Oscar Mayer Wants to Buy the World's Largest Catsup Bottle [UPDATED]

Catsup and wieners, BFFs. | Oscar Mayer

In what is probably the greatest giant catsup bottle news ever, Oscar Mayer announced today that it's looking into buying the world's largest catsup bottle in Collinsville, Illinois. The bottle recently went up for sale along with the warehouse property it stands on. The asking price is $500,000, which is surely chump change for a company like Oscar Mayer.

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Ben Poremba's Old Standard and the Dining District Take Shape

Categories: Restaurant News

Ben Poremba. | Jennifer Silverberg

Chef Ben Poremba already has a lot on his plate: Elaia, Olio, La Patisserie Chouquette. Now he's adding not one but two more high-profile projects to the list. His hotly anticipated fried chicken restaurant now has a name (Old Standard) and a big chef (Chris DiMercurio). He's also opening the Dining District inside the new United Provisions in the Loop.

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9 More Local Food-Related Instagrams You Should Be Following

Categories: Food Porn

Home Wine Kitchen's account. | Instagram

Instagram was practically created for food. There are even some chefs creating dishes specifically to look good on the photo-sharing site -- it's essentially free advertising. There are tons of active foodies in St. Louis on Instagram, both creators and consumers of delicious dishes. We rounded up eight of our favorites last fall, but there are even more restaurants, chefs and experts you should be following.

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612 Kitchen & Cocktails Now Open in Kirkwood

The former Graham's Grill. | Google Street View

612 Kitchen & Cocktails (612 West Woodbine, Kirkwood; 314-965-2003) is now open in Kirkwood in the former Graham's Grill space. After the beloved Cajun restaurant closed in December, owner Dan Graham's kids Devin and Alison began transforming the place into a 1920s-inspired speakeasy.

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Pi Pizzeria Hits South Beach in Miami

Categories: Restaurant News

Two pies at Pi. | Nick Luchessi

Pi Pizzeria (multiple locations) just may conquer the world after all. Well, at least the country. Months after announcing an expansion to Cinncinati, Pi has signed a lease to open a thin-crust outpost in Miami -- South Beach, to be exact.

See also: Pi Pizzeria Heads to Cincinnati

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BaiKu Sushi Lounge Opening in Midtown This Fall


The Hotel Ignacio (3411 Olive Street; 314-977-4411) already houses the MOTO Museum and Triumph Grill and it's about to get a sushi lounge. BaiKu Sushi Lounge (3407 Olive Street; 314-977-4411) is opening this fall from the owner of Triumph, City Diner, Alumni and Dooley's and the former owner of Miso.

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Chef Chat: Colleen Thompson Shares Her Buzzed and Dewy Morning Routine

Categories: Chef Chat

Colleen Thompson of Colleen's Cookies | Cheryl Baehr

Colleen Thompson says that if she could have one superpower, it would be to translate difficult situations into amusing entertainment. It's fitting, then, that as chef and owner at Colleen's Cookies (7737 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton; 314-727-8427), she spends her day spreading joy to all who taste her delectable baked goodies.

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Guess Where I'm Eating Loaded Potatoes and Win $20 to De Palm Tree

Potatoes topped with bacon, cheese and sour cream on the side. | Nancy Stiles

Good morning Gut Checkers. It's another hot Monday morning in St. Louis, but we're here for you. Guess where we got these super duper healthy loaded potatoes and we'll hook you up with some free grub. Here's a hint: it's in West County!

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Vote for St. Louis' Most Underrated Veggie Burger

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One of our favorites, at Small Batch. | Caroline Yoo

St. Louis is a barbecue town -- we're a city full of meat-eaters. But that doesn't mean there isn't a good veggie burger to be had. Whether you're an herbivore, omnivore or carnivore, you can enjoy a patty made of something other than beef. So, what's the restaurant that should get more love for its veggie burger?

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Meet the Easy Chicken, a St. Louis Start-Up That Rents Backyard Chickens

Categories: WTF?

Look how easy! | The Easy Chicken

If you really want to be an urban hipster, you have to have chickens. But they're kind of a hassle -- how do you build a chicken coop? And keep them warm in the winter? And what exactly do chickens eat? The Easy Chicken can help you out.

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