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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.
Happy Birthday, Ol’ Blue Eyes. The Four Seasons Winery, located within the Four Seasons Country Club in Chesterfield, will be celebrating FRANK SINATRA’s birthday with a special five-course dinner on Thursday, Dec. 12. Entertainment will be provided by local favorite TONY VIVIANO and his band. Admission to dinner, dancing and the tribute show is $35 person (includes tax and gratuity), and a cash bar will be available. The evening will also give diners an opportunity to preview the planned full-scale launch of Four Seasons as a wine and fine-dining venue. Proprietor Mehdi Rouhani, of the popular Candicci’s and Talayna’s restaurants, says he plans an official launch of the expanded facility early next year. For reservations, call 956-6266.
The trend in new burger joints around town continues unabated. One of the latest to recently open its doors is The Dam. Located on Morganford Road, The Dam serves up plenty of quality burgers, and then some.
Seoul Taco has been one of the top food trucks in the St. Louis area for a while now. Last year, the owners opened a brick-and-mortar location in the Delmar Loop, which has proven to be every bit as popular.
The folks who own the local Potbelly Sandwich Shop franchise have announced they'll be opening a second location at 12 S. Bemiston Ave. in Clayton in late October. The space previously housed the long-running The Fatted Calf, which closed earlier this year.
Mission Taco Joint is the latest from brothers Adam and Jason Tilford. Unlike their other restaurants, Mission concentrates on simpler fare, serving up both classic and unique takes on Mexican street food with impressive results.
They’re reporting brisk business at the newly christened Panorama restaurant at the Saint Louis Art Museum’s new East Building. We’re told that lunch reservations have been booked since the restaurant opened, and dinner (served only on Friday) also is a hot ticket. That’s great news for Bon Appetit Management Company and executive chef EDWARD FARROW, who officially rolled out their creative farm-to-fork menu late last month. Among the highlights: Local Roasted Heritage Pork with Summer Herbs and Mustard Stone-Ground Missouri Grits, Corn Flour Crusted Chicken Livers atop watermelon cubes and An Ode to Summer—a spectacular vegetable and fruit dish that changes daily based on what’s fresh that day.
Piccione Pastry has a sweet new deal for area nonprofits. The late-night Italian bakery shop, which opened in the Delmar Loop this April, is serving up Pastries With a Purpose.
You wouldn’t trust a stranger with your money, but how much do you know about the person helping you make the biggest purchase of your life? LN asked six area real estate agents about local favorites and the like so you can see what makes these professionals tick. (Hint: The Cardinals might have been mentioned once or twice…)
In commemoration of its 90th anniversary, the APA has commissioned renowned local sculptor Harry Weber to create a ‘litter’ for its community art project.
Fork & Stix recently opened its doors on the eastern edge of the U. City Loop just off Delmar Boulevard, and local foodies have been talking and blogging about the place ever since. On our recent visit, we learned first-hand what all the hype was about.
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.
This year is the 20th anniversary of Dining Out For Life, the national fundraiser for AIDS service organizations. This year's event on Thursday, April 25, involves a variety of local eateries that will donate 25 percent or more of your bill to Saint Louis Effort For AIDS (SLEFA). More than 100 area restaurants are participating. For the full list, visit diningoutforlife.com/stlouis/restaurants. Since 1990, Dining Out For Life has raised more than $4.3 million for SLEFA.
A telegraph key and $150 links St. Louisan Derek Cohn to Steven Spielberg’s Oscar front-runner, Lincoln. The movie has received widespread critical acclaim and has been nominated for 12 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
With tax season almost upon us, Truffles in Ladue has decided to give its customers a break with a unique promotion. The restaurant has announced it'll be ‘Tax Free Till Tax Day,’ and pay all taxes that its customers usually are responsible for from March 1 until April 15. Hey, every little bit helps!
The Crystal Cajun Cook-Off, one of the premier events leading up to the city's Mardi Gras celebration, was held Jan. 26, in the City Hall rotunda downtown. The contest featured 10 amateur and 10 professional chefs slugging it out in the kitchen for the title of best Cajun/Creole Dish. When the dust settled, Lumiere Place/River City executive chef and LN Cooks columnist JOHN JOHNSON top honors in the pro category, while chef GEORGE MACDONALD came out on top in the amateur division. Congrats to both chefs!
Get out this weekend and take advantage of the last few days of the 4th annual Clayton Restaurant Week, which wraps up Sunday, Jan. 27. The establishments participating this year include: Alexander’s Restaurant; Araka; Bar Napoli; Barcelona; Bocci Bar: Cardwell’s; Coastal Bistro & Bar; The Crossing; Crushed Red; J. Buck’s; Jimmy's On The Park; Mad Tomato; Oceano Bistro; Remy’s Kitchen & Wine Bar; Roxane; Ruth's Chris Steak House; and Tani Sushi Bistro. Participating restaurants are offering a special three-course dinner promotion for a fixed price of $25 per person, plus tax and tip. Guests also have the option of adding a $5 ‘Extra Helping’ donation to their dining bill to support Operation Food Search. More details are available at claytonrestaurantweek.net.
Entrepreneur Jason Jan admits he’s a little camera-shy. “I prefer to be humble,” says Jan, a husband and father of three children—two boys, ages 5 and 8, and a 7-month-old daughter.
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.
When RALPH CLAYTON and his neighbors donated 104 acres of farmland to build a courthouse and county seat more than 130 years ago, they had no inkling that the rural outpost would evolve as a progressive metropolitan hub in the century to come. A newly released book, Clayton, Missouri: An Urban Story, chronicles the making of the city through the people who helped build the community. Written by veteran journalist MARY DELACH LEONARD, the book is filled with historical anecdotes, nostalgic photographs and modern street scenes. The book is available online through reedypress.com and at several local bookstores.
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.
SAM FOX, the former U.S. ambassador to Belgium, is the recipient of one of that country’s highest honorific decorations, the Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown. The award was presented during a Washington reception in Fox’s honor by Belgian Ambassador Jan Matthysen. The Grand Cross was bestowed at the behest of KING ALBERT II in recognition of Fox’s meritorious service to the Belgian state when he was posted in Brussels from 2007 to 2009.
Homeland: Immigration in America Preview The Nine Network July 8, 2012 Photos by Bryan Schraier The Nine Network previewed their documentary series Homeland: Immigration in America, at the Tivoli Theatre on Delmar in the loop. On hand were the documentary’s narrator PBS NewsHour Correspondent Ray Suarez, as well as documentary participants, supporters of both the documentary and the local PBS station. Clips of the documentary were shown and commentary given by Ray Suarez and others involved along with a min-panel discussion.
Tavolo V is the latest addition to Michael Del Pietro’s stable of eateries, which includes Sugo’s Spaghetteria and Via Vino, among others. The restaurant’s name is Italian for ‘table of five,’ a reference to Del Pietro, his wife and their three children. We’d heard Tavolo, located in U. City, was serving up fresh Italian cuisine in a fun and unique space, so we popped in recently to see— and taste—for ourselves.