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It's His Party: Father's Day Ideas - Ladue News: Special Features

It's His Party: Father's Day Ideas

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Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2014 12:00 pm | Updated: 9:57 am, Fri May 23, 2014.

He's a classic gentleman. He's a fun-loving guy. He's the man of the hour at this celebration! This Father's Day, show Dad how much you care with a party fit for him: local beers, tasty snacks, and gifts perfect for pop.

1. Blue plaid men's bowtie ($38), and St. Louis reversible men's bowtie ($55), Great Knots.

2. Polanti 'Gzone' watch, $995, Albarré Jewelry.

3. SALT. OPTICS 'Wooderson' sunglasses, $400, The Eye Bar.

4. Biltmore Inspirations table runner, $45, Sign of the Arrow.

5. Wood Six Pack by Wood Thumb, $45, Frill Home.

6. 4 Hands Brewing Company Divided Sky Rye IPA, available at Schnucks.

7. Dual backgammon and chess set, $79, Q Boutique.

8. Montecristo cigar ($13.45), Partagas cigar ($9), and ashtray, $50, Tinder Box Vino 100.

Shot on location at Palladium Saint Louis. 

Three Little Pigs from Butler’s Pantry (Pictured, top right)

Chuck Friedhoff, Chef de Cuisine

Corn Cake Waffles


• 1 1/4 c all-purpose flour

• 1/3 c sugar

• 3/4 c yellow corn meal

• 2 t baking powder

• 1/2 t salt

• 3/4 c milk

• 1 T honey

• 1/4 c vegetable oil

• 2 large eggs


• Combine all dry ingredients.

• Combine all wet ingredients.

• Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and whisk until combined. Do not over mix.

• In a mini waffle iron, prepare desired number of corn waffles.

Bacon Jam


• 1 1/2 lbs. bacon

• 2 medium yellow onions, diced

• 3 garlic cloves, minced

• 1/2 c cider vinegar

• 1/2 c packed brown sugar

• 1/4 c jalapeño pepper jelly

• 3/4 c brewed coffee

• 1 c bourbon, Dad’s favorite (But not the ‘really good’ stuff!)


• Dice bacon and render in oven or in skillet on stove top.

• Drain bacon fat and reserve.

• Sauté sliced onions and garlic in reserved bacon fat.

• Combine all ingredients in slow cooker and cook on low overnight, or until syrup consistency.

Slab Bacon


• 1/2 lb. slab bacon

• 1 c barbecue sauce, Dad’s favorite


• Cut bacon into pieces slightly larger than the mini waffles.

• Grill or smoke the bacon using fruit wood.

• Glaze with Dad’s favorite barbecue sauce.


• Place a small dollop of bacon jam on top of one mini corn waffle.

• Place one piece of slab bacon on top of waffle and jam.

• Pierce with bamboo skewer and serve with sweet pickle.

Butler’s Pantry Signature Short Rib Taco with Tobacco Rubbed Onion (Pictured, bottom right)

Chuck Friedhoff, Chef de Cuisine

Tobacco Onions

*The onions look like shredded tobacco after they are cooked


• 1 red onion, thinly sliced

• 2 c milk

• 4 c flour seasoned with 1/2 T salt, black pepper, paprika and 1/8 T cayenne pepper

• 1 c corn starch


• Soak onions overnight in milk.

• Preheat tabletop fryer to 300 degrees.

• Combine seasoned flour and cornstarch.

• Cover onions in seasoned flour and cornstarch mixture and fry in small batches.

• Let fried onions cool on paper towels or cooling rack.

Mango Salsa


• 2 c fresh mango, diced

• 1 c sweet bell pepper (red preferred), diced

• 2/3 c scallions, chopped

• 1/4 c fresh cilantro, chopped

• 2 T fresh lime juice

• 1 T extra virgin olive oil

• Salt and pepper, to taste


• Combine ingredients.

• Season with salt, pepper and lime juice.

Short Rib Taco Filling


• 4 short ribs

• 8 ancho chiles, veins removed and seeded

• 1 lb. yellow onions, quartered

• 5 cloves garlic

• 3 oz. (by weight) brown sugar

• 1 qt. beer, Dad’s favorite

• 1/2 c agave nectar

• 1/2 c tequila

• 1 oz. butter

• 3 poblano chiles, roasted and sliced

• Salt and pepper, to taste


• Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

• Trim excess fat from short ribs.

• In pan over moderate heat, dry-roast the chilies and slice.

• In the same pan, heat butter and fry ancho chilies. Remove and reserve.

• Add short ribs to the hot pan and sear on all sides.

• Remove excess fat from pan and discard.

• Add remaining ingredients to pan.

• Cover with lid and braise until tender (about 2 hours).

• Remove cooked ribs and allow to cool. Discard cooking liquid.

• Remove meat from bones and chop.

• Mix poblano chiles into chopped meat.

• Season to taste with salt and pepper.

To assemble:

• Taco shells

• Shredded lettuce

• Mango salsa

• Butler’s Pantry fried tobacco onions

• Short rib mixture

Assemble the tacos or present the components as a buffet. 

LN Wishes to Thank…

Butler's Pantry

Palladium Saint Louis


Models Lance Cain and Nick Hersch

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