Introducing a New St. Louis Food Blog:
Jenni's Ferris Wheel of Food

Jenni Ferris
Come along for the ride with Jenni, the blogger behind the new-ish St. Louis food blog, Jenni's Ferris Wheel of Food. Here's Jenni, in her own words:

"Hi my name is Jenni. I write Jenni’s Ferris Wheel of Food. The name explains itself, except it’s a play on words. My last name is Ferris. When asked how to spell it we always reply with “like Ferris Wheel”.

I started writing my blog at the encouragement of a very good friend. I was always posting pictures or descriptions of the food I was preparing on Facebook. One day she said, “You need to start a blog so I can bookmark all of these delicious looking meals.” And, the blog began over a year ago.

Saying Goodbye to Nupur from "One Hot Stove"

Nupur Kittur teaching a class at Kitchen Conservatory in 2010
Food blogs come and food blogs go. Some bloggers lose interest, their blogs wait patiently for the next post -- but it never comes. Some bloggers post a last one or two excuses, "I'm so sorry I haven't posted in so long, I promise to post more" -- but they don't. Others make a big announcement, "Copy what recipes you want, the site comes down in thirty days," I've seen. In this case, one of the very first St. Louis food bloggers is leaving our city.

Introducing a New St. Louis Food Blog:
Dive Bars 2 Five Stars

Please welcome Sam, a guy "obsessed with food" and the wit and charm behind the new St. Louis food blog, Dive Bars 2 Five Stars. Here's Sam, in his own words:

"I'm 37 and an engineering manager obsessed with food. To put it in perspective, when I travel I start planning out restaurants weeks in advance. Once I even had two lunches and 2 dinners in one day so I could squeeze more in! My blogging started by posting pictures to Facebook. While living in Albuquerque it reached the point where co-workers and friends were all asking me for recommendations on restaurants to try. Last year, I relocated back to Missouri after being away for 18 years, my wife was having our first child and we wanted to be close to family. On average I try one new restaurant a week."

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European Tarts – Divinely Doable Desserts with Little or No Baking

Raspberry Truffle Tart from The Ardent Cook
If there's a woman who knows her cake, it's Helen Fletcher!

Last week Helen announced on her St. Louis food blog The Ardent Cook that she is publishing her second cookbook, European Tarts – Divinely Doable Desserts with Little or No Baking. It will be available in late October, just in time - of course! - for holiday gift-giving.

Backyard BBQ Bash 2012

Backyard BBQ Bash
Calling all BBQ enthusiasts, it's time for the third annual Backyard BBQ Bash, the premier amateur BBQ contest in St. Louis.

So save the date, it's Saturday, September 22, 2012 in Arnold, Missouri, just south of St. Louis.

The event is organized by the St. Louis food blog For rules, location, sponsor information and more, visit Backyard BBQ Bash.

St. Louis Food Blogger News: July 2012

Stefani Pollack at Food Media Forum

Food Media Forum - The "Better Food Writing" & "Better Food Photography" Event

Many congratulations to Stefani Pollack from Cupcake Project and other local bloggers who pulled off a real feat: a sold-out Food Media Forum with food bloggers and food writers gathering from Kansas City, Atlanta, Bozeman and elsewhere for the two-day event. If you missed it, some presenters have posted their presentations on their websites, links are on the Food Media Forum's Facebook page. Thanks to Stef, Stephanie from Iron Stef, Laura from Food Snob STL, Stacy from Every Little Thing and Kimberly from Rhubarb and Honey for setting such a high standard. Photo credit J. Pollack Photography