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Upcoming pot sticker restaurant Crispy Edge hires exec chef

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

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  { from left, Crispy Edge executive chef Tori Foster and owner David Dresner } 

Crispy Edge is edging closer to opening. Tori Foster has been tapped to fill the executive chef role at the pot sticker eatery, which is set to open at 4168 Juniata St. in Tower Grove later this spring.

Owner David Dresner said Foster’s academic credentials and passion for all types of food made her the outstanding candidate for the position.

“Crispy Edge aims to explore global cuisines in a traditional Chinese vehicle,” he said. “(Tori) is half-Filipino. She’s lived in Hawaii. She’s very high energy at large. Her enthusiasm to try other flavors and ideas is awesome, and it resonated with me.”

Crispy Edge is Foster’s first executive chef gig, but food has been part of her life from the beginning. She comes from a military family and traveled widely growing up, all the while absorbing the cuisines of the places she lived, and she said her Filipino heritage exposed her to a wide array of influences, as well.

Eventually, Foster attended culinary school at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, where she got her associate’s and bachelor’s degrees. Then she made her way to St. Louis to attend the master’s program in nutrition and dietetics at Saint Louis University.

 

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Foster said Dresner’s enthusiasm sold her on the job. “Just hearing how David loved it and what his philosophy on pot stickers was really what drew me in,” she said. “And we’re on the same wavelength on what food should be and what it does, how it creates community and how we can experience it. Everyone is familiar with pot stickers, but we’re doing something completely different with it, and we’re able to be so creative and inclusive of different cuisines.“

Foster, who is involved in recipe development for the company’s wholesale pot sticker business as well, said her goal is to be a well-rounded leader behind the stoves.

“I want to be the executive chef I’ve always wanted,” she said. “I want to run this (kitchen) in the way I’d want a kitchen run that I was working in. I want to be the executive chef who’s hands-on and communicates well with their employees, but also striving to do new things and try new flavors.”

Photos courtesy of Crispy Edge

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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First Look: Casa Juárez Mexican Town in Maryland Heights

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

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Casa Juárez Mexican Town, a sprawling new concept from the folks behind Chihuahua’s Mexican Restaurant, opens its doors for dinner tonight, Jan. 22, at 12710 Dorsett Road in Maryland Heights.

The Casa Juárez menu has plenty of south-of-the-border favorites, from gourmet tacos to enchiladas to nachos, along with items not usually associated with a Mexican restaurant, including a variety of hand-cut steaks and seafood dishes like Juarez salmon topped with chipotle sauce. Everything is prepared in the open kitchen including the tortillas, which are made daily.

The appellation “town” for the restaurant is more than apt. The space, some 11,000 square feet, seats 250 inside with an additional 120 on the front patio. The colorful exterior, painted to resemble adobe and with two Aztec warriors guarding the entrance, gives a hint of what awaits inside.

The interior is a riot of color and patterns – multicolored tiles, Aztec suns and elaborate light fixtures abound. Other amenities include a full bar and a gift shop. Keep an eye out for Rico’s Street Tacos, a dedicated street taco bar inside the restaurant, and a tequila tasting room, opening in the coming weeks.

The kitchen at Casa Juárez will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday (the bar will be open until midnight) and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

 

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Photos by Michelle Volansky 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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