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Since reopening in Chesterfield several years ago, Balaban’s has garnered plenty of accolades, including multiple awards of the Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence. It had been a while since our last visit and lots has happened in the interim, including an expansion of the space and the promotion of D. Scott Phillips from catering and banquet chef to executive chef last summer; so we recently dropped in to see what else is new.
No get-together is complete without a nice meal—or, at least, a few scrumptious bites. With spring on its way, asked local caterers for their favorite seasonal specialties to spice up your gathering.
Recognition of stellar productions by nearly two dozen local theater companies will take center stage when the St. Louis Theater Circle presents its second annual awards ceremony honoring the best in local professional theater, on stage and behind the scenes, on Monday, March 17, 2014 at the Center of Creative Arts (COCA), 524 Trinity Avenue in University City.
Chef John Perkins has been making waves in the St. Louis culinary scene for a while with his Entre Underground pop-up dinner events and his catering prowess. Then he took a space in the historic Gaslight Square and revamped it for private events and also used it as home base for a series of month-long specialty restaurant concepts he put together. Late last year, he decided to forgo the monthly experiments and use the space to house an ongoing restaurant based on one of them, a successful Southern-influenced event. He called the new eatery Juniper; and it's a cozy, comforting platform for Perkins' unique takes on down-home specialties.
Head to Monarch in Maplewood for the second annual Celebrate Life, Celebrate Local event on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 4 to 7 p.m. Indulge in some of the best beer, wine and chocolate our area has to offer, while helping out a great cause: SSM Hospice and Home Care Foundation. Tickets are $50, and can be obtained by calling 989-2775 or visiting ssmhospicefoundation.com.
Loving the small-town feel in a bigger city, the Schulte family has called Glendale home for more than eight years. James and Ann Schulte tell us more about what they love to do in Glendale.
So, with all the Oscar hopefuls out, as well as some pretty decent mainstream movies, a big box-office opening went largely unnoticed: Well, largely unnoticed by the public, not the critics. The Legend of Hercules had high hopes the young male demographic would turn out in droves to see the mythological hero on the big screen—and even a few female fans of Twilight’s Kellan Lutz, who plays the title role. Hopes were dashed last weekend as the only thing legendary about the movie was its flop.
Folks with a sweet tooth in West County now have easier access to award-winning cupcakes. The Cup’s newest shop is now open for business in Chesterfield at 1590 Clarkson Road, between Talbots and Chico’s. The Chesterfield location offers The Cup’s signature cupcakes, as well as sugar cookies, cakewiches, Kaldi’s coffee beverages and gelato. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
One month to the day after Elaine Beck’s father passed away, she went out to a bar with her friends. Across the room, Mike Reinberg, who had heard of Elaine through mutual friends, made eye contact.
Little Country Gentlemen, the evening time concept that shared the space at 8135 Maryland Ave. in Clayton occupied in the am hours by Half & Half, has announced that it's closing after service on Dec. 31. Half & Half will remain continue on as-is. Little Country Gentlemen opened in the summer of 2012, taking the place of Medianoche.
Story: Buddy the elf believes he has lived his entire life at the North Pole, working with other elves making the toys that Santa Claus delivers to children around the world very early on Christmas Day. Even though he’s normal height, he’s surprised to learn from Santa that he is human and was an orphaned child who crawled into one of Santa’s empty bags one Christmas. He ended up living at the North Pole after Santa learned that Buddy’s mother had died and that her son had been put up for adoption.
There’s a new kitchen tool on store shelves this holiday season that should excite the St. Louis home chef. It’s not a fancy food processor or even a durable, super-useful knife. Co-authored by chef Clara Moore and Ladue News food writer Matt Sorrell, Shop Like a Chef is a guide for St. Louis food lovers to local products and produce, gourmet and specialty foods, and so much more in communities and neighborhoods throughout the city and county.
Luxurious new guest cottages, a lavish outdoor pavilion and sweeping vineyard are coming to The Gardens at Malmaison and The Studio Inn. The $1.35-million expansion is set to be completed by next summer on the adjacent event venues in the serene setting of St. Albans. “We are eager to see this dream come to fruition and look forward to welcoming guests next year,” notes owner Datra Herzog, who says the upscale project has been years in the making.
Congratulations to the folks at Sidney Street Cafe, which just celebrated its 10th anniversary earlier this month. To commemorate the milestone, chef KEVIN NASHAN and his kitchen staff will be partnering with 10 chefs from St. Louis and beyond for a one-of-a-kind dining experience early next year. The roster of chefs is a veritable culinary who's who, and includes GERARD CRAFT of Niche Restaurant Group, KEVIN WILLMANN of Farmhaus and JOSH GALLIANO of The Libertine. The event will be held at Sidney Street Cafe on Jan. 20, with passed apps and cocktails being served beginning at 6:30 p.m. and dinner kicking off at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $195 per person. For the full chef roster and to purchase tickets, go online at brownpapertickets.com.
Being located in the heart of the country and all, St. Louis isn't exactly known as a seafood mecca. But there are a handful of quality seafood places around town, and at the top of this list is Oceano Bistro in Clayton.
In the spirit of the season, Piccione Pastry is giving back: the late-night Italian bakery in the Delmar Loop is continuing its Pastries With a Purpose program to benefit six more local charities this December.
Every year, LN salutes local nonprofits commemorating milestone anniversaries. Whether distributing and planting trees, providing a safe home for children in need or supporting those touched by cancer, these organizations continue to make a difference in St. Louis. To celebrate, we’ve shared a few of their histories and goals for the future.
Cater to his every whim with this tailored Robert Talbott Seven-Fold handcrafted tie, $285, Mister Guy Clothiers.
Another production year in the fields is winding down at Claverach Farm, but there’s a lot to look forward to in 2014 and beyond. For many years, Claverach Farm has had a presence at area farmers markets and as a produce supplier to a few of St. Louis’ popular restaurants, including Sidney Street Cafe, Stellina, Oceano Bistro and Farmhaus, just to name a few. But in more recent years, operations on the Eureka farm have grown and expanded, with great promise for the future.
Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue isn't just a restaurant. It also offers mail order, catering and private dining.
The Restaurant at The Cheshire, under the direction of Chef REX HALE, has unveiled its new fall menu highlighting a plethora of locally sourced ingredients. Small plates include show-stopping Ahi Tuna, Thin and Raw, as well as Pan Fried Naked Cowboy Oysters, served with butternut squash and bacon salad. For Mains, there’s Braised Pork Shank with caramelized vegetables; Maine Sea Scallops with pumpkin risotto; and Red Wine Braised Beef Short Rib with autumn vegetable ragout (shown), among others. Tasting menus ($32 per person) also are available, with a wine flight option. For reservations, call 932-7818 or visit restaurant-stl.com.
St. Louis' latest BBQ joint, Adam's Smokehouse, has opened its doors at 2819 Watson Road in Clifton Heights. The new eatery is a collaboration between FRANK VINCIGUERRA and MIKE IRELAND, who both worked for several years at Pappy's Smokehouse before venturing out on their own. In fact, the restaurant takes its name from ADAM GAFFNEY, a fellow Pappy's employee who passed away last year.
It seems everyone is becoming a foodie, notes Butler’s Pantry owner Richard Nix Jr. And while a room full of people with similar interests could make for great conversation, a house filled with food experts might leave a host or hostess anxious. To fix this problem, and many others, Nix recommends allowing the professionals to assist you during your hours of entertaining guests.
Just in time for fall, we headed to Taubman Prestige Outlets in Chesterfield for some inspiration. And we asked the Cunningham family of Webster Groves to come along and model some looks from a selection of stores.
New seasons bring new trends, and that includes catering menus. These area food experts dished to LN about their autumn offerings—both new and traditional. Find your fall food inspiration here, and even snag a recipe. Hungry yet?