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'Extra Helping' Cookbook Features St. Louis Chefs' Recipes, Supports Hospitality Industry Workers

'Extra Helping' Cookbook Features St. Louis Chefs' Recipes, Supports Hospitality Industry Workers

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Does quarantine have you craving Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria’s fabulous Fiori Arrabiatta or maybe Harold’s Doughnuts’ hot, baked doughnut holes?

If so, we have great news for you – you can now feed that craving by cooking these classics at home thanks to Feast Magazine and Small Circle’s new community-sourced cookbook, Extra Helping.

“As we’ve covered the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the local restaurant industry, one question has reverberated through the Feast office,” writes Feast Magazine editor-in-chief Heather Riske. “We’ve seen fine-dining restaurants pivot to offering takeout. We’ve seen other spots – including some of the region’s most acclaimed restaurants – elect to close their doors entirely. We’ve seen small-business owners forced to lay off their staffs – many of whom are more like family – so they can collect unemployment. And we wondered: ‘What can we do to help?’”

The result is a concentrated collaboration between Feast Magazine and Small Circle – a series of short cookbooks featuring recipes from local chefs co-founded by R.J. Hartbeck and Mary von der Heydt – to create Extra Helping, a community-sourced digital cookbook and donation platform to benefit hospitality-industry employees affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

“Through our work with Small Circle Recipes, we have had a chance to meet so many restaurant and hospitality workers in the industry,” Hartbeck says. “We felt we were uniquely positioned to create something that would benefit this community that means so much to us. … It’s a perfect platform during social distancing, and a great way to invite chefs directly into your kitchen during this hard time.”

The recommended donation is $25, all of which will go to the Gateway Resilience Fund in St. Louis that “supports employees, essential contractors and owners of small businesses in the St. Louis region who are experiencing a financial burden due to a disaster or other extreme situation,” and Crossroads Community Kitchen in Kansas City. Each individual who donates will receive a digital copy of the cookbook, now available here, transmitted via email. 

“We recommended a $25 donation, but so many people have been even more generous,” Hartbeck says. “It’s really blown us away. We hope to raise even more once we assemble the final cookbook.”

As of May 20, more than 60 recipes have been collected from local chefs for the cookbook and nearly $8,000 had been raised. The recipe submission deadline closed on April 13. 

“The response from chefs and the community has been a source of happiness and hope for us,” Hartbeck says. “We look forward to sharing that sentiment with those following this project. We’d also like to say – it’s not too late to donate!"

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Alecia is a freelance writer based in the metro area. Fueled by coffee and faith, Alecia is a wifey, boy mom and fur mama to two, enjoying this crazy thing called life one moment at a time.

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