Today is a bittersweet day in the Feast office – we’re saying goodbye and good luck to publisher Cat Neville.
As many of you know, Cat founded Feast, then a St. Louis-based culinary publication, in 2010. Just four years later in 2014, when I joined the team (along with art director Alex Povis), we expanded to a regional presence, covering the entire state of Missouri, plus southern Illinois and eastern Kansas. It’s been an absolute pleasure to work alongside Cat for so many years – her love for food and farming is infectious, and I’m incredibly excited for her to take that passion in a new direction (for more details, be sure to pick up a copy of the May issue of Feast, on stands today!).
I’ll be forever grateful to Cat for building this publication – one driven by a team of hardworking, smart, talented creatives across the state – from the ground up, and for setting a foundation for us to tell the stories of the best and brightest culinary minds in our region. Whether we’re profiling a monastery sequestered in the Missouri Ozarks where monks make fruitcakes for the Williams-Sonoma catalog, introducing you to a couple working to fight the honeybee crisis with ice cream or breaking down the history of Kansas City’s iconic burnt ends, Feast, at its best, encourages readers to dive deeper into the role that food plays in our culture.
For the past year and a half, it’s been my privilege to oversee editorial for Feast, working closely with our tightknit team and talented contributors to set the vision for the magazine, and I'm incredibly excited to lead the magazine in the years to come. I like to think of Feast not simply as a food magazine but as a regional magazine told through the lens of food – the stories we tell go far beyond what’s on your plate, encompassing a wide range of topics that are all woven together under the umbrella of food and drink.
Rest assured that the Feast you know and love isn’t going anywhere – we’ll still tell you where to find arguably the best cheesesteak in St. Louis and preview the biggest new restaurant openings in Kansas City. But going forward, we’ll also use our platform to cover more topical stories, from a candid conversation about dismantling toxic behavior in the industry to a reflection on how we can be better diners, as told by one local restaurant owner.
The Feast of today might look a little different from when we launched over a decade ago, but our commitment to sharing the stories of local food is unwavering. As we enter this new chapter, we’re excited to bring even more of those to the table.