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Secret supper club goes deeper underground

Monday, June 29th, 2009

St. Louis’ Clandestine Chef took his underground dinner party truly subterranean on Saturday, holding his invite-only affair known as Entre in the vintage wine cellar of a posh cottage in Augusta. This month’s fete featured an all-vegetarian menu: brioche toast with black garlic, goat cheese, tomato, microgreens and a balsamic glaze; a cucumber-mint sorbet floating atop gazpacho served alongside an avocado purée with olive oil powder, roasted corn and flash-fried basil; and white and green asparagus with fried béarnaise and strawberry foam. Next up, a beet tartare with mango yolk, followed by a veggie pot pie filled with blue potatoes, carrots, English shelling peas and corn. For the final round, mango sticky rice with green tea foam. Oh, and six rounds of libations – wine or beer, choose your fleet.

Want to get in on the covert supper club? Contact the Clandestine Chef via his Web site www.danssouslaterre.com and you might make the next guest list.

– Ligaya Figueras

Monarch staff to step up

Monday, June 29th, 2009

It’ll be bar business as usual at Monarch when Ted Kilgore leaves the Maplewood restaurant for Niche Taste Bar, set to open in July. “We already have such a well-trained staff,” said Monarch co-owner Jeff Orbin. “We’re going to promote from within.” Kilgore, St. Louis’ only master mixologist, will consult as needed, Orbin said.

Photo by Brian Fagnani

The Scoop: Two new dude-friendly pubs

Monday, June 29th, 2009

The Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery is now open in Arnold. The costume-themed sports restaurant features traditional pub fare like fish and chips, burgers, and shepherd’s pie; comfort foods such as meatloaf and pasta; and beers from around the world – all served by a staff dressed in what the restaurant describes as “provocative kilts.” The Tilted Kilt’s Arnold location, at 131 Arnold Crossroads Center, is the national chain’s 19th.

In other tavern news, Chesterfield beer-lovers will soon have another place to slurp some suds. The Brick House Tavern & Tap, a new tavern that bills itself as the “ultimate man cave,” will debut at 2 McBride and Son Center Drive on July 18. The dude-friendly spot, the first Missouri location for the chain, will offer “manly dishes” (sloppy Joes, prime rib sandwiches, meatloaf sliders and burgers) and a large selection of domestic, imported and craft beers – more than 70 in all.

The Scoop: Second Feraro’s on the way

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Jon Feraro is bringing a little Jersey style to South County. The chef and co-owner of Feraro’s Jersey Style Pizza in Soulard plans to open a second location, at 11726 Baptist Church Road, formerly home to That’sa Nice’a Pizza. The menu will be slightly smaller than the busy Soulard spot’s but will still include Jersey-style pizza (crust just a bit thicker than New York style, sauce a smidge sweeter), salads, spaghetti and strombolis. The South County Feraro’s will focus on carryout and delivery, with a large delivery area and top-of-the-line ovens that can cook more pizzas in half the time. “The kitchen is the size of my restaurant in Soulard,” Feraro said. Look for a mid-July opening.

The Scoop: News from Chaumette

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Hank Johnson, owner of Chaumette Vineyards and Winery, has announced the addition of a new poolside restaurant: The Spa Café at Chaumette. Executive chef Adam Lambay, who also helms the stoves at the winery’s Grapevine Grill, will offer guests a “spa-inspired menu of international influences,” including a trio of gazpachos, red pepper hummus, wine barrel-smoked Missouri trout and several house-made desserts. The complete portfolio of Chaumette wines will also be available, of course. The Spa Café at Chaumette will be open for lunch and dinner; watch for a July debut.

Also announced by Chaumette today: Winemaker Mark Baehmann has joined the team; he comes to the Ste. Genevieve operation after 17 years as winemaker at Augusta’s Mount Pleasant Winery. Look for Baehmann to host several wine-tasting events soon – just as soon as he’s finished bottling Chaumette’s 2008 vintage.

Sake Central

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Good sake is hard to find, but tonight you’ll find some of the best specimens at Miso on Meramec in Clayton. New head sushi chef Eliott Harris will be teaming up with visiting sake specialist Ataru Kobayashi to offer a multicourse extravanganza with sake pairings. Hosted by Pinnacle Imports, the event costs $50 plus tax and gratuity. Call 314.863.7888 for more information and reservations. Or just drop by later – walk-ins welcome.

Feed your head: Food Inc.

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Every now and then I used to play a game with myself at the grocery store. I would pretend I was just off the boat from Cold War-era Russia and absolutely bedazzled by the array of brightly packaged foods and vibrantly colored produce available in the supermarket. “Look!” I would gush to my imaginary comrade Svetlana, “There are hundreds of dry cereals! In Leningrad we have one cereal! Here there is meat you can buy every day if you want! There are fruits from the tropics, still fresh, even. Look, here is something called mango. What is mango, anyhow? I don’t know, but I love it! I love America!”

We Americans take the astounding variety and freshness of supermarket foods for granted. And yet, explains the narrator of the new documentary Food Inc., opening today at Landmark Plaza Frontenac, we really have less than we think we do. Keep reading

The Scoop: Bella Vita, The Wedge to close

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

The last day of business at Bella Vita Wines will be Saturday. In a message on its Web site, the year-old Rock Hill wine bar said, “We don’t need to tell you what this recession has done to so many businesses, especially new businesses.” Also, the Riverfront Times reported that it looks like The Wedge pub and pizzeria in South City is closing, too.

Bella Vita photo by Jonathan S. Pollack

The Scoop: Mixing it up

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Master mixologist Ted Kilgore will be moving from Monarch Restaurant to Niche Taste Bar, which is slated to open next month. “While I was not looking to make a move, the project is right up my alley,” Kilgore said. Details to follow.

Photo by Carmen Troesser

Spirited competition

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Hats off … er, on … to Jennifer Myerscough of Baileys’ Chocolate Bar, who last weekend won a cocktail challenge benefiting Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Contestants were asked to make a cocktail based on the opera The Ghosts of Versailles. In her winning entry, Myerscough (pictured here being crowned by judge and Sauce publisher Allyson Mace) kept it simple and fresh, using blood orange juice, fresh lime juice, simple syrup and the required ingredient, Grey Goose vodka.

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