Taste of St. Louis returns to downtown with focus on community

The festival's move back to the city follows its sale in March to new ownership, Taste It Productions.

“It was our intent all along to move it back to the city of St. Louis,” Taste It executive director Chuck Justus says.

Justus, though, is more eager to discuss what Taste of St. Louis' new organizers want to give back to the community.

“This is the 15th year for Taste of St. Louis,” he says. “People get what it is. They know there's some great things there. There's some great food, great drink. They expect all that.”

What they might not expect, Justus says, is Taste of St. Louis partnering with local chefs to mentor children through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri. Each year, 50 participants (mostly teenagers) will learn basic culinary skills through a program called First Job.

“So when these kids leave the program, they'll be better prepared for their first job,” Justus says.

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