The success of St. Louis’ Shop Like A Chef have got us all so excited about bringing it to other cities. I am in talks with a co-author in Baltimore and have been doing all kinds of research in Seattle. We are even talking about apps!!!
Looking Back to See Forward
It was my hope that SLAC would change the way people shop and think about food in St. Louis. There is so much depth and diversity of food in the metro area, some still undiscovered. Every time you step into a small store, you are helping a small business thrive and connect. This micro-economy (also known as Slow Money) and connection with each other makes St. Louis an amazing community.
Go into Paul’s Market in North County and ask the butcher behind the counter about the best cut for pot roast, maybe you’ll get his mom’s secret recipe. Go into Seema Enterprises on Page and ask the man behind the counter how he likes to cook the mystery vegetable that you pick up. This is how we gain knowledge as a community, how we share stories, how we feel good about the food we eat.
Good food is not just about “organic” apples or “local” squash, it’s about how the food got there and then what we do with it. It’s about the how the shopping and cooking experience makes the food just as good as the ingredients. A meal imbued with good juju.
I have heard from lots of people that they find the book a great resource, but I hope they are also finding it adds experiences, stories, and wisdom that will last a lifetime.