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March 17 Memorial For Joe Pollack



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Joe Pollack
March 14, 2012
A memorial service is planned for the late Joe Pollack, well-known local food, theater and movie critic, who died Friday, March 9.

The service will be held Saturday, March 17, 11 a.m., at the Loretto-Hilton Center for Performing Arts, 130 Edgar Road, on the campus of Webster University in Webster Groves.

For several years, beginning in 2007, Mr. Pollock penned the "City Dish" column for the West End Word along with his wife, Ann Lemons Pollack. The two also published a blog, St. Louis Eats and Drinks, featuring reviews of books, movies, wines, restaurants and more.

The Central West End's Virginia Publishing Co. published three of the Pollacks' restaurant review books: "Beyond Toasted Ravioli," "Beyond Gooey Butter" and "St. Louis Eats."

Mr. Pollack was an award-winning writer for over 50 years, 20 of those as theater, movie and restaurant critic with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He was a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism. In addition to his time at the Post, he was a sports reporter for the St. Louis Globe-Democrat; worked in public relations for the NFL; and was a movie reviewer for local TV stations.

Mr. Pollack is survived by his wife Ann; daughters Wendy Pollack, Dara (Eric) Silverberg and Sharon Brown; four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter; stepchildren Terry (Jane Fullerton) Lemons and Jennifer Lemons Hagler; and four stepgrandchildren. Memorials may be made to the arts organization of the donor's choice.

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