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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These Photos of LouFest's Nosh Pit Prove Music Festival Eats Can Be Great

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       Nosh pit, indeed. | Theo Welling

LouFest is all about the music, but still, girl's gotta eat. The food options at music festivals are sometimes pretty lackluster -- luckily, there were plenty of local restaurants on hand to satiate the music masses.

See also: What's Cooking at a Rams Tailgate

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Food at the Festival of Nations [PHOTOS]

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       A dish from the Japanese tent. | Theo Welling

Last weekend the International Institute of St. Louis' Festival of Nations came to Tower Grove Park (4256 Magnolia Avenue; 314-771-2679) for its annual multicultural celebration. There were several performances from groups like the Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago and monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery in southern India. The festival also featured 40 food booths full of delicious fare from around the world.

See also: Festival of Nations 2011

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Our City Farm Brings Agriculture to Urban St. Louis [PHOTOS]

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       Braulio Villarreal at Our City Farm. | Madelaine Azar

Last year, Jeri Villarreal did the unthinkable: She turned a vacant lot on Delmar Boulevard into a thriving, chemical-free garden and farm. Villarreal and her family raise all-natural chickens and grow heirloom and exotic produce at Our City Farm. The lot often surprises passersby; it seems out of place, but delightfully so.

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-EarthDance Farms: A Model of Sustainability in Ferguson [PHOTOS]
-Baetje Farms Cheese -- and the Folks (and Goats) Who Make It [PHOTOS]
-Midwest Pasta Company on Cherokee Street: Fresh-Made Noodles in Pixels

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Baetje Farms Cheese -- and the Folks (and Goats) Who Make It [PHOTOS]

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Steve and Veronica Baetje began selling their goat cheese commercially in 2007. Today Baetje Farms (8932 Jackson School Road, Bloomsdale; 573-483-9021), off Interstate 55 about 50 miles south of St. Louis, produces several varieties of aged and fresh goat- and sheep-milk cheeses in the French and European style.

The Baetjes handcraft their goat cheeses using milk obtained from their very own herd of registered Saanen dairy goats.

      Crystal Rolfe

You can find Baetje Farms cheeses locally at Whole Foods Market and Local Harvest Grocery, among other places. The Baetjes also operate stands at farmers' markets including Soulard and Schlafly. (The Baetjes ask you not to drop in on them and their goats in their native habitat, however; the farmers aren't set up to entertain visitors.)

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