A couple months ago, my editor approached me about one of those new painting-while-drinking-wine classes that have recently dominated everyone’s social media newsfeeds. My mission was to visit the new Pinot’s Palette in Webster Groves. The thought of doing something artistic while drinking wine, and then writing about it sounded like something just this side of nirvana, so, of course, I signed on.
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.
Take a bow, Team USA and captain Ellen Port—you have earned it!
I don't know this for sure, but I doubt the purpose of T'ai Chi Ch'uan is to fill the pupil with deafening, blood-boiling rage. I must have done it wrong.
Looks like one of our favorite chefs will be leaving the Lou soon: It's been announced that FABRIZIO SCHENARDI, executive chef of Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis will be heading south this coming spring to help open up a new Four Seasons property at Disney World in Orlando. In the meantime, the search is on for someone to fill his sizable culinary shoes. He'll have some familiar company in his new gig: Local Four Seasons food and beverage director STEPHEN WANCHA also will be moving to Florida to work on the same property, which is scheduled to open for business sometime this summer. All the best, we'll miss you both!
Robust Wine Bar's Webster Groves location has long been renowned for its fabulous wine selection, as well as the fine food coming out of the kitchen. Earlier this year, Robust ventured into the city for its second location, Robust Downtown at the MX. While the vibe is a bit different than the original, the menu and wine offerings at the new Robust remain top-notch.
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!
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.
Get your appetites ready, because next week is the ninth annual Downtown Restaurant Week in the Lou. From Monday, Aug. 19, through Sunday, Aug. 25, enjoy a special three-course menu for $25 at 27 different eating and drinking establishments in the heart of the city. Get the whole rundown of participating venues at downtownrestaurantweek.net.
St. Louis feels like home to Hungarian native Susan Polgar, the four-time Women’s World Chess Champion. “There is a nice metropolitan feel to St. Louis. There are more things to do, the people here are very nice, and the nearby hills and rivers remind me of home,” she says.
With bountiful holiday gatherings taking place in the coming weeks, St. Louisans already are planning holiday menus and gifts for family and friends that reflect the traditions of their childhood—with some from lands far away.
Every home has a story to tell, and some have more to say than others. We asked local real estate agents to share the histories behind a current listing or recent sale.
Big congrats go out to Robust in Webster Groves and Copia Restaurant And Wine Garden downtown. The two vino-centric eateries made Open Table's Diners' Choice 2012 Most Notable Wine List Top 100. Way to represent the Lou!
Come Monday, many of the area’s top prep golfers will take their shot at the biggest tournament of the spring, the Webster Cup. Now in its 15th year, the Webster Cup will tee off at 9 a.m. at Crescent Farms Golf Club with a field of 22 teams all chasing the regular season’s top prize.
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RICK GRAEFE / JOURNAL Zach Gollwitzer of Marquette won Monday's Webster Cup shooting an even par 72. .
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Nestled in a fairly anonymous storefront in the Old Orchard area of Webster Groves, Cravings has steadily built a stellar reputation locally and across the country as the place to go for decadent desserts. Because of its reputation as a purveyor of sweets, it’s often forgotten that this award-winning eatery also has a menu of fine food available. We’ve indulged in Cravings’ delicious confections many a time, but had never dined there, so we decided to rectify that recently and headed to Webster to try out the savory side of the menu.
What are you willing to trade for convenience? A marinated steak sure beats a McRib in my opinion, but that drive-thru and the exchange of $2 versus a couple of $20s is very handy. The truth is, according to journalist and author Kevin Maney’s latest book, Trade-Off: Why Some Things Catch On, and Others Don’t, most of us are willing to trade the quality of almost any experience for the ease of getting it. He calls it the ‘fidelity swap,’ a swap that could be the key to countless business successes and failures.
> Soulard Farmers Market was the kickoff site for the 21-city Top Chef Tour 3 April 14. ‘Chef’testants’ ELI KIRSHTEIN from the show’s sixth season and NIKKI CASCONE from season four did a cooking demo (pork meatballs, sauerkraut and diced apples, anyone?), answered questions and signed autographs for fans.
A new restaurant in old Webster Groves, Milagro Modern Mexican, is serving up fresh, made-from-scratch dishes with plenty of personality. Chef-restaurateurs Jason and Adam Tilford (Barrister’s, Tortillaria) spice-up the local Latino dining scene by going a step beyond salsa fresca and tomatillo sauce. Although you’ll find typical fare like shredded pork tacos, here they include grilled pineapple and hearty homemade corn tortillas. Cheese quesadillas are enhanced by wild mushrooms and huitlacoche (a corn fungus delicacy). In short, the food is interesting and varied, and even side dishes are impressively detailed.
Score one for area golf professionals: The professionals held on for a tightly contested MAGA/Gateway PGA Cup Matches and earned a 14 1/2 to 13 1/2 victory over the amateur team at Gateway National Golf Links. The amateurs scored a 15 to 9 victory in 2009, but this year the pros proved they can win this event, too. Each team had 14 players.
> Chef LIZ SCHUSTER, who left Racket Club Ladue last October to join Brian Hale’s culinary team at the Chase Park Plaza, shared the news that she’ll be working on a cooking show tentatively titled ‘Farm to Fork with Chef Schuster’ for a local TV station. She couldn’t reveal the station, but says it’s not a cable network. The show will concentrate on Midwestern cuisine—what Schuster deems HOTH (High on the Hog). Each one-hour episode will feature local chefs and food purveyors. If all goes well, the initial six episodes will air in June. As if that’s not enough to fill Schuster’s plate, she’s officially become the culinary event chef for L’École Culinaire.
One of the world’s most beloved voices, ANDY WILLIAMS, has embarked on a national tour that will take him to St. Louis later this month. Unfortunately for those who swoon at the sound of his golden tenor pipes, the 80-something entertainer won’t be doing much singing. Instead, he’s promoting his memoir, Moon River and Me, which encompasses his seven decades in show business, including the beginnings of The Williams Brothers, the struggle to launch a solo career and recording a string of hits that led to worldwide superstardom. His St. Louis appearance is at The Ethical Society Oct. 24.