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Guerrilla Street Food will open a location in The Delmar Loop

Monday, October 30th, 2017

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Guerrilla Street Food’s take on Filipino fare is heading to The Loop at 6120 Delmar Blvd. Owners Brian Hardesty and Joel Crespo plan to open before the end of the year in the space that once housed Pita Pit across from The Pageant.

“The Loop has always been in our business plan,” Hardesty said. “There’s a lot of investment going on [east of Skinker Boulevard] and we feel like that’s something we want to be a part of – besides the fact that it’s just a really cool neighborhood.”

Guerrilla Street started as a food truck in 2011 and has since added a brick-and-mortar location at 3559 Arsenal St., just off South Grand Boulevard, as well as operating the kitchens inside 2nd Shift Brewing’s tasting room and the forthcoming Tropical Liqueurs in The Grove.

Hardesty said The Loop location will operate as a dine-in, counter-service restaurant like its sister location off South Grand. The 2,100-square-foot space is three times the size of the South Grand space and will seat 50 to 60 patrons inside and another 20 or so on the front patio.

Hardesty tapped chef Heidi Hamamura to helm the new kitchen. She will create new offerings exclusive to the Delmar location, while also executing dishes the restaurant is known for like the Flying Pig and chicken adobo.

“We constantly try to push the edge of what Filipino food means to us, and she’s going to continue that conversation,” Hardesty said. Hamamura joined the Guerrilla team a few months ago; her culinary resume includes time with chef Ben Grupe at Elaia and Olio, Skip to Malou chef-owner Malou Perez-Nivera and a lifetime working with her father, noted sushi chef Naomi Hamamura.

Guerrilla Street has grown its brand as well as its footprint around the city in recent years, hosting pop-ups and visiting Filipino chefs. “The whole reason behind the pop-ups concept is to spread the word of what we do and who we are and gauge interest in certain areas,” Hardesty said.

He and Crespo aren’t done yet; they intend to open more locations throughout the Midwest and “spread the good word of Filipino food.”

Photo by Dave Moore

Catherine Klene is managing editor, digital at Sauce Magazine. 

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Extra Sauce: In case you missed it…

Sunday, October 29th, 2017

From new Thai restaurants coming to Maplewood to the opening of a long-awaited project in the Central West End, here’s what went down last week, ICYMI.

 

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1. The Gamlin Restaurant Group’s newest venture, 1764 Public House, opened Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 39 N. Euclid Ave., in the Central West End.

2. Downtown Maplewood will soon have its first Thai restaurant, Thai Table, which is scheduled to open in January 2018 at 7403 Manchester Road.

 

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3. Fiddlehead Fern Cafe recently hosted its grand opening Oct. 14 at 4066 Russell Blvd., and owner Darcy Heine is inviting St. Louis to try a cup of coffee new to St. Louis.

4. Heads up, citizens of Kirkwood: Wasabi Sushi Bar is set to open its newest location at 312 S. Kirkwood Road. The new space will be in the space that once housed 5 Star Burgers.

 

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5. Got $10 and a friend? Then contributor Kevin Korinek has eight delicious deals to dig into now on Budget Crunch.

 

Don’t miss out! Follow Sauce on Facebook and Twitter for the latest Scoops in the St. Louis restaurant scene. 

 

 

3 can’t-miss beers at the Brewers Guild Halloween Party

Friday, October 27th, 2017

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It finally feels like fall, Halloween decorations adorn the streets of Lafayette Square and we’re stuffing our faces with fun-sized candy bars. That means it’s time for ghosts, goblins and beer drinkers to unite once again for the annual St. Louis Brewers Guild Halloween Party.

Snag your tickets online and head to Lafayette Park this Saturday, Oct. 28 from 1 to 5 p.m. in your classiest Halloween costumes. You’ll enjoy some of the sudsiest the local craft beer scene has to offer. Don’t miss these brews for a spooky good time.

1. 2nd Shift El Gato Negro (7.6-percent) is the cat-worshipping brewery’s ode to Halloween. If you are a fan of El Gato Grande, then go “getchyasum” of this delicious full-bodied black IPA. The hop profile is the same, but the more heavily roasted, darker malt bill creates a beautiful bittersweet chocolate aroma and flavor that pairs perfectly with the resin, citrus and spice notes coming from the Citra, Amarillo and Columbus hops.

2. Third Wheel Imperial Oktoberfest (7.4-percent) is the perfect complement to this chilly fall weather. A touch heavier than most Oktoberfest-style offerings, this medium-bodied, malt-forward original from brewer Abbey Spencer and company will keep those toes warm. Caramel malt, earth and cereal notes drive a palate that finishes with just a touch of biscuity malt sweetness and boozy astringency.

3. 4 Hands Tiki Chocolate Milk Stout (5.5-percent ABV) is probably the greatest of the 4 Hands’ Chocolate Milk Stout family. Coffee, chocolate and coconut are at the forefront in this, dare I say it, Mounds Bar-esque adult beverage. You know, because sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t. It’s deliciously sweet and medium-bodied with aromatics dominated by coconut and chocolate and balanced on the back with a lingering dark chocolate and coffee bitterness.

Photo courtesy of St. Louis Brewers Guild

Katie Herrera is an account manager at Craft Republic and contributor to Sauce Magazine.

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Thai Table will open next year in Maplewood

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

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Downtown Maplewood will soon have its first Thai restaurant, Thai Table, which is scheduled to open in January 2018 at 7403 Manchester Road.

Co-owner Somying Fox, who also co-owns Basil Spice Thai Cuisine on South Grand Avenue and The Blue Pearl on Cherokee Street, is opening the restaurant with Natthinee Hughes, who will also serve as executive chef.

Fox said the Thai Table menu would be centered on dishes from northeastern Thailand, where Hughes is originally from.

“There will be stronger flavors for people who like spicy foods,” Fox said. “It’s going to be different [from Basil Spice]. It will be upscale, and the food will be more authentic.”

The space, which most recently was an art studio, will have approximately 49 seats and serve beer, wine and sake.

Fox said she’s looking forward to joining the Maplewood restaurant community.

“We’re excited to be here,” she said. “We look forward to bringing more variety and options to Maplewood. It’s also close to the city and easy to commute to our other locations. We’ve gotten a lot of good feedback from our neighbors here.”

Photo: Google Street View

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Wasabi Sushi Bar to open Kirkwood location

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

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Heads up, citizens of Kirkwood: Wasabi Sushi Bar is set to open its newest location at 312 S. Kirkwood Road. The new space will be in the space that once housed Five Star Burgers, which The Scoop reported closed at the end of September. The Wasabi team plans to have the space remodeled and open by Dec. 14.

Owner John Kim opened the first Wasabi Sushi Bar in 2003. The restaurant currently has seven locations in the greater St. Louis area, and Kim also owns SanSai Japanese Grill.

The Kirkwood location will be Wasabi’s first standalone space. Lindsay Keaton, a representative for the restaurant, said the new space will give the chain the chance to grow and further define itself. “It’s finally going to be the Wasabi experience in its truest form,” she said.

The new location will have a larger bar and expanded menu that launches at all locations when the Kirkwood space opens. In addition to more than 50 sushi rolls, the restaurant will offer kobe beef, salads, signature cocktails and several new entrees.

Keaton said the Kirkwood location was important to Kim. “Each neighborhood is unique and different,” said Keaton. “[John] wants to dive in and get to know each one of them, learning how diverse each community is.”

The newest Wasabi will be open daily for lunch and dinner.

Photo courtesy of Wasabi Sushi Bar

Rachel Wilson is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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Trendwatch: What’s on your plate and in your glass in St. Louis now

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

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1. Hit the Links
Cherokee Street may soon be known for more than authentic Mexican fare and hipsters. A slew of restaurants filling, smoking and serving sausages are staking out their territory. Last month, chef-owner Ari Jo Ellis opened The Cut, offering house-made sausages from a window inside Fortune Teller Bar. Frankly Sausages co-owners Bill and Jamie Cawthon are putting the finishing touches on Frankly on Cherokee in the former home of Calypso Cafe, where they’ll dish out their famous food truck sausages and expand the concept. Finally, Vista Ramen chef-owner Chris Bork will lend a hand to neighbor Earthbound Beer later this year when he helms the kitchen at the brewery’s new location with a menu of smoked sausages, meats and sandwiches.

2. Restaurant Redux
Nostalgic ’90s sitcoms aren’t the only thing getting a reboot. Beloved St. Louis landmarks and eateries have seen new life in 2017. The iconic Bevo Mill has been transformed into the German-accented Das Bevo, while just down Gravois Avenue, longtime restaurant family the Grbics introduced Balkan-American fare to South City staple Lemmons when they reopened it as Lemmons by Grbic in May. And another longstanding restaurateur will soon revitalize a hometown favorite when Michael Del Pietro reopens Del Pietro’s, an updated version of his parents’ hallowed eatery that will feature original classics like Spaghetti a la Angela, Beef Sotto and Chicken Burko.

 

From left, Nudo House co-owners Qui Tran and Marie-Anne Velasco

 

3. Ready for Your Close-Up
Love posting food and drink on Instagram? Several places around town are making it easier to garner likes with spaces tailor-made for photo-ops. Strike a pose in front of the oversized red logo at Nudo House or the red carpet-esque step and repeat logo wall at Beyond Sweet. For a more whimsical backdrop, do some time in the penalty box at Center Ice Brewing, which features the reclaimed door from the late, great St. Louis Arena.

4. Outsourced
Breweries are sticking to what they know best – making beer – and bringing on award-winning eateries to run their tasting room kitchens. Earlier this year, 4 Hands Brewing Co. partnered with James Beard Award-winning chef Kevin Nashan and his chef de cuisine John Messbarger to create a new Peacemaker Lobster & Crab-inspired menu with peel and eat shrimp and a brisket po’boy. 2nd Shift Brewing Co. recruited Guerrilla Street Food to sling its Filipino fare from its tasting room kitchen, and Vista Ramen chef-owner Chris Bork recently aligned himself with fellow Cherokee Street denizen Earthbound Beer to helm the food program at its new brewery later this year.

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5. Coconut Crush
Coconut milk is the perfect starting ingredient for a plant-based yogurt because of its high fat content and super-rich texture; it’s delicately sweet, tangy and vegan. Vegetarian spot SweetArt uses coconut yogurt in a parfait layered with maple-sweetened granola and fresh fruit. In the past, it’s been on the menu at Sardella, also layered in a parfait with granola and dried fruit. Along the savory route, Confluence Kombucha used coconut yogurt in a tzatziki served with “crab” cakes, mango chutney and horseradish kimchi.

Nudo photo by Michelle Volansky 

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First Look: 1764 Public House in the Central West End

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

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The Gamlin Restaurant Group’s newest venture, 1764 Public House, opens today, Oct. 25, at 39 N. Euclid Ave., in the Central West End. Brothers Derek and Lucas Gamlin, who also own Sub Zero Vodka Bar and Gamlin Whiskey House in the CWE, announced the concept more than a year ago.

Named for the year St. Louis was founded, 1764 features a New Orleans-influenced menu with jambalaya, gumbo and a veggie étouffée alongside St. Louis-style pizzas and local favorites like house-made toasted ravioli. What’s with New Orleans? “That’s our sister city,” said Derek Gamlin. St. Louis founders came up from New Orleans in the mid-16th century. “Plus, the food’s delicious.”

Lucas Gamlin designed the space with some art deco-inspired elements, like the gold-accented, towering mezzanine alongside midcentury-style furniture. “I wanted it to have that old/modern mixture,” he said.

The main dining room and massive 40-seat bar have a full view of the open kitchen, while another 36-seat back dining room can be closed off with huge curtain and rented for private parties. There is also outdoor seating on a patio with its own bar, and a 32-seat indoor-outdoor dining area the Gamlins call the Convertible Room, featuring a wall-length folding window that opens to the patio.

The classics-focused cocktail menu also sports a New Orleans influence with house cocktails like a 1764 Hurricane and blueberry daiquiri and flashy large-format Moscow Mules offered in enormous copper mugs. The Mule madness tops out with the 168-ounce Mondo Mule, which requires four or more guests to order, is made with a full bottle of Belvedere Vodka and costs $90.

The restaurant opens with dinner service tonight at 5 p.m. and will launch full breakfast and lunch hours tomorrow, Oct. 26. 1764 will be open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 1:30 a.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to midnight. The Gamlins plan to add a weekend brunch service sometime around Thanksgiving.

Here’s a first look at what to expect at the newest restaurant from the Gamlin brothers:

 

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Photos by Michelle Volansky 

Heather Hughes is managing editor, print at Sauce Magazine. 

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Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Macarons

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

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These macarons are adorable and full of pumpkin spice goodness. I added pumpkin pie spice to the shells, and the filling is a French yolk buttercream with pumpkin puree, espresso and, yes, even more pumpkin pie spice blended in. Sandwiched together, these macarons are crisp on the outside and soft and gooey on the inside. Kids can even join in the fun using edible ink markers to draw jack-o-lanterns on them. They’re perfect for your Halloween celebration or any fall festivities.

 

Pumpkin Spice Macarons
15 to 20 macarons

For best results, weigh the ingredients.

100 g. egg whites
35 g. granulated sugar
200 g. powdered sugar
120 g. almond flour
½ Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
Orange food coloring gel
Green food coloring gel
Pumpkin Spice Filling (recipe follows)
Black edible ink marker (optional)*

• Line 2 baking sheets with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
• In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the egg whites and granulated sugar on high speed until stiff. The mixture should not move when the bowl is turned upside down.
• Sift the powdered sugar, almond flour and pumpkin pie spice into a mixing bowl. Using a spatula, gently fold the dry ingredients into the whipped egg whites. Reserve ¼ cup batter and set aside.
• In the large bowl, add the orange food coloring and mix until the desired hue is reached. Using another clean spatula, add the green food coloring to the reserved batter and mix until the desired hue is reached.
• Add the orange batter to a pastry bag fitted with a round tip. Hold the bag perpendicular to a baking sheet and pipe 1½-inch circles about 1½ inches apart. The batter will spread slightly. When the sheet is full, rap the baking sheets on the counter a few times to settle the batter and remove any air bubbles.
• Add the green batter to piping bag fitted with a small round tip and pipe little mounds at the top each orange circle to mimic a stem.
• Let the cookies rest at least 15 to 30 minutes or up to 2 hours, until the tops are dry to the touch.
• Move the racks to the center of the oven and preheat to 285 degrees.
• Bake 8 minutes, leaving the oven slightly ajar to let air escape (use a wooden spoon to prop the door open, if needed). Rotate the cookies and bake another 8 minutes.
• Let cool completely by carefully lifting the silicone mats or parchment paper from the baking sheets and resting them on the counter or a cooling rack. Remove the cooled cookies and pair them according to size.
• Use the edible ink marker to carefully draw jack-o-lantern faces on the macarons, if desired.
• Assemble the macarons by using a spoon to gently add filling into the center of 1 shell. Top with its partner, then gently push down and twist to spread the filling out. The macarons are best served after 12 hours so the flavors have time to meld. Store refrigerated up to 1 week or frozen 2 to 3 months in an airtight container.

 

Pumpkin Spice Macaron Filling

3 egg yolks
¼ cup water
½ cup sugar
¾ cup (1½ sticks) butter
¼ cup pumpkin puree
2 Tbsp. espresso
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

• In a mixing bowl, beat the egg yolks. Set aside.
• In a medium saucepan, bring the sugar and water to 238 degrees over medium heat (use a candy thermometer).
• Slowly add the hot syrup to the egg yolks, whisking briskly, until combined. Whisk until the yolk mixture has cooled.
• Use a hand mixer on medium-high speed to beat in the butter, then the pumpkin puree, then the espresso and pumpkin pie spice. The filling should be loose enough to spread, but not watery. Refrigerate to thicken, if needed.

* Edible ink markers are available online or at Michaels in Brentwood.

Amrita Song is a longtime contributor to Sauce Magazine who blogs at A Song in Motion

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Edible Weekend: 4 more tasty events this weekend

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

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Whether it’s a Shake Shack pop-up or a Halloween-themed beer bash, there are plenty of ways to dig in this weekend. Here are four more events for those who’re still peckish:

 

1. Great Pumpkin Wine & Spirit Tasting
Sample complimentary premium wines and pumpkin-flavored spirits at The Weingarten, while you enjoy live music by the Drinking Whiskies. Costumes are welcome, but not required.
Free admission. Fri., Oct. 27 – 6 to 8 p.m., The Weingarten, 1780 E. State Route 15, Belleville, 618.257.9463, Facebook: The Weingarten

2. Lemp Mansion Halloween Bash
Visit the Lemp Mansion for a fright-filled night with an open bar from Goose Island Beer Co., appetizers and a cash prize costume contest. The event also features live art installation with OJ Hays and three live bands. Tickets available by phone or at the door.
$85. Sat., Oct. 28 – 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., The Lemp Mansion, 3322 Demenil Place , St. Louis, 314.664.8024, lempmansion.com 

3. Kimmswick Apple Butter Festival
Stroll through historic Kimmswick, Missouri and eat apple butter every which way at this annual festival. Enjoy live music and more than 500 food, drink and craft vendors, plus a petting zoo, face painting and train rides.
Free admission. Sat., Oct. 28 and Sun., Oct. 29 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., downtown Kimmswick, 636.464.7407, gokimmswick.com

4. Cooking with Tavon: A Vegan Experience
Chef Tavon Brooks spreads the plant-based good word during this food-filled expo with guest chef Anthony Stewart. Guests sample vegan fare, sip wine and learn more about the health benefits of a vegan diet. Tickets available online or at the door.
$38 to 40. Sun., Oct. 29 – 6 to 9 p.m., Nexcore, 2631 Gravois Ave., St. Louis, 314.333.2879, Facebook: Cooking with Tavon

 

Don’t miss out. Sign up for the Edible Weekend newsletter to get the best food events of the weekend delivered to your inbox every Wednesday.

Rachel Wilson is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

Budget Crunch: 8 delicious deals to try now

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

Got $10 and a friend? Then contributor Kevin Korinek has eight delicious deals to dig into now.

 

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1. 2nd Shift Brewing offers a piece of free glassware on Keep the Glass Wednesdays. Each week, $10 gets you a 12- to 14-ounce pour of a 2nd Shift brew served in that week’s selected glass. Previous offerings included a balloon glass featuring the brewery’s feline mascot, Sunshine, and a coffee mug (perfect for sipping coffee Liquid Spiritual Delight).

2. Known for stellar fare like shawarma sandwiches and house-made hummus, I’ve got my eyes on Layla’s gourmet burger. Dine in on Wednesdays and get Layla’s standard burger and fries (with any drink purchase) for $8. Don’t let the name fool you; this isn’t a standard sandwich: pasture-raised beef on a brioche bun is topped with cheddar cheese, romaine lettuce, tomato, sumac onions and Chartreuse pickles.

3. Square One Brewing Co. has it all – a brewery, distillery and an inspired kitchen to keep things interesting. Square One’s a Build-A-Burger night on Tuesdays from 5 to 9 p.m. mean a single patty starts a mere $3. Choose from a list of add-ons like cheese and tomatoes – but those are extra, so keep it simple to keep it Budget Crunch friendly.

 

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4. Judging from the number of taquerias in St. Louis – both traditional and experimental – this city has a love affair with tacos. Lindenwood Park’s Snax Gastrobar has your back this month with Taco Tuesdays, featuring $2 tacos and $4 margaritas. The rotating selection of traditional and veggie tacos will satisfy, but try a few from the WTF (weird taco filling) menu, where the chefs try out eccentric flavor combinations, like Reuben or meatloaf tacos.

5. If it’s Mexican you crave, Rosalita’s Cantina gets you what you need fast with one of the earliest happy hours in town. It kicks off at 3 p.m. with $3 off appetizers like butternut squash tamales, delicious sopes or a mile-high mound of house-made nachos. Add a $4 Rosie’s Favorite Margarita or a $2.50 draft beer, and the rest of night should take care of itself.

 

The Classic Brew Cheeseburger is topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and the house Signature Wheel fry sauce.

 

6. Craft breweries are one of the best kept secrets for lunch specials, and Third Wheel Brewing in St. Peters has one of the best deals around. Head for the The Window Kitchen at this popular brewpub Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the $8 lunch special that comes with fries or side salad and soft drink. Choose from items like the classic brew burger, chicken or veggie wraps, house-made beer cheese soup or chili, which comes loaded with cheese and red onion. Not enough time to sit and enjoy? Order online for carryout.

7. Pretzels are one of the most perfect foods ever created. The satisfying crunch, the mouthwatering salt – throw-in something sweet, and you’ve got a trifecta of flavor difficult to find elsewhere. In October, celebrate National Pretzel Month at The Fountain on Locust with its pretzel ice cream cone for another $1.50. It’s best enjoyed with a heaping scoop of the delicious Zanzibar chocolate ice cream – some of the richest, creamiest chocolate ice cream I’ve experienced.

8. Unlike its name, the kitchen at Boundary seems to have no limits on shareable comfort foods. In addition to an assortment of great happy hour goodies from 4 to 6 p.m., Boundary now offering its classic burger and fries for only $5. The burger is a house blend ground of ground chuck topped with aged white cheddar on a brioche bun, and it is not to be missed. While you’re there, take advantage of a $3 draft of 4 Hands Incarnation IPA or the Charleville Tornado Alley Amber – perfect compliments to the perfect Budget Crunch.

Beer photo courtesy of 2nd Shift; taco photo courtesy of Snax Gastrobar; The Window photo by Michelle Volansky

Kevin Korinek is a freelance writer and photographer with a passion for making homemade pie.

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