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Spicy Bits: July 4, 2008 - Ladue News: Diversions

Spicy Bits: July 4, 2008

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Posted: Thursday, July 3, 2008 12:00 am

• Enjoy peach samples from local farmers, as well as peach-related treats, at the Kirkwood Farmers’ Market Peach Festival Saturday, July 12. The Peach Pie Contest begins at noon. Amateur bakers can enter pies, which must be made from peaches purchased at the Kirkwood Farmer’s Market. Download contest forms at www.kirkwoodjunction.com. The festival goes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• After trips to other cosmopolitan cities, HENRY IWENOFU brought back to St. Louis a vision of a small restaurant and lounge that would serve West African and Caribbean food with style. At Nubia Cafe, the dark wooden tables have colorful, round, woven placemats that offset the white square plates. Henry’s Nigerian mother is cooking jollof, the traditional rice dish, as well as stews and soups with beef, chicken, goat and organic vegetables. The artful plating is only one sign of the family’s attention to detail, yet pricing is very reasonable. The 60-seat restaurant at 5860 Delmar Blvd. is open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Saturday, and for brunch on the last Sunday of the month.

• Local beer authority HENRY HERBST will share his vast knowledge and reveal the truth behind beer myths July 22 at the Visitor Center in Forest Park. Herbst is a collector of beer bottles and cans, a former brewer at A-B (from 1962 to ’72), and a researcher of St. Louis brewery family geneology. There will be a beer tasting after Henry explains the eight phases of Brewing History in St. Louis. The sudsy afternoon event runs from 1 to 3 p.m. and costs $15. Call 367-5700 to RSVP.

• The staff of Kitchen Conservatory lost two dear instructors and local food aficionados last month. MARLA SCISSORS, 39, succumbed to ALS after her diagnosis in 2007, and NORMAN DREY, 63, died unexpectedly. Anyone who took a cooking class with them will remember their love of baking/cooking and their zest for life, and they surely will live on in all they taught their students.

Chefs, Lost and Found: Dallas is the destination for former St. Louis kitchen guru TIM McLAUGHLIN. He’s accepted a position on the corporate level of Food, Friends and Company, a restaurant management company that operates 13 restaurants in nine states, including Wapango in Chesterfield. TODD WEISS, who like Tim had once been at the helm of Faust’s (albeit briefly), has also gone corporate. He’s the executive chef for Phillips Seafood based in Baltimore. TIM GRANDINETTI, who had been executive chef for the Renaissance Grand on Washington Avenue, has surfaced in Winston-Salem as exec chef of the WSlPrime restaurant in the trendy Twin City Quarter. Behind the stove of Maplewood’s Fu Manchu is CORY LEMIEUX, who moved here from Boston’s Blue Ginger restaurant.

• You don’t have to go to the State Fair to try a fried Twinkie…just to the eastern edge of The Loop. Pam’s Chicago-Style Dogs and More serves the real deal: Vienna beef hot dogs in a poppy seed bun with all the appropriate trimmings of a Chicago dog. The family of PAM WARNER has fulfilled her dream; Pam’s is a family business that caters to families and involves Pam’s siblings and 84-year-old mom. Open seven days a week at 6016 Delmar Blvd., for all three daily meals, the place also deep-fries chocolate muffins…or you can opt to have a Wunder Bar, chocolate-covered frozen cheesecake on a stick!

Know about any other chef comings and goings? Write to Amy Peck Abraham at spicybits@laduenews.com.

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