Almost Everything’s Nice at Basil Spice

This installment of “Kimberly’s St. Louis Restaurant Round Up” takes us to one of St. Louis’ most culturally-diverse areas, South Grand. I love many of the restaurants on South Grand and now have a new favorite to add to the list … Basil Spice Thai Cuisine . To start, my friend Kevin and I split {read more}

My Week In Local Eating

Here’s a recap of my week of eating locally … Monday For the first time in a long time, I made coffee at home. Not such a big deal, you say? Well, my mornings are usually a blur, and there’s just no time to make coffee in my French press, which means I resort to {read more}

Can This Be Good?

At least someone is benefitting from rising food prices … Bunge Swallowing Corn Products (Forbes)

Seven Dirty Words

“The very existence of flamethrowers proves that sometime, somewhere, someone said to themselves, “You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I’m just not close enough to get the job done.” — George Carlin Very sad news. George Carlin died of heart failure on Sunday at the age of 71. {read more}

Tragic End to Hale Farms

Sad news has hit our Fair Shares community. Ron Hale, owner of Hale Farms in Farmington, MO, was killed in a farming accident on Tuesday, June 17th. I had the pleasure of meeting Ron on a tour with Slow Food St. Louis last April. Our first two stops on the tour included Cave Vineyard and {read more}

World Refugee Day

“Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.” –Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 14 World Refugee Day is Friday, June 20th. Some 40 million people worldwide are already uprooted by violence and persecution, and this number is only expected to rise in the coming years. At least {read more}

Vertical Farming – The Future of Urban Agriculture?

On a recent episode of The Colbert Report, Columbia University professor Dickson Despommier talked about how vertical farming, which uses hydroponic technology, could help the current food crisis. This farming method allows for better control of the growing environment and cuts down on food transportation costs. Added the always hilarious Colbert, “Plus, it’s pleasantly phallic.” {read more}

Good Times at Five

Here it is … another installment of “Kimberly’s St. Louis Restaurant Round Up,” which involves a recent trip to Five in “The Grove” neighborhood. Five’s menu is comprised of dishes made from fresh, organic ingredients from many local farms, which is why the menu changes daily. As a huge supporter of the local food movement, {read more}

It’s Here!

The July issue of Food and Wine magazine arrived in my mailbox yesterday … woo-hoo! Why am I so excited? Because it’s the annual best new chefs issue, and this year, St. Louis’s chef extraordinaire, Gerard Craft of Niche, is one of this year’s best new chefs! You can see F&W;’s profile of Gerard here {read more}

My Fifth Share

Angie (my Fair Shares partner) is on vacation so I’m picking up her share this week, and then she’ll get the next two. Here’s what’s on tap: Bellew’s Creek Garlic Scapes (Hillsboro, MO)Herbs En Route Parsley (Farmington, MO) Lee Farms Yellow Squash and Zucchini (Truxton, MO)Pilgrim’s Acres Eggs (Foristell, MO)Troutdale Farm Trout (Gravois Mills, MO)Black {read more}

More Reasons to Buy Local and Know Where Your Food Comes From

Recent Salmonellosis Outbreak in Certain Types of Tomatoes (US Food and Drug Administration) California Firm Recalls Chicken Products Due To Possible Listeria Contamination (USDA) New Jersey Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products Due To Possible E Coli O157:H7Contamination (USDA)

And The Winner Is …

The 2008 James Beard Foundation Awards have been dolled out. You can find a list of the winners here. The theme of this year’s event was “Artisanal America,” and guests chefs chosen to participate also chose a local artisan to feature in the dish they served at the event. An American Place’s Larry Forgione, a {read more}

Urban Farming

The New York Times recently ran an article about the growing world of urban farming, which I share with you here: Urban Farmers’ Crops Go From Vacant Lot to Market I would love to be an urban farmer (my dream: a vegetable plot, 2 goats, and a bunch ‘o chickens), but I just don’t have {read more}

My Fourth Share!

Heading to Kirkwood in just a bit to pick up my fourth Fair Shares share: Yellow Wood Farm Lettuce (Hermann, MO)Herbs En Route Basil (Farmington, MO) Bellew’s Creek Black Beans (Hillsboro, MO) Companion Bakery Farm Bread (St. Louis, MO)Heartland Creamy “Methuselah” Farm Cheese (Newark, MO)Ozark Forest Oyster Mushrooms (Big Springs, MO) Hinkebein Hills Farm Pork {read more}

Vote With Your Fork

A recent “Dinner and Discourse” at Companion Bakery featured Dan Imhoff, author of Food Fight: A Citizen’s Guide to the Farm Bill.Mr. Imhoff presented an overview of the recently passed 673-page, $307 billion dollar farm bill (in place for the next five years): Two-thirds of the money allocated to the farm bill will go to {read more}