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Upcoming pot sticker restaurant Crispy Edge hires exec chef

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

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  { from left, Crispy Edge executive chef Tori Foster and owner David Dresner } 

Crispy Edge is edging closer to opening. Tori Foster has been tapped to fill the executive chef role at the pot sticker eatery, which is set to open at 4168 Juniata St. in Tower Grove later this spring.

Owner David Dresner said Foster’s academic credentials and passion for all types of food made her the outstanding candidate for the position.

“Crispy Edge aims to explore global cuisines in a traditional Chinese vehicle,” he said. “(Tori) is half-Filipino. She’s lived in Hawaii. She’s very high energy at large. Her enthusiasm to try other flavors and ideas is awesome, and it resonated with me.”

Crispy Edge is Foster’s first executive chef gig, but food has been part of her life from the beginning. She comes from a military family and traveled widely growing up, all the while absorbing the cuisines of the places she lived, and she said her Filipino heritage exposed her to a wide array of influences, as well.

Eventually, Foster attended culinary school at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, where she got her associate’s and bachelor’s degrees. Then she made her way to St. Louis to attend the master’s program in nutrition and dietetics at Saint Louis University.

 

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Foster said Dresner’s enthusiasm sold her on the job. “Just hearing how David loved it and what his philosophy on pot stickers was really what drew me in,” she said. “And we’re on the same wavelength on what food should be and what it does, how it creates community and how we can experience it. Everyone is familiar with pot stickers, but we’re doing something completely different with it, and we’re able to be so creative and inclusive of different cuisines.“

Foster, who is involved in recipe development for the company’s wholesale pot sticker business as well, said her goal is to be a well-rounded leader behind the stoves.

“I want to be the executive chef I’ve always wanted,” she said. “I want to run this (kitchen) in the way I’d want a kitchen run that I was working in. I want to be the executive chef who’s hands-on and communicates well with their employees, but also striving to do new things and try new flavors.”

Photos courtesy of Crispy Edge

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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The Scoop: Pot sticker restaurant, retail business to launch this fall

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

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{ Crispy Edge owner David Dresner } 

 

David Dresner intends to open the “mecca of pot stickers” this fall at 4168 Juniata St., in Tower Grove South.

As reported by St. Louis Magazine, Dresner is finalizing his two-year long endeavor to launch a production facility for his retail line of pot stickers, Crispy Edge, and a yet-to-be-named restaurant.

“I was building this on my own vision and own intuition, and over the past several years of development, I have found an unbelievable following for pot stickers – the love of it is there,” Dresner said.

Dresner, who also owns custom coffee-sleeve printing company Sleeve A Message, began making pot stickers as a child. This is his first food and restaurant venture.

“A lot of my inspiration came from my father, who saw me making pot stickers all the time,” he said. “He suggested I expand beyond an ordinary pot sticker and make something far more extraordinary.”

With flavors inspired by Mediterranean, Spanish and Asian cultures, Dresner said nothing is off limits when it comes to ingredients. “I would say our pot stickers have an immense amount of creativity from the dough, filling, edge, sauce and pairings,” he said.

Dresner said the “pot sticker-centric” restaurant will be set up as a 76-seat modern cafe and will feature a hot beverage and bar program to accompany the globally influenced dumplings. He said guests can expect a clean space with warm lighting large enough to relax while enjoying the fare.

St. Louisans can look for Crispy Edge in local grocery stores this fall.

Photo courtesy of Crispy Edge

Caitlin Lally is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine.

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