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Cheap Date: Arty Party at the Four Seasons

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

CheapDate_logoMore often than not, St. Louis is billed as a cultural wasteland. But beneath the city’s sometimes-Philistine facade, a healthy little nest of artists toil into the night, transforming canvas and clay. This week offers a rare opportunity to impress a date by schmoozing it up in the local art scene (or, at least, faking it) and, in the process, grabbing some free intoxicants.

Tonight kicks off the first Arty Party, an event series showcasing local artists in the vanguard of the creative world. The good news: It’s hosted at the gorgeous Four Seasons Hotel.

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Jeff Kapfer art

The better news: It’s free of charge and open to the public. From 6 to 9 p.m., guests are welcome to join painter Jeff Kapfer at his display in the Four Season’s swanky Presidential Suite, where they can mingle, check out the art, chat it up with the artist and grab some free cocktails and light snacks. Booze, schmooze and a little culture thrown in? Hello brownie points.

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Cielo’s pan-seared tuna caponata

Following the showing, escort your date over to Cielo Restaurant and Bar – the hotel’s rooftop eatery – for an informal cocktail reception. From there, you can break off on your own and still enjoy a 30-percent discount on your tab. At that rate, four indulgent appetizer plates – like marinated shrimp, calamari salad, arancini, veal-stuffed olives – will run you less than $20. Better still, Cielo boasts some of the most expertly poured drinks in town in a great, upscale atmosphere for a weekday date. For more information, check out the event’s Facebook page.

Tweet Beat: Saucy Soirée edition

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

062811_soireeOur sixth annual Saucy Soirée is in the can! More than 1,000 people gathered at the Four Seasons Hotel this past Sunday to sample fare from more than 35 local restaurants, breweries and wineries and to get a sneak peek at the winners of this year’s Readers’ Choice poll. After the tastings, the party moved to the rooftop terrace, where the Javier Mendoza Band played under the stars – and, thankfully, not the rain! See pics from the night’s events here.

It was an incredible evening and we want to thank everyone who attended as well as the hard working members of the Sauce staff who coordinated the event. We also want to thank all of our sponsors including Blue Moon, Sam Adams, NewCastle Brown Ale, Tank Farmhause Ale, MagicHat, Hofbrau, Summit Distributing, Falk Harrison, St. Louis Public Radio, The Raymond Experience, The Four Seasons Hotel and Diningcircle.com. A big thank you also goes out to the Brian Sullivan Trio and the Javier Mendoza Band for providing great music all evening.

Finally, thank you to the more than 100 tweeps who brought the event to life online by live tweeting more than 400 tasty tweets from the Soirée. See some of our favorite tweets from the event in this special edition of Tweet Beat. Hope to see you next year!

timjeby
Nearly 24 hours later I’m craving more Salty Caramel Ice Cream and Bacon that @RoosterStL offered last night’s at #saucysoiree (too good!)

CashewChicken
Dudes walks up to Peel Pizza – “I’d like to have a piece of all of your desserts” (6 of them…) good call sir, good call! #SaucySoiree

HilaryPerkins
Every time someone who went to #saucysoiree tweets their favorite from the evening I want to RT it. That’s how good everything was.

lisaderus
@cosmosgirl Tracked down those beef carpaccio/olive bundles at #saucysoiree per your recommendation– mmmm. Excellent call.

davidcraigstl
Now I can reveal that I did wear my pants w/ the expandable waistband to the #SaucySoiree. (Hand-me-downs from my son. Good idea tonight.)

apsana
@VinDeSet got me to try and COMPLETELY ENJOY escargot. Still surprised. #SaucySoiree

Mexicaninstl
A lil’ bit here, a lil’ bit there… U can’t blame me. Everything is sooo good. #saucysoiree #fourseasons

Teetotaler: Schlafly’s birch brew

Monday, October 4th, 2010

100410_birchbeerWelcome to Teetotaler, a new online column geared at showing you the amazing non-alcoholic drink options around the city. You’ve seen our recommendations for where to get the best brews, booze and bubbly around town. Now it’s time to show you that you don’t have to get tipsy to taste the best this city has to offer. Here’s to the teetotalers in all of us.

In addition to locally brewing dozens of delicious beers, Schlafly also brews a line of non-alcoholic soft drinks named after co-founder Dan Kopman’s great, great grandfather Lewis Osterweis, a cigar manufacturer from 1860’s Connecticut. “I figure that I’m not going into the cigar business,” said Kopman, “so the name lives on with the traditional sodas.”

The three sodas – root, ginger and birch – are all notable and all carry the Lewis Osterweis & Sons label, but the rarity of the birch beer makes it the obvious highlight. Crimson in color, this birch beer is the hue of a watered down, bubbly red wine. While most sugary, carbonated beverages can be overly sweet and dry, this treat is full-bodied and balanced, equally sweet and creamy-flavored, made with cane sugar instead of corn syrup. Although not quite as filling, birch beer is a close cousin to both root beer and cream soda, though the red color and clean finish set it apart.

So as to not taint the immaculate beer lines, Schlafly brews and bottles the sodas (all are Kopman’s recipes) with the help of Fitz’s American Grill and Bottling Works (as noted by the caps on each bottle), and distributes it to a few places in town, including the Four Seasons and The Royale. Both Schlafly brewpubs offer all three sodas on their menus for $2.75 per bottle and for purchase in their gift shops. At the Schlafly Tap Room, you can taste the sodas in the form of a Lewis Float: your choice of soda topped off with vanilla ice cream for $6.

The Scoop: Cielo gets new exec chef

Monday, July 26th, 2010

072610_FabrizioThe Four Seasons St. Louis has announced Fabrizio Schenardi as the hotel’s new executive chef. Effective Aug. 23, Schenardi will be leading the culinary team at the hotel’s Italian restaurant, Cielo.

Fabrizio joins the organization from Pelagia Trattoria in the Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza, where he has worked as executive chef since 2004. In 2008, Schenardi was named Executive Chef of the Year, selected from the more than 140 Renaissance properties in 28 countries. Prior to his tenure in Tampa, Schenardi was the executive sous chef at the AAA Five Diamond St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort and Spa in Dana Point, Calif.

Fabrizio is no stranger to the Four Seasons. From 1997 to 2000, he was the specialty restaurant chef at the Four Seasons Resort Maui, before transferring to the Regent Beverly Wilshire, where he served as the senior chef. Schenardi has also worked in restaurants in his native Italy, Washington D.C., Jamaica and New York City. Schenardi earned his culinary arts diploma from Istituto Alberghiero Ravizza in Torino, Italy.

Chef Schenardi is the permanent replacement for Karen Hoffman, who left Cielo in April to return to her hometown of San Francisco.

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