Win-win! St. Louis husband-and-wife team JASON and JENNA SIEBERT emerged victorious during the most recent Cupcake Wars on the Food Network. The couple, who competed last weekend on the popular TV baking show, was tasked with making a 1,000-cupcake display for the Seattle launch party of the new Angry Birds Space app. The Sieberts impressed the judges with their banana moon pie, blueberry and lemon, and chocolate stout cupcakes, as well as a savory ‘drunken pig’ cupcake with brown ale, cheddar cheese, cream cheese frosting and bacon. The couple owns The Sweet Divine, which began as a bakery on wheels and recently opened a south St. Louis storefront in late June. At the end of the show, which aired July 29, a jubilant Jenna Siebert proclaimed, “We’re the cupcake rock stars now in St. Louis!”
Hats off to the latest group of National Merit Scholarship winners from St. Louis. They include ELLEN BREDENKOETTER (Cor Jesu Academy), MICHAEL BRUNO (Marquette H.S.), JOSEPH COLLINS (Westminster Christian Academy), DAVID GU (John Burroughs School), DAVID HUGUELET (Marquette H.S.), GEORGE LI (John Burroughs School), TYLER ROMERO (Lafayette H.S.), SETH SHIELDS (Marquette H.S.), DENNIS ZHU (Parkway Central H.S.), SCOTT FLOERKE (Clayton H.S.), JULIA GRASSE (Clayton H.S.), TYLER PONDER (Clayton H.S.) and DOMINIC VOLLMAR (De Smet Jesuit H.S.)
THE MAGIC HOUSE is looking for young entrepreneurs for the museum’s 30th Annual Kids’ Flea Market next month. Open to children 16 years and younger, this is an opportunity for youngsters to make their own money by selling their handmade crafts, outgrown toys, books, CDs, baseball cards and games. There is a $15 registration fee per table, and kids keep the profits they make at the event. The flea market takes place on Sunday, Sept. 23, at Nipher Middle School next door and is open to the public. For more information or to reserve a booth, call 822-8900.
Some 400 JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER day campers and staffers braved the heat last week to participate in the fifth annual March for Hunger to benefit HARVEY KORNBLUM JEWISH FOOD PANTRY (HKJFP). The enthusiastic group walked for almost a quarter-mile and stopped traffic along Schuetz Road to deliver armloads of food to the pantry, which serves up to 6,000 individuals per month.
Love animals? The SAINT LOUIS ZOO needs you! The Zoo is looking for docents (volunteer educators) to help teach children and other visitors about wildlife, ecosystems and conservation. No experience is necessary, but the zoo is offering a free, once-a-week basic training course for 13 weeks. Docents must be at least 18 years of age, interview and be accepted into the training program. For more information, call 646-4723 or visit stlzoo.org/docent.
Chesterfield’s ST. LUKE’S HOSPITAL has received a Women’s Health Excellence Award, ranking among the top 5 percent of hospitals in the nation for providing quality health care to women. The recognition from HealthGrades is the fourth year in a row for St. Luke’s, which also has been honored by the independent health care ratings organization as one of America’s 50 best hospitals.
On a sad note, we received word this week on the passing of DELIA GREER, whose longtime volunteer work with Wings of Hope was highlighted in our July 27 issue. Ms. Greer had been a volunteer since 1999 and participated in a number of missions for the St. Louis-based relief organization, including trips to Haiti, Central and South America and post- Katrina New Orleans. Ms. Greer passed away on July 23 at the age of 77.