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.
If you missed the show you can check it out on the archive player.
American’s by all accounts are obsessed with meat. We love steaks, and BBQ, deli meats, and of course bacon. It is typically the featured attraction of most meals. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in 2012, the average American consumed just over 71 pounds of red meat which includes beef, veal, pork and lamb, and about 54 pounds of poultry which includes chicken and turkey. There is some evidence out there that consuming meat might not be the best for our health not to mention the toll it takes on the environment to produce meat. In short it’s probably a good idea all around if we eat less of it. STLVegGirl Caryn Dugan made the switch to being a vegetarian years ago and eventually went full vegan. I met Caryn a handful of years ago through, you guessed it, last week’s guest STLWineGirl Angie Ortmann. I’m interested to talk with her about her reasons for going vegan, how she has adapted her lifestyle, and get tips for cooking great meatless food.