The 6 Toughest Eating Challenges in St. Louis and One Foolish Man's Attempt to Beat Them All

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The author at Mama Campisi's. | Zach Garrison

Charlie Stark, owner of the Whistle Stop in Ferguson, readily admits where the inspiration for his restaurant's thirteen-scoop, frozen-yogurt challenge comes from.

"Man v. Food. I won't lie," he says.

Jeff Mullersman, owner and chef at de.lish Cheesecake Bakery & Cafe, also found inspiration after seeing a food-challenge show on television.

"I just loved watching people taking on the different challenges," says Mullersman of his fiery-hot Inferno Sandwich Challenge. "It's just fun to watch people sweat."

It's not as if this is an entirely new trend -- Crown Candy Kitchen started its 5 Malt Challenge all the way back in 1913. And there is nothing more prototypically American than our celebration of eating, whether it's our ridiculously large portions, professional competitive-eating circuits or conquering unfathomable levels of spice, people can't get enough.

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Adrian Grenier Visits Three Kings Pub, Allegedly Wanted Everyone to Buy Him Shots

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Adrian Grenier stopped in STL last week. | Eva Rinaldi

After settling in last week with a 4 Hands Resurrection IPA at Three Kings Public House (6307 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-721-3355), Gut Check got to chatting with the staff and they told us a juicy bit of gossip: Apparently, Entourage star Adrian Grenier had been in on Wednesday, October 23.

Grenier apparently had a speaking gig at Washington University -- the student paper reports that attendees started walking out twenty minutes into his talk about sustainability and not using plastic bags. Maybe that's why he felt the need to trudge over to Three Kings and drown his sorrows. If that happened to us, we'd probably order something strong and heavy to wash the pain away, right? Not Vincent Chase.

See also: Jimmy Fallon Visits Crown Candy Kitchen

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Breastaurant? How About a Sausage Fest for the Ladies?

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       Australia knows what's up. | Rich Juzwiak

The ladies of Gut Check are a bit miffed about this whole "breastaurant" thing. Readers may suspect it's because we are offended by the subjugation of women by the corporate man, or that our scantily clad sisters somehow insult our feminine mystique. Not so! While our feminist pride roars as loud as anyone's, our problem is that the guys seem to be having all of the fun. After all, where can a lady go for some mediocre food and great scenery? While the men have an ever-increasing array of choices, we women are forced into over-the-top clubs on the east side for a little eye candy. This seems odd, as we are certainly the subtler of the sexes.

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-Breastaurant Wars: Hooters Competitor Twin Peaks to Open St. Louis Location

In this spirit, we are hereby demanding a little equality. There has to be someone with an entrepreneurial spirit who will recognize the untapped potential of a new genre of establishment we are calling a "petery." Heck, we've even begun brainstorming some concepts. There's no charge for the idea -- just make sure we can always get a table.


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Nelly Explains His New Honey Nut Cheerios Commercial

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       Nelly at his annual Black & White Ball last winter. | Jon Gitchoff

The end of the summer has brought us one of the more surprising collaborations of the year: Nelly and the Honey Nut Cheerios bee (his name is Buzz). Wait, what? You may have seen the TV spots, complete with a new version of "Ride Wit Me" -- this time, Nelly sings "must be the honey." So, naturally, we called him up to see how he met his new "homebee."

See also: Nelly to Work With a Bee On Upcoming Project

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Blowing Up Food with Fireworks: A Fourth of July Celebration to Remember

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A smokin' holiday dish from Chateau Chat Noir.
Editor's note: Just in time for the Fourth of July, Gut Check presents an encore airing of our 2011 video depicting the cutting-edge "pyrogastronomy" practiced by chefs Bertrand Petard and Julian Fusée de Bouteille.

In a short but technique-packed video (embedded after the jump), the chefs, equal partners in Château Chat Noir, a white-tablecloth restaurant just off Telegraph Road in Imperial, demonstrate their revolutionary new culinary approach, which centers on the use of explosives.

On the menu are several of Petard's and Fusee de Bouteille's signature dishes: "Smokebombed Salmon," "Pasta con Launching Tube," "M80 Dew," "Thrice-Dispersed Faux Fromage" and "Poulet Chat Noir."

It's too soon to say whether pyrogastronomy will catch on with a wider audience, but the throngs that brave the summer heat to stand in line outside Château Chat Noir -- which has a strict no-reservations policy -- are living proof that the two chefs are the hottest thing in Jefferson County.

(Video after the jump.)


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Yeah, I Should Probably Mention the Vegan Breast-Milk-Flavored Lollipops Before I Go

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Today is my final day here at Gut Check International Headquarters, and since I suspect this sort of thing might not fly at my new gig: OMG YOU GUYS BREAST-MILK-FLAVORED LOLLIPOPS!

AND THEY'RE VEGAN.

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- Nothing. There's nothing remotely likely vegan breast-milk-flavored lollipops to see also. Sorry.


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This Is a Kettle That Looks Like Hitler

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JCPenney is not having a very good year. The department store's ballyhooed turnaround went bust, its CEO was sent packing and now it's selling a tea kettle that looks like Hitler.

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St. Louis Chef to Dana Loesch Fans: "Use Your Easily Purchased Firearm on Yourself"

Categories: Media, WTF?

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Dana Loesch RFT cover shoot | photo by Jennifer Silverberg
File under: "If you can't stand the heat."

Last night St. Louis' vociferous conservative talker/tweeter Dana Loesch called out the chef de cuisine of Clayton's Little Country Gentleman after he took to Twitter to take a shot at fans of her radio show.

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Responded Loesch, host of The Dana Show, which airs weekday mornings on FOX News Radio's KFTK (97.1 FM): And you wonder why I'm in favor of the Second Amendment...

See also:
- "Patriot Dame": 2010 RFT profile of Dana Loesch


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Fake Riverfront Times Food Critic Terrorizes Local Restaurant

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"I stink, I stink, I stink."
Public service announcement, restaurateurs of the greater St. Louis area: Rumors are coming in that a fake Riverfront Times food critic is on the loose. She's out to wine, dine, opine -- but she ain't got no byline.

Here's how an e-mail from our tipster began: "i was wondering if anyone has ever asked about a lady that shows up at bars ( i have seen her a few times at diff restaurants/bars) and she tells everyone she is a writer for RFT, she has always been hammered/so drunk and loud, so rude."

At first, truthfully, our hearts dropped. Things get...rowdy from time to time in the company of RFT scribes. But as the e-mail went on, this incident sounded weirder and weirder.

See also:
-Busted! Scamwich Artist Unmasked by Local Restaurant Owners
-The Scamwich Artist Returns to Frida's Deli

Gut Check is always hungry for more restaurant news. Feed us your tips.


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St. Louis Supermodel Karlie Kloss and Momofuku Milk Bar Have Collaborated on Cookies and a 1980's-Style Exercise Video

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St. Louis native Karlie Kloss is many things. A supermodel, of course. A style icon whose haircut can launch a thousand words. And, apparently, a huge fan of Momofuku Milk Bar, Christina Tosi's acclaimed and wildly popular New York City bakery.

Kloss is such a fan, in fact, that she has collaborated with Momofuku Milk Bar to create Karlie's Kookies, "a fashionably wholesome cookie line".

See Also:
- OMG! Karlie Kloss Gets New Haircut!
- RFT's "Best Local Girl Made Good" 2012
- Karlie Kloss Naked in Italian Vogue

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