Monique Montgomery, Jenae Wallick
Sweetie Pie's The Upper Crust, the newest restaurant from local soul food maven and reality TV star Robbie Montgomery, opened in Grand Center last year, providing another venue for ‘Miss Robbie’s’ down-home specialties.
WEBSTER UNIVERSITY’s Chess Team, ranked No. 1 in the nation, will be competing as the top seed in the Final Four of Collegiate Chess this weekend. The team, coached by renowned chess grandmaster SUSAN POLGAR, will do battle against students from University of Maryland-Baltimore County, University of Texas-Dallas and University of Illinois. The six grandmasters who make up the Webster team include: WESLEY SO (also ranked No. 1 in the Philippines), RAY ROBSON (also ranked No. 8 in the U.S.), FIDEL JIMENEZ (also ranked No. 3 in Cuba), GEORG MEIER (also ranked No. 4 in Germany), MANUEL HOYOS (also ranked No. 1 in Mexico and is the reigning U.S. Open Champion), and ANATOLY BYHKOVSKY (also ranked No. 21 in Israel). Bring home a winner, Webster!
It’s a little before two o’clock on a Saturday afternoon when I get to the new Sweetie Pie’s Upper Crust restaurant on Delmar Boulevard in Grand Center. I figured the lunch rush would be over so it’d be a good time to have a taste of Robbie Montgomery’s now-famous soul food. I walk in and hear Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s, and there’s a TV crew from the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) setting up. The place is full of people, and the line is soon out the door.
◆ Chef BRIAN HARDESTY, who took over the kitchen at Nosh a few weeks ago, has announced he’s dropping the Nosh name in favor of Root. The name is reflective of the new culinary direction Hardesty is pursuing: original takes on classic American cuisine that span the years from the founding of the country until roughly the Great Depression era. Hardesty says to expect lots of game, roasted meat and whole fish preparations. The restaurant (co-located with Starr’s in Richmond Heights) is closed during the transformation, and is scheduled to open for business on Tuesday, Jan. 10.
Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s cast members Charles Crenchaw, Jenae Wallick and Tim Norman
Local soul food favorite Sweetie Pie’s has gone nationwide. Owner Robbie Montgomery, her son and business partner, Tim Norman, his fiance, Jenae Wallick, and a cast of employees, friends and family members are featured in a new reality series called Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.
> Soul food fans will have a new place to frequent this fall. ROBBIE MONTGOMERY, of Sweetie Pie’s fame, will be opening another eatery, Sweetie Pie’s Upper Crust, “sometime in September or October” at 3643 Delmar. Right now the building is being cleaned up and prepped for construction. In addition to current Sweetie Pie’s favorites, the Upper Crust menu will also offer salads, steaks and sandwiches. Robbie says the new place will feature a banquet room, bakery facility, bar and separate carry-out line. Look for culinary classes to be held there as well.
To find Everest, just look for the fluttering prayer flags on the north side of Manchester Road. As the newest addition to the Grove area’s dining scene, Everest is east of Five and Sweetie Pie’s, in both locale and cuisine. The food is a flavorful blend of Indian and Nepalese, with a short list of Korean items thrown in, as a nod to the co-owner’s heritage.
Delectable pies lured 110 guests to the home of Stephen and Ann Cortinovis, co-chairs of the Sweetie Pie Champagne Party and pie auction to benefit Saint Louis Ballet. Susan McHaney assisted Ivey Selkirk’s Mark Howald in auctioning off the delectable desserts, which raised more than $14,000 for the company’s educational programs, including The Saint Louis Ballet School, a Summer Ballet Intensive and upcoming productions.