Looking back, 2014 proved to be another banner vintage for the St. Louis culinary scene, which continues to grow and expand. Here are a select few of the events that helped shaped the year that was:
With the arrival of fall, so come all the cravings of the season: squash of all varieties—including and especially pumpkin—apples, caramel (or apples dipped in caramel), and bacon and chocolate. (OK, those last two can apply to any season.)
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Fans of fine food and the works of The Bard will be pleased to find out that Bixby’s, located on the second floor of the Missouri History Museum, is partnering with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis for this year’s productions of Henry IV and Henry V. Bixby’s will host an intimate and elegant communal dining experience for five nights throughout the run of the show. Guests can make reservations to dine at a community table, under the stars, and enjoy a lavish full-course meal, focused on dining with local influence. This experience is limited to 40 guests per night. Tickets are $50 and include a reserved seat for the show; dinners begin at 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at sfstl.com.
The DeMun neighborhood in Clayton is one of our favorite areas to meander around on a gorgeous spring evening. Plenty of trees and flowers in bloom and a plethora of places to drop in for a drink and a bite. The newest spot to open up in the area is Seedz Café, a quality vegetarian/vegan eatery for those who want something light and delicious and plant-based.
After a bit of a search, Central Table Food Hall in the CWE finally has a new executive chef: Darnell Devine. A CIA grad, Devine most recently was at the Everglades Club in West Palm Beach, Fla. He replaces chef Nick Martinkovic, who left earlier this year to become exec chef at Blood & Sand.
One recent dining trend around town that's most welcome is the spate of new restaurants offering vegetarian and vegan fare that's creative: Tree House is one such eatery.
The folks at The Libertine are branching out into the world of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). The popular Clayton eatery is now offering subscriptions to its new CSA, which will include a bag of locally produced food each week for pick-up, as well as house-made delights from their kitchen, courtesy of chef JOSH GALLIANO. There are several levels and types of subscriptions to choose from, including omnivorous, paleo, vegetarian and vegan options. For more info, check out the restaurant's website at libertinestl.com, or send them an e-mail at email@example.com.
Like most of restaurateur David Bailey's eateries, Small Batch combines a creative overall concept with bold design and inventive cuisine. All of these factors were on prominent display when we dropped in recently for a drink and a bite.
Nadoz Bakery & Café bowed its newest location at the Taubman Prestige Outlets in Chesterfield earlier this month. The new spot features specialty coffee and espresso, all-day breakfast, homemade soups and salads, sandwiches and desserts, along with a Burger Bar and the new Nadoz Squeeze Juice Bar, offering raw juice from fresh fruits and vegetables.
Folks with a sweet tooth in West County now have easier access to award-winning cupcakes. The Cup’s newest shop is now open for business in Chesterfield at 1590 Clarkson Road, between Talbots and Chico’s. The Chesterfield location offers The Cup’s signature cupcakes, as well as sugar cookies, cakewiches, Kaldi’s coffee beverages and gelato. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Why get just one item when you can give that special someone a collection of tiny, little presents? Our selection of holiday gift sets may just be what you’re looking for...
In the midst of all the shopping and the planning, it’s easy to forget that the holidays are really all about making time to be with family and friends. We asked local experts for tips to make this year’s seasonal gathering the most memorable one yet.
The Restaurant at The Cheshire, under the direction of Chef REX HALE, has unveiled its new fall menu highlighting a plethora of locally sourced ingredients. Small plates include show-stopping Ahi Tuna, Thin and Raw, as well as Pan Fried Naked Cowboy Oysters, served with butternut squash and bacon salad. For Mains, there’s Braised Pork Shank with caramelized vegetables; Maine Sea Scallops with pumpkin risotto; and Red Wine Braised Beef Short Rib with autumn vegetable ragout (shown), among others. Tasting menus ($32 per person) also are available, with a wine flight option. For reservations, call 932-7818 or visit restaurant-stl.com.
As leaders of their households and in the community, women play a vital role in the health of those around them. Each year, St. Luke’s Hospital Healthy Woman Award celebrates women who not only stay active in improving their own health, but also inspire better health in others. Here, read more about what makes this year’s winners healthy role models.
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The western reaches of the St. Louis area are getting some quality restaurants to satisfy diners' desire for food and drink that's a bit more elevated. One of the latest arrivals to the scene is Prasino, which recently opened in St. Charles.
This husband-and wife team met while living in Chicago, worked together on organic farms in Australia and New Zealand and now runs St. Louis vegetarian food truck Lulu's Local Eatery, complete with truck-rooftop garden.
In our quest to mine St. Louis' delicious ethnic cuisines, we made our way to The Grove's Everest Café. When we finally pushed back from the table, the only things on our minds were how had we not stopped in before and when could we return.
Many recall the childhood verse, I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Originating from a 1920s song of the same title recorded by a band called Waring’s Pennsylvanians, it certainly has inspired children and adults alike to indulge in the cool, delicious treat.
Kraftig Light, brewed by St. Louis' William K. Busch Brewing Company, took top honors in the American-style Light Beer category at the North American Beer Awards, held earlier this month in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The brew bested entries from many of the biggest names in beer in the country, including Anheuser-Busch's Michelob Ultra and Budweiser Select, which took second and third places, respectively.
Despite the vibrant food culture here in St. Louis, there's still a dearth of quality vegetarian and vegan dining options around town. Frida's Deli, which opened last summer in U. City, is doing its part to rectify this situation, offering up a nice selection of veggie-centric fare, as well as raw, low-glycemic, gluten- and oil-free choices.
Chill Cool Frozen Yogurt in Clayton will be celebrating its third anniversary on Friday, April 19. At 3:30 p.m. that day, Fredbird will make an appearance to hand out limited-edition Chill batting-helmet bowls with frozen yogurt purchases. The store also will present its third annual donation to Friends of Kids With Cancer during the celebration. By the way, Chill has some new spring flavors on the menu: Root Beer Float, Mango Sorbet and Pina Colada.
SweetArt Bake Shop in the Shaw neighborhood is a marriage of food and art. And that works out beautifully for owners Cbabi and Reine Bayoc, who happen to be husband and wife.
Kudos to chef STEPHEN GONTRAM and the crew at 5 Star Burgers. The Clayton burger joint recently made eater.com's list of The 25 Hottest Hamburgers in America Right Now.