As an interior designer, each night as I fall asleep I pray that “people with money will wake up with good taste, and people with good taste will wake up with money.” I do jest, but there is something to be said about the Victorian era, when people’s fortunes seemed to demand that they build some sort of monument to their wealth—and no expense was spared to ensure that it was detailed with the finest of the fine, from the cellar to the attic. That time period reflected a real respect and appreciation for those who were experts in fine carpentry, hand-painted finishes, custom furniture and passamenteri, that in many ways, has been lost today, not because people don’t care, but because our desire as a nation to have instant gratification overrules the joy of the journey to beauty.
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.
Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Here, local wedding experts share essential checklists to help couples prepare as early as possible—so that once the big day arrives, the bride and groom can cherish every moment.
Stage stars, music legends and acclaimed artists—oh my! Local arts institutions unveil this fall’s slate of creative new exhibitions and show-stopping live performances you won’t want to miss.
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.
Riesling may frighten a wine novice as misconceptions run rampant when it comes to this fine wine. But let’s not be confused between big fruits and sweetness. Sweet does not necessarily equal sugary, and not all rieslings are even sweet.
Potted plants soften the edges of hardscape, mute street noise, and create a lush, colorful backdrop. One of the beauties of container gardening is that plants may be moved around to find the ‘best’ spot for their culture.
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.
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.
Chardonnay is known as a classic grape. Grown in most parts of the world, it’s a grape that is praised, revered, bashed and misunderstood. It’s the white-wine darling of the American appetite, and a golden star in Burgundy. It’s a staple in the winemaker’s dream palette.
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.
More and more stories are sprouting up about people returning to their roots and to the ‘old way’ of doing things. There’s a growing feeling in the marketplace that buying local is a good thing, and some have even left successful careers behind to become producers for that local market.
If you’re like every bride, you’ll want to look your absolute best on your wedding day.
Grace Joan Cline and Michael John Keeven
As an interior designer for some 30 years, I pride myself on researching and studying ‘the greats’ who have helped to shape the design world. I thought I had a pretty comprehensive awareness of all the talented people in this industry, yet I somehow missed one: George Stacey.
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.
The Webster Groves Recreation Complex Yogalates course is an incredibly quiet class—until you forget that you're balanced on a squeaky foam roller.
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.
When it comes to decorating with accessories, clear crystal is a no-brainer. Because it’s colorless, there’s no need to match a restrictive palette. And in terms of style, these accents fit in beautifully almost anywhere.
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.
If you factor in everything Jim Hanifan—who spent 30 years overall in the NFL—has done, he is the most distinguished professional football coach in our town’s history.
Spring is in full bloom—it’s my favorite time of year. I get excited about what wine is around the corner. I know it’s coming and I can’t wait until the pour hits my glass: Hints of strawberry, grapefruit, blood orange, melon, and hues of every shade of pink surround me. The rosés have arrived in St. Louis.