The craft beer industry has been booming in St. Louis for some time. So much so that the St. Louis Brewers Guild was created. The St. Louis Brewers Guild is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to support and promote the over 40+ breweries who call the Greater St. Louis Region home. They throw various beer tasting events like the annual Brewers Heritage Festival and this weekend’s Halloween Party in Lafayette Square from 1 – 5pm. I’ll be doing another fun on site broadcast this Saturday at Starting at 1pm. We’ll talk with the Director Troika Brodsky, some of the brewers, and we’ll even get to chat with local documentarian Bill Streeter about his latest film St. Louis Brews which comes out next week at the St. Louis Film Festival. Some tickets remain for the party but get them before they are gone.
I love BBQ! One of the ways I love to enjoy it is at BBQ festivals. The smell is in the air, the people are great, and you get to try so many different flavors and styles. All of that and more is happening all weekend at Q In The Lou in the Soldier’s Memorial area of Downtown St. Louis and this week I’ll broadcast the show live on site. I’ll also be serving as a pit captain all weekend for The Salt Lick BBQ crew out of Texas. They are a great, fun group from a historic restaurant that has been around for over 65 years and their brisket is amazing! The pit captains run the front of house operations of the booth and act kind of like the GM for the weekend. I expect to work some long, hard hours but have a lot of fun and maybe even learn a little something about BBQ from some of the pros. The event runs Friday from 4 – 10pm, Saturday from 11am – 10pm, and Sunday from 11am – 6pm. There is live music from national and local bands, cooking demos, master classes, and literally tons of great BBQ from 9 of the world’s top pit masters. Come on out for the action and say hello.
This week I’ll be doing my first on site live broadcast from 1 – 2pm at the Budweiser Taste Of St. Louis. I’ll be bringing you a taste of the action and then get to hang out to judge one of the cooking competitions. Come enjoy the fun all weekend long at the premiere food, music, art and cultural event happening at the Chesterfield Amphitheater. For all the info follow this link.
The Budweiser Taste Of St. Louis is September 16th – 18th at Chesterfield Amphitheater. It’s the premiere food, music, and art festival in the area and this week Mike Kociela CEO of Entertainment St. Louis which produces the event joins me to talk all about this year’s festivities. We’ll not only talk all about the food, chef competitions, demos, and music, but also what goes in to producing this and other big events. Mike is from St. Louis and has a long history of not only producing events but as a touring musician with the band New World Spirits. He love music, loves his city, and was instrumental in the effort to build the National Blues Museum in Downtown St. Louis. I met Mike almost 20 years ago when he was slapping the bass and I was helping promote the band at KSHE 95 and eventually we would work together on his event promotions. I’m excited to visit with him and talk about his journey from rock start to event producing and marketing guru.
Some Photos Courtesy Of Entertainment St. Louis Website
September 10th & 11th – LouFest
September 16th – 18th – Taste Of St. Louis
Gone are the days of the roach coach. These are not your dad’s food trucks. Today’s food trucks can be found all around town at hots spots for lunch or late night eats and big food truck events in neighborhoods all over. You’ll find everything from gourmet grilled cheese, BBQ, gyros, cupcakes, Korean tacos, and Filipino inspired rice bowls. Some are content with building their empire solely out on the streets while others use that experience to test their concepts and build equity before opening a brick and mortar location. Joel Crespo and Brian Hardesty are doing both. They started their Filipino inspired food truck Guerrilla Street Food in 2011 and last year open their store at 3559 Arsenal. Taking from Joel’s Filipino roots and Brian’s experience as a chef at places like Harvest, Monarch, and most recently Element, the two are turning out delicious porky offerings like Their Flying Pig, whole roasted hogs, and now a once a month brunch menu with a partnership with Cocktails Are Go for special beverages. They’ll be my first food truck guests and I’m excited to talk to them about their experience and to get tips for my next hog roast.