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Ann Lemons Pollack
St. Louis-based food writer.
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The movie about Anthony Bourdain opened this weekend. What a fascinating, out of control personality he was. I wrote about it here in Dining on the St. Louis Magazine website: https://www.stlmag.com/dining/roadrunner-anthony-bourdain-movie-opens-st-louis/ Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Didn’t grow up in St. Louis? Don’t speak baseball? Never saw From Russia with Love? Never mind; you’ll probably still enjoy Now Playing Third Base for the St. Louis Cardinals...Bond, James Bond, the current offering from The Midnight Company. Joe... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Pepe Kehm, of Peno Italian Soul Food, has come up with a swell way to celebrate the return to whatever normal looks like post-lockdown. One Monday a month for six months, he's bringing back some well-known chefs of St. Louis'... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2021 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
What becomes a legend most? That was one of advertising’s most famous lines from the mid-Twentieth Century. The campaign for Blackglama mink used wonderful Richard Avedon photos of celebrities who – mostly – qualified as legends. All of them, of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2021 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Small-house theater has returned, too. Joe Hanrahan’s The Midnight Company (which even did a show in November) is working at the Kranzberg Black Box, with Here Lies Henry. As usual with The Midnight Company, and Hanrahan in particular, it’s a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2021 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
It’s a very different Opera Theatre of St. Louis this year as they emerge from the COVID months. Sitting – safely distanced – on the parking lot of Webster University facing a stage that looked like those set up on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2021 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
A year without the St. Louis Shakespeare Festival seems only to have whetted the community’s appetites even more. Opening night the streets surrounding Shakespeare’s Glen by the Art Museum were full of cars long before the 8 p.m. curtain, even... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2021 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Aaaaand...we’re off!!!!! Live theatre is back, and for many of us, Mlima’s Tale is the kickoff. It’s the initial offering of the season from The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and it looks like they’re heading right for the end... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2021 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Hooray! It's brunch season! A really delicious brunch at the Bellwether, but I have no idea if there are tables available for Mother's Day this Sunday. Still, a great future draft choice. stlmag.com/dining/bellwether-brunch-inside-or-patio/ The Bellwether 1419 Carroll Street, St. Louis,... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2021 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
It’s a classic: Gooey butter cake is at the heart of the fourth and final Cooking, Carols & Cocktails video from the Rep. Who can say no? Chris Phillips of Perfectly Pastry brings us along as she creates a sheet-pan-sized... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2021 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
The third of the Rep’s series Cooking, Carols & Cocktails arrived on Christmas Day, a casual, chatty visit with Cathy Jenkins of Cathy’s Kitchen in Ferguson. Tonina, who provided the music in the first episode, hosts this episode, and it’s... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2020 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
The second installment of The Rep’s series Cooking, Carols & Cocktails is now available, and it’s highly enticing. Where else, for instance, are you going to find “Jingle Bells” with some scat singing? Paige Alyssa gives it up in great... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2020 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
I'm so grateful in this year of staying home that a couple of years ago I got to do one of my long-time travel goals, Christmas markets in Europe. (Christmas is a very underrated time of year to travel. Fascinating... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2020 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
And now, as the old Monty Python title goes, for something completely different. The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, dark because of the virus, is putting out a series of four cooking-and-music videos. They’re being released on successive Fridays, the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2020 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
From Jordan Palmer at S. Louis Mag: https://www.stlmag.com/dining/ann-lemons-pollack-s-newest-book-iconic-restaurants-of-st-louis/ Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2020 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
I'm happy to report that the BBC has discovered Bulrush, Rob Connoley's restaurant in Grand Center! https://www.stlmag.com/dining/rob-connoley-s-bulrush-featured-in-bbc-travel/?utm_source=second-street&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2020_04_12+The+Current Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2020 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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It’s time. More accurately, it’s almost time. Iconic Restaurants of St. Louis will be released November 2, two weeks from today. To my immense delight, none of the restaurants in there have, the last time I checked, succumbed to the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2020 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
What many of us knew (and loved) as the St. Louis Journalism Review, and not just because the board (Joe was a member) met downstairs at the old Balaban's for Sunday brunch and long, interesting discussions, is now the Gateway... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2020 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
A lovely piece by Paul Schankman for HEC about the St. Louis Media History Foundation. Lots of nostalgic bits of radio voices and television personalities, nearly all local. Plus some discussion of what we do. Here's the link to it:... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2020 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
An interesting piece found, of all places in the University of Nebraska alumni publication. So sorry all we can do now is virtual travel, but this is heartening to read. https://www.huskeralum.org/s/1620/magazine/interior.aspx?sid=1620&gid=1&pgid=2302 Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2020 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Theatre is a very different thing these days, of course, and there’s another chapter in what the Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis is doing this year. They’re giving us radio plays that we can pick up online either when they’re... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2020 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Tomorrow, Sunday, is the last day of service for Cusanelli's on Lemay Ferry Road. There's quite a history to it, as I discovered in researching Iconic Restaurants of St. Louis (which I am now finishing up the editing of). Covid... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2020 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Another sign that society operates in circles has appeared in St. Louis. Eighty years ago, people listened to drama on the radio. That would be 1940 or so, the year Tennessee Williams’ play Battle of Angels was professionally produced in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2020 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
I am sorry to report that we have lost Jack Parker, the publican of O'Connell's. Though less seen in recent times, Jack was a master of the trade, almost Zen-like. Here's what I wrote for St. Louis Magazine. https://www.stlmag.com/dining/remembering-jack-parker-owner-of-o-connell-s-pub-died-june-19-2020/ Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2020 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
I am sorry to report that Local Chef Kitchen is closing. I am even sorrier that we lost chef Rob Uyemura to cancer in February. It wasn't widely reported, and my only excuse for not knowing is that I had... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2020 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks