Jean Carnahan

Eat well, travel far, laugh often—that’s what Jean Carnahan can claim to be doing a lot of these days. Missouri’s first-ever female U.S. senator (and former first lady) has added another title to her already impressive résumé: food blogger.

“After being in politics all my life, I found that people could come together around a common interest in good food far more often than they could on public policy,” she recently told Gazelle STL. “And food-blogging gave me a chance to pursue a number of favorites pastimes: writing, photography, design, cooking and dining out. The perfect job!”

Carnahan’s blog, Good Food St. Louis (goodfoodstl.com), is chock-full of ideas for home cooks, foodies and those who love to try something new. There are recipes, restaurant reviews and adventures in dining, as well as plenty of Carnahan family photos.

This is not Carnahan’s first foray into writing and cooking. She’s the author of eight books, including “Christmas at the Mansion,” a cookbook.

Author and Gazelle STL contributor Suzanne Corbett

Speaking of food, what are you hungry for? That’s the question food historian and author—and Gazelle STL cuisine contributor—Suzanne Corbett says she has an answer for. Her new book, “Unique Eats and Eateries of St. Louis,” features 99 of her favorite picks, with categories such as Plates with a Past, Plates with a View and Global Grub. “Unique Eats,” published by Reedy Press, is available at local bookstores.

University City’s own Mound City Shelled Nut Company is celebrating 100 years! Known for its peanut butter and almond butter products, Mound City has a loyal following that spans generations. The company, founded in 1917 by Ben Kessel, is owned by Byron and Stacy Smyrniotis, who purchased the business from the Kessel family following Ben’s death in 1972. The store was originally located north of downtown, but moved to the Delmar Loop in the 1950s. In 1980, Byron moved the location to 7831 Olive Blvd., where it remains today.

Now is the time to nominate someone who has made a significant contribution to St. Louis’ arts and culture scene. Nominations for the 2018 St. Louis Visionary Awards are due Nov. 6 via vizawards.org. Winners will be announced Nov. 16, following a review by an independent panel of local artists, arts educators and advocates. The 2018 awards ceremony is planned for April 23 at The Sun Theatre in Grand Center.

Another call for nominations comes from St. Louis Women of Achievement for its 2018 class of honorees. The Women of Achievement award recognizes those who have shown exceptional commitment through longtime volunteer work and leadership. Nominations are being accepted through Jan. 10. More information is available on woastl.org. The 2018 awards luncheon will be held May 15 at The Ritz-Carlton.

An award-winning journalist recognized for her media leadership and for promoting diversity, Trish Muyco-Tobin has more than 20 years of experience in print and broadcasting. She is also a dedicated community volunteer, and proudly serves on the board of the St. Louis Press Club, Friends of Character Plus, and the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.