Indulge your sweet tooth and help endangered animals with Cupcakes for Conservation, a partnership between Sweetology and the Endangered Wolf Center. Visit the Endangered Wolf Center website (endangeredwolfcenter.org) or the Sweetology website (sweetology.com) and purchase a Cupcakes for Conservation kit, which includes four ready-to-design cupcakes, supplies for decorating them, a wolf cookie-cutter, and information about wolves. Proceeds from the sale of these kits will go directly to helping wolves.
St. Vincent Home for Children is sponsoring a benefit wine tasting on Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Sheet Metal Workers Local 36 facility at 2319 Choteau Ave.There will be a wide variety of wines available, courtesy of Show Me Vino, in conjunction with Missouri Beverage Company. Also on tap: live music from Jazz St. Louis All Stars, hors d'oeuvres from Russo's Catering and a silent auction. Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door, and can be purchased at saintvincenthome.org.
As the economy continues to reveal signs of recovery, some local entrepreneurs have decided that now is the time to grow and expand their businesses. We’ve spoken to three business owners whose hard work and determination are paying off.
More Kudos for chef GERARD CRAFT and crew. The Eater has listed Craft’s upcoming Pastaria restaurant as one of the 25 most anticipated restaurant openings in the country for 2012. The new eatery is slated to open late this summer in the Centenne Plaza in Clayton.
Mathew’s Kitchen will be open for lunch starting on Monday, April 16. The lunch schedule will be Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The restaurant also is instituting a take-out box lunch program at the same time, with delivery available.
Loop favorite Blueberry Hill has debuted the first major redesign of its menu in 23 years. Not only is it the first full-color bill of fare for the eatery, but it introduces several new dishes, including the wagyu burger, wagyu sliders, chicken sliders and the turkey burger.
The folks who own Local Harvest Grocery, Cafe & Catering have announced some big expansion plans. They’re looking to open a new location in Kirkwood in the space that used to house McDonnell’s Market, as well as a location downtown in the Old Post Office, where Pasta House Pronto once resided. The goal is for an August opening for the Kirkwood space and July 1 for the downtown location.
The second Tour D’Onut will be happening this Sunday, April 15. The non-competitive bicycle tour of area donut spots will begin at 8:30 a.m. at World’s Fair Donuts, 1904 S. Vandeventer Ave. Info at tourdonut.tumblr.com.
Russell’s Cafe and Bakery in Fenton will be moving a few doors down from its current location this June. The new space at 942 Brookwood Center is about twice as big and will seat approximately 55. It’ll also house the bakery’s commissary kitchen.
We told you a little while ago that the owners of Trattoria Marcella were going to be opening up another eatery in West County on Clayton Road. It was recently announced that the new restaurant will be called Marcela’s Mia Sorella, or ‘my sister.’
St. Louis is one of the first markets selected to have access to a new service from Living Social called Takeout & Delivery. Customers can browse participating restaurants and place their orders online at livingsocial. com/menus, or click on the Takeout & Delivery tab on their Living Social app for a directory of restaurants.
The latest MICHAEL DEL PIETRO restaurant, Tavolo, has officially opened in the Loop at 618 Delmar Blvd.
This month, St. Louis Bread Co. is launching a new program
called Warm-Up Wednesday, giving away free soup to customers who
donate to benefit area charities. St. Louisans can nominate
deserving nonprofits to the company via Twitter and Facebook, and
Bread Co. will select winners from the recommendations. On the
final Wednesday of the month, Feb. 29, customers can bring in three
non-perishable food items and receive a free bowl of soup. The
donated items will go to Operation Food Search.
STEVE and JAMIE KOMOREK, who own South City favorite Trattoria
Marcella, have announced plans for a second restaurant. The name of
the new eatery hasn’t been revealed, but it will be another homage
to their mother, Marcella. The restaurant will be located on
Clayton Road, just west of 141, and construction has already begun.
Look for an opening sometime this summer. We’re told the bar area
will be a central focus of the restaurant and will feature
small-production wines from high-quality vineyards.
The latest food truck to hit the scene in St. Louis is Hot
Aztec. The truck features gourmet Mexican street cuisine, and fans
can follow it on Facebook and on Twitter @hotaztec. In other food
truck news, the owners of popular mobile cake shop Sweet Divine
have announced they’re looking for a permanent storefront to
augment their rolling operation.
Gourmet to Go recently opened its second location in Clayton at
7710 Carondelet Ave. The new cafe features breakfast, lunch and
coffee and is open from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m., Monday through Friday,
and seats approximately 20.
The St. Louis Chapter of the Missouri Restaurant Association
has named PAUL and WENDY HAMILTON, co-owners of Eleven Eleven
Mississippi, Vin de Set, PW Pizza and Moulin, as its Restaurateurs
of the Year. Paul Hamilton also is president of the Saint Louis
Originals, a consortium of more than 30 or the area’s finest
locally owned and operated restaurants.
For those looking for a day-time option to celebrate
Valentine’s Day, The Presentation Room at L’ Ecole Culinaire is
offering a Lunch of Love, beginning at noon on the 14th and
featuring a choice of one appetizer, two entrees, one shared
dessert and two non-alcoholic beverages. Cost is $30 per couple and
reservations are required. Call 587-2433 to secure a spot. For more
of a hands-on V-Day experience, Kitchen Conservatory in Clayton is
offering a series of culinary classes for couples in the weeks
leading up to the big day. More info at
Diners who have a hard time deciding from among two or three
entrees, all of which sound delicious, now have better options.
Many of St. Louis’ most creative restaurants are embracing the
‘small-plates’ trend by featuring items that are larger than an
appetizer but not as big as an entrée.
Whether you consider yourself an oenophile or you just enjoy
discovering a new vintage now and then, you’ll want to ‘save the
date’ this fall when In The Vineyard showcases more than 100 wines
from around the world, with cuisine prepared by chefs from St.
Louis’ top restaurants. The Nov. 13 event, which also includes a
silent auction, benefits Edgewood Children’s Center in Webster
Dining out isn’t all about food. Sure, the food has to please
your palate, but diners also want to feel welcome and appreciated,
and they expect efficient service. We asked three St. Louis foodies
about the places they frequent and why.
It’s much more common to see ‘hot’ restaurants crash and burn
than to watch them enjoy a long, steady success. But Trattoria
Marcella is one of the rare few that offers the complete package,
and has from its beginnings.