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


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· Jake Hafner, who named his wine bar after the year Prohibition was repealed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......