Chef and restaurateur Ben Poremba has made quite a name for himself in the local culinary scene in recent years. His places—Elaia & Olia, La Patisserie Choquette and Old Standard Fried Chicken—have brought a wide range of good food and drink to St. Louis. Poremba’s efforts have garnered him plenty of attention locally and beyond, including being named a semi-finalist for the James Beard Best Chef: Midwest award in 2014, and as one of 10 chefs who vied for Food & Wine magazine’s People’s Best New Chef: Midwest title that year, as well.
Story: It’s another deadly dull day for Angela and Stu. The couple, who’ve been married for some 20 years, aren’t nearly as passionate as they were when they met in high school, at least not Angela. She’s grown weary of their threadbare existence and the livelihood that depends on their moribund convenience store.
Stage stars, music legends and acclaimed artists—oh my! Local arts institutions unveil this fall’s slate of creative new exhibitions and show-stopping live performances you won’t want to miss.
Story: In a comfortable, old-fashioned home, Frank Gianelli talks about “tengo famiglia.” That’s Italian for “I support a family,” but Frank says it means even more than that, it means that a man “is doing well for my woman and my children. I have a reason for being alive.”
While some things at Winslow's Home may be a bit different, one aspect that hasn't changed is the restaurant's commitment to quality ingredients and tasty food.
WIL FERNANDEZ-CRUZ has been tapped to be the new executive chef at Winslow's Home in University City. He replaces chef CARY MCDOWELL, who left recently to take a position with the Euclid Hospitality Group, which includes the Pi Pizzeria restaurants and the recently opened Gringo in the Central West End. Fernandez-Cruz came to St. Louis last year from NYC to be the executive chef at The Restaurant at the Cheshire Inn, and currently he's running the kitchen at Ibby's on Washington University's Danforth campus.
The folks who own the local Potbelly Sandwich Shop franchise have announced they'll be opening a second location at 12 S. Bemiston Ave. in Clayton in late October. The space previously housed the long-running The Fatted Calf, which closed earlier this year.
We have more national recognition for our local culinary scene to report:
After St. Louis native Terry Ross met her future husband, Neal, in San Francisco, the couple moved back to her hometown in 2000. They were looking for the same quality of life they enjoyed in California and found it in University City, where they appreciate the urban setting and walkability of the neighborhood, while still living in a larger home. Their children, Finnegan 9, and Charlotte (better known as ChiChi), 7, are able to walk to school and parks; and Terry, who works in marketing for College Bound, and Neal, who works in merchandising for CCA Global, enjoy the closeness of The Loop for date nights. We spoke with Terry to learn more about her family’s love for University City.
Although Winslow’s Home sits just down the road from the University City Loop, the atmosphere is miles away from the hustle and bustle of the area.
Winslow�s Home, 7213 Delmar Blvd., 725-7559, winslowshome.com
◆ Just in time to honor the 78th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse has introduced a new cocktail program that pays homage to classic concoctions. Look for libations like The Moscow Mule, The Hemingway (thought to be the original version of the daiquiri), and The Manhattan East Side (a combination of the Manhattan and Whiskey Sour), as well as other creations—all with an emphasis on fresh juices and ingredients.
> Today is Chocolate Chip Cookie Day at Mike Shannon’s Steaks & Seafood. Various players and staff from the Cardinals will be on hand at the restaurant from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., signing autographs and selling cookies, donated by Schnucks, to raise money for Operation Food Search.
The fried chicken dinner at Winslow’s Home
St. Louis’ position in the Midwest and its proximity to the bounties of surrounding farmlands provides ample opportunity for us to enjoy fresh, local, seasonal crops.
I can do it by myself! A toy that makes learning to tie their shoes and button their shirt fun! Learn to Dress Kitty, $34 from Imagination Toys.
> The best chefs from St. Louis and the surrounding region will put their skills on the line to honor master chef and charcuterie expert FREDERIC ‘FRITZ’ SONNENSCHMIDT (dean emeritus of the CIA) and raise funds for Operation Food Search. Operation Charcuterie!, as it’s being called, will be held at Sidney Street Cafe in Benton Park Sept. 28. Teams will prepare a six-course charcuterie dinner, and the chef roster features a veritable Who’s Who of area culinary talent: GERARD CRAFT of Niche, ANTHONY DEVOTI of Five, JIM FIALA of The Crossing, JOSH GALLIANO of Monarch, STEVE GONTRAM of Harvest, CARY MCDOWELL of Winslow’s Home, KEVIN NASHAN of Sidney Street Cafe, LOU ROOK of Annie Gunn’s, KEVIN WILLMAN of Farmhaus, JONATHAN JUSTUS of Justus Drugstore Restaurant in Smithville, Mo., and MIKE ODETTE of Sycamore in Columbia, Mo. For reservations, contact Chris Valier at Sidney Street Cafe at 771-5777.
> Moxy Bistro in the Central West End may have closed, but chef-owner ERIC BRENNER is staying busier than ever. Brenner and many of his staffers have moved to Molly’s in Soulard, where he continues as executive chef and is currently revising the menu. He’ll also carry on with his chef consulting work, which includes some 14 Isle of Capri and Lady Luck casino properties.
While the ‘multi-use’ nature of Winslow’s Home on Delmar is hard to wrap your mind around, it’s a wonderful place to have a meal. Equal part hardware store, restaurant and neighborhood general store, it grows on you more with every visit.
> Congrats to a trio of Missouri cheese makers…Baetje Farms won two Third-Place ribbons, one for its fresh Cranberry and Orange Coeur de la Crème and the other for its aged Bloomsdale, at the American Cheese Society’s annual conference and competition last week. Green Dirt Farm in Weston, near Kansas City, also did well, pulling in Third-Place ribbons for its sheep’s milk cheeses in the open and flavor-added categories. And at the first North American Jersey Cheese Awards, held last month, Homestead Creamery of Jamesport won a gold medal for its Country Classic hard cheese and a silver for its Golden Glow semi-hard.