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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.
No get-together is complete without a nice meal—or, at least, a few scrumptious bites. With spring on its way, asked local caterers for their favorite seasonal specialties to spice up your gathering.
We've been a fan of Katie Lee's cuisine ever since we stumbled upon her original restaurant in Clayton. And we were thrilled when we heard about her latest venture, Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria in Rock Hill, featuring a bigger space.
Q: I love miso soup and can’t seem to get enough of that unique and slightly salty flavor. What is miso, anyway, and what else can it be used for?
Chocolate has been a favorite gift for lovers for a long time—all the way back to the days of the Aztec empire of Central America. I have a recipe for a chocolate caramel cake that truly represents the love that goes into its creation. Like water is to the body, chocolate is for the soul. It helps relieve the stress of life. Always remember: Turning ‘stressed’ around gives you ‘desserts.’
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.
As one of St. Louis’ oldest restaurants, Kemoll’s is a tradition not only for the family that runs it, but for countless other local families, as well. “We have some families who have been celebrating Christmas Eve at Kemoll’s for 50 years,” says fourth-generation owner Mark Cusumano. “They first came in here when they were little babies, and now they’re adults in their 50s, and they still celebrate here.”
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.
“Bass is a demanding mistress," says Jazz St. Louis executive director Gene Dobbs Bradford. "You don’t just leave her alone and expect to come back and everything is fine.”
With the Christmas season now just sweet memories dancing in our heads, the kitchen at Bissinger's Handcrafted Chocolatier continues to hum with activity as the next big ‘chocolate’ holiday approaches: Valentine’s Day.
We've re-visited several old favorites lately that have replaced longtime chefs with new ones. The latest is Vin De Set, which recently said goodbye to executive chef Ivy Magruder and welcomed chef Ryan Buettner into that position. While it's always a bit worrisome when a kitchen gets shuffled around, we're happy to report that this transition of power has been seamless—and delicious.
Worman House's buttermilk fried chicken comes from a Morris family recipe.
From innovative education and world-class restaurants to one-of-a-kind gift shops, St. Louis is home to a broad range of successful companies. Ladue News congratulates all of the businesses celebrating milestone anniversaries, and wishes them many, many more.
With the end of the year drawing near, it’s time again to review the cookbooks that made their way to store shelves in 2013. This year’s crop includes life-long compilations and memoirs and collections from famed restaurants, as well as recipes from all areas of the U.S. and beyond. So, sit back with a cuppa, and decide which titles deserve a place on your kitchen shelf.
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.
Since its beginnings, Herbie's Vintage '72 has been a dining destination for locals and visitors alike, anchoring the northern end of Euclid Avenue in the Central West End.
Q: Chef, with playoff season almost here, I am looking for a great tailgate item that will top all the other tailgaters around me. Burger and brats, ribs and BBQ are fine, but I am looking for something a little uncommon. I heard about your Gator Ribs for the Florida and Mizzou game last year and just had to come up and try them. Touchdown! What’s in your bag for this season?
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.
There’s no question about it: St. Louisans love silver, especially old-school vintage pieces with the look of coin silver. It’s now possible to have it literally hanging around 24/7, thanks to these new light fixtures that incorporate silver flatware as a decorative element. Troy Lighting’s Bistro kitchen fixture blends classic hand-worked iron and elegant crystal with spoons, forks and knives in one conversation-starting piece. Another charmer: the Spoondelier from Cake Vintage featuring old teaspoons. Each one is made to order.
‘Tis the time for giving, and these area organizations need your help to keep children safe and St. Louisans warm and well-fed this holiday season.
No doubt about it, Cielo Restaurant & Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel downtown has one of the best views in the city. But while the vistas are stunning, the food is what makes Cielo one of the best restaurants in town.
Frankly, this is one of those movie reviews where the space would be better filled by giving you my savory beef stew recipe than actually discussing the film. I mean, I could tell you that halfway through the movie, pigmies run in and jab the audience with pointy sticks. But if you’re going to see it, you’re going to see it. On the flip side, I could tell you that going to see this movie is like watching Pretty Woman, sitting next to George Clooney, while getting a foot massage, eating Champagne truffles on Prozac. But if you don’t want to see it, you’re not going to see it.
As with thousands of homes across St. Louis, there was much ado with my family about this week’s Thanksgiving feast. This year, we had an assortment of in-laws come for dinner, which meant that our meal—in addition to the traditional turkey and trimmings—will be comprised of items that can only come together when different cultures meet (in our case, Filipino and Greek).
The diversity found in St. Louis neighborhoods brings a variety of holiday traditions to the table. Here, area families share recipes, music and festivities that have been preserved through the generations.