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The Scoop: Oceano in Chesterfield to become Bishop’s Post in May

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

 

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{Classic comfort food at the soon-to-open Bishop’s Post includes menu items like fried chicken, shrimp and grits, short ribs (pictured), and more.}

 

Next month, the seafood-centric menu at Oceano Bistro in Chesterfield will be replaced with classic American comfort fare. The space at 16125 Chesterfield Parkway West that currently houses Oceano is slated to become Bishop’s Post on May 9.

Last week, an investment group headed by Ben Bishop Jr. finalized the purchase of Amer Abouwardah’s interest in the Oceano Chesterfield location. Abouwardah has purchased that group’s interest in the original Oceano location in Clayton, which will retain its name and concept.

Bishop’s Post will be open daily for lunch and dinner on weekdays and dinner only on weekends. Bishop’s Post GM Christy Rayfield said the menu includes classic comfort dishes like fried chicken, shrimp and grits, smoked meats, classic steakhouse cuts (such as a prime rib and a porterhouse), as well duck, quail and fresh seafood. The concept will be “more casual comfort than upscale comfort,” said Rayfield, whose 15 years in the industry include an eight-year run at the front of the house at Annie Gunn’s and most recently as a wine sales representative for A. Bommarito Wines.

Dave Rook will helm the Bishop’s Post kitchen. Rook’s 30-year culinary career has taken him to places like the now-defunct Aqua Vin and Crazy Fish, as well as Copia. In addition to his executive chef duties at Bishop’s Post, Rook also owns Empire Deli and Pizza downtown, which opened early last year, with brother Mike Rook.

While managing partner Bishop lends his last name to the restaurant, the “Post” part pays homage to Chesterfield pioneer Justus Post, who once owned the land where the restaurant currently sits. Artwork at Bishop’s Post will pay tribute to historic Chesterfield. “We want to embrace the community. We want you to be a part of us as much as we want to be a part of you,” Rayfield said.

Oceano will remain open until Bishop’s Post opens doors. “It will be a seamless transition,” Rayfield said.

 

 

(UPDATED) The Scoop: Taste of St. Louis to move to Chesterfield

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

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Update: Earlier today, The Scoop reported that organizers of 2014 Taste of St. Louis will relocate the annual food festival from downtown to Chesterfield. Since publication, Taste of St. Louis’ K. Sonderegger spoke with The Scoop about the decision to move the festival to West County.

K. Sonderegger, Taste of St. Louis’ co-director and marketing director, said the new space in Chesterfield would allow for a more “food-centric” event. “We really want to ramp it up his year,” she said. “Our goal is to bring in heavy hitters from Food Network, Bravo and Cooking Channel. What was neat about Chesterfield is the permanent amphitheater space.”  Sonderegger said this venue will allow for ticketed shows distinct from free events at Taste.

Sonderegger said she does not feel Taste of St. Louis is abandoning downtown, where the event has taken place since its inception 10 years ago. “We have always tried to be the best regional food event there is,” she said. “It’s not abandoning downtown. It gives us an opportunity to be more regional.” She explained Taste organizers want the festival to be “geographically diverse” and to offer a variety of food from diverse cuisines.

Some Taste of St. Louis attendees used the MetroLink to get to the festival downtown; Sonderegger said she does not believe transportation will pose a problem for fairgoers attending this year’s event. “You can take the MetroLink and then take the MetroBus to get out to the county. And it is a 20-minute drive from downtown St. Louis,” she said.

Though still working out the details, Taste organizers anticipate that 30 to 35 restaurants will participate in Restaurant Row. “Every year we have restaurants that don’t participate for one reason or another,” Sonderegger said when asked if she expected former Restaurant Row venues not to participate because of the new location. “I think this year will be as good as any other year.”

The original version of this post is below.

Organizers of Budweiser Taste of St. Louis are moving the annual culinary festival westward to Chesterfield. Previously held downtown at Soldiers’ Memorial, the 10th annual Taste of St. Louis will take place Sept. 19, 20 and 21 at Chesterfield’s Central Park and Chesterfield Amphitheater.

According to a press release, the new location offers a permanent, stadium-style stage “to showcase culinary talent from across St. Louis and around the country, enhancing the visitor experience.” The release also states that an expanded lineup of restaurants from St. Louis, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Southern Illinois and beyond will make for a “more geographically-diverse Restaurant Row.”

Also new at this year’s Taste, chefs will be encouraged to showcase their most unique signature culinary creations. Visitors will be able to use smartphones and tablets to vote for the winning dish, which will be named Taste of St. Louis Best Bite.

As in prior years, Taste will showcase national culinary stars from Food Network, Cooking Channel and Bravo, and offer beer and wine tasting experiences, concerts, an artist area and a family area.

Requests for comment from Taste organizers were not immediately returned.

 

 

 

Sneak Peek: Nadoz Bakery + Café in Chesterfield

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Nadoz Bakery + Café opens its third location today at 17089 N. Outer Forty Road at the Taubman Prestige Outlets in Chesterfield.

Nadoz owners Stephen and Cathy Becker, who have two other locations in Midtown and at The Boulevard in Richmond Heights, brought old Nadoz favorites – and then some – to the new spot. From an expansive juice bar program, a wide selection of baked goods, a hefty burger menu featuring Angus beef on house-made brioche buns, and even wine on tap, there are plenty of reasons to head to Chesterfield and check out Nadoz No. 3:

 

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-photos by Michelle Volansky

The Scoop: Vito’s to bring its Italian fare to Chesterfield Valley

Friday, August 9th, 2013

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Longtime Midtown Italian restaurant and pizzeria Vito’s will open a second location, Vito’s in the Valley, at 138 Chesterfield Towne Centre in Chesterfield, as reported by the Riverfront Times’ Nancy Stiles.

Giovanni La Fata, who has managed the Midtown restaurant with his brother Vito La Fata for nearly 20 years, said they always planned to open another location. Since many Vito’s customers are frequent theatergoers from St. Louis County, a restaurant out west made good business sense. “Chesterfield Valley is blowing up with outlet malls and is doing so well,” he said. “We went as far west as you could go, and Vito’s in the Valley has such a nice ring to it.”

Giovanni will oversee day-to-day operations at the 150-seat space that once housed Trattoria Branica, while Vito and brother Marco will manage the original location. The Chesterfield menu will include many of Vito’s classic Sicilian-style dishes and pizzas, but the brothers are discussing new entrees and appetizers that will make appearances on both menus. Giovanni is currently on the hunt for an executive chef.

With construction underway, Vito’s in the Valley is slated to open in late September. “I can’t wait,” Giovanni said. “I can’t even sleep past 4 a.m. anymore; I’m up doing stuff on the computer. I’m scheduling myself in the morning and going crazy for the entire day. I love it.”

 

 

By the Book: Lou Rook’s Steamed Prince Edward Island Mussels in a Spicy Tomato Vermouth Broth with Grilled Crusted Bread

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

The Chesterfield Valley wasn’t always The Chesterfield Valley. When I was a kid, that area was grassland and soccer fields as far as the eye could see. Oh, and there was The Smokehouse Market. After two or three hours of running after a black-and-white speckled ball (or away from it, in my athletically inept case), my prize for the energy exerted was lunch at The Smokehouse Market. We’d go up to the counter and stand on our tippy toes to order a smattering of house-made items, forming makeshift sandwiches out of fresh cheeses and roasted vegetables on thickly sliced whole-grain bread. Dessert was a chocolate chip cookie from the counter right next to the cash register that my sister and I had to split. When the flood devastated the area in ’93, I worried that my beloved lunchtime market had gone with it. Indeed, it had filled with several feet of water, as had Annie Gunn’s restaurant that sat next to it. But fortunately, Tom Sehnert, who owned both eateries, planned to rebuild.

Enter chef Lou Rook. Together, Rook and Sehnert created a new concept for Annie Gunn’s – one that infused fine-dining reliability with farm-to-table roots. After a series of slow changes to the menu, everything from the meat to the produce to the cheese came from local farms, and the food that Rook created using these ingredients was fantastic. Twenty years later, chef Rook has released his first cookbook, Rook Cooks: Simplicity at Its Finest, filled with many of the mainstay dishes that have made Annie Gunn’s worthy of a trip to Chesterfield for even the most jaded critics of West County.

As we finish up our month of cooking from cookbooks penned by St. Louis culinary stars, I was ecstatic to cook from one of my very favorite chefs in town (Bonus: Chef Rook is an incredibly nice guy.). This recipe for mussels epitomizes what I believe Rook is trying to accomplish with this book: quality yet easy-to-find ingredients that are prepared simply to provide big flavor. (I must note that not all of the recipes in this book do so, such as those which call for making stocks and sauces that, on their own, would take many hours and dollars.) And boy did this one deliver. The 1/3 cup of minced garlic and the full tablespoon of crushed red pepper flakes tossed into the broth made for a load of flavor that tickled my taste buds with every bite. While milder palates may prefer to knock the garlic and pepper flakes down a few notches, my heat-loving household happily sopped it up with the grilled bread I served alongside.

For the tomatoes, Rook recommends the only canned tomatoes that you should ever buy: San Marzanos, available at just about any corner grocery. I opted for the white wine I had in the fridge, but if you happen to have vermouth lying around, by all means pop it open for this savory and spicy broth. I do wish Rook was a bit clearer on the rest of the ingredient list, however. After all, what exactly is pure olive oil and did I really need it? A call to Extra Virgin, An Olive Ovation in Clayton quickly answered that question: “Mussels will taste better with extra virgin,” owner Marianne Prey quickly affirmed. And what is clam broth? A little research proved that it’s just the juice that canned clams are packed in. The grilled bread mentioned in the title of Rook’s recipe was left out of the recipe completely, but figuring out how to make it proved easy.

The instructions, however, were fairly spot-on, especially the note on how to de-beard the mussels and smoothing out the sauce with a touch of honey. It worked like a charm. The only tweak I’d recommend: more mussels. With a 28-ounce can of tomatoes and a full 2 cups of clam broth, this broth was begging for more of those meaty little prizes inside the shell. Next time, I’d double the number of mussels and make this a meal for four.

Twenty years after the flood, I’m still a regular at both of Rook’s eateries as they both continue to hold a special place in my heart. On the day my boyfriend and I brought home our first puppy, we sat on the patio at The Smokehouse and ate fresh cheese and roasted vegetable sandwiches. While The Valley may now just, unfortunately, be The Valley, Annie Gunn’s and The Smokehouse Market remain the gems among a breathtakingly large line of chain restaurants. And that makes this cookbook a treasure of its own.

Steamed Prince Edward Island Mussels in a Spicy Tomato Vermouth Broth with Grilled Crusted Bread
2 Servings 

24 Prince Edward Island Mussels
¼ cup pure olive oil
1/3 cup minced garlic
1 Tbsp. red peppercorn flakes
1/3 cup dry vermouth or white wine
1 28-oz. can crushed tomato, preferably San Marzano, Muir Glen or your homemade crushed tomatoes
2 cups clam broth (Note: I used the juice from canned clams.)
Italian parsley
Basil (optional)
2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp. honey (optional)
Kosher salt, to taste
Butter (optional)

• Scrub the outer shells of the mussels and de-beard them. Set the mussels aside.
• Add the pure olive oil to a 4-quart stockpot and begin heating the oil on high heat.
• Reduce the heat to medium, add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook them to a light toast.
• Deglaze the pot with the vermouth, then add the crushed tomatoes and clam broth. Let the pot simmer for 30 minutes.
• Add the mussels and steam them until they open.
• Lift the mussels out of the sauce with a strainer or slotted spoon and place them onto a platter or into two bowls.
• Finish the sauce with Italian parsley, basil, 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil and salt to taste.

Presentation:
• Spoon the sauce over the top of the mussels and garnish to your liking with fresh herbs.

Notes:

  1. To de-beard mussels, simply use a rag to pull the beards from the mussels while you are washing them. The beard is the part of the mussel that hands outside of the shell.
  2. If the sauce seems a little on the acidic side, smooth it out with honey.
  3. Prince Edward Island is world-renowned for their high-quality mussels with distinctive flavor – they truly do set the standard. The broth can be made in advance and can hold up to a week in the refrigerator.
  4. Butter is always good in anything, so you can add a little to finish the sauce if you would like.

Recommended Beverages:
Light lager, wheat beer, riesling, Gewürztraminer or Missouri Traminette

What’s your favorite memory from The Smokehouse Market or Annie Gunn’s? Tell us about it in the comments section below for a chance to win a copy of Rook Cooks. We’ll announce the winner in next week’s By the Book column.

And now, we’d like to congratulate Joe, whose comment on last week’s By the Book has won him a copy of Stone Soup Cottage: A Vignette of Seasonal Recipes. Joe, keep an eye out for an email from the Sauce crew. 

Drink This Weekend Edition: Raise a glass at Balaban’s Wine Cellar & Tapas Bar

Friday, January 25th, 2013

We appreciate history in this fair city of ours, including storied restaurants. A place like Cafe Balaban held attraction for years as a see and be seen spot in the Central West End. While the sign on the doors at 405 N. Euclid Ave., now bears the name of a different crowd pleaser, Herbie’s Vintage 72, Steve McIntyre and Brian Underwood gave our old favorite life again when they opened Balaban’s Wine Cellar & Tapas Bar in Chesterfield in 2009.



Now, with a recently completed expansion, which includes a new private event space and an intimate wine room (pictured above) that doubles as the treasure-trove for Balaban’s Library Wines (special bottles from the original Cafe Balaban cellar), McIntyre and Underwood are giving wine lovers more reasons to pass through the doors of their wine shop and restaurant at 1772 Clarkson Road. Need an excuse to grab a glass at Balaban’s this weekend? Here are three:

1. Complimentary tastings. Balaban’s consistently earns a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for its cellar selections. Every Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m., you can sample fine wines for free and become wine savvy by chatting up the knowledgeable staff.



2. Wine dinners done right. When it comes to wine dinners, Balaban’s puts on a great show. This Sunday marks the restaurant’s popular Siduri Wine Dinner and will feature winemaker Adam Lee, who produces single vineyard Pinot Noir from 20 vineyards, which stretch from Santa Barbara, Calif., to the Willamette Valley in Oregon. The five-course dinner, held in the gracious new event space (pictured above), should be a feast for all your senses. To make a reservation for the $85 (plus tax and gratuity) affair, call 636.449.6700.



3. The wine club. Priced at $35 a month, the Balaban’s Wine Club is a darn good deal. On the first Wednesday of each month, you’ll not only grab your two bottles (along with tasting notes), but you can stick around to sample additional wines, nosh on appetizers and mingle with other members. It’s a happy hour dubbed the Pick-up Party, and it alone is a reason to join. Plus, if you like what Balaban’s retail wine manager and wine club director Scott Krietemeyer (pictured) is pouring that evening, you can take home a bottle at a discounted price.

— photos by Michelle Volanksy

Hot Spot: EdgeWild’s fire room

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013



On these cold winter nights, have you been wishing that your home (or office or car or desk …) had a fireplace?

At EdgeWild, evoke the joys of camping without all the hard work. The circular fire room is the spot to warm up, grab drinks and gather ’round a fire with friends. Who wants to weather the chill of the great outdoors anyway?

EdgeWild Restaurant & Winery, 550 Chesterfield Center, Chesterfield, 636.532.0550, edgewildwinery.com

— photo by Jonathan Gayman

The Scoop: Westward, ho! New restaurants opening in Chesterfield, Ellisville, St. Charles, Town and Country

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013



Windowsills Cafe & Market is readying to open in Ellisville at 1326 Clarkson Clayton Center, next to Dierberg’s. The counter-service cafe will feature smoked foods, house-made sides, pies and Belgian waffles, while the marketplace will carry locally prepared sauces and jams and other specialty food items. The cafe-market, which The Scoop reported on last August, is the newest project by Jeff Allee, owner of Wildwood Pub & Grill. An employee at the pub stated that Windowsills is expected to open sometime this week.

The Press Box in Chesterfield is being reconceptualized as Scarecrow. Besides a new name, the space at 1095 Chesterfield Parkway will see a facelift and a new menu that will transform it from sports bar to upscale-casual restaurant by mid-January, as reported by Feast.

In addition, Chicago-based Prasino is opening a location in St. Charles. Prasino, which is the Greek word for “green,” is built on a concept of sustainability – from the locally sourced ingredients for the food (pictured) to the eco-friendly processes put in place in the kitchen. The restaurant will be located at 1520 S. Fifth St., with an anticipated opening of March, reports Feast.

Finally, while the calendar just flipped to 2013, diners thinking ahead to next year can look forward to the arrival of Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant in Town and Country. Cooper’s Hawk will be located at 1000-1272 Town and Country Crossing Drive at the intersection of Clayton and Woods Mill Roads, as reported by Evan Binns of the St. Louis Business Journal and the Post-Dispatch’s Evan Benn. The Cooper’s Hawk concept includes an upscale casual dining restaurant, full-service bar, private barrel-aging room, and Napa-style tasting room and retail gift store. The restaurant chain currently has 11 locations spread across five states, with expansion plans for four additional locations, including the St. Louis site.

The Scoop: Veritas Gateway to Food & Wine relocating

Thursday, December 20th, 2012




Stephanie and David Stitt, owners of Veritas Gateway to Food and Wine, have announced that they are moving their restaurant and wine shop from its Chesterfield location at 1722 Clarkson Road in the Dierbergs Market Place (pictured) to the corner of Clarkson and Clayton Roads in Ellisville, in the space between Life Time Fitness and that formerly occupied by Straub’s. Veritas will close in mid-January and unveil its new space in early May.

A letter sent to supporters yesterday stated that, “We are keeping all the stuff that makes Veritas such a special place.” Among those core elements is the open kitchen helmed by the owners’ son, Mathis Stitt, who develops a menu each week based on local, seasonal ingredients (Sauce reviewed Veritas this past July.). The retail shop, stocked with wines selected by David Stitt and specialty culinary-related products, is also staying.

The announcement noted that the increased space at the new location will allow Veritas to offer a full bar with cocktails and a bar food menu, cooking classes, and an expanded kitchen that will “allow for even greater creativity and flexibility” in the restaurant’s menu offerings.

In preparation for the move, Veritas is holding an inventory reduction sale. Shop merchandise will be discounted beginning today, while wines will be sold at a discount starting Thursday, December 27. Additional discounts will continue until doors close at the original Clarkson location on Monday, January 14.

— Jonathan Gayman

The Scoop: Relocation, relocation, relocation

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012



{Chicken at PM BBQ}

‘Tis the season to relocate. By now, all of St. Louis – and most of Foodie U.S.A. – knows that doors are unlocked at Niche in its new home at 7734 Forsyth Blvd., in Clayton. But a change of address is trending for a number of area restaurants. Today marks the first lighting of the ‘cue at 161 Long Road in Chesterfield, the new location for PM BBQ. The pitmasters up and moved their smoker from 103 Chesterfield Towne Center to the southwest corner of Long and Edison Roads. PM’s dining digs have doubled while the “way bigger kitchen,” as described by one employee, will enable those in the back of the house to maneuver more easily and facilitate catering. Also now open is Sapore Italian Cafe. Chef-owner Paul Buzzetta announced in mid-October that he would be relocating the restaurant from its space in Ballwin to 451 S. Kirkwood Road, where just weeks ago the shingle hung for Branica of Kirkwood.

Finally, keep your eyes posted on the Lafayette Fire Company No. 1 Facebook page. The restaurant left Lafayette Square in September and will soon be ringing the dinner bell at 3518 Hampton Ave., formerly occupied by Da Baldo’s Trattoria. The most recent post, dated November 14, on Lafayette Fire Company No. 1’s Facebook page reads: “We are doing all we can to finish up the building to meet all the requirements. Our intention is to open as soon as we can. Hopefully if all works out we can set a [sic] opening day soon. Thanks for your patience!!”

— Photo by Carmen Troesser

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