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Please your palate at Taste of St. Louis this weekend

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

092011_tasteWith an ever-growing, forward-moving food scene, St. Louis has sautéed, flambéed and puréed its way into the proverbial culinary spotlight … and it’s not even breaking a sweat. But it is something to celebrate. And what better way to savor the flavors that our local chefs are concocting than by taking a stroll down Sauce Magazine’s Restaurant Row?

This year’s Taste of St. Louis, held this weekend in Soldiers’ Memorial, is set to keep you eating well all weekend long as 45 restaurants line up in the heart of Market Street to serve up a mere sampling of the culinary creations they have to offer. Some of the restaurants lined up include Oceano Bistro, Molly’s In Soulard, Mojo Tapas, The Cup, Vito’s, Pappy’s Smokehouse, Onesto Pizza & Trattoria and Hank’s Cheesecakes.

As if that isn’t enough to please your palate, the Chef Battle Royale is sure to be a showstopper. Eights chefs have been hand-selected to have their skills put to the test in 45-minute head-to-head battles that will leave one chef with bragging rights and send the rest home to sharpen their knives. Emceed by Sauce publisher Allyson Mace and Vito Racanelli of Mad Tomato, the chefs competing include Jack W. MacMurray III, returning 2010 champ and the man behind Jack Mac’s Distinctive Taste; Nicholas Miller of Harvest; Jim Voss of Duff’s; Carl Haze of The Scottish Arms; Chris Lee of Sanctuaria; Grace Dinsmoor of Modesto; and John Griffiths of Truffles. The last spot will be decided by an on-air battle between two “mystery chefs,” one representing KTVI and one KPLR. Judges will include Marc Bynum, a Food Network Chopped champion, and Mark DeCarlo, host of MSN’s Road Raves and author of A Fork in the Road: 400 Cities, 1 Stomach.

Taste of St. Louis will kick off this Friday, September 23, with events running through Sunday, September 25 at Soldiers’ Memorial. Admission is free.

Meet food funny man Calvin Trillin

Monday, August 29th, 2011

082911_calvinCalvin Trillin, author of several novels and well known writer and columnist for The New Yorker, Time and The Nation (not all at once, of course), is coming home … or at least close to it. Born and raised in Kansas City, Mo., Trillin is perhaps best known for his weekly column, Deadline Poet, where he writes humorous rhymes about U.S. current events. But his wit and wisdom extend beyond playful prose, especially when eating is involved.

Trillin’s time as the American Journal writer for The New Yorker brought him all over the country, which meant eating all kinds of food. This “gastronomic journey” eventually led to three books: American Fried, Third Helpings and Alice, Let’s Eat (all of which were printed into The Tummy Trilogy in 1994).

On September 29, Trillin’s journey takes him back to his roots – and more precisely to the Central West End – to talk about his newest book, Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of Funny Stuff. Sauce Magazine, Left Bank Books and the St. Louis Public Library are all teaming up to give you a chance to stop by and meet Trillin in person, soak up his insight into decades of comedic culinary consumption and even pick up a signed copy of his latest work.

Whether you’re a longtime fan of his work or you’ve never set your sights on this writer’s sardonic style, it’s sure to be a night of belly laughs that you won’t want to miss!

Can’t wait? Tweet Crazy For Calvin @SauceMagazine and enter to win passes to the private reception with Trillin before the event and a signed copy of his new book.

WHAT: Meet and Greet, Book Signing With Calvin Trillin

WHERE: St. Louis Public Library – Schlafly branch, 225 N. Euclid Ave., St. Louis

WHEN: September 29 – 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Left Bank Books: 314.367.6731, left-bank.com

This is a Sauce sponsored event.

Pig out on the whole hog at Eclipse Restaurant for STL Craft Beer Week

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

072211_craftbeerweekSt. Louis Craft Beer Week kicks off this weekend with a slew of sudsy events to choose from (more on this here). On Wednesday, August 3, join us at the Eclipse rooftop bar as we host the Brewers’ Pig Roast. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., just $30 will buy you never-ending pork-filled plates and a pint of cask ale from The Civil Life Brewing Co. Not convinced yet? Maybe the thought of drinking with the brewmasters from Urban Chestnut Brewing Co., Six Row Brewing Co., Morgan Street Brewery, 2nd Shift Brewing and The Civil Life will do the trick. After all, beer is what these guys do; you can bet they’re pretty darn fun to throw back a pint with. And now for a glimpse at the meaty menu …

See you there!

Brewers’ Pig Roast Menu:

Smoked, slow-braised pulled pork
Saint Louis-style pork steaks
Saint Louis-style ribs

Creamy dill cole slaw
Vinegar slaw
Apple slaw

Tarragon roasted corn
Mustard potato salad
Grilled marinated pineapple
Cajun grits cakes

Sauce Sponsored Event Promotion

Three Reasons to head to a forest-to-table dinner at Molly’s in Soulard

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

042811_MOREL2Next Wednesday, May 4, the ever-adventurous folks at Molly’s in Soulard are hosting a multi-course dinner featuring foraged mushrooms and wild greens alongside other locally grown eats. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served at 5 p.m., followed by a five-course sit-down dinner. Here’s why we will be attending:

1. We can’t eat enough morels and other seasonal ‘shrooms.
One of the main ingredients used to prepare the dinner will be mushrooms foraged by none other than Missouri’s self-proclaimed Mushroom King, Thomas Weipert. “This guy is shorter and 75 pounds heavier than me, and you can barely keep up with [him],” remarked Molly’s executive chef Bryan Flaxbeard about the master morel hunter whose been prowling for mycelium for nearly 40 years and is the founder of morelhunters.com.

2. The menu will be a surprise.
Because the menu will be created based on what Weipert nabs in the woods – as well as the other wild edibles foraged by Molly’s kitchen crew – the line-up of dishes won’t be determined until a day or so before the event. However, you can be sure that it will be fresh as can be (and that you won’t just graze on greens and fungi, since the remaining ingredients will be sourced from area growers and farmers).

3. The price. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, followed by five more courses, all for $45? Sold!

Want to attend this forest-to-table affair? Call 314.241.6200 to make your reservation.

Ferguson restaurants give you a chance to help out with local tornado relief efforts

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

042811_ICALA couple of weeks ago, we gave you three reasons to patronize a trio of local restaurants that are making your night out on the town go to a good cause, (a growing trend we’ve been noticing, for sure). And now, as many St. Louisans clean up after the devastation from the tornadoes that swept across the city last week, another area business is giving you a chance to dine out and give back.

Enjoyalocal.com has teamed up with area Ferguson restaurants to donate a portion of one night’s proceeds to tornado recovery and repair efforts in Ferguson. What’s that mean for you? It means if you dine at so-called “Dine Ferg” restaurants including Ferguson Brewing Co., Marley’s Bar & Grill, Cork Wine Bar, Corner Coffee House and Vincenzo’s on Friday, May 6, 20 percent of your bill will go to the relief efforts. Additional donations will be gladly accepted, of course, and the restaurants will also be hosting a free concert in the plaza across from Ferguson Brewing Co., and Marley’s.

You should be patronizing your local businesses anyway, but just in case you need a little extra push, knowing your money is going to help those just around the corner should be the nudge you need to get off the couch.

Celebrating Missouri wine, one taste at a time

Friday, March 18th, 2011

031811_wineIn 2008, Jeff Siegel, founder of the popular Web site The Wine Curmudgeon, and Dave McIntyre, wine writer for The Washington Post, founded DrinkLocalWine.com as a way to focus more attention on the other 47 states that make wine (i.e. not the COW states: California, Oregon and Washington). Since then, the duo has hosted conferences in Virginia and Texas, educating Americans on wines from these regions. And come the first weekend of April, they’ll be at the Doubletree Westport in St. Louis to tout vino from grapes grown on vineyards here in Missouri.

The Drink Local Wine Conference will feature a slew of intriguing sessions Saturday, April 2, such as the creatively titled, We don’t need no stinkin’ vinifera. Other sessions include: Creating a buzz: How regional wine can grab the public’s attention and Does Locavore = Locapour, featuring our own Glenn Bardgett of Annie Gunn’s; Ann Pollack of St. Louis Eats and Drinks; Debra Grace, owner of Grace Manor; and Todd Kliman, author of The Wild Vine: A Forgotten Grape and the Untold Story of American Wine.

Also on Saturday, conference goers can join in on a Twitter Taste-Off, featuring 24 Missouri wineries. Yours truly will be tweeting from the taste-off (@saucemagazine using conference hashtag: #dlwmo) as I try to identify a California wine among the group of Missouri wines in a blind tasting. Those successful in ferreting out the West Coast interloper will have their taste-off fee refunded. Then, on Sunday, experience Missouri wines and terroir firsthand with a winery tour hosted by St. Louis Eats and Drinks’ Joe and Ann Pollack.

“The growth of the regional wine movement has been phenomenal,” said Siegel, who started his Wine Curmudgeon web column over a decade ago to shed the mystique shrouding wine. “Wine is made in all 50 states and the number of wineries in Missouri has almost doubled since 2005.” But what about all that prejudice against local wine? 
“More people, and especially younger people who didn’t grow up with rules about what wines are OK to drink, appreciate regional wine and don’t see it as something to be avoided,” he noted.

There are several affordable ticket packages available for the conference, starting at $35. For more information and to register for the event, click here. Can’t make it? Follow me at the Twitter Taste-Off @saucemagazine using conference hashtag #dlwmo.

The Sauce Magazine guide to an Edible Weekend

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

11811_edwkndWant more food and dining recommendations from the Sauce staff? All you had to do was ask.

Tomorrow, we will be launching Edible Weekend, a free weekly culinary e-newsletter that will provide you with everything you need to have a food-filled weekend. Each week, we’ll cull through hundreds of dining and drinking events to provide you with the best of what’s happening in food and drink around town.

We’ll share which new restaurants and bars are worth the buzz and tell you about new must-try dishes and cocktails. We’ll alert you to fun food festivals and events and reveal where you can find new-to-the-market beer, wine and spirits. We’ll tell you which cooking classes and celebrity chef visits are worth your time and why you should stop by a local shop for a quick spree. And, in our Saucy fashion, we will always provide you with a great recipe that will inspire you to spend some time in the kitchen.

Consider it a personal recommendation from the Sauce staff for a weekend of what we do best: dining and drinking well. If you’re a current subscriber to our Daily Sauce e-mails, you need not do anything: Edible Weekend will start arriving in your inbox every Wednesday. If you’re not, click here to sign up – it’s easy and free!

Sniff, Swirl, Sip … Tweet tonight at the Four Seasons

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

080610_twittericonAh, the power of technology. Over the years, technology has enabled us to see and hear things we haven’t been able to experience firsthand. But so far, we can’t exactly taste things removed from our purview.

Tonight, we’ll come a touch closer to having a virtual culinary experience. Wine lovers will experience a brave new world of vicarious swirling and swishing when the Four Seasons St. Louis takes to Twitter to report the happenings of a live wine tasting as it occurs.

Sniff, Swirl, Sip … Tweet? starts tonight at 6 p.m., at Cielo at the Four Seasons hotel – and simultaneously in the “Twittersphere.” Of course, the tastiest way to enjoy this event is to drop by Cielo and enjoy the Loosen Bros. Dr. L Riesling, Paraiso Syrah and Chappellet Mountain Cuvee the tasting will sample. But if you can’t make it downtown by 6, don’t sweat it: You can follow the tasting on Twitter as noted sommeliers from Four Seasons hotel restaurants in Beverly Hills and Dallas and Austin, Texas, live tweet from the event, filling you in on all the delicious details. Just follow the hashtag #FSWine and you can join in on the virtual vino fun.

If you are able to make it to Cielo tonight, $18 will buy you samples of these three wines – alongside three appetizers – that are recommended for holiday parties. In addition to flavor notes, the sommeliers will be sharing – both live and on Twitter – tips for integrating these wines into a Thanksgiving holiday menu. They will end the night with what is sure to be an interactive Q & A session.

Three Reasons to go see Raghavan Iyer at Wash. U. this weekend

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

111110_660curriesWelcome to Three Reasons, a new online column that tells you exactly what you’ll find at various stops around St. Louis. We won’t just tell you that a new restaurant has opened, we’ll tell you what to get there. We won’t simply report that a festival is happening this weekend, we’ll tell you what parts of it truly can’t be missed. Consider them recommendations or think of them as simple suggestions. Either way, here’s three reasons to go.

Charismatic, puckish Indian chef and cookbook author Raghavan Iyer will touch down at Washington University this week to help Indian students and others celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. There is plenty of foodie fun scheduled with an impressive spread of Indian delicacies. Here are three reasons to go see what it’s all about:

1. A free – and tasty – cooking demo. Tonight, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., you can go see Iyer’s Turemric Trail cooking demo at the Tisch Commons at Washington University’s Danforth University Center (DUC) for free. Even better? You get a taste of baingan nu bharto (roasted eggplant pâté with garlic and red chiles on crostini).

2. The only thing better than a late-night dessert buffet is one that ends in chiles and ice cream. The lavish dinner menu on Saturday, one of many throughout the weekend planned by Iyer, will feature sabudana vada (tapioca pearl fritters with roasted peanuts, chilies and coconut-sesame sauce); malai methi kebabs (marinated lamb rib chops with fenugreek-cream sauce); simla mirch shorba (red bell pepper soup with cashews, cardamom and Thai chilies); chukandarka salade (warm spiced beet salad with crumbled paneer, organic greens and golden raisin-ginger vinaigrette); avial (a South Indian wedding stew of seasonal vegetables in coconut-chile sauce served with cream of wheat polenta); konkan muchee (wild salmon with turmeric poached in coconut milk, red chiles, malt vinegar, cinnamon, scallions and grape tomatoes, and served with eggplant-garlic pâté and spinach basmati rice); pork vindaloo (boneless pork loin seared with fresh ground spices and robust vinegar-garlic sauce and served with spinach basmati rice); baingan murghi (avocado-stuffed boneless chicken breast with eggplant sauce served with spinach basmati rice); and ananas ambol (pineapple stewed with blackened red chiles and unrefined cane sugar served over vanilla ice cream).

3. You can meet the curry master. The big finale is with Iyer himself. The author will sign copies of his comprehensive 2008 cookbook 660 Curries Saturday 3:30 to 6 p.m., at Ibby’s at the DUC.

For information, time and many more delicious details, click here.

The Ritz Carlton stirs up ghostly cocktails

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

102710_ritzThe kids will be running around collecting candy on Sunday. And since all good neighbors will be handing out candy on the very night, adult revelers can have their own Halloween fun on Friday and Saturday night. One place that has spirited eves in store: The Ritz-Carlton in Clayton.

At the bar, you’ll find a lineup of spooky martinis featuring new-to-the-market Frozen Ghost Vodka that’s only made its way to 10 U.S. states so far. Imported from western Canada, Frozen Ghost is noted for its smooth, crisp character, as it’s distilled six times for purity.

This premium vodka, poured from a bottle that will give you the heebie-jeebies, will find its way into the likes of a Bloodytini tinted red from açai and topped with Champagne; the Spider Web of vodka and Midori that’s crawling with dark streaks of chocolate syrup; or the ghoulish Green Goblin that gets a green tinge from Midori and is packed with extra fruity punch from peach schnapps and sweet and sour. Indulge in the seasonal Yummy Pumpkin Pie or get diet-savvy, my little pretty, with the Skinny Witch, where glowing sake liqueur Ty Ku meets vodka and limoncello.

The Ritz’s boozy boo brews, plus live music both nights, are certain to leave you howling at the moon.

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