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John Perkins’ The Agrarian to pop up in the Central West End next week

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013


Entre chef-owner John Perkins is preparing to launch his latest pop-up restaurant. The Agrarian, which debuts Tues., June 11 at 360 N. Boyle Ave., in the Central West End, will showcase the unsung heroes of the Midwest: summer vegetables.

The primarily vegetarian menu is categorized by crop, with headings such as “root,” “leafy,” “field” and “fruit.” “I want to let the vegetables speak for themselves, with intensity or subtlety, if that be the case,” said Perkins, whose previous pop-up concepts, A Good Man is Hard to Find and Le Coq, paid homage to southern food and chicken, respectively. “Whenever I design a dish, I am always trying to balance everything, different components of taste and texture. With this menu, I am going to design smaller plates to share that may simply express one element, completely rich with no acid or completely tart. The dishes should be able to play off each other.”

Perkins cited dishes like whey-poached asparagus, beet-infused tofu and poutine with smoked shitake velouté and blue cheese and examples of the fare that diners would encounter at The Agrarian. “I want to channel the ripe flavors of fresh herbs and spices, in lieu of meat or animal fats to season the dishes,” he explained. For carnivores looking for a bit more meat on the plate, there will be a few meat and seafood side dishes, such as steamed halibut wrapped in ramps as well as goat belly.

Mixologist and bartender Michelle Bildner designed a summertime cocktail list that features lighter spirits such as gin, rum and tequila, and that balances the alcohol with stone fruit juices and herb infusions. The wine list features food-friendly wines from around the world with enough complexity and spice to hold up to bold dishes.

The Agrarian will be open for dinner Wednesday through Saturday from June 11 through July 27. Go here to make a reservation.



The Scoop: Brasserie bids cordial bienvenue, adieu to cocktailians

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

072310_brasserieA Saucy welcome to Ted Charak, Brasserie’s new bar manager. Charak has been tending bar since 1993, primarily in San Francisco and Portland, Ore., and has recently returned to his native St. Louis.

In 2006, Charak and a business partner opened craft cocktail bar Teardrop Lounge, which remains a popular bar in Portland. The concept for Teardrop, said Charak, was “to bring the kitchen to the bar,” and included making numerous products in-house such as tonic water, ginger beer, grenadine, bitters, liqueurs, vermouth and Falernum. Charak is also a founding member of the Oregon Bartender’s Guild.

Among his many duties behind the bar, Charak will be responsible for writing Brasserie’s cocktail menu. When the new menu goes up in September, look for interesting French spins on vintage cocktails, playful homemade ingredients like Mexican pineapple soda and the use of a few new-to-the-market liquors.

Charak replaces Michelle Bildner, who is leaving the CWE bistro to attend graduate school. Bildner has been tending bar for the last 10 years. She worked at Monarch prior to coming on board at Brassiere when the restaurant opened last year.

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