Since its beginning in the 1870s, the Central West End (CWE) has served as a sought-after St. Louis residential district. T.S. Eliot, Tennessee Williams, Kate Chopin and William Burroughs all called the area home at one point. Its location near the 1904 World’s Fair added to its prestige. These days, the CWE is an urban oasis full of residential areas, restaurants, bars, art, entertainment, and—of course—shopping. Landmarks include The Chase Park Plaza towers over the neighborhood and acts as the hotel of choice for VIP and celebrity-types like George Clooney. In the heart of the area, located in front of the World Chess Hall of Fame, sits the World’s Largest Chess Piece. And just a block past the core of the CWE is the stunning Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.
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The 2014 Budweiser Taste of St. Louis will be held Sept. 19 to 21. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the popular food-centric event, and it promises to be bigger and better than ever. Highlights include showcases by celebrity chefs TYLER FLORENCE and DUFF GOLDMAN, as well as plenty of fine food, courtesy of some of St. Louis' best chefs and restaurants. This year also is the first time the event will be held at its new location at the Chesterfield Amphitheater in Central Park and Chesterfield Village. Check out TasteSTL.com for a full listing of all participating eateries and a complete rundown of events for the weekend.
The first-ever summer edition of Clayton Restaurant Week (CRW) takes place Monday, July 14, through Sunday, July 20. The participating establishments include Bar Napoli, Bocci Wine Bar, Cardwell’s, C.J. Muggs, Coastal Bistro & Bar, Crushed Red, Jimmy's On The Park, Oceano Bistro, Pomme Café & Wine Bar, Pomme Restaurant, Remy’s Kitchen & Wine Bar, Roxane, and Ruth's Chris Steak House. Each restaurant will offer a special three-course dinner promotion for a fixed price of $25 per person, plus tax and tip. CRW patrons also have the option of adding a $5 ‘Extra Helping’ donation to their dining bill to benefit Operation Food Search. More info is available at claytonrestaurantweek.com.
You see their names and faces everywhere—on ‘SOLD’ signs in front yards, in the pages of Ladue News and maybe even around your neighborhood. But how much do you really know them? Here, some of the area’s top realtors share how they got into the business, advice for home buyers and sellers, and a tidbit or two about their favorite way to spend a weekend.
After a bit of a search, Central Table Food Hall in the CWE finally has a new executive chef: Darnell Devine. A CIA grad, Devine most recently was at the Everglades Club in West Palm Beach, Fla. He replaces chef Nick Martinkovic, who left earlier this year to become exec chef at Blood & Sand.
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.
The culinary scene in St. Louis continues to flourish, and 2013 was an especially exciting year for diners and drinkers and those who serve them. Here are just a few of the notable events in the past 12 months:
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If you're a local power-broker, a 'lady who lunches' or just a St. Louisan in-the-know, chances are, you've frequented some of these hot spots.
Central Table Food Hall is one of the latest additions to the CWE dining scene. During the day, diners can head to one (or more) of the stations and order lunch, but in the evening, the eatery transforms with seated dining.
ALTON BROWN, popular Iron Chef host and all-around food TV personality, will be coming to the Fox Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, with a new show entitled Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable. That date might seem like a ways off, but tickets have gone on sale already and are going quickly. Prices are $60.50, $50.50, $45.50 and $35.50, with a limited number of Gold Circle seats also available. Tickets are available at the Fox box office, online at metrotix.com or by phone at 534-1111.
St. Louis is so lucky to have such an incredible restaurant scene. Talented chefs seem to be flocking here and opening new restaurants left and right. What could be better than food and fashion?
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Equipment blouse, $288; Milly shorts, $240; ADA belt, $122; LaRuicci cuff, $77; all from Esther
Earrings, $12, Melanie’s
Samuelson suit, $1,200; Eton Blue shirt, $245; all from Woody’s Men’s Shop
Tie, $85, Pace Farias
Love to report new places opening up: The Sweet Divine's new Soulard location at 1801 S. Ninth St. is now open for business. Likewise, Piccione Pastry at 6197 Delmar Blvd. in the U-City Loop is now up and running.
Congratulations go out to Cafe Madeline, which celebrates 10 years in business this month. The cafe, located at the Piper Palm House in Tower Grove Park, is commemorating the anniversary with a brunch special available through January, where guests can buy one brunch at the regular menu price and get the second for just $10.
Here’s a scene that was witnessed recently outside Busch Stadium following a huge Cardinals win: A father and his two young daughters are leaving the game on a hot summer night. They are still talking about all the food they had eaten— hot dogs, sodas, cotton candy—and also gushing about the big home run by David Freese.
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4/3 SLU SORORITY TRIVIA NIGHT TO PREVENT CHILD ABUSE The Zeta Iota chapter of Kappa Delta at Saint Louis University hosts a community-wide trivia night to benefit Prevent Child Abuse America. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and trivia begins at 7 along with a silent auction. At the Sheraton Clayton Hotel. $20 per person and $180 for a table of 10 in advance or $25 at the door; call Melissa Breer at 814-1092 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.