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Pan-Asia Supermarket opens in Manchester

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

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Manchester has a new specialty store: Pan-Asia Supermarket at 14246 Manchester Road.

The 30,000-square-foot grocery hosted its grand opening Saturday, July 22, and offers a wide variety of Asian products, including fresh seafood, dry goods, fruit and veggies, international liquors and spices.

This is the third location for the supermarket chain; it also has stores in Nebraska and Kansas. Store manager Ethan Lin said while Manchester had a few smaller Indian markets, it lacked a grocery with ingredients essential to other Asian cuisines.

“We are more focused on Asian [ingredients], and compared to other stores, we have a larger selection: more vegetables, more fruit, more meat and better pricing,” Lin said.

Pan-Asian offers national foods from China, Vietnam, Japan, South Korea, Thailand and more. Kim said the store hosts a wide range of fresh produce from bok choy to dragon fruit and Korean brown pears, as well as a bakery. The deli selection features grab-and-go items like marinated beef and pork and roast duck.

“The [specialty] Kit-Kats and Pocky are popular with our American customers,” Lin said. “Right now [Americans] are probably 10 to 15 percent of our customers, and we hope that number will go up to 20 to 25 percent in the future.”

Pan-Asia Supermarket is open Sunday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Pan-Asia Supermarket

Rachel Wilson is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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Stage Left Diner closes in Grand Center

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

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Stage Left Diner quietly closed its doors on Monday, July 31.

The diner, located at 541 N. Grand Blvd., debuted in September 2016, when owner Steve Smith and restaurant consultant Brad Beracha took over the space next-door to the Fabulous Fox Theatre from the former City Diner.

Beracha said the announcement was more abrupt than he liked, but necessary.

“The area is very event-driven and the off-season is very off, and we made a decision based on the sales and the short term to focus on other projects,” he said. “I’ve got my hands full with BaiKu and the City Foundry project opening in 2019. We have a lot of effort put into these projects, and a lot of exciting news is coming out within the next month or so.”

Beracha said there are currently no plans for the space, which is owned by Fox Associates.

In a press release, Smith, who also owns BaiKu Sushi Lounge and Triumph Grill, thanked the diner’s patrons for their support. “The challenges to grow the Stage Left Diner brand were too difficult to overcome, and the decision to close was made so that our focus could shift to our other restaurants,” he said.

Photo by Michelle Volanksy 

Rachel Wilson is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine.

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Driftwood Eatery owner to open Pig & Pickle in St. Louis

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

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{ Pig & Pickle chef-owner Ryan Lewis } 

 

Chef-owner Ryan Lewis is moving his popular Springfield, Illinois, restaurant Driftwood Eatery & Cocktail to St. Louis.

The restaurant – to be renamed and rebranded Pig & Pickle Eatery – is set to open this fall at 5511 Pershing Ave., and includes the space that formerly housed Atlas Restaurant. Driftwood closed its doors this Saturday, July 22.

Lewis said Pig & Pickle would have the same concept as Driftwood, yet with a bit more refinement. “The idea is locally focused small plates with a southern feel,” he said.

Most of Lewis’ management team will join him in the move to St. Louis, and the restaurant will keep several of its original suppliers like Garden Gate Farm in Fairbury, Illinois, which supplies his grits.

Lewis, who is originally from Bethalto, Illinois, said it was time to move on from Springfield, and he hoped St. Louis, with its vibrant culinary scene, would welcome his creativity.

“The food scene in St. Louis is blowing up,” Lewis said. “I’ve been (in Springfield) for eight years, and I’ve done all I can. It’s time to make the move to a new area and use what I’ve learned.”

Pig & Pickle will serve a variety of small plate options including braised pork cheek, roasted bone marrow and blackened shrimp. A few popular dishes from the old restaurant will remain, including the pretzel-crusted cheese curds and the fried chicken and biscuit.

Lewis said the new restaurant would retain the cocktail focus of Driftwood, but the hefty 70-cocktail list would be pared down significantly.

The restaurant will offer dinner Tuesday through Saturday and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, with possible plans to serve lunch in the future.

Photo by Kari Bedford for Pig & Pickle 

Rachel Wilson is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine.

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The Scoop: Buzz’s Hawaiian Grill food truck brings island fare to St. Louis

Friday, July 7th, 2017

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{ Buzz’s Hawaiian Grill owner Thomas Moore (second from left) launched his food truck in June. } 

 

Thomas “Buzz” Moore hopes to offer a Hawaiian escape in St. Louis with his new food truck, Buzz’s Hawaiian Grill. The food truck – painted with Hawaii’s clear blue skies, choice waves and sandy shores – opened in June and serves classic Hawaiian dishes.

Moore, a native St. Louisan, lived in Hawaii for five years, as well as California and Okinawa, Japan. When he moved back to his hometown several years ago, he was disappointed in the city’s lack of Hawaiian food. After decades of traveling back to the island state to visit family and cooking Hawaiian fare for family and friends, he decided to launch his first culinary venture showcasing the cuisine and its blend of international influences from China and Japan to the Philippines  and Hawaii’s native islanders. “It’s not just pineapple,” Moore said. “It’s food from everywhere.”

Moore said he hopes to bring a spirit of aloha to the Midwest, which he describes as a way of life that’s about “chilling and being friendly and open to one another.”

The truck rotates between St. Louis City and County and features Hawaiian plate lunches, a popular meal that features two scoops of rice, Hawaiian macaroni salad and a protein like chicken yakitori, kalbi ribs or kalua pork.

Other dishes include fish tacos, musubi (Spam and rice and a sweet egg pancake wrapped in nori) and poke, a raw fish salad that has gained popularity on the mainland in recent years. Look for sides like lomi lomi (a tomato and salmon salad) and lumpia.

Find Buzz’s Hawaiian Grill by following the truck on Facebook and Twitter.

Photo courtesy of Buzz’s Hawaiiian Grill 

Rachel Wilson is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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Edible Weekend: 4 more events to indulge in this weekend

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

Whether you love extreme picnicking or Route 66, there are plenty of ways to fill up this weekend. Here are four more events for those who’re still peckish:

 

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{ Vicia chef-co-owner Michael Gallina at the grill } 

 

1. Summer of Making Kickoff BBQ
This neighborly block party combines tech demos and tours of the TechShop with a grill-focused menu from Vicia. Purchase vegetable-centric items like a grilled veggie grain salad or chilled gazpacho, then play a few lawn games and sip on punch, beer or wine on Vicia’s patio. RSVPs appreciated.
Free admission. Sat., June 10 – noon to 5 p.m., Vicia and TechShop, 4260 Forest Park Ave., (Boyle and Duncan avenues), St. Louis, 314.797.5646, Facebook: Summer of Making Kickoff BBQ

 

2. Mutts & Mimosas
Enjoy brunch with your furry friend at The Weingarten this Sunday. Nosh on a special limited menu, indulge in the bloody mary bar and bottomless mimosas and support the Belleville Area Humane Society. All pets must be leashed, have current vaccinations and hang out on the patio.
Free admission. Sun., June 11 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., The Weingarten, 1780 E. State Route 15, Belleville, 618.257.9463, theweingarten.com

 

3. Planter’s House Ideal Cocktail Party
Planter’s House is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Tom Bullock’s “The Ideal Bartender,” so stop for the chance to sample 18 new cocktails from nine St. Louis bars, plus food and live music. Join author and celebrity bartender Gaz Regan for this boozy night out. Tickets available online. 
$65. Sat., June 10 – 6 to 10 p.m., Planter’s House, 1000 Mississippi Ave., St. Louis, 314.696.2603, plantershousestl.com

 

4. Women of Civil Rights Happy Hour
Extend the weekend at the Missouri History Museum and learn more about women who advanced the civil rights movement in St. Louis during a guided tour of the exhibit “No. 1 in Civil Rights” while enjoying heavy hors d’oeuvres, a complimentary glass of Champagne and a cash bar. Call for reservations.
$25. Tue., June 13 – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, 314.361.7313, bixbys-mohistory.com 

Don’t miss out. Sign up for the Edible Weekend newsletter to get the best food events of the weekend delivered to your inbox every Wednesday. 

Photo by Jonathan Gayman

Rachel Wilson is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

 

Edible Weekend: 3 more events to devour this weekend

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Whether you love pizza for a cause, a taste of Maplewood or nip of gin, there are plenty of ways to fill up this weekend. Here are three more events for those who’re still peckish:

 

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1. IndiHop
Try 50 local beers from breweries like Rockwell Beer Co. and Schlafly at IndiHop’s annual tasting between two iconic neighborhoods. Shuttles transport between The Grove and Cherokee Street neighborhoods. Tickets available online.
$30. Sat., May 20 – 1 to 7 p.m., IndiHop, The Grove and Cherokee Street, 314.262.4082, indihopstl.com

2. Vista Ramen’s Anniversary Party
Celebrate Vista Ramen’s first anniversary with a special a la carte menu including cheeseburgers, mushroom sloppy Joes and Thai sausages. Drinks include beer, boozy punch and nonalcoholic beverages. Food is first come, first served.
Free admission. Sun., May 21 – 4 to 8 p.m., Vista Ramen, 2609 Cherokee St., St. Louis, 314.797.8250, vistaramen.com

3. Spring Explosion Pop-up
Bulrush STL chef-owner Rob Connoley prepares a seven-course foraged dinner featuring ingredients gathered from the woods and creeks surrounding St. Louis. All dishes are gluten free and vegetarian options are available upon request. Wine pairings are available for an addition charge. Tickets available online.
$75. Sun., May 21 – 6:30 to 9 p.m., Guerrilla Street Food, 3559 Arsenal St., St. Louis, 575.956.3319, bulrushstl.com

 

Don’t miss out. Sign up for the Edible Weekend newsletter to get the best food events of the weekend delivered to your inbox every Wednesday.

IndiHop photo courtesy of RJ Hartbeck

Rachel Wilson is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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