There’s no question LN readers are in-the-know, so who better to ask about the things that make St. Louis stand out and stand proud? Here, we present the very best, as selected by our readers, in the 2014 Ladue News Platinum List!
Just like blooms peeking through the soil and baby bunnies taking their first hops, parties and gatherings are a sure sign of spring. From simple baby and bridal showers to large weddings and bar mitzvahs, these tips and ideas from local party planners will make your spring soiree breezy and refreshing.
A The Great Gatsby-themed party by Steven Becker Fine Dining.
ANDREW ZIMMERMAN, executive chef at Sepia Restaurant in Chicago, will be the guest celebrity chef for St. Louis Community College Foundation’s black-tie gala on Saturday, Feb. 8. Falling in Love…in Five Courses will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis. Cocktails will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. Joining Zimmerman will be the Four Season's own executive chef FABRIZIO SCHENARDI and the chefs and students from the college’s culinary arts program. Tickets are $295 each (patron tickets, $500). For more information, call Jo-Ann Digman at 539-5358 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Put the bowl down and slowly step away from the candy!
Weddings and real estate have a lot in common: It’s all about location, location, location! Before you can say I do—or even plan much of the event—you have to find a venue. These wedding professionals offer advice for brides- and grooms-to-be on the hunt for the perfect ceremony or reception site.
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From hors d’oeuvres to decorations, these local party planners and caterers offer their recommendations for the perfect autumn gathering.
Part of the Steven Becker Fine Dining family of establishments (which includes the Coronado Ballroom, Steven Becker Catering and Nadoz Euro Bakery & Cafe), Vino Nadoz is tucked into The Boulevard retail area in Richmond Heights. While the outside of the restaurant blends in with the other storefronts on the bustling promenade, the somewhat humble exterior belies a topnotch eating and drinking experience.
Sarah Tendler AND David Parisotto WERE MARRIED OCT. 1, 2011, CAKE BY STEVEN BECKER FINE DINING
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From an elegant wedding in the woods to a gathering filled with humorous contradictions and eccentricities, St. Louis knows how to party. We asked local caterers and florists to dish about the most outrageous or unique celebration they have helped orchestrate.
> ANGELA DEL PIETRO has sold Clayton favorite Portabella to KIM TUCCI and JOE FRESTA of Pasta House Company. It will reopen as Tucci and Fresta’s Trattoria and Bar in about four to six weeks. Look for a menu of upscale Italian fare.
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> Congratulations to KEVIN WILLMANN, chef/owner of Farmhaus, for being selected as one of Food & Wine magazine’s 10 Best New Chefs for 2011!
> A while back we told you about a few big changes going on with some of Chef GERARD CRAFT’s restaurants. Niche was going to move next door to the 12-seat space that housed Taste By Niche. The vacated Niche space was to become Porano, a Northern Italian concept, and Taste would move to the CWE, next to Craft’s other eatery, Brasserie By Niche, in the space formerly home to Moxy Bistro. Well, plans change. Craft tells us now that Niche is going to stay put, and the Porano concept is on hold. “It’s just not the right time,” Craft says. Taste is still moving, though; look for it to debut sometime this month. No word on what the old Taste spot will become.
> Congratulations are in order for Stone Hill Winery of Hermann and Chaumette Vineyards & Winery of Ste. Genevieve following their impressive showings at this year’s Missouri Wine Competition. Stone Hill took the Governor’s Cup for the second year running, this time for its 2009 Vignoles. The winery also won the most awards at the 2010 competition, with a total of 44! Chaumette proved to be no slouch either, bringing home three gold medals and four others, and a Best in Class award for its offerings.
Spring is the time to try something new. So when you’re planning all those graduation, Easter or birthday parties, consider replacing some of your old favorites with a new buffet dish offered by one of St. Louis’ most seasoned caterers.
Coming up with an elegant but effortless holiday menu can be a challenge. But with ideas from local caterers, we’ve laid out three meals that can easily be recreated at home.
Steven Becker Fine Dining made a red velvet cake with buttercream icing and cream cheese filling for Debbie and Andrew Gorman’s wedding at the Coronado. photo by Joel Marion Photography
Kristin Thompson and Matthew Barker’s cake was made by Steven Becker Fine Dining. photo by Joel Marion Photography
The centerpiece of any party is undoubtedly the food, so it makes perfect sense that planning the menu should be a priority.
Exercise for a cause! The 2009 CELEBRATE FITNESS to benefit SITEMAN CANCER CENTER will take place March 7 at the Washington University Athletic Complex. Now in its 11th year, the fitness event has generated $700,000 for Siteman. Participants can choose between aerobics/strength training, water aerobics, yoga, boot camp or a 5K run/walk. All workouts are led by fitness professionals. More than 1,500 participants are expected to ‘celebrate fitness’ this year! For more information, visit celebrate-fitness.org.
• Well, it didn’t take long for Busch’s Grove to find a new buyer. Local mogul CHARLES CELLA has reportedly purchased the spot (next door to his Truffles restaurant) and will turn it into a gourmet grocery, complete with high-style carryout foods.
Steven Becker Fine Dining’s catering sales division has added MICKI KEIM (1) as a catering sales manager and promoted MEGAN KNIFFEN (2) to catering sales manager.