The crème de la crème of local kitchens will be on display during the upcoming Junior League of St. Louis A Gathering Place Kitchen Tour. Before the tour begins, take a peek inside the featured homes; they're sure to leave you saying, Ooh la la!
A Kitchen in Des Peres
St. Louis interior designer Jay Eiler’s sleek navy study makes us want to clean up our act. All of this perfection begs the question: Does good design really encourage us to live and work more beautifully? We went to Eiler for answers.
Huge congratulations to chefs GERARD CRAFT and KEVIN NASHAN, who have both been chosen as finalists for the James Beard Foundation Awards Best Chef: Midwest. Craft and Nashan, along with KEVIN WILLMANN of Farmhaus, BEN POREMBA of Elaia & Olio and JOSH GALLIANO of The Libertine were all named semifinalists for the award last month. Winners will be revealed at a gala in NYC in May. We'd like to thank all of the folks who represented St. Louis this year--well done!
Last weekend, Jackie Joyner-Kersee watched the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Sochi from her West St. Louis County home with a smile on her face. Come to think of it, there isn't much of anything she does without a smile on her face! And why not? She became a six-time Olympic medalist (3 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals in heptathlon and long jump) as a member of Team U.S.A. in four different Olympic games (Los Angeles, 1984; Seoul, 1988; Barcelona, 1992; and Atlanta, 1996). She was named by Sports Illustrated as the Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century. Indeed, she has had a lot to smile about. “I realize I've been blessed,” she says. “There are times when I have bad days, but the smile helps me keep things in perspective—and really recognize my blessings.”
The close-knit community drew the Muths to Des Peres. The family of four includes Sherry, a nursing administrator for Washington University’s Sleep Medicine Center; her husband, Rich, senior director of marketing and new product development at International Mulch Company; and their sons, Jacob and Andrew, enjoy all the social activities offered in their neighborhood and at the boys’ school, Saint Gerard Magella. Sherry spoke with us more about her family’s favorites in Des Peres.
Todd and Scott Schnuck at their Des Peres store
By next fall, look for plenty of activity in the Upper Muny Lot in Forest Park. Forest Park Forever has revealed preliminary design plans to transform the area into a sustainable festival and parking plaza to better meet the needs of its users.
Looks like one of our favorite chefs will be leaving the Lou soon: It's been announced that FABRIZIO SCHENARDI, executive chef of Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis will be heading south this coming spring to help open up a new Four Seasons property at Disney World in Orlando. In the meantime, the search is on for someone to fill his sizable culinary shoes. He'll have some familiar company in his new gig: Local Four Seasons food and beverage director STEPHEN WANCHA also will be moving to Florida to work on the same property, which is scheduled to open for business sometime this summer. All the best, we'll miss you both!
One of these days, Laura Dierberg-Padousis vows she’s going to find the time to learn how to cook. For now, her only ‘specialty’ is macaroni and cheese. You see, even though she’s a member of one of the prestigious grocery family names in St. Louis, she’s been a little busy since she graduated from Villa Duchesne in ’93.
Eleven Eleven Mississippi is celebrating its 10th anniversary next month, and during the first 11 days of November, the restaurant has a variety of activities and giveaways planned, including $10 weekday lunch specials. Also, couples celebrating their 10-year anniversaries will receive a $10 gift certificate, special prizes will be handed out randomly during service, and guests in the restaurant at 11:11 a.m. or 11:11 p.m. will receive a free gooey butter dessert. Owners PAUL and WENDY HAMILTON have chosen Operation Food Search, St. Louis Effort for AIDS, Stray Rescue of St. Louis and the local Alzheimer's Association to receive a portion of the proceeds from the celebration.
He has built 20 subdivisions and 2,000 custom homes in St. Louis, shopping centers in St. Charles and 35 ski condominiums in Breckenridge, Colo. He’s bicycled and hitchhiked throughout Europe and Africa. He has sculpted 10- to 15-foot-high metal works of art, as well as hand-carved 30 pieces of furniture for his first home. He’s also a gourmet cook, painter and avid fisherman. But this is not what drives Dick Manlin. It is his love of photography that he thrives on today.
Bob Uecker, the man Johnny Carson called ‘Mr. Baseball’ will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis during its annual Media Person of the Year Gala.
The Libertine has been making quite a splash with evening diners since opening its doors earlier this year. Now, chef JOSH GALLIANO is making his fine cuisine available to daytime customers, as well. The Libertine's new lunch menu, available Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m to 2 p.m., will feature such delicacies as ramen, Bahn Mi and Galliano Fried Chicken Salad, among others. Can't wait to try 'em all!
Great Harvest Bread Company, which recently moved from Olivette, and La Cosecha Coffee Roasters have teamed up to provide customers with top-notch coffee and bread at 7360 Manchester Road in Maplewood. "We're sort of roommates" jokes La Cosecha co-owner JAMIE JESCHKE, since the two businesses are sharing the space and each one is operating as a separate entity. The idea, according to Jeschke, is for each company to do what it does best and complement the other. In addition to its coffee bar operation, La Cosecha also is roasting its coffee onsite.
Chesterfield Arts has appointed three new members to its staff: JENNY DONALDSON, exhibition coordinator; KIM FURLOW, director of marketing; and BRUCE PRESTON, director of development.
BAFC Consulting, which offers organizational management services to educational institutions and nonprofits, welcomes JUDY SCLAIR as its new VP of administration. Sclair most recently served as superintendent of the Ladue School District.
While traveling in Italy, a Des Peres family fell in love with the Carrara marble that filled the bathroom in their luxury hotel. Kelly Layton, a designer with Mosby Building Arts, helped the couple capture the soothing tranquility of an Old World Italian bath with stunning touches of contemporary elegance.
When a young family returned to the States after spending several years in Shanghai, China, they brought back authentic Asian pieces to incorporate into the design of their modern Des Peres home. Michael Wyrock, a senior design consultant for I. O. Metro, helped bring the home's Asian-inspired living room to life.
St. Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness recently hosted a fund & awareness raising event, Painting with a Purpose’ at the Creve Coeur location of Painting with a Twist. The event welcomed a capacity crowd for wine and hors d’oeuvres while they created a still-life painting of Four Vases.