by Nancy Stiles
Iron Fork, our annual celebration of St. Louis food, is only weeks away. We're lining up some of the best restaurants and chefs in town for your eating pleasure. The Gut Check editorial staff has personally picked the participants and competitors, and we wanted to give y'all the first look at who's already coming.
The following restaurants will be there will mouth-watering samples:
Quincy Street Bistro (6931 Gravois Avenue; 314-353-1588)
Mission Taco Joint (6235 Delmar Boulevard; 314-932-5430)
Pappy's Smokehouse (3106 Olive Street; 314-535-4340)
Salume Beddu (3467 Hampton Avenue; 314-353-3100)
Home Wine Kitchen (7322 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-802-7676)
Table (1821 Cherokee Street; 314-449-1888)
Strange Donuts (2709 Sutton Boulevard; 314-932-5851)
Water Street Cafe (7268 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-646-8355
Nathalie's (4359 Lindell Boulevard; 314-533-1580)
The Restaurant at the Cheshire (6300 Clayton Road; 314-647-7300)
Onesto Pizza and Trattoria (5401 Finkman Street; 314-802-8883)
Whisk (2201 Cherokee Street; 314-932-5166)
Cleveland-Heath (106 North Main Street, Edwardsville, Illinois; 618-307-4830)
Kakao Chocolate (7272 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-645-4446)
Adam's Smokehouse (2819 Watson Road; 314-875-9890)
Seoul Taco (571 Melville Avenue; 314-863-1148)
This is just our first batch of confirmations -- there will around 40 restaurants at the event. One of the most exciting parts is a live chef competition, and we've got a killer lineup. Cooking for the title will be Ed Heath, of Cleveland-Heath, John Perkins of Juniper, Brian Coltrain of Element and Colleen Clawson of Standard Fare.
Iron Fork will be held Thursday, March 20, at the Union Station Hotel (1820 Market Street; 314-421-6655) from 6:30 to 10 p.m. You'll get tastings from 40 topnotch restaurants -- selected by Gut Check -- plus drinks, live music and a cooking competition among four of St. Louis' best chefs. General admission tickets are $40 and include unlimited tastings, three drinks and entertainment. VIP tickets will run you $80, but you get early access at 6 p.m., unlimited tastings, five drinks, a gift bag and two private VIP lounges with exclusive bars.
So come, eat, drink -- and the best part -- hang out with us! Get your tickets here before they sell out.