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The Scoop: Rollin Around pops up at St. Louis events with egg roll stand

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015




Often served as a side at carryout Chinese restaurants, egg rolls take center stage at Rollin Around, a new food stand that specializes in egg rolls with fillings like Philly cheesesteak, Buffalo chicken and pizza.

Co-owners Robert and Megan Hickman said their idea for the unconventional fillings came when they wanted to try a new, yet kid-friendly meal at home. “We wanted to do something different for dinner, but we have kids, so we still wanted it to not be messy,” said Robert Hickman. “We wanted to make sure that our kids could walk around the house or watch a movie while eating these.”

The kitchen experiment started at their dinner table, but quickly moved to Hickman’s workplace, then family parties and launched as a business this April. Hickman, who attended Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in St. Louis, has previously worked at The Stadium at Lumiere Casino (now Ozzie’s Sports Bar & Grill), Frank & Helen’s in University City and Two Shamrocks in O’Fallon, Missouri.

Currently, the Hickmans have 20 different egg rolls on their menu with fillings ranging from meatballs to teriyaki to chicken cordon bleu. Currently Rollin Around fries egg rolls to order at St. Louis-area events, and customers can also order frozen egg rolls delivered to their homes. The Hickmans are currently fundraising to purchase a food truck. “We’re catered to the family environment, and we want to be the most family-friendly food truck you can find,” he said.



The Scoop: Just Chicken to roll out food truck in June

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015



Just Chicken is spreading its wings in June with the addition of a bright yellow food truck.

The restaurant, located at 5942 Delmar Blvd., in St. Louis, offers up a menu of all things chicken: wings, sandwiches, burgers and more. However, owner Antwann Binion said the truck’s menu will focus on solely on wings, all fried to order on board and tossed in one of six sauces like teriyaki or the sweet-spicy house sauce. Additionally, there will be house-cut french fries and sweet potato fries.

Binion said adding a food truck has been on his mind since he first opened Just Chicken in May 2014. “I first thought of the idea when I was visiting my son in L.A.,” he said. “I saw so many food trucks lined up. I thought it would be feasible to make Just Chicken mobile and expand the business in that way.”

He believes the brick-and-mortar location will benefit from the increased publicity that the truck will provide. “I want to reach more people, especially those that don’t visit the store,” he said.

Binion said the truck will operate in both St. Louis City and County, with frequent stops at corporate campuses like Numotion, Wells Fargo, The People’s Clinic and Ameren. He also hopes to establish stops near Forest Park, Washington University and Charter.



The Scoop: Mobile grocery MetroMarket to bring fresh produce to North City neighborhoods

Monday, March 30th, 2015




Part farmers market, part food truck, The St. Louis MetroMarket is set to roll into North St. Louis communities in July. As reported by St. Louis Public Radio, the nonprofit aims to bring affordable, fresh produce, meat, dairy and more to St. Louis-area food deserts where nutritious food is not readily available.

Colin Dowling, Tej Azad and Jeremy Goss are spearheading the project with a $75,000 grant from Incarnate Word Foundation, and they’re beginning with the JeffVanderLou neighborhood. Goss said the community’s most recent grocery store closed in May 2014, and currently it subsists on three corner convenience stores.

Goss, Dowling and Azad partnered with Metro Transit – St. Louis, which donated a city bus to be retrofitted into a mobile food market. Seats and rails will be replaced with shelves and refrigerators, and beginning this summer, MetroMarket will open the door for business outside a community center and churches. The fresh produce, priced affordably, will also be eligible for SNAP and EBT benefits.

MetroMarket will source microgreens and fish from HOSCO Food, and it will source produce and more from St. Louis University’s department of nutrition and dietetics, which has granted MetroMarket access to same network of 65 local farms and 200 community gardens that source SLU’s some of its own dining options.

Goss also hopes to maintain access to fresh food during the week by working with those same corner convenience stores. “We’re approaching the corner stores that exist in these communities and building supplier relationships,” he said. (We want to) stock fruits and vegetables, match prices, make sure there are fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the week, and have impact beyond the time that The St. Louis MetroMarket can (physically) be in the community.”

Education and advocacy is also a key component of MetroMarket. SLU will host nutritional education sessions and cooking demos on market days. “Interns will provide demonstrations at the site when the bus is, so when we have the different produce, (the customers) will recognize it, taste it, know how to cook it, just get more familiar with it,” said Millie Mattfeldt-Beman, chair of the SLU department of nutrition and dietetics.

To offset operation costs, MetroMarket won’t sit idle during the week. Goss and his team will take the bus to corporate campuses, which can purchase memberships for their employees to buy the same market produce to help subsidize weekend sales.



Extra Sauce: 5 swoon-worthy desserts for Valentine’s Day

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

For some, Valentine’s Day is a day to spend with your sweetheart. For others, it’s a day to spend sprawled on the ground in the fetal position, nursing a half-empty bottle of cheap wine and force-cuddling Tibbles, your neighbor’s cat. Either way, desserts for Feb. 14 are a must. Here, 5 delicious treats and your significant other, human or otherwise, will love:




1. According to Beyoncé, there’s nothing quite like being drunk in love – or drunk off 30 of these Pomegranate Mojito Cupcakes.




2. Inspired by those petite fancy French desserts from the bakery down the street, this giant pistachio and berry Macaron Cake proves size really does matter.




3. This 12-serving Chocolate Crepe stuffed with fruit and boozy whipped cream is the perfect indulgence for a crowd – or just you and Tibbles. No judgment.




4. What’s better than a warm chocolate chip cookie? One that you pull out of the oven Half Baked and eat straight from the pan.




5. Skip the fire hazard and bake a S’mores Pie in the comfort and warmth of your own kitchen instead.

-cupcake and crepe photos by Jonathan S. Pollack; cookie photo by Carmen Troesser


The Scoop: Friendship Brewing to open in Wentzville this summer

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015



Yet another new brewery is on its way to the St. Louis metro area. Friendship Brewing Company is set to open doors in Wentzville in late summer. Owners Brian Nolan and Dan Belcher will take the century-old space at 100 Pitman Ave., which formerly housed an ice factory-turned creamery.

“Dan and I have been homebrewing for 28 years, since we were college roommates,” Nolan said. “When we were at college, the beer was bad. We didn’t like drinking the corporate lager selection, so we decided to make our own.”

Nolan and Belcher intend to maintain the space’s historic vibe with pre-Prohibition era décor. One-third of the 3,200-square-foot space will be used for the seven-barrel brewery, and the remainder will serve as a 72-seat tasting room. An additional 75 seats will be available outside on the patio.

Friendship’s bar will feature 25 taps, 10 of which will be house brews. Nolan said they hope to keep a constant selection of four to five brews and rotate the remaining house taps with seasonal and small batches. The remaining 15 will be guest taps with a mix of local and regional craft beer.

While the bar itself will not prepare food, Nolan said he plans to work with catering services and food trucks to include culinary options. He hopes to add a kitchen at a later date. “We’re just longtime craft brew enthusiasts taking it to the next level,” he said.



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