Nosh Pit at LouFest Features Delicious Snacks from St. Louis' Finest

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Happy customers at last year's Nosh Pit. | Theo Welling

We're super excited for LouFest (hello, Outkast!), but of course we can't forget about the food. Contrary to the usual festival food, LouFest actually has eats from some of the best restaurants in St. Louis. Check out the full lineup after the jump.

See also: In the Nosh Pit at LouFest 2013

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Chef Chat: Andy Fair Sneaks a Tuscan Feast into Urban Chestnut's German Bierhall

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Urban Chestnut's chef Andy Fair | Jennifer Silverberg

Urban Chestnut's (4465 Manchester Avenue; 314-222-0143) chef Andy Fair grew up going to the old German restaurants around town, and it is his job to bring those flavors to the new Grove Brewery & Bierhall. It sounds like an easy task for someone who is proud of his German heritage, but Fair's passion for food was ignited significantly south of Deutschland. While working at a vineyard and olive farm in Tuscany, Fair was shown a way of eating that blew his mind -- beef hearts grilled over an open fire, raw sausage scooped up with charred bread. The experience influenced the way he approaches food. If you look close enough, Fair jokes, you can see him sneak these Italian tidbits here and there onto the traditional German menu. Just don't expect to see Chianti flowing from the beer taps anytime soon.

Fair took a break from his German-Italian culinary fusion to share his thoughts on the St. Louis dining scene and why you'll probably have to keep reintroducing yourself when you meet him.

See Also: Urban Chestnut Grove Brewery and Bierhall delivers food as flavorful as its beers


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What is St. Louis' Most Underrated Veggie Burger?

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The "burger" at Small Batch. | Caroline Yoo

Our latest on the countdown of Gut Check's 100 favorite dishes was the "burger" at vegetarian and whiskey restaurant Small Batch Whiskey & Fare (3001 Locust Street; 314-380-2040). It's made of a corn fritter and topped with Chihuahua cheese, guacamole, black bean salsa and rooster sauce. That got us thinking -- there have to be other delicious veggie burgers that even us omnivores can enjoy.

See also: #74: "Burger" at Small Batch Whiskey & Fare

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Guess Where I'm Eating This Flatbread and Win $25 to Hokkaido Grill

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Flatbread topped with gorgonzola, proscuitto and fig marmalade. | Nancy Stiles

We hope you enjoyed this beautiful weekend, which isn't something we usually say in July. It sucks to be back at work, but free food can cure almost any case of the Mondays. All you have to do is guess where we got this flatbread.

See also: Guess Where I'm Eating This Sausage Pizza and Win $20 to La Tejana [UPDATED]

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The Modern Brewery to Hit St. Louis Taps in August

Categories: Beer

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It seems like craft breweries are popping up in St. Louis these days just as fast as food trucks. The latest is the Modern Brewery, which is looking to hit the market in the next few weeks. We talked to co-owner Beamer Eisele about what makes the Modern Brewery different and his days brewing in the basements of the Harvard dorms.

See also: 8 Craft Brewery Destinations Worth a Mini Road Trip

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The Darkness Debuts at La Patisserie Chouquette

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Not scary, but delicious. | Mabel Suen

La Patisserie Chouquette (1626 Tower Grove Avenue; 314-932-7935) releases its latest creation today: the Darkness. It's a flaky chocolate croissant made with dark chocolate dough, 72 percent chocolate butter and pink Himalayan sea salt. It was originally set to debut on Saturday, July 19, but owner and pastry chef jokes that she had to move it up a day due to death threats.

See also: La Patisserie Chouquette Crafts Couture Cake Toppers

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The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: July 18 to 20

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You know what goes great with mussels? Belgian beer. | Franco Folini

There are several outdoor events this weekend, so you can enjoy this unseasonably pleasant weather. Don't miss Schlafly's annual mussel fest, or check out the latest Handmade Happy Hour downtown. Check out our food-related recommendations after the jump.

See also: The Precinct Prepares for Police Headquarters to Open Next Door

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#74: "Burger" at Small Batch Whiskey & Fare

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Small Batch Whiskey & Fare's vegetarian burger. | Caroline Yoo

Sometimes, I just have to have a big, greasy burger -- one that covered in gooey cheese, tangy sauce and served on a soft buttery bun with crispy lettuce, red onions and some juicy tomatoes.

I never expected I'd find one to satisfy this craving at a vegetarian restaurant.

See Also: Dave Bailey Announces New Barbecue Restaurant in Downtown for Winter 2014


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Little Hills Winery Expanding With Vineyard in St. Charles

Categories: Wine

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The current Little Hills Winery in downtown St. Charles. | Google Street View

Little Hills Winery (501 South Main Street, St. Charles; 636-946-9339) has been quietly serving St. Charles for the better part of 40 years. It was once called Winery of the Little Hills and was one of the first 25 wineries in the state of Missouri. David and Tammy Campbell acquired it about seventeen years ago when it didn't produce a drop of wine in St. Charles.

See also: Your Pick for St. Louis' Most Underrated Winery Is...

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Juniper Adds Happy Hour and a New Menu

Categories: Restaurant News

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Bartender Joe Duepner making "The Pentecostal." | Jennifer Silverberg

Owner and executive chef John Perkins announced this week that Juniper (360 North Boyle Avenue; 314-329-7696) is adding a happy hour and implementing one of its biggest menu changes to date. The menu usually rotates every couple weeks, and Juniper has always had craft cocktails, but Perkins aims to give them more of a focus.

See also: The Chefs of Iron Fork 2014: John Perkins, Juniper

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