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The Scoop: A cave of wonders opens in New Town

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Last week, Nichole and Angel DiGiuseppi opened The Organic Cave Paleo Bakery in New Town, St. Charles, at 3323-1 Domain St. For people who have food allergies, this new opening might call for some rejoicing. All of the bakery’s offerings are gluten-free, dairy-free, casein free, grain free and soy free.

The DiGiuseppi’s endeavor began in April of last year when the two were working on creating products that were both gluten-free and good tasting. After they succeeded in melding these two criteria, which aren’t always the easiest to reconcile, they started selling their goods at the Lake Saint Louis Farmers & Artists Market.

Over the course of the next year and a half, they met more and more people who were excited about their edibles, and as their customer base swelled, they found that they had a need for a brick-and-mortar location from which they could produce larger quantities of food.

The products currently available range from muffins to cookies to garlic cheddar biscuits. Also popular are the house-made energy bars, which were designed with the paleo diet in mind. The paleo diet is about getting back to eating the way our Paleolithic ancestors ate by placing an emphasis on lean meats and veggies while avoiding carbs and processed foods.

The bakery’s hours vary, so calling ahead at 636.541.7321 is suggested. Goods can also be purchased online at theorganiccave.com or by phone. Orders will be delivered for an additional charge.

About Town: The intersection of food and urban living

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

The majority of the world’s population lives in urban areas, which invariably raises concern regarding the usage of resources and the resulting environmental effects. Recognizing these issues, Washington University’s Office of Sustainability is hosting its first annual conference: Sustainable Cities. The conference, which started on Thursday and extends through Saturday, November 3, will end with a talk, reception and book signing by Anna Lappé, author, educator, sustainable food advocate and a founding principal of the Small Planet Institute. She also just so happens to be the daughter of Frances Moore Lappé who authored Diet for a Small Planet, which many consider the bible for sustainable eaters. She will be speaking on how sustainable farming plays a large part in helping to solve the global warming crisis. Her lecture will take place at 2:30 p.m. in room 300 of the Laboratory Sciences building on Washington University’s Danforth Campus. Other notable speakers include LEED-accredited architect Joyce S. Lee, St. Louis City Director of Sustainability Catherine Werner and Pulitzer-winning journalist Paul Salopek. To register for the event or to learn more, click here.

Tikka Tikka Taco: Only 10 days left to donate!

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Either through an email from a friend hoping to buy an underwater robot or a Facebook post by that ex-coworker wanting to film a documentary about pirates, you’ve probably heard of Kickstarter by now. Since 2009, according to Kickstarter’s website, “over $350 million has been pledged by more than 2.5 million people, funding more than 30,000 creative projects.” As a backer making a pledge, besides those warm, fuzzy feelings of altruism, the best part about donating is that the risk is minimized. If the Kickstarter doesn’t make its goal during the allotted time (up to 60 days), you don’t pay. Additionally, under Kickstarter’s terms of use, creators are required to make good on all rewards promised or refund any backers whose rewards they can’t fulfill.

While it’s inspiring to read stories about aspiring entrepreneurs from around the country, lately, we’ve been most excited about Kickstarters in the St. Louis area, particularly those in our favorite form: the edible. Marcoot Jersey Creamery, a local cheese maker, recently needed a commercial cheese press in order to expand its repertoire. Thanks to Kickstarter, Marcoot met its goal last month, and now we can look forward to traditional cheddars and colby cheese. Also noteworthy is the board game Viticulture. Based on creating and expanding a vineyard in Tuscany, Viticulture combines strategy with a love of wine. From Stonemaier Games, a local company, Viticulture blew through its fundraising goal of $25,000 to rake in more than $65,000. Last year, John Perkins of Entre: underground and Events by Entre also successfully used a Kickstarter-esque approach in order to fund a new hood for an event space kitchen.

One of the latest local Kickstarters making us salivate is Tikka Tikka Taco. Brothers Michael and Shaun Swaleh are looking to bring modernized Indian street food (pictured) to the people of St. Louis. But first they need a food truck. Depending on whether they buy a new or used truck, the amount of money and time they will need before hitting the streets will vary. However, with The Sausage Syndicate’s ready-to-roll truck newly on the market, if the Swaleh’s reach their goal of $60,000 within the next 10 days, their future food truck purchase might just happen faster than they ever imagined. But time is running out. Check out Tikka Tikka Taco’s Kickstarter and catch the KTVI-Fox2 news segment for more information.

With these increasing opportunities for locals to garner attention and support for their creative edible ideas, we have even more assurance that the future of the St. Louis food scene will continue to be bright.

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