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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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Lavinia McCoy is an Air Force veteran... turned corporate working woman... turned chef with her sights set on creating St. Louis' first fine dining Black-owned soul food restaurant... and she's making it happen. The owner of Gourmet Soul, the popular soul food spot downtown, shares her thoughts on the roots — and the future — of the cuisine, how her military background prepared her for the kitchen and why she credits Instagram for expanding our palates. Plus, we have some food news your pups will love and we're celebrating Food Pedaler's birthday! To see the special fish offerings this Lent at local restaurants, click here. And check out KSDK's interactive Fish Fry Map here. Have a topic idea or just want to send us your thoughts or comments? Email us at podcasts@ksdk.com. You can also follow along behind the scenes for more tasty photos and food news. Make sure to follow the Abby Eats St. Louis Instagram page. Seize the plate!
Gioia's To The World

Gioia's To The World

2021-02-1832:11

Don't knock it 'til you try it — and when you try it, good luck putting it down. A hot salami sandwich from Gioia's Deli is a quintessential St. Louis food... that doesn't technically exist. Find out what we mean by that, plus how owner Alex Donnelly keeps the family business going 103 years in and why he's so excited about what they keep in the deli's safe. Plus, we talk Fish Fry Guide! Have a topic idea or just want to send us your thoughts or comments? Email us at podcasts@ksdk.com. You can also follow along behind the scenes for more tasty photos and food news. Make sure to follow the Abby Eats St. Louis Instagram page. Seize the plate!
We have the ZOOMIES!

We have the ZOOMIES!

2021-02-1233:19

If you've been surviving on caffeine and cuddles with your furry best friend... same. That doesn't have to end in 2021! Check out the Wagamama café, a St. Louis spot bringing the great vibes of your favorite coffee shop with the newfound glory of spending every waking moment with your dog. Plus, we have your guide to the best ways to celebrate Mardi Gras and Valentine's Day this weekend! For our guide to Valentine's Day food specials, check out our story here. See the latest with Soulard's Mardi Gras plans here. Have a topic idea or just want to send us your thoughts or comments? Email us at podcasts@ksdk.com. You can also follow along behind the scenes for more tasty photos and food news. Make sure to follow the Abby Eats St. Louis Instagram page. Seize the plate!
Charcu-la-la!

Charcu-la-la!

2021-02-0437:18

They didn't invent the charcuterie board, but Charcu in the Lou is spreading the joy of meat, cheese and bread one delivery at a time. How two friends took a backyard hobby and made it into a booming business, the secret to their overnight success and their tips for the next charcu you do. We'll also help you plan the best food weekend of 2021 thus far: Ice Cream for Breakfast Day and that football game! Check out our full list of Ice Cream for Breakfast Day locations here, and get the details on Super Bowl food specials in the St. Louis area here. Have a topic idea or just want to send us your thoughts or comments? Email us at podcasts@ksdk.com. You can also follow along behind the scenes for more tasty photos and food news. Make sure to follow the Abby Eats St. Louis Instagram page. Seize the plate!
A moment for Grace

A moment for Grace

2021-01-2838:37

It's a time to take a pause and feel gratitude, it's allowing yourself some freedom for imperfections, it's a really great place for fried chicken. Grace Meat + Three in The Grove is the type of place where you're just as likely to see a family after church as you are to see award-winning chefs catching up over brunch. That's exactly the vibe Rick Lewis was hoping for. How he works not just to be all things for all people, why he keeps unconventional hours for someone in food + hospitality and the conversation that stuck to Abby's heart like Grace meatloaf sticks to your bones. Plus, we'll dish on the city's restaurant shutdowns and how you can safely get in the Mardi Gras spirit this weekend. Have a topic idea or just want to send us your thoughts or comments? Email us at podcasts@ksdk.com. You can also follow along behind the scenes for more tasty photos and food news. Make sure to follow the Abby Eats St. Louis Instagram page. Seize the plate!
They've been getting a lot of press lately as they head into their 101st year of business... so, what's next for the iconic St. Louis pretzel shop? We ask Gus III about how he knew he was meant to take over the family business — besides just the name on the window — and what it takes to make it this far. Plus, we'll bring you the food news to start your year, and Dori will tell you about a salad to make your mouth water. Happy 2021! Have a topic idea or just want to send us your thoughts or comments? Email us at podcasts@ksdk.com. You can also follow along behind the scenes for more tasty photos and food news. Make sure to follow the Abby Eats St. Louis Instagram page. Seize the plate!
We heard from YOU: how you're celebrating, what you are eating to bring good luck in the new year, the traditions you've started and the pivots you've landed. We hope hearing these stories of your resilience, optimism and creativity make you as happy as they made us! Happy New Year, everyone — seize the 2021! New episodes return January 21, 2020. Have a topic idea or just want to send us your thoughts or comments? Email us at podcasts@ksdk.com. You can also follow along behind the scenes for more tasty photos. Make sure to follow the Abby Eats St. Louis Instagram page.
We want to hear how you’re making the holidays happen this year: leave us a voicemail at 314-254-2667 for our second annual year-end call-in episode! Are you opening presents over Zoom? Coordinating a shared dinner experience from separate houses? Or baking cookies with a loved one with the help of FaceTime? Give us a call on the Abby Eats St. Louis hotline. What traditions are you able to keep alive, even in 2020? How are you celebrating the end of the year with loved ones from afar? What are you eating, cooking, drinking or toasting to as we round out the year? What are you most looking forward to in 2021? Share your story and you just might hear yourself on the next episode! The deadline to share your story is Sunday, Dec. 27. You can listen to last year’s listener call-in episode here. You can also email us by clicking here. Need to do some last-minute shopping? Check out the Abby Eats St. Louis Holiday Gift Guide here. Seize the plate!
Whether you’re searching for that perfect something for that someone who has everything, want to have some extra goodies on-hand for neighbors or socially-distanced visitors, need an extra special reward for your mailman in 2020—or you’re just ready to treat yourself to something tasty—we have you covered with our first ever AESTL Gift Guide! For more details on the gifts we mentioned, visit this story on KSDK.com WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! Call our official podcast hotline to share how you're doing things this holiday: what are some traditions you're able to keep alive even in 2020? How are you celebrating the end of the year with loved ones from afar? What are you eating, cooking, drinking, or toasting to as we round out the year? Give us a call at 314-254-2667 and you might hear yourself on our second annual holiday call-in episode. Have a topic idea or just want to send us your thoughts or comments? Email us at podcasts@ksdk.com. You can also follow along behind the scenes for more tasty photos. Make sure to follow the Abby Eats St. Louis Instagram page. Seize the plate!
It's about time

It's about time

2020-12-1038:37

"Tempus" is the name of award-winning Chef Ben Grupe's new spot in The Grove. Translating to "time," the name is more fitting than he probably anticipated when aiming to open more than a year ago. Hear how time's continued to inspire him, how time changes things, how this moment in time has influenced our dining habits and how he's worked to make sure his food withstands the test of time-in-transit. Vote for Tempus in the USA Today 10Best Readers' Choice 2020 awards by clicking here. In food news, we'll get an early look at 2021 events... can you believe it's time to think about Mardi Gras already?! Plus, fun and tasty ways to get your shopping done this weekend. Check out the Abby Eats St. Louis holiday pop-up bar guide here. Follow us on Instagram for food news and updates all week: Abby Eats St. Louis Contact us anytime by emailing us: podcasts@ksdk.com. Until next time... Seize the plate!
What's Out(side) is In

What's Out(side) is In

2020-12-0337:28

Between Zoom holiday planning and figuring out when you need to ship your gifts, there's a lot to figure out this time of year. We’re here to help you understand the things to keep in mind when it comes to going out to eat. Is indoor dining less safe than outdoor? Not always. We’ll hear from a Saint Louis University researcher to help us break down the factors to consider. We’ll also chat with Ben Poremba, restauranteur and creative businessman behind spots like AO&CO, Nixta, Elaiam and Olio, about his sustainable approach to outdoor dining this season. Plus, your favorite spots for outdoor dining and ideas to get outside this weekend and support local business. Follow us on Instagram for food news and updates all week: Abby Eats St. Louis Contact us anytime by emailing us: podcasts@ksdk.com. Until next time... Seize the plate!
We're unpacking the latest on different restrictions on dining in the St. Louis area: why some restaurants are lawyering up, why others are backing down, and what local doctors have to say about COVID and dining out. It's a lot to digest--but save room, because we're talking Turkey Day plans and options around the St. Louis area (including how to help feed thousands or to score a free Thanksgiving meal for yourself!) and running through the activities and pop-up bars helping you ring in the holiday season. We're thankful for you! Follow us on Instagram for food news and updates all week: Abby Eats St. Louis Contact us anytime by emailing us: podcasts@ksdk.com. For more on the meal rebate program, click here. Until next time... Seize the plate!
Hoping the story of restaurants and this pandemic has a happily ever after? Bob Bonney is one guy who’s working on that. Here’s our chat with the CEO of the Missouri Restaurant Association. Now that the election is behind us, what he says needs to be the first order, what he thinks of the governor’s COVID-19 strategy and other ways we can support local restaurants, even when we’re not hungry. All that plus your food news, weekend planner and a peek at a national ice cream competition. Follow us on Instagram for food news and updates all week: Abby Eats St. Louis Contact us anytime by emailing us: podcasts@ksdk.com. Until next time... Seize the plate!
Whether you go with the Republican Party or the Democratic Party — we’re inviting you to our Pizza Party this week as part of our Election Day “alternative programming.” We’ll talk about why Dori and I are always thinking about pizza on Election Day, what some of our favorite local places say make the best pie and how one family’s at-home pizza operation turned into YOUR family’s at-home pizza operation. Take us with you when you’re waiting in line at the polls — or turn to us to calm your results anxiety. Make your voice heard, be kind to your neighbor and seize the plate. Follow us on Instagram for food news and updates all week: Abby Eats St. Louis Contact us anytime by emailing us: podcasts@ksdk.com.
Who here remembers baking bread? Or organizing every nook and cranny of your house, or drive-by parades? We’re going back to one of our favorite parts of early pandemic times, the virtual happy hour, with renowned drink slinger and restauranteur Tim Wiggins (Yellowbelly, Retreat Gastropub, and Lazy Tiger). He’ll share the things even at-home bartenders should know and teach us his modern riff on a gin martini. Rather get out of the house? Check out our rundown of spots where you can grab limited-edition Halloween drinks, boozy and otherwise, and a Halloweekend planner. BONUS: Check out the video version of this interview, including more drink recipes and mixology secrets, in our YouTube playlist here.  Follow us on Instagram for food news and updates all week: Abby Eats St. Louis Contact us anytime by emailing us: podcasts@ksdk.com. Until next time... Seize the plate!
With sightings from St. Charles County to the Metro East, ghost kitchens are the newest way for chefs and restaurateurs to bring new life into their business model — and it means tasty new options for you. We'll talk to the owners of three area ghost kitchens — Motor Town Pizza, Kriegers Grill and Wing Runner — about why ghost kitchens aren't so spooky after all. Then, we'll bring you up to speed on all the moving and shaking in this week's food news and help plan your weekend. Follow us on Instagram for food news and updates all week: Abby Eats St. Louis Contact us anytime by emailing us: podcasts@ksdk.com. Until next time... Seize the plate!
Has this been the worst year ever? Maybe — but not for Steve Ewing, front man of The Urge and owner of Steve's Hot Dogs. Despite living life with each foot planted in an industry that’s been absolutely shaken this year — music and restaurants — Steve says he’s standing strong. From shutting down to receiving national awards for Black-owned businesses helping the community... What’s gotten him through this year, both mentally and physically, and why he sees a lot of good coming in St. Louis’ next act. Plus, a fully loaded weekend planner to get you out and about (safely) this spooky season. Follow us on Instagram for food news and updates all week: Abby Eats St. Louis Contact us anytime by emailing us: podcasts@ksdk.com. Until next time... Seize the plate!
Rock star in the woods

Rock star in the woods

2020-10-0833:18

Grab your headphones and listen to this one while hitting up your favorite walking path, because this episode is all about getting outside with chef Rob Connelly, who came to fame by turning "foraging" into fine dining. Hear his tips for the newly outdoorsy, where he's been getting his energy and what would happen if Lewis and Clark could do a search on Yelp. Plus, Dori's back from her own westward expedition, and she returns with some good news on the food front and weekend planner. Follow us on Instagram for food news and updates all week: Abby Eats St. Louis Contact us anytime by emailing us: podcasts@ksdk.com. Until next time... Seize the plate!
If you made a list of expected casualties of 2020, a scrappy hot sauce startup might reasonably make the cut. And Hot Charlies nearly did shutter this year. But instead, Charlie says he and his family are doing well — and celebrating a saucy last few months. This week we're re-airing our conversation from just about a year ago in September 2019 to spice up your feed once again. We'll be back with a fresh new episode next week. Follow us on Instagram for food news and updates all week: Abby Eats St. Louis Contact us anytime by emailing us: podcasts@ksdk.com. Until next time... Seize the plate!
When we put together this story at the beginning of the year, we couldn't have known where 2020 would take us, or how the concept of "saving restaurants" would wind up being something we all have to do. But, here we are. This week, we're bringing you a re-airing of this episode, featuring the neighbors who brought the West End Grill and Pub back to life. So listen up, and feel re-inspired to go out and save your favorite restaurants. Follow us on Instagram for food news and updates all week: Abby Eats St. Louis Contact us anytime by emailing us: podcasts@ksdk.com. Until next time... Seize the plate!
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