Ann Lemons Pollack Obituary, Death – Ann Lemons Pollack, a Desloge native who became a well-known food writer and restaurant critic, died Wednesday at her Clayton home from injuries received in a fall. She was 76 years old at the time.
Ann Lemons Pollack was born in St. Francois County, Missouri, on July 14, 1945, the daughter of two Desloge schoolteachers.
According to dailyjournalonline.com, Her first job, according to her son, Terry Lemons, was as a nurse. She moved to St. Louis in 1974 and graduated from St. Louis University with a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
Pollack began traveling and writing culinary tales for Menu, a New Orleans publication, while working as a nurse. Her stories caught the attention of the upper management at St. Louis Dining, and she began writing for them in 1984.
She met Joe Pollack while covering the restaurant beat for St. Louis Dining, and the two married in 1994. In 2012, he passed away.
Pollack was a well-known guest at most St. Louis cafes after spending over 30 years writing about the city’s food scene.
She returned to her roots as often as she could, visiting relatives and friends. In 2007, she and her husband Joe returned to the area to join a panel of Missouri authors that included Joe Harte, Bill McClellan, Cheree Berry, Rachel Neumeier, and Jim Kellogg, among others, at her alma mater, MAC.
While she couldn’t give a single answer when asked by an audience member what her favorite restaurant or meal was as a panelist, she did have an unforgettable Christmas Eve in Singapore, where she was served fish head curry.