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Archive for May, 2009

The Scoop: Mango’s new digs

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Mango Peruvian Restaurant is on the move: The popular eatery – STL’s only Peruvian restaurant – will swap its Shrewsbury location for the space at 1101 Lucas Ave., home to Mosaic before it moved around the corner, by the end of the summer. Owners Jorge and Nora Calvo and partners Paul and Sherri Sawchack plan to transform the downtown spot’s interior to contemporary urban style with Peruvian accents. Guests can also expect some new additions to the menu.

Photo by Josh Monken

The Scoop: New to-go shop opens tomorrow

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Look for Saint Louis Cellars to debut Saint Louis Cellars Food and Wine, the Maplewood wine shop’s culinary arm, tomorrow morning at 9. Stop in at 2640 S. Big Bend Blvd. to check it out for yourself.

Eating locally

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

When award-winning journalist Michael Pollan came to town last Friday to promote his latest book, In Defense of Food, he dined at The Crossing in Clayton. Chef and owner Jim Fiala served up asparagus and ricotta, ravioli with farm-fresh egg and porcini sauce, and grass-fed beef with collard greens. The produce, eggs and meat were all sourced from local farms.

Photo courtesy of Alia Malley

Explicit taste

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

One more reason not to miss the big, bad Beer & Brats Festival on Saturday at Westport Plaza: Charleville will be introducing Explicit American Pale Ale. The Ste. Genevieve microbrewery also will be pouring its Half-Wit Wheat, Hoptimistic IPA and Tornado Alley Amber. Charleville is planning a release party for Explicit in a few weeks at The Royale. We’ll share details as soon as we get them.

Halloween in May

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Chicago’s All Candy Expo is one of the most exciting and delicious events of the year. Yesterday I spent seven hours at McCormick Place eating the latest and best in chocolate, candy, salty snacks and other confections. This year over 450 confectionery and snack companies unveiled more than 2,000 new sweet and savory products in a frenzied room encompassing nearly 10 football fields.

The trade show is attended by buyers, suppliers and store owners from across the globe. Their purchasing decisions will affect what we see in St. Louis-area stores in the coming months. Here are a few of my favorite things from the show:

Best chocolate/candy: Landrin Classic Waferatto. These round truffles are a combination of white chocolate and shredded coconut with an almond and creamy white chocolate filling. These truffles are immensely popular in Europe; look for a U.S. debut this summer.
Best salty snack: Sensible Portions 8 Grain Crisps. These crisps are made with whole grain, rice and oat flour are quite tasty and healthy because they have half the fat of regular potato chips. Find the Sensible Portions flavors – including Peppadew and fiesta chile and lime – at Costco, Sam’s Club and Whole Foods Market.
Most healthful product: Brother’s All Natural Fruit Crisps. Available in Fuji apple and Asian pear, among other flavors, these freeze-dried all-fruit crisps contain almost as many vitamins as fresh fruit but are much sweeter and more fun to eat.
Most innovative and bizarre product: Le Whif. Quite possibly the oddest product at the All Candy Expo, Le Whif is a cigar-shaped plastic device that shoots zero-calorie chocolate powder into your mouth when you breathe in. It’s available in four flavors and is expected to make its U.S. launch this summer.

Kathy Duan

The Scoop: Chefs on the move

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Miso on Meramec has a new chef at the helm: Eliott Harris, a Johnson and Wales grad whose résumé includes sushi restaurants in San Francisco and Miami, has been named executive sushi chef. The Clayton eatery recently debuted a new menu that includes a section of Miso classics as well as several new items created by Harris, including the Tropical Roll – coconut-crusted tempura shrimp, mango, cucumber and masago topped with a soy reduction – and the Papasan Roll – snow crab, cucumber and avocado topped with striped bass, jalapeño wafer and chile aïoli.

And Brian Hardesty has taken over the stoves at Terrene; he replaces former executive chef Tello Carreon, who left the Central West End restaurant this spring. Hardesty joins the Terrene team after stints in several local restaurants, including Monarch and Harvest.

The Scoop: Benton Park bummer

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

McLozzi Deli, the Benton Park eatery that was home to The Gobbler (pictured), which featured Thanksgiving dinner – from turkey to cranberry sauce – in sandwich form, shuttered earlier this month. Co-owner Dan Krankeola put the closing down to, “in a nutshell, [the] state of the economy.”

Photo by Ashley Gieseking

Food icon coming to St. Louis

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Michael Pollan, the copiously laureled journalist and food pundit, will be speaking at the St. Louis County Library headquarters on May 22 at 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6.) Pollan will also be signing copies of his 2006 blockbuster The Omnivore’s Dilemma and last year’s In Defense of Food. We got up to speed with Pollan on hot topics including food revolution, four-season farmers’ markets and Michelle Obama.

The subtitle of In Defense of Food is An Eater’s Manifesto, which seems fitting because a lot of people consider you a revolutionary. Do you consider yourself a revolutionary?

I am trying to bring about change. I think it’s more likely that we’ll have a reformation than a revolution of the food system. I don’t imagine the supermarket or the industrial food system going away; I can imagine it getting a lot better. I don’t know that we’re going to move to an entirely local system of organic food production — but I think we should get as close as we can because there will be so many advantages for our health and for the health of our environment.

It’s impressive you were able to crystallize the message of a 244-page book in seven words: “Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

That was kind of scary. I owed my publisher about 50,000 words and it all came down to seven words. I was a little alarmed that they’d have to publish an index card. Keep reading

Greens in The Grove

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

A new community produce market is set to open June 16 in The Grove neighborhood. City Greens Produce, located in the Midtown Catholic Charities building at 1202 S. Boyle Ave., will operate on Tuesdays from noon to 6 p.m. and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It will offer wholesale pricing on produce from the River Hills Farmers’ Market alliance in Lincoln County, Mo. (First delivery: fruit, vegetables and eggs.) Membership to City Greens, whose season will run through roughly mid-October, is $80. The fee will be used to help provide low-income families access to affordable produce. Food stamps will also be accepted. To purchase a membership or for more information, contact Ashley Getz of Catholic Charities at agetz@ccstl.org or 314.534.1180.

Memphis in May

Monday, May 11th, 2009

Gina and Patrick Neely, Food Network stars and owners of Memphis-style barbecue restaurants in Tennessee, will sign copies of their new cookbook at the Schnucks at Chesterfield Hilltown Village on May 30 from 4 to 6 p.m. Down Home With the Neelys: A Southern Family Cookbook is set for release tomorrow. Schnucks expects to have the book in stores late next week and will sell it for $16.77 – 40 percent off the sticker price – in celebration of the Neelys’ visit and the fact that May is National Barbecue Month.

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