Hotels at one time were the epicenter of fine dining and drinking. This still is the case in some high-end hotels around St. Louis, like the boutique Hotel Ignacio in Midtown.
Looking back, 2014 proved to be another banner vintage for the St. Louis culinary scene, which continues to grow and expand. Here are a select few of the events that helped shaped the year that was:
The Daily Meal just released its list of the 101 Best Food Trucks in America, and the St. Louis mobile food scene was well represented. Cha Cha Chow came in at #94; Seoul Taco took the # 87 slot; and the Guerrilla Street Food truck made the grade at #20. Congrats to all!
The 2014 Budweiser Taste of St. Louis will be held Sept. 19 to 21. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the popular food-centric event, and it promises to be bigger and better than ever. Highlights include showcases by celebrity chefs TYLER FLORENCE and DUFF GOLDMAN, as well as plenty of fine food, courtesy of some of St. Louis' best chefs and restaurants. This year also is the first time the event will be held at its new location at the Chesterfield Amphitheater in Central Park and Chesterfield Village. Check out TasteSTL.com for a full listing of all participating eateries and a complete rundown of events for the weekend.
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.
If you’re wanting to call it a night after festivities in Grand Center or expecting out-of-town guests—or even if you just appreciate good design, you will definitely want to know about Hotel Ignacio in midtown St. Louis.
Guests can tour the local scene on a house bicycle or enjoy a workout in the exercise room.
The newest lodging addition in Midtown, Hotel Ignacio is a favorite among visitors to Saint Louis University and Grand Center attractions.
Each of the guest rooms in the hotel has a unique look based one of four arts-related motifs.
During the fall and winter months, the lobby offers a comfortable place to relax fireside. Pets are welcome to stay in the hotel for a small fee.
The hotel is a stone’s throw from the heart of Grand Center, which is home to theaters, museums, concert halls, restaurants and galleries.
The lobby gallery features a rotating selection of art from Saint Louis University’s private collection.
Let it be…SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY is coming to St. Louis. As of press time, his Nov. 11 concert at the Scottrade Center is one of only two U.S. stops for his On the Run tour. This is McCartney’s first St. Louis show in a decade (his Back in the U.S. tour stopped here in 2002).
Newly published author, 13- year-old MATTHEW PEARLMAN, is doing plenty of name-dropping in the pages of his first book, That’s Great Advice! Advice from Pro Athletes for Kids, Written by a Kid. Matthew, a soon-to-be freshman at Valley Park H.S., turns to marquee players like the St. Louis Rams’ STEVEN JACKSON, basketball’s KEVIN DURANT and baseball’s CHIPPER JONES for positive character lessons. The young author has a July 19 book-signing scheduled at Lester’s Sports Bar & Grill in Ladue, from 4 to 7 p.m. When he’s not hobnobbing with the pros, Matthew volunteers as a math and reading tutor at Valley Park Elementary School. Proud parents are DR. BRYAN and LENA PEARLMAN.
Moneta Group principal, JIM BLAIR (1) joined the Missouri Department of Conservation Commission.
And the Tony goes to…St. Louis native NORBERT LEO BUTZ, whose performance as the FBI agent in Catch Me If You Can won him the award for Best Lead Actor Performance in a Musical. Butz is a Bishop DuBourg H.S. and Webster University theater alum. In 2005, Butz was the recipient of the Best Actor in a Musical Tony for his role in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. He is married to actress MICHELLE FEDERER, his former costar in Wicked.
> It’s been in the works for a while, but the newest location of Shula’s 347 Grill, the casual dining concept from the restaurant group owned by NFL Hall of Fame coach Don Shula, finally opens today on the Plaza Level of the Roberts Tower downtown. The restaurant has more than 200 seats and a menu that includes some fine steaks and other wares.
Hats off to John Burroughs junior TRISHA BHAT, who achieved a perfect score of 2400 on her SAT. In case you were wondering, Trisha also scored a perfect 36 on her ACT, which she took this summer. Both were her first attempts! Bursting with pride are parents SANJAY and SAVITA BHAT of Chesterfield.