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First Look: Knead Bakehouse & Provisions on South Hampton

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

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Knead Bakehouse & Provisions is officially open for business at 3467 Hampton Ave. Owners AJ and Kirsten Brown opened doors at their bread bakery and cafe on Nov. 18.

As The Scoop reported in September, Knead bread got its start selling bread at farmers markets in St. Charles County before the Browns signed a lease on the former Salume Beddu space.

Knead currently offers two types of bread in whole loaves: a flagship rustic sourdough loaf and a brioche. The grain is sourced from the Missouri Grain Project, Great Harvest of Montana and Heartland Mills from neighboring Kansas.

The naturally leavened loaves use only water, flour, sea salt and a sourdough starter to begin. “When you have only four ingredients, you can’t really hide behind poor quality of those ingredients, so we have to get the best ingredients for that bread,” AJ Brown said.

While bread is the focus of Knead, the 25-seat cafe also serves breakfast and lunch. Doughnuts, morning buns and pastries are available alongside tea and Blueprint coffee in the morning. Sandwiches, salads and soups take over the menu midday. House-made botanical sodas with fresh herbs are offered as well.

Although Brown said in the future, customers can expect Knead bread mixes, house-made jams and butters for sale. Kolache will also eventually appear on the counter, as the Brown family has Czechoslovakian roots.

Brown said the goal of Knead is to revive American bread culture, and the bakery will offer goods that Americans are familiar with. “[You] don’t have to be a bread connoisseur,” Brown said.

Regular business hours for Knead Bakehouse & Provisions are 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Here’s a first look at what to expect from St. Louis’ newest bread bakery:

 

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Photos by Caitlin Lally 

Caitlin Lally is a contributing writer to Sauce Magazine. 

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First Look: Fiddlehead Fern Cafe in the Shaw neighborhood

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

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Fiddlehead Fern Cafe recently hosted its grand opening Oct. 14 at 4066 Russell Blvd., and owner Darcy Heine is inviting St. Louis to try a cup of coffee new to St. Louis.

Heine, who grew up in the area, has worked in the coffee industry since she was 15 and said she’s long wanted to open her own cafe. “The idea started about five years ago when a place that I was managing closed, and it was at that point where I realized I could do this,” Heine said.

Heine sources Fiddlehead’s beans from PERC Coffee Roasters in Savannah, Georgia, where she used to live and work. “It was the best cup of coffee I’d ever had,” she said. “It’s very special, and I wanted to bring that to St. Louis.”

Unlike most cafes with large espresso machines, Fiddlehead Fern uses the minimalist Modbar, a modular coffee brewing system that tucks the bulk of the machinery below the counter, with only shiny metal spouts exposed. These devices create both espresso-based and pour over coffees. “It’s really beautiful, and it makes for a more intimate interaction between the customer and the barista,” Heine said.

Fiddlehead Fern not only offers a coffee buzz, but also a boozy one. The cafe also offers wine, sangria and cocktails using shrubs from local company Heirloom Bottling Co.

The bright cafe is illuminated mostly by natural light with white walls and wood accents. The space seats 24 comfortably with an extra standing bar. “Our very subtle theme is very botanical based, and that comes from inspiration from the Missouri Botanical Garden, which is just a couple blocks away,” Heine said.

Fiddlehead also serves baked goods and light lunch fare, featuring soup and toasts like avocado or apple and brie served on bread from St. Louis baker Joey Vitale (not affiliated with the well-known Vitale’s Bakery on The Hill).

The full menu is still in development, but Heine said it will be available next week. “We’re kind of starting out slow, but really … everything should be available all the time coming up soon,” Heine said.

Fiddlehead Fern Cafe is open daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Here’s a first look at what to expect at Shaw’s new coffee shop:

 

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Photos by Caitlin Lally 

Caitlin Lally is a contributor to Sauce Magazine. 

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First Look: Saint Louis Hop Shop on Cherokee Street

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

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After being closed for nearly a month, Saint Louis Hop Shop recently reopened at its new location 2600 Cherokee St., offering a larger selection of beverages for craft beer connoisseurs and beginners alike.

At the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Cherokee Street, the 1,500-square-foot storefront is a few doors down from its former address at 2606 Cherokee St., but it gives co-owners and brothers Justin Harris and Ryan Griffin nearly double the space to grow.

“[The other space] was small and we could see that we needed more room,” Harris said. “We really liked what we developed over there, and the goal is to bring that same formula over here and expand on it.”

The new location offers increased refrigeration and more shelving for beer, apparel and glassware. Additionally, a larger variety of ciders, spirits and imports, including more Belgium and lambic options, will be available. The new Hop Shop also features a larger bar area with six rotating taps. Harris said guests can expect a different brew every seven to 10 days.

“We do a lot of sixth barrels, so that gives us the flexibility to constantly bring in new stuff,” Harris said.

Brews currently on top include Dogfish Head Lupu-Luau Coconut IPA, Modern Brewery Citrapolicious, Ace Pineapple Cider, Prairie Artisan Ale Birthday Bomb, Urban Chestnut O-Katz and 4 Hands Chocolate Milk Stout.

With more space, Harris and Griffin also plan to host monthly events and weekly tastings through October. “It gives people a chance to come in and try some seasonal stuff before having to purchase it,” Harris said.

Saint Louis Hop Shop hosts a grand reopening this Saturday, Oct. 7 from noon to 10 p.m. The new location is open Monday through Thursday from noon to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday noon to 10 p.m., and Sunday noon to 6 p.m. Here’s a First Look at what to expect from Hop Shop’s new home:

 

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Photos by Caitlin Lally 

Caitlin Lally is a contributor to Sauce Magazine. 

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Knead Bakehouse & Provisions will offer fresh bread in Southampton

Monday, September 11th, 2017

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There’s a bun in South City’s oven, and it’s due this October. Knead Bakehouse & Provisions will open at 3467 Hampton Ave., the former home of Salume Beddu.

Owners AJ and Kirsten Brown said Knead will offer fresh bread and baked goods to the area. “Our goal is bringing that old world style of bread with a modern American flair,” AJ Brown said.

The Browns started small, selling their bread at farmers markets in St. Charles County. After launching a Kickstarter campaign three years ago and “a lot of different headaches,” they found a space to scale up their production and seat 25 in a breakfast and lunch cafe.

Brown learned his craft after college when he traveled to France for culinary school. His breads use the same sourdough starter, carefully tended for five years.

“I’ve always had a passion for food,” he said. “My family is full of men, and we weren’t into sports but during the holidays, we would be in the kitchen and be engaged in that way.”

Brown said he and his wife embrace “traditional bread roots,” sourcing the ingredients from Eat Here St. Louis, Missouri Grain Project and Heartland Mill. Knead’s loaves will include a rich brioche-like loaf and a staple sourdough, Brown’s favorite. “It cuts back to the bare minimum, but it has so much character,” he said.

Guests can expect breakfast and lunch menus featuring doughnuts and sandwiches, respectively, alongside coffee and tea. Loaves and flour mixes for home baking will also be available for purchase.

“Bread is the centerpiece of what we do,” Brown said. “Everything we make is centered around how well it pairs with the bread.”

Photo courtesy of Knead

Caitlin Lally is an intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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Sugarfire Smoke House to open in O’Fallon, Illinois

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

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Barbecue powerhouse Sugarfire Smoke House is making its way across the Mississippi to open a franchise at 1405 Green Mount Road in O’Fallon, Illinois by early 2018.

As reported by the Belleville News-Democrat, co-owners Mike Johnson and Christina Fitzgerald said plans are in place to break ground at the site this October.

Fitzgerald said they are excited to bring their food to Illinois since so many people travel to Missouri enjoy it already. “Sugarfire is a destination,” she said. “People travel from Illinois to get barbecue, so we’re excited to bring it to them.”

In addition to the O’Fallon franchise, Johnson and Fitzgerald plan to open at least four more Sugarfire restaurants before the end of the year in Farmington, Wentzville, Indianapolis and Tampa, Florida.

The restaurant will open its doors soon after construction of the freestanding building is complete. The look, feel and menu at the new establishment will be reminiscent of its predecessors. “We’re really excited to be in Illinois and be more accessible,” Fitzgerald said.

Photo by Carmen Troesser

Caitlin Lally is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine.

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4 spots to dine and drink during the total solar eclipse

Monday, August 14th, 2017

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Only one week remains before the total solar eclipse occurs around 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21. In case you somehow missed the memo, St. Louis and the surrounding area finds itself in the direct path of a solar eclipse for the first time in more than 500 years. Many viewing parties around town sold out weeks ago, but some area events are still open to the public. Grab your eclipse glasses and schedule a long lunch for this once-in-a-lifetime event.
1. UCBC Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
Grab a cold one to enjoy this astronomical event with Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. Catch live music, grilled brats and hot dogs and ice cold UCBC cans at the party on the east lawn at The Grove location. Arrive early to get your hands on a pair of free viewing glasses.
Noon to 3 p.m. – Urban Chestnut The Grove Brewery & Bierhall, 4465 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, 314.222.0143, urbanchestnut.com

2. Totality: St. Louis Solar Eclipse Viewing Experience
Make the most of the eclipse at the Chesterfield Amphitheater with live entertainment, games, educational presentations and more. Shamrocks Pub N’ Grill provides drinks, and area food trucks wheel in the grub. Grab fare from Pi on the Spot, Half Baked, Buzz’s Hawaiian Grill and Taco Truck STL. Tickets available online and include viewing glasses, a wristband and a tote bag.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Chesterfield Amphitheater, 631 Veterans Place Drive, Chesterfield, 636.812.9500, totalitymo2017.com

3. Total Solar Eclipse Picnic on the Hill
Stone Hill Winery hosts a picnic event for eclipse enthusiasts. Prepared boxed lunches are sold out, but guests can pack a picnic and purchase wine, beer and Kosmic wine slushies. Bring your blanket and head to Hermann to watch this rare event. Viewing glasses are offered while supplies last. Reservations recommended; walk-ins welcome.
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Stone Hill Winery, 1110 Stone Hill Highway, Hermann, 573.486.2221, stonehillwinery.com

4. Total Eclipse of the Heart Celebration
If a mere minute or so of blackout just won’t do, then rise and shine and drive to Logboat Brewing Co., in Columbia, Missouri, where the city will experience a total eclipse for a lengthy two-and-a-half minutes. Don’t miss the release of Moon Speck, an eclipse-appropriate American black ale, and food at this free event.
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. – Logboat Brewing Co., 504 Fay St., Columbia, 573.397.6786, Facebook: Total Eclipse of the Heart Celebration 

Caitlin Lally is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

4204 Main Street Brewing rebrands as The Perfect 10 in Alton

Friday, August 4th, 2017

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4204 Main Street Brewing in Alton recently closed its doors, only to rebrand and open as The Perfect 10 Pub & Grill on Friday, July 28.

As reported by the Belleville News-Democrat, the new restaurant occupies the same space behind Alton Square Mall at 180 E. Center Drive.

4204’s director of marketing Rebecca Wuest said the concept of The Perfect 10 came from the sum of the numbers in the brewery’s name.

With a new name comes a new menu featuring items all priced less than $10 including burgers, chicken wings and endless sides. Daily specials include an entree, side and a tall glass of 4204 beer all for $10. “You get a good bang for your buck and still get access to craft beer,” Wuest said.

Customers can now get boozy milkshakes with their meals – an option that was not available before. Along with 4204 brews, The Perfect 10 also offers full bar access and soft drinks.

The interior of the 144-seat restaurant is “similar, but definitely updated,” Wuest said. Changes include different signage and paint, as well as new kitchen equipment.

“We’re really excited that we get to do this with Alton. The [owner’s] family grew up in Alton, and it’s important to us to show our hometown our support,” Wuest said.

Photo courtesy of The Perfect 10 

Caitlin Lally is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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New bakery Sweetfixx offers cupcakes, cake pops in The Grove

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

 

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Satisfy your sweet tooth at a new bakery in The Grove. Sweetfixx, located at 4420 Manchester Ave., opened July 29, and is serving up sweet treats.

Owner Katina Mims described her cake pops, candy apples and cupcakes as “old-fashioned homemade desserts with a more contemporary look and feel.”

Mims, a self-taught baker, ran her business out of her home for the past four years until she decided it was time to expand.

“I was outgrowing the home, and since I had a customer base I decided to open the brick-and-mortar location,” Mims said. “I didn’t want anything massive, but I wanted something bigger than the home.”

 

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She describes the 600-square-foot, boutique-like space as “cute, quaint and kind of swanky.” Highly stylized treats are displayed on clear acrylic shelves. “I wanted the desserts to speak for themselves,” she said.

Mims’ social media accounts feature a wide array of too-pretty-to-eat desserts and custom cakes. The shop regularly sells cupcakes, cake pops, candy apples and chocolate-covered Oreos, but the colors and themes will change each week.

Sweetfixx is open Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Photos courtesy of Sweetfixx

Caitlin Lally is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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The Sweet Divine reopens today in Soulard

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

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After a fire destroyed The Sweet Divine in October last year, the Soulard bakery reopens its shop at 1801 S. Ninth St., today, Aug. 3.

Throughout the renovation, The Sweet Divine relied heavily on its cupcake truck to continue business. Co-owners Jason and Jenna Siebert used MacArthur’s Bakery on Delmar Boulevard served as a temporary commissary kitchen until the storefront was complete. Jason Siebert said old wiring in the building’s basement caused the fire.

Siebert said they collaborated with contractors to design a completely new space. The interior is completely open, and guests can now watch bakers create their confections while seated at the bar area enjoying treats and Park Avenue coffee. The space now seats around 20 people.

“The inside is hardly recognizable,” Siebert said.

There will also be a few changes to the menu and store hours. “We’re not taking anything away, but we’ll be adding things,” Siebert said.

Look for croissants, muffins and chocolate in addition to its renowned cupcakes, as The Sweet Divine will now be open at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday.

The store also plans to stay open later to catch the after dinner crowd in Soulard, closing at 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday.

“We think people are going to enjoy hanging out here,” Siebert said.

Photo courtesy of The Sweet Divine

Caitlin Lally is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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Red Oak Eats ‘n Treats is now open on Washington Ave.

Friday, July 28th, 2017

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A new restaurant downtown has sprung up and is starting to grow on people. Red Oak Eats ‘n Treats, located at 1330 Washington Ave., opened on Wednesday, July 19. The fast-casual eatery features hydroponic plants on its menu.

Billing itself as the first “room-to-table” eatery in Missouri, Red Oak grows produce in house and hydroponically in water and without soil. The food that is not grown in-house is sourced from owner Derek Schuzle’s farm in Warrenton, in addition to local distributors.

“We see a lot of farm-to-table restaurants, and we’re trying to challenge that,” said first-time restaurateur Schulze.

Growing up on a farm, Schulze said he’s seen the way uncontrollable factors have affected food security, and believes growing indoors eliminates those factors. Without using pesticides or herbicides and using significantly less water, he grows lettuce and basil in the restaurant that appears in nearly every dish.

“We think St. Louis is a great place to showcase hydroponics, being at the fore front of agriculture for hundreds of years,” he said.

Featuring fresh greens and family recipes, Red Oak serves breakfast, lunch and made-from-scratch bakery items daily, with a late night menu available on the weekends. The menu includes a Midwestern Corn Belt Salad with corn and black bean salsa, avocado cream, pickled red onion and a Southwestern ranch dressing, a breakfast biscuit sandwich, and the Home-Style Sandwich featuring a meatloaf recipe passed down through generations.

The 800-square-foot establishment that formerly housed A2 Cafe now displays antiques from Schulze’s great-grandparents’ barn and flourishing hydroponic gardens. Schulze said he wanted the atmosphere to showcase farming from 1880s and the future of farming, all in one space.

Red Oak seats 49 currently, although Schulze said once he receives a sidewalk permit, 20 more seats will be available outside, and is currently open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Red Oak Eats ‘n Treats

Caitlin Lally is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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