Crisp air, roaring outdoor fire pits, and colorful, crunchy leaves—autumn has arrived! As we feel the fall season around us, our minds and tastes swing to red wines. And now, grenache has unmistakably drawn me in.
With just a single table on the sidewalk outside and subtle signage, it'd be easy to miss Gerard's, and you really don't want to do that because there's much goodness to be had inside the innocuous facade.
A couple months ago, my editor approached me about one of those new painting-while-drinking-wine classes that have recently dominated everyone’s social media newsfeeds. My mission was to visit the new Pinot’s Palette in Webster Groves. The thought of doing something artistic while drinking wine, and then writing about it sounded like something just this side of nirvana, so, of course, I signed on.
Millions of Americans travel for business purposes, and staying healthy is important to making the most of any trip. Jayne McAllister of Jayne McAllister Travel Wellness works with companies across the country to help ensure that employees have all the tips and tools they need to minimize the risk of becoming ill while traveling. She recently shared some advice with LN.
With seemingly endless choices, varietals spanning the globe, and descriptive words like ‘angular’ and ‘toasty’, the wine aisle can be an intimidating spot. Add the task of matching seasonal fall dishes with specific flavor profiles, and choosing the right bottle might leave a sour taste. But fret not—below, local sommeliers and wine managers dish about their go-to bottles for fall, meaning you can sit back, relax, and uncork a bottle…or two!
When entertaining at home, don’t fret about providing dinner and entertainment—a local company says the two can be one and the same. Instead of hiring a caterer to serve a buffet meal or passed snacks during your at-home event, take your gathering to the next level with an in-home chef and small plates customized for your guests, suggests the staff at Butler's Pantry.
Colorful leaves, a cool breeze and the city’s signature fall festivals soon will signal the start of autumn in St. Louis.
Kirkwood’s historic and walkable downtown is the modern-day embodiment of family-friendly, small-town Americana. On any given day, you can stop by the Kirkwood Farmers Market, watch the trains go by (or hop on one if you so choose!), and enjoy a cold treat from The Custard Station while you shop.
Pinot gris and pinot grigio are the same. It all depends on the country where the grape is grown. Italy and other parts of Europe know this gray-red grape as pinot grigio, the place of origin from which it gained worldwide popularity. Alsace, France; Oregon; Washington; Australia; New Zealand; and other parts of the world know it as pinot gris.
A teaspoon of butter is more than 51 calories, while a teaspoon of beurre blanc sauce is just approximately 33 calories. This beurre blanc sauce not only adds flavor to any dish, but also gives it a light and delicate texture.
With all of the great pizza places around town, it takes a lot of confidence to open up yet another one. The folks at A Pizza Story have that confidence and it's definitely warranted.
Kudos to St. James Winery. Its Friendship School White Wine was named Best White Wine at California’s Long Beach Grand Cru Competition earlier this month. The winery also took home five additional gold medals, seven silver medals and a bronze medal for its other entries in the competition.
Stage stars, music legends and acclaimed artists—oh my! Local arts institutions unveil this fall’s slate of creative new exhibitions and show-stopping live performances you won’t want to miss.
Just call Richard and Kathie Winter an all-star team. Through the years, the pair has utilized their complementary talents for organizing signature events to bring in big dollars for a multitude of nonprofits.
Riesling may frighten a wine novice as misconceptions run rampant when it comes to this fine wine. But let’s not be confused between big fruits and sweetness. Sweet does not necessarily equal sugary, and not all rieslings are even sweet.
The first-ever summer edition of Clayton Restaurant Week (CRW) takes place Monday, July 14, through Sunday, July 20. The participating establishments include Bar Napoli, Bocci Wine Bar, Cardwell’s, C.J. Muggs, Coastal Bistro & Bar, Crushed Red, Jimmy's On The Park, Oceano Bistro, Pomme Café & Wine Bar, Pomme Restaurant, Remy’s Kitchen & Wine Bar, Roxane, and Ruth's Chris Steak House. Each restaurant will offer a special three-course dinner promotion for a fixed price of $25 per person, plus tax and tip. CRW patrons also have the option of adding a $5 ‘Extra Helping’ donation to their dining bill to benefit Operation Food Search. More info is available at claytonrestaurantweek.com.
Make plans to attend the St. Louis International Children's Film Festival this summer. Two former St. Louisans are the featured guests: Brad Schiff (Coraline, The Boxtrolls) and Shawn Krause (Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and Up).
Crushed Red Urban Bake & Chop Shop is partnering with Emmis Communications for the ‘Crushed Red Urban Crafted Throwdown.’ Four radio personalities have picked four new menu items, with each one given a two-week window to get as many people as possible to give their menu item a try. Fifteen percent of the sales from the item goes to a designated charity. The winning menu item wins a permanent place on Crushed Red’s menu, and the corresponding organization will continue to receive 15 percent of sales from that item for a full year from both Crushed Red locations (Clayton and Kirkwood). Visit crushed-red.com and click on the ‘community’ tab for more details.
When it comes to decorating with accessories, clear crystal is a no-brainer. Because it’s colorless, there’s no need to match a restrictive palette. And in terms of style, these accents fit in beautifully almost anywhere.
Spring is in full bloom—it’s my favorite time of year. I get excited about what wine is around the corner. I know it’s coming and I can’t wait until the pour hits my glass: Hints of strawberry, grapefruit, blood orange, melon, and hues of every shade of pink surround me. The rosés have arrived in St. Louis.
Nothing says summer like a festive outdoor fete. Lucky for us, St. Louis has a full slate of art and entertainment under the summer sun and stars—many with the welcoming perk of free admission. So, as the season starts to heat up, be sure to save the date for these festival favorites.
Lately we've been lucky enough to have some great dining experiences at restaurants that appear quite understated, but serve up some really delicious and creative food. The latest to turn our heads is Jax Café in Benton Park.
Chef Vito Racanelli, Jr., has brought Chef Christopher Lee into the fold at Mad Tomato in Clayton.
Q: I'm looking for something to make this Mother's Day. My family will be celebrating with steaks, and I want to make something. Do you have any suggestions? A: What better way to elevate steaks than lobster?
It was time for wine and I fancied something elegant, golden and white. A classic, French-style Viogner beckoned me, Condrieu, arguably one of Northern Rhône’s most distinctive appellation and its place of origin. As luck would have it, we had one bottle left in the cellar.