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Edible Weekend: 2 more ways to devour the weekend

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

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Whether you love biscuits, fish fries or oysters, there are plenty of ways to fill up this weekend. Here are two more events for those who’re still peckish:

 

 1. An Evening of Sampling
Get to know the people behind the products at An Evening of Sampling at Farm to You Market. More than 20 vendors from Komblu Kombucha to VB Chocolates offer free samples and items for purchase.

Thu., March 9 – 4 to 7 p.m., Farm To You Market, 5025 Old Highway 100, Washington, 844.682.2266, farmtoyoumarket.com

2. Lionstone Brewing Beer School
Class is session at the Lionstone Brewing Beer School this Friday at Randall’s Wine & Spirits in Fairview Heights. Learn beer basics and sample from this northwest Illinois brewery.

Free. Fri., Mar.10 – 7 p.m., Randall’s Wine & Spirits, 10800 Lincoln Trail, Fairview Heights, 618.394.9800, randalls.com 

 

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The Scoop: Rock & Brews now open in Chesterfield

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

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Rock & Brews, the restaurant franchise founded by KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, opened an 8,000-square-foot restaurant at 17258 Chesterfield Airport Road in Chesterfield a few weeks ago.

Franchise owner Kirk Williams said he is excited to bring the first area Rock & Brews to St. Louis. “People will love our food, and they will be able to tell immediately that we make our food from scratch,” he said. Chef John Sydow, who previously worked at Sugarfire Smoke House, serves classic American fare like burgers and pizza. Many dishes are named after classic rock bands or songs like Ring of Fire wings and Hotel California Cobb Salad.

Area beer lovers will find two bars: one with 52 craft beers on tap, and another Missouri-focused bar with 16 taps featuring breweries like Schlafly and 4 Hands Brewing Co. Wine, cocktails and sangria are also available.

Rock & Brews is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

 

The Scoop: Details emerge as Polite Society plans on late 2016 opening

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

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After nearly seven months of construction, co-owners Brian Schmitz and Jonathan Schoen are finishing up work on Polite Society at 1923 Park Ave. The duo hope to open in late November or early December.

“Polite Society grew out of a conversation about the type of restaurant that should exist but hadn’t,” Schmitz said, adding that the name itself comes from a dedication to their customers and, as employers, to go the extra mile for their staff. This includes things like giving employees a stake in the company or access to employment benefits.

A focus on their staff’s well-being is not surprising; both Schmitz and Schoen got their starts in the restaurant industry as servers at Bar Italia. Individually, they’ve consulted on several area projects, including Lucha, Egg and Spare No Rib.

As reported by the Post-Dispatch in March, the concept of Polite Society had been in the works for years, but it wasn’t until Ricardo’s closed in late 2015 that things started to click. The 3,000-square-foot space will feature a 12-seat bar and cozy interior with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, an extensive wine rack and seating for 60 to 70. “When Ricardo’s auction came up, I saw the space in a new light when it was more emptied out,” Schmitz said.

Executive chef Thomas Futrell, who spent two-and-a-half years as Scape’s executive sous chef, will bring a seasonally focused menu to the table. Schmitz described the cuisine as “vegetable forward and seasonally driven with a fair amount of change” that may include dishes like a pork Wellington or a rotating root vegetable salad.

Beverage director Travis Hebrank, another Scape alum, will helm the bar with an equal focus on classic and house cocktails, a curated wine selection and around 30 bottled beers.

Schmitz said Polite Society will be open daily for dinner service with weekday lunch and weekend brunch.

Extra Sauce: 6 debate watch parties this Sunday

Friday, October 7th, 2016

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Whether you’re red, blue or somewhere between, we can all agree the next presidential debate this Sunday, Oct. 9, will be more bearable with a drink. Most St. Louisans won’t be lucky enough to grab a seat at Washington University, but we can post up at these fine establishments with a cold cocktail or beer, watch the debate and engage in some lively – and hopefully civil – discourse.

 

1. Schlafly Bottleworks
Grab a Pint of POTUS, Schlafly’s limited-release American lager inspired by the election, and sip it from a Republican red Trump pint glass, a Democratic blue Clinton option or a neutral black glass. Enjoy a menu of burgers, hot dogs and apple pie available for free with beer purchase, then head to the bar or the Crown Room for the main event.
6 p.m., 7260 Southwest Ave., Maplewood, 314.241.2337, Facebook: Pints for POTUS 

2. The Royale
This South City public house has long been known as the place to go for spirited political discussion over spirits. Watch inside or head to the back patio, where the debate will be projected on an outdoor screen.
7 p.m., 3132 S Kingshighway Blvd., St. Louis, 314.772.3600, theroyale.com 

3. Hopskeller Brewing Co.
Express your political opinion at Waterloo’s newest restaurant and brewery with specialty cocktails. Order a red The Donald or a blue I’m With Her – or request a mix for uncommitted, none-of-your-business purple sipper and settle in for the debate.
7 p.m., 116 E. Third St., Waterloo, 618.939.2337, Facebook: Hopskeller

4. St. Louis Public Radio and The Nine Network
Head to the Public Media Commons at Grand Center to watch these larger than life candidates debate on a two-story outdoor screen. While you wait for the debate to start, grab a slice from the Pi on the Spot and a beer or glass of wine from the cash bar. Reserve your spot online.
7 p.m., Public Media Commons at Grand Center, 3653 Olive St., St. Louis, stlpublicradio.org 

5. Narwhal’s Crafted Urban Ice
One of Midtown’s newest bars livens up debate night with frozen cocktail slushies and debate games. Write down your predictions before the debate starts, and the person with the most correct answers wins a prize.
7 p.m., 3906 Laclede Ave., St. Louis, 314.696.8388, narwhalscrafted.com 

 6. Layla
Debate fun and games abound at Layla, too. Grab a bingo sheet and pay close attention through the debate to win prizes throughout the night. Food and drink deals include $5 smoked wings and $3 and $4 craft beer specials.
6 p.m., 4317 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, 314.553.9252, laylastl.com

Meatless Monday: Root Vegetable Chocolate Chili

Monday, September 26th, 2016

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Prepare yourself for chili season with a hint of chocolate. Root Vegetable Chocolate Chili starts with a fragrant saute of onion and bell pepper, then add garlic and smoky cumin, chili powder and red pepper flakes for bursts of flavor. This vegetarian dish gets is meaty heft from not from traditional kidney beans, but lentils and root veg like sweet potatoes and carrots. Add a can of tomatoes and let simmer, and just before serving, add your secret weapon: semisweet chocolate. Click here for the recipe here.

The Scoop: Snow Factory brings rolled Thai ice cream to The Delmar Loop

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

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Drop the scoop and pick up a scraper. Thai ice cream is rolling into The Loop. Owner Van Liu opened Snow Factory today, Sept. 22, at 6602 Delmar Blvd., as reported by the Riverfront Times. The shop specializes in made-to-order rolled ice cream and Hong Kong egg waffle cones.

A senior in college, Liu said his heritage and trips to Asia inspired him to bring this concept “to the U.S. for all people to try.” His location in The Loop (the former home of Cheeseology) was ideal thanks to its close proximity to area universities and The Loop’s international community. “It would be great for Asians and Americans,” he said.

Unlike traditional scooped American ice cream, Liu explained that Thai rolled ice cream is made to order on a cold plate. The ice cream base and flavorings are poured onto the pan and stirred with spatulas as it freezes. It is then spread into a thin layer and scraped up, forming delicate rolls.

Snow Factory offers more than a dozen flavors with Asian options like Ujikintoki (matcha ice cream with red bean paste) and Southern Asian Taro, as well as traditional American options like Oreo Wonderland and peanut butter and pretzel. Liu and his team serve the rolled ice cream in cups or in Hong Kong egg waffle cones, which features large “pockets” that create crevices for toppings and melting ice cream.

Snow Factory is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Meatless Monday: Quinoa Vegetable Lasagna

Monday, September 19th, 2016

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Put excess produce to good use in a meat-free Quinoa Vegetable Lasagna. Beat eggs and mix with cooked quinoa to create the base of this dish, then cover with sauted onion and earthy mushrooms, followed by sliced raw zucchini, tomato sauce and fresh greens. Cover the whole thing ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan, then bake until the cheese is melted and slightly browned before enjoying. Click here for the recipe.

 

Meatless Monday: Tofu Tacos

Monday, September 12th, 2016

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Don’t wait for Taco Tuesday. Spice up Tofu Tacos with Spanish paprika, chipotle and cumin and saute with crunchy pumpkin seeds. Bring the best picks of the farmers market together in a pico de gallo with ripe tomatoes, colorful bell peppers and crisp onions, then blend cilantro, lime juice and more pumpkin seeds for a refreshing salsa verde. Pile it all atop grilled tortillas and start the week right. Click here for the recipe.

 

-photo by Carmen Troesser

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