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Gerard Craft came into the St. Louis culinary scene with a bang when the opened the original Niche in 2005. Ten years later, he became the first St. Louis chef to take home the coveted James Beard Best Chef: Midwest award in 2015. And as his Niche Restaurant Group grows, he has added mentoring younger chefs to his list of job descriptions.

Across the Atlantic in the United Kingdom, medjool dates stuffed with marzipan are a traditional holiday snack. But dates here in the U.S. aren’t as commonly tied to a specific season, so any time is a good one to get to know these sweet, tropical stone fruits.

Berries are wonderfully diverse — if occasionally confusing — fruits. Botanists are quick to point out that, technically speaking, bananas and eggplants are berries while strawberries and raspberries are not. Some varieties can thrive even in freezing temperatures. For others, only the tropics will do. “Heading into the cold and often gray winter months, there’s something special about adding some color to your meals.

This is my favorite time of year, but it’s also probably the busiest and most stressful. Our calendars are booked with parties and special events. We are hosting guests, traveling and shopping for gifts. It’s not the time of year anyone wants to transform their diet. So instead, think of small swaps you can make to your classic recipes to make your holidays a little healthier. 

The Holidays are the season for sharing your table. It’s a time for gathering our loved ones in cozy spaces and feeling the warmth of family and friendship. This year, squeeze in more of that precious time with those you love by using our holiday party guide. From smoked Thanksgiving turkeys to wine and cheese boards, local experts are here to make the holidays less stressful and more delicious!