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.
Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis will be kicking off its Unsung Heroes Dinner Series on Monday, June 23, at 6 p.m. The dinner will feature six of St. Louis’ finest sous chefs, underutilized parts of a hog and products from local farmers. Participating sous chefs include SHIMON DIAMOND of Cielo Restaurant & Bar, JUSTIN MCMILLEN of Sidney Street Café, RYAN MCDONALD of Juniper, JOSH POLETTI of The Libertine, ALEX FELDMEIER of Brasserie, and SUMMER WRIGHT of Floreat Bakery. The opening cocktail reception will feature Cielo’s Four Roses Bourbon and a variety of local brews, and the dinner will incorporate plenty of fresh products from Jones Heritage and Such and Such Farm. Cost is $65 a person. To make a reservation, call 881-5759.
Huge congratulations to chefs GERARD CRAFT and KEVIN NASHAN, who have both been chosen as finalists for the James Beard Foundation Awards Best Chef: Midwest. Craft and Nashan, along with KEVIN WILLMANN of Farmhaus, BEN POREMBA of Elaia & Olio and JOSH GALLIANO of The Libertine were all named semifinalists for the award last month. Winners will be revealed at a gala in NYC in May. We'd like to thank all of the folks who represented St. Louis this year--well done!
There’s no question LN readers are in-the-know, so who better to ask about the things that make St. Louis stand out and stand proud? Here, we present the very best, as selected by our readers, in the 2014 Ladue News Platinum List!
The number 1111 has some significant meanings—just Google it. But to restaurant-lovers in St. Louis, the number 1111 is the address and street number on Mississippi Avenue for one of the most well-known dining spots in town: 1111 Mississippi.
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Make plans for Beauty Buzz, a spring beauty party to benefit THE PRESS CLUB OF METROPOLITAN ST. LOUIS. This year’s event will feature light bites, giveaways and six beauty bars staffed with experts from Chanel, Christian Dior, Bobbi Brown, Sisley, ReVive and others. Co-chaired by KSDK Newschannel 5’s LEISA ZIGMAN and her daughter, MICAILA EDLIN, the event will be held Saturday, Feb. 22, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Neiman Marcus. Proceeds will benefit media scholarships for area students. For tickets, visit stlpressclub.org.
We've re-visited several old favorites lately that have replaced longtime chefs with new ones. The latest is Vin De Set, which recently said goodbye to executive chef Ivy Magruder and welcomed chef Ryan Buettner into that position. While it's always a bit worrisome when a kitchen gets shuffled around, we're happy to report that this transition of power has been seamless—and delicious.
Well, it has been a strange year in cinema. We’ve had movies without plots, without dialogue and without acting—although I guess as long as Vin Diesel is in the business, that’s always a possibility. We’ve had Oscar winners churn out stinkers and first-time actors deliver award-worthy performances. Without further ado…
D'oh! Strange Donuts has opened at 2709 Sutton Ave. in Maplewood. Look for 12 fresh donut varieties each day, and late-night hours for you night owls with a donut craving. Meanwhile, Blind Tiger at Sutton Place is slated to open soon at 7376 Manchester Road, and will offer signature pizzas and a bar with an emphasis on whiskies.
BILL KUNZ, owner of Highway 61 Roadhouse in Webster Groves, and TOM COGHILL, owner of Iron Barley in South City, are heading to New Iberia, La., to compete in the annual World Championship Gumbo Cook-off this month. Some 100 teams are expected to participate in the event. ‘Bill and Tom's Gumbo Road Trip’ will kick off with a party at Highway 61 Roadhouse this Saturday, Oct. 5, from noon to 6 p.m., featuring a whole hog cook-off and live music. Good luck and safe travels!
The third annual Ladue News Show House opens to the public next month. This year’s Show House, 23 Lenox Place in the Central West End, is filled with details of Old World craftsmanship and touches of Gilded Age elegance.
It's summertime, and that means craft beer: ST. LOUIS CRAFT BEER WEEK will be held at a variety of venues around town from July 27 through Aug. 4. Events will include include tap takeovers, beer dinners, beer-and-cheese tastings, Firkin Fest and the second annual Midwest Belgian Beer Festival. Some of the locations include the 33 Wine Shop, Llywelyn’s Pub, Schlafly Tap Room, Milagro Modern Mexican, Perennial Artisan Ales, Cicero’s, International Tap House, 4 Hands Brewing Company, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company and Handlebar. For more information, visit stlbeerweek.com.
Could there be a more appropriate first date for a pair of dyed-in-the-wool St. Louisans than attending a baseball game and cheering for their beloved Cardinals? Regardless of the score, things certainly turned out well for Caley Barnhart and Jack Lawlor.
Chef EDWARD FARROW has been tapped to oversee the kitchen at the soon-to-open Panorama Restaurant in the Saint Louis Art Museum's new East Building, set to debut this summer. Farrow is a CIA grad and a member of Slow Food and is known for his dedication to local purveyors. Most recently, he served as executive chef at the cafe of the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Az.
It’s been announced that after 30 years, Dierdorf & Hart’s Steakhouse will be closing its doors in Westport Plaza. Since opening in 1983, the establishment has served as a go-to meeting place for many a business deal and countless special occasions for local families. The restaurant was locally owned and operated by former football greats DAN DIERDORF and JIM HART, and managing partner LOU GARESCHE. Lunch service ended last week, and dinner service will continue until Saturday, May 18.
The Missouri History Museum is now offering a fun way for history buffs and barflies alike to gain an appreciation and a new perspective on the city’s fine public houses. The new initiative is called History On Tap: Pub Tours of St. Louis' Historic Neighborhoods. The first excursion led participants through Soulard. The next tour will focus on Dogtown and is scheduled for Wednesday, July 24. More info can be found at mohistory.org.
You voted, we listened! Ladue News readers know what they like; and with this year's Platinum List, you've made your voices heard. This list compiles the best of St. Louis.
Franco in Soulard has announced that JOHN DREJA, late of Vin De Set, is the new executive chef, taking over for chef KRIS JANIK.
Pomme Restaurant in Clayton is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month by giving something back to the community. From Oct. 16 to 27 (excluding Sundays and Mondays), Pomme will donate 10 percent of food sales to Operation Food Search. During these 10 days, corkage fees will be waived on any 2002 vintage, and guests can register to win a 10-year-old bottle of Macallan Scotch.
Since it opened in Lafayette Square in 2003, Eleven Eleven Mississippi has earned a reputation as a first-rate culinary destination, the flagship eatery in the restaurant group of Paul and Wendy Hamilton, who also own Vin de Set, PW Pizza and Moulin Events. Chef Carl Hazel, late of The Scottish Arms, recently came aboard to run the stoves at Eleven Eleven, so the time was ripe to revisit.