When Covenant House Missouri hosted its first ‘Sleep Out’ three years ago, the executives and civic leaders who signed up for the fundraiser experienced for the first time what it’s like to be homeless—a reality faced by some 2,000 St. Louis youth every night. “I’ve been a social worker for more than 30 years now,” says Sue Wagener, executive director of the nonprofit that works to get homeless youth off the streets. “I’ve been in some really poor areas, and I’ve seen a lot. But I really was not ready when I slept out the first year. It’s dark and it’s 2 a.m., and there’s silence—you can only hear the night noises. It struck me that I didn’t realize the advantage of cardboard—my feet would drop off the cardboard and start freezing. Then, in the distance, I heard a gunshot.”
It's springtime, and that means area restaurants are starting to unveil their new seasonal menus. U. City fave Blueberry Hill has announced four new specialty sandwiches, a Western Wagyu Burger, and a Blueberry White Chocolate Cheesecake to its menu; and also has re-introduced its popular Gazpacho. Modesto Tapas Bar & Restaurant has debuted some new items for spring, as well. The menu now has four new small bites, including the Fritada (a fried shrimp and scallop skewer) and the Banderilla (an anchovy, artichoke and olive skewer), as well as the return of the Judias Verdes, sauteed green beans with onions and sherry.
From Panera: Scott and Todd Dudgeon, Joe Biondo, Scott Schmidt
All nonprofits planning events next year, take note: Butler's Pantry has announced it will donate $2,013 to each non-profit organization that hosts an event at its Palladium Saint Louis event space in 2013.
The hot, fresh Clayton eatery Crushed Red isn’t likely to be a flash in the pan. That’s because owners Chris LaRocca, Jason Tilford, Mike Marino, Ralph Kalish Jr. and Powell Kalish have done their research when creating this recipe for success.
Mr. and Mrs. John Morrison of Ladue are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Kathryn Marie Morrison, to David Russell Flanders, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marc Flanders of Chesterfield.
November marks National Bread Month, so what better way to celebrate than to learn more about some of our local bakeries’ bread-making traditions?
Saint Louis Bread Co. asked sandwich enthusiasts from all over town to come up with a delectable recipe for the title of Best Sandwich in St. Louis. The winning sandwich will become a featured item at all 48 Bread Co. locations. Check out the top five finalists below and wait for the announcement of the winner on Oct. 26.
Growing up, we called moments of inspiration times when ‘the light bulb went off’ in our heads. Those were the times you could see exactly what needed to be done to solve the challenge at hand. These days, we still look to ‘a-ha moments’ to give us answers. But what if an a-ha moment changed not only the course of your life, but those of scores of employees and the future of a business, as well?
◆ This month, Saint Louis Bread Co. is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Pink Ribbon Bagel, the sale of which supports local breast cancer charities. More than 7 million of the bagels have been sold since 2001, raising more than $1 million. This year, each Bread Co. cafe is donating $1 from each baker’s dozen of bagels sold to the Komen Foundation. And until the end of the month, folks can go to the Panera Bread Facebook page and click the ‘Like’ button for the Panera Bread Virtual Pink Ribbon Bagel, and 10 cents (up to a total of $25,000) will be donated to the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation.
Toasty warm, buttered, soft or freshly baked—even descriptions of our most ancient staple inspire images of comfort. Perhaps no other food says ‘home’ like bread, and for many St. Louisans, a familiar sign conveys the same comfortable message.
This month, Saint Louis Bread Company celebrates the first anniversary of re-opening its downtown Clayton café as the Cares Café, a nonprofit where customers pay what they can afford for their meals. We caught up with Don Hutcheson, Panera’s St. Louis area director, to see how the café has fared in its first year and what’s in store for the future.
> The pending CWE location of Lester’s Sports Bar & Grill is one step closer to opening. The restaurant, which will occupy the former Companion Bakery spot at 4651 Maryland Ave., now has an approved liquor license, and management says the last remaining hurdle is getting its new facade OK’d by the city. If all goes well, look for an opening in late spring.
St. Louis Bread Co. founder Ken Rosenthal, right, with Panera Bread’s Ron Shaich. Photo courtesy of Panera Bread
All you need to start a business is an idea, some money, and lots of ambition. But it takes something extra for that business to achieve national or even worldwide success. Meet a couple of local entrepreneurs who definitely have what it takes.
> Dang, has it really been 10 years? The Clayton Farmers Market, at Straub’s on Forsyth, opened for its 10th season last Saturday, May 22. The opening served to introduce new market master A.J. TRUJILLO to the Clayton faithful. Speaking of farmers markets, we told you a few weeks back about the new market opening in Webster Groves next month. Well, word has come down that another market is set to bow in June. The Carondelet Farmers Market will start Saturday, June 12 at 7701 S. Broadway and will be open 7 a.m. until noon on Saturdays through October. The market is part of the Carondelet Community Betterment Federation.
> Snooping for Space: Stanley Browne, owner of the popular Robust Wine Bar in Webster Groves, has been looking at sites in the CWE on a quest for a second location. Nadoz Café, likewise, is sniffing around to put location No. 3 in the West End (and last week, the Steven Becker eatery introduced a fancy nighttime menu at the Brentwood Boulevard location)…Simon Lehrer, cheesemonger at The Wine Merchant, recently checked out a farm in Festus with hopes of beginning his own cheese-making operation. “We will be doing sheep’s milk cheese and chickens, heritage pork and a veggie garden for ourselves,” tweeted wife Annie (aka chzmongerswife)…The rooftop bar at The Moonrise Hotel may turn into a four-season hangout. Owner Joe Edwards has been soliciting bids for a removable cover for Eclipse’s hip outdoor bar, which opens on April 1 (earlier, if weather permits). If all goes well, the cover would be completed by next winter. Plans to finish the eastern portion of the hotel’s roof are also in the preliminary stages.
• Sugo’s Spaghetteria, a very family-friendly Italian restaurant, just opened in Frontenac at 10417 Clayton Road. Owner MICHAEL DEL PIETRO and his mother Mary Rose are cooking in the open kitchen. The small menu (on a painted chalkboard of enormous proportions) features housemade pastas and pizzas, as well as Plates del Giorno and a daily risotto preparation. Sugo’s walls are ochre and umber, the chandelier wrought iron, and in the center of the dining room there is a very rustic wine table laden with bottles and glasses. The wine list is, as you would expect of a Del Pietro, all Italian. Michael’s favorite dish is the Pizza con Fungi, a thin Neopolitan style crust with mushrooms, garlic, gorgonzola and truffle oil, but thick Sicilian style is also available.
The Wright stuff…Joanne Kohn, chairman of the Frank Lloyd Wright House in Ebsworth Park, has been elected to the board of the Chicago-based Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, an international historic preservation organization.