This Week's Dish: Three St. Louis Chefs to Host Culinary Cruises, Kevin Nashan Gears Up for a 'Knife Fight'

By Heather Riske
In Food
Josh Galliano. Photo courtesy of Cruising with the Chefs

Josh Galliano. Photo courtesy of Cruising with the Chefs

Three of the city’s top chefs have announced their individual luxury culinary cruises through the 2015-2016 Cruising with the Chefs tours. Gian Nicola Colucci, executive chef of the Four Seasons St. Louis, Josh Galliano of The Libertine, and Lou Rook of Annie Gunn’s will each host a weeklong culinary cruise.

The chefs will lead interactive cooking classes and port excursions to local markets, wineries and restaurants, in addition to more in-depth tours at select ports. At local markets, the host chefs and cruise guests source local, fresh ingredients for on-board instruction, creating dishes that reveal a country’s indigenous culinary traditions and the chefs’ innovations. Galliano’s tour will travel from Copenhagen to Stockholm on Aug. 14-21, 2015, Rook’s from Barcelona to Rome on Sept. 14-24, 2015, and Colucci’s from New Zealand to Tahiti in February 2016. Cruising with the Chefs is a national company based in St. Louis, founded and run by Rodney and Lisa George.

Celebrated chef Kevin Nashan of Sidney Street Cafe and the recently opened Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co. had a chance to show off his culinary chops on the Esquire Network’s “Knife Fight.” The show pits two chefs against each other to create multiple dishes within one hour with surprise ingredients, and is hosted by “Top Chef” winner Ilan Hall. Nashan, a James Beard Award nominee, faced off against chef Harold Moore of New York City earlier this year. The episode airs this Tuesday, Sept. 2.

Want to save money at the grocery store and still buy healthy foods for you and your family? Operation Food Search and Shop ‘n Save can show you how it’s done. They’ve teamed up for the “Cooking Matters at the Store” supermarket tour event day on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 10am-3pm. They’ll demonstrate how easily healthy food choices at the grocery store can be made on a limited budget. “Cooking Matters at the Store” is led by registered dietitians and takes place every 15 minutes at two Shop ‘n Save stores. 10634 St. Charles Rock Rd., St. Ann, 314.429.6300; 9070 St. Charles Rock Rd., St. John, 314.733.0607

As the first Brazilian outdoor festival in St. Louis, Brasil Day presents and celebrates Brazilian culture, arts, food, music and dance. The 2014 festival, held on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 12-8pm, will feature authentic Brazilian fare, including menu items from Yemanja Brasil and Tucanos Brazilian Grill, as well as live music throughout the day from local Brazilian bands and musicians, percussion workshops. 2900 block of Missouri, Benton Park, 314.771.7457

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