Since stepping into the executive chef role, Melissa Lee has been slowly putting her mark on the various eateries at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis. The latest to benefit from her expertise is The Grill, which has transformed into a creative dining destination.
We're lucky here in St. Louis to have no shortage of good new restaurants. Many of these get a decent amount of press, especially when there are well-known folks involved. The Purple Martin is somewhat of an exception to this.
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.
Since its beginning in the 1870s, the Central West End has served as a sought-after St. Louis residential district. These days, the CWE is an urban oasis full of homes, restaurants, bars, art, entertainment, and—of course—shopping.
Businesses, shops and restaurants line West Lockwood Avenue—the main drag of Old Webster—approximately at the intersection at Elm Avenue and going west about four blocks, as well as the intersecting streets of North and South Gore avenues, Gray Avenue and Allen Avenue. Some storefronts on intersecting streets aren’t immediately obvious, so don’t be afraid to ask if you’re looking for a specific shop.
Not too long ago, Pi was the upstart of the local restaurant scene. We hadn't visited in a while, and wondered how Pi was doing now that it was no longer the new kid on the block. Turns out we needn't have worried.
Unbeknownst to many, there's a small stretch of Cherokee Street west of Jefferson Avenue that's home to some of the best authentic Mexican eateries in town. This May 5, why not actually experience the rich culinary traditions of Mexico?
Is there a better American city for walking than New Orleans? And is there a better place to escape buzzy French Quarter activity than the Garden District?
When the popular Arcelia's left Lafayette Square a while back, it left a vacuum in the neighborhood for those with a taste for Mexican fare. So when Laredo opened up in the same space a couple of years ago, there was much anticipation for this new kid on the block, and we were eager to finally give the place a try.
For a long while, the stretch of South Grand Avenue from Arsenal to Gravois has been home to some of the area's best ethnic eateries. One of the most recent restaurants to set up shop in this vibrant area is Baida, which specializes in Moroccan cuisine, the first of its kind here.
Tim and Callie Halls moved to Webster Groves 15 years ago, falling in love with the Victorian homes, strong school district and small-town feel. Tim works as a principal at Moneta; and Callie stays at home caring for their daughters, Chloe and Ellie, and their dog, Daisie. Tim and Callie told us what it’s like to live in Webster Groves.
The culinary scene in St. Louis continues to flourish, and 2013 was an especially exciting year for diners and drinkers and those who serve them. Here are just a few of the notable events in the past 12 months:
Story: Maude has returned home after an exhausting day. She’s a psychiatrist by trade, a single woman who has recently broken up with her boyfriend and now living alone again. Shortly after she arrives home, she’s interrupted by a friendly young man named Peter. He tells her that he’s noticed that her car is having some trouble, but that he can fix it for her, since he’s a bit of a mechanic.
Lafayette Square has long had an abundance of fine places to eat; and lately, the scene there has been even more active with recently opened eateries, such as Tripel, injecting new blood into the area.
The second location of The Block debuted earlier this year in the Central West End in the space that was once home to the popular Terrene. After a couple of years idle, it was great to see another restaurant move in and fire up the stoves.
On a little corner in Chesterfield are three Sicilian gems, where customers in West St. Louis County can receive the finest products and services from long-standing Italian families, without having to drive the long distance to The Hill.
What a chip off the old block! In honor of Father’s Day, we asked LN readers to submit photos of St. Louis dads and their look-alike children. This year’s winners are Brian Tash and his one-and-a-half-year-old son, Hunter Tash, of Creve Coeur. “Everyone tells me all the time that Hunter looks just like Brian’s Mini-Me,” says wife Cristina Tash. The two love to play baseball, football and soccer together, and “Brian loves to read to him.” For winning, Brian will receive gift certificates to La Cantina and Amigos Cantina restaurants (a $100 value)—just in time for Father’s Day. Below, take a peek at other area look-alikes. Can you tell who’s who?
Chef Pierre Chambrin has had a storied culinary career. Trained at Ecole des Metiers de L'Alimentation in Paris, he came up through the ranks the old-school way. He worked in some of the best restaurants in the country, in positions from apprentice to executive chef, ultimately running the kitchen at the White House under two presidents.
This summer, think of your backyard as the next decorating frontier. Use designer-quality furniture, rugs, lighting and charming decorative accents for stunning results.
In recent months, Home Wine Kitchen in Maplewood has found its way onto a slew of best-of lists and chef/co-owner Cassy Vires has been getting national attention for her skills in the kitchen.
John Mineo's Italian Restaurant has been a fixture in Town & Country for 40-plus years, emphasizing traditional Italian dishes and upscale service. Tucked away in a small shopping area on Clayton Road, the eatery had escaped our attention for far too long, and we were happy to remedy that oversight recently.
When British Royal Navy officer Captain George Vancouver arrived in this slice of Canadian heaven in 1792, he was transfixed by what he saw.
We just reported last week about the closing of Araka in Clayton, and now there's already news to relate about the next resident of the space at 131 Carondelet Plaza: It’s 801 Chophouse, and it'll be the fifth location for the Des Moines-based restaurant chain, which specializes in USDA prime steaks, chops and seafood items. We'll keep you posted on an opening date.
Olive Boulevard between 1-70 and Skinker Boulevard is home to an array of noteworthy (and authentic) Asian restaurants and markets. Lu Lu Seafood Restaurant, a fixture in the area for some 20 years, has been on our short list of must-trys for a while.
The Vogl family says Webster Groves is a true community, where residents can walk to local shops and restaurants and attend annual festivals with friends and neighbors. Kelly Vogl, an occupational therapist for BJC HomeCare, and her husband, Tim, president of Streamline Orthotics and Prosthetics, have embraced that community feel for 10 years. The couple has three children: David, 8; Patrick, 6; and Nathan, 3; who attend Bristol Elementary and The Lab School. Kelly talked to us more about family life in Webster Groves.