Feeling like a Food Network Judge at A Tasteful Affair in St. Louis

Feeling like a Food Network Judge at A Tasteful Affair in St. Louis

A couple weeks ago, I had the great honor of accepting a spot as a culinary judge to A Tasteful Affair at the Four Season’s St. Louis. This was the 30th annual fundraising event to benefit Food Outreach, an incredible organization which provides nutritional support to low-income men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS or cancer.

This year, St. Louis Public Radio’s Geoffrey Burton and I embarked on the Broadway-themed affair to fill our stomachs with dishes from 20 tasty booths hosted by St. Louis’ top culinary minds and businesses.

From Four Seasons’ own chef Gian Nicola Colucci of Cielo to Cleveland-Heath in Edwardsville, Illinois, I could not believe the amount of talent our city has for flavors I got to try. We tested to award three categories: best savory, best sweet and best display. It was tough decision, but we eventually narrowed it down to STL’s Eleven Eleven Mississippi for their (Hamilton!) take on a colonial split pea soup topped with a smoked gouda crisp; a boozy Meet Me in St. Louie slush from Narwhal’s Crafted Urban Ice; and the lovely Grecian “Mamma Mia” display by Hidden Lake Winery.

Here’s a few pics from the event. I would highly recommend checking out these restaurants and especially heading to A Tasteful Affair 31 next year.

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  • We so appreciated and enjoyed having you as one of our culinary judges for “A Tasteful Affair 30” this year! Geoffrey and you did a GREAT job and it was so fun to have your assistance in choosing our culinary awards. Your photos are lovely, and truly express the beauty, creativity, and talents of the chefs and their food. Food Outreach is truly grateful for your expertise and devotion to making ATA30 one of the best events yet!

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