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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.
Chef BRADLEY HOFFMANN, who most recently ran the kitchen at Salt in the CWE, will be assuming executive chef duties at Planter's House, the new eatery from TED and JAMIE KILGORE and TED CHARAK located in Lafayette Square. The restaurant is scheduled to open later this summer.
Missouri wines continue to gain respect among oenophiles, and some of the best are made by wineries in and around St. Charles County. Cheers to that!
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Spring has sprung, and that means that area wineries are--or soon will be--pouring their latest bounty for everyone to enjoy. We touched base with five of the most popular wineries around to see what they have in store for fans of the grape this season.
The past year has been a busy one for the St. Louis culinary scene. Here are a few of the highlights from 2012:
St. Vincent Home for Children is sponsoring a benefit wine tasting on Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Sheet Metal Workers Local 36 facility at 2319 Choteau Ave.There will be a wide variety of wines available, courtesy of Show Me Vino, in conjunction with Missouri Beverage Company. Also on tap: live music from Jazz St. Louis All Stars, hors d'oeuvres from Russo's Catering and a silent auction. Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door, and can be purchased at saintvincenthome.org.
Yet another food truck is opening a permanent location. We’ve been told Seoul Taco has signed a lease for a space at 571 Mehlville Ave. in the U. City Loop, the former home of Gyros In The Loop. While some truck operations are speeding up, others are pulling over and parking. Pi Pizzeria has announced it will no longer be operating its food trucks in St. Louis and Washington, D.C. The mobile eateries still will be making limited appearances at events and still will be part of Pi’s catering operations. According to a statement, the restaurant wants to focus on its brick-and-mortar operations.
With temperatures soaring to all-time highs this summer, keeping cool is imperative, and nothing helps keep the heat at bay like a glass of fine Missouri wine.
Whether we’re young or just young at heart, our pets are cherished friends who brighten every day. Check out the winner and other adorable entries in our annual contest!
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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.
The Chase Park Plaza has announced KYLE LIPETZKY as its new executive chef. He’ll oversee all of the hotel’s restaurants (Eau Bistro and Café Eau), the catering division and outlets. Lipetzky previously held leadership positions at The Phoenician and Camelback Inn, a JW Marriott Resort and Spa, both in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Once again, Ladue News readers have proven that they’re in the know about our town’s most exciting hot spots! This year’s Platinum List features iconic St. Louis institutions, as well as some new spots you’ll be wanting to check out.
> Terrene Restaurant in the CWE is no more. Terrene served its final meal Tuesday, June 28. Owners JOHN and SUNNY MCELWAIN shut the doors to spend time with their newborn daughter. We wish them much luck—they will be missed!
> Chef BILL OSLOOND, executive chef at 1904 Steak House at River City Casino, is putting on a special grilling class exclusively for Ladue News readers Saturday, July 23, at the restaurant. The class will cover all of the fine points of cooking on a grill, and participants will get to try their hand at grilling a steak, two sides and dessert. Osloond knows a thing or two about cooking with fire: Before landing at 1904 in January, he worked in the kitchen at Kevin Costner’s Jake’s Fine Dining in South Dakota, served as the executive sous chef at Elway’s Steak House in Denver, and was executive chef at the Boulder Chophouse and Tavern in Boulder, Colo. For details, call 1904 manager Derrick Colquitt at 388-7630 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. LN also is giving away two sets of four admissions to the class on our Facebook page, facebook.com/laduenews, so go online and ‘like’ us for your chance to win!
One of the inevitable trappings of family life is the beloved family vehicle. Though definitely not a two-seater sports car, this kids transporter can take many shapes, with two of the most popular being SUVs and minivans.
There’s no disputing that fountains in the landscape create a peaceful ambience, ever providing the soothing trickle of water as a backdrop. But perhaps less recognized is the cooling effect that running water has, making even our St. Louis summers more bearable.
• A new type of fusion cuisine can be found at Cafe Lazeez in Ballwin. Pizza with chicken tikka topping and spicy ground beef curry on penne are two items on their dine-in or carry-out menu. Owners IRFAN KHALID and MOHAMMAD FAROOQ have just opened St. Louis’ first, and finest, Pakistani-American fast food cafe. Urdu is the main language spoken in the kitchen (and by the customers in its few booths), but the counter service staff can guide you through the differences between chicken tikka, karanhi and tandoori in plain English. They’ll even substitute a samosa for the fries that go with a hamburger. You’ll find only ‘halal’ (humanely slaughtered) meat at Lazeez, seven days a week. Check it out at 14248 Manchester Road, just east of Woodsmill. Lazeez means yummy!
For those lucky few with money left during the current economic crisis, there are a number of very attractive options in the premier luxury car category. Two that combine good looks, performance and the ultimate in luxury include the Mercedes CLS and Lexus LS460.