Help Alton Brown Find the Mystery St. Louis-Style Pizza that Stole His Heart

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       Alton Brown. | David Allen

Live music, large-scale food experiments, colorful puppets and even stand-up comedy make up Alton Brown Live!: the Edible Inevitable Tour, set to hit the Fox Theatre (527 North Grand Boulevard; 314-534-1111) on Saturday, February 1. The production comes from Peabody and James Beard award-winning Food Network celebrity-turned-icon Alton Brown, most renowned for his uber-educational culinary brainchild Good Eats as well as hosting Iron Chef America. Brown stops into town for the second leg of his tour, and from what we're told, things will get messy.

Read on for our Q&A phone conversation with Brown to preview the event, and help us in our quest to figure out where he got some of the best pizza of his life on a past visit to St. Louis.

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Chef Cassy Vires Cooks with Goose Island Beers (RECIPES)

Categories: Beer, Education

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       Goose Island's Lolita American Wild Ale. | Nancy Stiles

Gut Check loves knocking back a few beers, but we hadn't really considered saving any to cook with. White wine sauce? No problem. Beer bread, though? We're going to need some guidance.

Luckily, our 2013 Best Chef winner Cassy Vires teamed up with Goose Island during its St. Louis Migration Invasion last week to teach us about beer pairings and beer as an ingredient at her restaurant, Table (1821 Cherokee Street; 314-449-1888).

See also: Cassy Vires, RFT's Best Chef Winner, on Foam, Fried Chicken and Her Killer Pastry Chef

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SLOWednesday Farming & Fracking Discussion at Schlafly Bottleworks

Categories: Education

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Slow Food St. Louis' monthly discussion about our local food system is tonight at Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Avenue, Maplewood; 314-241-2337). September's topic is farming and fracking and the impact of hydraulic fracturing on small rural farms.

See also: Missouri Botanical Garden Celebrates Sustainable Farms

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Is Insect-Eating the Next Big Food Trend?

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       The chapulines taco at Gringo (center): sauteed grasshopper. | Mabel Suen

Gringo (398 North Euclid Avenue; 314-449-1212), a new venture from the owners of the wildly successful Pi Pizzeria (three locations), brings "authentic modern Mexican food with a twist" to the Central West End. On my recent trips to the self-described Baja surf lodge, I was certainly twisting out of my seat when presented with the chapulines taco, Gringo's grasshopper-filled homage to entomophagy, or bug-eating.

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In Organic We Trust Screening: Watch a Movie, Help Farmers!

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       Slow Foods St. Louis

As part of the ongoing Food on Film series, catch a screening tonight of In Organic We Trust, brought to you by Slow Food St. Louis and Chipotle. The 2013 documentary asks questions about that ubiquitous "organic" food label and what it means for our food system.

See also:
-Dave Matthews Band to Eat Local & Organic in St. Louis
-Missouri Botanical Garden Celebrates Sustainable Farms
-EarthDance Farms: A Model of Sustainability in Ferguson


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Want Local Fresh Produce? There's an App for That

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The Seasonal and Simple app. | MU Extension

Mizzou faculty and students have developed a smartphone app to help Missourians find local, in-season fruits and vegetables. The app, called Seasonal and Simple, is based off the print version already put out by MU Extension. A digital version will obviously help when you're actually out looking for that fresh produce.

See also:
-Metro Partners with Local Farmers Market to Deliver Produce
-'Tis the Season for Rhubarb Popsicles and Tomatoes at Schlafly Farmers' Market
-What's Ripe Now at Tower Grove Farmers' Market

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Salume Beddu Offers Two-Day Course in Hog Butchery

Categories: Education, Meat

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If you've always had dreams of being a butcher and curing your own meats like a badass hipster, but you didn't quite know where to start, Salume Beddu has got you covered.

Artisan meat curer and deli Salume Beddu (3467 Hampton Avenue; 314-353-3100) is offering a class they're calling PorkShop on May 19 and 20 (not to be confused with Schlafly Pork Shop on May 25). The two-day class is a hands-on instruction in hog butchery which will cover how to break down a pig, how to make sausage at home and how to use every bit of that animal to create delicious meals. The course will conclude with a nose-to-tail dinner with wine pairings at Parker's Table.

Gut Check spoke with Ashley Schuster Kemps of Salume Beddu to get more details about the course.

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Learn How To Make Homemade Baby Food at Onesto

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If you've ever eaten baby food, first of all, we sincerely hope you've had a baby, and second, you know it usually doesn't taste very good.

Chef Brian Miller of Onesto Pizza & Trattoria (5401 Finkman Street; 314-802-8883) wants to change that perception by teaching people how to make their own baby food. Spring brings bushels of fresh veggies to out local farmers' markets, and Onesto wants to take advantage of that fresh produce to show people that baby food doesn't have to be tasteless goop.

Four of Onesto's staff members are currently pregnant, and the general manager, Sally Sciaroni just had a baby in December, so the timing seems perfect for a baby food class. Gut Check caught up with Sciaroni to get all the details.

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The Wine Merchant, Ltd. to Host a Champagne Class Monday

Categories: Booze, Education

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Think you know champagne? Do you understand the importance of an assemblage? Or how to make a fine cuvée?

On Monday, May 13, The Wine Merchant, Ltd. (20 S. Hanley Road, Clayton; 314-863-6282) is hosting a special champagne class where guests can learn all about the beloved bubbly brew. The class will be lead by guest instructor Clint Sloan, who was recently named one of the top sommeliers in the country by Food & Wine.

In preparation for the class, The Wine Merchant will be pouring L. Aubry Brut Premier Cru Tradition this evening, so stop by for a sneak preview!

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Dine Out For Life and Help Fight AIDS [GIVEAWAY]

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Update: We still have gift certificates to participating restaurants to give away! Find out how to win them after the jump!
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In 1991, ActionAIDS, a Philadelphia-based agency to help those suffering from AIDS, organized the first Dining Out For Life event. ActionAIDS encouraged local restaurants to donate a portion of their proceeds from one day to the organization, which would use the funds to fight AIDS in the community.Since then, Dining Out For Life has expanded to more than 60 cities across the U.S.

On Thursday, April 25, more than 150 St. Louis area restaurants will donate at least 25% of your check to Saint Louis Effort For AIDS. A full list of participating restaurants and the amount they are donating is available at the St. Louis Dining Out For Life webpage.

But wait! We have gift certificates for five of the participating restaurants, and we want you to have them. Find out how to get one after the jump.

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