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November in St. Louis: A whiskey lover’s dream

Monday, November 4th, 2013



“Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.” This sentiment, first uttered by Mark Twain, will be put to the test in November. St. Louis is host to four events sure to make whiskey-aficionados and the occasional bourbon drinker alike giddy. Each event features tastings and the inside scoop from whiskey-industry experts.

Whisky After Dark, a monthly whiskey pairing event at The Scottish Arms, takes place Nov. 7 from 8 to 11 p.m. This month, The Scottish Arms teams up with The Wine Merchant to pair five single malt Scotches with artisan cheeses. Tickets can be purchased at The Scottish Arms.

The Filson Bourbon Academy is coming to St. Louis Nov. 9. Bourbon historian Mike Veach, author of Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage, leads this eight-hour class, beginning at 9 a.m. at Gamlin Whiskey House. The one-day bourbon academy features eight sessions covering topics from the origins of bourbon whiskey to understanding the evolution of early 20th-century bourbon to today’s spirit. Attendees will receive lunch and taste several different styles of bourbon and other American whiskeys. This event is limited to 40 people. Tickets can be purchased online.

Whiskeys Are Wild takes place Nov. 14 at Sanctuaria from 7 to 10 p.m. This event features 13 whiskeys paired with hors d’oeuvres created by executive chef Wil Pelly. Local whiskey expert Patrick Garrett, founder of bourbonbanter.com, will be a guest speaker. Tastings and punch bowls featuring Buffalo Trace and Heaven Hill whiskeys will also be served. Tickets are available online.

Whiskey in the Winter, takes place Nov. 23 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown St. Louis. The event offers unlimited tastings of more than 200 whiskeys from around the world.  Not only will whiskey, whiskey-cocktails and whiskey-inspired food stations be served, but there will also be an array of educational seminars. Several ticket options are available from general admission to VIP, which features a Golden Ticket that gives purchasers a chance to sample select rare whiskeys. Tickets can be purchased online.

Sauce Magazine is a sponsor of Whiskey in the Winter and Whiskeys Are Wild.



Two St. Louisans earn ACS Certified Cheese Professional designation

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013



The American Cheese Society recently welcomed two local cheese professionals to its elite group of ACS Certified Cheese Professionals from the U.S. and Cananda. Vicki Decker Smith of Fox River Dairy and Melanie Coffey of Whole Foods in Town & Country were among the 132 industry professionals to pass this year’s rigourous exam.

The annual exam tests an individual’s knowledge and skills in all aspects of the cheese-making industry. It covers a broad range of cheese-related topics, such as raw ingredients, the cheese-making process, selecting distributors, regulations, sanitation and more. Once a member earns ACS CCP designation, they must actively participate in the cheese industry and earn recertification every three years. Recipients receive an official lapel pin, embroidered patch, certificate and the right to use the title ACS Certified Cheese Professional.

Decker Smith and Coffey are the latest to achieve this title, but they are not the only ones in Missouri. Diane Bruce and Andrew Fair, both of St. Louis, also are ACS CCPs.



New Art Institute of St. Louis to offer culinary program

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

This week, national higher education system The Art Institutes announced the opening of The Art Institute of St. Louis. This, the school’s first location in Missouri, will be located in St. Charles at 1520 S. Fifth St., Suite 107, occupying some 34,000 square feet of space in the new building. Among the opportunities available at the new school will be a culinary program that offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in culinary management and an Associate of Applied Science degree in culinary arts. Enrollment for The Art Institute of St. Louis is beginning now, with classes slated to start July 9. For more information about The Art Institute of St. Louis, visit the school’s website.

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