STL food events, diets vs. Covid, not standing for seated resto hosts

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Upcoming Food Events

This week, from July 18–25, St. Louis Burger Week returns, featuring $6 burgers from more than 40 of the city’s favorite burger joints and restaurants, served up on their home turf. (The complete burger menu is available here). Get your Burger Passports stamped for a chance to win a grill-out prize pack with burgers and beers for you and 25 friends. Then, this fall, after a taking year off because of the global pandemic, Taste of St. Louis will be held at Ballpark Village from September 24–26. The event will feature offerings from 25 of the city’s best restaurants, a market area, as well as DJs and live local music on several stages.


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On Diets and COVID-19

Researchers at health-science company ZOE, Harvard Medical School, and King’s College London found that eating a gut-friendly (plant-based or pescatarian) diet may reduce the risk of developing COVID-19 and becoming severely ill. The team analyzed data from nearly 600,000 ZOE COVID Study app contributors, who completed a survey about the food that they ate during February 2020 (pre-pandemic). The recent, though not-yet-peer-reviewed study found that participants who followed a high-quality, gut-friendly diet were around 10 percent less likely to develop COVID-19 than those with the lowest-quality diet and 40 percent less likely to become severely ill. The initial findings don’t surprise Caryn Dugan, founder of the Center for Plant-Based Living in Kirkwood. “Eating an array of high-fiber, mostly unprocessed plant foods helps create healthy populated gut flora,” she says, “which supports good gut health and, thus, a more robust immune system.”


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Stool Squatters

While we’ve taken issue before when a phalanx of restaurant staffers sizes us up at the host stand (we dubbed them the “front desk federation”), just as aggravating is the lone host who doesn’t bother to rise off the stool to greet us—or seat us. Rest assured, if our presence is disrupting your doing-absolutely-nothing-right-now agenda, we’d be happy to grab a few menus and seat ourselves. Or maybe we’ll just move along… We just spied a great sidewalk table at the restaurant across the street.

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