis, Bizarre Foods feels St. Louis has something to offer and is filming here yet you blatantly and publicly criticize his staff and TV show as do some of your readers.  I don't get that.  This may not seem like a big deal to most of you but this could be a huge financial boost to Soulard Market, it's vendors, the surrounding neighborhood ,and all the other places where they are filming.  I consider this a grossly irresponsible bit of "reporting" and if the Publisher or Editors had any StL Social responsibility they'd terminate this woman on the spot!  Making fun of Bizarre Foods, Andrew Zimmern, and his staff simply for taking precautions...you people are idiots!

MikeN
MikeN

You'd expect this sort of thing from Guy Fieri, but this no-talent -- well, even less no-talent -- ass clown?  Get a grip.

Jessica Perkins
Jessica Perkins

This is news???? More like an article written by a butthurt high school newspaper writer.

fmsmith1955
fmsmith1955

I stopped reading the music blog because it seems to be nothing but meaningless Top whatever lists and Karaoke tips. Now I get to read, in the food blog, what sounds like a 14 year old texting a buddy.

Dan Jaboor
Dan Jaboor

This seems like it is a fake issue to hype the appearance or they are hoping to have a smaller crowd at the market on a Saturday.

Meg Ante
Meg Ante

Normally I'm against people shitting on things they don't like, but people making fun of provel is nothing to get bothered about. Laugh it off, cause it's a joke about cheese.

bkbradley757
bkbradley757

Pointless article. Someone at RFT is butthurt, big deal.

jealousblues
jealousblues

The only strange food I got from the Farmers Market (and the only thing Ive ever gotten it turned out) was cream cheese that came with mold on it already!

Jeffery Barr
Jeffery Barr

Provel is processed garbage much like the pizza we mostly see it on. Give the guy a schlafly and some fuckin' fried t-ravs.

Meredith Mendola
Meredith Mendola

People who dislike provel are not hipsters. They are people who like REAL cheese.

Kaitlin Riley
Kaitlin Riley

I just want to clarify that Andrew Zimmern has not cancelled his appearances in St. Louis. No word from Soulard about the timing of his shoot there, but we suspect it hasn't changed. He's in St. Louis today and tomorrow for sure though.

Thaddeus Starbuckle
Thaddeus Starbuckle

Haha, Peggy. I think that's a big clam called a "geoduck" but pronounced "gooey duck". They look like big schlongs.

Peggy Keller
Peggy Keller

And why do you guys have to harp on provel every freaking week. You don't like it fine. We get it. Fcking hipsters.

WhyBashSTL
WhyBashSTL

Take it from a local, Andy: If you want to leave St. Louis in one piece, stay away from the Provel.


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