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When St. Louis native Erica Willert and husband, Bryan, returned to the States after five years living in Shanghai, they chose University City for their new home because of its diversity and multicultural character. Bryan is executive VP of Willert Home Products and president of the company's Shanghai operations, while Erica is an agent with Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty. Sons Grant and Luke are members of the So iLL Rock Climbing team, avid snow-skiers and are keeping up on their Mandarin at St. Louis Modern Chinese School on the weekends. We asked Erica about what her family enjoys most in the neighborhood.
St. Louis has a multitude of signature dishes associated with it. Alumni St. Louis, which opened earlier this year on the ground floor of the Park Pacific Building downtown, is putting its own unique spin on many of these favorites and elevating them--and the local dining scene--in the process.
No matter how much you think you know about St. Louis, there are likely hundreds of fascinating places to go and things to do that have escaped your notice. Local author Amanda Doyle offers an insider’s guide to the city’s high-profile attractions and plenty of below-the-radar treasures in her new book, 100 Things to Do in St. Louis Before You Die. Doyle spoke with Ladue News and shared some of her personal favorite backyard adventures.
We have more national recognition for our local culinary scene to report:
It's springtime, and that means area restaurants are starting to unveil their new seasonal menus. U. City fave Blueberry Hill has announced four new specialty sandwiches, a Western Wagyu Burger, and a Blueberry White Chocolate Cheesecake to its menu; and also has re-introduced its popular Gazpacho. Modesto Tapas Bar & Restaurant has debuted some new items for spring, as well. The menu now has four new small bites, including the Fritada (a fried shrimp and scallop skewer) and the Banderilla (an anchovy, artichoke and olive skewer), as well as the return of the Judias Verdes, sauteed green beans with onions and sherry.
After St. Louis native Terry Ross met her future husband, Neal, in San Francisco, the couple moved back to her hometown in 2000. They were looking for the same quality of life they enjoyed in California and found it in University City, where they appreciate the urban setting and walkability of the neighborhood, while still living in a larger home. Their children, Finnegan 9, and Charlotte (better known as ChiChi), 7, are able to walk to school and parks; and Terry, who works in marketing for College Bound, and Neal, who works in merchandising for CCA Global, enjoy the closeness of The Loop for date nights. We spoke with Terry to learn more about her family’s love for University City.
In today’s economy, the success of a business is far from guaranteed. We honor local companies and institutions who are celebrating milestone anniversaries in 2012.
The past year has been a busy one for the St. Louis culinary scene. Here are a few of the highlights from 2012:
Washington University has awarded filmmaker KEN BURNS with its 2012 International Humanities Medal. Burns was presented with the award for having a significant impact on American society with his contribution to the arts.
If ever a place has earned the moniker of ‘local landmark,’ it's Blueberry Hill. Long the cornerstone in the decades-long revitalization of the U-City Loop, the restaurant and music venue just celebrated its 40th anniversary.
Yet another food truck is opening a permanent location. We’ve been told Seoul Taco has signed a lease for a space at 571 Mehlville Ave. in the U. City Loop, the former home of Gyros In The Loop. While some truck operations are speeding up, others are pulling over and parking. Pi Pizzeria has announced it will no longer be operating its food trucks in St. Louis and Washington, D.C. The mobile eateries still will be making limited appearances at events and still will be part of Pi’s catering operations. According to a statement, the restaurant wants to focus on its brick-and-mortar operations.
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Once again, Ladue News readers have proven that they’re in the know about our town’s most exciting hot spots! This year’s Platinum List features iconic St. Louis institutions, as well as some new spots you’ll be wanting to check out.
Stanley and Arlene Browne, owners of Robust Wine Bar, have lived in University City for eight years. Arlene works as marketing/public relations professional and Stanley, a certified sommelier, is the wine columnist for Ladue News. The couple has two children—Molly, 6, and Max, 3.
Like me, there are quite a few St. Louisans who believe that the names of Chuck Berry and Joe Edwards have become indelibly linked in our city’s lore. As we sit at a table inside Blueberry Hill, Edwards and I can look outside and see the newly unveiled statue of the ‘Father of Rock and Roll.’ The figure of a young Berry in a tuxedo looks as though it is just about to swoop down into the famous ‘duck walk.’ Just like most of the other things he has brought to life on The Loop, the statue is much the way Edwards envisioned it.
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Music is the soundtrack to our lives, underscoring emotions, expressing in notes what we sometimes cannot say in words. Here, three music lovers explain how different genres enrich our lives in all kinds of ways.
STAGES ST. LOUIS is preparing for Promises, Promises, the NEIL SIMON and BURT BACHARACH musical adapted from the Oscar-winning film, The Apartment. The Stages offering, which runs July 16 through Aug. 15, is the only licensed professional production outside of New York, and will be presented from the original script and score that premiered on Broadway in 1968. St. Louisan BEN NORDSTROM leads the cast as Chuck Baxter, the bachelor who lets his Madison Avenue bosses borrow his apartment for romantic trysts. Be on the lookout for costume designer JOHN INCHIOSTRO’s ‘60s-inspired creations.
EMILY RAUH PULITZER will be the guest of honor at the Contemporary Art Museum’s annual gala in March. Pulitzer, who has enjoyed a notable career as curator, collector and patron of the arts, is the wife of the late St. Louis Post-Dispatch publisher JOSEPH PULITZER. Together, they’ve amassed one of the country’s premier art collections with works by PABLO PICASSO, ELLSWORTH KELLY, ANDY WARHOL, RICHARD SERRA and others. The March 6 event at the Four Seasons Hotel will feature a special award presentation to Pulitzer for her contributions to the world of contemporary art.