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St. Louis is Home to One of the Best Culinary School in America

St. Louis is Home to One of the Best Culinary School in America

St. Louis Community College Culinary Arts Program is 15th in Nation

St. Louis, MO/October 7, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Hungry St. Louisans already know this is a great culinary city.  The chefs, restaurants, and food vendors in the Gateway City offer something for every appetite.  So, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that St. Louis is also home to one of the best culinary training centers in the nation.  According to TheBestSchools.org, which develops rankings of trade schools, colleges, and universities, the culinary programs at the St. Louis Community College are among the top 30 in the United States.

TheBestSchools.org just released their updated list “The 30 Best Culinary Schools.”  St. Louis Community College ranked at 15th in the nation.  The article cited the school’s high quality of education and career training coupled with its low cost, even for out-of-state students, as elements that make it “an affordable, attractive option.”  Editors also praised SLCC’s Career and Employment Services offices on each campus as helpful with career placement and advancement, through resume and cover letter assistance, networking, and more.

SLCC offers two culinary degree programs including an Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts, and an Associate of Applied Science in Baking and Pastry Arts.  They also offer a Certificate of Specialization in Food and Beverage Management.  All of the culinary programs at St. Louis Community College are accredited by ACF (American Culinary Federation). SLCC itself is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).  More information about Culinary Arts at St. Louis Community College is available online: http://www.slcc.edu/culinaryarts/index.aspx.

According to TheBestSchools.org, this ranking of culinary arts schools is based on the quality of the program(s) offered, the types of courses provided, the strength of the faculty, school awards, other rankings, and the program’s reputation.  In updating their rankings this time around, they weighed general culinary excellence and gave additional consideration for cost and degree offerings through the schools and/or their partnerships with universities.

St. Louis Community College was the only culinary arts program in Missouri to make the top 30.  The Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park took top honors.  Here is the complete list in order of ranking by TheBestSchools.org:

1. Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park (Hyde Park, NY)
2. Institute of Culinary Education (New York, NY)
2. International Culinary Center (New York, NY)
4. Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts (Austin, TX)
5. L’Academie de Cuisine (Gaithersburg, MD)
6. Johnson and Wales University (Providence, RI)
7. Metropolitan Community College Nebraska (Omaha, NE)
8. Kendall College of Culinary Arts (Chicago, IL)
9. New England Culinary Institute (Montpelier, VT)
10. Sullivan University National Center for Hospitality Studies (Louisville, KY)
11. The International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Washington (Arlington, VA)
12. Culinary Studies Institute at Oakland Community College (Farmington Hills, MI)
13. San Diego Culinary Institute (San Diego, CA)
14. Drexel University Center for Hospitality and Sport Management (Philadelphia, PA)
15. St. Louis Community College (Saint Louis, MO)
16. The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College (Philadelphia, PA)
17. Henry Ford Community College (Dearborn, MI)
18. Secchia Institute for Culinary Ed. at Grand Rapids Community College (Grand Rapids, MI)
19. Pierpont Community and Technical College (Fairmont, WV)
20. The Culinary Institute of New York at Monroe College (New Rochelle, NY)
21. College of Southern Nevada (North Las Vegas, NV)
22. Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington (Bloomington, IN)
23. Hudson County Community College (Jersey City, NJ)
24. Pulaski Technical College (North Little Rock, AK)
25. Kirkwood Community College (Cedar Rapids, IA)
26. Anne Arundel Community College–Hotel, Culinary Arts, & Tourism Inst. (Glen Burnie, MD)
27. Delgado Community College (New Orleans, LA)
28. Boston University Metropolitan College (Boston, MA)
29. The French Pastry School at Kennedy–King College (Chicago, Illinois)
30. Great Lakes Culinary Institute at Northwestern Michigan College (Traverse City, MI)

The editors also offered Honorable Mentions to two schools: The Culinary Institute of New Orleans (New Orleans, LA) and San Francisco Cooking School (San Francisco, CA).

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By Susan Smith-Harmon – published on STLRestaurant.News by St. Louis Media, LLC

The Top 10 Cheesecake Makers in St. Louis

The Top 10 Cheesecake Makers in St. Louis - STLRestauant.News

St. Louis’ Favorites for National Cheesecake Day

St. Louis, MO/July 30, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – National Cheesecake Day is a real day.  Yay!  It’s today, July 30th, so it’s the perfect time to have a slice of your favorite kind.  Of course, we’re all familiar with the dense, creaminess that is New York style cheesecake.  And many St. Louis diners have enjoyed an Italian style ricotta cheesecake.  Many southsider are familiar with the creamy, cakey German-style cheesecake (Käsekuchen), but there are literally dozens of ways to make cheesecake, and all of them delicious.  Now that’s a food worth celebrating, in all its glorious forms.

We wanted to know where St. Louis diners go when they get a hankering for this sweet, creamy delicacy.  You will find it on the dessert menus of hundreds of restaurants all over the metro area.  And most bakeries have their versions too.  So we checked the customer reviews to find the local favorites, and what we found was a nice mix of bakeries, cafes, fine dining establishments—even a vegan restaurant—that all offer cheesecake St. Louis diners consider to be a cut above the rest.

Topping our list is Kruta Bakery in Collinsville.  This fourth-generation family-owned bakery has been making delicious baked goods for metro east residents since 1919.  This is a full-service traditional bakery, offering everything from bread and rolls to custom cakes, pastries, seasonal treats, and cheesecake.  The neighborhood vibe goes well with the friendly, efficient service.  During peak times, expect to take a number and stand in line, but you can use the few minutes to decide what else you’re getting beside the old-fashioned cheesecake, perhaps a French cheese horn, some cheese Danishes, maybe a cheese stolen—and while you’re there, pick up a couple dozen Jimmies (donut holes filled with raspberry).

There are cheesecake options for everyone on our Top 10 list, so without further ado, here are St. Louis’ favorite places to go to satisfy that cheesecake craving on National Cheesecake Day and beyond:

1. Kruta Bakery (4.75 stars/169 reviews) Collinsville, 300 Saint Louis Road, Collinsville, IL 62234, (618) 344-1115.
2. Missouri Baking Company (4.75 stars/596 reviews) The Hill, 2027 Edwards Street, Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 773-6566.
3. Sucrose (4.70 stars/50 reviews) St. Charles, 700 South Fifth Street, Saint Charles, MO 63301, (314) 288-9176.
4. Sugaree Baking Co. (4.55 stars/56 reviews) Dogtown, 1242 Tamm Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63139, (314) 645-5496.
5. Helfer’s Pastries & Deli Cafe (4.54 stars/59 reviews) Florissant, 380 Saint Ferdinand Street, Florissant, MO 63031, (314) 837-6050.
6. Seedz Cafe (4.54 stars/138 reviews) Clayton, 6344 South Rosebury, Saint Louis, MO 63105, (314) 725-7333.
7. Piccione Pastry (4.54 stars/297 reviews) The Loop, 6197 Delmar Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63112, (314) 932-1355.
8. Russell’s Cafe and Bakery (4.48 stars/199 reviews) Fenton, 952 Brookwood Center, Fenton, MO 63026, (636) 343-8900.
9. Russell’s on Macklind (4.43 stars/350 reviews) Southampton, 5400 Murdoch Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63109, (314) 553-9994.
10. Kreis Restaurant (4.31 stars/357 reviews) Frontenac, 535 South Lindbergh Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63131, (314) 993-0735.

With thousands of restaurants, bakeries, and cafes offering cheesecake to hungry diners, there were a few places to not that didn’t quite make the top 10 list, but are still worth your attention.  So, to these fine cheesecake makers we offer Honorable Mentions:

Hank’s Cheesecakes (4.46 stars/47 reviews) Richmond Heights, 1063 South Big Bend Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63117, (314) 781-0300. They’ve been making homemade cheesecake at Hank’s for 30 years, and they make it in more than 35 flavors, including sugar free and gluten free varieties. They also make amazing brownies, lemon bars, and some melt-in-your-mouth delicious chocolate cakes.

A Little Taste of Heaven Bakery (4.61 stars/38 reviews) Edwardsville, 219 Hillsboro Avenue, Edwardsville, IL 62025, (618) 659-8569.  This neighborhood bakery in Edwardsville is known for their cheesecakes—they offer a wide variety of flavors each day.  Their original is an extra creamy, all-natural cheesecake (cherry topping available), but they also do turtle, death by chocolate, white chocolate raspberry, strawberry, blueberry, Oreo, key lime, and seasonal varieties like pumpkin and peppermint bark.

Federhofer’s Bakery (4.32 stars/53 reviews) Affton, 9005 Gravois Road, Affton, MO 63123, (314) 832-5116.  This mom and pop bakeshop has been making a range of breads, pastries, cakes, pies, and other treats—including cheesecake—for hungry south-siders for more than 50 years.  They are one of the few places in town that makes the classic St. Louis style chiffon cheesecake (which is light, and sweet and simply delectable), but you may need to order it ahead.