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This week, Catherine Klene is obsessed with…

Thursday, December 19th, 2013


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{I’m a sucker for nostalgia, and NPR’s Found Recipes segment gets me every time. In November, it was the story of a professional chef who still can’t replicate his 94-year-old grandmother’s sweet potato pie to her satisfaction. In October, a woman shared her story of a half-eaten jar of quince paste that led to a recipe exchange with a Latvian man. In roughly four minutes, I am way too emotionally invested in their lives, refusing to leave the car until I hear how the story ends.} 



{On a recent trip to Chicago, we stopped by one of my favorite places, The Art Institute of Chicago and walked through its current exhibition, “Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture and Cuisine.” This massive exhibition showcases the evolution of food and drink in American art and explains the cultural and political context behind the pieces. Famous works include Norman Rockwell’s “Freedom from Want,” Edward Hopper’s “Nighthawks,”, one of Andy Warhol’s “Campbell’s Soup Cans” and hundreds more. If you happen to be in Chicago before Jan. 27, it’s well worth the price of museum admission. And if not (or if Santa is reading) there’s a 250-page book about the exhibition that I’ve had my eye on.}



{I love the idea of baking Christmas cookies. Cue up a holiday playlist, whip up a cheerful cocktail or two (or three), and let the beating, baking and bedazzling begin. Except after several hours of dotting those stupid reindeer noses with red sprinkles and dumping half a bag of flour on the floor, I’m left with dozens of sugar cookies that I suddenly remember I don’t really like. These Chocolate-Pistachio Sablés came to my rescue this year. The bittersweet chocolate with a hint of sea salt and nutty crunch is divine. I’ve already made another version substituting almonds for the pistachios and adding a heaping handful of chopped fresh cranberries to the dough. Beautiful, festive and no decorating required!}

-cookie photo courtesy of Michael Graydon and Nikole Herriott/Epicurious.com

The Scoop: Mississippi Mud to open coffee house downtown

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013


Local, small-batch coffee roaster Mississippi Mud is teaming up with Art Saint Louis to open a hybrid cafe-art gallery downtown in the Park Pacific building at 1223 Pine Street.

The coffee house will be called Mississippi Mud Coffee Roasters and will offer coffee drinks, teas and smoothies, as well as pastries and other fare from Something Elegant Catering. Among the highlights of the planned progressive coffee program will be a pour-over made with a Sowden Oskar SoftBrew coffee brewer. Its filter keeps the ground beans separate from the water and doesn’t force, press, steam or burn the beans. Mississippi Mud is the only retailer in the area with the Sowden system, according to Mississippi Mud owner Chris Ruess.

Besides seating inside the 2,000-square-foot space and outside on the sidewalk, patrons will find bench seating in the gallery area, where beverages will be permitted. The cafe joins recently opened Alumni Saint Louis in the historic Park Pacific building and is slated to open July 13. Its hours of operation will be Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., with evening and late-night hours on weekends in conjunction with art shows.



Cheap Date: Arty Party at the Four Seasons

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

CheapDate_logoMore often than not, St. Louis is billed as a cultural wasteland. But beneath the city’s sometimes-Philistine facade, a healthy little nest of artists toil into the night, transforming canvas and clay. This week offers a rare opportunity to impress a date by schmoozing it up in the local art scene (or, at least, faking it) and, in the process, grabbing some free intoxicants.

Tonight kicks off the first Arty Party, an event series showcasing local artists in the vanguard of the creative world. The good news: It’s hosted at the gorgeous Four Seasons Hotel.


Jeff Kapfer art

The better news: It’s free of charge and open to the public. From 6 to 9 p.m., guests are welcome to join painter Jeff Kapfer at his display in the Four Season’s swanky Presidential Suite, where they can mingle, check out the art, chat it up with the artist and grab some free cocktails and light snacks. Booze, schmooze and a little culture thrown in? Hello brownie points.


Cielo’s pan-seared tuna caponata

Following the showing, escort your date over to Cielo Restaurant and Bar – the hotel’s rooftop eatery – for an informal cocktail reception. From there, you can break off on your own and still enjoy a 30-percent discount on your tab. At that rate, four indulgent appetizer plates – like marinated shrimp, calamari salad, arancini, veal-stuffed olives – will run you less than $20. Better still, Cielo boasts some of the most expertly poured drinks in town in a great, upscale atmosphere for a weekday date. For more information, check out the event’s Facebook page.

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