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Two St. Louis Chefs Are 2017 James Beard Finalists

James Beard Finalists

Second Year for St. Louis Chefs on James Beard Finalists List

St. Louis, MO/March 18, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) James Beard Finalists — St. Louis has a long history of great restaurants and inventive chefs.  There have been dozens of accolades and honors bestowed upon St. Louis’ restaurateurs, chefs, and innovators in recent years.  From AAA’s coveted four-diamonds rating (St. Louis establishments have 18), to National Restaurant Association’s “Restaurant Neighbor” awards (three in 2016), and the James Beard Foundation’s America’s Classics Award Gioia’s Deli received in January, St. Louis’ restaurant professionals have proven they’re national caliber.

For the second year in a row, two local chefs have been named as finalists for JBF’s Best Chef: Midwest award.  Executive Chef/Owner Kevin Nashan is the creative force behind Sidney Street Café, 2000 Sidney St. in Benton Park.  Executive Chef/Owner Kevin Willmann has made Farmhaus, 3257 Ivanhoe Ave. in Lindenwood Park a regional leader in farm-to-table, sustainable dining.

Three other St. Louis chefs had been named JBF semifinalists this year.  Chef Ashley Shelton of Pastaria in Clayton was a semifinalist for the Rising Star Chef of the Year award honoring especially talented young chefs who are likely to have a meaningful influence on the industry.  Executive Chef Jesse Mendica of Oak + Olive in Webster Groves and Executive Chef/Owner Mike Randolph of Público in The Loop were also named semifinalists for the Best Chef: Midwest award.

The James Beard Foundation’s mission is to encourage and acknowledge the restaurants, chefs and other industry innovators who create America’s diverse food culture.  Established in 1990, the JBF Awards recognize culinary achievement.  It’s regarded as one of the very highest levels of recognition in the culinary industry.  This year’s JBF Chef award winners will be announced May 1st at a gala in Chicago.

Local Deli Makes Top 100 Places to Eat List for 2017 – Blues City Deli

Blues City Deli, St. Louis, MO

Singin’ the Praises of Blues City Deli

ST. LOUIS, MO/February 8, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Blues City Deli – Online reviews have given small businesses that offer terrific value and service the opportunity to compete with larger restaurants and national chains that enjoy much larger advertising budgets.  Thanks to Yelp, businesses can have a free platform on which they can market their offerings and collect feedback from their customers.

Most realize that customer feedback is everything. A recent Small Business Pulse survey shows that 96% of U.S. businesses say they collect customer feedback, and 82% of restaurants report using online review sites like Yelp to collect it.  That’s higher than any other business category.

So, it’s no surprise that Blues City Deli is elated to have made Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat List for 2017.  This is the 4th annual year for the list honoring eateries from across the US, nearly all of which have a perfect 5-star rating.  Blues City Deli came in at No. 28 on the list and was also included on Yelp’s list in 2016.

What’s really interesting is that most of the businesses on the list are unpretentious eateries that offer their diners a no-frills type experience.  Nearly three-fourths of the top 100 are fast casual businesses or food trucks where you can enjoy a meal for $10 or under proving that a restaurant doesn’t have to be fancy or famous to get 5 star ratings.

What are customers saying about this landmark deli in the Benton Park area?  They’re saying that owner, Vince Valenza, knows what he’s doing.  From the brick walls completely covered with primitive paintings of blues legends, the posters advertising long ago jazz concerts to the Delta’s music memorabilia… the place oozes with character.

The atmosphere is happy, loud, casual, and the small tables force diners to make new friends.  There is live music almost every Thursday and Saturday, and the menu is a tribute to many of the blues music cities on the “Blues Highway.”
Here’s just a few of Blues City Deli’s most popular sandwiches:

The Valenza Special Muffuletta- lots of genoa salami, ham, Moraxella, provolone and mozzarella cheese and our home made olive salad on Italian bread.

The 7th Street Sicilian’ Po-boy- genoa salami, cappicola, pepperoni, and provel with lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion served on seeded baguette

The Benton Park’ Po-boy- smoked ham, top round roast beef, oven roasted turkey, provel cheese with lettuce

The Italian Salsiccia Po-boy- a 1/3 Italian sausage served with marinara, roasted peppers, onions and provel cheese.

The Veno-hot roast beef dipped in Aujus served with bacon, provel cheese and dressed with lettuce, tomato, pickle, and onion
The “Daddy-o Combo-o”-a mound of our hot Italian beef with a 1/3 lbs. Italian sausage and provolone cheese with a choice of hot giardiniera peppers.

The Prez Reuben-filled with New York style Pastrami and Swiss Cheese, Sauerkraut and Thousand Island Dressing

Don’t be surprised to find there’s a sandwich at this deli for everyone.  Besides all types of deli meats, they offer smoked meat, baked meat, and cooked meat, vegetarian and custom sandwiches.  Whether you eat in or get your sandwich to go, just expect it to be wrapped in white butcher paper and stuffed in a plastic bag.  And don’t be intimidated by that long line because it moves very quickly and will be well worth your wait.

Blues City Deli

2438 McNair

St. Louis, MO 63104

Phone: (314) 773-8225

Hours: Mon-Thu 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Thursdays 11 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.