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Only 10 Days until Saucy Soirée 2013

Thursday, June 20th, 2013


Be sure to get your tickets for the largest Sauce party of the year! Saucy Soirée 2013 showcases a 35 of the best St. Louis area restaurants, wineries and breweries. Tastes are plentiful, complimentary and top-notch. The party begins at 5 p.m. at the swanky Four Seasons Hotel Grand Ballroom, then moves upstairs to the beautiful eighth floor terrace.

Be the first to know and taste who you voted to be your favorites in the St. Louis area food scene. Get an advanced copy of the results at the party, and see the winners of Sauce Magazine‘s annual Readers’ Choice poll before the issue is released July 1.

Click here for more information and to get your $35 ticket today.



Sauce Celebrity Chef Series presents a morning with Richard Blais

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Attention St. Louis foodophiles and Top Chef aficionados, crack open your March calendars because Bravo’s Top Chef: All-Stars winner Richard Blais is coming to The Lou.

As part of our Sauce Celebrity Chef Series, Blais will join us on March 30 from 10 a.m. to noon at The Market at The Cheshire. While attendees munch on fresh treats provided by The Market, Blais will provide demonstrations of his expert cooking techniques. From his winning Top Chef dishes (Remember his cornbread with foie gras ice cream and whipped mango?) to his use of liquid nitrogen, ready all your burning questions, for Blais will also be conducting a Q&A session.

Tickets cost $35 and can be purchased here. A ticket includes savory snacks and a signed-copy of Blais’ new cookbook, Try This At Home. Want more Blais? Also on March 30, The Cheshire is hosting a dinner with Blais; find more details here.

Sauce Celebrity Chef Series presents an afternoon with Deb Perelman

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

For you home cooks out there, when it comes to Deb Perelman, creator of the celebrated food blog Smitten Kitchen, we’re willing to wager that your crush on her is just about as big as ours. Well, we have good news. For Sauce’s next Celebrity Chef Series presented in partnership with Left Bank Books, Perelman is our star!

Join us on Friday, March 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Modesto, located on The Hill, as Perelman demonstrates recipes from her long-awaited The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook. Tickets are $45 and include lunch and a copy of her new book. You can buy tickets here. Seating is limited.

UPDATE: This event has now sold out.

Perelman isn’t a chef or restaurant owner; she simply believes that cooking should be fun, and the results should be delicious. After her presentation, she will be available for questions and to sign copies of her book.

Foodie Stuff to Do Around Town This Month

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Yes, it’s already Dec. 11. Hanukkah is here, and Christmas is fast approaching. But don’t worry, there are still plenty of events happening around town to keep your holiday spirits soaring.

Holiday Events at Eckert’s
Dec. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, Eckert’s of Belleville, Belleville · 618.233.0513 · eckerts.com 

They’re pulling out all the stops at Eckert’s for the holidays on the weekends this month. Gingerbread House Workshops are for both kids and adults, and all supplies are included. Breakfast With Santa includes a chance to beg Old St. Nick for material gain, gifts for each child, photos with Santa and breakfast including scrambled eggs, bacon, biscuits and house-made sausage gravy. Call for reservations. Finally, Holiday Storytime for kids features the story of the gingerbread man, with an interactive gingerbread craft project for all comers.

Candlelight Christmas Walk
Dec. 7 and 14 – 5 to 10 p.m., Mount Pleasant Estates, Augusta · 636.482.9463 · mountpleasant.com

More than a generation of Missourians has made merry at the annual Candlelight Christmas Walk at Augusta’s Mount Pleasant Estates. This year’s 30th annual walk will include festive luminaries, horse-drawn carriage rides, roasted chestnuts, and an antique trolley that delivers guests to area shops and galleries offering stocking stuffers (and more substantial giftage). Offered on two weekends, the walk concludes with a rustic dinner buffet in the winery’s Terrace Ballroom. Guests can stuff themselves with shepherd’s pie, chicken Alfredo pasta, beer-cheese soup, smoked salmon and more. A cash bar offers wine, of course, including a variety of ports. Call for reservations.

A Wealth of Wellingtons
Dec. 19 – 6 to 8:30 p.m., Kitchen Conservatory · 314.862.2665 · kitchenconservatory.com

If you bring the beef Wellington, we’ll bring the fork. Tenderloin wrapped in buttery pastry is always a treat, but the crew at Kitchen Conservatory is offering a rare (beef pun) opportunity to learn how to make a number of delicious varieties of the dish. Instructor Barbara Nack will teach students how to prepare the classic beef Wellington made with pâté and Madeira mushroom sauce, along with a butternut squash-mushroom Wellington with goat cheese, mini shrimp Wellingtons with roasted red pepper sauce, a Wellington burger with fresh-ground sirloin and crimini mushrooms, plus blueberry-vanilla cream cheese pies for dessert. Bring any of these to a holiday party, and they’ll demand you return every year.

Festive Holiday Spirits Class
Dec. 13 – 6:30 p.m., Bissinger’s at Maryland Plaza · 314.367.7750 · bissingers.com

At Bissinger’s Holiday Spirits Class, you do not guzzle and inhale – you sip and sup, on artisan liquors and eau de vie (clear fruit brandies) paired with exotic creations like chocolate-covered marzipan with bourbon and caramelized white chocolate semifreddo; olive oil cake; and roasted cranberries served with tequila. You’ll sample a series of wild treats that might just inspire the menu for your own holiday party. For reservations, call 314.615.2490.

Welcome fall with the special release cider party tonight at The Stable

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

092211_ciderCalling all hard cider imbibers! Tonight, two limited-release kegs of Crispin Cider are getting tapped at The Stable in Benton Park. The first keg will feature Joan of Arc: a wine-esque, unfiltered version of Crispin Original Apple cider that’s been aged for more than six months in Sauvignon Blanc oak wine barrels. The other will carry Maid of Orleans, made with unfiltered pear cider from the company’s Fox Barrel line and also aged in Sauvignon Blanc barrels. According to Crispin’s Derek Bean, the oak and citrus notes of the Sauvignon Blanc are great complements to the ciders. Drinkers who want a quadruple dose of cider can also compare the two aged products with the original versions in a $10 flight of four. The tapping party gets underway at The Stable at 1821 Cherokee St., tonight at 5 p.m.

Tweet Beat: Saucy Soirée edition

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

062811_soireeOur sixth annual Saucy Soirée is in the can! More than 1,000 people gathered at the Four Seasons Hotel this past Sunday to sample fare from more than 35 local restaurants, breweries and wineries and to get a sneak peek at the winners of this year’s Readers’ Choice poll. After the tastings, the party moved to the rooftop terrace, where the Javier Mendoza Band played under the stars – and, thankfully, not the rain! See pics from the night’s events here.

It was an incredible evening and we want to thank everyone who attended as well as the hard working members of the Sauce staff who coordinated the event. We also want to thank all of our sponsors including Blue Moon, Sam Adams, NewCastle Brown Ale, Tank Farmhause Ale, MagicHat, Hofbrau, Summit Distributing, Falk Harrison, St. Louis Public Radio, The Raymond Experience, The Four Seasons Hotel and Diningcircle.com. A big thank you also goes out to the Brian Sullivan Trio and the Javier Mendoza Band for providing great music all evening.

Finally, thank you to the more than 100 tweeps who brought the event to life online by live tweeting more than 400 tasty tweets from the Soirée. See some of our favorite tweets from the event in this special edition of Tweet Beat. Hope to see you next year!

Nearly 24 hours later I’m craving more Salty Caramel Ice Cream and Bacon that @RoosterStL offered last night’s at #saucysoiree (too good!)

Dudes walks up to Peel Pizza – “I’d like to have a piece of all of your desserts” (6 of them…) good call sir, good call! #SaucySoiree

Every time someone who went to #saucysoiree tweets their favorite from the evening I want to RT it. That’s how good everything was.

@cosmosgirl Tracked down those beef carpaccio/olive bundles at #saucysoiree per your recommendation– mmmm. Excellent call.

Now I can reveal that I did wear my pants w/ the expandable waistband to the #SaucySoiree. (Hand-me-downs from my son. Good idea tonight.)

@VinDeSet got me to try and COMPLETELY ENJOY escargot. Still surprised. #SaucySoiree

A lil’ bit here, a lil’ bit there… U can’t blame me. Everything is sooo good. #saucysoiree #fourseasons

Jilly’s Cupcake Bar to compete in The Food Network’s Cupcake Wars

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

062111_cupcakewarsWe’ll be tuning into The Food Network next Tuesday night. That’s when we’ll find out whether St. Louis’ own Jilly’s Cupcake Bar and Cafe can best three other cupcake bakeries from across the country on the third season of the network’s show Cupcake Wars.

The episode, Cupcakes: The Final Frontier, is the third of the season and will feature four teams competing for the grand prize of $10,000. Representing Jilly’s Cupcakes, owned by Jill Segal, will be Dana Holland, executive chef at Jilly’s; and Casey Shiller, Jilly’s director of pastry and baking. Shiller is also the executive chef and coordinator of baking and pastry arts for St. Louis Community College – Forest Park.  The one-hour program will air on Tuesday, June 28, at 7 p.m.

Drink This Weekend Edition: Amazing flow of alcohol at Lukas Liquor’s Amazing Taste

Friday, September 17th, 2010

091710_lukasliquorIf you’ve never attended The Amazing Taste event alcohol superstore Lukas Liquor puts on each year, this is the year you don’t want to miss it. This Sunday, from 1 to 5 p.m., you can sip standout wines, beers and spirits from around the world.

Food will also be offered by area restaurants including Espinos Mexican Bar & GrillTable ThreeIndigo Joe’sThe Daily Special Café & CateringWildwood Pub & GrillMr. Harry’s Carnival FoodsThe Sweet Divine and more. With more than 500 products to sample, the annual event has been moved from the Ellisville superstore to Wildwood Town Center.

General admission tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Reserve tickets cost $40 and allow you to taste exclusive, high-end products and even take home your own crystal tasting glass. But be sure to hurry, there are only 100 of these tickets and just a handful remaining. To purchase tickets for the Sept. 19 extravaganza, call 636.227.4543 or click here.

Like what you taste? Every item at The Amazing Taste will be available for purchase. Place your order with a Lukas employee at the event, and you’ll pay event pricing. Even better: 5 percent of sales benefit Angel’s Arms, an area nonprofit that provides loving homes for foster children.

Man vs. beef at the Brewhouse

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

071510_towerofdoomEven if you’ve never prayed before, you might want to say a little prayer for mercy – and good digestion – after ordering the Tower of Doom.

The more-than-formidable eating challenge is offered at the Brewhouse Historical Sports Pub at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch, on the eatery’s new summer menu. It’s a giant stack of 12 four-ounce beef patties (that’s three pounds of meat), a half-pound of bacon, a half-pound of cheese, barbecue sauce and jalapeno peppers (plus a pound of fries). Oy Vey.

Eat this beast in 30 minutes and it’s free, plus you win a T-shirt. (Otherwise, it’s $30.)

The Tower of Doom joins other jumbo-food challenges around town such as the pizza challenges at Pointer’s and Talayna’s, and the milkshake challenge at Crown Candy Kitchen.

Speaking of Crown Candy, you may recall the host of TV’s “Man v. Food,” Adam Richman, failing the malt shop’s milkshake challenge in spectacular fashion when he came to St. Louis. The new season of “Man v. Food” begins airing this week on the Travel Channel.

- Byron Kerman

Everything’s beachy in the Grove

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

062310_SanctuariaBeachcombers here have it tough – no one will ever mistake the Landing for Saint-Tropez. But this Saturday, June 26, Sanctuaria and Erney’s 32 are seeking to fix that with their inaugural Beach Bash on Boyle.

Starting at 6 o’clock that evening, the two Grove establishments will host a gonzo gala on Boyle Avenue, which will be closed between them. The event will include a hula-hoop contest, a dunking tank, a tug of war, a sand-volleyball tourney and – ladies, take note – both female and male swimsuit contests. At 10 p.m., hula dancing will also start, noted Sanctuaria front-of-house manager Virginia Miller. A DJ will provide music, and the event will include a shrimp boil and tropical cocktails. (When Miller chatted with us, by the way, Sanctuaria’s master mixologist, Matt Seiter, was still mulling what surprises to concoct for thirsty attendees.)

The event’s $10 cover charge includes a ticket for a complimentary drink. Part of the proceeds from the event will benefit The BackStoppers, the nonprofit devoted to providing support and financial assistance to the spouses and children of area police officers, firefighters and similar individuals who die in the line of duty.

For more information on the Beach Bash on Boyle, phone 314.535.9700.

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