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Edible Weekend: 2 more events to extend the weekend

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016


There are plenty of ways to fill up this weekend: Need more? Extend your weekend with two Monday night dinners.


1. Tiki Dinner
Spice up your Monday with a Tiki Dinner at Mission Taco Joint in the Central West End. This six-course meal includes tropical cocktail pairings like tuna poke and volcano shrimp with Planter’s Punch and char sui short ribs with a Scorpion Bowl. Tickets available at the CWE location.
$60. Aug. 29 – 5 to 11 p.m., Mission Taco Joint, 398 N. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, 314.930.2955, Facebook: Night of Tiki 


2. Rosé and Tomato Dinner
Get your fill of amazing summer tomatoes while you still can at the Rosé and Tomato Dinner at Randolfi’s. Enjoy six-courses including a charred tomato risotto with a 2015 Yves Cuilleron Sybel Syrah Rosé, a cioppino-style dish with 2015 Bisson Portofino Ciliegiolo Rosé and a sungold tomato sorbet for dessert. Call for reservations.
$85. Mon., Aug. 29 – 5 to 9 p.m., Randolfi’s, 6665 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314.899.9221, Facebook: Rosé & Tomato Dinner 


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The Scoop: The Civil Life Brewing Co. to offer first canned beers

Thursday, August 11th, 2016



After five years of pouring pints in South City, The Civil Life Brewing Co. will finally can its American brown ale. Co-owner Jake Hafner said fans can pick up six-packs of 12-ounce cans at the brewery beginning Aug. 16. This marks the first time the brewery has offered a canned option; previously, if customers wanted Civil to-go, they had to fill growlers onsite.

“The brown is our most popular beer. It makes up 60 percent of our sales,” said Hafner. “We waited a while to start canning because we didn’t really have the space for it.”

Civil Life has made the space, temporarily, bringing in mobile services to can the beer and pack up when the job is done. Hafner said he has no plans to distribute at this time; cans are available at the brewery only. He plans to can once a month, possibly more if demand is high. The English pale ale, rye pale ale and The Angel and The Sword are all on deck to see aluminum in the fall.

For now, the ever-popular American Brown will do. “We’ve had a lot of requests from customers to can the brown,” Hafner said. “We’re excited that customers will be able to drink it fresh from the tap at the brewery, or fresh from the can at home.”

The Scoop: St. James Winery takes the Missouri Governor’s Cup again

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016



Raise a glass to St. James Winery – bringing home the Missouri Governor’s Cup for the second year in a row. The winery was awarded the 2016 prize for its semi-dry white vignoles. St. James’ vignoles took the prize out of more than 308 wines submitted from other state vineyards.

“We didn’t feel much pressure to win this year after winning last year,” said Peter Hofherr, St. James Winery chairman and CEO. “We’ve had a three-year run that have been pretty good. We’ve won five international wine contests in the last two years.”

The competition took place in Columbia, Missouri on July 19 and 20. The Missouri Wine Competition is judged by the top wine and beverage experts from around the nation. Only Missouri wines are judged in this competition – those that received best-in-class honors were considered for Governor’s Cup.

“For our family and for the winery, this win means a lot,” said Hofherr. “We’re trying to push Missouri grapes and wines in a direction of high quality.”

The award for the best Norton varietals, the C.V. Riley Award, went to Noboleis Vineyards in Augusta for their 2014 Norton. Other wineries that took home best-in-class awards include:

• Edg-Clif Farms & Vineyard for rosé
• Stone Hill Winery for dry white and dessert/fortified wine
• Montelle Winery for grappa
• Noboleis Vineyards for a dry red
• Pirtle Winery for sparkling

A complete list of all medalists can be found here.


The Scoop: Twisted Tree to open in Sunset Hills

Thursday, June 30th, 2016



There will once again be a dining option at the corner of Lindbergh Boulevard and Watson Road when Twisted Tree Steakhouse opens July 14 in Sunset Hills. As reported by Feast, Twisted Tree will be located at 10701 Watson Road, the space was most recently home to Mile 277 Tap and Grill.

The Syberg family, which also owns the eponymous restaurant group, owns Twisted Tree and brought on Mike Abbadessa of the former Pear Tree Restaurant to help with menu development and opening. “We’ve all been in the business for a long time,” said Syberg’s marketing director Tracy Stamper. “The Pear Tree had a great menu, and we have seven restaurants. We’re excited.”

Stamper said Twisted Tree will aim to create a rustic, comfortable steakhouse featuring traditional cuts like prime rib, filet mignon and rib-eye. A signature item from Pear Tree, the battered, fried lobster tail, will be on the Twisted Tree menu, as well.

The 9,100-square-foot restaurant holds 200 seats inside with an additional 50 seats on a patio. When it opens, Twisted Tree will initially serve dinner from 4:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with plans to add lunch service in August.


The Scoop: Nourish by Hollyberry to launch meal delivery service

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016



Nourish Market is launching a meal subscription service this fall. The Kirkwood cafe, owned by Hollyberry Catering, will offer weekly pickup and delivery options.

“I wanted to create a program that was flexible and catered to different lifestyles,” said owner Holly Cunningham. “We’ll also provide vegetarian and gluten-free options.” Cunningham said there will be three subscription options ranging from $50 to $75 a week: Health Conscious, Family-Friendly and Entertaining Foodie.

Eight local chefs collaborate on the weekly menu. Expect to find dishes like pulled pork enchiladas with green chile salsa, butternut squash mac and cheese bites and edamame succotash. Each plan comes with an appetizer, main dish, side and dessert, which are frozen to be prepared at home.

When the service is up and running, customers can place their orders online or via a downloadable mobile app. They can then schedule delivery or pick up their order at 10037 Manchester Road.

The Scoop: Cork & Barrel Chop House to open in St. Peters

Thursday, June 9th, 2016



Take craft beer and a casual setting, put it in a chop house, and you have Cork & Barrel Chop House and Spirits. With the building at 7337 Mexico Road in St. Peters under construction, general manager Greg Tournillon hopes to open Cork & Barrel sometime this fall. Executive chef Lee Gustin is currently working on a menu that will highlight seasonal ingredients.

“Lee’s been in the industry for a while. He’s worked with the (St. Louis) Blues and at Cedar Lake Winery. I’m excited to see what his experience lends us,” Tournillon said. Tournillon is no stranger to the industry either, having worked in kitchens from New Orleans to Switzerland. He also owned Foodies Marketplace and Deli in Chesterfield.

Gustin and Tournillon will aim to provide patrons with fine dining in a comfortable setting. While the menu is in development, diners can expect to see steaks, pork and lamb. Local and seasonal ingredients will be the driving force behind the menu.

The 7,000-square-foot building will hold 180 seats inside and at least 40 on the patio. A full bar will feature 20 craft beers on tap, craft spirits and a extended wine list. While details and vendors are still being determined, Tournillon said he looks forward to bringing Cork & Barrel to St. Peters. “St. Peters is a growing community,” he said. “We’re hoping to have a niche in the area with the chophouse.”


The Scoop: St. Louis Kolache to open Ballwin location in July

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016




Ballwin will get a taste of Eastern Europe when St. Louis Kolache opens at 14786 Manchester Road in early- to mid-July. Co-owner Russ Clark said he’s excited to fill a gap in Ballwin. “There aren’t many places to get a good, quality breakfast in the area. I want to provide that,” Clark said.

The menu will feature the same 37 or so hand pies as the flagship location in Creve Coeur. Breakfast items like sausage and gravy and chorizo, egg and cheese will be staples, while savory lunch options will include Pappy’s Smokehouse brisket, pulled pork, smoked salmon or Philly cheesesteak kolaches. For a sweeter treat, customers can carryout or dine in on apricot, cherry with cream cheese and the Chocolate Elvis stuffed with Nutella, banana and bacon varieties.

The 1,700-square-foot space can seat 20 customers, and Clark is hoping to add outdoor seating in the future. St. Louis Kolache will be open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Ballwin is the second St. Louis Kolache location to open in nine months, and Clark says they hope to keep up the pace. “We hope to have five to eight locations in the area within five years or so,” he said, adding that St. Charles County would likely be the next place St. Louis Kolache sets up shop.



The Scoop: Sarah’s Cake Shop to open cafe location in Eureka

Friday, June 3rd, 2016



Eureka is getting a sweet new addition this summer as Sarah’s Cake Shop plans to move into the old Central Hall banquet center at 127 S. Central Ave., as reported by Feast. In homage to its location, owner Jill Umbarger will call the eatery Sarah’s on Central, which is slated to open mid-July.

“I’ve lived in Eureka for 12 years, and I just love the community,” said Umbarger, who also owns the Sarah’s Cake Stop food truck.

Sarah’s on Central will feature the same baked goods as the flagship location in Chesterfield. However, the eatery will also serve light breakfast and lunch. Headlining the breakfast menu will be homemade biscuits and gravy, quiche and more. On Sundays, Umbarger plans to serve rotating breakfast casseroles. At lunch, expect to find paninis, soups and salads. Umbarger also hopes to offer after-school specials like grilled cheese for students in the area.

The new location will have a more rustic feel than the original space. Umbarger hopes to fit 40 seats into the 3,000-square-foot space, while eventually adding outdoor seating. Sarah’s on Central will be open Tuesday from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.


The Scoop: B-Side to open in former Los Punk space

Thursday, March 10th, 2016



Cherokee Street is getting a new hangout with a classic burger joint aesthetic – B-Side. As reported by St. Louis Magazine, B-Side will occupy the space of the now closed Los Punk at 2709 Cherokee St. Co-owner Francis Rodriguez said they hope to open by May 7.

Rodriguez and business partners Beckie Lewis and Joe Timm are spearheading the project. The three also own Yaqui’s on Cherokee, which is down the block from the B-Side location. Yaqui’s bartender Robert Engelhardt will also manage the bar at B-Side.

“The street needs a good burger,” Rodriguez said. “(B-Side) is only 75 yards from (Yaqui’s) kitchen, so it was a good opportunity.”

Rodriguez said they will make small renovations to the space, but they want to keep the dive-y vibe. Diners and drinkers may choose from 49 seats inside or sit on the 20-seat patio as warmer weather approaches.

Rodriguez is taking on the role of head chef, writing a menu that will feature charbroiled burgers ranging from beef to lamb to veggie. Guests will be encouraged to build their burger with a variety of traditional and unusual toppings. A bag of locally made chips will be the only side option.

A full bar will be available, including local taps from 4 Hands and Modern Brewery. Bands and special events are currently being booked. “Johnny Vegas is setting up a band lineup and we’re working on doing a Stag Night on Wednesdays. It’s going to be a fun place,” said Rodriguez.




The Scoop: Source Juicery opens doors in downtown Edwardsville

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016



Fresh juice and good vibes were flowing on Tuesday, March 1 at Source Juicery in downtown Edwardsville as owners Michelle Motley, Lisa Hudson and Chrissy Stevens, formerly of the Cleveland-Heath kitchen, opened the doors of their healthy food-to-go concept at 220 N. Main St.

“We wanted to fill a gap for healthy food for healthy people on the go,” said Motley. “You get busy and find yourself turning to unhealthy choices because it’s convenient.”

Source Juicery offers cold-pressed juices made by grinding the whole fruit and pressing the resulting pulp in a hydraulic press. Motley said this exposes the juice to less oxygen, resulting in options like a Carrot Cake made with carrot and apple juices spiked with cinnamon. Smoothies are also available like the Purple Power loaded with blueberries, banana, almond butter, nut milk, vanilla Greek yogurt and vanilla whey protein.

Source Juicery also offers prepared healthy breakfasts and lunches using locally sourced ingredients from Sun Farms, Joe’s Market Basket and others. Dishes featured on the menu include a quinoa bowl with roasted veggies and Cleveland-Heath’s kale salad, which the neighboring restaurant prepares for Source Juicery. For a filling snack or breakfast, overnight oats are made using certified gluten-free oats, chia, blueberries, pecans, maple syrup, vanilla and almond milk.

Diners can carry out their packaged food home or to enjoy their meal in the 20-seat shop. Source Juice’s hours for pick-up and dining are Tuesday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.




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