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If you’ve been daydreaming about a kitchen makeover with sparkling new appliances, craftsman cabinets and luxurious lighting, A Gathering Place Kitchen Tour is for you. “It’s a really fun, self-guided tour from house to house, where you can bring a group of friends, see different styles and let your imagination run away with itself on what you can do in your own kitchen,” says Junior League of St. Louis president Maureen Strasheim.
St. Louis-area chefs and restaurateurs are once again banding together to support the next wave of restoration and maintenance of Forest Park through Restaurants for Restoration. Starting Tuesday, April 1, select area restaurants will offer their patrons the opportunity to support Forest Park by purchasing designated wine selections on their wine lists. A portion of these sales will be donated to Forest Park Forever. The Restaurants for Restoration initiative was first launched in 2001 as a joint effort by Major Brands Premium Beverage Distributors and its supplier partners to build community awareness and raise funds for the major renovations the park has undergone in the past decade. A full list of participating restaurants can be found on Major Brands’ Facebook page, facebook.com/MajorBrandsMO.
When the popular Arcelia's left Lafayette Square a while back, it left a vacuum in the neighborhood for those with a taste for Mexican fare. So when Laredo opened up in the same space a couple of years ago, there was much anticipation for this new kid on the block, and we were eager to finally give the place a try.
Soft sounds of tinkling cow bells on placid brown cows; billowing sailboats dotting Lake Lucerne; cobblestone streets along fairytale architecture; and winsome chalets tucked into lush green mountainsides. This—and so much more—is Lucerne in the summer.
This waffle may be a little over-the-top, but I guarantee that you will be the talk of all brunches to come. At Lewy Nine’s, we have taken the waffle to another level with bacon and a topping of fresh bananas and Nutella.
The Old Swiss House Restaurant
Grammy Award-winning jazz and pop crooner Harry Connick Jr. will headline Variety the Children’s Charity’s Dinner with the Stars on May 3 at Peabody Opera House.
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.
It's time once again for the James Beard Foundation Awards. The annual ‘Oscars’ of the culinary world recently announced its list of semi-finalists, and St. Louis is represented in a big way. Chefs GERARD CRAFT (Niche); KEVIN WILLMANN (Farmhaus); KEVIN NASHAN (Sidney Street Cafe); JOSH GALLIANO (The Libertine); and BEN POREMBA (Elaia) all are in the running for the title of Best Chef: Midwest. Chef RICK LEWIS of Quincy Street Bistro has been tapped as a contender for Rising Star Chef of the Year, and Taste in the CWE has been nominated for Outstanding Bar Program. Finalists for the awards will be announced on March 18, in Chicago, and the winners will be revealed in NYC in May. Congrats to all, good luck and thanks for representing St. Louis' culinary scene so well!
It had to be…Harry Connick Jr! The popular crooner has been announced as the headliner for this year’s Dinner with the Stars to benefit Variety the Children's Charity. The event takes place Saturday, May 3, at Peabody Opera House.
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.
Chef John Perkins has been making waves in the St. Louis culinary scene for a while with his Entre Underground pop-up dinner events and his catering prowess. Then he took a space in the historic Gaslight Square and revamped it for private events and also used it as home base for a series of month-long specialty restaurant concepts he put together. Late last year, he decided to forgo the monthly experiments and use the space to house an ongoing restaurant based on one of them, a successful Southern-influenced event. He called the new eatery Juniper; and it's a cozy, comforting platform for Perkins' unique takes on down-home specialties.
Head to Monarch in Maplewood for the second annual Celebrate Life, Celebrate Local event on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 4 to 7 p.m. Indulge in some of the best beer, wine and chocolate our area has to offer, while helping out a great cause: SSM Hospice and Home Care Foundation. Tickets are $50, and can be obtained by calling 989-2775 or visiting ssmhospicefoundation.com.
Pinnacle Entertainment has appointed WARD SHAW as VP and GM of River City Casino & Hotel. Shaw most recently worked as GM of Tropicana Evansville in Indiana.
The folks at members-only dining concern Blood & Sand have announced they're going to be opening up a second restaurant concept in the near future. The new place will be called Death in The Afternoon, a reference to the famous Champagne and absinthe cocktail, as well as the Hemingway story. Look for it in the old Terrace View space at City Garden downtown.
Corner 17, which opened in the Delmar Loop last summer, is a relatively small place; but the menu is expansive, full of noodle dishes in soups and sauce, fried rice, and a dozen or so versions of milk tea.
Show your love for St. Louis this Valentine’s weekend by attending the 250TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION festivities at Forest Park. On Friday, Feb. 14, the Burnin’ Love Festival on Art Hill kicks off at 4:30 p.m. with family-friendly activities, food trucks, fire-dancers, live performances by the likes of ERIN BODE and DENISE THIMES, and fireworks to cap off the night. On Sunday, Feb. 16, THE BIGGEST BIRTHDAY BALL at the Missouri History Museum promises to be one of the year’s most memorable affairs, featuring cocktails, a variety of food stations sampling local fare and live entertainment. Ladue News is a proud Silver Sponsor of the Ball. For tickets and more information about all other events, visit stl250.org.
Amanda Lynn Hoffner and James Francis Schnoebelen
The sixth annual Festivale to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will be held on Saturday, March 8, at Neo on Locust, 2801 Locust St. VIP admission will be from 7 to 8 p.m. with general admission beginning at 8 p.m. The event concludes at 10:30 p.m. This year's event has a speakeasy theme and features beers from some of the area's best breweries, as well as apps, entertainment, raffles and a silent auction. For more info and to purchase tickets, head online to cff.org.
For a long while, the stretch of South Grand Avenue from Arsenal to Gravois has been home to some of the area's best ethnic eateries. One of the most recent restaurants to set up shop in this vibrant area is Baida, which specializes in Moroccan cuisine, the first of its kind here.
The close-knit community drew the Muths to Des Peres. The family of four includes Sherry, a nursing administrator for Washington University’s Sleep Medicine Center; her husband, Rich, senior director of marketing and new product development at International Mulch Company; and their sons, Jacob and Andrew, enjoy all the social activities offered in their neighborhood and at the boys’ school, Saint Gerard Magella. Sherry spoke with us more about her family’s favorites in Des Peres.
After living in Wildwood almost 30 years, the Gitto family enjoys how the neighborhood just keeps getting better. Successful restaurateur Charlie Gitto and his wife, Paula, raised their kids there—Amy, Charlie III, Suzanne and Anthony—and now they are sharing what they love about their neighborhood with their grandkids. Charlie spoke with us more about what is special in Wildwood.
The Wild family was immediately sold on Creve Coeur for its great schools, beautiful parks and walkability to restaurants and shopping. Kristen Wild, executive director of the Ladue Education Foundation; her husband, Steve, an attorney at Thompson Coburn; and their kids, Zach, who attends Ladue Middle School; and Jessica, who goes to Ladue Fifth Grade Center; have loved living in their neighborhood for 11 years. Kristen told us more about why they enjoy Creve Coeur.
For almost 15 years, the Chulicks have enjoyed the sense of community among their Kirkwood neighbors. The neighborhood’s charm, historical houses and friendly residents make them feel at home. Kim Chulick volunteers for local nonprofits, including Gateway Children’s Charity; while her husband, Tom, is chairman and CEO at UMB Bank; and son, 17-year-old T.J., attends Whitfield School. Their Boxer, Sophie, also is part of the family. Kim talked to us more about life in Kirkwood.
After growing up surrounded by family in Ballwin, Julie and Ryan Lally knew they wanted that kind of upbringing for their kids. Since 2001, the Lally family has loved living in their Ballwin home, amid natural beauty, as well as stores and restaurants they enjoy. Julie is a public relations manager for Insight PR, while Ryan works in IT sales. Their sons, Cameron and Evan, attend Sorrento Springs and Hanna Woods elementary schools, respectively. And schnoodle, Lily, rounds out the family. Julie told us more about what they like to do in Ballwin.