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The Scoop: Nosh closes, Home Wine Kitchen to take the Maplewood space

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

042811_homeAn eagle-eyed reader tipped us off to the fact that Nosh, a small bistro located at 7322 Manchester Road in downtown Maplewood, closed this past weekend. Chef-owner Paula Anderson opened the restaurant in July of last year, fashioning a thoughtful, seasonal menu around locally grown, free-range, grass-fed and organic ingredients. Anderson was unavailable for comment, but according to Rachelle L’Ecuyer, director of community development for the City of Maplewood, the closure at least partially due to family circumstances that made Anderson unable to attend to the daily operations at Nosh.

“I was addicted to those portabella wraps,” lamented L’Ecuyer, who added that Cassandra Vires, the former executive chef at Ernesto’s Wine Bar in Benton Park and a 2011 nominee for a James Beard Foundation Journalism Award, will be taking over the space along with her husband Joshua Renbarger; a press release sent late yesterday confirmed the news. The restaurant, Home Wine Kitchen, will serve “elevated comfort food.” Renbarger, who currently works with wine importer and wholesaler Ionia Atlantic, will serve as GM for Home Wine Kitchen.

Renbarger told The Scoop that he and Vires had been working on the concept for Home Wine Kitchen since moving to St. Louis in May of 2006. The couple had been looking for another space in Maplewood when the Nosh space suddenly became available. “It was time. Cassy’s goal has always been to open a restaurant by the time she’s 30.” Home Wine Kitchen will offer lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Look for a June opening.

Ernesto’s launches supper club

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

030310_ernestosErnesto’s Winebar in Benton Park has announced a supper club to be held the last Sunday of each month.

“It’s gonna be comfortable, it’s gonna be affordable, it’s gonna be food that you recognize but that is done really well,” executive chef Cassandra Vires told us.

Meals for the supper club will cost $35, which includes wine. However, potential diners need not belong to the club to enjoy its meals, Vires said. “Membership gives you added benefits, but you are still more than welcome to call and make reservations regardless of membership status.”

The club debuts March 28 with a family-style Italian menu: bay scallop risotto with Meyer lemon; braised veal chops with thyme, honey and grapes; crispy rosemary potatoes; balsamic and lemon roasted vegetables; and roasted fruit with sweet polenta cake and zabaglione.

“It’s gonna be a different menu every month, based on whatever I feel like making,” Vires said. “I’ve got a whole list of ideas, pretty much through the end of the year. But I’m a pretty fickle person, and it’s pretty likely that something else will spark my interest.”

For June, for example, Vires plans a farm-to-table focus. “In August we’re talking about doing ‘St. Louis originals’ and doing my version of toasted raviolis and gooey butter cake and pork steak,” Vires added. “I’m not from St. Louis, so that’ll be really comical for a lot of people.”

Other potential menus for the supper club will involve “perfect pairs” for September and Thanksgiving for November, Vires said. She also noted that items served at the club may be added to Ernesto’s regular menu, depending on their reception.

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