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The List: A Staff of Superstars at Planter’s House

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

Welcome to The List, our annual homage to the people, places, dishes and drinks we love in St. Louis. Don’t miss a single pick; click here to read the whole List and share your thoughts on Twitter with #thesaucelist.



Yes, the cocktails are top-tier. Yes, the food is great. Yes, the décor makes you feel like a million bucks. But the real reason we love to take a seat at the hottest bar in town is the staff: a lineup of seasoned professionals who always keep their cool. From left to right: Kate Kinsey, Matt Sorrell, Ted Charak, Mandi Kowalski, Jamie Kilgore, Ted Kilgore, Leslie Gillette, Bradley Hoffmann, Matt Obermark and Travis Garner.

1000 Mississippi Ave., St. Louis, 314.696.2603, plantershousestl.com

-photo by Carmen Troesser

St. Louis bartenders shake up Popfest 2013

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

082713_popfest1{From left: Justin Cardwell, Kyle Mathis, Jayne Pellegrino, Matt Obermark}

The Paris of the Plains Cocktail Festival in Kansas City, Mo., the largest gathering of its kind in the Midwest, concluded Sunday with much fanfare. St. Louis was well represented at Popfest with two competitors, Kyle Mathis of Taste and Mandi Kowalski of Sanctuaria competing in an individual bartending competition Sunday evening. The audience voted Kowlaski one of two crowd favorites. St. Louis bartenders Justin Cardwell, Jayne Pellegrino, Kyle Mathis and I also won the Midwest Melee, an event for cocktail bragging rights among four-person teams from Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and Denver.


082713_popfest2{From left: Mandi Kowalski, Kyle Mathis}

Events at the five-day festival took place at Kansas City establishments like The Rieger Hotel, Kill Devil Club and The American Restaurant and were focused on the city’s drinking roots. This included Popfest founder Ryan Maybe’s homage via cocktail to early 20th-century corrupt political boss, Tom Pendergast. Events were well attended and well enjoyed by St. Louis cocktailians and hospitality industry professionals.

PopFest also offered education seminars lead by industry experts, covering everything from mezcal to beer cocktails. The latter proved the best attended and most celebrated of the week. Hosted at the Boulevard Brewery and lead by former St. Louisian Chad George, Adam Seger and Boulevard’s Andy Jenkins, the group discussed how to capitalize on the recent trend of using beer as a cocktail ingredient. The Eulogy, their rift on a Last Word, balanced gin, green chartreuse, jasmine liqueur and sugar with Boulevard’s Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale.

The Eulogy
1 serving

1 ½ oz. London dry gin
¾ oz. green chartreuse
½ oz. Fruitlab Jasmine Liqueur
¼ oz. simple syrup
1 ½ oz. Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale

Build the gin, green chartreuse, jasmine liqueur and simple syrup in a shaker. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass. Top with the Tank 7 and gently stir to incorporate ingredients.

-Photos courtesy of Jacqui and Michael Segura of Cocktail Ambassador

The Scoop: Livery Co. to enliven Cherokee Street with cocktails of yesteryear

Monday, December 12th, 2011

121211_liveryThe Cherokee Arts District is getting a cocktail lounge. Livery Co., is slated to open next year at 3211 Cherokee St., between Virginia and Compton Avenues. According to Livery’s website, the bar will feature “house-made syrups, bitters and infusions paired with small plate dishes inspired by Cajun/Creole cuisine.” The Scoop has a call in to partners Emily Ebeling, Mandi Kowalski and Steve Lickenbrock to learn more about their new venue. In the meantime, craft cocktail-lovers can keep tabs on the progress of this new bar on Livery’s Facebook page.

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