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Drink This Weekend Edition: Side Project’s big debut

Friday, September 27th, 2013



This Saturday at Perennial Artisan Ales, Cory King releases his first three beers from his new brewing company, Side Project Brewing. Through Side Project, King, who also works as head brewer at Perennial, is making small-batch ales, all aged in wine or spirits barrels.

King untaps his beer at noon, but the fun begins much earlier. At 8 a.m., Strange Donuts provides free doughnuts and coffee to the first 100 people, and at 11 a.m., the food truck Hot Aztec rolls up.

Getting a little food in your belly might be a good idea, seeing as The Origin, one of King’s new beers, clocks in at 14.3 ABV. The Origin is a blend of Imperial stout, black oat-wine and Baltic porter aged for 20 months in a Rittenhouse Rye barrel with Madagascar vanilla beans. The second beer, Saison du Fermier, is a robust, chardonnay barrel-fermented saison, yet, according to King, is “balanced with the brightness, depth and rustic character of [yeast strains] Brettanoymces and Lactobacillus found in traditional saisons. It is the harmony of new and old.” Lastly, look for Brett Project #1, the first in a series of beers fermented and aged in wine barrels with different Brettanomyces strains. The series explores “how single strains of Brettanomyces ferment and condition a Saison malt bill.”

Can’t make it to this release? Don’t worry; there are more to come. In the pipeline are more Brett Project beers, along with a wheat saison aged in a chardonnary barrel, a blonde American wild ale fermented in chardonnay barrels and aged with white peaches, and a Flanders-style red ale fermented in chambourcin barrels and aged with blueberries.



The Scoop: Hot Aztec to open a brick-and-mortar in Fenton

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013


The bright fuchsia food truck Hot Aztec is putting down roots at its new brick-and-mortar location at 1914 Bowles Ave., in Fenton.

Co-owners Rob and Dana Gardaphe have used the space as its commissary to prepare food since their mobile Mexican eatery first started rolling in January 2012. “We became the owners of it when Russell’s Cafe left … so we decided to expand as well,” Dana said. “When we first got into the business, our goal was to open a restaurant, but with the economy … it was more feasible to do a truck first.”

The venue will operate as a lunch spot Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The space holds seating for up to 30 patrons, but Gardaphe expects the new restaurant to serve largely as an easy carry-out option for Fenton-based businesses. “There’s a lot of opportunity in the industrial park behind us and in Maritz, which is less than one mile from us,” she said. The Gardaphes also plan to expand Hot Aztec catering operations.

Menus for both the Hot Aztec truck and restaurant will be the same, with rotating specials, though Gardaphe said she hopes to debut some new items and bring back a few customer favorites that had been retired. Hot Aztec officially opens Monday, Aug. 19, and for the first week or two, the Gardaphes will focus their attention on the new location. But truckies can rest assured that Hot Aztec’s mobile unit will hit the gas again by early September.



Food Truck Friday just got better!

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

It’s that time again … the next Food Truck Friday of the season is this Friday! And in order to make this event the best yet, we have made a few exciting changes.

First, to make your commute from your car to the trucks both easier and faster, six shuttle cars will circle the park throughout the evening. Bathroom facilities have also been expanded, and there will be five recycling stations by St. Louis Earth Day scattered throughout the grounds. Y-98 will broadcast from the event again this month, and a live band will perform for the very first time. That means while you’re enjoying tacos and cupcakes and an ice-cold beer on a blanket, you’ll also be rocking out to the sounds of John Henry and The Engine.

Not sure what Food Truck Friday is? Click here to watch a short video of what this awesome event is all about.

WHAT: Food Truck Friday

WHEN: Friday, June 8 – 5 to 8 p.m.

WHERE: On the southwest side of Tower Grove Park

Parking: West End & Gurney Picnic Sites: Enter the Park via Kingshighway and follow Southwest Drive, heading east as it is a one-way street. The picnic sites will be on your left. From the Arsenal entrance at Center Cross Drive: Go around the roundabout and turn left on Northwest Drive (which is also one-way), heading west. This will eventually loop into Southwest Drive.

COST: Entrance is free; cash and credit card accepted for food and beverages

WHO’S COMING: And now, onto the food. Check out the list of trucks that will be lining up this Friday.

Holy Crepe
Follow this truck @HolyCrepeSTL

Le Food Truck
Follow this truck @LeFoodTruck

Sarah’s Cake Stop
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The Sweet Divine
Follow this truck @TheSweetDivine

Chop Shop
Follow this truck @ChopShopSTL

Papa Tom’s Fancy Franks
Follow this truck @PapaTomsFF

Falafelwich Wagon
Follow this truck @Falafelwich

Cha Cha Chow
Follow this truck @WheresChaCha

The Sausage Syndicate
Follow this truck @SyndicateSTL 

Lulu’s Local Eatery
Follow this truck @LulusFoodTruck

Guerilla Streetfood
Follow this truck @GuerillaStreet

Seoul Taco
Follow this truck @SeoulTaco

Follow this truck @ZiasOnTheHill

Hot Aztec
Follow this truck @HotAztec

2 Girls 4 Wheels
Follow this truck @2girls4wheels

Shell’s Coastal Cuisine
Follow this truck @ShellsCoastal

Go Gyro Go
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Feed Me
Follow this truck @feedmetruck

Food Truck Fridays are back!

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Food Truck Fridays are back! For those of you who haven’t been to this food-filled extravaganza, get ready to eat your heart out. Food Truck Friday is Sauce Magazine’s response to the ever-growing food truck trend that’s been plowing through the country over the last couple of years. While food trucks are relatively new to the local dining scene, more trucks take to the streets each month, tweeting out their locations so hungry diners can line up for a meal on the go. Just about anything is available curbside these days – from pizza and hotdogs to bulgogi bowls and sushi rolls. Food truck fare is portable, affordable and made fresh on the spot.

This marks the second year of Food Truck Fridays, which will kick off in May and will be held monthly throughout the summer and early fall. Last year, hundreds of St. Louisans filled Tower Grove Park at each event to get a taste of all their favorite food trucks in one place. Won’t you join them?

Click here to watch a short video revealing what Food Truck Friday is all about.

And see below for a list of which trucks you can expect to see this year, along with details on times and location for the upcoming season. See you in May!

WHAT: Food Truck Friday

WHEN: The second Friday of every month from May till October.

• May 11: 5 to 8 p.m.

• June 8: 5 to 8 p.m.

• July 13: 5 to 8 p.m.

• Aug. 10: 5 to 8 p.m.

• Sept. 14: 5 to 8 p.m.

• Oct. 12: 4 to 7 p.m.

WHERE: On the southwest side of Tower Grove Park

Parking: West End & Gurney Picnic Sites: Enter the Park via Kingshighway and follow Southwest Drive, heading east as it is a one-way street. The picnic sites will be on your left. From the Arsenal entrance at Center Cross Drive: Go around the roundabout and turn left on Northwest Drive (which is also one-way), heading west. This will eventually loop into Southwest Drive.

COST: Entrance is free; cash and credit card accepted for food and beverages

Cha Cha Chow
Follow this truck @WheresChaCha

Falafelwich Wagon
Follow this truck @Falafelwich

Guerrilla Street Food
Follow this truck @GuerrillaStreet

Holy Crêpe
Follow this truck @HolyCrepeSTL

Hot Aztec
Follow this truck @HotAztec

Papa Tom’s Gateway Dog House
Follow this truck @GatewayDogHouse

Sarah’s Cake Stop
Follow this truck @SarahsCakeStop

Beer booth @Schlafly

Seoul Taco
Follow this truck @SeoulTaco

Shell’s Coastal Cuisine
Follow this truck @ShellsCoastal

Speedway Eatery
Follow this truck @SpeedwayEatery

The Sausage Syndicate
Follow this truck @SyndicateSTL

The Sweet Divine
Follow this truck @TheSweetDivine

2 Girls 4 Wheels
Follow this truck @2girls4wheels

Le Food Truck
Follow this truck @LeFoodTruck

Lulu’s Local Eatery
Follow this truck @LulusFoodTruck

Zia’s Italian Food Truck
Follow this truck @ZiasOnTheHill

The Scoop: ¡Ándale, ándale! Mexican food truck debuts this week

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

011812_HotAztecHot Aztec, a food truck featuring traditional Mexican fare, debuts this week. The family-owned mobile food operation was initially expected to hit the streets in late November or early December of last year, as first reported by George Mahe of St. Louis Magazine.

Hot Aztec will only serve lunch at first, according to co-owner Rob Gardaphe, who has been in the restaurant biz working with various national chains in St. Louis for more than 25 years. Gardaphe learned his culinary skills while cooking next to his grandmother in Mexico where he spent part of the year during his childhood. For his first food truck venture, he is teaming up with his wife, Dana Gardaphe, and his mother, a native of Mexico City.

Noontime customers can expect to find tacos, tortas and other traditional eats from central Mexico, including a bacon-wrapped hotdog topped with sauteed onions, jalapeños and Chihuahua cheese. Wait, can’t we call this fusion? Not according to Gardaphe, who first encountered the bacon-wrapped hotdog at an L.A. food truck before further research led him to discover that it was actually served in the 1950s at bullfights in Oaxaca, Mexico. When breakfast is served up starting in the spring, Hot Aztec patrons can expect breakfast-style tacos, scrambled egg chorizo, molletes (open-faced sandwiches) topped with beans and melted cheese, a selection of Mexican pastries and fresh fruit cups, along with Kaldi’s coffee.

Hot Aztec rolled onto the streets this past Monday to serve the Martin Luther King parade crowd. The Gardaphes expect to begin making regular rounds in the city by the end of this week and to fill St. Louis County bellies as soon as they have that license in hand.

Hungry for some authentic south-of-the-border street food? Follow the truck on Twitter (@HotAztec) or Facebook. A website is under construction.

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