A wonderful thing about road trips is that the experience can yield so many sweet rewards. Aside from the chance to get away from it all, there’s the beautiful scenery outside the car window, and the many antique and art shops along the way with treasures to discover and bring home. And there are wineries, micro-breweries, charming cafes and eclectic eateries that might even inspire a fruitful and appetizing journey…
Serendipity's Cookie Monster Ice Cream
More and more stories are sprouting up about people returning to their roots and to the ‘old way’ of doing things. There’s a growing feeling in the marketplace that buying local is a good thing, and some have even left successful careers behind to become producers for that local market.
As the housing market continues to mend, premiere homes around town are selling almost as quickly as they hit the market. Here, top local real estate agents show some of their biggest accomplishments—and most impressive sales—from the last year.
Welcome to Elegant Living's exclusive preview of the 2014 Central West End Association House & Garden Tour, now celebrating its 44th year. Slated for May 31 and June 1, this year’s event features the mansions of Portland Place, which, along with neighboring Westmoreland Place, is one of the few remaining World’s Fair-era private streets in the city. Portland Place was designed in 1888 by noted St. Louis private place surveyor Julius Pitzman for wealthy St. Louisans who wished to escape the densely populated city core. The wide boulevard, lush green median and stone mansions made Portland Place a popular draw for the titans of St. Louis banking, commerce and industry, whose magnificent homes have hosted local, national and international dignitaries throughout the past century. It is not an overstatement to say that Portland Place boasts a social, cultural and architectural heritage unparalleled in St. Louis and beyond.
The next time this columnist sweetens her tea with a little honey, she will have a brand new perspective on what is on her teaspoon. Honey is honey, right? Not so, according to Jim Robins of Robins Apiaries in St. Charles.
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.
If you happen to be driving along the 8-mile stretch of Martin Luther King Boulevard that begins in Wellston and ends in downtown St. Louis, it wouldn’t take too long to realize that there aren’t a lot of options for purchasing fresh, healthy foods in and around the neighborhood. But this urban food desert is on the verge of change—thanks to the efforts of the Beloved Streets of America and its vision of community stabilization, according to Derek Lauer, who is the architect coordinating the master-planning for the nonprofit.
Derek Lauer and Melvin White
An artist's rendering of the planned Market Cafe
It sure seems like the wait for our area’s farmers markets to reopen has been so much longer this year. At any rate, we’re getting closer, and that makes this columnist and market enthusiast all the happier! So as we count down these final weeks and days, mark your calendar with the opening dates and check out the latest at a market near you.
There’s no question LN readers are in-the-know, so who better to ask about the things that make St. Louis stand out and stand proud? Here, we present the very best, as selected by our readers, in the 2014 Ladue News Platinum List!
“Local. Local. Local.” This is the overriding theme at Fields Foods, according to Chris Goodson, who is partner with Jeff Randol Sr. of the new Lafayette Square neighborhood grocer.
With the Christmas season now just sweet memories dancing in our heads, the kitchen at Bissinger's Handcrafted Chocolatier continues to hum with activity as the next big ‘chocolate’ holiday approaches: Valentine’s Day.
We recently got the chance to re-visit Truffles in Ladue for the first time in a good while. It was far too long between visits, but we're happy to report it's as every bit as good as we remembered it--maybe even a little bit better.
There’s a new kitchen tool on store shelves this holiday season that should excite the St. Louis home chef. It’s not a fancy food processor or even a durable, super-useful knife. Co-authored by chef Clara Moore and Ladue News food writer Matt Sorrell, Shop Like a Chef is a guide for St. Louis food lovers to local products and produce, gourmet and specialty foods, and so much more in communities and neighborhoods throughout the city and county.
Another production year in the fields is winding down at Claverach Farm, but there’s a lot to look forward to in 2014 and beyond. For many years, Claverach Farm has had a presence at area farmers markets and as a produce supplier to a few of St. Louis’ popular restaurants, including Sidney Street Cafe, Stellina, Oceano Bistro and Farmhaus, just to name a few. But in more recent years, operations on the Eureka farm have grown and expanded, with great promise for the future.
The air is finally getting a little chillier. All Hallow’s Eve is near. And there’s a coffee shop in South St. Louis with a logo that features a bearded Jolly Roger (a closer look also reveals a coffee branch and a portafilter replacing the usual crossbones).
Salty. Crispy. Smoked. Sweet. Do you know where this is going? If you thought bacon, then you would be correct. And that’s what it’s all about at Naked Bacon, a local company that recently has been re-thought of by founder/CEO John Kreilich. “I started the business three years ago as Kreilich Farm, but we rebranded in June in time to launch at Zoofari (at the Saint Louis Zoo),” Kreilich notes. “The recipes that we use go back to my great-grandfather August, who in 1861 lived on a large amount of land in Ste. Genevieve, Mo., and would smoke all their own meats.”
St. Louis has a multitude of signature dishes associated with it. Alumni St. Louis, which opened earlier this year on the ground floor of the Park Pacific Building downtown, is putting its own unique spin on many of these favorites and elevating them--and the local dining scene--in the process.
This husband-and wife team met while living in Chicago, worked together on organic farms in Australia and New Zealand and now runs St. Louis vegetarian food truck Lulu's Local Eatery, complete with truck-rooftop garden.
Every pet owner wants to provide the best nutrition possible so their furry friends can enjoy a good quality of life. But as you wander the many aisles of food in the pet store, you may start to wonder: How will I know the best food when I see it?
At Utterback Farms, a lost art—with roots dating back to ancient times—has been found.
Perfection takes time, this Ladue family moved into this home five years ago. Their garden has it all: a pool, dining areas, seating surrounding a fire, and a large lawn for the kids—all enhanced by beautiful plantings.
Many recall the childhood verse, I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Originating from a 1920s song of the same title recorded by a band called Waring’s Pennsylvanians, it certainly has inspired children and adults alike to indulge in the cool, delicious treat.