WildSmoke, the smokehouse and bar that opened in Creve Coeur last January, has closed its doors. But the hiatus is a temporary one: The owners and executive team—the same group of folks behind EdgeWild Restaurant & Winery in Chesterfield—are planning to open a new concept in the WildSmoke location later this spring after some renovations and revamping. The new place will be called EdgeWild Bar & Grill, and it’ll be a spin-off of the restaurant, featuring a large central bar and focus on traditional bar food, appetizers, sandwiches and regional fare. Chef AARON BAGGETT, executive chef of EdgeWild Restaurant & Winery, will oversee the kitchens of both restaurants.
Chef and restaurateur Ben Poremba has made quite a name for himself in the local culinary scene in recent years. His places—Elaia & Olia, La Patisserie Choquette and Old Standard Fried Chicken—have brought a wide range of good food and drink to St. Louis. Poremba’s efforts have garnered him plenty of attention locally and beyond, including being named a semi-finalist for the James Beard Best Chef: Midwest award in 2014, and as one of 10 chefs who vied for Food & Wine magazine’s People’s Best New Chef: Midwest title that year, as well.
Majestic unicorn fritter. Chicken and waffle. Peanut butter and marshmallow cake. Jason Bockman and Corey Smale, the masterminds behind Strange Donuts, are as unique as their culinary creations.
Avenue Restaurant is one of the most recent eateries to open in Clayton, but it’s not exactly new. It’s the latest project from the folks behind Pomme Restaurant and Pomme Cafe & Wine Bar.
On March 9, 1960, Mari de Villa welcomed its first guest. But the night before the grand opening, a snowstorm blanketed the drive leading to the senior living community’s front door. In what has become a Mari de Villa tradition—putting guests first—founder Joe Linneman walked out to Clayton Road, and carried the inaugural guest through the snow and into his new home.
Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co. was one of the most anticipated St. Louis restaurant openings of 2014. From frequent visits since its debut, we can unequivocally say the wait was more than worth it.
As reported earlier, Home Wine Kitchen, had shut its doors for good at the end of 2014. Well, it didn’t take long before someone snapped up Home Wine chef CASSY VIRES for their kitchen. She’s taken the position of head chef at Juniper in the CWE. Can’t wait to taste her work there!
Two renowned dancers are coming to St. Louis. Antonio and Kirven Douthit-Boyd are retiring as principal dancers from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to become co-artistic directors of dance at COCA.
So much beer news! In honor of their 23rd anniversary, the folks at Schlafly have unveiled a new brew, Imperial Topaz IPA. The beer was introduced at a pair of recent anniversary parties at The Schlafly Tap Room and The Schlafly Bottleworks.
Few things are more comforting and inviting than a genuine U.K.-style public house. Luckily, we have The Scottish Arms to tuck into on a blustery winter’s eve, a true pub in every sense of the word, from food to drink to ambiance.
Anyone can do a candlelit dinner or a moonlit stroll, but if you truly want to wow your sweetie for Valentine’s Day, it will take some planning, so get started now. To help, here we present some of the area’s most elaborate romantic offerings to really sweep her off her feet!
New York's Times Square, which sees more than 360,000 pedestrians every day, is the most visited place in the world. With the proper mindset, a well thought-out plan and a hotel reservation, this crazy destination should be on everyone’s bucket list.
Hotels at one time were the epicenter of fine dining and drinking. This still is the case in some high-end hotels around St. Louis, like the boutique Hotel Ignacio in Midtown.
Looking back, 2014 proved to be another banner vintage for the St. Louis culinary scene, which continues to grow and expand. Here are a select few of the events that helped shaped the year that was:
Cor Jesu Academy students raised more than $3,000 to benefit El Palenque, a Ferguson restaurant that has struggled financially in the aftermath of unrest in the community. El Palenque recently catered a special lunch at the school; and hundreds of students, faculty and staff took part in support of the restaurant. Pictured: School president Sr. Barbara Thomas presents a check to restaurant owner Maria Flores.
There are plenty of places around the Lou that profess to put out 'authentic' NOLA fare, but many, if not most, fall short somehow. One place that doesn't is Riverbend.
With so many choices—and more wines being imported than ever—choosing a wine can be a gamble. Spending more may increase your chances of getting a superior sipper, but with a little guidance, both value and quality are well within reach.
Do you remember what school lunches were like? During my high school years at Cor Jesu Academy, certain days (like toasted ravioli and hot-from-the-oven chocolate-chip-cookie days) attracted more attention than others--a sure bet the line would be longer than usual.
More than 15 years ago, while serving in the Air Force, Chris Burnette decided he needed a hobby. Would fishing, woodworking or learning how to play the guitar work? Not for Burnette. “I was curious about how to make moonshine,” he remembers with a laugh. “So I called my grandma."
Chef ERIC BRENNER recently added his name to the list of local chefs who’ve found success on the small screen. Earlier this month, Brenner took the top prize of $18,000 on the Food Network show, Guy’s Grocery Games, hosted by GUY FIERI. Brenner currently is working to open Lascelles Tap & Grill in Granite City, where he’ll serve as executive chef and GM. Most recently, he was the exec chef and GM of Alumni St. Louis downtown.
Jim Fiala’s restaurants have long been high-water marks on the St. Louis dining scene, combining fine fare and superior service. We were reminded of this during our most recent visit to his Clayton eatery, The Crossing.
Hot chocolate used to mean a package of brown powder with water—it’s time to graduate to a more sophisticated recipe. Local restaurateurs share their secrets to making rich, delicious hot chocolate, available in both kid- and adult-friendly form.
Just because there’s a chill in the air doesn’t mean you can’t still get out and support local purveyors. The Schlafly Farmers Market at The Bottleworks in Maplewood is moving indoors for the winter months for all of your local shopping needs. Shop from 8:30 a.m. until noon on the following Saturdays: Dec. 20; Jan. 24; Feb. 28; and March 28. More info is available at schlaflyfarmersmarket.com.