Huge congratulations to chefs GERARD CRAFT and KEVIN NASHAN, who have both been chosen as finalists for the James Beard Foundation Awards Best Chef: Midwest. Craft and Nashan, along with KEVIN WILLMANN of Farmhaus, BEN POREMBA of Elaia & Olio and JOSH GALLIANO of The Libertine were all named semifinalists for the award last month. Winners will be revealed at a gala in NYC in May. We'd like to thank all of the folks who represented St. Louis this year--well done!
The number 1111 has some significant meanings—just Google it. But to restaurant-lovers in St. Louis, the number 1111 is the address and street number on Mississippi Avenue for one of the most well-known dining spots in town: 1111 Mississippi.
It's summertime, and that means craft beer: ST. LOUIS CRAFT BEER WEEK will be held at a variety of venues around town from July 27 through Aug. 4. Events will include include tap takeovers, beer dinners, beer-and-cheese tastings, Firkin Fest and the second annual Midwest Belgian Beer Festival. Some of the locations include the 33 Wine Shop, Llywelyn’s Pub, Schlafly Tap Room, Milagro Modern Mexican, Perennial Artisan Ales, Cicero’s, International Tap House, 4 Hands Brewing Company, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company and Handlebar. For more information, visit stlbeerweek.com.
Lots of events on the books now that the weather has (hopefully) come around:
Pomme Restaurant in Clayton is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month by giving something back to the community. From Oct. 16 to 27 (excluding Sundays and Mondays), Pomme will donate 10 percent of food sales to Operation Food Search. During these 10 days, corkage fees will be waived on any 2002 vintage, and guests can register to win a 10-year-old bottle of Macallan Scotch.
Since it opened in Lafayette Square in 2003, Eleven Eleven Mississippi has earned a reputation as a first-rate culinary destination, the flagship eatery in the restaurant group of Paul and Wendy Hamilton, who also own Vin de Set, PW Pizza and Moulin Events. Chef Carl Hazel, late of The Scottish Arms, recently came aboard to run the stoves at Eleven Eleven, so the time was ripe to revisit.
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With the plethora of pies available in the Lou, it takes a lot for a pizza place to stand out, but since opening last summer, PW Pizza has managed to elevate itself above the fray. The restaurant is the latest culinary endeavor from Paul and Wendy Hamilton (hence the PW), the duo behind a multitude of popular local eateries such as Eleven Eleven Mississippi. The new restaurant shares space with some of the Hamiltons’ other endeavors: Vin de Set, Moulin Events and The Malthouse Cellar, in the historic Centennial Malt House building at 2017 Choteau Ave.
PW Pizza, 2017 Choteau Ave., 241-7799
> PW Pizza, at 2017 Choteau Ave., the latest addition to the stable of PAUL and WENDY HAMILTON (Eleven Eleven Mississippi, Vin De Set, Malt House Cellar and Moulin Events), is now open. The pizzas feature three different crust options, including a gluten-free version. Also, VITO RACANELLI’S Mad Tomato opened officially at 8000 Carondelet Ave. in Clayton, and the new Stadium Bar & Grill opened May 9 at Lumiere Place Casino.
> Restaurateurs PAUL and WENDY HAMILTON, owners of Eleven Eleven Mississippi, Vin de Set, Grand Petite Market, Malt House Cellar and Moulin Events are taking the plunge once again. The couple will be opening PW Pizza on the first floor of 2017 Chouteau Ave., the building that houses their other culinary venues. The new, 75-seat restaurant will have a seasonal focus and feature gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian menu options. BTW, ‘PW’ stands for ‘Paul and Wendy.‘ Opening should be early May; we’ll keep you updated.