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Edible Weekend: 3 more tasty events this weekend

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Whether you love local beer, brunch or candlelit, eco-friendly affairs, there are plenty of ways to fill up this weekend. Here are three more events for those who’re still peckish:





1. Sausagefest
Celebrate Stubborn German Brewing Co.’s one-year anniversary with food from Schneider’s Quality Meats, a homemade summer sausage competition, live punk polka music and, of course, plenty of German-style brews.
Sat., April 22 – noon to 11 p.m., Stubborn German Brewing Co. 119 S. Main St., Waterloo, 618.504.2444, stubborngermanbrewing.com

2. LaChance Vineyards Anniversary Festival
Sip wine at the soruce and enjoy food specials and live music all weekend at LaChance Vineyards two-year anniversary celebration.
Fri., April 21 – 6 to 9 p.m., Sat., April 22 – 1 to 10 p.m., Sun., April 23 – 1 to 4 p.m.. LaChance Vineyards, 12237 Peter Moore Lane, De Soto, 636.586.2777, lachancevineyards.com

3. Soul Food For Thought
Extend the weekend and nosh on farm-to-table plates while you enjoy live music from LOOPRAT music collective at this pop-up dinner and concert. Boundary executive chef Rex Hale prepares courses with produce from Bohlen Family Farm. Tickets available online.
$50. Mon., April 24 – 6 p.m., Boundary, 7036 Clayton Ave., Clayton, 314.932.7818, looprat.com


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The Scoop: El Morelia Supermercado owners to open The Taco & Ice Cream Joint

Friday, April 14th, 2017



More tacos and ice cream are coming to Cherokee Street. The team behind El Morelia Supermercado in Bridgeton will open The Taco & Ice Cream Joint at 2738 Cherokee St., at the end of April, as reported by St. Louis Magazine.

Building on the success of the Bridgeton market’s popular Taco & Ice Cream weekend brunch, The Taco & Ice Cream Joint will offer a wide variety of street tacos alongside house-made ice cream and paletas, Mexican ice pops.

Karen Rico, daughter and business partner of owner Salvador Rico, said the new restaurant gives the El Morelia team a chance to innovate. “It’ll be really unique, not just tacos, but different types of ribs and make-your-own burrito and taco stations. We’ll also have all our usual ice cream flavors ­– mango, coconut, Mexican Twinkie, the favorites, and some new, exotic flavors we’ve been coming up with,” she said.

El Morelia will continue its weekend brunch service. Rico said they plan to open The Taco & Ice Cream Joint daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.


Sam Flaster is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

Photo courtesy of Google Street View

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The Scoop: Alton gourmet popcorn shop reopens as PopUtopia

Monday, April 3rd, 2017



The Hive, a gourmet popcorn and confections shop in Alton, officially reopened under a new name last month. PopUtopia opened doors at 231 E. Delmar Road on March 11.

According to owner Rebecca Pattan, support from the Alton community kept the business afloat after the building’s owner closed the storefront in 2014. “We wanted to keep the store in Alton – this is home,” Pattan said. “We had a ton of support, text messages, phone calls, a Kickstarter – with the short attention span people have these days, that blew my mind.”

In addition to PopUtopia’s 150 flavors, the new store also features a taffy wall, nostalgia candies and bulk candies, as well as lighter, healthier popcorn flavors. Pattan said she aims to emphasize a sense of nostalgia through old-school service and fun, atomic decor.

“That’s my age, that’s what I grew up with. We want to do things the old-fashioned way with a really sincere sense of customer service,” she said. “This area needs and deserves really great specialty shops, to really create something our residents are hungry for – not necessarily popcorn, but that type of experience.”

PopUtopia is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Photo courtesy of PopUtopia

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The Scoop: Kakao wins third Good Food Award

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017



The annual Good Food Awards were announced Jan. 20, and area chocolatier Kakao Chocolate has earned top honors in the confections category with its Norton Pâtés du Vin, a fruit gel made with Augusta Winery’s Norton.

The Good Food Awards are given each year to producers who “push their industries towards craftsmanship and sustainability while enhancing our agricultural landscape and building strong communities,” according to the nonprofit’s website.

Owner Brian Pelletier said this award, Kakao’s third in four years, is especially meaningful. “That was really important to me, personally, because it told everyone that this isn’t a cake walk, that every year it gets tougher, that we have to keep our game up,” he said.

Pelletier said he was also proud to win with a Missouri Norton. “We do everything we can do locally to support the economy, but also because there’s great stuff around here,” he said. “I’m in California right now for the award in the middle of wine country, and to be able to say there’s a lot of great wine in Missouri is really fun.”

Other Missouri winners include Patric Chocolate of Columbia, Springfield’s Askinosie Chocolate and Kansas City Canning Co.


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