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beef. 4 ways.

last night was another farmer dinner – this time with Jeremy Parker and his Missouri Grass Fed Beef.

a number of avid beef eaters, armed with their sense of adventure, joined us at the cafe with Jeremy to partake in an interesting meal. i am not quite sure if these folks knew what they were getting into, but as far as i can tell they all loved it.

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Jeremy spoke lovingly about his cows, his pasture, his techniques – i interrupted him a few times to explain the dishes set in front of everyone. it was something like this:

first course
kabobs with onions and pineapple, served with sauteed garlic scapes

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second course
tongue pot roast with roasted garlic smashed potatoes

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third course
grilled hearts with green chili bread pudding and jicama salad

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forth course
mini burger served on a companion roll with mustard, horseradish sauce, and garlic scape pesto

final course
cranberry walnut Baetje Farms goat cheese with pear slices

i was thrilled to be able to use these strange cuts of meat, especially from such wonderfully delicious cows. and i was thrilled that everyone enjoyed the meal.

jeremy offered everyone a tour of his farm, i think i might just take him up on that offer.

hope to see you soon,


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Farming Was My Life

Don’t miss the free documentary screening and discussion of  “Farming Was My Life: The Hidden Costs of CAFO’s,”  Sunday, June 7, 4-6 p.m. at Central Reform Congregation, 5020 Waterman Blvd.,  St. Louis, MO.

The documentary will last about 40 minutes with discussion and community dialogue to follow.  Family farmers featured in the film will be present to answer questions and participate in the conversation.  The movie was produced by the Missouri Rural Crisis Center and Violet Producations. 

Local Harvest Grocery will be there!!

You can RSVP to amys@stl-jwj.or or 314-608-3917

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Michael Pollan and Local Harvest

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Jenny Ryan, Michael Pollen and Maddie Earnest. Mr. Pollen is surely all smiles after trying the Kale Soup and local asparagus!

Jenny Ryan and I were pretty excited to get our photograph taken with Michael Pollen who was in town Friday night to promote his book In Defense of Food.  He was super nice, super lean (must be all the good eating and not eating) and seemed appreciative of the samples we took him from the cafe. 

He condensed his message nicely in his talk:

Eat Less. Eat More Vegetables. And Eat Real Food.

Wow, now you don’t even have to buy the book.  No seriously, please read the book!  He was a inspiration and a good reminder of why we opened Local Harvest Grocery and Local Harvest Cafe. 

Yours in local eating, food celebrities, and good eats.

-Maddie Earnest


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Charleville Beer Tasting

Monday, April 6, at 7:00 p.m.,  Local Harvest Cafe and Catering is hosting a beer tasting featuring Charleville beers.  You will sample four beers accompanied by four small plates (four small plates bearing delicious food pairings.)  Cost is $20.

Sign up at cafe or store.  See website below for information about the microbeers from Charleville Winery.


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Photography exhibit at cafe…..

gotp21Hey folks-

We have a new show hanging at the cafe that you should check out. Here is some info below and a couple of images that hopefully pique your interest.



Showing at the Local Harvest Café from now until late May is the photographic work of St. Louis artist Daniel File.  The display is primarily from two series he has put together:  Tranche de Vie, which is a color series of image slices about food and water, and Ghosts of the Prairie, which is a black-and-white series of images about the disappearing small family farms of the Great Plains.


Viewers will find 21 images ranging from color-saturated ‘slices of life’ to moody, b&w images of family farms, evoking symbols of a society that values hard work, long-term goals, and strong family connections.  While the colorful images are a testament to our connection to the healthful food that sustains us, the b&w images remind us that our tangible connection to that source of food may be a way of life that is disappearing.  The show even follows you into the restroom where two more black-and-white prints await you. These explore the textures of the stark realities of a late harvest as well as a Missouri winter river bank.


Dan File has enjoyed successful careers in acting, theatrical design, and education, but his vision is most fundamentally expressed in his photography.  Dan’s photographic work has been seen in galleries in Illinois and Missouri and hangs in several commercial establishments. Recently he was commissioned to produce several architectural prints for the internationally renowned Kansas Cityarchitectural firm of HNTB.  His images are even featured as a “Structure Series” of architectural jigsaw puzzles by Publisher Services, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia.


All the hanging framed prints are for sale, and unframed prints can be purchased from the artist.


You can see the full range of his photography by visiting his website:


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First Farmer Dinner–Greenwood Farms

Italian Wedding soup

Italian Wedding soup


Claverach sprouts, Greenwood farms bacon, yellow onions, with housemade blue cheese dressing









February 6th, Local Harvest Cafe hosted its first Farmer Dinner. Greenwood Farms was the featured farm and Holly and Steve Atkinson gave a wonderful, goosebump producing talk about their farm and why they do it.

Here are a few photos highlighting the food from the night. Clara and Pat truly outdid themselves. Of course, as both of them said over and over, when you have great food to work with it makes it easy.  The meal featured pork, lamb, and chicken from Greenwood Farms as well as free samples of raw milk. 

We’re planning another Farmer dinner in March featuring Claverach Farms.  The date will be announced soon!



A very juicky roasted chicken was the main course.




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Wine and Chocolate Class



Local Harvest Cafe was host last night to our first class– A Wine and Chocolate Tasting.  Rachel Katz, nutritionist, Brian Pelletier of KaKaO Chocolates and Ramona Marten of Classique wines, wined and dined (or chocolated?) a packed house. This surely encourages us to offer more classes.  
We sampled four wines (stop by the store and I’ll give you the lowdown on my favorites) and four truffles (I think the cherry was my favorite, but it’s hard to pick….the dark truffle was fantastic, and did I mention the chile truffle?)
Enjoy this photo montage–can four pictures be a montage?
Anyway, we hope our next offering will be an olive oil tasting. Stay posted.
Yours in eating local and inaugural watching.
Early sampling

Early sampling



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house smoked bacon biscuits and black eyed peas.

have new year’s day brunch at local harvest, 10am – 3pm.

join us to ring in the new year, the local way.

we will have our hot cocoa bar, several mimosas (like mago and pomegranate), our veggie and vegan slinger, biscuits and gravy, quiche, bacon six ways, and black eyed peas with every plate.

i promise smiles and delicious food.

see you there,


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Chocolate Class

kakaoChocolate and Wine Tasting!
 Come join Rachel Katz, Certified Health Counselor, and Brian Pelletier, owner of Kakao Chocolates, for a delectable night of handmade chocolates paired with fabulous wines. You will learn about the history of chocolate and how chocolates are made. Also, learn how chocolates and wine can be part of a healthy diet. Just in time for Valentine’s day, we will also discuss the aphrodisiac quality of chocolates and fine wines.
January 19, 7pm
At Local Harvest Cafe
3137 Morgan Ford Road
St. Louis, MO 63116
$20 early sign up
$30 at the door
To RSVP please email Rachel ( today! Payments accepted via PayPal.
Have a wonderful holiday!
Rachel Katz, CHC

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New Hours and Holiday Hours for the Cafe’

we are changing the hours here at the cafe’, to serve you better and more frequently.

beginning Friday, December 19 :

Monday 7am-2pm
Tuesday thru Friday 7am-9pm
Saturday 8am-9pm
Sunday 8am-3pm

this means later dinner hours and a longer brunch on sunday – so come and enjoy our new liquor license and our updated brunch menu…(there will be a brunch post and a beer/wine post very soon)

our holiday hours at the cafe’ look something like this :

Wednesday, 24 December, Christmas Eve 7am-2pm
Thursday, 25 December, Christmas Day closed
Friday, 26 December, Boxing Day 10am – 8pm
*special brunch (10am-3pm) including champagne cocktails and a hot cocoa bar

Wednesday, 31 December, New Year’s Eve 7am-2pm
Thursday, 1 January, New Year’s Day 10am-3pm
*special brunch all day, serving bacon six ways, champagne cocktails, and our new veggie slinger

reservations are recommended on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day brunch (three seating – 10am,12noon, and 2pm)

and don’t forget the festive Holiday Walk on Morganford this Wednesday – 5pm-8pm (we will have specials on dinner, ginger snaps, and hot chocolate!)

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