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Sauce Gift Guide: $25 or less

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

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When your coffers are dwindling but you’re still obligated, here are five creative and clever gifts for food and drink lovers that won’t pain your bank account or show up as next year’s re-gift.

 

1. Missouri State Cookie Cutter & Kitchens of the Great Midwest
Food-based fiction is a special mix rarely executed well. Give both the book and a little Missouri love to the local baker in your life.
Book: $16. Left Bank Books, left-bank.com; Cookie cutter: $5. Lemon Gem Kitchen Goods, lemongem.com

2. Facture Goods Brass Spoons
Anyone could use these gorgeous, handmade brass spoons sized for a salt cellar, coffee stirrer or even serving dishes.
$18 to $22. Bowood Farms, bowoodfarms.com

3. “Hold Me Closer Tony Danza” Tumbler
Getting adequately caffeinated before one leaves the house is a task many of us fail on the daily. Gift this to the friend that needs coffee to live – all of your friends.
$14.50. Phoenix Rising, shopphoenixrising.com

4. Collin Garrity Stick Vases
Handmade from beautiful woods that stand up to time and wear, these dainty lil’ vases will give anyone’s table a unique organic beauty.
$8 to $24. Urban Matter, urbanmatterstl.com

5. Firecracker Press STL Coasters
With these thick letterpressed coasters, there’s zero chance Granny’s Manhattan will sweat its way through to her burled wood table.
Four-pack: $12. Union Studio, stlunionstudio.com

Maggie Pearson is a longtime contributor to Sauce Magazine. 

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Budget Crunch: 10 delicious dishes and sweet deals to try right now

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Welcome to Budget Crunch, wherein intrepid reporter Byron Kerman offers 10 tips on delicious menu items and sweet deals happening now. Got $10? Grab a friend and sample, split and stuff yourselves with these steals.

 

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1. The mad scientists at 5 Star Burgers give you The Potsticker ($9.50), a melding of Vietnamese and American comfort foods. A Geisert Farms pork patty, Vietnamese slaw and peanut-hoisin sauce are sandwiched together between a bun is a returning favorite for 5 Star BOTM (Burger of the Month) fans. It’s available through June at the Clayton and Kirkwood locations.

2. Mike Shannon turns 75 in 2014, and fans of the Cards broadcaster and his eateries can celebrate during the Cardinals season. Busch on draft is just 75 cents a pint  on Thursday nights at Mike Shannon’s Grill in Edwardsville and two hours before first pitch at every home opener at The Outfield downtown.  It’s a nod to one of Shannon’s famous catchphrases about the pleasures of “ice-cold frosty Busch.”

3. You can bring your kids to all manner of story times around town, but we particularly dig the one with the free sweet stuff. At all three area locations of The Cup, Cupcake Story Time includes a cupcake-themed story read to the kiddos, complimentary Kaldi’s coffee for the parents, and a “buttercup,” a one-ounce cup of frosting for the little ones. This month’s Cupcake Story Times take place June 18 at 10 a.m. in Chesterfield, June 24 at 10 a.m. in Edwardsville and June 24 at 10:30 a.m. in the Central West End location.

 

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4. Complimentary samples of Belgian beer are part of the deal at a special free book signing this month at Left Bank Books. Author Joe Stange signs the seventh edition of “Good Beer Guide Belgium” at 6 p.m. June 20. The book is a complete guide to of Belgian beer, with information on breweries, beers and bars from around the country, with advice on traveling, where to stay, what to eat and what to bring home. The beer tasting is courtesy of the just-opened Craft Beer Cellar in Clayton.

5. Mission Taco’s new Summer Cocktail Menu is sweet, fruity, fresh and adventurous. Consider the Raspberry Caipirinha, made with cachaca (distilled sugar cane), raspberry agua fresca, lime and simple syrup ($7). The La Flor de Borracha (“the flower of the drunkard”) is mixed up with London dry gin, hibiscus agua fresca, Big O ginger liqueur and lemon juice ($7). The Delmar Boulevardier joins bourbon, Aperol, sweet vermouth and bitters ($8). Look for these boozy refreshers and 10 more intriguing elixirs on the new drink menu.

 

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6. The ink has barely dried on the inaugural Breakfast Menu for the recently relocated The Shack, and everything looks so fun. The Three Little Pigs omelet is filled with ham, bacon, pork belly, onions and bell peppers, smothered in “Shack cheese,” and served with hashbrowns and an English muffin ($8.50). The Shack’s Big Crunch is Texas french toast encrusted with Corn Flakes ($8). The New Yorker Skillet features smoked pastrami, Swiss cheese and spicy mustard over hashbrowns, topped with eggs ($8.50). The drink menu includes hangover stoppers like the Meaty Mary, a bloody mary made with cucumber vodka, bacon, a cheese cube, house seasonings on the rim, and a beef jerky straw ($9). Breakfast is served daily 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

7. The new Free Lunch @ SLCL program works with Operation Food Search to give complimentary lunches to kids ages 2 to 18 at three St. Louis County Library branches. Children can enjoy nutritious lunches and fun activities at the Florissant Valley, Rock Road and Weber Road Branches, weekdays from noon to 1 p.m. through Aug. 15. There’s no need to call ahead; just show up.

 

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8. It’s not often that Ted Drewes introduces a new concrete flavor, and frankly, any excuse to dump dessert into our custard-hole works for us. The newest excuse is Brennan’s Blend, an “Abaco mocha” and hazelnut concrete named after KMOX radio host Charlie Brennan. Abaco mocha is Drewes’ coffee-rum flavor, and when mixed with hazelnut and finished with a drizzle of caramel, it’s a winner. Depending on the size, it runs $3.40 to $6.20.

9. The new lineup of Foot-Long Hot Dogs at Wentzville’s Tattooed Dog is formidable. The all-beef dogs come in varieties like the Big Kahuna Dog, with teriyaki mustard, grilled pineapple and fresh cilantro; the Bacon Bleu Dog, with bacon, blue cheese crumbles, roasted apple and spicy honey mustard; and the eponymous Tattooed Dog, with chili, onion, shredded cheese, jalapeno and “twisted” (read “spicy”) sour cream (All foot-long dogs are $10.75.).

10. It’s tart, it’s refreshing, and we want to marry it. It’s Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Ice Cream, available this Wednesday at Serendipity Homemade Ice Cream in Webster Groves. Ice cream flavors, like mild summer nights, are fleeting. Get this one while you can for $3 a scoop.

 

 

Sauce Celebrity Chef Series Presents an Evening with Edward Lee

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

 

Join Sauce Magazine, in partnership with Left Bank Books, for the next Sauce Celebrity Chef Series event with Edward Lee.

Lee, chef-owner of 610 Magnolia and MilkWood in Louisville, Ky., came to national attention as a three-time James Beard Award Finalist for Best Chef: Southeast and as a contestant on Bravo’s Top Chef: Texas. At this intimate event, which takes place at Taste, Lee will mingle with guests over passed hors d’oeuvres as he discusses and signs his first book, Smoke & Pickles: Recipes and Stories from a New Southern Kitchen. The cookbook features 130 dishes that meld Lee’s Korean heritage with his French culinary training and Southern home.

Tickets, available here, are $50 each and include Smoke & Pickles-inspired hors d’oeuvres prepared by the chefs at Taste, a Bourbon Sweet Tea cocktail featuring Jefferson’s Bourbon, and a copy of Smoke & Pickles.

What: A conversation and book signing with chef Edward Lee, food and drink

When: Aug. 13 – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Taste, 4584 Laclede Ave., St. Louis, 314.361.1200

Only 60 tickets are available for the event, which is expected to sell out quickly.

 

 

Sauce Celebrity Chef Series presents an evening with Marcus Samuelsson

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013



Join Sauce Magazine, in partnership with Left Bank Books, for the latest Sauce Celebrity Chef Series event with chef Marcus Samuelsson! Samuelsson is the award-winning chef-owner of Red Rooster Harlem as well as several other restaurants in New York and Stockholm, Sweden. During his impressive career, he has written four cookbooks, received the James Beard Foundation’s coveted Rising Star Chef Award and won Bravo’s Top Chef Masters. Chef Samuelsson will chat with the audience over dinner as he discusses and signs his new memoir, Yes, Chef.

Tickets, available here, are $80 and include a 3-course dinner with wine and beer along with a signed copy of Samuelsson’s memoir, Yes, Chef.

What: Dinner, conversation, reading and book signing with chef Marcus Samuelsson

When: Monday, June 3 – 6 to 10 p.m.

Where: Monarch Private Event Space, 7401 Manchester Road, St. Louis, 314.769.9595

Seating is limited. This event will sell out!

Sauce Celebrity Chef Series presents an evening with Marcus Samuelsson

Thursday, May 16th, 2013



Join Sauce Magazine, in partnership with Left Bank Books, for the latest Sauce Celebrity Chef Series event with chef Marcus Samuelsson! Samuelsson is the award-winning chef-owner of Red Rooster Harlem as well as several other restaurants in New York and Stockholm, Sweden. During his impressive career, he has written four cookbooks, received the James Beard Foundation’s coveted Rising Star Chef Award and won Bravo’s Top Chef Masters. Chef Samuelsson will chat with the audience over dinner as he discusses and signs his new memoir, Yes, Chef.

Tickets, available here, are $80 and include a 3-course dinner with wine and beer along with a signed copy of Samuelsson’s memoir, Yes, Chef.

What: Dinner, conversation, reading and book signing with chef Marcus Samuelsson

When: Monday, June 3 – 6 to 10 p.m.

Where: Monarch Private Event Space, 7401 Manchester Road, St. Louis, 314.769.9595

Seating is limited. This event will sell out!

Sauce Celebrity Chef Series presents an afternoon with Michael Pollan

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013



Sauce Magazine and Left Bank Books couldn’t be more excited to have Michael Pollan as our guest for our next Sauce Celebrity Chef Series event held on Thursday, May 9. From noon to 2 p.m. at Moulin event space, Pollan will chat with us over lunch about his latest book Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation. Pollan will also sign copies of the book and answer questions from the audience.

Globally, through his award-winning books such as The Omnivore’s DilemmaIn Defense of Food and The Botany of Desire, Pollan has been, slowly but surely, changing the way people think about food. Named one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2010, Pollan is an advocate for change in food policy (And believe it or not, he knows a thing or two about how to make good food!).

Tickets, available here, are $55 and include lunch and a copy of Cooked. Ticket sales close on May 7; do not delay!

Sauce Celebrity Chef Series presents an afternoon with Michael Pollan

Thursday, April 4th, 2013


For years now, Michael Pollan has been acting as a collective food-conscience of sorts. Globally, through his award-winning books such as The Omnivore’s DilemmaIn Defense of Food and The Botany of Desire, he has been, slowly but surely, changing the way people think about food. Named one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2010, Pollan is an advocate for change in food policy (And believe it or not, he knows a thing or two about how to make good food!).

Sauce Magazine and Left Bank Books couldn’t be more excited to have Pollan as our guest for our next Sauce Celebrity Chef Series event held on Thursday, May 9. From noon to 2 p.m. at Moulin event space, Pollan will chat with us over lunch about his latest book Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation. Pollan will also sign copies of the book and answer questions from the audience.

Tickets are $55 and include lunch and a copy of Cooked. Buy tickets here.

Sauce Celebrity Chef Series presents an afternoon with Deb Perelman

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

For you home cooks out there, when it comes to Deb Perelman, creator of the celebrated food blog Smitten Kitchen, we’re willing to wager that your crush on her is just about as big as ours. Well, we have good news. For Sauce’s next Celebrity Chef Series presented in partnership with Left Bank Books, Perelman is our star!

Join us on Friday, March 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Modesto, located on The Hill, as Perelman demonstrates recipes from her long-awaited The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook. Tickets are $45 and include lunch and a copy of her new book. You can buy tickets here. Seating is limited.

UPDATE: This event has now sold out.

Perelman isn’t a chef or restaurant owner; she simply believes that cooking should be fun, and the results should be delicious. After her presentation, she will be available for questions and to sign copies of her book.

Drink This Weekend Edition: Last-minute gift ideas for the drinker in your life

Friday, December 21st, 2012

The clock is ticking on holiday shopping. Time to put down that pint of beer, glass of wine or mug of nog and get the darn list done. Here are 10 last-minute gift ideas to please the drinker in your life.

1. Beer sampler pack. Give the dedicated Budweiser drinker in your life a 12-pack of Project Twelve, a selection of three Bud tribute beers named for the zip code in which they were originally brewed. Or, give the craft beer drinker in your life Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.’s 8-bottle sampler pack that includes UCBC’s Winged Nut, Zwickel, STLIPA and Schnickelfritz. Both sampler packs are available at numerous area grocery and liquor stores.

2. Sanctuaria: The Dive Bar of Cocktail Bars. To the cocktail connoisseur in your life or the vodka-tonic drinker you’re looking to convert, give this new cocktail book written by Sanctuaria’s bartender Matt Seiter. Pick it up at Sanctuaria to get it in time for Christmas. Bonus: It’s an excuse to sidle up to the bar at Sanctuaria for a quick one.

3. To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion. Cocktail historian Philip Greene will keep the literary lush in your life quite entertained with liquor-filled stories about Papa Hemingway, his novels and even recipes for drinks referenced in his works. Get it at either Left Bank Books location.

4. Pomaçai Vodka. Don’t judge your flavored vodka drinker friend. Purus vodka’s newest product that combines the flavors of pomegranate and açai is for her, not you. Admit it, though: The bubble wrap look of this glass bottle is cool. You’ll find it at all major area liquor stores.

5. Volére wine. This boxed wine in the shape of a handbag (pictured below) is for your friend who cares more about fashion than anything else. The Volére that Saint Louis Cellars has in stock is a blend of Merlot and Pinot Noir, if she cares to know.



6. EdgeWild Wine Club membership.
For the friend – perhaps a braggart in-law – who does care about wine and likes being part of a club, check out this membership. The membership means a bottle a month, plus a bunch of privileges. Fill out the paperwork at the Chesterfield restaurant while you enjoy a glass yourself.

7. John E. Fitzgerald Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Your bourbon pal always appreciates another bottle to add to his collection. Give him this newer small-batch, high-proof, wheated bourbon by Heaven Hill that you can get at most well-stocked liquor stores. Make him open it in front of you. Ask him to share.

8. Brew Pub T-shirt. If your pal wears t-shirts that read “Beer is My Friend” or “Irish I had another beer,” help him, please. Upgrade his garb by going to the Brew Pub T-Shirts website and ordering him a t-shirt with the iTap logo, or be a best friend and plunk down the money so that each month for the next year, he can don a different t-shirt sporting the logo of a cool stop on the local beer drinking circuit.

9. Cheese box sets. This is not just any old cheese sampler. For each of its three cheese box sets, St. Louis-based North Light Specialty Foods includes three, 8-ounce cheese blocks chosen for pairing with red wine, white wine or beer. If you want a set in time for Christmas, call 314.932.7133. If your motto is “better late than never,” order online at www.northlightfoods.com.

10. ReTrailer organic tea blends. There’s always a teetotaler on the list. Make your wholesome friend happy by hitting up the ReTrailer Tea at the Schlafly Winter Market & Holiday Fair this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Bottleworks. Among the mobile tea parlor’s tea blends, look out for the playfully named Drop It Like It’s Hot hibiscus tea and Pour Some Sugar On Me tea.

Sauce Celebrity Chef Series presents an afternoon of brainy barbecue with Adam Perry Lang

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Adam Perry Lang is Mario Batali’s “go-to-brother for meat and fire.” David Chang attests that “no one knows more about cooking food over fire” than Perry Lang. And now we get the pleasure of hearing from the grill master himself smack dab in the middle of barbecue season.

At his three restaurants in London, New York City and Las Vegas, and in his new book Charred & Scruffed: Bold new techniques for explosive flavor on and off the grill, the classically trained chef explores the meats and “co stars” we love to cook over the coals. From spackles to brines to buttery bastes, his theories and practices make barbecue a complex science. But Perry Lang breaks his process down, giving home cooks the ability to wow their friends with such dishes as smoked pork shoulder with lime coriander salt in their very own backyards.

For Sauce’s next Celebrity Chef Series presented in partnership with Left Bank Books, join us  on Friday, June 15 at Mike Shannon’s “Outfield” patio downtown from noon to 2 p.m. Get tickets here. Perry Lang will discuss his grilling techniques and sign his new book, Charred & Scruffed. Tickets, priced at $45, will include a to-be-signed copy of Charred & Scruffed and a three-course barbecue lunch prepared by Pappy’s Smokehouse’s Mike Emerson and inspired by Perry Lang’s recipes using ingredients from Rain Crow Ranch, Todd Geisert Farms and Straub’s. Varieties of Shock Top beer will be paired with each course. Gelateria del Leone is providing dessert.

Visit eventbrite.com for Adam Perry Lang tickets and more information. Seats are limited.

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