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Raise a stein to 4 Oktoberfests this weekend

Friday, September 29th, 2017

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Kick off Oktoberfest season with a bang this weekend, from family-friendly affairs to all-day shenanigans.

1. Oktoberfest AB
Join the folks over at Anheuser-Busch for beer like Spaten Oktoberfest and Franziskaner, Bavarian pretzel sticks, German bands and more.
Free admission. Sat., Sept. 29 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Anheuser-Busch Brewery & Biergarten, 1200 Lynch St., St. Louis, budweisertours.com 

2. Zootoberfest
A family-friendly take on Oktoberfest, bring the family along for bratwursts, kids’ games and German tunes. Adults can also enjoy a Biergarten including local national Oktoberfests while the kids sip with root beer.
Free admission Sat., Sept. 30 and Sun., Oct. 1 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saint Louis Zoo, 1 Government Drive, St. Louis, stlzoo.org

3. Charleville Brewing Co. & Tavern Oktoberfest
Enjoy live music from The Gaslight Squares, a stein-holding competition and of course, plenty of Charleville beer.
Free admission. Sat., Sept. 30 – 2 p.m. to midnight, Charleville Brewing Co. & Tavern, 2101 Chouteau Ave., St. Louis, Facebook: Oktoberfest

4. Rock Hill Oktoberfest
Fill your glass with Oktoberfest brews from Goose Island, Sierra Nevada, Odell Brewing Co. and plenty more this Saturday – and stick around for a surprise 4 p.m. tapping.
Sat., Sept. 30 – noon to 6 p.m., Global Brew Tap House, 9578 Manchester Road, Rock Hill, Facebook: Rock Hill Oktoberfest

Rachel Wilson is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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Cupcake bakery The Cup launches a Tiny Truck

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

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Fans of The Cup can now seek out their favorite buttercream-topped treats all over town.

The Cup Tiny Truck joined the ranks of St. Louis’ food trucks in August, selling gooey butter cake bars and a variety of buttercream cupcakes. The truck travels between St. Louis city and soon, St. Louis County, and is available for corporate and private events.

The Cup owner Ericka Frank, who owns shops in the Central West End and Edwardsville and The Cakery Bakery in Dogtown, said launching a food truck has long been a part of her plan. As The Scoop reported in October 2016, The Cup closed its Chesterfield location, in part to further The Cup’s transition to a more mobile cupcake business.

“The truck we have we’ve used in the past for delivery,” said Frank. “For quite a while we’ve been wanting to use that as a food truck, and we were able to do that recently.”

The cupcake selection at The Cup Tiny Truck includes the popular confetti cupcake with French vanilla cake, vanilla buttercream frosting and confetti sprinkles. Seasonally offered cupcakes such as the Pumpkin Harvest – a pumpkin spice cake with cinnamon buttercream frosting and autumn bark from Kakao Chocolate – will also be available.

Frank said The Cup is also expanding into retail sales, selling vanilla and chocolate buttercream frosting by the pint in her shop and in local markets. “It’s really good even just dipping it in pretzels,” Frank said. “It fits perfectly in my cup holder in my car.”

Find The Cup Tiny Truck’s location on Facebook and Twitter.

Photo courtesy of The Cup

Rachel Wilson is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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St. Louis restaurants to raise additional aid for hurricane victims

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

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St. Louis-area restaurants are coming together once again to provide aid for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria victims.

The Hamilton Restaurant Group hosts the Saint Louis Restaurants Hurricane Relief Fundraiser tomorrow, Sept. 29, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Moulin Events. Proceeds from this ticketed event will be split between nonprofits AmeriCares and the Love for Love City Foundation.

Hamilton Restaurant Group co-owner Paul Hamilton said his family owns property in the Caribbean and wanted to support that community. “We have friends and family there,” he said. “Everyone from the Caribbean to Florida is in this, and there’s just so many people affected.”

Tickets are available online or at the door. Admission includes food tastings from Hamilton’s restaurants Vin De Set, PW Pizza, Eleven Eleven Mississippi and 21st Street Brewers Bar and Charleville Brewing Co. & Tavern, as well as 11 other restaurants, including Polite Society, SqWires, Cunetto’s and LoRusso’s. and there will be live and silent auctions and live music. Heidi Glaus of “Show Me St. Louis” will emcee the event.

Two of the newest additions to Baileys’ Restaurant Group will also participate: Hugo’s Pizzeria and the upcoming L’Acadiane. “Beyond [the fundraiser] being a good cause and there being people in serious need, we’ve been in the neighborhood with Paul and Wendy Hamilton for several years and we respect them,” said owner Dave Bailey. “They reached out to restaurants in the neighborhood, and the credit really goes to them.”

Lafayette Square neighbor Square One Brewery and Distillery will also provide food and drink at the fundraiser. Owner Steve Neukomm also owns property in Florida and understands Irma’s overwhelming effects on the community. “I’ve been dealing with our condo down there,” he said. “It’s really affected us all.”

Photo courtesy of Hamilton Restaurant Group

Rachel Wilson is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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Edible Weekend: 3 more tasty events to indulge in this weekend

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

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{ The BHive } 

 

Whether it’s a taste of Malaysia or a Taco-Rita, there are plenty of ways to fill up this weekend. Here are three more events for those who’re still peckish:

 

1. A Table in Provence
Enjoy five courses of fine food and French wines at Five Bistro at this Provencal wine dinner. Enjoy a tomato galette with a Domaine du Bagnol Cassis Blanc 2014 and beef short ribs with Chateau Pradeaux Bandol 2012. Call for reservations.
$80. Thu., Sept. 21 – 6:30 p.m., Five Bistro, 5100 Daggett Ave., St. Louis, 314.773.5553, fivebistro.com

2. Ferguson Farm Forum
Enjoy a free meal (donations welcome) of soup, salad and barbecue, then join from EarthDance Farm and others to discuss how to become empowered and engaged in the food system.
Free admission. Sun., Sept. 24 – 4 to 7 p.m., EarthDance, 233 S. Dade Ave., Ferguson, 314.521.1006, Facebook: Ferguson Farm Forum 

3. An Evening of Dinner and Cocktails
Grab a spot in The BHive when Vicia sous chef Alec Schingel and STLBarkeep Matt Longueville host dinner this Sunday. At least five courses will pair with tasting-sized cocktails. Tickets available online.
$70 to $100. Sun., Sept. 24 – 7 to 9 p.m., The BHive at Brennan’s, 4661 Maryland Ave., St. Louis, Facebook: STL Barkeep

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.

 

Rachel Wilson is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

 

Build-your-own poke bowl spot Poke Doke will open in the CWE

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

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Central West End will soon see its first build-your-own poke bowl restaurant, Poke Doke. As reported by St. Louis Magazine, siblings Andrew, Annie, Leon and Steve Shih will open Poke Doke at 8 S. Euclid Ave., in October.

While riffs on the Hawaiian raw fish salad have popped up on St. Louis menus for years, this will be the city’s first dedicated poke restaurant. Andrew Shih called the dish “the Chipotle of sushi bowls.”

After 10 years running Hot Wok Cafe in Chesterfield with his father, Shih said he and his siblings decided to start the restaurant after eating poke bowls nearly every time they traveled outside St. Louis. They also have family and friends who operate poke restaurants in Los Angeles.

Shih said frequent fresh fish deliveries will ensure quality at Poke Doke. “We fly [the fish] in that same day, the second it gets fished out of the water,” he said “Within 48 hours, it’s at our table. Our No. 1 job is to keep everything fresh.”

Customers will build their own bowls, starting with a base of white or brown rice, noodles or salad greens, then pick a protein such as tofu, octopus, raw tuna or salmon. Next, they’ll choose a spice level for the sauce, and finally choose from toppings like cucumbers, pineapple, fried shallots, Sriracha and eel sauce. Other dishes such as pot stickers, miso soup and crab Rangoon will be available.

Shih said Poke Doke will seat about 30 inside with additional patio seating available. He hopes to be open daily for lunch and dinner service.

Photo: iStock

Rachel Wilson is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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St. Louis restaurants rally community support for Hurricane Harvey victims

Friday, September 1st, 2017

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In wake of the recent tragedy in Texas, St. Louis restaurateurs and customers alike have banded together to send aid to the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Demun Oyster Bar’s Tom Halaska, Byrd & Barrel’s Bob Brazell, Ices Plain & Fancy’s Max Crask and state Rep. Bruce Franks Jr. organized the Babies & Fur-Babies Hurricane Supply Drive.

Halaska said dozens of St. Louis-area restaurants and bars have already volunteered to serve as supply drop-off points, including Guerrilla Street Food, Nudo House and 4 Hands Brewing Co. The drive has also partnered with Project Downtown STL, RukaNade and the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis. (A full list of drop-off locations can be found online.)

“It’s impressive that through the restaurant and bar community in St. Louis, you send a couple messages and make some calls and get this response,” Halaska said. “We’ve had a bunch of community support.”

Halaska and others will drive supplies down to Houston at the end of next week, so donors are asked to drop off all donations by Sept. 10, and to please stick to the list of suggested items for donations. Organizers are requesting supplies like diapers, cat and dog food, kitty litter, feminine hygiene products and baby bottles, with a full list of needed supplies available online.  People can also purchase products directly off an Amazon wish list and send them to Demun Oyster Bar.

“We’re trying to keep it condensed to a small amount of items,” Halaska said. “One thing we don’t want is to show up down there, and they won’t know what to do with everything. And we need everything new, nothing used.”

Additional restaurants interested in becoming drop-off locations can contact the organizers via the Facebook page. Halaska encouraged the community to give generously. “Even if we fill up three semi trucks, we still won’t have enough,” he said.

Photo courtesy of Nudo House 

Rachel Wilson is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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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