Today is the day! One year ago today I had this feeling, this burning desire to write about food. Two days later a chef friend if mine posed an interesting query regarding the Datebook Diner and her supernatural love of local dining establishment Star Bar via FaceBook which inspired the spreading of that burning sensation all over your digital devices one short day later. It started off with literally tens of readers, which inspired the dubbing of you all as LG’s Tens Of Readers or Faithful Tens, but by the end of 2010 we had amassed an average of hundreds of unique visitors to every post, and over 50,000 page views. We have also managed to not end world hunger, change the face of agriculture, make much sense, or convince the food media to be of any help…but we had some fun trying. Not bad for a one year old blog about local food that really causes more problems than information dispersal, written by a guy who works in a kitchen for a living. One would expect that kind of raging success from something as huge as a High School Athletics Alumni Fan Blog.
I thank you for your readership, it has been a fun time…with more fun times ahead! Now, on with the news…
Azalea is no more, closing one year and two days uh…to the day…from the closing of its sister restaurant, Zen Sushi. With both restaurants in the ground floor of the Kirkwood now closed, many people have been asking the royal question “wtf is going on there?” According to owner Mike Hutchison, Zen is currently being remodeled into a new restaurant dubbed “Cuatro Burrito and Taco Bar” and will be opening sometime towards the end of January. Azalea is being re-tooled into a more casual spot (maybe like a downtown Star Bar?) for dining and drinks. I speculate that Chef Sean Wilson’s new-ish cocktail menu will remain, and that the food will be a more simple almost gastro-pub-esque fare. The new, as-of-yet-un-named Azalea successor is slated to open sometime towards the end of February. Stay tuned for more updates.
Chef George Formaro has a radio show, Kitchen Insider, which airs at 10 am every Saturday morning on 99.1 KFMG in Des Moines. I will be joining George this week, and you should join the two of us as we talk about food, cooking, and the local and national scene. Tune in to 99.1 or listen over the interweb at www.kfmg991.org.
This month we will be re-posting some of the classic posts from the last year of Locally Grown, appropriately dubbed “Locally Grown Classics.” These are some of the posts that you may have missed with new “liner notes” and updates by yours truly.
That is it for the news today, now get our there and Rep Local!
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