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Cupcake bakery The Cup launches a Tiny Truck

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

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Fans of The Cup can now seek out their favorite buttercream-topped treats all over town.

The Cup Tiny Truck joined the ranks of St. Louis’ food trucks in August, selling gooey butter cake bars and a variety of buttercream cupcakes. The truck travels between St. Louis city and soon, St. Louis County, and is available for corporate and private events.

The Cup owner Ericka Frank, who owns shops in the Central West End and Edwardsville and The Cakery Bakery in Dogtown, said launching a food truck has long been a part of her plan. As The Scoop reported in October 2016, The Cup closed its Chesterfield location, in part to further The Cup’s transition to a more mobile cupcake business.

“The truck we have we’ve used in the past for delivery,” said Frank. “For quite a while we’ve been wanting to use that as a food truck, and we were able to do that recently.”

The cupcake selection at The Cup Tiny Truck includes the popular confetti cupcake with French vanilla cake, vanilla buttercream frosting and confetti sprinkles. Seasonally offered cupcakes such as the Pumpkin Harvest – a pumpkin spice cake with cinnamon buttercream frosting and autumn bark from Kakao Chocolate – will also be available.

Frank said The Cup is also expanding into retail sales, selling vanilla and chocolate buttercream frosting by the pint in her shop and in local markets. “It’s really good even just dipping it in pretzels,” Frank said. “It fits perfectly in my cup holder in my car.”

Find The Cup Tiny Truck’s location on Facebook and Twitter.

Photo courtesy of The Cup

Rachel Wilson is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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St. Louis restaurants to raise additional aid for hurricane victims

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

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St. Louis-area restaurants are coming together once again to provide aid for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria victims.

The Hamilton Restaurant Group hosts the Saint Louis Restaurants Hurricane Relief Fundraiser tomorrow, Sept. 29, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Moulin Events. Proceeds from this ticketed event will be split between nonprofits AmeriCares and the Love for Love City Foundation.

Hamilton Restaurant Group co-owner Paul Hamilton said his family owns property in the Caribbean and wanted to support that community. “We have friends and family there,” he said. “Everyone from the Caribbean to Florida is in this, and there’s just so many people affected.”

Tickets are available online or at the door. Admission includes food tastings from Hamilton’s restaurants Vin De Set, PW Pizza, Eleven Eleven Mississippi and 21st Street Brewers Bar and Charleville Brewing Co. & Tavern, as well as 11 other restaurants, including Polite Society, SqWires, Cunetto’s and LoRusso’s. and there will be live and silent auctions and live music. Heidi Glaus of “Show Me St. Louis” will emcee the event.

Two of the newest additions to Baileys’ Restaurant Group will also participate: Hugo’s Pizzeria and the upcoming L’Acadiane. “Beyond [the fundraiser] being a good cause and there being people in serious need, we’ve been in the neighborhood with Paul and Wendy Hamilton for several years and we respect them,” said owner Dave Bailey. “They reached out to restaurants in the neighborhood, and the credit really goes to them.”

Lafayette Square neighbor Square One Brewery and Distillery will also provide food and drink at the fundraiser. Owner Steve Neukomm also owns property in Florida and understands Irma’s overwhelming effects on the community. “I’ve been dealing with our condo down there,” he said. “It’s really affected us all.”

Photo courtesy of Hamilton Restaurant Group

Rachel Wilson is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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St. Louis restaurants rally community support for Hurricane Harvey victims

Friday, September 1st, 2017

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In wake of the recent tragedy in Texas, St. Louis restaurateurs and customers alike have banded together to send aid to the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Demun Oyster Bar’s Tom Halaska, Byrd & Barrel’s Bob Brazell, Ices Plain & Fancy’s Max Crask and state Rep. Bruce Franks Jr. organized the Babies & Fur-Babies Hurricane Supply Drive.

Halaska said dozens of St. Louis-area restaurants and bars have already volunteered to serve as supply drop-off points, including Guerrilla Street Food, Nudo House and 4 Hands Brewing Co. The drive has also partnered with Project Downtown STL, RukaNade and the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis. (A full list of drop-off locations can be found online.)

“It’s impressive that through the restaurant and bar community in St. Louis, you send a couple messages and make some calls and get this response,” Halaska said. “We’ve had a bunch of community support.”

Halaska and others will drive supplies down to Houston at the end of next week, so donors are asked to drop off all donations by Sept. 10, and to please stick to the list of suggested items for donations. Organizers are requesting supplies like diapers, cat and dog food, kitty litter, feminine hygiene products and baby bottles, with a full list of needed supplies available online.  People can also purchase products directly off an Amazon wish list and send them to Demun Oyster Bar.

“We’re trying to keep it condensed to a small amount of items,” Halaska said. “One thing we don’t want is to show up down there, and they won’t know what to do with everything. And we need everything new, nothing used.”

Additional restaurants interested in becoming drop-off locations can contact the organizers via the Facebook page. Halaska encouraged the community to give generously. “Even if we fill up three semi trucks, we still won’t have enough,” he said.

Photo courtesy of Nudo House 

Rachel Wilson is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

Driftwood Eatery owner to open Pig & Pickle in St. Louis

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

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{ Pig & Pickle chef-owner Ryan Lewis } 

 

Chef-owner Ryan Lewis is moving his popular Springfield, Illinois, restaurant Driftwood Eatery & Cocktail to St. Louis.

The restaurant – to be renamed and rebranded Pig & Pickle Eatery – is set to open this fall at 5511 Pershing Ave., and includes the space that formerly housed Atlas Restaurant. Driftwood closed its doors this Saturday, July 22.

Lewis said Pig & Pickle would have the same concept as Driftwood, yet with a bit more refinement. “The idea is locally focused small plates with a southern feel,” he said.

Most of Lewis’ management team will join him in the move to St. Louis, and the restaurant will keep several of its original suppliers like Garden Gate Farm in Fairbury, Illinois, which supplies his grits.

Lewis, who is originally from Bethalto, Illinois, said it was time to move on from Springfield, and he hoped St. Louis, with its vibrant culinary scene, would welcome his creativity.

“The food scene in St. Louis is blowing up,” Lewis said. “I’ve been (in Springfield) for eight years, and I’ve done all I can. It’s time to make the move to a new area and use what I’ve learned.”

Pig & Pickle will serve a variety of small plate options including braised pork cheek, roasted bone marrow and blackened shrimp. A few popular dishes from the old restaurant will remain, including the pretzel-crusted cheese curds and the fried chicken and biscuit.

Lewis said the new restaurant would retain the cocktail focus of Driftwood, but the hefty 70-cocktail list would be pared down significantly.

The restaurant will offer dinner Tuesday through Saturday and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, with possible plans to serve lunch in the future.

Photo by Kari Bedford for Pig & Pickle 

Rachel Wilson is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine.

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The Scoop: Buzz’s Hawaiian Grill food truck brings island fare to St. Louis

Friday, July 7th, 2017

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{ Buzz’s Hawaiian Grill owner Thomas Moore (second from left) launched his food truck in June. } 

 

Thomas “Buzz” Moore hopes to offer a Hawaiian escape in St. Louis with his new food truck, Buzz’s Hawaiian Grill. The food truck – painted with Hawaii’s clear blue skies, choice waves and sandy shores – opened in June and serves classic Hawaiian dishes.

Moore, a native St. Louisan, lived in Hawaii for five years, as well as California and Okinawa, Japan. When he moved back to his hometown several years ago, he was disappointed in the city’s lack of Hawaiian food. After decades of traveling back to the island state to visit family and cooking Hawaiian fare for family and friends, he decided to launch his first culinary venture showcasing the cuisine and its blend of international influences from China and Japan to the Philippines  and Hawaii’s native islanders. “It’s not just pineapple,” Moore said. “It’s food from everywhere.”

Moore said he hopes to bring a spirit of aloha to the Midwest, which he describes as a way of life that’s about “chilling and being friendly and open to one another.”

The truck rotates between St. Louis City and County and features Hawaiian plate lunches, a popular meal that features two scoops of rice, Hawaiian macaroni salad and a protein like chicken yakitori, kalbi ribs or kalua pork.

Other dishes include fish tacos, musubi (Spam and rice and a sweet egg pancake wrapped in nori) and poke, a raw fish salad that has gained popularity on the mainland in recent years. Look for sides like lomi lomi (a tomato and salmon salad) and lumpia.

Find Buzz’s Hawaiian Grill by following the truck on Facebook and Twitter.

Photo courtesy of Buzz’s Hawaiiian Grill 

Rachel Wilson is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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Edible Weekend: 4 more events to indulge in this weekend

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

Whether you love extreme picnicking or Route 66, there are plenty of ways to fill up this weekend. Here are four more events for those who’re still peckish:

 

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{ Vicia chef-co-owner Michael Gallina at the grill } 

 

1. Summer of Making Kickoff BBQ
This neighborly block party combines tech demos and tours of the TechShop with a grill-focused menu from Vicia. Purchase vegetable-centric items like a grilled veggie grain salad or chilled gazpacho, then play a few lawn games and sip on punch, beer or wine on Vicia’s patio. RSVPs appreciated.
Free admission. Sat., June 10 – noon to 5 p.m., Vicia and TechShop, 4260 Forest Park Ave., (Boyle and Duncan avenues), St. Louis, 314.797.5646, Facebook: Summer of Making Kickoff BBQ

 

2. Mutts & Mimosas
Enjoy brunch with your furry friend at The Weingarten this Sunday. Nosh on a special limited menu, indulge in the bloody mary bar and bottomless mimosas and support the Belleville Area Humane Society. All pets must be leashed, have current vaccinations and hang out on the patio.
Free admission. Sun., June 11 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., The Weingarten, 1780 E. State Route 15, Belleville, 618.257.9463, theweingarten.com

 

3. Planter’s House Ideal Cocktail Party
Planter’s House is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Tom Bullock’s “The Ideal Bartender,” so stop for the chance to sample 18 new cocktails from nine St. Louis bars, plus food and live music. Join author and celebrity bartender Gaz Regan for this boozy night out. Tickets available online. 
$65. Sat., June 10 – 6 to 10 p.m., Planter’s House, 1000 Mississippi Ave., St. Louis, 314.696.2603, plantershousestl.com

 

4. Women of Civil Rights Happy Hour
Extend the weekend at the Missouri History Museum and learn more about women who advanced the civil rights movement in St. Louis during a guided tour of the exhibit “No. 1 in Civil Rights” while enjoying heavy hors d’oeuvres, a complimentary glass of Champagne and a cash bar. Call for reservations.
$25. Tue., June 13 – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, 314.361.7313, bixbys-mohistory.com 

Don’t miss out. Sign up for the Edible Weekend newsletter to get the best food events of the weekend delivered to your inbox every Wednesday. 

Photo by Jonathan Gayman

Rachel Wilson is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

 

Edible Weekend: 3 more events to devour this weekend

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Whether you love pizza for a cause, a taste of Maplewood or nip of gin, there are plenty of ways to fill up this weekend. Here are three more events for those who’re still peckish:

 

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1. IndiHop
Try 50 local beers from breweries like Rockwell Beer Co. and Schlafly at IndiHop’s annual tasting between two iconic neighborhoods. Shuttles transport between The Grove and Cherokee Street neighborhoods. Tickets available online.
$30. Sat., May 20 – 1 to 7 p.m., IndiHop, The Grove and Cherokee Street, 314.262.4082, indihopstl.com

2. Vista Ramen’s Anniversary Party
Celebrate Vista Ramen’s first anniversary with a special a la carte menu including cheeseburgers, mushroom sloppy Joes and Thai sausages. Drinks include beer, boozy punch and nonalcoholic beverages. Food is first come, first served.
Free admission. Sun., May 21 – 4 to 8 p.m., Vista Ramen, 2609 Cherokee St., St. Louis, 314.797.8250, vistaramen.com

3. Spring Explosion Pop-up
Bulrush STL chef-owner Rob Connoley prepares a seven-course foraged dinner featuring ingredients gathered from the woods and creeks surrounding St. Louis. All dishes are gluten free and vegetarian options are available upon request. Wine pairings are available for an addition charge. Tickets available online.
$75. Sun., May 21 – 6:30 to 9 p.m., Guerrilla Street Food, 3559 Arsenal St., St. Louis, 575.956.3319, bulrushstl.com

 

Don’t miss out. Sign up for the Edible Weekend newsletter to get the best food events of the weekend delivered to your inbox every Wednesday.

IndiHop photo courtesy of RJ Hartbeck

Rachel Wilson is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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