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The Scoop: Rollin Around pops up at St. Louis events with egg roll stand

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

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Often served as a side at carryout Chinese restaurants, egg rolls take center stage at Rollin Around, a new food stand that specializes in egg rolls with fillings like Philly cheesesteak, Buffalo chicken and pizza.

Co-owners Robert and Megan Hickman said their idea for the unconventional fillings came when they wanted to try a new, yet kid-friendly meal at home. “We wanted to do something different for dinner, but we have kids, so we still wanted it to not be messy,” said Robert Hickman. “We wanted to make sure that our kids could walk around the house or watch a movie while eating these.”

The kitchen experiment started at their dinner table, but quickly moved to Hickman’s workplace, then family parties and launched as a business this April. Hickman, who attended Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in St. Louis, has previously worked at The Stadium at Lumiere Casino (now Ozzie’s Sports Bar & Grill), Frank & Helen’s in University City and Two Shamrocks in O’Fallon, Missouri.

Currently, the Hickmans have 20 different egg rolls on their menu with fillings ranging from meatballs to teriyaki to chicken cordon bleu. Currently Rollin Around fries egg rolls to order at St. Louis-area events, and customers can also order frozen egg rolls delivered to their homes. The Hickmans are currently fundraising to purchase a food truck. “We’re catered to the family environment, and we want to be the most family-friendly food truck you can find,” he said.

 

 

The Scoop: Just Chicken to roll out food truck in June

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

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Just Chicken is spreading its wings in June with the addition of a bright yellow food truck.

The restaurant, located at 5942 Delmar Blvd., in St. Louis, offers up a menu of all things chicken: wings, sandwiches, burgers and more. However, owner Antwann Binion said the truck’s menu will focus on solely on wings, all fried to order on board and tossed in one of six sauces like teriyaki or the sweet-spicy house sauce. Additionally, there will be house-cut french fries and sweet potato fries.

Binion said adding a food truck has been on his mind since he first opened Just Chicken in May 2014. “I first thought of the idea when I was visiting my son in L.A.,” he said. “I saw so many food trucks lined up. I thought it would be feasible to make Just Chicken mobile and expand the business in that way.”

He believes the brick-and-mortar location will benefit from the increased publicity that the truck will provide. “I want to reach more people, especially those that don’t visit the store,” he said.

Binion said the truck will operate in both St. Louis City and County, with frequent stops at corporate campuses like Numotion, Wells Fargo, The People’s Clinic and Ameren. He also hopes to establish stops near Forest Park, Washington University and Charter.

 

 

The Scoop: Area distilleries win big at American Craft Spirits Association awards

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

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{Wood Hat Spirits owner Gary Hinegardner}

 

St. Louis and Missouri were well represented this month among the winners of the American Craft Spirits Association awards, held Feb. 15 in Austin. Area distilleries Still 630 and Wood Hat Spirits won a gold medal each for their RallyPoint Maple Sunset Whiskey and Blue Corn Whiskey, respectively. The Blue Corn Whiskey also took best in category for corn spirits.

“The craft distilleries in Missouri, and in particular St. Louis, are growing,” said Gary Hinegardner, owner of Wood Hat Spirits in New Florence. “We’re getting national attention. We’re doing good stuff. We can stand up in the world and be counted.”

These are the first awards from the ACSA for Still 630’s spirits, according to David Weglarz, owner and distiller of Still 630. Weglarz stated he was thrilled. “Two years ago, I taught myself how to distill,” he said. “It has been so validating to see others enjoy what I make.”

Ste. Genevieve upstart Defiant Spirits brought home a silver medal for its Defiance Whiskey. Missouri liqueurs, too, had a good showing: In addition to its top honors, Wood Hat won a bronze medal for its black walnut liqueur. Still 630 took bronze for its SS Sorghum Whiskey and Soulard Island Rum, as did Maryland Heights distiller Stilljoy Spirits for its Movados cinnamon, ginger and vanilla liqueurs.

The American Craft Spirits Association Awards was judged by industry professionals and featured more than 200 distillers from around the country. This is not the first year area liquor-makers have earned nods from the judges – last year, Wood Hat clinched a gold and bronze and Square One Distilling took two bronzes.

Sauce intern Rima Parikh contributed to this report.

Extra Sauce: 5 swoon-worthy desserts for Valentine’s Day

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

For some, Valentine’s Day is a day to spend with your sweetheart. For others, it’s a day to spend sprawled on the ground in the fetal position, nursing a half-empty bottle of cheap wine and force-cuddling Tibbles, your neighbor’s cat. Either way, desserts for Feb. 14 are a must. Here, 5 delicious treats and your significant other, human or otherwise, will love:

 

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1. According to Beyoncé, there’s nothing quite like being drunk in love – or drunk off 30 of these Pomegranate Mojito Cupcakes.

 

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2. Inspired by those petite fancy French desserts from the bakery down the street, this giant pistachio and berry Macaron Cake proves size really does matter.

 

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3. This 12-serving Chocolate Crepe stuffed with fruit and boozy whipped cream is the perfect indulgence for a crowd – or just you and Tibbles. No judgment.

 

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4. What’s better than a warm chocolate chip cookie? One that you pull out of the oven Half Baked and eat straight from the pan.

 

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5. Skip the fire hazard and bake a S’mores Pie in the comfort and warmth of your own kitchen instead.

-cupcake and crepe photos by Jonathan S. Pollack; cookie photo by Carmen Troesser

 

The Scoop: Friendship Brewing to open in Wentzville this summer

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

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Yet another new brewery is on its way to the St. Louis metro area. Friendship Brewing Company is set to open doors in Wentzville in late summer. Owners Brian Nolan and Dan Belcher will take the century-old space at 100 Pitman Ave., which formerly housed an ice factory-turned creamery.

“Dan and I have been homebrewing for 28 years, since we were college roommates,” Nolan said. “When we were at college, the beer was bad. We didn’t like drinking the corporate lager selection, so we decided to make our own.”

Nolan and Belcher intend to maintain the space’s historic vibe with pre-Prohibition era décor. One-third of the 3,200-square-foot space will be used for the seven-barrel brewery, and the remainder will serve as a 72-seat tasting room. An additional 75 seats will be available outside on the patio.

Friendship’s bar will feature 25 taps, 10 of which will be house brews. Nolan said they hope to keep a constant selection of four to five brews and rotate the remaining house taps with seasonal and small batches. The remaining 15 will be guest taps with a mix of local and regional craft beer.

While the bar itself will not prepare food, Nolan said he plans to work with catering services and food trucks to include culinary options. He hopes to add a kitchen at a later date. “We’re just longtime craft brew enthusiasts taking it to the next level,” he said.

 

 

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