More than 15 years ago, while serving in the Air Force, Chris Burnette decided he needed a hobby. Would fishing, woodworking or learning how to play the guitar work? Not for Burnette. “I was curious about how to make moonshine,” he remembers with a laugh. “So I called my grandma."
Since stepping into the executive chef role, Melissa Lee has been slowly putting her mark on the various eateries at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis. The latest to benefit from her expertise is The Grill, which has transformed into a creative dining destination.
At first glance, the original space reminded the June Roesslein team of an old-time ice-cream parlor, according to Smith, who, along with McGovern, designed what's being labeled the 'bonus room' in this year's Show House. The trim, chair rail and shutters had been painted bright red, and the walls were covered with red-and-tan-striped wallpaper. Café curtains had the unfortunate effect of preventing most of the available natural light from entering the small room. Additionally, the chair rail visually cut the walls in half and made the ceiling feel lower than its actual 8-foot height. On the upside, the room featured a fireplace with a pretty dark wood mantel, a vintage wood floor and attractive millwork that could be transformed into an architectural asset, albeit after many coats of paint.
As the St. Louis food scene continues to flourish, home chefs are able to choose from more and more locally made products to enjoy with their families. But what to make? Keep reading for ideas from four area foodies on how to use their goods in your own kitchen.
My mom is an amazing cook—so much so that I never really learned how to do it myself. Sure, she had me help prep ingredients, stir this or mix that, but I left the heavy lifting to her—dinners just turned out better that way. Now that I’m a ‘grown-up,’ I have begun dipping my toes into cooking, to mixed results (and, if I’m being honest, several burned, bland or otherwise inedible meals). So when the opportunity arose to take a cooking class at Schnucks, I jumped at it faster than I can reach for a takeout menu.
Business is sweet these days for a St. Louis family of chocolate-makers. Dan and Rosalie Abel established the Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Company in 1981, at just about the same time they were establishing their family.
St. Louis recently welcomed Prince Louis de Bourbon, Duc d'Anjou and his wife, Princess Marguerite, in honor of the 250th anniversary of the city’s founding, as well as the 800th anniversary of the birth of Louis IX, the city’s namesake.
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
Anyone with children older than 10 has slowly come to terms with the fact that there is no summer. OK, that was an exaggeration. Of course, there’s a summer. According to the calendar, summer lasts about three months. Mentally, it lasts six weeks. Emotionally, summer is 16 reasonably pleasant days sandwiched in-between the end of school wrap-up and the back-to-school check-up.
Kudos to St. James Winery. Its Friendship School White Wine was named Best White Wine at California’s Long Beach Grand Cru Competition earlier this month. The winery also took home five additional gold medals, seven silver medals and a bronze medal for its other entries in the competition.
The Gatesworth saluted its residents who served in the military with a Veterans Appreciation Luncheon, which included a presentation on the history of the USO, a piano medley of patriotic tunes and ice cream served outside from the USO’s mobile unit. Here, residents Gordon Yoder (Captain, Air Force) and Marvin Kosky (Captain, Army Field Artillery) swap stories during lunch.
The term 'legend' is thrown about pretty freely. Sometimes, it seems like any restaurant that's been open a few years is granted legendary status. Few places that truly deserve the title—and Tony's is at the top of that list.
When we embarked on our journey to Bentonville, Arkansas, we were prepared for the unexpected—and that’s certainly what we got. We now understand why the art world is abuzz.
A Pacific Parade cruise is the perfect getaway for someone not wanting to travel too far, but still enjoy exciting cities and wonderful adventures they may never have otherwise. After a plane ride to Vancouver, we boarded the Celebrity Century to embark on an 11-day journey down the west coast of Canada and the United States.
Who doesn't love ice cream? Not only does ice cream make for a great dessert on its own, it can be the basis for quality drinks, as well—with or without the addition of spirits. There are several local establishments that are using ice cream in their libations, with predictably delicious results. Here are a few that are taking this idea to inspired heights.
When school’s out for summer, these local students have big plans for their vacation. Join in the fun as they tell LN the sports, camps, trips and more they'll be enjoying in their free time.
For a taste of the 1904 World’s Fair beyond the food, the Missouri History Museum continues to offer the in-depth exhibit, The 1904 World's Fair: Looking Back at Looking Forward.
From the ice cream cone to hot dogs, hamburgers and even iced tea, the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis has long been lauded for many firsts of the food industry. While those claims mostly are myths, as local author Pam Vaccaro explains in her book, Beyond the Ice Cream Cone: The Whole Scoop on Food at the 1904 World's Fair, St. Louis certainly served as an international stage for the jumping-off point of these food items' popularity during that memorable early 20th century spring and summer.
While its most known attribute may be the Kentucky Derby, our recent visit to Louisville proved that this Ohio River town is a whole lot more than just a one-trick pony.
Chef John Perkins has been making waves in the St. Louis culinary scene for a while with his Entre Underground pop-up dinner events and his catering prowess. Then he took a space in the historic Gaslight Square and revamped it for private events and also used it as home base for a series of month-long specialty restaurant concepts he put together. Late last year, he decided to forgo the monthly experiments and use the space to house an ongoing restaurant based on one of them, a successful Southern-influenced event. He called the new eatery Juniper; and it's a cozy, comforting platform for Perkins' unique takes on down-home specialties.
The Wild family was immediately sold on Creve Coeur for its great schools, beautiful parks and walkability to restaurants and shopping. Kristen Wild, executive director of the Ladue Education Foundation; her husband, Steve, an attorney at Thompson Coburn; and their kids, Zach, who attends Ladue Middle School; and Jessica, who goes to Ladue Fifth Grade Center; have loved living in their neighborhood for 11 years. Kristen told us more about why they enjoy Creve Coeur.
Loving the small-town feel in a bigger city, the Schulte family has called Glendale home for more than eight years. James and Ann Schulte tell us more about what they love to do in Glendale.
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