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First Look: Third Wheel Brewing in St. Peters

Friday, June 16th, 2017

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St. Peters has welcomed its first brewery. Third Wheel Brewing opened doors at 4008 N. Service Road on Wednesday, June 7.

As The Scoop reported last September, Third Wheel is a six-person partnership among Ron and Valerie Woerndle, Wade and Erin Alberty, Brad Wheeling and brewer Abbey Spencer, who is a co-founder of The OG, a St. Louis women’s craft beer collective.

Wheeling said the massive space sat vacant for a decade before Third Wheel moved in. The nearly 10,000-square-foot tasting room offers plenty of space for patrons to spread out and enjoy full or half pours of the five house brews and seven guest taps currently available.

Third Wheel’s current offerings lean lighter (though Spencer said a porter and chocolate stout will debut in a few weeks) with a Belgian wit, American pale ale, a double IPA, a Berliner Weiss and an American brown ale. Growlers are available to go and a Crowler machine is on the way, but Spencer said no plans are in the works to distribute Third Wheel at this time.

From the beginning, Wheeling wanted Third Wheel to be “a brewery with food, not a restaurant.” Enter brothers Scott and Steve Kline and chef Kevin Hummel, who operate The Window, a separate business that serves food inside the brewery. As the name implies, customers step up to the window to order from a menu of burgers, sandwiches, wraps and salads. Sides like house-made chips, fries and sweet potato fries come with a selection of 14 dips from ranch to marinara to gooey warm marshmallow.

Third Wheel Brewing is open Wednesday and Thursday from 3 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Here’s a first look at what to expect from St. Charles County’s newest brewery:

 

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Photos by Michelle Volansky

Catherine Klene is managing editor, digital at Sauce Magazine.

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Eat This: Kale-ifornication Salad at Pi Pizzeria

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

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Not just any salad can win our hearts over deep-dish pizza. In Pi Pizzeria’s Kale-ifornication Salad, quinoa adds heft to a baby Tuscan kale base, and spiced roasted chickpeas and flaked almonds bring necessary crunch. Tart slivers of pickled red onion and juicy grape tomatoes cut through the indulgent, peppery buttermilk dressing, and two triangles of chewy cornmeal flatbread satisfy any lingering crust cravings. Pizza who?

Photo by Julia Calleo

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Readers’ Choice Favorite New Restaurant: Olive & Oak

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

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{ clockwise from top, mixed green salad, Cuban sweet potatoes, O&O Burger, The Dip, blue crab gratin at Olive & Oak }

 

If you could actually snag a standing reservation at the wildly popular Olive & Oak in Webster Groves, you’d find a different menu each time. Executive chef Jesse Mendica tweaks vegetable preparations or swaps a protein in her playful twists on classics nearly every day.

“Just trust us,” she said. “I won’t lead you into something you don’t want.” Here, Mendica shared her go-to salad, staff obsessions and the handful of constants on the flexible menu of your Favorite New Restaurant.

Mixed Green Salad
“It’s over grilled, awesome potato bread – that’s a sleeper hit. To call it a potato bread is a shame because its half mashed potatoes-half bread, so it’s dense and thick and gooey.”

Cuban Sweet Potatoes
“When you make people happy with vegetables, that’s a real feat. Steak is easy, a fatty burger is easy – vegetables take a little more effort and risk. When people dig on the vegetables, I’m so excited.”

O & O Burger
“We have to plead with [employees] to eat something other than a burger. We’re worried about you. You’re going to become a burger.”

The Dip
“It’s roasted leg of lamb with drunken goat cheese and lamb jus. Don’t miss it. We did a veggie dip and a ham dip and a pork dip, but nothing compares to this. I’m head over heels for it.”

Blue Crab Gratin
“It’s total comfort food. It’s just a cheesy crab dip – spicy and warm and sharable.”

Photo by Carmen Troesser

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First Look: Charleville Brewing Co. & Tavern in Lafayette Square

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

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{ Charleville director of operations Tait Russell } 

 

After 14 years brewing in Ste. Genevieve, Charleville Brewing Co. has a second home in Lafayette Square. Charleville Brewing Co. & Tavern opened its 7-barrel brewery and restaurant at 2101 Chouteau Ave., yesterday, May 16.

As The Scoop reported in October 2016, the new space is a partnership between Charleville co-owners Jack and Joal Russell and Hamilton Hospitality co-owners Paul and Wendy Hamilton. The Hamiltons own the building, as well as surrounding restaurants 21st Street Brewers Bar, Eleven Eleven Mississippi, PW Pizza and Vin de Set.

Charleville director of operations Tait Russell said the 15-barrel brewhouse in Ste. Genevieve will continue to produce the brewery’s core portfolio and seasonal offerings, while the smaller St. Louis brewery will allow his brewing team to play with one-off and limited-release beers. They hope to start brewing in two weeks.

Until then, patrons can grab a pour of 14 Charleville brews, including new offerings like the 2101 Pale Ale brewed with Cascade hops and the Chouteau Common, the brewery’s take on a California common. Four Charleville wines are also available to sip.

Executive chef Ryan Luke developed an extensive menu of comfort food options done with a creative flair, like a lobster corn dog appetizer or chicken curry hand pie. Many dishes incorporate Charleville beer or byproducts of the brewing process like a spent grain soft pretzel or beef patty melt topped with amber ale-caramelized onions.

Charleville Brewing Co. & Tavern is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to midnight, Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Brunch service takes place on the weekends until 2 p.m.

Take a first look at Charleville’s new St. Louis home:

 

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Photos by Michelle Volansky 

Catherine Klene is managing editor, digital at Sauce Magazine. 

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St. Louis food community reacts to James Beard wins

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

The St. Louis restaurant community erupted Monday night when it received two prestigious honors from the James Beard Foundation at its annual awards gala – essentially the Academy Awards of the American restaurant industry. Sidney Street Cafe chef-owner Kevin Nashan was named Best Chef: Midwest, and the foundation declared Gioia’s Deli an America’s Classic. Here’s how some hometown chefs and restaurant personalities reacted to the news.

 

 

 

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The Scoop: Sidney Street Cafe’s Kevin Nashan wins James Beard Award

Monday, May 1st, 2017

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 { Sidney Street Cafe’s Kevin Nashan }

Raise a glass to Sidney Street Cafe chef-owner Kevin Nashan – winner of the 2017 James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: Midwest.

Nashan received the honor tonight, May 1, at the James Beard Foundation Awards gala at the Lyric Opera House in Chicago.

This is Nashan’s first win and third finalist nod, and it’s St. Louis’ second James Beard award. Niche Food Group chef-owner Gerard Craft won Best Chef: Midwest in 2015.

The James Beard award recognizes “chefs who have set new or consistent standards of excellence in their respective regions,” according to the culinary organization’s website. The Midwest category considered restaurants from Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Four others were nominated in this category, including another hometown chef: Farmhaus chef-owner Kevin Willmann of St. Louis, Steven Brown of Tilia in Minneapolis, Justin Carlisle of Ardent in Milwaukee and Jorge Guzman of Brewer’s Table at Surly Brewing Co. in Minneapolis.

 

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This wasn’t St. Louis’ only honor of the evening. The Beard Foundation named Gioia’s Deli an America’s Classic, an honor reserved for restaurants that serve delicious food and reflect the characters of their communities. Gioia’s Deli, which began as a grocery store on The Hill, will celebrate its 100th anniversary next year.

For coverage of the Beard Foundation gala, follow Sauce on Twitter and Instagram.

 

Nashan photo by Carmen Troesser; sandwich photo courtesy of Gioia’s Deli

Catherine Klene is managing editor at Sauce Magazine.

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Eat This: Brisket Mac at Farmtruk

Monday, May 1st, 2017

 

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Farmtruk’s Brisket Mac combines the best of a backyard barbecue in one paper basket. Fat rigatoni noodles are drowned in cheddar cheese sauce, a generous handful of braised brisket and a drizzle of sweet chipotle barbecue. It’s all finished with a sprinkle of crushed Red Hot Riplets and fresh slivers of green onion. Best paired with sunglasses and a lawn chair on a warm day.

Photo by Carmen Troesser

Catherine Klene is managing editor, digital at Sauce Magazine.

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First Look: Patois in downtown St. Louis

Friday, April 21st, 2017

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Caribbean-American-inspired Patois Eatery & Social Lounge is now open at 2617 Washington Ave.

As The Scoop reported in April, the space retains the same ownership as its former incarnation, The Rustic Goat, but the management and direction of the restaurant have changed, according to marketing director Johnnie Franklin. The massive two-level space seats around 200 guests with small lounges available for private parties.

Helmed by head chef Carmen Harris, the open kitchen features tried-and-true jerk recipes from Chicago-based Jamaican restaurant, Uncle Joe’s Jerk. Chicken, catfish and shrimp are all offered as jerk preparations. A selection of small plates including pizza-like flatbreads and tacos are also available. Behind the bar, general manager Crystal Burkley has created a dozen or so house cocktails and offers a selection of national-label beers and a few wines by the glass.

Franklin intends to host several themed nights to attract nearby businesses and make use of the performance space in the center of the restaurant. Look for weekly music and drink specials like a reggae-themed happy hour and R&B and soul Saturdays.

Patois is open for lunch Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and for dinner Tuesday to Thursday from 5 to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Sunday brunch service takes place 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Here’s a first look at Patois:

 

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Photos by Michelle Volansky

Catherine Klene is managing editor, digital at Sauce Magazine.

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Hit List: 3 places you must try this April

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

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1. Vicia: 4260 Forest Park Ave., St. Louis, 314.553.9239, viciarestaurant.com

After more than a year of anticipation, pop-ups and special events, doors have finally opened at Vicia in the Cortex Innovation Community. Veterans of New York’s acclaimed Blue Hill at Stone Barns, owners Michael and Tara Gallina focus on vegetable-forward, seasonally driven cuisine. To that end, the menu is flexible, letting farm-fresh ingredients dictate the day’s dishes. Take a leisurely lunch break at Vicia’s sun-drenched dining room to mix-and-match from a short list of meticulous dishes. Our tartine featured a thick slice of house-made porridge bread topped with butternut squash sofrito, marinated kale and oyster mushrooms, while the grain salad tucked a mix of wheat berries, rye and farro under shaved carrots, daikon and a rainbow of radishes with dollops of goat cheese sauce and pesto made from radish and turnip tops. Indulge with a quiche – ours included earthy shiitake mushrooms, spinach and leeks nestled in a fluffy, rich filling – but don’t forget to save room for dessert. A buttery turnover shattered at first bite, revealing sweet kumquat and ricotta. At press time, only lunch service was available, but based on that experience, we’ll eagerly make our dinner reservations.

 

2. Two Plumbers Brewery & Arcade: 2236 First Capitol Drive, St. Charles, 636.224.8626, twoplumbers.com

Two Plumbers Brewery & Arcade is as simple as a place named for Mario and Luigi should be: just 10 taps and more than 30 arcade games. The 21-and-older brewery currently offers a couple of its beers (keep an eye out for Ermac Irish red IPA and Braunenmantel American brown ale) and is brewing more to add alongside taps pouring the likes of Schlafly, Founders and Crown Valley. Bring in food (or order a Dan O’s frozen pizza from the bar), grab a pour and drop some quarters to play old-school favorites like Dungeons & Dragons, Time Crisis II and, of course, Super Mario Bros.

 

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3. Snax Gastrobar: 3500 Watson Road, St. Louis, 314.353.9463, snaxstl.com

And now for something completely different from the minds behind Robust Wine Bar. Instead of extensive wine lists and small plates, fill up with comfort food at Snax Gastrobar. Try the messy, delectable burger (two smash patties piled with cheese, bacon, a mayo-based Snax Sauce and the usual accoutrements), or pick up the Reuben, featuring a balance of house-cured smoked pastrami and sauerkraut. Prefer a knife and fork? Order the simple roasted chicken; a boned breast is seared for crisp skin and juicy, tender meat, all piled atop braised beans with rich shiitake mushrooms and bright lemon-garlic jus.

 

Photos by Michelle Volansky

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What I Do: Patrick Olds of Louie’s Wine Dive

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

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In 2010, Patrick Olds was contemplating going to law school while serving at the Four Seasons, with wine knowledge limited to the color of the liquid in the bottle. The 27-year-old beverage director and general manager of Louie’s Wine Dive has learned a few things since then. After countless hours studying for his advanced sommelier certification, a rigorous exam that focuses on theory, blind tasting and serving some of the best in the business, Olds passed in March. Here, Clayton’s wine prodigy shares his thoughts on tasting, testing and the can’t-miss glass on Louie’s ever-changing wine board.

Learning Curve
“My parents never drank wine growing up. When I first started at the Four Seasons, I didn’t know the difference between riesling and merlot.”

Tasting 101
“The best way to tell the quality of a wine is to swish it around in your mouth like mouthwash – really get it in every avenue – then swallow it and tell me what you think.”

Bipolar
“When you go six-for-six, there’s nothing really that tops that amount of euphoria: You just blind-tasted six wines in 25 minutes, and you nailed them. But if you go one out of six, there’s nothing that will bring you down faster. It’s a little polarizing.”

Song and Dance
“If you’re a trial lawyer, you’re up and performing the way that you may be in service situations. I feel like I’m a decent performer. I feel like I do well in those situations. In addition, all those things that you learn – all the laws throughout Missouri and federal laws – I’m learning laws in different languages from around the world. The only thing that’s really different is that part of my test is drinking wine.”

Next-level Service
“I went to Sepia [in Chicago]. … Everything about the dining experience was exquisite. … If a server is doing their job at a high level, their head is on a swivel and they’re looking around all the time, so they’ll see people looking up. Immediately, I was always approached. Drinks were never empty, water was never empty, the table was spotless. It was just pristine.”

Insider Tip
“I will always have a GC riesling up on the board – GC means grand cru. Those don’t sell as much, but anyone that gets a glass of that, they’re always so amazed. … If I ever have a chance to drink anything really special, it’s GC riesling. It’s a sommelier’s dream.”

Photo by Ashley Gieseking

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