Residents, shoppers and diners alike are in the lap of luxury at The Shoppes at the Crescent. The classy, urban upscale retail and residential condominium community features high-end condos with stunning views of the St. Louis skyline, and exclusive amenities, from posh boutiques and premiere restaurants to a fitness center and lush gardens—all within walking distance of downtown Clayton.
Since its beginning in the 1870s, the Central West End (CWE) has served as a sought-after St. Louis residential district. T.S. Eliot, Tennessee Williams, Kate Chopin and William Burroughs all called the area home at one point. Its location near the 1904 World’s Fair added to its prestige. These days, the CWE is an urban oasis full of residential areas, restaurants, bars, art, entertainment, and—of course—shopping. Landmarks include The Chase Park Plaza towers over the neighborhood and acts as the hotel of choice for VIP and celebrity-types like George Clooney. In the heart of the area, located in front of the World Chess Hall of Fame, sits the World’s Largest Chess Piece. And just a block past the core of the CWE is the stunning Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.
For the second year in a row, the St. Louis stop on the Cochon 555 Heritage Barbecue Contest tour will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis. The event on Sunday, Sept. 14, is from 4 to 8 p.m., and will feature five local chefs putting their skills to the test barbecuing whole pigs. A panel of 20 judges will weigh in to determine who gets the title of King or Queen of Barbecue. Participating chefs this year include the Four Season's own GIAN NICOLA COLUCCI; JENNY CLEVELAND and ERIC HEATH of Cleaveland Heath; PATRICK CONNOLLY of Basso; JOSH GALLIANO of The Libertine; and LOU ROOK of Annie Gunn's. There also will be a bevy of beers, bourbons, cheeses and other culinary delicacies to sample. General admission tickets are $100 (VIP tickets for early admission are $200). For more information, visit cochon555.com/2014-tour.
Hodak's has become a bit of a local institution over the years. This South City fixture, which takes up the corner of McNair and Gravois avenues and then some, has been around since 1962 and continues to attract a loyal fan base.
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.
From Forest Park to the Saint Louis Galleria, past Town & Country Crossing and beyond, Clayton Road can take you all over the area. Peppered with stores, the strip between South McKnight Road and Highway 40 is particularly notable.
Story: Fresh out of prison, Percy Talbott arrives in the middle of winter in the town of Gilead, Wisconsin in the 1990s, a place she selected based on a photo she saved from a travel book. Sheriff Joe Sutter meets her and, though puzzled why anyone would want to settle in the depressed hamlet, arranges for her to work at the Spitfire Grill, the only restaurant in town.
Businesses, shops and restaurants line West Lockwood Avenue—the main drag of Old Webster—approximately at the intersection at Elm Avenue and going west about four blocks, as well as the intersecting streets of North and South Gore avenues, Gray Avenue and Allen Avenue. Some storefronts on intersecting streets aren’t immediately obvious, so don’t be afraid to ask if you’re looking for a specific shop.
There's still time to indulge in cupcakes while helping out a good cause at Sweetology. Through the end of the month, Ready Readers will get $1 for every charity cupcake purchased at the Clayton confectionary. Ready Readers is a local nonprofit organization with the mission of instilling a love of books and the necessary literacy skills to enjoy them in preschool-aged children from low-income communities in the area. Check them out at readyreaders.org.
Janet McAfee Real Estate has welcomed NANCY FRANCIS and MELINDA McCARTHY as sales associates.
If the massive billboard downtown bearing his towering image is any indication, the folks at the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis are pretty proud to have Chef Gian Nicola Colucci running their kitchen.
Katherine Marie Bear and Adam Joseph Brown
Movies that revolve around food and cooking make me nervous. It’s almost as if the director thinks he can sacrifice a plot for a lingering shot of a bell pepper--or a magical moment of whisking an egg. And while food is an incredible thing to look at, assembling a salad does not a movie make. This film, I’m delighted to say, was more than a pleasant surprise. Yes, the food is mouth-watering, but the story is even better.
So, The Hundred-Foot Journey came out last week to much critical acclaim. The movie is vibrant and sumptuous; and the director, Lasse Hallström, films food like it is the sexiest, most beautiful thing on the planet. Movies about food range from the exotic and sensual to the dark—and even disturbing. I have to admit, it was fun coming up with a list of the best films about food. To clarify, these films are actually about food. Diner is one of the funniest movies ever. Its title implies it is about food; however, it is not, and thus doesn't make the cut. So, here is my top 10 list of the best food films I've seen:
There's a new destination in the Delmar Loop that offers everything from groceries and a 24-hour diner to green architecture and modern student housing: The Lofts of Washington University.
Despite being a bit under the radar, Brazie's has been serving up quality Italian fare for more than 20 years. We finally satisfied our curiosity and stopped in recently. We left wondering why it had taken us so long to visit.
Location No. 2 of Mission Taco Joint is now open for business at 908 Lafayette Ave. in Soulard. The new spot features the same menu of hand-crafted, south-of-the-border fare as the original restaurant in the Delmar Loop.
Story: New York City is bustling in 1895, and in the middle of the action is Mrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi. The widow of Ephram Levi makes her living by selling her services to teach dancing, play musical instruments and a dozen other occupations, most notably arranging marriages.
St. Louis' 250th birthday isn't the only milestone of the year: Plenty of area businesses are celebrating 25, 50, 100 or more years of service to local customers. We congratulate them on their decades of success!
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.
Ah, the back-to-school season. It's time for new pencils and notepads for classes like philosophy, art, current events, literature and computer skills. Does this sound like the schedule of a 20-something coed? It’s actually just a few commonplace activities and classes of Gatesworth resident Gladys Barker.
The 2014 Budweiser Taste of St. Louis will be held Sept. 19 to 21. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the popular food-centric event, and it promises to be bigger and better than ever. Highlights include showcases by celebrity chefs TYLER FLORENCE and DUFF GOLDMAN, as well as plenty of fine food, courtesy of some of St. Louis' best chefs and restaurants. This year also is the first time the event will be held at its new location at the Chesterfield Amphitheater in Central Park and Chesterfield Village. Check out TasteSTL.com for a full listing of all participating eateries and a complete rundown of events for the weekend.
Story: Playwright Eric Bogosian presents 10 vignettes featuring urban and suburban men in modern-day America in this one-man, one-act, 75-minute venture into the male psyche.
I recently called around to a few local golf courses, and opened up the conversation by asking, “I’m looking to do a story on the oldest golfer in the area, do you have anybody who might qualify?” The responses were usually that they used to have a really old guy, but he passed away or just stopped playing because of his health. Then, at Westwood Country Club, the head professional, Daryl Hartig told me without hesitation, “Oh, do I have the right guy for you!”
The Piccadilly at Manhattan is a bit off the beaten path, nestled in a largely residential neighborhood in Maplewood, and easy to miss if you're not in-the-know. Luckily, we got wind of this venerable eatery and finally got to make a visit recently.