Local mobile donut purveyor Vincent Van Doughnut won big on the recent season premiere of Cooking Channel's Donut Wars earlier this month. Owner BRIAN MARSDEN and his pastry chef assistant, JAMIE HARDESTY, took home first-place honors and a cool $10,000. Their winning confections over three rounds were The Bellagio, featuring a caramel pastry creme filling with chocolate ganache glaze and hazelnut caramel crunch; The Venetian, with a ricotta pastry cream filling and a lemon glaze with pistachios and tarragon; and The Flamingo, a maraschino cherry cake donut with a maraschino cherry glaze and silver nonpareils. Congrats!
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!
BILL KUNZ, owner of Highway 61 Roadhouse in Webster Groves, and TOM COGHILL, owner of Iron Barley in South City, are heading to New Iberia, La., to compete in the annual World Championship Gumbo Cook-off this month. Some 100 teams are expected to participate in the event. ‘Bill and Tom's Gumbo Road Trip’ will kick off with a party at Highway 61 Roadhouse this Saturday, Oct. 5, from noon to 6 p.m., featuring a whole hog cook-off and live music. Good luck and safe travels!
Get your appetites ready, because next week is the ninth annual Downtown Restaurant Week in the Lou. From Monday, Aug. 19, through Sunday, Aug. 25, enjoy a special three-course menu for $25 at 27 different eating and drinking establishments in the heart of the city. Get the whole rundown of participating venues at downtownrestaurantweek.net.
James Beard award-winning chef MICHAEL MINA will be in St. Louis soon to host St. Louis Community College's (STLCC) annual benefit dinner, ‘Falling In Love...in Five Courses.’ The event will be held Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Four Seasons downtown, and will also feature the talents of the hotel's executive chef FABRIZIO SCHENARDI and CASEY SHILLER, executive pastry chef at STLCC culinary program, as well as some of the program's students. The cost is $295 per ticket, with proceeds going to benefit students and programs at STLCC. For info, call 539-5358.
Highway 61 Roadhouse & Kitchen is billed as a haven for those looking for Southern-style comfort food. As big fans of all varieties of down-home cooking, we had to drop on in and have a taste.
Highway 61 Roadhouse & Kitchen � 34 S. Old Orchard Ave. � 968-0061
Heidi and Scott Suppelsa are such big fans of Webster Groves that they’re on their second Webster home. The family especially enjoys their current neighborhood because so many neighbors have children the same age as their son, Eli, who’s 6, and their daughter, Maya, who will tell you she’s ‘free’ years old.