Tuesday, November 4, 2008

New blog address

Hey folks-
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http://thelocalharvestdish.wordpress.com/ We are super excited about the changes and all that we hope to do with the new site. We plan to bring you product reviews, more recipes, vendor profiles, and of course updates. Please check out the new site and let us know what you think.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Eating St. Louis

Below I've included the press release for the new book by Patricia Corrigan. We're selling it at Local Harvest Grocery for $29.95. The book features Tower Grove Farmer's Market and Local Harvest Grocery store. I've been reading it and learning a ton about St. Louis' food history. There is a big event this Saturday to promote the book. The cafe will have a booth at the event which should be fun.
When: Saturday, November 1, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Moulin Events, 2017 Chouteau Ave , St. Louis , MO
Tickets: $25, includes
complimentary food and drink, samples from more than a dozen food purveyors
presentation by author Patricia Corrigan
$5 off coupon for the purchase of the book
Reservations: (314-241-7799) or www.brownpapertickets.com/event/44134


ST. LOUIS, MO—Hungry for insight into the culture of food and drink in our town? Eating St. Louis: The Gateway City’s Unique Food Culture explores why we eat what we eat—and where we eat it—serving up stories and photos (from days gone by to earlier this year) of the places, people, and comestibles that have come to define and feed our fair city.
Patricia Corrigan, book author and former Post-Dispatch restaurant critic, interviewed more than 130 individuals to learn little-known tales about local restaurants, food manufacturers, groceries and specialty food shops. Here too are tidbits about our gourmet food, “low” food, fast food, and slow food, facts about local farmers’ markets (and the sources of the bounty), and a spicy spoonful of the politics of food. Eating St. Louis also raises a glass to local breweries, wineries and iconic watering holes.
A banquet on the page, Eating St. Louis includes the story behind the story on

· Josh Allen, who opened his wholesale business at the age of twenty-three
· Sinetsidk Berhanu, a grandmother from Ethiopia who advocates eating black lentils
· Gunnar Brown, master of a farmers’ market who indulges in too many snow peas
· Jack Carl, a veteran of the Pastrami War of 1961 in Gaslight Square
· Lucian Dressel, who is breeding a new kind of wine grape for the Midwest
· Maddie Earnest, a grocer whose priority is to help support local food producers
· Tony Faust, who sold five different kinds of oysters prepared twelve different ways at his restaurant here in 1899
· Ramon Gallardo, who boldly opened a Mexican restaurant devoid of sombreros
· Jake Hafner, who named his wine bar after the year Prohibition was repealed
· Marge and Ed Imo, who started with a modest dream, a great idea, and some used pizza pans
· Mike Johnson, who opts to own several casual neighborhood places rather than one upscale restaurant
· Adolph Moll, who lured customers into his grocery in 1885 with a 2,300-pound wheel of cheese
· Lorenza Pasetti, a third-generation salumieri who sells salami all over the world
· Michael Switzer, who has resurrected his grandfather’s licorice business
· Bryan Truemper, a farmer who provides heirloom turkeys for Thanksgiving tables

Mouth-watering color photos of food—as well as historic images that recall our culinary heritage—season every page, tucked in among photos of our town’s restaurateurs, chefs, brewers and others in the food service industry. A special section includes healthy recipes from Fresh Gatherings CafĂ© at Saint Louis University’s Doisy College of Health Sciences.
Eating St. Louis: The Gateway City’s Unique Food Culture will stimulate your intellectual appetite, feed your soul, and make you proud to have a seat at the metropolitan area’s table!
Review copies, author interviews, and event information are available upon request at (314) 644-3400. Published by Reedy Press in cooperation with Doisy College of Health Sciences at Saint Louis University.

Eating St. Louis: The Gateway City’s Unique Food Culture
ISBN: 9781933370705
hardcover, 9 x 9
148 pages

About the Author
Patricia Corrigan loves to eat—and she likes writing about food as well. As restaurant critic for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, she ate out on the paper’s nickel for five years. Prior to that, she worked for five years as a food writer at the Post, happily interviewing hundreds of chefs, home cooks, restaurant owners, food manufacturers and others in the food industry. She is the author of fifteen books, including Bringing Science to Life: A Guide from the Saint Louis Science Center; Wild Things: Untold Tales from the First Century of the Saint Louis Zoo; The Extreme Earth: Waterfalls; Chemotherapy & Radiation for Dummies (with Dr. Alan Lyss and Dr. Humberto Fagundes); six nature books for children and Convertible Dreams, a collection of her columns from the Post-Dispatch.

Ed Begley and more....

That's right--Ed Begley. Well, it's been a looooong time since the last entry, but maybe it's because I've been daydreaming of Ed Begley. Okay, I haven't, but it is kind of a good excuse. This is now old news, but Local Harvest Cafe and Catering was excited to host Ed Begley Jr. when he was in town for a conference on green building. The sponsors rented out the cafe to host a private gathering for him. I must say that he was super friendly, super tall, very gracious, and he said "This is my kinda food" after seeing the menu for the evening.

So, Ed Begley was our first official celebrity diner (that we know about). We're very open to more......

Friday, September 26, 2008

Local Harvest Grocery--Best Grocery Store in St. Louis

Local Harvest Grocery is the Best Grocery Store in St. Lous. Yes, it's true---well at least according to the "Best Of" edition of the Riverfront Times. Hey, we're happy to take it!!! Check it out in the newest edition.

And as great as it is to have that recognition, it was just as great to hear this from one of our regular customers-- "I hardly have to go to Schnucks or Whole Foods anymore. You guys are doing great."

Thanks for all the support. And please spread the word....
stay green and local,

Green Homes Renewable Energy Festival

Don't miss:

Green Homes Renewable Energy Festival
Saturday, September 27Check Spelling
GIANT STREET FESTIVAL, 3600 block of Grandel Square in Grand Center area

Local Harvest Cafe and Catering will have a food booth on Saturday and we'll premiere our veggie chili and roasted veggie wrap.


Green House Tour
Sunday, September 28
Starts at EarthWays Center
3617 Grandel Square
$10 or $15


Sunday, September 21, 2008

Beans and chocolate???

The store is again full, full, full of local produce. Don't miss it. Lots of delicious roasting peppers, fresh green beans (while they last), new potatoes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, grapes.....don't wait.

Tonight I enjoyed the green beans sauteed in olive oil with some onion, garlic and a little bit of salt. So simple, so good and so fresh.

Oh, and of course don't forget that we now have Kakao chocolate again. That stuff is a bit addictive, but oh so good. I recently enjoyed the marshmallow pie which was unbelievable. It is nothing like the ol' moon pie you ate as a kid.

Hope to see you in the store this week.

Enchilada Sauce-mm, mm good

The change of season almost always inspires me to do a lot of cookin'. So last week I made my one of my favorite dishes--enchiladas. Of course the beautiful anaheims in the store also helped inspire me. The key to this recipe is the sauce.

5 anaheim peppers roasted and chopped
1 sweet red roasting pepper roasted and chopped
2 fresh tomatoes chopped
1 white or yellow onion chopped
2 tsps (or more) cumin
salt to taste
2-4 cloves minced of garlic
olive oil

Broil peppers in the oven on low broil. I think it took about 7 minutes on each side. You want the skin on the peppers to brown and bubble so that you can easily remove it. Once they are good and bubbly on both sides let cool to touch. You can then remove the skin and cut off the tops. I like to leave the seeds in for extra heat. Chop peppers. Saute onion and garlic in olive oil until soft. Add peppers and saute about 5 minutes. Then add chopped tomatoes, salt and cumin. Simmer for about 10-15 minutes. Once it's all nice and cooked down I put it in a bowl and use my new favorite kitchen tool--the immersion blender. This thing is so great. You can also use a regular blender. Blend until smooth and pour back into pan.

I made two types of filling. The fillings are adapted from recipes in the cookbook The Enchanted Broccoli Forest.

2-3 ripe avocados
juice of one lemon
1/2 cup sour cream or yogurt
1/2 cup cream cheese
1/4-1/2 cup chopped cashews (especially good if you toast them lightly in a cast iron skillet)

Mash it all together. You can adjust the sour cream/yogurt and cream cheese to meet your preferred consistency.

Squash, onion and cheese
2-3 squash and zucchini sauteed ( I used a lemon squash and a zucchini)
1 onion sauteed
1/2 tsp thyme
salt and pepper to taste
medium sharp cheddar cheese or monterrey jack cheese grated (about 1 lb)

I used blue corn tortillas for these enchiladas. The fillings above made about two big pans of enchiladas. Before you start filling and placing them in the pan, put a light layer of sauce on the bottom of the pan. To soften the tortillas I like to lightly heat them on both sides in a pan with a little bit of oil. It makes them much easier to roll.

Once all enchiladas are rolled cover in the sauce and if desired cover in cheese for extra deliciousness. Back covered at 375 for 30 minutes. Let cool for about 5-10 minutes before serving.
MMM good.

yours in some local eating,