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Author: Abby Llorico/5 On Your Side

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Abby Llorico tells the story of St. Louis based on what’s on the table. From the hunger for local ingredients, to the booming brunch scene and the craving for creative cocktails, Abby dives into the nitty-gritty of how St. Louis grew to become the foodie town that it is.Abby Eats St. Louis is hosted by Abby Llorico of 5 On Your Side.
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You think buying a house is hard? How about buying a restaurant?! We know many of you have been hungry for more info on the reopening of Lulu's Local Eatery, so on this episode you'll hear from the new owner. Why she thinks now is the time to get into the business, who her biggest critics have been so far and how she’s balancing old Lulu’s with Lulu's 2.0.Also, we have ALL GOOD NEWS in the food news segment and a mega-loaded fall-friendly, cute and cuddly planner to get you into October.Follow us on Instagram for food news and updates all week: Abby Eats St. LouisContact us anytime by emailing us podcasts@ksdk.com.Until next time... Seize the plate!
Good news: you can eat food cooked by a critically acclaimed chef in your own home! Bad news: that's because the dining room is closed.We hear from the chefs behind three local fine-dining spots about how they're adjusting things to make their food more accessible, portable and affordable... at a time when they can't afford not to change.Plus: food news, weekend planner and a very special new item on the St. Louis food scene that Dori can't wait for you to try.Follow us on Instagram for food news and updates all week: Abby Eats St. LouisContact us anytime by emailing us podcasts@ksdk.com.Until next time... Seize the plate!
 It's long been called "St. Louis' Signature Sandwich," and now the sauce that really makes the Amighetti's special is available bottled. Now that you can take the sauce home with you, we decided to visit the home of Mrs. Amighetti herself. How the strong-willed woman invented  it, how love became as much a part of her business strategy as her recipes, and what she says about the state of the restaurant today. Plus, we'll run through the food news and events you need to know ahead of Labor Day Weekend.Follow us on Instagram: Abby Eats St. LouisEmail us: podcasts@ksdk.comUntil next time... Seize the plate!
Aisle be there for you

Aisle be there for you

2020-08-2736:15

Choosing between going out to eat and picking up something from the grocery has never been tastier, thanks to a partnership between Schnucks and local restauranteurs and purveyors. We'll tell you which celebrated STL eats you can find in a grocery aisle near you, how the program came to be, and what the plans are for the future. Plus, in a fully-loaded news segment, we'll share an update on one of the biggest awards in the food world, the latest in a battle between bars and COVID restrictions, and our hotly anticipated fast food plans.Follow us on Instagram: Abby Eats St. LouisEmail us: podcasts@ksdk.comContact us anytime by emailing us podcasts@ksdk.com.Until next time... Seize the plate!
The City Foundry will be the region's newest hot spot for events, entertainment and food — but not yet. While COVID-19 may mean pressing pause on opening many of the public facing aspects of the 15-acre space, they're still moving forward and excited to open their doors (eventually).We'll take you inside to hear from the man whose vision the City Foundry is bringing to life, share the list of food offerings we're already drooling over and tell you how you can get inside for a preview.Plus, in food news and the weekend planner, we'll tell you about the fall favorites you love — and new ones to try — hitting shelves soon.Follow us on Instagram for food news and updates all week: Abby Eats St. LouisContact us anytime by emailing us podcasts@ksdk.com.Until next time... Seize the plate!
Politics at the table

Politics at the table

2020-08-1336:58

So many of you have been doing all you can to support local restaurants during this scary time. We love that. But unfortunately, for many restaurants, that’s not going to be enough. We hate that.On this episode, we’re sharing what lawmakers are working on to save the restaurant business. Why Vicia’s Tara Gallina is sacrificing what’s left of her free time to support the cause, how you can get legislation moving and how this help could look a lot different than the CARES Act.Plus, we have a lot of tasty food news to go over, including several new restaurants coming to the area. And, we have a variety of events you can safely check out this weekend.Learn more and take action on the RESTAURANTS Act here.Check out the latest list of restaurants participating in the CWE's Streateries program here.Follow us on Instagram for food news and updates all week: Abby Eats St. LouisContact us anytime by emailing us podcasts@ksdk.com.Until next time... Seize the plate!
Almost since the beginning of when restaurant dining rooms were allowed to reopen, they’ve had to close, in many cases, after close contact with the virus that nearly killed the industry. Some shut down for a night, others until further notice, but all are dealing with the reality of doing business during a pandemic.We talked to the owner of Herbie’s Restaurant in Clayton, who had to close his restaurant for 10 days this summer, to find out what happens when the lights go off, what us diners should feel around for and how they know what to do next when they’re largely in the dark.Plus, we have big breaking news about a multi-million dollar food-centric development and a combo you and your furry best friend will love.To learn more about Brass Rail's Thanksgiving fundraising efforts and raffle, click here.Follow us on Instagram for food news and updates all week: Abby Eats St. LouisSee the full list of current temporary restaurant closures due to COVID-19 by clicking here.Contact us anytime by emailing us podcasts@ksdk.com.Until next time... Seize the plate!
As the crackdown begins for bars not following social distancing, mask and occupancy guidelines aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19, we talk to the owner of one bar who voluntarily shut down the inside — again. Why he says they made the move, what he wants bar patrons to keep in mind and the reasons he actually has a heart for the rule breakers. Then, we'll talk food news, tasty collabs, a big Dori cooking win and your weekend planner.Follow us on Instagram for food news and updates all week: Abby Eats St. Louis See the full list of current temporary restaurant closures due to COVID-19 by clicking here. Contact us anytime by emailing us podcasts@ksdk.com. Until next time... Seize the plate!
Let's do this.

Let's do this.

2020-07-2335:50

The pandemic has taught us a lot of things and made us realize how much we take for granted; that includes a plate of food. Not just at a restaurant or one you've cooked up yourself: anything at all. Food insecurity has skyrocketed as a result of the pandemic's economic shutdown, so we check in with Operation Food Search about how they're meeting the need, why this has become such a problem, and where we can help. EPISODE NOTE: Since recording this episode, Salt + Smoke announced it would be reopening all locations on Thursday, July 23.For more on Operation Food search, click here. For our list of restaurants that are temporarily closed again because of COVID-19 concerns, click here. For our list of participating Burger Week restaurants, click here. For our guide to Cardinals Opening Day, click here. Follow us on Instagram: Abby Eats St. Louis
Do you remember ice cream socials as a kid? They’re back, even during a time of social distancing. We’ll introduce you to the founder of Bold Spoon Creamery, whose taking her love of ice cream and craving for social connections and making them into a business — even during the ongoing pandemic. We’ll share her advice for making it work.Plus, we’ll help you plan your weekend with a guide to area patio dining and a look at weekend events, and as always, your food news update. Save room for dessert!For our socially-distant patio guide, click here.Follow us on Instagram: Abby Eats St. LouisShoot us an email: podcasts@ksdk.com
The Parkmoor Drive-In is back! Sort of. The 2020 version of the classic St. Louis eatery, where five locations fed families for more than 70 years, is a re-imagined curbside service that the owner says is coming just at the right time. We'll hear from him, plus a local food historian about why this place was so special — and how to redo it right. Plus, we bring you the food news and events you need to know heading into your weekend.For more information on the new Parkmoor Drive-In, click here.For a list of restaurants with open dining rooms, click here.For a list of restaurants offering curbside and altered service, click here.Follow us on Instagram: Abby Eats St. LouisEmail us: podcasts@ksdk.com
Happy Independence Day Weekend! To celebrate, we're getting together. Sort Of.  If you're still trying to figure out what to do with your holiday, you'll want to listen to this one. Hear what people are saying about going out to eat--or choosing to stay home--in the current phase of the pandemic, then Jordan Palmer of Drink 314 is in the house (Facetime)! Together we'll talk beers of the summer, the drive in craze, and where you can catch fireworks this weekend amid all the shutdowns.For more information about The Gateway Resilience Fund, click here.Follow us on Instagram: Abby Eats St. LouisEmail us: podcasts@ksdk.com 
A Shift Forward

A Shift Forward

2020-06-2531:17

What's in a name? Turns out, quite a bit. We talk to the owner of Shift, formerly known as Savage, about why he dumped the name of his acclaimed restaurant and how he says people are reacting.In food news and weekend events, we'll share the some exciting news about a classic St. Louis tradition returning to the food scene, a great place to score ice cream west of the Missouri River, and how you can relive your spring 2020 — minus the lockdown part.Read more about Shift's decision to change its name by clicking here.For more details about the Dierbergs Easter eggs, click here.For information about Clementine's new location, click here.For a list of restaurants with open dining rooms, click here.For a list of restaurants offering curbside and altered service, click here.Follow us on Instagram: Abby Eats St. Louis
Cake makes everything better – even tough conversations about race and this moment of reckoning across America.We chat with the owner of La Patisserie Chouquette about Juneteenth, what it means to support Black-owned businesses, how the right meal can nourish our stomachs and our souls, and the other most offensive thing about Aunt Jemima pancakes.Plus, Producer Dori is back on the pod to talk about food news and events, the best things we've had to eat this week, and our big Murrow Award win!Read more about Simone Faure’s Juneteenth celebration here and check out La Patisserie Chouquette while you’re at it.We have a list of breweries participating in the Black is Beautiful initiative here.And there’s a list of black-owned businesses in the St. Louis area here.
We want to hear from you about how things are going... and how you're eating... during this ongoing pandemic.If you work in the food world, what’s something you wish other people knew? What’s your employment situation been like? How have safety measures changed how you do your job? You don’t have to tell us where you work, or worked—or you can give them a shout out!And if you’re an eater — we want to hear from you, too! What do you think about the “new normal” dining experience? What do you want to see, or not see, from restaurant owners?You can email us a written message or a voice memo: podcasts@ksdk.com, or call and leave a voice message at 314-254-2667. That’s our super fancy Google Voice number.We’ve extended the call, so the deadline is now June 22, 2020.
You probably aren't used to having to think this hard about where your food comes from — but when even a trip to the grocery store is an ordeal, local farmers and growers are working to feed the demand.How shortages and supply-chain issues are impacting them, the unexpected items they've begun stocking next to their regular produce and why farmers might be the best equipped of all of us to get through this pandemic (even the ones who studied theater and welding).GIVE US A SHOUT:We’re working on an upcoming episode about people who work in the food industry: what’s life been like for you? What do you wish customers — or your employers — knew?You can remain anonymous if you’d like, we just want to hear from you. Send a typed message or a voice memo recording to podcasts@ksdk.com or call and leave a message at 314-254-2667. Messages must be received by June 2.For a list of restaurants with open dining rooms, click here.For a list of restaurants offering curbside and altered service, click here.Follow us on Instagram: Abby Eats St. Louis
Back in business

Back in business

2020-05-2122:35

Restaurants in Missouri are now able to reopen — so, now what? We'll take you inside (sort of) the local places where you haven't been able to snag a table for months to show you how it looks a little different. Find out why they've decided now is the time to reopen, and tell you the rules you should follow if you go out.For a list of restaurants with open dining rooms, click here.For a list of restaurants offering curbside and altered service, click here.Follow us on Instagram: Abby Eats St. LouisEmail us: podcasts@ksdk.com
This week we’re revisiting one of our favorite episodes from our first year of podcasting to celebrate Chef Michael Gallina being named a finalist for “Best Chef – Midwest” in the 2020 James Beard Foundation Awards... and to celebrate an award for Abby Eats St. Louis!For a list of restaurants offering curbside and altered service, click here.Follow us on Instagram: Abby Eats St. LouisUntil next time, seize the plate!..................“Eat Your Veggies!” originally aired in August 2019In this episode, we're eating our vegetables and loving them! Some of the most creative, inventive chefs in the country let us behind the scenes, where they're working veggie magic, and they share how we can all spice things up.We chat with Michael and Tara Gallina, the power couple behind Vicia. We also talk to Dave Bailey, the man behind Baileys' Restaurants.What's your secret to mixing in more veggies or getting a picky eater to eat their greens? Send your comments, questions and suggestions to podcasts@ksdk.com
Feed the need

Feed the need

2020-05-0719:07

During the coronavirus pandemic, restaurants have been among the hardest hit economically — yet a band of local restaurateurs are still rolling up their sleeves and getting the job done to feed front line health care workers.Meals for Meds is doing important work and the program just got a shot in the arm thanks to Chef Jose Andres’ Frontline Foods initiative. Hear how this effort has helped keep cash flowing at local restaurants and why the owner of Knead Bakehouse and Provisions says it’s brought the restaurant community even closer together (plus her tips on baking with your family and getting your sourdough to rise properly!)For our web story with all the links and information you need, click here.For information on Meals for Meds, click here.To contribute to Frontline Foods St. Louis, click here.For a list of restaurants offering curbside and altered service, click here.Follow us on Instagram: Abby Eats St. LouisEmail us: podcasts@ksdk.com
Future reservations

Future reservations

2020-04-3026:36

Is it time to flip the sign back to “open” in the window of our local restaurants? With restrictions being eased in many states and areas soon — including Missouri — it’s a question restaurant owners, chefs, employees and patrons are talking about, so we are, too. On this episode, we’ll talk to two local restaurateurs and food-entrepreneurs about the new guidelines they’ll have to consider, how your favorite restaurants might be coming to your neighborhood and what it could look like the next time you go out to eat, whenever that might be.For coverage of reopening guidelines for the St. Louis area, click here.For more information about what restaurants could look like, click here.For a list of restaurants offering curbside and altered service, click here.Follow us on Instagram: Abby Eats St. LouisEmail us: podcasts@ksdk.com 
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