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Sauce Gift Guide: $25 to $50

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017



Foodies are the best people to buy for. With so many great products out there, it’s easy to find something they don’t already have in their kitchens. These five gifts scream thoughtfulness without scary price tags.

1. Boska Girolle Cheese Curler
For 800 years – from the time Swiss monks invented Tête de Moine to the 1980s when the country that brought us engineering invented the girolle – people used whatever they had to scrape the delicious, semi-hard cheese into paper-thin slices. Boska’s girolle makes easy work of shaving Tête de Moine into delightful curlicues, releasing its nutty aroma and complex flavor.
$50. Larder & Cupboard, larderandcupboard.com

2. Olive Oil Straight from Sparta
The Chronis family of St. Louis owns an olive grove in Greece. They control everything from cultivating and cold-pressing the Kalamata olives to bottling and selling the resulting extra-virgin olive oil – now at a retail boutique in St. Louis. Pick up a bottle of the Olea Gold oil and a packet of Greek wild herbs for a dipping sauce of the gods.
Olive oil: $20. Herbs: $5. Olea Estates, oleaestates.com

3. Olive Wood Salt Box
Olive wood is as exotic and beautiful as it is hard and strong. It’s just what designer salt wants. With extraordinary, unique grain patterns, no two salt boxes are the same, making them the definition of a one-of-a-kind gift. And over time, the olive wood will take on a richer, darker, even more beautiful hue.
$50. Kitchen Conservatory, kitchenconservatory.com

4. Bubbly Liqueur Sets
Each set pairs a bottle of Italian sparkling wine with a liqueur for festive, bubbly cocktails perfect for holiday parties galore. Choose from four sets, including the classic Kir Royale made with crème de cassis and prosecco. Who doesn’t love bubbles?
$28 to $29. Vom Fass, vomfassusa.com

5. Bottle Snaps
When blacksmith Andrew Andrasko isn’t fabricating and forging large sculptures for parks, galleries and businesses, he can be found in his studio hammering out useful metal kitchen tools like ladles, spatulas, meat forks … and these cool bottle openers in three colors.
$28. NHB KnifeWorks, nhbknifeworks.com

Michael Renner is a longtime contributor to Sauce Magazine who regularly pens New & Notable reviews

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Sauce Holiday Countdown: Lékué Steamer Cases

Saturday, December 21st, 2013



Dorm room dinners will never be the same. Lékué may be hard to pronounce, but its versatile steamer cases make it easy to create entire meals in the microwave – and healthy ones to boot. This 22-ounce, BPA-free silcone case also comes with a cookbook to help that college student on your list become the chef de cuisine of the dormitory. That is, if you can get him to buy fresh vegetables. You’re on your own with that one. $30. Sur La Table – Plaza Frontenac, 295 Frontenac Forest St., 314.993.0566, surlatable.com

And now…


Spruce up your meal with the decedent French Tower from Vom Fass. We’re giving away this stack of oils and vinegars featuring the flavors of France, along with a recipe for hazelnut duck confit. Click here to enter!




Drink This Weekend Edition: A blockbuster weekend of wine, beer and Bond, James Bond

Friday, November 9th, 2012

It doesn’t matter whether your beverage of the moment is beer, wine or spirits; this weekend is shaping up to be a drinker’s dream.

For oenophiles, oeno-wannabes and Type-A personalities who want to get a jump start stocking up on hostess gifts for the holidays, the Super Wine Tasting at Vom Fass is calling your name. Tonight, from 5 to 8 p.m., you can sample, for free, some 25 different wines from around the world, courtesy of Vom Fass and Ionia Atlantic Imports. Still searching for the perfect bottle? Plunk down $10, and you can taste an additional number of high-end wines, including some by Venge of Napa Valley and acclaimed Luigi Pira of Piedmont, Italy.

Beer bubs, the place you’ll want to be this Saturday is the Edwardsville Fall Beer Festival held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Edwardsville City Park in Edwardsville, Ill. Sponsored by Global Brew Tap House & Lounge, the festival features more than a dozen different beers, including brews by Schlafly, Boulevard Brewing Co., 4 Hands Brewing Co., Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. and Goose Island. Sample food from Cleveland-Heath, Herzog’s Kitchen, Wang Gang, Papa Murphy’s and The Cup as you enjoy live music and watch brewing demos by East Side Brewers. A portion of the proceeds will support the Glen Carbon/Edwardsville chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

Considering that this weekend marks the release of the newest James Bond movie, Skyfall, anyone who prefers his martini shaken, not stirred, ought to head across the river to Bossanova. I wish I could call it The East Side, but alas, the restaurant and lounge is located in Alton, Ill. The martini menu at Bossanova (boasting 20 different martinis) is entirely 007-driven, from movie-inspired sippers like The Goldfinger, The Thunderball and The Dr. No to Bond girl cocktails such as Foxy Cleopatra, Ivana Humpalot, Pussy Galore, and if I keep on going, I’m going to have to go to confession. Bossanova’s menu isn’t a one-weekend-only marketing ploy to get you in the door. It’s all the time. Get you some. (Great, now I have to go to confession twice.)

A tour for your taste buds: StL Culinary Tours offers intimate experience for food enthusiasts

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Looking for a unique way to experience the local culinary scene? Check out StL Culinary Tours, a brand new business that offers guided tours of gems from the St. Louis food scene. Guests of the tour will enjoy an intimate evening of food and drink in the company of chefs, beverage experts, artisan food producers and local farmers. The newly launched tour company is a project by self-proclaimed “culinary evangelist” Beth Huch in response to what she calls the region’s growing appreciation for all things culinary.

The first guided tours – scheduled for October 4 and 18 as well as November 1 and 15 – will showcase Maplewood’s culinary scene. At the boutique shop Vom Foss, guests will enjoy a craft cocktail, learn about innovative oil and vinegar pairings, and leave with two of their favorite oils and vinegars in hand. Moving on to Italian restaurant Acero, guests will enjoy dinner and wine in a private dining room where chef Adam Gnau will create appetizers, pasta dishes and entrees. The tour culminates at the cocktail lounge Water Street Cafe, where brother-sister team Gabe and Maria Kveton will prepare dessert and a nightcap for guests. Each tour begins at 6 p.m. and is limited to 10 guests.

Subsequent tours are being planned for downtown St. Louis, Clayton, Webster Groves, Central West End and Chaumette Winery. StL Culinary Tours also offers private, corporate, alumni and group tours, as well as gift certificates. For more information, including pricing, or to reserve your spot on a tour, visit the company website.

Vom Fass opening nears

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Standing in the future home of Vom Fass, the German-based gourmet food shop, Anita von Ballmoos was covered in plaster dust. But she still spoke enthusiastically about her store’s upcoming debut.

Vom Fass, which has more than 200 stores worldwide, specializes in artisanal vinegars, oils, liqueurs and spirits sold straight from the cask. Although von Ballmoos had hoped to welcome her first customers before Thanksgiving, rehabbing the Maplewood space, located at 7314 Manchester Road, and other complications have delayed her timetable. She now projects a grand opening next month: “I don’t know it for sure, but the plan is for the 1st of December.”

Why Maplewood? “I was looking for the perfect spot for it,” she said, “and we match a lot with Penzeys [Spices] – and this was the reason.”

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