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The Crossing asks diners to Instagram for charity

Monday, September 9th, 2013



The Crossing is encouraging diners to whip out their smartphones and snap away now through October. The restaurant, located at 7823 Forsyth Blvd., in Clayton, is participating in the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America Local Dish Challenge, which highlights local producers and promotes culinary education.

The Crossing will donate $1 from each Rain Crow Ranch Berkshire Bone-In Pork Chop (pictured) sold to the JBF Taste America Drive. And diners who post a picture of their chop to Instagram with the hashtags #Clayton and #JBFTasteAmerica could help a local nonprofit win big bucks, too. JBF will donate $10,000 to the city with the most tagged uploads; The Crossing selected Operation Food Search’s Nutrition and Culinary Education Program as its designated charity.

“This is a great opportunity for us to call attention to all of our local food providers and to make more people aware of the James Beard Foundation,” said chef-owner Jim Fiala in a press release.



The Scoop: A slew of new restaurants

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Scenesters be ready. A couple of new restaurants opened last week and more are slated to debut in the next few days. For those of you who love to be first on the scene, here are a few places to put on the top of your list.

Simone Faure (pictured), former executive pastry chef at The Ritz-Carlton, is poised to unlock the doors tomorrow at her French patisserie Chouquette, which The Scoop first announced last summer. The hours of operation at this sweet boutique and tea room, located at 1626 Tower Grove Ave., in the Botanical Heights neighborhood, are Tuesday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Doors at Tucanos Brazilian Grill are opening to the public this Wednesday. The all-you-can-eat churrascaria, the seventh location nationwide for the company and its first in Missouri, is located in St. Charles at 1520 S. Fifth St., in the space formerly known as Noah’s Ark, just off of Interstate-70.

Doors opened last Tuesday at the new Sushi Ai downtown location at 910 Olive St. The Japanese restaurant, which also has locations in Maryland Heights; St. Charles; Manchester, Mo.; O’Fallon, Mo.; and O’Fallon, Ill.; is open Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Friday marked the debut of Gist Bistro, a new restaurant located in the old Sapore space at 403 Lafayette Center in Manchester, Mo. Gist Bistro is a project by chef Ben Anderson and his business partner Michael Miller. (Editor’s note: Miller is not the same Miller who is the executive chef at Dressel’s Public House.) For the last four years, Anderson worked at Firefly Grill in Effingham, Ill. Prior to that, he owned a restaurant in St. Charles called Canoe. Serving as Anderson’s sous chef is Jonathon Olson, who was most recently exec chef at the shuttered The Market Grill in Soulard. According to Anderson, the cuisine at Gist will be “modern French-American,” with numerous items prepared with locally sourced products such as grass-fed beef from Rain Crow Ranch and pork and chicken from Benne’s Best Meat. The bistro is open for dinner daily, except Mondays. Anderson stated that lunch service will likely be added in late April. A website and Facebook page are under construction. The restaurant’s Twitter account (@gistbistro), however, is operational.

— photo by Greg Rannells

The Scoop: Sugarfire Smokehouse now open

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Sugarfire Smokehouse, a project by restaurateurs Mike Johnson and Carolyn Downs, opened yesterday. Sugarfire is located at 9200 Olive Blvd., just east of I-170 in Olivette.

Daily offerings at this cafeteria-style barbecue joint include grass-fed beef, pulled pork, smoked turkey, and burgers made from meat ground in-house. Pork and beans, slaw and hand-cut fries are some of the sides, and specials include local pork belly, chicken pot pies and brisket from Rain Crow Ranch. Downs, who has long garnered praise for the desserts at Cyrano’s, her other restaurant, makes Sugarfire’s sweet endings. She will offer six pies daily, available by the slice or whole. Sugarfire is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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