I knew my nose was itching for some reason....
Umm Ok to disspell a couple of myths.
covers the Clayton Farmer's Market they have pics as well as copies of different meals in our Farmer-Chef Dinner Series. They also cover great restaurants in St. Louis.
2) Fridays and Chains....grosssss. OK check out Clayton restaurants. The Crossing has chefs that have worked at Daniels in NYC.
Mira's chef worked with Trotter.
Doug Knopp at the Westin downtown worked at Four Seasons in Toronto (or was it Montreal?)
We have "The Hill" which is authentic Italian...some mammas still speak Italian in the small Italian grocery storee, Volpi meats some of the best proscuitto in the world is produced here. South Grand has Ethnic...Thai, Veitnamese, French, Guatimalian, etc...restaurants.
Annie Gunns does incredible charcuterie.
Zoe's, Manee Thai and Nippon Tei are wonderful and Beautiful restaurants.
3) Our farmer-Chef series starts May 21 at Cafe Provencal in Clayton. Ed Neill is featuring Edgar Farms Fat Free Beef.
4 course, $50 half coming back to the market.
I do not find this a food wasteland. If you wanna take back incredible local organic foods come hang out at the Clayton Farmer's Market Sat. mornings 8-noon. Cooking demos, chef tours, incredible omelets. Come say Hi.
If your looking for food in Springfield check out your farmer's market or as I recall you have a pretty good Healthfood store with a super deli section.
Check out your dept of Ag's listing for local you pick it farms...you are in a great area....explore.
PS I hunt morels and chantrelles and Illinois is one of THE best places for morels in America.
CC you sweetie, thanks.