This Week's Dish: Missouri Among Good Food Awards Finalists and Piccione Pastry Offers Brunch

By Katlyn Moncada
In Food

The Good Food Awards are held each year to recognize the 100 most delicious and authentic foods across five regions in the country. Out of more than 1,000 entries, six of the finalists announced last week are from the Midwest, with four from Missouri. The finalists from Missouri and their categories are: Patric Chocolate from Columbia (chocolate and confections), Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Co. (coffee),  Askinosie Chocolate from Springfield (confections) and Kakao Chocolate (confections). The winners will be announced at a special ceremony held Jan. 8, 2015 in San Francisco.

Photo courtesy of Piccione Pastry.

Photo courtesy of Piccione Pastry.

In addition to delicious cannoli and Italian coffee, The Loop’s Piccione Pastry is now offering brunch Saturday and Sunday from 9am-1pm. The seasonal menu offers a collection of small plates for sampling and sharing, such as the Italian Toast—griddled pound cake with mascarpone cream and apple cranberry compote. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are also available. 6197 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.932.1355.

Athlete Eats is making some exciting changes to their company. Within the next two weeks, the Cherokee Street eatery will be offering a new fall/winter menu. The company also plans to introduce a new and improved online ordering system to better serve their customers. Talks of an expansion is also in the works, so stay tuned. 2837 Cherokee St., Cherokee, 314.932.5566.

St. Louis’ Josh Allen, owner of Companion, is competing with the hopes to join the World Cup of Baking.  The competition is held every four years, and the three winners from each country will be judged in March 2016 on different categories in Paris. After much preparation, Allen was one of 15 bakers competing last week for the final spot in Providence, Rhode Island. The results are expected to be announced within a few weeks.

Park Avenue Coffee received a visit at their Hill location last week from Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods” host, Andrew Zimmern, to taste and showcase the cafe’s signature gooey butter cake. The taping was for Travel Channel’s new series “Bizzare Foods: Delicious Destinations,” which will air in January 2015. The show will give viewers the inside scoop to how famous foods were invented, where they came from, how they are made, the right way to eat them and answer the question: Who makes the best ones? Multiple locations, parkavenuecoffee.com.

Grab a burger for dinner tonight at Baileys’ Range for Community Table Night to support Food Outreach and their mission in providing nutritional support and enhancing the quality of life of men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS or cancer in the St. Louis Metro area. Twenty-five percent of all sales will benefit the cause when eating at the restaurant from 5-8pm. 920 Olive St., Downtown, 314.241.8121.

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