It's been announced that Chef GIAN NICOLA COLUCCI has been tapped to replace Chef FABRIZIO SCHENARDI as executive chef at Cielo and the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis. A native of Turin, Italy, Colucci most recently served as executive chef at Starwood Hotel & Resort Danieli in Venice. He's expected to take the reins later this month. Benvenuto, Signore!
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St. Louis restaurants were well represented on the Opinionated About Dining's Top 25 Midwest Restaurants list that was recently released. Niche took the No. 2 slot; Sidney Street Cafe was No. 8; Stone Soup Cottage was No. 11; Brasserie by Niche came in at No. 12; Farmhaus garnered No. 13; and Tony's landed at No. 20; and Harvest rounded out the list at 22. Well done!
Cupcakes make it easier than ever to satisfy a sweet tooth. Perfectly sized for one--or two, if you're feeling generous--each cupcake bite is an experience to be savored. Lucky for us, there seems to be a never-ending supply--and selection--thanks to cupcake connoisseurs who have elevated the formerly ho-hum children's birthday party staple to a whole new level.
Jilly's Cupcake Bar
Jilly's Cupcake Bar
It’s been announced that the Fox Theatre will undergo a massive ceiling restoration—the biggest undertaking since its original 1981 restoration.
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For those just not up to the chore of making a Turkey Day feast for the whole fam, Cielo Restaurant in the Four Seasons downtown has the answer: Chef FABRIZIO SCHENARDI and his crew are whipping up Thanksgiving dinner to-go. The dinners include delectable items like roasted Brussels sprouts, roasted sweet potato puree and a take on a holiday favorites, green bean casserole, as well as a whole roasted free-range turkey (brined for a full 48 hours before baking), and a choice of two pies from pastry chef PETER WHITLEY. The cost per dinner is $295 (excluding tax) and it feeds 10. Orders have to be received by Monday, Nov. 19, and can be made by calling 881-2105.
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◆Folks in West County don’t have to travel to University City for a fix of Jilly’s any more. Jilly’s Cupcake Bar A-Go-Go opens today at 1131 Colonnade Center in Des Peres. The new 1,300-square-foot space features grab-and-go sandwiches and all of the cupcake varieties available at the original Delmar location, as well as a brisket bar with 30 different ingredients. Also, the Delmar location finally received its liquor license last week, so customers can now enjoy cocktails, beer and wine with their brunch.
◆ Chef BRIAN HARDESTY, who took over the kitchen at Nosh a few weeks ago, has announced he’s dropping the Nosh name in favor of Root. The name is reflective of the new culinary direction Hardesty is pursuing: original takes on classic American cuisine that span the years from the founding of the country until roughly the Great Depression era. Hardesty says to expect lots of game, roasted meat and whole fish preparations. The restaurant (co-located with Starr’s in Richmond Heights) is closed during the transformation, and is scheduled to open for business on Tuesday, Jan. 10.
People are still buzzing about chefs Casey Shiller and Dana Holland of Jilly’s Cupcake Bar & Café, who recently took home the gold in Food Network’s popular show, Cupcake Wars. In the episode that premiered June 28, the pair beat out three other contenders for the $10,000 grand prize.
> The Del Pietros are a busy bunch! Last week we told you about Marc Del Pietro’s new restaurant The Block, coming soon to Webster Groves. This week we learned that MICHAEL DEL PIETRO will be debuting another addition to his group of restaurants come springtime. Trattoria Spezie will be occupying the former home of Original Cast Lighting at 6118 Delmar Blvd. in the U. City Loop. Del Pietro says there will be roughly 140 seats inside, with another 50 on the patio. Look for lots of vegetarian offerings and locally procured items.
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• More room in cupcake heaven!!! Very soon they’re going to knock down a wall and expand Jilly’s Cupcake Bar to accommodate 30 more seats and all the requests for Girl Scout Troop meetings and other social events. Owner Jill Segal recently adjusted the bar’s hours to include brunch on Saturday and Sunday. The added space will be filled with Valentine bliss; executive chef Dana Holland will prepare a multi-course dinner to be served Feb. 12 through 15. For reservations, call 993-JILLY.