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The Scoop: Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis begins $1 million renovation of The Lobby Lounge

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

The Lobby Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis is getting a $1 million makeover. Renovations are already underway at the 4-star, 4-diamond luxury hotel in Clayton to give its lounge and bar a fresh look.

Each Ritz-Carlton property has a theme reflecting that property and the surrounding community. The theme chosen for the renovated lounge and bar at the St. Louis location is “Rhythm and Martinis.” “Rhythm” is a nod to St. Louis’ tradition of music and entertainment; “Martinis” recognizes the Martini-minded cocktail lineup at The Lobby Lounge. According to a press release, the theme “infuses the traditional Ritz-Carlton elegance with renewed energy and the social air of a modern club.”

While the mahogany millwork, classic marble floors and grand chandeliers that have made The Ritz’s lounge a glitzy gathering spot for afternoon tea or an evening cocktail will remain, interior design plans include: a gold granite bar top plus an illuminated bar front with glass and brass panels; an eclectic mix of art deco-inspired furniture, including leather settees and barrel-back lounge chairs; and bold, lattice-patterned carpeting. The hotel’s art collection, a selection of contemporary works – some from local artists – will similarly reflect the Rhythm and Martini theme.

International interior design firm BAMO is overseeing the renovation, scheduled to be completed in April. The Lobby Lounge project is the first phase of a $3 million renovation that will also include The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom and The Restaurant.

— photo courtesy of Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis

Drink This Weekend Edition: Where to rally this weekend

Friday, October 21st, 2011

101811_pinksquirrelAvid sports fans usually show their support by donning their team’s colors. With the Redbirds in the World Series, we figure we’ll run into a bunch of No. 5 white jersey wearers this weekend. But Cardinals Nation can do more than throw on champ gear while the Cards are on the road. Get a seat by the TV and sport your enthusiasm with a color-coordinated beverage.

If you’re tracking the infamous rally squirrel, your drink of choice this weekend should be a Pink Squirrel. At Al’s Restaurant, located downtown at 1200 N. First St., this drink will be served in its classic form, as a frozen cocktail that blends amaretto, Chambord and white crème de cacao with ice cream and ice for $12. (Order any food item at Al’s during the World Series and mention this article or the restaurant’s website, Facebook or Twitter post, and you’ll be served a complimentary Pink Rally Squirrel.)

A Pink Squirrel is also being featured at Blueberry Hill. But instead of preparing it as a frozen ice cream cocktail, The Loop restaurant serves a Pink Squirrel of cream, white crème de cocoa, grenadine and amaretto, shaken over ice and strained. For $5, you can afford to rally around that. Drink enough Pink Squirrels and we’re sure you’ll spot one at Rangers Ballpark.

Rather sip a nice glass of wine during the games? Forget what the weather calls for and just ask for the rosé at Veritas Gateway to Food and Wine. This weekend, the Chesterfield restaurant and wine shop is featuring a Tavel rosé, hailing from France’s Rhône Valley. Rosés being Tavel’s sole designation, you can trust this Cardinals-colored wine is going to be good. Nab a bottle for $17 or sip on a glass for just $6. Have a group who wants to sport Redbirds colors? Order the Veritas brandy-spiked sangria ($15/pitcher, $6/glass).

For a truly World Series drink lineup, head to the The Lobby Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton in Clayton where a special cocktail menu has been created for this baseball showdown. With six mixed drinks on the list, each $12, you’ve got enough options to last well into extra innings. While Pujols is (hopefully) busy pounding balls out of the ballpark , you can pound a Carpenter’s Nail (Johnnie Walker Black with a hint of Drambuie and a twist of lemon), then settle into your seat with a Happy Flight – a trio of autumnal Schlafly brews. Need muchies? The Ritz has a special ballpark concessions menu just for Cardinals Nation.

Go Cards!

It’s round two for Dining Duels at The Ritz-Carlton

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

032211_battleThe chef duel held this past January between The Ritz-Carlton’s culinary top guns, executive chef Azhar Mohammad and executive pastry chef Simone Faure, and Salume Beddu’s Ben Poremba and Mark Sanfilippo was a tasty and entertaining affair. The four-course dinner, dubbed “Dining Duels in The Wine Room,” was a friendly competition pitting dishes prepared in a classic cooking style against those prepared in a rustic manner, each using the same set of ingredients. (Classic just barely beat out rustic by diners’ vote, though this was less about winning than it was about enjoying some truly delicious dishes.)

All four chefs are now preparing for round two, with the bell ringing on Saturday, April 2 at 7 p.m. For this bout, the chefs will pit Middle East against Far East, applying the flavors and techniques of those regions to the same batch of ingredients. Round one sold out in a matter of hours for the limited seating event, so hurry up and make your $75 reservation by calling 314.863.6300.

It takes a village …

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Today in its lobby, The Ritz-Carlton unveils a Christmas gingerbread village measuring a whopping 6 by 8 feet and featuring 10 buildings (some as tall as 2 feet), landscaping, figures and even a train. Executive pastry chef Simone Faure and her staff assembled the village yesterday for display throughout December at the Clayton hotel. The festive holiday creation involved 240 egg whites, 160 pounds of confectioners’ sugar, 120 cups of flour, 80 eggs, 53 cups of brown sugar, 30 cups of butter, 20 cups of molasses and hundreds of jelly beans.

Hansel and Gretel would go ape.

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