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Food
10:41 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Five St. Louis food names included as James Beard semifinalists

(via Flickr/neil conway)

Four St. Louis chefs and one restaurant have been named as James Beard Award semifinalists.

In case you're not familiar with the awards, they are described as "the highest honor for food and beverage professionals working in North America" on their website - or, as Time magazine put it, "the Oscars of the food world."

So, who are the noted locals? Here's the list, in alphabetical order:

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From Cityscape
10:25 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Sound Bites: Getting at the Root of American cuisine

Chef Brian Hardesty in the kitchen at Root.
(Libby Franklin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Root, a new restaurant from executive chef Brian Hardesty, opened in Richmond Heights a week ago today.  In the sixth installment of our series Sound Bites, created in partnership with Sauce Magazine, producer Libby Franklin checks in with Hardesty about his latest project, which seeks to shine a new light on old cuisine.

Food & Agriculture
6:35 am
Tue January 24, 2012

Analyzing what we eat: a conversation with author and food activist Michael Pollan

Author and self described "food advocate" Michael Pollan.
(Ken Light)

Michael Pollan thinks of himself as a writer, professor…and eater.  But many people would call him a food activist. The author of controversial books like The Ominvore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food, Pollan is known for his vivid critiques of industrial agriculture and the modern American diet.

Pollan is in St. Louis today for the St. Louis Speakers Series presented by Maryville University. He recently spoke with St. Louis Public Radio’s Véronique LaCapra about his views on food and agriculture – starting with what he sees as a healthy diet.

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Food prices
5:30 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Missouri food prices surpass national average, says Farm Bureau

(via Flickr/The Consumerist)

If you've noticed your grocery bill has gotten higher lately, you're not imagining things.

Food prices in Missouri rose in the fourth quarter of 2011, according to the Missouri Farm Bureau's year-end Marketbasket Survey.

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A Good Year St. Louis
6:35 am
Fri December 30, 2011

2011 a good year for local food in St. Louis

Apples on display for purchase at the Tower Grove Farmers' Market.
(Tower Grove Farmers' Market on Facebook)

As 2011 comes to a close, St. Louis Public Radio is taking a look back at the things and people that have had a good year. In the St. Louis region, local food--both the production and demand--makes that list.

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A Good Year St Louis: Food Trucks
12:00 pm
Mon December 26, 2011

A good year for mobile cuisine with St. Louis food trucks

Hungry food truck fans line up for something yummy to eat at a Food Truck Friday event with Sauce Magazine in 2011.
(Screen Capture via Sauce Magazine Video directed by Work/Play)

2011 was a good year for St. Louis food trucks.

The mobile eats trend exploded on the St. Louis scene after one of the first trucks, Pi On The Spot, hit the pavement in 2010. Now, an ever-growing number of trucks and wagons take to the streets each day, tweeting out their locations so hungry diners can line up for a meal on the run.

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from Cityscape
2:48 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

Sound Bites: Holiday fun without the fuss

Stout-braised short ribs with creamy mashed potatoes. (Photo by Carmen Troesser, courtesy Sauce Magazine.)

As the holiday season begins, and tables fill with beloved people and food, it can sometimes be difficult for hosts and hostesses to keep the emphasis on fun and away from stress.  But with a little strategy and a few thoughtful tips, we hope your festivities can include extra deliciousness and minimal mad dashing.  This month on Sound Bites, our collaboration with Sauce Magazine, the Sauce ladies share some of their ideas for a fuss free holiday.

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Food Banks
6:35 am
Mon November 21, 2011

St. Louis-area food banks struggling to keep up with rising need

Captain Paul Ferguson (left) directs volunteers during a weekly food pickup day at the Salvation Army’s food pantry in O’Fallon, Mo. The food pantry has seen a ten-fold increase this year alone.
(Tim Lloyd for St. Louis Public Radio)

With one of the biggest meals of the year fast approaching, those who rely on St. Louis area food pantries for Thanksgiving may be in trouble. The USDA’s food assistance program is sending far less to agencies like the St. Louis Area Food Bank than in past years. And as Tim Lloyd reports, the shortfall is making it hard for the food banks to keep up with a rising need for help.

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from Cityscape
4:29 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

Sound Bites: Ten years in a tasty town

Bacon Jam, as featured in the October edition of Sauce Magazine. (photo by Chris Ryan)

This month on Sound Bites, Sauce Magazine publisher Allyson Mace, managing editor Stacy Schultz, and senior staff writer Ligaya Figueras take us on a walk down memory lane as they celebrate ten years in print. From craft beer and locally sourced ingredients to foam and sous-vide, the Sauce team helps us remember the tastes that have defined the past decade of St. Louis food.

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from Cityscape
11:09 am
Fri September 16, 2011

Sound Bites: Urban farmers bloom where they're planted

Natalie Semchyshyn, Amos Harris and their young daughter, Ember, atop the family’s downtown rooftop garden.
(Courtesy Sauce Magazine/ by Greg Rannells)

Urban agriculture has taken root in cities everywhere, including right here in the River City.  It comes in many forms: the community garden, the backyard vegetable patch, the rooftop bee colony.  But cultivating food in town can be complicated and wrought with challenges---so what is it that’s driving some city dwellers to skip the grocery store and get their hands dirty?   Libby Franklin reports in the next of our new series Sound Bites, created in partnership with Sauce Magazine.

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