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Since reopening in Chesterfield several years ago, Balaban’s has garnered plenty of accolades, including multiple awards of the Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence. It had been a while since our last visit and lots has happened in the interim, including an expansion of the space and the promotion of D. Scott Phillips from catering and banquet chef to executive chef last summer; so we recently dropped in to see what else is new.
A good chef knows that the best way to the heart is through the stomach. LN caught up with three top local pastry chefs as they dished about their favorite Valentine’s Day treats, sharing the recipes and stories behind them.
Revelers will 'feel their temperatures rising' at St. Louis’ 250th birthday party. And to sweeten the celebration, a region-wide scavenger hunt called Cakeway to the West will feature 250 four-foot-tall cakes throughout the city.
Lafayette Square has its share of fine establishments, but most of these are situated on the north side of Lafayette Park, leaving the area to the south a bit desolate from a restaurant point of view. Element is well on its way to changing that vibe.
When it was announced last spring that Stone Soup Cottage was moving, we were a bit nervous. But owners Carl and Nancy McConnell truly outdid themselves with the latest Stone Soup incarnation.
When Katherine Desloge was crowned the Queen of Love and Beauty at the Veiled Prophet Ball, it was more than just a happy night for her. It also was the culmination of a family tradition of community involvement that goes back more than 100 years.
One of the jewels in Zoe Pidgeon's eclectic culinary crown, along with Bar Les Freres and Bobo Noodle House, I Fratellini is one of those little oases that offer a cozy, welcoming respite from the hustle and bustle of the workaday world.
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.
Being located in the heart of the country and all, St. Louis isn't exactly known as a seafood mecca. But there are a handful of quality seafood places around town, and at the top of this list is Oceano Bistro in Clayton.
The holidays came early this year when readers submitted their homemade sweets for LN’s Holiday Dessert Recipe Contest. Four Seasons pastry chef Mary Boehne, LN Cooks’ chef John Johnson and Spicy Bits writer Matt Sorrell helped judge the tight, but oh-so-delicious race, and Ladue Florist decked the festive holiday table.
Q: Chef, I love breakfast! I’m wondering if you have a great pancake recipe that I could use for a family event coming up. I really want to wow them and show them something special.
Straight hair is so last season—or is it? And this autumn is all about bold lips…or should they be neutral? To make sure your hair and makeup stay as on-trend as possible, we talked to five beauty professionals to find out what’s hot for fall.
Panorama, the restaurant housed in the Saint Louis Art Museum's new East Building, opened in July. Since then, there has been a rapidly building buzz around town about the food, not to mention the view.
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.
New seasons bring new trends, and that includes catering menus. These area food experts dished to LN about their autumn offerings—both new and traditional. Find your fall food inspiration here, and even snag a recipe. Hungry yet?
Grassi's Ristorante and Deli is one of those little hidden gems that are fun to discover. A true neighborhood place, though not exactly located in a proper neighborhood, it's got plenty of charm and tasty Italian delights to spare.
On July 15, chef KEVIN NASHAN will be hosting a benefit dinner at his Sidney Street Cafe to benefit Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign, a national initiative to end childhood hunger. The dinner will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. and features an impressive line-up of local and regional chefs, including GERARD CRAFT of Craft Restaurants Ltd.; KEVIN WILLMANN of Farmhaus; Top Chef winner STEPHANIE IZARD of Chicago's Girl & Goat; JASON VINCENT of Nightwood in Chicago; and MICHAEL PALEY from Metropole in Cincinnati. Tickets are $150 and are available online at ce.strength.org.
Two of our favorite things in the restaurant world are fine cuts of meat and a comfortable, low-key atmosphere to enjoy them in. Citizen Kane's Steak House has plenty of both, as we were reminded on our most recent visit.
Story: Wealthy art dealers Flanders and Ouisa Kittredge have invited an important contact named Geoffrey to their swank New York City apartment to hopefully make a tidy $2 million profit on a Cezanne they’re selling. While the three of them converse, a young black man knocks at the door. He tells Flan and Ouisa that he is a classmate of their children at Harvard and that he’s in town awaiting the arrival of his dad, noted actor Sidney Poitier, who will be directing the film version of Cats.
A veteran of the industry, Matthew Monzon has been styling hair for more than 20 years—most of it spent as a freelance artist doing runway, catalog and editorial looks for the likes of Elizabeth Banks, Alicia Keys, Julianna Moore, Kate Winslet and a bevy of other celebrities and brands too numerous to name. We asked the New York stylist how to best tame our tresses for the summer season—and look great while doing it.
Most people long for another island. One where they know they will like to be, so says Bloody Mary in South Pacific’s evocative and lyrical Bali Hai.
Chill Cool Frozen Yogurt in Clayton will be celebrating its third anniversary on Friday, April 19. At 3:30 p.m. that day, Fredbird will make an appearance to hand out limited-edition Chill batting-helmet bowls with frozen yogurt purchases. The store also will present its third annual donation to Friends of Kids With Cancer during the celebration. By the way, Chill has some new spring flavors on the menu: Root Beer Float, Mango Sorbet and Pina Colada.
The Baldwin Report
Janet Droege has come full-circle. She lives on the same property where she grew up—only in a new house built a year ago to replace her childhood home. Janet and her husband, Dr. Bill Droege, owner and president of Esquire Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, each grew up in Richmond Heights and believe it is a great place to raise their own family. Their daughters, Molly, 16, and Madeline, 14, attend Clayton H.S. and Immacolata Catholic School. Janet’s mother also lives in her own quarters on the property. And the Droeges’ two Shih Tzus, CiCi and Chloe, complete the family. Janet told us more about what she and her family love about life in Richmond Heights.
The Tenderloin Room was the latest stop on our tour of local steakhouses. Ensconced in the elegance of The Chase Park Plaza, the restaurant has long been a destination for visiting celebrities like Frank Sinatra and George Clooney, as well as dignitaries of all types. Though it's been around a good long while, this classy eatery has lost none of its luster.