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4 ways to show your support for the St. Louis community this weekend

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

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{Hopeful treats to be served at Sweet Art’s Cupcakes and Conversation tonight, Aug. 22}

It’s been a tough few weeks in our city. St. Louis is grappling with some difficult issues right now, and many in the community are wondering how to move forward. Here, four food-focused ways to show your support for the community in these troubled times.
1. HandleBar in The Grove is hosting a food drive now through 3 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 to fill the bare shelves at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church food bank. Bring a nonperishable food item, household supplies such as laundry soup, all-purpose cleaner or toilet paper, or a personal hygiene items like toothbrushes, soap or deodorant with you to the bar tonight and receive a little something in return (discounted bills, a free beer and more are on the table). Keep an eye on HandleBar’s Facebook page for updated surprises and raid your pantry to give back.

 

2. Sweet Art‘s Reine Bayoc hosts Cupcakes and Conversation tonight, Aug. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. to provide a forum for civil, honest discussion about the recent unrest in Ferguson. This is not a “who can pound their chests the hardest” event, Bayoc said, but a chance for the community to gather and share thoughts on how to move forward in a positive way. Join the conversation – or just listen – over free coffee and discounted cupcakes.

3. Put on your work boots and join Gateway Garlic Urban Farm at Urban Farmed Uprising Saturday, Aug. 23, at Terry There Gardens in Ferguson. Beginning at 10 a.m., volunteers will help tidy the urban farm and plant fall crops, as well as work on irrigation systems. Then help load up the trucks at 2 p.m. as Gateway Garlic delivers more than half a ton of fresh produce to Ferguson families in need. Coffee, tea and snacks will be provided, and volunteers are encouraged to bring a dish to share for lunch. Volunteers are asked to RSVP on Facebook if attending.

4. Join together at St. Louis 4 Unity, a rally in Ferguson to bring together citizens, elected leaders, clergy, activists and law enforcement to stand strong in Ferguson. Everyone is invited to the rally Saturday, Aug. 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. at 9131 W. Florissant Ave., and are encouraged to bring handmade signs in support of St. Louis unity, peace and healing. Participants are encouraged to RSVP here to receive further updates.

 

 

5 ice cream sandwiches to cool down summer

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

On a hot summer afternoon, we yearn for the cold comfort of ice cream smashed between two crisp cookies. And while they’ll always be a place in our hearts for the classic vanilla and chocolate wafers, our palates have developed since those lazy summers spent at the local pool. Today, we’re reaching for ice cream sandwich in flavors like ginger, peach, cherry and even banana bread to sate our cravings. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with going old-school, particularly when it’s served from a 1940s ice cream cart.

 

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Saucy Soirée 2014: The tweets, posts and Instagrams from the #STL foodie event of the year

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Sauce’s annual Saucy Soirée went down Sunday, June 29, and can we just say: St. Louis, you sure know how to party. More than 1,000 of you turned out to the newly renovated Union Station to taste who you voted your favorites in our annual Readers’ Choice poll (on stands now). Here’s what went down:

 

Sauce contributor Stacy Schultz wins prestigious M.F.K. Fisher Award for culinary writing

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

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Congratulations are in order for Sauce writer Stacy Schultz, who recently received an award from Les Dames d’Escoffier, an international society of women leaders in the culinary field. Schultz won the M.F.K. Fisher Award for excellence and creativity in culinary writing for her story “Lox of Love,” published in the September 2013 issue of Sauce.

The awards, named for celebrated food writer Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher, seek to support and highlight women culinary writers. A panel of 12 judges including prominent culinary newspaper editors, magazine editors and book publishers selected the winners based on writing style, expertise in the subject matter, originality, strength of voice, and relevance to the reader. Schultz’s piece chronicled her quest to make a mark on her family’s culinary traditions.

Nina Mukerjee Furstenau, an agricultural journalism instructor at University of Missouri, also received the grand prize for an excerpt from her book, Biting Through the Skin: An Indian Kitchen in America’s Heartland. A feature story by Furstenau will appear in an upcoming issue of Sauce. Both writers received cash prizes and trips to the LDEI awards ceremony in Boston.

-photo by Greg Rannells

 

9 Foodie Gifts for Father’s Day

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Celebrate the foodie fathers in your life with these unique gifts sure to make him feel like the next Iron Chef, Grill King or Master Bartender – whatever his persuasion. Don’t forget that his special day is this Sunday, June 15, so read on, and don’t forget that Father’s Day card!

 

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-Mwanzi photo by Carmen Troesser

10 Places to Watch the World Cup

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

The Gateway City’s first love may be baseball, but we have a serious passion for soccer, too. No matter where you are tomorrow in St. Louis, there’s a place for you to settle in with some tasty brews, get rowdy with fellow soccer fans, and cheer on your favorite team. The World Cup kicks off tomorrow at 3 p.m., and we’ve got 13 spots for you to get your game on.

 

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1. Amsterdam Tavern: There’s a reason this Tower Grove staple made our list of Best Places to Watch the Big Game. Amsterdam Tavern isn’t your run-of-the-mill sports bar; in fact, it’s dedicated to soccer. Sure to be packed, patrons here know their way around the game. Get your fix inside at its new beer garden, and don’t forget to grab some grub at The Dam, located next door.

2. The Moolah: No ticket needed for this special screening at The Moolah. Select games will be shown on the big screen; all matches are shown in Mini Moolah lounge – and it’s all free. Grab a beer and claim your couch in the name of your team.

3. Meshuggah Café: The upstairs loft of this unassuming, bookish joint makes way for screenings of World Cup matches. Food and drink specials are available, and while coffee may be its forte, don’t forget the selection of brews, too.

 

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4. Barrister’s: This Clayton spot has long been a haunt for soccer fans. The game starts at 3 p.m. and Barrister’s happy hour starts at 4 p.m. – perfect timing to start preemptively celebrating or mourning.

5. International Tap House: Everyone wins when new beer is on tap. All four iTap locations are celebrating the World Cup in style with two new brews to mark the occasion: 2nd Shift Brewing’s iBallz, a bi-selected IPA, and 4 Hands Brewing’s WC ’14 Ale, an APA whose recipe was created by iTap’s homebrew winner Patrick Strohmayer.

 

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6. The Biergarten at Anheuser Busch: Even the big boys are feeling World Cup fever. AB hosts a viewing party at its Biergarden to celebration the opening match between Croatia and Brazil Thursday from 2 to 7 p.m., featuring a 16-foot screen and Brazilian cultural performances.

7. Llywelyn’s Pub: Host your own match party at any of Llywelyn’s six locations, or just take advantage of the match-themed drink specials. Select brews from the countries playing that that match are $2 off. Talk about fan rewards.

 

 

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8. The Scottish Arms: This rustic pub should be your choice if you want to enjoy some bloody good Scottish eats while watching the games. A lovely outdoor seating area is the perfect place for an evening viewing party with good scotch and barbecue specials.

9. Tigín Irish Pub: In a gambling mood? Play the $1 million bracket challenge and see if you can predict the outcome of all matches for cash prizes downtown at Tigín, an officially designated U.S. Soccer Bar.

10. The Dubliner: What better place to watch Europe’s favorite sport (and the rest of the world’s for that matter) than a proper European gastropub? It’s even running a fantasy football (and by that we mean soccer) league as the Cup plays on. That’s dedication.

 

DIY condiments to wow at your Memorial Day barbecue

Monday, May 26th, 2014

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It happened; you were designated to bring the boring bottle of ketchup to today’s Memorial Day barbecue. But why settle for boring bottles when you could whip up one of our homemade condiment recipes? Not only will they impress friends and family, they will also mask the taste of potentially charred burgers and hot dogs.

Check out a slideshow of haute condiment recipes, including a tarragon mayonnaise to take your home fries to the next level, spicy stout mustard for your bratwurst, a sweet-savory ketchup that shows Hunt’s what’s what, horseradish butter for a spicy and savory corn on the cob, and roasted green chile sauce for your pork steak.

In a pickle for other condiments to surprise and intensify your typical barbecue fare? We’ve also got recipes for Barbecue Flavored Cryo-pickled Onions that will improve even the blandest of burgers and simple bread-and-butter pickles kids will love. Happy Memorial Day, St. Louis!

-photo by Greg Rannells

5 Mexican restaurants where we’ll find you during Cinco de Mayo

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Though its origins are Mexican, Americans have adopted Cinco de Mayo as their own, celebrated with margaritas, tacos and more. Last year, you voted Pueblo Solis your favorite Mexican restaurants in St. Louis in the 2013 Readers’ Choice poll. Here, the top 5 Mexican spots where we’re certain to find you tomorrow night:

 

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Kate Essig contributed to this post.

Where to Explore Next: Ballpark Village

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

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While the Cardinals have proven it doesn’t take a village to create a winning team, Ballpark Village at 601 Clark Ave., is certainly playing a great game. With five distinct venues at which to eat lunch and dinner (with more on the way), and even more places to grab a drink, this truly impressive space beckons for many visits to come.

 

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In the middle of the 120,000-square-foot entertainment district, feast on a juicy Bacon Three Way Burger (pictured) at Fox Sports Midwest Live!, while you watch the ballgame on a 40-foot wide TV. If the weather cooperates, you might just get a tan when the glass atrium’s roof retracts.

 

 

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The village has quite a few bars. (See the full listing here.) But when the temperature really heats up, nothing beats a margarita. Choose from the margarita menu at Tengo Sed, or take your poison straight with one of the bar’s nine tequilas.

 

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At the Budweiser Brew House, find more food and a whole lot of beer (239 taps throughout). Between a swanky rooftop deck and a biergarten complete with fireplace, communal tables and Adirondack chairs, there are plenty of fun spaces to explore in this 26,000-square-foot venue.

 

 

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We recommend washing down the Brew House’s fish and chips with a Goose Island Honker’s Ale or the chicken apple blue cheese salad paired with a Stella Artois Cidre. For a more fine-dining experience, check out Cardinals Nation. For quick eats, head to Tengo Hambre, or on the outside of the village, find Drunken Fish.

 

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{Pictured from front: Starburst roll, White Tiger roll}

 -photos by Julie Cohen

6 Foodie Finds at St. Louis Earth Day

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

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This year marks the 25th anniversary of St. Louis Earth Day Festival, which takes place Sunday, April 27. The day’s festivities kick off at 11 a.m. on The Muny grounds near the Pagoda in Forest Park. According to Earth Day Network, St. Louis Earth Day is now ranked the second largest such celebration in the nation. Along with the festival’s traditional focus on education, art, music, crafts and food, there are a few new foodies finds we’re excited for.

1. Come to the festival a day early for Earth Day Eve. At this family-friendly evening, find food, beer and music in the Earth Day Cafe area.

2. At this year’s festival, eight Green Dining Alliance members ­– Atomic Cowboy, The Dam, Handlebar, Lulu’s Local Eatery, Onesto Pizza & Trattoria, Traveling Tea, Urban Eats Cafe & Bakery and Whisk: A Sustainable Bakeshop – will offer their sustainable dining choices. These restaurants have been certified “green” for their commitment to reducing, recycling and composting restaurant waste; operating facilities with efficiency; and sourcing sustainable food, to-go ware and cleaning supplies.

3. Food vendors will not use high-fructose corn syrup, highly processed foods or transfats. All serving containers, cups and utensils will be either compostable or recyclable.

4. Reusable bamboo cutlery will be available for $15, so you can “reduce your forkprint” during the festival and all summer long.

5. Schlafly will serve an organic pale ale along with its usual favorites. All of its beer will be served in a souvenir cup that is reusable and recyclable, and it can be refilled at a discount.

6. Pick up your pre-ordered rain barrels from RainReserve, just in time for the spring gardening season at the festival’s Recycling Extravaganza. This is a collection event for hard-to-recycle items, including the DEA Medication Take-Back Initiative, carpet and “anything with a cord.” Check the take-back list here.

For more information about fun events and services happening during St. Louis Earth Day (Dog washing! Bike valets! Free shuttles!), visit its website.

-photo courtesy of St. Louis Earth Day

Sauce Magazine is a sponsor of St. Louis Earth Day. Sara Graham is a Steering Committee Member of the St. Louis Green Dining Alliance.

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