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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: Josh Galliano to open one-day-only fried chicken shack

Friday, July 13th, 2012

Yesterday, Josh Galliano, former executive chef at the now-defunct Monarch restaurant, announced via Twitter that he’ll soon be launching a fried chicken pop-up restaurant.

But fans of the chef’s southern fare and folks simply hungry for fried chicken won’t have much time to savor Galliano’s cooking before he’s in and out of the kitchen; his pop-up will be open exactly one day – August 13 – with tentative hours of 5 to 9 p.m.

Galliano told The Scoop that the idea for a “fried chicken shack” spawned from National Fried Chicken Day, celebrated annually on July 6. His menu, to be finalized this week, will include 2-, 3- and 4-piece chicken dinners, plus six to seven side dishes and a selection of four or five flavors of pie for dessert. “It will be a simple menu that can be accomplished by a few guys,” said Galliano. “If we do 80 to 100 covers, that would be awesome.”

We now know the when but what about the where? Galliano, preferring to have promotional flyers designed before the exact location is disclosed, provided the following details: The affair will be held at a 60-seat restaurant (where Galliano has never cooked before) situated in St. Louis county that is closed on Monday evenings. No reservations will be taken, but carryout will be available. Stay tuned for details.

The Scoop: News from the underground

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

101311_demitasseSandy Tally, the chef behind St. Louis’ first (now closed) pop-up restaurant Demitasse 665, is already planning his next project. “I just finished the pop-up and went to bed for three days,” Tally wrote in an e-mail. “[I] thought to myself, what fun, well that’s off the bucket list. Wrong. Woke up with the next one in my head pictured as clear as day.” What Tally pictured was a “late-night, fun, noisy, artful” pop-up that will run for two weeks during the spring break season. Unlike Demitasse 665, this temporary restaurant won’t be a multi-course, reservations-only affair. Tally is currently scouting a venue that receives high traffic during late-night hours.

The other news trending from the underground dining world comes from Entre. While chef John Perkins recently went higher above ground from his underground dinners by taking over the kitchen at Perennial Artisan Ales, he will soon be rolling out the Entre Underground Club. Members will have the opportunity to attend quarterly cocktail parties, “upstairs dinners” (10-person, 10- to 12-course tasting menu extravaganzas), and cooking classes and demos that will range from knife sharpening to whole hog butchery. Get on the Entre mailing list to receive the deep, dark gastro details.

The Scoop: Pop-up restaurant pops up in The Lou

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

101311_demitasseTemporary restaurants, known as pop-up restaurants, are one of the latest trends in the culinary world. And now it looks as though this foodie fad has (kind of) hit St. Louis with the to-be-short-lived existence of Demitasse 665.

Demitasse 665 is a project by Sandy Tally, the chef behind the Demitasse underground dinners. The pop-up will be located at 665 S. Skinker Blvd., in the newly transformed basement of the old Caitlyn’s Green-Eyed Grill, and will operate for 12 evenings starting in late November. Menu No. 1 will be served from November 30 to December 3, menu No. 2 from December 7 to December 10, and menu No. 3 from December 14 to December 17. (Click here to preview all three menus).

Because diners will be seated at one communal table, seating is limited to 20 per night. Reservations are necessary and are limited to groups of 10 or 20. There is one seating per evening. Demitasse 665 will serve a 7-course tasting menu, priced at $85 per person, including wines paired with each course. Want to see what this whole pop-up thing is all about? Email Demitasse to make your reservation now.

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