Are you planning a trip and might be stopping over in St. Louis, MO? Then there a few places you may want to dine. The midwestern city has had the honor of being home to five semifinalists for the James Beard Foundation’s 2014 Best Chef: Midwest award. The five which were named from a selection of 20 names from St. Louis restaurants. The names of the chefs and their respective restaurants are: Gerard Craft (Niche, Brasserie by Niche, Taste, Pastaria), Josh Galliano (the Libertine), Ben Poremba (Elaia & Olio), Kevin Willmann (Farmhaus) and Kevin Nashan (Sidney Street Cafe).
Local Chefs are Local Celebrities
The Beard Awards are the highest honor for food and beverage professionals working in North America. They are considered the Oscars of the food world. “James Beard helped fuel America’s passion for culinary travel,” said Susan Ungaro, president of the James Beard Foundation. To truly enjoy the culinary experience offered by life, one must travel. But where to go to get that masterpiece of the night? St. Louis offers up Gerard Craft and his now famous dish pistachio ravioli with brown butter. There is Josh Galliano and his creole-spiced fried chicken. Then Ben Poremba with his perfectly reinvented take on fried chicken. Kevin Willmann and his take on green bean casserole. Finally Kevin Nashan for his po’boy sandwiches. All of the chefs believe in the delivery of great food with great taste so they participate in several eco-friendly, local suppliers that delivery fresh ingredients.
- The fresher the better, buy local first
- Travel to find that new experience
- Time tested and true dishes with modern spins and trims
Finding “Good” Food
It is to our pleasure that these chefs offer good tasting food, but they also offer food that has been produced in a way that is good for the local economy and environment. By buying from smaller or local producers there is a bit more control over quality. Which is pretty much guaranteed because most smaller suppliers and producers are able to control smaller crops better than bigger producers. The food comes from farms that have not been over-worked and therefore the produce tastes better and has more nutrients than the typical produce. It is for this very reason that I suggest shopping local farmer’s markets for the best of the good food, buy local buy fresh.
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