Riverbend is now open in the former Harvest space in Richmond Heights. The southern food specialists had previously been located in Soulard.
The Chase Park Plaza Hotel has brought DAVID LAUFER onboard as the new executive pastry chef for EAU Bistro, Café EAU and Chaser’s Lounge. Laufer, of Red Bud, Illinois, trained at the Culinary Institute of America. We're told he specializes in unique sculptures utilizing sugar and chocolate as his artistic medium.
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 email@example.com 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.
We're pleased to report several new openings: The new Strange Donuts location is now up and running at 107 East Argonne Drive in Kirkwood. The debut comes on the heels of the first anniversary of the opening of the flagship Maplewood store earlier this month.
Spirits fans, it's that time of year again: The third Whiskey In The Winter event will be held Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Hyatt St. Louis At The Arch downtown. The spirited celebration of all things whiskey will take place in the Hyatt's Grand Ballroom, and will be highlighted by a grand tasting featuring more than 250 whiskies from around the world. In addition, the evening will feature educational seminars by industry experts, including Jim Beam master distiller Fred Noe, Buffalo Trace master distiller Harlen Wheatley and Woodford Reserve master taster Marianne Barnes, as well as whiskey-inspired food stations, whiskey, and a 'Golden Ticket' selection of prestigious rare whiskeys. Tickets to the event and more info are available at whiskeyinthewinter.com.
With just a single table on the sidewalk outside and subtle signage, it'd be easy to miss Gerard's, and you really don't want to do that because there's much goodness to be had inside the innocuous facade.
The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis, is welcoming a new pastry chef this month: chef BRIELLE FRATELLONE. Most recently, she was at the famed Everglades Club in Palm Beach, Florida, where she spent 18 months as assistant pastry chef. Welcome aboard!
Since it opened earlier this year, Three Flags Tavern has been one of the tougher reservations to get around town. After finally getting a table, it became immediately obvious why folks have been crowding this establishment.
Make plans to join the folks at Truffles in Ladue this Thursday, Oct. 16, as they officially open the Butchery, its new meat market expansion adjacent to the restaurant. There'll be plenty of Champagne, food samples and live music. Festivities will begin on the restaurant's parking lot on Clayton Road at 5 p.m., and move indoors to continue the celebration.
As the St. Louis food scene continues to flourish, home chefs are able to choose from more and more locally made products to enjoy with their families. But what to make? Keep reading for ideas from four area foodies on how to use their goods in your own kitchen.
The Daily Meal just released its list of the 101 Best Food Trucks in America, and the St. Louis mobile food scene was well represented. Cha Cha Chow came in at #94; Seoul Taco took the # 87 slot; and the Guerrilla Street Food truck made the grade at #20. Congrats to all!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kudos to St. James Winery. Its Friendship School White Wine was named Best White Wine at California’s Long Beach Grand Cru Competition earlier this month. The winery also took home five additional gold medals, seven silver medals and a bronze medal for its other entries in the competition.
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!
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!