There's still time to indulge in cupcakes while helping out a good cause at Sweetology. Through the end of the month, Ready Readers will get $1 for every charity cupcake purchased at the Clayton confectionary. Ready Readers is a local nonprofit organization with the mission of instilling a love of books and the necessary literacy skills to enjoy them in preschool-aged children from low-income communities in the area. Check them out at readyreaders.org.
We're pretty lucky here in St. Louis to have ready access to some of the best barbecue around, and there's no shortage of places in the area to get some prime examples of meats cooked over fire. One of the latest barbecue purveyors to open its doors is WildSmoke in Creve Coeur, from the folks that brought us Edgewild in Chesterfield.
ANDREW ZIMMERMAN, executive chef at Sepia Restaurant in Chicago, will be the guest celebrity chef for St. Louis Community College Foundation’s black-tie gala on Saturday, Feb. 8. Falling in Love…in Five Courses will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis. Cocktails will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. Joining Zimmerman will be the Four Season's own executive chef FABRIZIO SCHENARDI and the chefs and students from the college’s culinary arts program. Tickets are $295 each (patron tickets, $500). For more information, call Jo-Ann Digman at 539-5358 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some 100 guests attended the Jewish Family and Children’s Service 12th annual Tree of Life Society event celebrating the organization’s high-level donors. Attendees at the event, held at Edgewild Restaurant and Winery, enjoyed wine-tasting, a learning session about wine selections and a buffet of food pairings.
Bissinger's chief chocolatier Dave Owens at the Bissinger's confectionary counter at Edgewild Restaurant & Winery
Bissinger's chocolates pair well with Edgewild's wine
The small Fenton-based Stringbean Coffee and the cow-to-cup Windcrest Dairy in Trenton, Ill., are among many local companies turning to collaboration for inspiration, promotion and expansion.
Women’s Philanthropy of Jewish Federation of St. Louis will be hosting a Farm-to-Table Shabbat Dinner on Friday, July 12, at 7 p.m. at Claverach Farm in Eureka. The charge for the dinner is $20 per person. Register by July 11 at jewishinstlouis.org/WomensPhilanthropy. For more information, contact Jessica Litwack at 442-3806 or email@example.com. Women's Philanthropy provides an opportunity for every woman to affirm her Jewish identity, connect with and inspire others to establish themselves as full partners in the local Jewish community.
We just reported last week about the closing of Araka in Clayton, and now there's already news to relate about the next resident of the space at 131 Carondelet Plaza: It’s 801 Chophouse, and it'll be the fifth location for the Des Moines-based restaurant chain, which specializes in USDA prime steaks, chops and seafood items. We'll keep you posted on an opening date.
Edgewild Restaurant & Winery opened in the fall of 2011 in Chesterfield, and soon developed quite a following in West County and beyond.
As you may have heard, the former home of Busch's Grove will finally get a new tenant this year. The folks from EdgeWild Restaurant & Winery will be opening a second location in the space in early summer. The restaurant will offer more than 20 local microbrews on tap, a full cocktail list and an extensive selection of fine wines by the glass, including EdgeWild label wines and non-EdgeWild label wines. The menu will focus on smaller plates, and will also have a selection of entrees similar to those on EdgeWild’s current menu featuring plenty of local purveyors.
Big news in Ladue…A new tenant will be moving into the former Busch’s Grove space: EDGEWILD RESTAURANT & WINERY has announced that it is opening a second establishment at the landmark locale on Clayton Road. Owners ANDY and DEE DEE KOHN are again teaming up with restaurateur and EdgeWild proprietor CHRIS LAROCCA for the venture, which is slated to open in early summer. We’re told the new restaurant will have the same feel and experience as the original Chesterfield location; however, it will also have a greater emphasis on the bar and appetizer offerings, according to Andy Kohn. “It will be the new neighborhood watering hole.”
Andy and Dee Dee Kohn
Glad to be able to report some more recent restaurant openings. The local franchise of Potbelly Sandwich Shop opened for business at 11615A Olive Blvd., in the former space of Provisions Market, on Thursday, Aug. 23. Then Hendricks BBQ opened its doors at 1200 S. Main Street in St. Charles a week later on Thursday, Aug. 30. The restaurant is the latest from the folks who brought us Sanctuaria Wild Tapas, Diablitos Cantina and Cafe Ventana.
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◆ The Ritz-Carlton has changed its lunch service, eliminating the longstanding lunch buffet in favor of what it calls the ‘30-Minute Lunch,’ available from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Guests have a choice of one item each from four categories: The Sides, The Dessert, The Sandwich and The Soup/Salad. The goal is to go from order, to food, to check, in half an hour. All of the breads and desserts are made in-house by executive pastry chef SIMONE FAUER, and the greens and other veggies are sourced from Living Water Farms in central Illinois. The restaurant also has a new burger menu and larger sandwich plates are still available, as well, for those who aren’t in a time crunch.