With seemingly endless choices, varietals spanning the globe, and descriptive words like ‘angular’ and ‘toasty’, the wine aisle can be an intimidating spot. Add the task of matching seasonal fall dishes with specific flavor profiles, and choosing the right bottle might leave a sour taste. But fret not—below, local sommeliers and wine managers dish about their go-to bottles for fall, meaning you can sit back, relax, and uncork a bottle…or two!
Last month, St. Louis and Ferguson dominated national headlines. As the story surrounding Michael Brown's shooting grew, my 11- and 13-year-old boys had many concerns about the incident itself and their safety, but they also had more general questions about racial conflict, economic differences, and why everyone was so upset.
Parents of today’s school kids may fondly remember their '80s-era lunchbox filled with bologna on white bread, cookies and chips. While that may have been the standard school lunch of a few decades ago, today’s parents are packing more nutritious lunches that contain all the important food groups needed to keep a youngster going through the day. And that’s half the battle.
After 95 years in business, it's been announced that Yacovelli's Restaurant & Banquet Center in Florissant is closing at the end of the year. There will be a farewell party on Dec. 26 from 7 p.m. until midnight. Check out the restaurant's Facebook page for more info.
Many years ago, when I lived in Europe, I dined al fresco in a café in southern France. I ordered a bottle of Vouvray to pair with my seafood dish. To my surprise, the server brought a Champagne-shaped bottle to the table. However, my French was a bit rusty so I accepted the bottle.
Thanks to the efforts of students participating in the Read to the Finish program, several Kirk Day School faculty and staff revved their engines in a race against teachers from other schools. The reading-incentive program rewards young readers with a free ticket to Gateway Motorsports Park, and the opportunity to watch their teachers rev their engines.
When Duff's left the CWE, it left quite a hole in the neighborhood's dining scene. But almost immediately, the folks behind such popular eateries as The Tavern Kitchen & Bar and The Corner Pub stepped in to put the space to use. The result is Cucina Pazzo.
Incarnate Word Academy
Meghan Christina Blase and Charles Brian Flynn
It's officially fall: School is in full swing, sweaters are coming out and thoughts turn to pumpkin-carving and apple-picking. I know it's fall for another reason: At the cineplex, the film previews have turned to all things sinister. You know what I mean. The trailer starts off with a girl entering a long, abandoned attic, and pulling drop cloths off Victorian furniture. Then she comes across an old charm/mirror/clock/masque and the violent montage begins. After a few lines of dialogue explaining the premise--the man murdered a dozen girls then disappeared/they thought she was a witch and burned her home with her in it/he walked into the old mine one day and never emerged—the credits pop up. Brace yourself. Then, there's one final scary shot of a face with yellow eyes (or a dead body sitting up). Yeah, yeah.
Sodium (salt) is an essential nutrient that everyone needs for normal muscle and nerve function. But too much sodium can contribute to serious health problems, and modern diets that include processed foods often are sodium-heavy.
Once upon a time, there was a little house on a big prairie, and practically everyone was a ‘Green Gourmet.’ People, for the most part, lived green and ate green. This way of life was the focus of the celebrated series of books, affectionately known as the Little House books, by Laura Ingalls Wilder—only Wilder didn’t know to call it ‘green’ when she decided to record her family’s stories from the late-1800s.
Fans of football and fine food will be happy about the latest offerings at the Edward Jones Dome. The St. Louis Rams and food, beverage and retail partner Delaware North Companies Sportservice recently announced a multi-year contract extension that includes an expansion of services at the Dome. Look for some signature menu items from some of the area's best eateries to be available on game day, including: Sugarfire Smokehouse's Brisket Cheese Steak Sandwich and Smoked Sausage; Strange Donut's Chicken ‘n Waffle Sandwich and a selection of its signature donuts, including the Gooey Butter, Maple Bacon and Camp Fire; The BLT Sandwich and Chocolate-Covered Marshmallows from Crown Candy Kitchen; the Smoked Brisket Sandwich, Fried Oyster Po' Boy Sandwich and Crispy Fried Green Tomatoes from The Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Company; Gus' Pretzels famous Pretzel Bites and Bratwurst Pretzel Sandwich; and the Bandana's Pulled Pork Sandwich, Pulled Chicken Sandwich and BBQ Nachos. In addition, two local concepts are being added exclusively to the club level concessions: Vin De Set's Croque Monsieur Sandwich and Tarte Flambe, and the Butternut Squash Soup and Roasted Porchetta Sandwich from Eleven Eleven Mississippi.
The simplest fountains include only a waterproof container and pump. Add water and power for instant effect. Go one step farther by adding a float valve, a device that tops up the water automatically by operating a valve on a garden hose. Last month’s column provided simple instructions for a small self-contained water feature.
Steve Coogan is an interesting actor. While his film, Philomena, was not my favorite, it did catch the eye of critics and brought him to the forefront as an Indie mainstay. He has a unique ability to find humor in serious material, and reveals a surprising vulnerability when playing a thick-skinned grouch--in this case, himself. Combine that with a relatively lighthearted jaunt through the European countryside and you have an enjoyable, if protracted couple of hours.
Story: Francis “Confidential” Henshall is hungry for work, literally. The erstwhile skiffle musician can’t think of anything but food as he wanders the streets of Brighton, England in 1963. As fate would have it, he finds employment working for a two-bit gangster named Roscoe Crabbe, who was thought to be dead but apparently is not. Soon, Roscoe and Francis are strong-arming Charlie “The Duck” Clench, another small-time hood.
When entertaining at home, don’t fret about providing dinner and entertainment—a local company says the two can be one and the same. Instead of hiring a caterer to serve a buffet meal or passed snacks during your at-home event, take your gathering to the next level with an in-home chef and small plates customized for your guests, suggests the staff at Butler's Pantry.
The dual culinary movements of barbecue and whiskey continue to gain traction around town. Case in point: Salt & Smoke in the Delmar Loop, which incorporates both of these tasty trends to fine effect.
Driving to Sequoia National Park from the south on California Highway 198, you traverse the flat, fertile San Joaquin Valley, often called the 'food basket of the world.' You begin your mountain ascent on The Generals Highway over continuous hairpin curves to a hiking and camping paradise almost 7,000 feet above sea level. Word to the wise: Don’t trust your GPS. You’ll still have 23 winding miles left to go from the park entrance to Wuksachi Lodge, the only lodging in the park--a beautiful mountain lodge with guest rooms located in groves of trees blending into the forest. With every modern convenience and mouth-watering high-country cuisine, you will be encountering the splendor of Mother Nature in pristine and peaceful perfection.
Sara Tenenbein’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 37. That alone was a red flag for Tenenbein, a writer and blogger. After discovering that she carries an inherited mutation of the BRCA1 gene, which is linked to increased risk of ovarian and breast cancers, Tenenbein opted for a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction in order to reduce her breast cancer risk. She also revamped her lifestyle to support ongoing health and wellness.
St. Louis Craft Spirits & Cocktail Week begins on Saturday, Sept. 13, with The Classic Cocktail Party in Lafayette Square Park from 6 to 9 p.m., featuring a variety of local spirits and cocktails. The week wraps up on Sunday, Sept. 21, with Punch in the Park, also in Lafayette Square Park, hosted by the St. Louis chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild. The event will include barbecue by BBQ ASAP and punches from a variety of local bars. In between these two stellar events, there will be all manner of tastings, tours, happy hours and more. For additional info, check out the event Facebook page at facebook.com/StLouisCraftSpiritsCocktailWeek.
Colorful leaves, a cool breeze and the city’s signature fall festivals soon will signal the start of autumn in St. Louis.