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.
Local mobile donut purveyor Vincent Van Doughnut won big on the recent season premiere of Cooking Channel's Donut Wars earlier this month. Owner BRIAN MARSDEN and his pastry chef assistant, JAMIE HARDESTY, took home first-place honors and a cool $10,000. Their winning confections over three rounds were The Bellagio, featuring a caramel pastry creme filling with chocolate ganache glaze and hazelnut caramel crunch; The Venetian, with a ricotta pastry cream filling and a lemon glaze with pistachios and tarragon; and The Flamingo, a maraschino cherry cake donut with a maraschino cherry glaze and silver nonpareils. Congrats!
Walking across the small parking behind Adam's Smokehouse, you're immediately enveloped in the rich aroma of cooking meat. Even before you cross the restaurant's threshold, it's obvious you're in for a delicious experience. Adam's is one of the latest in the current boom of barbecue places cropping up around town.
In celebration of the 10th anniversary of its musical theatre program, COCA this weekend is presenting Ragtime The Musical. The production features a cast of 50 and includes COCA alumni and students from 17 area high schools like Max Fiorello.
Congratulations to the folks at Morgan Street Brewery. The local craft-beer maker took home multiple medals at the recent Los Angeles International Beer Competition, including a Gold for When Helles Freezes Over; a Silver for its Honey Wheat; and Bronze medals for its Winter, Golden Pilsner and Black Bear brews. In other beer news, the William K. Busch Brewing Company won a passel of awards at the U.S. Open Beer Championships, held earlier this month in Atlanta. Kraftig Light was awarded its third consecutive Gold Medal in the American Light category, while the company's Kraftig Lager also took home Gold in the American Premium Lager category. More than 3,000 beers and ciders competed in 81 categories at the competition. Well done!
Santa Monica is a beachside city, bordered on three sides by the concrete sprawl of Los Angeles, and on the other side, the majestic sprawl of the Pacific Ocean—a marvelous mix of sophistication and kitsch.
A recent wedding that I had the honor to provide service for was a lovely affair... But why in the world would a parent allow their pre-teen boys to attend this beautiful event in cargo shorts, T-shirts and athletic shoes?
Recent Clayton High School graduate Caroline Avery has been awarded the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest national award that a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador can earn, for her Driving Green campaign.
The Central West End has no shortage of restaurants—so many that it's hard to keep up with all of them. One of the more recent entries on the scene is Thai 202. Located on Euclid Avenue between Lindell Boulevard and Maryland Avenue, it's easy to miss this eatery with all of the hustle and bustle in that area, but definitely well worth looking for.
To help celebrate the Missouri History Museum's American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition exhibit, the folks at Bixby's are offering a series of happy hours this summer inspired by the exhibition. On Tuesday, July 22, and Tuesday, August 12, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., guests at the restaurant (located on the second floor of the museum) can enjoy locally inspired hors d'oeuvres and desserts, paired with a Pinckney Bend or Anheuser-Busch tasting. Each happy hour ticket also includes admission to the exhibit. Cost is $30 per person ($25 for museum members). For tickets and information, call 454-3151 or visit bixbys-mohistory.com.
Q: Chef, I love Crab Rangoon and would love to make some, but I’m afraid they won’t turn out as good as the ones at the restaurant. I am not even sure what type of dough I need to use. Can you give me an easy recipe I can try it at home?
There's certainly no shortage of great Italian food in St. Louis. But while the field may be crowded, there always seems to be room for another top-notch eatery like Giovanni's Kitchen, the new place from the folks behind Il Bel Lago.
The first-ever summer edition of Clayton Restaurant Week (CRW) takes place Monday, July 14, through Sunday, July 20. The participating establishments include Bar Napoli, Bocci Wine Bar, Cardwell’s, C.J. Muggs, Coastal Bistro & Bar, Crushed Red, Jimmy's On The Park, Oceano Bistro, Pomme Café & Wine Bar, Pomme Restaurant, Remy’s Kitchen & Wine Bar, Roxane, and Ruth's Chris Steak House. Each restaurant will offer a special three-course dinner promotion for a fixed price of $25 per person, plus tax and tip. CRW patrons also have the option of adding a $5 ‘Extra Helping’ donation to their dining bill to benefit Operation Food Search. More info is available at claytonrestaurantweek.com.
• PERFECTLY YOU. This homeowner wanted an unobstructed view of the yard while she was doing her dishes. To achieve this, we provided a sink and dishwasher combo in the center island.
Make plans to attend the St. Louis International Children's Film Festival this summer. Two former St. Louisans are the featured guests: Brad Schiff (Coraline, The Boxtrolls) and Shawn Krause (Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and Up).
Kampai Sushi Bar is one of those places that sort of sneak up on you. Although it's located in the bustling Central West End, the restaurant sits on a quiet, tree-lined street removed from the busy Euclid Avenue. strip where most of the neighborhood's high-profile eateries are, tucked next to an equally anonymous apartment building.
Crushed Red Urban Bake & Chop Shop is partnering with Emmis Communications for the ‘Crushed Red Urban Crafted Throwdown.’ Four radio personalities have picked four new menu items, with each one given a two-week window to get as many people as possible to give their menu item a try. Fifteen percent of the sales from the item goes to a designated charity. The winning menu item wins a permanent place on Crushed Red’s menu, and the corresponding organization will continue to receive 15 percent of sales from that item for a full year from both Crushed Red locations (Clayton and Kirkwood). Visit crushed-red.com and click on the ‘community’ tab for more details.
The Kirkwood Farmer's Market Advisory Committee is putting on A Tasteful Evening at Kirkwood Farmer's Market on Friday, June 27, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The event will feature a variety of farm-to-table selections from local chefs like EDDIE NEILL, STEVE GONTRAM and more, utilizing ingredients from the best local purveyors. Tickets are $45 per person, with proceeds benefiting improvements to the market. Call 822-0084 or go to downtownkirkwood.com for more info.
Most of us now know that the migratory monarchs are in danger. A December 2013 census confirms the smallest population ever in the overwintering forests of central Mexico. Only seven small colonies were located, with coverage of 0.67 hectares, compared to more than 18 hectares of wintering adults measured in 1996. This drop is precipitous and disastrous for the species. According to monarch specialist Chip Taylor, director of Monarch Watch in Kansas, the current rate of decline will result in monarchs losing genetic viability in only a year or two. Monarchs are symbolic of all pollinators, including honeybees and native moths, which also are suffering from environmental change and serious population decreases.
The King & I has been a South Grand landmark in South City for years, establishing itself as the place to go for authentic Thai food. Always bustling, the restaurant clientele is a melting pot of urbanites, suburbanites, hipsters and the decidedly un-hip, all coming together for a taste of Thailand. We stopped in recently for a long overdue meal.
Lately, there has been an influx of new restaurants offering their take on barbecue and what has been termed Southern-style ‘comfort food.’ The latest eatery in the Michael Del Pietro Restaurant Group stable, The Salted Pig, serves up a bit of both.
The term 'legend' is thrown about pretty freely. Sometimes, it seems like any restaurant that's been open a few years is granted legendary status. Few places that truly deserve the title—and Tony's is at the top of that list.
The Lobby Lounge of The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis has expanded its bar menu: In addition to some 200 martinis and signature beverages, there are six new summer libations and a decadent Cake Martini inspired by the hotel's recently-launched Ritz-Carlton Cake, that includes vodka, chocolate and orange liqueurs, and a fresh orange twist. The seasonal drink offerings coincide with the debut of the hotel’s new Martini Club. Members of the club can enjoy their journey through the hotel’s impressive menu and qualify for complimentary hotel experiences—from drinks or dinner for two at The Grill, to engraved martini glasses and overnight stays at the property. Members also receive exclusive invitations to club events, tastings and cocktail-crafting parties. Membership is complimentary, and is open to the public and hotel guests.