The Best Food from the St. Louis County Greek Fest

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Spanakopita, spinach pie with chopped spinach and feta cheese layered in phyllo dough. | Jon Gitchoff

Festival-goers celebrated everything Greek last weekend at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church (1755 Des Peres Road, Town & County; 314-966-2255): music, dancing and the best part, food. We've got a full slideshow of the event here, but Gut Check has all the food porn for your viewing (and drooling) pleasure. And if you missed it, maybe these photos will convince you to go next year!

See also: Crawfish Festival at Broadway Oyster Bar

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Country Chef, City Chef Highlights Farm-to-Table at the Restaurant at the Cheshire

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Spit-roasted Rain Crow Ranch pork loin with local strawberry and herb compote. | Nancy Stiles

Restaurants in St. Louis are embracing the farm-to-table trend -- being in the heartland does have its perks. Still, we are an urban center, which can mean that "local" is anywhere within 300 miles. Chef Adam Lambay at Chaumette Winery (24345 State Route WW, Ste. Genevieve; 573-747-1000) doesn't have that problem, given that he's cooking in rural Ste. Genevieve. Lambay has teamed up with Rex Hale at the Restaurant at the Cheshire (6300 Clayton Road; 314-647-7300) for two Country Chef, City Chef dinners at their respective restaurants.

See also: The Restaurant at the Cheshire Debuts Autumn Tasting Menu

We checked out the first meal at the Restaurant at the Cheshire this week, and trust us, the photos will make you want to reserve your spot when it's Chaumette's turn.

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The Best Food Porn of Food Truck Friday

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Chop Shop STL. | Steve Truesdell

The 2014 season of Food Truck Friday kicked off last weekend on May 9 at Tower Grove Park. Some two dozen of St. Louis' best food trucks were on hand to feed the masses while the Brothers Lazaroff provided live music. The event, hosted by Sauce Magazine, will take place once every month until October. The next Food Truck Friday will be Friday, June 13, at 4 p.m.

Gut Check had a photographer on the scene and here is a round-up of the tastiest looking morsels he captured at the kick-off of yet another great food truck-fed summer.

See also: [UPDATED] St. Louis Food Truck Association Plans Food Truck Friday-Type Event for Downtown

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Get a Peek at Vito's in the Valley's Spring Menu

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Caprese salad with cucumber at Vito's. | Nancy Stiles

Vito's in the Valley (138 Chesterfield Towne Center, Chesterfield; 636-536-3788) has had a bumpy couple of months -- it was forced to close in January after a 2,000-gallon water leak in the dining room. After a few weeks of renovations, Vito's reopened and is about to debut a new spring and summer menu. We went out to Chesterfield for a sneak peek.

See also: Vito's in the Valley Now Serving Gourmet Pizza in Chesterfield

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Dan Drake's Dancakes are Getting Serious

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       Dan Drake

Since we first wrote about him in November, "Dr." Dan Drake has become somewhat of a local celebrity for his fancy flapjacks at Courtesy Diner (3155 South Kingshighway; 314-776-9059). He's been on the local news, of course, but also the Today show, and when we talked to him this week, he was sitting in the green room of The Steve Harvey Show.

See also: The Pancake Artistry of Dan Drake

Drake has been experimenting with some new techniques and bringing his "Dancakes" to the next level in the process. Check out some of his latest creations (including an on-point The Room reference) and see what's up next.

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8 Local Food-Related Instagrams You Should Be Following

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An Instagram cupcake from La Patisserie Choquette. | Patrick Devine

Most people use Instagram for selfies, but for some -- especially food professionals -- it's a place to share what they're making, brewing and growing. It's also where chefs and restaurateurs share where they're eating and supporting the rest of the local food economy. Some of these Instagrammers also take photography pretty seriously and the results transcend the medium.

Here are Gut Check's eight current favorite accounts on Instagram, which are making our feed not just tasty looking but seriously beautiful as well.

See also: How to Locally Source a Thanksgiving Turkey in St. Louis

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10 of the Best Nyancakes by Dr. Dan

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       "Unicorn shitting a rainbow (a special request)." | Dan Drake

You guys are loving Dan "Dr. Dan" Drake over at Courtesy Diner (and so are we). So we asked him if he had any more crazy creations up his sleeve, and what do you know: He sent us a ton of pictures and goofy descriptions to match. We rounded up our favorites. Has Drake made you a pancake? Send it to us!

See also: 1-Up Pancake: "Dr." Dan Drake Goes Viral with His Super Mario Pancakes at Courtesy Diner

Check out more of our favorites after the jump.

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The Restaurant at the Cheshire Debuts Autumn Tasting Menu

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       Maine sea scallops with shrimp, smoked bacon and pumpkin risotto. | Nancy Stiles

The Restaurant at the Cheshire (6300 Clayton Road; 314-647-7300) recently rolled out its autumn menu, and chef Rex Hale could not be more excited about his ingredients. The restaurant sources locally and just before winter makes produce a lot scarcer, what's in-season now are the perfect base to build richer, creamier dishes around.

"I think the key to food is just using really good ingredients," Hale tells Gut Check. "The beets that we buy all have the tops on them because they've been just picked and given to me this morning. It just changes the whole thing."

See also: The Restaurant at the Cheshire: A Tudor Coup?

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20 Gorgeous Food Photos from This Weekend

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       Cheese from Baetje Farms. | Zoe Kline

This weekend marked the last of this year's Food Truck Fridays, plus the Best of Missouri Market at the Botanical Garden (4344 Shaw Boulevard; 314-577-9400). It was a great opportunity to say good-bye to summer and hello to fall, all in one weekend. Don't be sad if you missed out -- we rounded up the best food photos from this weekend so you can live vicariously. Hey, less calories, right?

See also: How Do St. Louis Food Trucks Survive the Winter?

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The 20 Most Beautiful Dishes at Taste of St. Louis 2013

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       Tigin Irish Pub & Restaurant | Steve Truesdell

There was so much delicious food at Taste of St. Louis this weekend, we hardly knew where to start. From restaurant row to cooking demonstrations to the Chef Battle Royale, our taste buds were very, very satisfied, and we snapped some of the tasty treats for your viewing pleasure. Warning: Copious amounts of food porn ahead.

See also: The Year in St. Louis Food Porn (So Far...)

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