This Week's Dish: Gerard Craft Receives 6th James Beard Finalist Nomination

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The James Beard Foundation Awards finalists were announced last week, with chef Gerard Craft of the Niche restaurant group as the only St. Louis-area name left on the ticket for the Best Chef: Midwest category. This is Craft’s sixth nomination.

Photo by Tuan Lee

Photo by Tuan Lee

The local chefs who were named semifinalists this year that didn’t move forward in the nominations for the Midwest category were: Kevin Nashan of Sidney Street Café and Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co.Ben Poremba of ElaiaOlio and Old Standard Fried Chicken; and Kevin Willmann of Farmhaus. Ed Heath, another area chef and co-owner of Cleveland-Heath, was also in the running with his first semifinalist nomination for Best Chef: Great Lakes. Chesterfield’s Annie Gunn’s was also recognized as a semifinalist for Outstanding Wine Program.

Winners will be announced at the 2015 James Beard Awards gala, which will be hosted by Alton Brown at the Lyric Opera in Chicago on May 4.

March 26: Lunch service has returned to Sump for its second season thanks to Kitchen Kulture. Offering locally sourced items with an ethnic “street food” theme, the menu will change weekly. Last week’s menu featured pastrami steamed buns and a grilled zatar flatbread topped with roasted eggplant and olives. Service is first-come, first-serve every Thursday from noon-3pm. A special brunch with a Pint Size Bakery pastry option will also be offered for Easter this Sunday, April 4. 3700 S. Jefferson Ave., Benton Park, 314.412.5670

March 28: Ballpark Village celebrated its first anniversary over the weekend. Going into its second year, the sports-central dining and entertainment destination has made several additions with more improvements coming up including the recent opening of the new Crown Room in Budweiser Brew House, two new 15-foot television screens in Fox Sports Midwest Live!, a two-sided permanent outdoor stage next to the Busch II Infield and greatly improved sightlines into left center field in Busch Stadium. Plan on celebrating with Ballpark Village at one of its many featured events already scheduled through September. 601 Clark Ave., Downtown, 314.345.9481

April 16: Baida Moroccan Restaurant will be hosting A Taste of Morocco, a series of culinary dinners throughout 2015. Each with a different theme to explore the cuisines from the different regions and cultures, there will be a three-course tasting menu—regular or vegetarian—with an optional drink pairing for $30-$45 per person. The first event’s theme will begin with Morocco’s largest city, Casablanca, on Thursday, April 16 from 6:30pm-9:30pm. 3191 S. Grand Blvd., Tower Grove South, 314.932.7950

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