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4 ways to show your support for the St. Louis community this weekend

Friday, August 22nd, 2014


{Hopeful treats to be served at Sweet Art’s Cupcakes and Conversation tonight, Aug. 22}

It’s been a tough few weeks in our city. St. Louis is grappling with some difficult issues right now, and many in the community are wondering how to move forward. Here, four food-focused ways to show your support for the community in these troubled times.
1. HandleBar in The Grove is hosting a food drive now through 3 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 to fill the bare shelves at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church food bank. Bring a nonperishable food item, household supplies such as laundry soup, all-purpose cleaner or toilet paper, or a personal hygiene items like toothbrushes, soap or deodorant with you to the bar tonight and receive a little something in return (discounted bills, a free beer and more are on the table). Keep an eye on HandleBar’s Facebook page for updated surprises and raid your pantry to give back.


2. Sweet Art‘s Reine Bayoc hosts Cupcakes and Conversation tonight, Aug. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. to provide a forum for civil, honest discussion about the recent unrest in Ferguson. This is not a “who can pound their chests the hardest” event, Bayoc said, but a chance for the community to gather and share thoughts on how to move forward in a positive way. Join the conversation – or just listen – over free coffee and discounted cupcakes.

3. Put on your work boots and join Gateway Garlic Urban Farm at Urban Farmed Uprising Saturday, Aug. 23, at Terry There Gardens in Ferguson. Beginning at 10 a.m., volunteers will help tidy the urban farm and plant fall crops, as well as work on irrigation systems. Then help load up the trucks at 2 p.m. as Gateway Garlic delivers more than half a ton of fresh produce to Ferguson families in need. Coffee, tea and snacks will be provided, and volunteers are encouraged to bring a dish to share for lunch. Volunteers are asked to RSVP on Facebook if attending.

4. Join together at St. Louis 4 Unity, a rally in Ferguson to bring together citizens, elected leaders, clergy, activists and law enforcement to stand strong in Ferguson. Everyone is invited to the rally Saturday, Aug. 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. at 9131 W. Florissant Ave., and are encouraged to bring handmade signs in support of St. Louis unity, peace and healing. Participants are encouraged to RSVP here to receive further updates.



Meatless Monday: Cauliflower two ways at Lulu’s Local Eatery

Monday, June 16th, 2014



Anything on the menu at Lulu’s Local Eatery, the newly opened brick-and-mortar of the beloved food truck at 3201 South Grand, is fair game for Meatless Monday. After all, it’s not just vegetarian; it’s vegan. Check out the Spring Roll Bowl with crispy cauliflower atop greens, shredded carrot, green onions and cilantro dressed in a savory orange peanut sauce. It’s a dish with contrasting flavors, temperatures and texture and that makes us feel full but not at all heavy.




For something a little richer, try the Buffalo Cauliflower Wrap. Crispy, fried cauliflower is tossed in buffalo sauce and rolled into a burrito along with greens, cucumber, carrot, onion and Lulu’s nondairy ranch sauce that cools things off just enough to take a big bite.

If they haven’t sold out already, snag an order of the brownie bites, provided by Sweet Art. They’re decadent with intense chocolate flavor and are also a Sauce office favorite.



The Scoop: Cafe in Renaissance Place at Grand to chart different course for coffee and community

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Jason Wilson is opening a coffee shop at 1235 Blumeyer St., just north of Grand Center. As reported by Doug Moore of the Post-Dispatch, Wilson doesn’t want his cafe, Chronicle Coffee, to be just any old coffee shop. Instead, he hopes to create “a different narrative about coffee” by featuring fair-trade beans from African countries as well as African diaspora coffee-producing countries like Brazil. Chronicle Coffee will be open for breakfast and lunch, but the menu has yet to be determined. Wilson plans to serve goods from local bakers and has already approached Reine and Cbabi Bayoc, co-owners of SweetArt, about supplying their products to his customers.

Wilson explained that he chose the cafe’s location in the area known as Renaissance Place at Grand because he felt that the predominately African American community in the neighborhood lacked “an engagement space.” He hopes that the 30-seat space (located in the same building as the St. Louis Housing Authority), with comfy sofas and other soft seating, will attract patrons to come in and relax over a good cup of coffee.

In honor of Wilson’s deceased mother, the target opening date for Chronicle Coffee is on her birthday, Sept 1. Wilson thought the gesture would make his mother proud since, as a former principal in the St. Louis Public School system, she advocated for education and community.

The Scoop: Sweet Art to stay put – for the moment

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Last month, The Scoop reported that Sweet Art would be relocating to 2800 Shenandoah Ave., in Fox Park. Now, we have received word from co-owner Reine Bayoc that there’s been a change of plans. The bakery-cafe known for its vegetarian and vegan baked goods and lunch fare will remain in its current space at 2203 S. 39th St. in the Shaw neighborhood – at least for the time being. “[We are] staying in Shaw until we purchase our own building,” said Bayoc.


The Scoop: Sugar in Shaw

Friday, January 16th, 2009

Those with a sweet tooth should swing by Sweet Art, now open at 2203 S. 39th St. in the Shaw neighborhood. Husband and wife C’babi and Reine Bayoc (he is a well-known local artist; she sells her cookies and other baked goods under the name Moon Day Soul Treats) have combined forces to create the “from-scratch bakeshop and art studio.”

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