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!
Last month, St. Louis and Ferguson dominated national headlines. As the story surrounding Michael Brown's shooting grew, my 11- and 13-year-old boys had many concerns about the incident itself and their safety, but they also had more general questions about racial conflict, economic differences, and why everyone was so upset.
After 95 years in business, it's been announced that Yacovelli's Restaurant & Banquet Center in Florissant is closing at the end of the year. There will be a farewell party on Dec. 26 from 7 p.m. until midnight. Check out the restaurant's Facebook page for more info.
Thanks to the efforts of students participating in the Read to the Finish program, several Kirk Day School faculty and staff revved their engines in a race against teachers from other schools. The reading-incentive program rewards young readers with a free ticket to Gateway Motorsports Park, and the opportunity to watch their teachers rev their engines.
When Duff's left the CWE, it left quite a hole in the neighborhood's dining scene. But almost immediately, the folks behind such popular eateries as The Tavern Kitchen & Bar and The Corner Pub stepped in to put the space to use. The result is Cucina Pazzo.
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When The Good Pie announced that it was leaving its original location for new digs a while back, there was some concern that the move might impact the restaurant's specialties. Turns out any worrying was for naught, as we discovered on a recent visit.
Sodium (salt) is an essential nutrient that everyone needs for normal muscle and nerve function. But too much sodium can contribute to serious health problems, and modern diets that include processed foods often are sodium-heavy.
Fans of football and fine food will be happy about the latest offerings at the Edward Jones Dome. The St. Louis Rams and food, beverage and retail partner Delaware North Companies Sportservice recently announced a multi-year contract extension that includes an expansion of services at the Dome. Look for some signature menu items from some of the area's best eateries to be available on game day, including: Sugarfire Smokehouse's Brisket Cheese Steak Sandwich and Smoked Sausage; Strange Donut's Chicken ‘n Waffle Sandwich and a selection of its signature donuts, including the Gooey Butter, Maple Bacon and Camp Fire; The BLT Sandwich and Chocolate-Covered Marshmallows from Crown Candy Kitchen; the Smoked Brisket Sandwich, Fried Oyster Po' Boy Sandwich and Crispy Fried Green Tomatoes from The Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Company; Gus' Pretzels famous Pretzel Bites and Bratwurst Pretzel Sandwich; and the Bandana's Pulled Pork Sandwich, Pulled Chicken Sandwich and BBQ Nachos. In addition, two local concepts are being added exclusively to the club level concessions: Vin De Set's Croque Monsieur Sandwich and Tarte Flambe, and the Butternut Squash Soup and Roasted Porchetta Sandwich from Eleven Eleven Mississippi.
Steve Coogan is an interesting actor. While his film, Philomena, was not my favorite, it did catch the eye of critics and brought him to the forefront as an Indie mainstay. He has a unique ability to find humor in serious material, and reveals a surprising vulnerability when playing a thick-skinned grouch--in this case, himself. Combine that with a relatively lighthearted jaunt through the European countryside and you have an enjoyable, if protracted couple of hours.
Patricia Wamhoff, The Restaurants at The Cheshire
Story: For 36 years Willy Loman has led the life of a salesman, covering all of New England for the New York company and its products that he represents. To hear Willy tell it, he cuts a wide swath through the northeastern United States, where people welcome him with open arms and deep pockets.
The Cheshire is the perfect place to host your next event: The Upstairs, on the second floor of The Restaurant at The Cheshire, features a stunning vaulted ceiling with dark wood beams, original to this historic landmark. For smaller receptions, The Restaurant’s Red Room is a breathtaking space tucked away behind giant sliding barn doors at The Restaurant.
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.
The dual culinary movements of barbecue and whiskey continue to gain traction around town. Case in point: Salt & Smoke in the Delmar Loop, which incorporates both of these tasty trends to fine effect.
St. Louis Craft Spirits & Cocktail Week begins on Saturday, Sept. 13, with The Classic Cocktail Party in Lafayette Square Park from 6 to 9 p.m., featuring a variety of local spirits and cocktails. The week wraps up on Sunday, Sept. 21, with Punch in the Park, also in Lafayette Square Park, hosted by the St. Louis chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild. The event will include barbecue by BBQ ASAP and punches from a variety of local bars. In between these two stellar events, there will be all manner of tastings, tours, happy hours and more. For additional info, check out the event Facebook page at facebook.com/StLouisCraftSpiritsCocktailWeek.
Colorful leaves, a cool breeze and the city’s signature fall festivals soon will signal the start of autumn in St. Louis.
Seafood fans have some cause for celebration: Chef KEVIN NASHAN's new restaurant, The Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co., has opened its doors at 1831 Sidney St., the former home of Niche and nearby his original eatery, Sidney Street Cafe.
Bishop's Post heavily promotes itself as a purveyor of comfort fare, albeit elevated. Thankfully, while the marketing verbiage may be tired, the food at Bishop's Post most certainly isn't.
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.
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.
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.
Since its beginning in the 1870s, the Central West End has served as a sought-after St. Louis residential district. These days, the CWE is an urban oasis full of homes, restaurants, bars, art, entertainment, and—of course—shopping.
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.