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.
Situated almost in the shadow of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, Frazer's Restaurant & Lounge has been a southside staple for 20-some years. After a lengthy absence, we recently headed back and found that this old favorite continues to impress.
Newport, Rhode Island, is a Christmas wonderland from November to January, with three of the most spectacular mansions (The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House) decked to the nines and the downtown harbor transformed into a quaint ice-skating rink with Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving via yacht.
Indulge your sweet tooth and help endangered animals with Cupcakes for Conservation, a partnership between Sweetology and the Endangered Wolf Center. Visit the Endangered Wolf Center website (endangeredwolfcenter.org) or the Sweetology website (sweetology.com) and purchase a Cupcakes for Conservation kit, which includes four ready-to-design cupcakes, supplies for decorating them, a wolf cookie-cutter, and information about wolves. Proceeds from the sale of these kits will go directly to helping wolves.
Long a standard-bearer of Persian food in St. Louis, Cafe Natasha remains an anchor of the vibrant and eclectic food scene on South Grand Boulevard while continuing to innovate with creative food and drink.
A St. Louis holiday tradition is making its 'entrée' onto The Touhill stage this month: Saint Louis Ballet's production of The Nutcracker is set for 10 performances, from Dec. 18 to 23.
Donut fans, take note: Popular food truck Vincent Van Doughnut is in the process of opening a brick-and-mortar location in Clayton at 12 North Meramec Ave. in the former Pomme space. Look for an opening sometime in the next month or so. We'll keep you posted.
The St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum has unveiled its first-ever temporary exhibit: Stan Musial: 'The Man' Off the Field. Displays include artifacts from the Cardinals, as well as items on loan from the Musial family.
Too many people seem to think Asian cuisine stops at sushi. Luckily, there are places like Hiro Asian Kitchen around, where diners can take a tour of some of the best dishes this ancient continent has to offer, with a decidedly creative spin to them.
Millions of small businesses around the country are discovering that Small Business Saturday is a great way to kick-off the holiday shopping season. It also is a wonderful way for customers to support local small business and help boost their city’s economy.
Riverbend is now open in the former Harvest space in Richmond Heights. The southern food specialists had previously been located in Soulard.
We sampled the fare at Panorama not long after the doors opened and were suitably impressed. Since then, the restaurant has undergone some changes in the kitchen, necessitating a return trip.
Earlier this year, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company underwent a major expansion. Not only does this second location put out a lot of extra barrels of beer, it also houses a restaurant that boasts an impressive menu of elevated pub fare.
Sometimes, dreams do come true. And sometimes, it's not wildly difficult to make that happen. Gardeners, once they learn of it, dream about the Chelsea Flower Show. So do some of us who just love the beauty of botany. This year, I was able to go.
Q: Chef, I love scallops. I always order them when I'm out at restaurants. I'd like to prepare them at home. Do you have a recipe that I can try?
Ashley Hollensbe and Scott Pilkington have known each other for so long—and have so many mutual friends—that “nobody got introduced the entire night,” of the wedding, Scott says.
Looking for an easy way to entertain stress-free this Thanksgiving? The Libertine is offering The Libertine Thanksgiving Dinner To-Go Bag. The bag contains a free-range Buttonwood Farms Turkey and a ton of sides from Chef JOSH GALLIANO and crew, including Greenbean Casserole, Rosemary Sweet Potatoes, Spinach Madelein, Biscuits, Cranberry-Orange Relish, Chicken & Andouille Gumbo and more. Reserve yours via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the restaurant at 314-862-2998. They'll be available for pickup the Tuesday before Turkey Day.
Schlafly Bottleworks has been an anchor for the revitalization of Maplewood, and it is home to a top-notch neighborhood eatery with an underrated menu of fine, creative fare.