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Posted: 2/8/2013 | Print Friendly Version


WHAT: What St. Louis Eats Submission Contest
WHEN: Now through May 4.
WHERE: Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd., south St. Louis
INFO:; (314) 577-5100, 1-800-642-8842 toll free

ST. LOUIS):  As part of its 2013 Year of Food, the Missouri Botanical Garden is inviting people of all ages to help answer the question: What Does St. Louis Eat? As the Garden’s first public-sourced storytelling project, What St. Louis Eats is intended to reflect the diversity of food stories, perspectives, lifestyles and trends within St. Louis.

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Food provides basic nourishment but it can also spark memories, inspire creativity and bring people together. As part of its Foodology: Dig In! year-long series of exhibits, events and programs, the Garden wants to ensure real St. Louis food stories are highlighted. Through submissions from the public the Garden will attempt to answer a number of questions about St. Louisans and the foods they eat and drink. What are we eating and why? What food traditions have been passed down for generations? What’s on your dinner tables and school lunch trays? What cultural cuisines are you serving and eating? What foods are growing in our gardens and neighborhoods? 

Given the diversity of food stories in St. Louis, the Garden is issuing a call for submissions as part of this project. Individuals can share their food stories through photos, videos and essay:

  • Photos — Capture a single image that best reflects the story of food and you. It could be a favorite dish, the kitchen where you learned to cook, the market where you find the best ingredients, your vegetable garden etc. Include a brief description (150 words or less) describing what makes your image significant.
  • Short Videos — Give us a tour of your vegetable garden, interview your favorite dining companions, walk us through a cherished family recipe, etc.
  • Essays — Describe in 300 words or less your favorite food-related memory or another significant food experience that is meaningful to you.

Entries will be accepted by the following methods:


The deadline for submissions is Saturday, May 4, 3013. Submissions will be reviewed by a community panel from across the St. Louis region and select entries will be featured in the final exhibit at the Garden and online later this year. 

The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd. in south St. Louis, accessible from Interstate 44 at the Vandeventer exit and from Interstate 64 at the Kingshighway North and South exit. Free parking is available on site and two blocks west at the corner of Shaw and Vandeventer.

For general information, visit or call (314) 577‑5100 (toll-free, 1‑800‑642‑8842). Follow the Garden on Facebook and Twitter at and

More than 43,000 households in the St. Louis region hold memberships to the Missouri Botanical Garden. Memberships begin at $65 ($60 for seniors) and offer 12 months of free general admission for two adults and all children ages 12 and under, plus exclusive invitations and discounts. Members help support the Garden’s operations and world-changing work in plant science and conservation. Learn more at


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The Missouri Botanical Garden’s mission is “to discover and share knowledge about plants and their environment in order to preserve and enrich life.” Today, 154 years after opening, the Missouri Botanical Garden is a National Historic Landmark and a center for science, conservation, education and horticultural display.


The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd. in St. Louis, just south of I-44 at Vandeventer-Kingshighway (exit #287B). Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Closed Christmas Day. Grounds open at 7 a.m. most Wednesdays and Saturdays (exception: special admission rate events). Admission is $8; free children ages 12 and under and Garden members. St. Louis City and County residents are $4 and free most Wednesdays and Saturdays until noon (exception: special admission rate events – third weekend of May, Memorial Day 2012, Labor Day weekend and first weekend of October). Park for free on site and two blocks west at the Shaw-Vandeventer intersection. The Garden is accessible via public transportation by taking the MetroLink commuter rail line and picking up a Metro bus ( For general information, log on to or call the 24-hour recording at (314) 577-5100 or 1-800-642-8842. For membership information, visit call (314) 577-5118 during weekday business hours. For volunteer opportunities, visit or call (314) 577-5187. The Missouri Botanical Garden is a tobacco-free environment.