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Happy Birthday, Ol’ Blue Eyes. The Four Seasons Winery, located within the Four Seasons Country Club in Chesterfield, will be celebrating FRANK SINATRA’s birthday with a special five-course dinner on Thursday, Dec. 12. Entertainment will be provided by local favorite TONY VIVIANO and his band. Admission to dinner, dancing and the tribute show is $35 person (includes tax and gratuity), and a cash bar will be available. The evening will also give diners an opportunity to preview the planned full-scale launch of Four Seasons as a wine and fine-dining venue. Proprietor Mehdi Rouhani, of the popular Candicci’s and Talayna’s restaurants, says he plans an official launch of the expanded facility early next year. For reservations, call 956-6266.
Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant will open its first-ever St. Louis location next month in Town & Country. The restaurant, in Town and Country Crossing, will feature award-winning wines in a Napa-style tasting-room setting, as well as contemporary American fare. Opening is set for Dec. 12.
The holidays came early this year when readers submitted their homemade sweets for LN’s Holiday Dessert Recipe Contest. Four Seasons pastry chef Mary Boehne, LN Cooks’ chef John Johnson and Spicy Bits writer Matt Sorrell helped judge the tight, but oh-so-delicious race, and Ladue Florist decked the festive holiday table.
There's nothing we like better than visiting an old favorite and finding a couple of new gems on the menu. That's the delightful situation we found ourselves in recently when we dropped in on Cardwell's at the Plaza.
The love for donuts in the Lou continues unabated. The latest purveyor of these sweet treats to make the scene is the Vincent Van Doughnut food truck, which hit the streets this month. The mobile bake shop will be selling a variety of classic favorites, as well as custom creations out of Clyde, a vintage 1960 Ford Grumman Olson step van. Find out where the truck will be next via Twitter @vinvandoughnut.
Robust Wine Bar's Webster Groves location has long been renowned for its fabulous wine selection, as well as the fine food coming out of the kitchen. Earlier this year, Robust ventured into the city for its second location, Robust Downtown at the MX. While the vibe is a bit different than the original, the menu and wine offerings at the new Robust remain top-notch.
Fine-dining stalwart Tony’s restaurant will have a fresh look come 2014. In January, the restaurant will undergo 10,000-square-feet of renovations, including new flooring and lighting, as well as expanding the bar and rearranging artwork and furniture. The Wine and the Cherry rooms also will be updated. SPACE Architecture + Design has signed on to do the renovations.
Nothing completes a decadent dining experience like the perfect pairing of fine wine and five-star fare. Indulge in these recommendations from some of the city’s top wine connoisseurs.
The Restaurant at The Cheshire, under the direction of Chef REX HALE, has unveiled its new fall menu highlighting a plethora of locally sourced ingredients. Small plates include show-stopping Ahi Tuna, Thin and Raw, as well as Pan Fried Naked Cowboy Oysters, served with butternut squash and bacon salad. For Mains, there’s Braised Pork Shank with caramelized vegetables; Maine Sea Scallops with pumpkin risotto; and Red Wine Braised Beef Short Rib with autumn vegetable ragout (shown), among others. Tasting menus ($32 per person) also are available, with a wine flight option. For reservations, call 932-7818 or visit restaurant-stl.com.
St. Louis' latest BBQ joint, Adam's Smokehouse, has opened its doors at 2819 Watson Road in Clifton Heights. The new eatery is a collaboration between FRANK VINCIGUERRA and MIKE IRELAND, who both worked for several years at Pappy's Smokehouse before venturing out on their own. In fact, the restaurant takes its name from ADAM GAFFNEY, a fellow Pappy's employee who passed away last year.
Eleven Eleven Mississippi is celebrating its 10th anniversary next month, and during the first 11 days of November, the restaurant has a variety of activities and giveaways planned, including $10 weekday lunch specials. Also, couples celebrating their 10-year anniversaries will receive a $10 gift certificate, special prizes will be handed out randomly during service, and guests in the restaurant at 11:11 a.m. or 11:11 p.m. will receive a free gooey butter dessert. Owners PAUL and WENDY HAMILTON have chosen Operation Food Search, St. Louis Effort for AIDS, Stray Rescue of St. Louis and the local Alzheimer's Association to receive a portion of the proceeds from the celebration.
St. Louis has long been known for its barbecue; and in recent years, the area has been fortunate enough to see a number of world-class barbecue joints set up shop and bolster this reputation. This trend continues with Sugarfire Smokehouse.
Seoul Taco has been one of the top food trucks in the St. Louis area for a while now. Last year, the owners opened a brick-and-mortar location in the Delmar Loop, which has proven to be every bit as popular.
D'oh! Strange Donuts has opened at 2709 Sutton Ave. in Maplewood. Look for 12 fresh donut varieties each day, and late-night hours for you night owls with a donut craving. Meanwhile, Blind Tiger at Sutton Place is slated to open soon at 7376 Manchester Road, and will offer signature pizzas and a bar with an emphasis on whiskies.
WIL FERNANDEZ-CRUZ has been tapped to be the new executive chef at Winslow's Home in University City. He replaces chef CARY MCDOWELL, who left recently to take a position with the Euclid Hospitality Group, which includes the Pi Pizzeria restaurants and the recently opened Gringo in the Central West End. Fernandez-Cruz came to St. Louis last year from NYC to be the executive chef at The Restaurant at the Cheshire Inn, and currently he's running the kitchen at Ibby's on Washington University's Danforth campus.
The western reaches of the St. Louis area are getting some quality restaurants to satisfy diners' desire for food and drink that's a bit more elevated. One of the latest arrivals to the scene is Prasino, which recently opened in St. Charles.
BILL KUNZ, owner of Highway 61 Roadhouse in Webster Groves, and TOM COGHILL, owner of Iron Barley in South City, are heading to New Iberia, La., to compete in the annual World Championship Gumbo Cook-off this month. Some 100 teams are expected to participate in the event. ‘Bill and Tom's Gumbo Road Trip’ will kick off with a party at Highway 61 Roadhouse this Saturday, Oct. 5, from noon to 6 p.m., featuring a whole hog cook-off and live music. Good luck and safe travels!
Happily, we have a bevy of openings and coming-soons to report: Heavy Riff Brewing Company has opened its doors on Clayton Avenue in Dogtown. Baida, a new Moroccan eatery, has opened for business at 3191 South Grand Blvd. Blueprint Coffee is now roasting and serving up fine beans in the U-City Loop. Ferraro's Jersey Style Pizza has a new location that recently bowed at 7704 Ivory Ave. in South City. And Element, the latest from Guerrilla Street Food's chef and co-owner BRIAN HARDESTY, is now serving at 1419 Carroll St. Meanwhile, look for a new location of Five Star Burgers to open in Kirkwood by the end of the year at the former Culpepper's spot on South Kirkwood Road. The first St. Louis Five Star opened in Clayton just last year and has been garnering much acclaim from critics and customers alike.
Congrats to CHUCK FRIEDHOFF, the newly appointed chef de cuisine at Butler’s Pantry. Friedhoff has served in a variety of kitchens around town, including handling the executive chef and food-and-beverage manager duties at Persimmon Woods Golf Club, and serving as executive chef at J. Buck’s in Clayton.
The Libertine has been making quite a splash with evening diners since opening its doors earlier this year. Now, chef JOSH GALLIANO is making his fine cuisine available to daytime customers, as well. The Libertine's new lunch menu, available Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m to 2 p.m., will feature such delicacies as ramen, Bahn Mi and Galliano Fried Chicken Salad, among others. Can't wait to try 'em all!
Great Harvest Bread Company, which recently moved from Olivette, and La Cosecha Coffee Roasters have teamed up to provide customers with top-notch coffee and bread at 7360 Manchester Road in Maplewood. "We're sort of roommates" jokes La Cosecha co-owner JAMIE JESCHKE, since the two businesses are sharing the space and each one is operating as a separate entity. The idea, according to Jeschke, is for each company to do what it does best and complement the other. In addition to its coffee bar operation, La Cosecha also is roasting its coffee onsite.
After just nine months as catering and banquet chef for Balaban's Wine Cellar & Tapas Bar, D. SCOTT PHILLIPS has been bumped up to executive chef. According to Phillips, he wants to take the restaurant back to its standard for classic recipes. "We will focus on every element of every dish," he says. "That includes the quality, the flavor and the presentation." Congratulations, Chef!
The folks who own the local Potbelly Sandwich Shop franchise have announced they'll be opening a second location at 12 S. Bemiston Ave. in Clayton in late October. The space previously housed the long-running The Fatted Calf, which closed earlier this year.
Table is restaurant No. 2 from Cassy Vires and Josh Renbarger, proprietors of Home Wine Kitchen in Maplewood. While their new eatery differs from HWC in several ways, one thing remains the same: The food is fabulous.
Five Bistro started out in the Grove but moved to The Hill a couple of years ago, where its reputation as one of the most creative and innovative local eateries has been solidified. The name of the restaurant comes from the five senses Chef Antony Devoti and his staff strive to stimulate with their fare. Devoti is a well-known adherent of the doctrine of nose-to-tail cooking, and he uses most every part of the animal in his dishes. He's also a champion of local producers and his creations are full of ingredients from area farms and purveyors. Five also has an impressive garden behind the building that yields many vegetables and herbs for the kitchen, and the staff is happy to give guests a tour of the rows.