David Kirkland, the owner and executive chef of Turn Restaurant and David Kirkland Catering, believes food and music brings people together. He began his career in the early-1990's, bouncing from the Café at St. Louis Art Museum (Catering St. Louis) to Frazier’s Brown Bag, and then Venice Café. Kirkland learned everything he could from some of the city's best. In 1996, he moved to San Francisco and began focusing on his music interests, becoming a resident DJ at several clubs throughout the city. However, he never lost his love for the culinary arts, cooking for friends and family and exploring the area's now famous farm-to-table approach to food. After moving back to St. Louis, Kirkland returned to the kitchen with a mission, taking the helm at Café Osage in 2007. He opened Turn Restaurant and David Kirkland Catering in Spring of 2016.
Turn Restaurant represents the convergence of Kirkland’s DJ life and his passion for cooking. He crafts flavor profiles like he mixes beats–layering and blending to create unique experiences. Each menu is designed with a honed farm-to-table philosophy that emphasizes relationships with local farmers and that utilizes freshly grown vegetables and flavors. Kirkland works closely with the region’s growers, including the urban farm on the roof of the restaurant, to plan for each season and to promote sustainability in the St. Louis restaurant scene. Turn presents comfort classics and puts a fresh spin on each dish.