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Drinks by three St. Louis Bartenders named among 101 best new cocktails of 2012

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Congratulations to three area bartenders whose drinks were selected by bartending legend Gaz Regan to be among the 101 Best New Cocktails of 2012. Ted Kilgore of Taste by Niche, TJ Vytlacil of Blood & Sand and Joel Clark of Sanctuaria each submitted drink recipes that impressed Regan enough to make the final cut.

While the cocktails themselves have yet to be announced, the list of the bartenders who concocted these tasty beverages is posted on the Ardent Spirits website that Regan hosts. Each of the winning drink recipes will be published in Gaz Regan’s 101 Best New Cocktails 2012, which should be available in mid- to late June. Regan has written a bevy of beloved cocktail books including The Bartender’s Bible, The Joy of Mixology and The Bartender’s Gin Compendium.

One restaurant and four local chefs named semifinalists for 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

One local restaurant and four local chefs were named semifinalists for the 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards today. Wes Johnson’s Salt was honored in the Best New Restaurant category. When we broke the news to Johnson this morning, he couldn’t believe it. “You’re kidding,” he gushed. “I’m kind of shocked. Wow. Wow.”

Over in the Best Chef: Midwest category, four local chefs were deemed semifinalists, including Gerard Craft, chef-owner of the Niche family of restaurants; Josh Galliano, chef at Monarch; Kevin Willmann, chef-owner of Farmhaus; and Kevin Nashan, chef-owner of Sidney Street Cafe.

“Go St. Louis. I am pumped for everybody,” Nashan told Sauce this morning. When asked how many times he had been honored by the Beard Foundation in this way, he answered modestly. “I don’t know; I’m just glad to be on the bus.” Willmann was also excited for his fellow semifinalists. “This is a special thing we have in St. Louis,” he said. “I’m honored to be a very small part of what will only get bigger and better. Congratulations, everybody! As my buddy Nashan always reminds me, ‘It takes a village’ – and we have one hell of a village here for sure.”

Galliano expressed his elation to The Scoop this morning as he hurried to get a pig roast done before service time. “It’s very exciting, awesome,” he noted.

Finalists for the 2012 awards will be announced on March 19, with the winners announced at a gala ceremony in New York on May 7. See a full list of who our local cuilnarians are up against here.



Local brew gets national nod

Monday, October 31st, 2011

103111_suds-cityRaise your pints of artisanal autumn ale and toast to local brewers! Our booming craft beer industry continues to garner national attention, most recently this past weekend via The New York Times. Of the area’s nearly 20 microbreweries, the article cited some of the newest microbreweries to open their doors, including The Civil Life Brewing Co., Perennial Artisan Ales (which opened just last weekend), and soon-to-open 4 Hands Brewing Co. The Times also zoned in on the bustling Midtown area and three of its beer-brewing tenants: Buffalo Brewing Co., Six Row Brewing Co., and Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. For more on our ever-expanding craft beer scene, take a tour of the local taps in Suds City.

Baetje Farms wins top honors at International Cheese Competition

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

081711_baetjeA Saucy congrats to Missouri’s own Baetje Farms for winning big at the International Cheese Competition, held this year in Montreal, Quebec. The Bloomsdale, Mo., cheesemaker won five awards for its French-style artisan goat cheeses, including first place ribbons for its plain and three-pepper-flavored, heart-shaped fresh cheese, Coeur de la Crème; and its hard-washed rind cheese, Fleur de la Vallée. Baetje Farms was also awarded a second place ribbon for its Sainte Genevieve and third place for its Coeur de la Crème, which is seasoned with garlic and chives.

The small cheesemaking operation, founded by Steve and Veronica Baetje in 2006, bested some 257 other competitors, including industry “big cheeses” such as Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery, Cypress Grove Chevre, Kraft Foods, Rogue Creamery and Cabot Creamery.

For information on where you can pick up some of Baetje Farm’s award-winning cheeses around town, click here.

Annie Gunn’s makes Wine Enthusiast’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants of 2011

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

70511_100bestwineRaise a glass to the crew at Annie Gunn’s for being named to Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s list of 100 Best Wine Restaurants, as reported by the Post-Dispatch’s Joe Bonwich. Glenn Bardgett, wine director for the Chesterfield Valley restaurant and a Sauce contributor, noted that the national-level accolade is not based solely on the restaurant’s wine list, which highlights many Missouri wines, but on the entire wine program, including wine tastings, wine dinners and other wine-related events. Read what the magazine had to say about Annie Gunn’s here.

“It’s the whole wine experience we have here,” said Bardgett. “We are the only one in Missouri [to make the list] and there are a lot of great restaurants in Missouri,” he added. The honor comes just months after Bardgett was named a semifinalist for a James Beard Foundation Award in the Outstanding Wine Service category. “It has been a good year,” summed Bargett. Indeed it has – cheers!

Sanctuaria in running for World’s Best Cocktail Menu award

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

060111_SanctuariaCheers to Sanctuaria’s bar manager Matt Seiter and his bar crew for being named finalists for the Tales of the Cocktail Spirits Awards in the World’s Best Cocktail Menu category. The nomination is based on the 150-long cocktail menu that Seiter and his colleagues compiled for the launch of the Sanctuaria Cocktail Club last fall.

Other bars around the globe in the running for the award include Artesian Bar at The Langham Hotel in London; Eau de Vie in Sydney, Australia; and Mayahuel in New York. The winner will be announced on Saturday, July 23, as part of events taking place during the five-day Tales of the Cocktail festival held annually in New Orleans. Until then, be sure to stop by Sanctuaria to taste one of Seiter’s summer sippers.

— Photo, by Jonathan S. Pollack, captures one of Seiter’s many cocktail creations

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Sauce short film by Once Films wins award

Monday, May 16th, 2011

062610_thumbsWhen we first began collaborating with Greg Kiger, director of photography at Once Films, on a short documentary about the thriving and dedicated culinary community in St. Louis, we knew the project had the potential to be very special. We were thrilled to learn that others in the community have deemed the final product worthy of recognition.

Once Films recently won a 2011 AIGA award in the professional promotion category for the film Kiger created for Sauce, Independent Risk Takers and Page Makers, Part 1. The award was presented by the St. Louis Chapter of the AIGA – The Professional Association for Design, formerly known as the American Institute for Graphic Arts. Hundreds of entries were submitted for this year’s competition, which honors excellence in design, branding and promotion. Congratulations also to our friends at TOKY Branding + Design, whose project for the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts received the Best in Show award.

The Sauce short film was produced by Once Films in February to highlight independent culinary innovators and the 10-year history of Sauce Magazine. The film included interviews with Dan Kopman, co-founder of The Saint Louis Brewery; Kevin Nashan, chef-owner of Sidney Street Cafe; and Gerard Craft, chef-owner of the Niche family of restaurants. It also included scenes from some of St. Louis’ favorite independent restaurants and bars, including Bridge Tap House and Wine Bar, Acero, Truffles and Eleven Eleven Mississippi, among others.

Haven’t seen it yet? Watch the film here.

Congratulations to all the 2011 AIGA design award winners and thank you to all who collaborated on the production of the film, including the passionate and talented crew at Once Films, production contributor Allyson Mace, content and sequencing contributor Heather Voyles and the Sauce team.

Five Bistro’s burger receives national praise

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

062610_thumbsCheers to chef-owner Anthony Devoti and the talented crew over at Five Bistro, whose burger made the Eater Heat Map: the website’s list of 15 of the country’s hottest burgers. Another cheers to Riverfront Times‘ dining critic Ian Froeb, quoted in the Eater piece for describing Devoti’s burger as “cleaner, lighter, with a definite mineral edge.” As you may remember, this is Eater’s second mention of our fair city recently. Just last week, the website released another of its ritual Heat Maps, this time to 14 of what it called “newish locales that have been garnering serious buzz.”

Locally driven and independently strong

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

030911_moviestillTen years is a long time. As we mark a decade in print this year, we reflected on how far we – and the local culinary community we document – have come. We’ve had a front-row seat for all of it: impressive new restaurants that have bulldozed through culinary boundaries; talented, young chefs who have made names for themselves both locally and nationally; and creative breweries, bars and bakeries that have bravely opened their doors.

This short film celebrates just that – the independent businesses, chefs and restaurateurs that have contributed to this dining scene we’re proud to call home. It takes courage, dedication and innovation to take a risk for something you’re passionate about, and we are amazed by those who display these qualities year after year. Independent, local businesses are the heart of our local culinary scene, and we are thankful and proud to be one of them.

It’s been an exciting privilege to cover the local dining scene for the past decade, and we can’t wait to see what’s next. So here’s to the next 10 years – may we keep St. Louis locally rooted, lively and a unique place to dine, drink and live well.


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Three local chefs up for F&W’s People’s Best New Chef

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

021511_F&WIn addition to Food and Wine’s annual Best New Chef award, the magazine has launched the first ever People’s Best New Chef award – a title granted by the people rather than the magazine’s editors – and three local talents are on the list. A Saucy congrats to Josh Galliano, executive chef at Monarch; Kevin Willmann, executive chef at Farmhaus; and Anthony Devoti, executive chef at Five Bistro, who are all in the running for the title of People’s Best New Chef for the Midwest region and a profile in the July 2011 issue of Food and Wine.

You can do your part to ensure one of these local chefs takes home the medal by voting for your favorite here.

And another Saucy shout-out to Sauce snapper Greg Rannells whose photograph of Devoti is featured on the awards’ official Web site.

Now get voting!

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