Random Food Pics From Harvest Festival

Below are some photos from last Sunday’s Harvest Festival presented by Sauce magazine at Laumeier Park.

Up first… Vegan Nachos from Local Harvest:

vegan nachos

The Sweet Potato Hash from Alumni had bits of duck and bacon mixed in. Delicious and colorful for fall!

Sweet Potato Hash

The Pulled Pork Sandwich with Slaw on a Pretzel Bun from Cleveland-Heath was a crowd favorite.

Pulled Pork Sandwich1111 Mississippi brought a tasty Pumpkin Whoopie Pie with Cream Cheese Filling. Yum!

Whoopie pie

Local Harvest also served up Chicken and Waffles.

Chicken Waffles

Great weather, a great venue and great food and drink (plus some good music) made for a nice fall event which, based on what I saw and heard, was a big success. And big fun!



Working Fire Pizza

You may have seen barbeque teams and caterers with mobile smokers. You may have seen food trucks with ovens for cooking pizza. But have you ever seen a mobile wood-fired pizza oven?

Mobile Pizza Oven

Working Fire Pizza trailers their pizza oven every Saturday and Sunday to Sugar Creek Winery in Defiance where they offer pizzas topped with cheese, pepperoni, sausage or tomato and spinach.

Mobile pizza guys

The Working Fire Pizza crew is (L-R) Pat, Ken and J.R. who are also actual Wentzville firemen.

mobile pizza dough

On Thursdays, they bring their oven to Barrett Woods office complex at Manchester and Barrett Station Roads (where these photos were taken as they were setting up on 10/17). They begin serving pizzas—fresh from the oven—around 11:00 a.m.

Working Fire

They have also cooked pizza on the tarmac at Lambert Airport for employees of Southwest Airlines. You can see photos of that and other Working Fire activities by clicking HERE to go to their Facebook page.

Goose Island Migrates to St. Louis

Goose Island Migration Week is underway in St. Louis. The Chicago based craft brewer is bringing its beer and its people to town to meet local beer drinkers and share some special brews.

Goose Glass

A schedule of Goose Island Migration Week events is posted below.

Reisch photo

I chatted Tuesday at ITAP in the CWE with Patrick Reisch (pictured), a Goose Island brewer who has St. Louis roots. In the first segment he discusses what’s different since Goose was purchased by AB/InBev. I began by asking if he is related to George Reisch, brewmaster at the St. Louis A-B brewery. (Segment 1 runs 3:16)

Goose BCS

Of course I asked Patrick “where’d you go to high school?” but in the second segment we also discuss various Goose Island brews, including their Bourbon County Stout. He suggests a favorite food to pair with BCS. (Segment 2 runs 8:18)

In segment 3, Patrick Reisch talks about Sophie, Matilda and Lolita. He begins by talking about the difference between being a brewer and being a brewmaster. (Segment 3 runs 5:02)

Goose tshirt

Here are some of the week’s highlights:

Goose Island Tap Invasion – Wednesday, October 16, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Llywelyn’s Webster Groves, 17 West Moody Avenue, Webster Groves

Beer Geek Tap Invasion – Wednesday, Oct. 16, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Shamrock’s, 4177 Veterans Memorial Parkway, St. Peters

Goose Island Tap Takeover – Thursday, October 17, 6:00 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Three Kings, 6307 Delmar Boulevard, University City


A Century of Restaurants

Rick Browne traveled 46,000 miles over three years to visit America’s oldest restaurants. He has included 100 of them in his new book A Century of Restaurants: Stories and Recipes from 100 of America’s Most Historic and Successful Restaurants. (You may know Browne from TV’s Barbeque America.)

Century bookDid anybody from St. Louis make the list? Sadly, no. Crown Candy Kitchen turns 100 this year and it’s apparent that the author and his editors assembled the lineup of one hundred eateries before 2013 began.

There is one Missouri restaurant included. It’s the Savoy Grill in Kansas City. (Hey, the book is published by Andrews McMeel whose HQ in KC is just a few blocks from the Savoy!)

It is admirable that Rick Browne included funky joints in out-of-the-way places along with classy establishments in large cities. M & M Cigar Store in Butte, Montana and Hudson’s Hamburgers in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho are included along with Peter Luger Steakhouse in Brooklyn and Columbia in Ybor City (Tampa-St. Pete metro), Florida.


I have dined at two of the featured restaurants, Antoine’s in New Orleans and The Bright Star in Bessemer, Alabama. In fact, my wife and I threw a 50th anniversary party for my parents at The Bright Star.

The book is leans a bit to the northeast in its choices, mainly because that is the oldest part of the U.S. The state of New York has 12 restaurants, Massachusetts has 8 and Pennsylvania has 6.

When thumbing through A Century of Restaurants, I thought of the country song recorded by Hank Snow, Asleep at the Wheel and Johnny Cash called I’ve Been Everywhere (click title to hear it). Rick Browne has been everywhere, even to Winnemucca, Nevada (made semi-famous by the song) to spotlight The Martin Hotel.

A Century of Restaurants has gorgeous photos—Mr. Browne takes great pics to go with his words—along with recipes that look amazing. If you love food and travel, get this book! List price is 40.00. Amazon has it for 24.00, with a Kindle version for 7.99. Available 10/15/13.

Lou Rook III at Jewish Book Festival

Lou Rook III of Annie Gunn’s will be part of the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival on Thursday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m. (Complete information below.)

Lou Rook III pic

I spoke to Lou this week and invite you to listen to our conversation.

In the first segment (3:23), he talks about the other Lou Rooks, Annie Gunn’s restaurant, the ’93 flood and what’s changed (and what hasn’t) during his two decades running the kitchen.

In the second segment (5:47), Lou talks about the event on 10/17 and about putting together his cookbook.

In the third segment (6:55), he talks more about the cookbook, teaching cooking and his typical day at Annie Gunn’s.

Jewish Book Festival

Click HERE for a link to the Jewish Book Festival website. Click HERE to order tickets for the Lou Rook III event on October 17.

Click HERE for the Annie Gunn’s restaurant website.

Please note that copies of his cookbook, titled Rook Cooks: Simplicity at It’s Finest, will be available for purchase at the Book Festival on October 17 for $35.00,