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Extra Sauce: Top 10 Sneak Peeks of 2016

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

From new arcade bars downtown to long-awaited breweries in Maplewood, here are the 10 places you couldn’t wait to check out before they opened in 2016.

Don’t miss out! Follow Sauce Magazine on Facebook and Twitter to get Sneak Peeks and First Looks of the latest St. Louis-area restaurant, bar and shop openings.



1. First Look: Start Bar downtown

2. Sneak Peek: Farm to You Market in Washington



3. Sneak Peek: Sardella in Clayton

4. Sneak Peek: The Sliced Pint in downtown St. Louis

5. Sneak Peek: Wicked Greenz in Clayton



6. Sneak Peek: Side Project Brewing in Maplewood

7. Sneak Peek: Yolklore in Crestwood

8. First Look: Catrinas in Edwardsville




9. First Look: Nathaniel Reid Bakery in Kirkwood

10. Sneak Peek: Nixta in Botanical Heights

Photos by Michelle Volansky 

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The Scoop: The Blue Duck to open location in Maplewood

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016



After a yearlong search for a suitable St. Louis location, The Blue Duck is building a new nest in Maplewood at 7401 Manchester Road. The restaurant is part of new development in the space that once housed Monarch Restaurant, as reported by Feast. The Washington, Missouri restaurant is known for its riverfront views and DLT sandwich – that’s smoked duck, lettuce, and tomato.

Maplewood is “the place to be right now,” said owner Chris Rayburn. “It’s a hot spot for restaurants.”

The new location will have a similar menu of salads, sandwiches and entrees, Rayburn said, and will maintain his devotion to making almost everything in house, including breads and desserts.

Diners can also expect local beers, cocktails made with spirits from Pinckney Bend Distillery in New Haven, and a wine list featuring selections from Missouri wine country, which surrounds The Blue Duck’s Washington spot.

Several staff members will move to the new location, including pastry chef Karmen Rayburn and bar manager Adam Anglin.

Rayburn hopes to have the restaurant open by Thanksgiving. It will serve lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday.

What I Do: Todd Geisert of Geisert Farms and Farm to You Market

Friday, May 6th, 2016



Part farmer, entrepreneur, marketer, networker, delivery man, community volunteer and advocate, Todd Geisert has continued a 135-year family agriculture tradition, expanded the family’s brand to include more than 60 products, and he’s done it all in eight short years.

Committed to raising his heritage breed pigs naturally – the way his family has done for more than a century – Geisert is equally committed to helping other farmers and producers get their products to market and into chefs’ kitchens. In his latest venture, Farm to You Market, Geisert and his wife, Katie Geisert, curate produce, packaged foods, meats, cheeses, milk and ice cream made and produced within 200 miles of the family’s Washington farm. Here, the life of this renaissance farmer in his own words.

The smell
“What you’ll find when you come to the farm is that you’ll hardly ever smell the pigs. You’ll smell the sewage treatment plant down the road here – and you can put that in your quotes. People think it’s the pigs (they’re) smelling and I tell them, ‘You’re smelling your own poo.’”

Being an entrepreneur
“My junior year of high school, I started a welding and fabricating business, building trailers and truck bodies because that’s what I like doing. It turned into a pretty good-sized business, where we had 20-some-odd people working for us, making several hundred trailers and truck bodies a year. Then the economy changed and … we learned a lot of lessons (about expanding) too fast. After 10 years, we closed up, in the fall of ’96. Looking back, we probably could have kept it going, learning what we learned, but I was in the shop at 6 in the morning until 9 or 10 at night, and (we) had a little one. I was worn out.”

Farm life
“In the morning, the priority is (to) take care of the livestock, and … then you can start doing your other things. If you’re farrowing (birthing), it takes an extra couple hours. Then you work on repairs and maintenance for the next season or deliveries. There’s never a lack of things to do on a farm. If you can’t find something to do, you’re just not looking hard enough.”

Working relationships
“The people I like working with are the ones (who) care about what they’re doing. Our big focus here is being able to tell people where their food’s coming from and how it’s raised. Most of the (producers) I’m working with, I know their operations and can tell you what they do. It’s why I’ve tapped them for (Farm to You Market), because I trust what they’re doing.”

What we live for
“We’ve made a living doing things a little different than everybody else. Everything we’ve tried hasn’t always worked. Whether it’s farming or deliveries or dealing with customers, there’s hardly ever a day that’s the same. It’s what you get up for every morning.”

Find out what else is available in Washington’s newest market in this month’s Hit List

-photo by Greg Rannells

Sneak Peek: Farm to You Market in Washington

Monday, April 11th, 2016



It’s about to get easier to buy local in Franklin County. Farm to You Market opens at 5025 Old Highway 100 in Washington on Wednesday, April 13, with a grand opening to come May 6 and 7. A longtime vision of farmer and co-owner Todd Geisert, the market will stock the usual grocery store suspects (like meat, eggs, cheese, produce, dry goods, seasonings, wine and beer) but the offerings will be primarily sourced from vendors in a 200-mile radius of the store.

More commonly known vendors like Companion, Midwest Pasta Co. and Todd Geisert Farms will be featured alongside lesser known purveyors like Giofre Apiaries, which makes honey ice cream.

Geisert is also working to connect the various vendors to use each other’s products in their own offerings. For example, rice produced by the McKaskle Family Farm in Braggadocio, Missouri may make its way into Thompson Farm’s soup mixes. Todd Geisert Farms’ bacon is included in Giofre Apiaries’ honey ice cream.

More than a market, the space includes the Barn Yard Cafe, a 40-seat space that shoppers can use to enjoy a sandwich from the deli or reserve a seat for the planned monthly dinners featuring chefs like Ben McArthur of J. McArthur’s and Chris Bork of the upcoming Vista Ramen.

Farm to You Market will be open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. Here’s what to expect when the doors slide open Wednesday.


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-photos by Meera Nagarajan

The Scoop: Grimm’s Tree Brewing to open in Labadie

Friday, January 15th, 2016



A family brewery will come to the countryside when brothers Andy and Rob Grimm open Grimm’s Tree Brewing in Labadie in early summer 2016. Located on 17 acres at 1029 Thiebes Road, just off Highway 100, the Grimms will build the 3,200-square-foot building from the ground up. Once complete, the facility will have a 15-barrel brew house, cellar, tap room and beer garden.

The Grimm brothers have been homebrewing for more than 10 years and plan to offer a variety of styles that appeal to a wide audience. While the exact list is still being finalized, suds lovers can look for something hoppy, a session beer, a barrel-aged brew and a Belgian style to start.

“We like all shapes and forms of beer,” said co-owner Andy Grimm. “We want to have something everyone will enjoy. We also want to do limited releases throughout the year and have an evolving menu.”

The brothers plan to offer food onsite, and the tap room will seat 46 with additional capacity outside in the beer garden.

Having searched for property for more than a year, the Grimms – who have family ties in Labadie – decided on the rural acreage in part for the setting. “We wanted to bring a brewery to an area that doesn’t have a lot of nearby breweries available,” Grimm said. “We have an environment that is more of a natural setting, and we like getting people out into nature and enjoy beer.”



The Scoop: Todd Geisert to open year-round market and wholesale operation

Saturday, December 26th, 2015





It will soon be easier to get the farms to your table, all year long. For more than two years, Geisert Farms owner Todd Geisert has been working on a retail and wholesale operation to help farmers better get their wares to market. The ink is dry, and Geisert and his wife, Katie Geisert, are slated to open Farm to You Market and Distribution Center in spring 2016. The 10,000-square-foot space, located at 5025 Old Highway 100 in Washington, coincides with Geisert Farms’ 100th anniversary.

Geisert aims to work with local farmers and help them sell their produce to St. Louis-area restaurants. “One farmer I know produces hydroponic lettuce,” said Geisert. “But she doesn’t produce enough to justify a trip into the city (to sell it).”

Geisert will collect produce from smaller farmers and transport that produce to the larger, urban market. He currently operates this format for some of the smaller protein producers, so he said Farm to You is a natural expansion of his current business.

In addition, there will be a year-round retail market and cafe space open to the public where farmers will sell produce. There will also be a commissary kitchen available for rent. “It will be a space for farmers to add value,” Geisert said. “If someone has too many berries, they can take that and make it into a sauce or a juice and market it in a different channel.”



The Scoop: Sugarfire Smoke House to open Washington, Missouri location on Wednesday

Monday, October 19th, 2015


{Sugarfire’s Big Muddy Sandwich}


There’s no satiating Missouri’s appetite for barbecue; residents of Washington, Missouri will soon have another in-town option. Perched along the Missouri River, the newest Sugarfire Smoke House franchise will open this Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 512 W. Front St.

The latest franchise is owned by husband-and-wife team Craig and Stacey Mueller, who own two pizza franchises in the area. The Muellers said they looked forward to joining downtown Washington’s revitalization effort. “Sugarfire is perfect for downtown,” Craig Mueller said. “There are lot of sit-down places, and they’re wonderful. We look forward to bringing a quick-service concept to the area.”

Patrons in the 50-seat dining room and 20-seat patio area will experience the familiar Sugarfire menu of meat and sides with specials advertised daily on social media.

Not a Franklin county resident? No problem. Look for the next Sugarfire location to open in downtown St. Louis on Washington Avenue in spring 2016 and to undisclosed locations outside the St. Louis area in 2016 and 2017.

-photo by Carmen Troesser


Drink This Weekend Edition: Warm up with a blondie this weekend

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

100211_drinkthisIt’s cold and the shortened daylight hours can be downright depressing. But while we’re all darting for the hybernating ways of down comforters and Netflix, Washington Avenue’s newest café/wine bar, Blondie’s, might be the real cure for the winter blues. Just walking into the sunshine-colored, window-abundant, elegantly outfitted space will cheer you up. But it’s those drinks – the ones with booze (although there are many choices among non-alcoholic beverages) – that will keep you content for hours.

The Blondie’s drink menu is a flirt with the screen actresses of old and new. Beverages from all four sections of the cocktail menu – bombshell martinis, dessert martinis, cold dessert drinks and hot dessert drinks – are named after famous man-eaters: Betty Grable, Jean Harlow, Farrah Fawcett, Brigitte Bardot and Kim Basinger, just to name a few.

The most popular blonde bombshell has been champagne cocktail The Uma Thurman (pictured). The drink is a combination of Belvedere Citron Vodka, peach schnapps, lemon juice, St. Germaine Elderflower and Chambord, with cranberry juice tingeing the cocktail to a pinkish hue. The mix is shaken over ice, strained, then topped with Chandon sparkling wine. The cocktail feels innocently sweet at first, but finishes smarter, tarter, even bold. It’s the Uma Thurman whose naive character, after a blush or two, gets bed-smart in Dangerous Liaisons.

Got a hankering for something hotter? The Lana Turner is the leading lady you want to try. This steamy hot-chocolate drink turns grown-up with an ounce each of Herradura Añejo Tequila and Tuaca (an Italian liqueur flavored with vanilla and citrus), and pinches of cayenne and cinnamon, before being topped with house-made whipped cream.

If you come with a hungry tummy, get ready to loosen your belt because chef Josh Charles sends out some tasty small plates. The Mac Daddy Cheese and Charcuterie Plate is a nice example of the local sourcing and house-made pantry items that characterize food offerings at Blondie’s. The plate features cheeses from Fox River Dairy, meats from Salume Beddu, along with a relish, chutney, baked olives, candied nuts and other nice-touch accompaniments. For a peek at this platter and other noteworthy aspects at Blondie’s Coffee and Wine Bar, check out our Sneak Peek on the Sauce Facebook page.

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