Famous Local Guide
St. Louis based kitchen aficionado, Sherrie Castellano is the founder of the website, With Food + Love, which she started back in 2013. The website is based on a gluten-free and largely plant-based diet, and explores her passions for wellness, food, storytelling, and photography. Aside from her work work with the website, she hosts seasonally inspired pop-up dinners, and is a contributing writer and photographer for many brands and magazines in the world of food and health.
"Oh man, there are so many great things popping up in The Grove right now. But, Hi-Pointe is probably where you'll find me most."
"Anything from The Mud House. Their slinger along with a Cup of Sunshine is pure joy."
"Not really. My diet largely consists of plants and naturally gluten-free foods, so it's generally easy for me to eat at most places that have a simple, fresh approach. Some of my favorites right now are Katie's Pizza & Pasta, Público, and Boundary."
"Haha, I do love a good Negroni. Basso makes a perfect one. I literally cannot say no to it."
"The bar program at Olive + Oak is killing it right now."
"Art Hill at Forest Park. It speaks for itself."
"Acero. They're doing Northern Italian food real well."
"The Great Forest Park Balloon Race. It's magical. My husband and I pack a picnic, grab a bottle of rosé, lay on a blanket, stare up at the sky and take it all in."
"Demun Oyster Bar. As native east coasters, something about their vibe and food feels real comfortable to my husband and I."
"The vegetarian spring rolls (per request) at Mai Lee dunked in sriracha are my go-to standbys."
"I'm really happy right now writing and photographing for FEAST Magazine, developing content as an influencer on my own website, while also managing the marketing for Big Heart Tea Co. But hosting more pop-up dinners is definitely a priority. Perhaps finding a permanent space of my own. We’ll see. My pop-ups were created with human connection in mind, while showcasing the farmers and makers that make the Midwest awesome. Events take place about every six week. You can find more information on my website: http://withfoodandlove.com/pop-up-events/"