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The Scoop: Mathew’s Kitchen in Southampton to close

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016



After nearly five years behind the line at Mathew’s Kitchen, chef-owner Mathew Unger will hang up his apron and switch off the burners after a final service on Sunday, June 26 as his building lease comes to an end.

“We had a five-year contract,” Unger said. “We couldn’t negotiate another lease or find another building.”

Unger will remain in the food business as the director of food service for Midwest Petroleum, a St. Louis-based chain of gas stations and convenience stores. Not only will the move put together his chef experience and his college business degree, but it will also allow Unger to spend more time with his family and to recover from injuries sustained in a car accident last year.

“I have a young family, two little kids,” he said. “I’ll get to see them more and be more involved. Also, not standing for 12 to 14 hours a day will help with my health.”

Unger said Mathew’s Kitchen was invested in its Southampton neighborhood, helping to launch Francis Park’s annual Grub & Groove festival and winning a neighborhood business award from Mayor Slay’s office.

“It’s been a great five years,” said Unger. “Since announcing we are closing, the response from the neighborhood has been crazy. We will miss everybody.”

Sauce Holiday Countdown: Piccione Pastry Holiday Treats

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013


Didn’t your mother ever tell you it’s rude to arrive without a gift? Show up with homemade Italian pastries and cookies from Piccione Pastry in the Delmar Loop. For only $10, you can get a 1-pound tin of delectable Italian cookies. Or if they’re the pastry type, treat them to our personal favorite, the pannetone: candied fruits wrapped in soft, billowy brioche topped with sugar crumbles. Three muffin-sized cakes are just $8. Piccione is open until 3 p.m. today, so swing by on your way to the party. The treats will be the hit of the night (as will you).  Piccione Pastry, 6197 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314.932.1355, piccionepastry.com 

And now…

For our last holiday giveaway, we have a $10 gift certificate to Piccione Pastry so you can pick up some goodies for yourself, too! Click here to enter!



Sauce Holiday Countdown: Painting with a Twist

Monday, December 23rd, 2013



Looking for a gift for your friends? At Painting with a Twist, paintbrushes and pinot converge to guarantee for one helluva girls’ night. An instructor uses a featured painting to teach the class how to replicate it all, while the participants enjoy their wine – BYOB style. Don’t worry if you have no artistic talent; the classes are aimed at novices. Plus, after a few glasses of zin, who cares what your picture looks like? $35 for a 2-hour class, $45 for a 3-hour class. Painting with a Twist, 12623 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, 314.434.7928; 3004 Winghaven Blvd., O’Fallon, Mo., 636.625.7928, paintingwithatwist.com 

 Today we’re giving away a two-hour private party for 12 people at Painting with a Twist’s Creve Coeur location. Click here to enter.




Sauce Holiday Countdown: Nudo Adopt-An-Olive-Tree Program

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013



What to get the gourmand who has everything? We’re willing to wager that he doesn’t own his own Italian olive tree. With Nudo’s Adopt-An-Olive-Tree program, pick a tree from one of 14 groves located throughout eastern Italy and Sicily. Then your special someone will receive a year’s supply of olive oil from his very own tree delivered right to his door. The numerous groves and sundry soils can please even the pickiest oil connoisseur. $69, nudoadopt.com/italia

 And now …

Today we’re giving away a gift box from Nudo containing a jar of capers and anchovies pâté, a jar of basil and tomato pesto, and three specialty olive oils – extra-virgin cold pressed, extra-virgin with Sicilian chiles, and extra-virgin stone ground with lemons. Click here to enter!



Sauce Holiday Countdown: Lékué Steamer Cases

Saturday, December 21st, 2013



Dorm room dinners will never be the same. Lékué may be hard to pronounce, but its versatile steamer cases make it easy to create entire meals in the microwave – and healthy ones to boot. This 22-ounce, BPA-free silcone case also comes with a cookbook to help that college student on your list become the chef de cuisine of the dormitory. That is, if you can get him to buy fresh vegetables. You’re on your own with that one. $30. Sur La Table – Plaza Frontenac, 295 Frontenac Forest St., 314.993.0566, surlatable.com

And now…


Spruce up your meal with the decedent French Tower from Vom Fass. We’re giving away this stack of oils and vinegars featuring the flavors of France, along with a recipe for hazelnut duck confit. Click here to enter!




Sauce Holiday Countdown: Bottle Slumpings from The Painted Pot

Friday, December 20th, 2013


Reduce. Reuse. Regift. The Painted Pot in St. Charles offers bottle slumping, a gift more beautiful than its name implies. Bring your old wine bottles to the shop, and the staff at The Painted Pot melt them down into stylish spoon rests, decor or cute olive oil dipping trays. So gather up all those empty wine bottles hiding around your house (Don’t be ashamed; we have them, too.), and turn them into works of art. $10 per bottle. The Painted Pot, 3772 Monticello Plaza, St. Charles, 636.300.2665, thepaintedpotstl.com 

And now…

We’re giving away five bottle slumpings from The Painted Pot in St. Charles! These fun, personalized gifts only require that you polish off five bottles of your favorite wine (tough job, we know), and bring them to the shop to give them new life in your kitchen. Click here to enter!



Sauce Holiday Countdown: Nest Candle

Thursday, December 19th, 2013


One of the greatest things about this time of year is the smells. Baked goods, pine trees, hot toddies – everything about December smells delicious. Kick off this Christmas with an olfactory overload. The Nest Holiday candle, with its notes of pomegranate, orange, pine, cloves and cinnamon, vanilla and amber, will have you singing carols in no time. $37, Lusso, 165 Carondelet Plaza, St. Louis, 314.725.7205, shoplusso.com 

And now…


Today we’re giving away a holiday gift bag full of goodies from The Market at The Cheshire! Inside this sturdy canvas tote, you’ll find an autographed copy of Rook Cooks from Annie Gunn’s chef Lou Rook, a set of four GoVino shatterproof wine glasses, a bar of Kind Bulgarian Rose-scented soap, and a holiday candle from The Cheshire. Click here to enter!


Sauce Holiday Countdown: Goebel & Co. Serving Boards

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013


Serving boards from Goelbel & Co. will liven up anyone’s kitchen. Hand-crafted Olive Oil Serving Board in cherry or walnut are accented with dipping wells for you accoutrement of choice: olive oil, balsamic vinegar and oregano for wine and cheese nights; or salsa, marinara and cocktail sauce for appetizers. The options are endless. $80 to $130. Goebel & Co., 2936 Locust, St. Louis, 314.807.1745, goebelfurniture.com 

And now…

Goebel & Co., owner Martin Goebel has taken St. Louis storms to task. He takes wood from trees that fell during storms and turns them into functional pieces for a home. Today, we’re giving away Cheese and Charcuterie Board created from such wood, perfect for serving hors d’oeuvres at your next holiday gathering. Click here to enter!



Sauce Holiday Countdown: Perfect Partners

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013



For the host with the most, Perfect Partners equals the perfect gift. North Light Foods takes the guesswork out of pairings by pre-selecting gourmet cheeses and chocolates to pair with  white wine, red wine or beer. There’s even a guide to help you impress with the perfect cheese tasting party. It’s a gift that benefits the giver, too; never get stuck at a party with boring cheddar and swiss cubes again. Pairing kits: $28 to $38. Planning guide: $12.50. northlightfoods.com 

And now…

We’re giving away two boxes of the Perfect Partners chocolates: one to pair with white wine and cheese and the other to pair with red wine and cheese. We’re also throwing the Tasting Guide to Cheese Party Planning. Click here to enter!

Sauce Holiday Countdown: Balaban’s Gift Baskets

Monday, December 16th, 2013



Gift baskets from Balaban’s include a wide range of themes like a chocolate dessert basket filled with chocolate-dipped treats and bars, or an antipasto basket with pimento-stuffed olives, artichoke hearts, salami and more. Baskets can also be customized to your foodie’s favorite tastes, from wine to cheese to olive oil. $20 to $134. Balaban’s Wine Cellar & Tapas Bar, 1772 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield, 636.449.6700, balabanswine.com 

And now…


Today we’re giving away a private olive oil tasting at Extra Virgin, An Olive Ovation, located on Ladue Road. At this after-hours, private tasting, you and five of your friends will get to sample an assortment of international extra-virgin olive oils, flavored olive oils, balsamic vinegars, wine and fruit vinegars and honeys. This tasting would make for a great pre-dinner activity for you and your favorite foodies.  Click here to enter!






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