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3rd Annual Clayton Craft on Tap Pushed Back to September

3rd Annual Clayton Craft on Tap Pushed Back to September

September Tasting Event Bringing Craft Brewers to Clayton

Clayton, MO/August 7, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – There are festivals and dining events all year long across the St. Louis area.  One of the newer celebrations of the area’s burgeoning craft brewing scene is the Clayton Craft on Tap event.  Now in its third year, the event brings beer lovers and artisan brewers together in downtown Clayton for an afternoon of tasting and fun.  Tasting events like this give brewers a chance to introduce their beers to consumers and connoisseurs, and it gives beer nerds and newbies the chance to try something fresh and new.  The first two Craft on Tap events in downtown Clayton were held in August.  This year’s event has been pushed back from its original August 20th date, and is now set for Saturday, September 23rd from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The annual Craft on Tap festival began as the result of a partnership between the City of Clayton and local the Craft Beer Cellar (8113 Maryland Ave) which specializes in packaged craft beer from St. Louis and elsewhere.  Additional sponsors have signed on, including Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. and Grey Eagle Distributors.  The festival will feature samples from more than two-dozen brewers, including:

10 Barrel Brewing Co.
Blue Point Brewing Co.
Breckenridge Brewery
Elysian Brewing
Golden Road Brewing
Goose Island Beer Co.
Kona Brewing Co.
Odell Brewing Co.
O’Fallon Brewery
Old Bakery Beer Co.
Perennial Artisan Ales
Public House Brewing Co.
Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.
Virtue Cider

Additional names are added each week as more local brewers sign up to participate.

This year’s event will also feature food from local restaurants and several of St. Louis favorite food trucks and music from the popular cover band Whiskey Dixon (http://www.whiskeydixon.com/index.html).

Tickets are on sale now, with a limited number available.  General admission is $35 in advance and $40 on the day of the event.  General admission tickets include unlimited tastings and a commemorative glass.  VIP tickets are $50 and give you all that, plus early admission (12:30 p.m.) and the chance to taste some exclusive VIP beer offerings.  Designated Drivers get in for $10. Advanced tickets can be purchased online at: http://claytoncraftontap.ezregister.com/.

2017 Clayton Restaurant Week – Summer Edition

2017 Clayton Restaurant Week – Summer Edition

Summer Restaurant Week Offers Best of Clayton Dining – Clayton Restaurant Week – Summer Edition

CLAYTON, MO/July 9, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – The first week of July is upon us, and as the Fourth of July celebrations are winding down to a close around us, it’s time to mark your calendars yet again for another exciting event coming to the St. Louis area.  The Fourth Annual Summer Clayton Restaurant Week (CRW) is set to kick off Monday.  There are two Restaurant Week events in Clayton each year, the original January event, and a “Summer Edition” which takes place each July.  This year’s summer event is set for Monday, July 10 – Sunday, July 16, 2017.

Every year the event showcases popular fine dining establishments in Clayton.  This year 15 participating restaurant will offer a special fixed price, three-course dinner all week.  As has become popular in other Restaurant Week events, there will be two price tiers of $25 or $35 per person (not including tax and tip).  Six restaurants are sticking with the original $25 price tag, while eight have opted for the $35 price.  Only one, Oceano Bistro, is offering options at both price points.  Their $25 menu includes a first course choice of Caesar Salad, Bistro Market Salad, or New England Seafood Chowder.  The second course options include Rainbow Trout, Grilled Canadian Salmon, or Grilled Shrimp with Zucchini Squash Julienne Primavera.  For the third course, diners can choose a dessert Cupcake or Bread Pudding.  For $35 Oceana Bistro adds Maryland Lump Crab Cakes or a Tomato Plate with goat cheese to the first course options.  The alternate Second Course menu includes Filet Mignon with garlic potato purée, Grilled Canadian Salmon, Mushroom Ravioli with bay scallops, or Jumbo Prawn Scampi with white wine linguini.  The dessert options are the same at both price points, as is the option to add a beer for $5 (Stella Artois, 312, or Elysian Space Dust IPA).

Other restaurants participating in this summer’s Clayton Restaurant Week include: 801 Fish, Avenue, BARcelona, C.J. Muggs, Café Napoli, Cantina Laredo, Crushed Red, Dominic’s Trattoria, Herbie’s, The Libertine, Louie’s Wine Dive, Morton’s The Steakhouse, Remy’s Kitchen & Wine Bar, and Ruth’s Chris Steak House.  A peek at the rest of the special menus offered during Restaurant Week can be found online at http://www.claytonrestaurantweek.net/.

To join in on the fun, just simply visit any (or all) of the participating Clayton establishments from Monday, July 10th through Sunday, July 16th to partake in specialized fixed price menus.  Reservations are strongly advised and can be made online for some participating restaurants.  As with other Restaurant Week events around town, there are no tickets or armbands to purchase.  Simply show up, and let them know you want the Restaurant Week special.

It’s a great way to try a new restaurant without breaking the bank, and it’s a chance to give back to the community too.  Participating in the Summer Clayton Restaurant Week has the additional perk of working with Operation Food Search.  The St. Louis-based food bank is the largest distributor of free food the the needy in the bi-state area.   Patrons at participating restaurants have the option of adding $5 extra onto their bill as an “Extra Helping” donation.  Last year, nearly $6,000 was raised for Operation Food Search during the event.

So, if you’re in the mood to eat out and you want a little something special next week, keep the Fourth Annual Summer Clayton Restaurant Week in mind.  Have a great meal at one of the best restaurants in Clayton and perhaps give a little back to the community while you’re at it.

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STLRestaurant.News writer: Katie Smith

The Capital Grille Opening Soon at Hanley Corporate Tower

The Capital Grille Opening Soon at Hanley Corporate Tower

National Steakhouse Chain, Capital Grille, Filling Empty J. Buck’s in Clayton

Clayton, MO/June 22, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Plans to add a new steakhouse to the former J. Buck’s site in downtown Clayton are advancing.  J. Buck’s had announced the closing of the Clayton restaurant (along with Joe Buck’s Restaurant downtown) in October 2015.  In April, Orlando-based Darden Restaurants Inc. filed plans with the city’s Architectural Review Board to create a nearly 9,000-square foot, ground-floor restaurant at 101 South Hanley.  The restaurant, The Capital Grille, will be the latest in Darden’s national chain of upscale steakhouses.

Darden is investing $2.5 M in the project construction of which is nearing completion now.  When finished, the restaurant will be a sleek, modern design.  The new restaurant will include the old J. Buck’s footprint on the north side of the Hanley Corporate Tower, plus an additional 2,600-square foot area that used to be part of the plaza.  The project includes a complete rebuild of the old restaurant space and is expected to be finished in time to open in July.  Staffing ahead of opening is underway.  The Capital Grille is currently recruiting staff for the new steakhouse in Clayton.  Applications are being accepted on the company’s website for sous chef and restaurant manager for the new restaurant.

Once open, it will be the fourth steakhouse in downtown Clayton.  There’s Ruth’s Chris in the west (1 N Brentwood Blvd), Morton’s to the south (7822 Bonhomme Ave.), and 801 Chophouse to the east (137 Carondelet Plaza).  The Capital Grille’s location on the north end of downtown will create a steakhouse ring around the city center. It will be the first restaurant for The Capital Grille in the St. Louis area, and the second in Missouri.  There is a Capital Grille in Kansas City (4740 Jefferson Street) in the Plaza, as well as three in Chicago (downtown, Lombard, and Rosemont).  The company’s website lists 56 U.S. locations spread across 25 states and the District of Columbia, plus one in Mexico City.

The Capital Grille restaurants are generally well regarded in their markets.  Customers praise the high quality of their food, their well-curated wine lists, attentive service, and attractive facilities.  The steaks are dry aged and hand-cut in each restaurant.  Customers also rave about the fresh seafood, creative sides, and scratch-made desserts.  Some popular menu items include the All-Natural Herb Roasted Chicken, Bone-In Ribeye, and the Dry Aged Porterhouse.  One other feature of The Capital Grill is that most locations are open Thanksgiving Day.  They are closed on July 4th, Christmas Day, and—on an unofficial national holiday—Super Bowl Sunday.

The Capital Grille was founded in 1990 in Providence, Rhode Island.  Already a small chain of restaurants, it was acquired by Darden Restaurants along with RARE Hospitality in 2007.  Specialty Restaurant Group, a division of Darden operates The Capital Grille restaurants today.  Among Darden Restaurants Inc. other holdings are Longhorn Steakhouse and Olive Garden restaurants.

The Premium Juice Bar is Sips in Clayton

The Premium Juice Bar is Sips in Clayton

Making It Fresh, Natural & Nutritious – Juice Bar – Sips in Clayton

Clayton, MO/June 6, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Juice Bar – January was the month when most of us tried to get our daily diet and exercise routines back on track.  Even if you were not a resolution-maker, you may still be looking for healthier offerings after months of rich and sometime decadent holiday eating.  That’s where Sips Cafe at 7818 Forsyth Blvd in the heart of Clayton can help.  Sips is a premium juice bar, so everything is fresh, everything is good for you (and the planet), and everything is vegetarian.  Sips owner Sharon Hall is focused on satisfying your juice, smoothie and coffee needs.

Sips only offers 100-percent cold pressed, slow juice.  This method of juicing retains more nutrients because fruits and vegetables aren’t shredded with blades, which exposes the produce to air and heat which speeds up oxidation—meaning nutrients are lost in the process.  Cold pressing also yields more juice from the produce than with a traditional centrifugal juicer.  Because of this, pressed juices have more fiber and even a little protein, meaning you get a bigger health boost in every glass.

Sips offers a variety of flavor and nutritional combinations, depending on what you want and need.  Each begins with a cucumber base, with the add-ins defining them.  The King of Greens is the top seller.  It’s a delicious blend of kale, green apple, celery, cilantro and lime, and it’s crazy healthy!  The “Can’t Beet It” mixes tangy pineapple and with antioxidant rich beets.  The Zinger combines green apple, ginger, and lime for a refreshing and zippy drink.  And the Clayton Carrot takes the orange vegetable to new flavor heights with the help of green apple and ginger.  Sharon is happy to create a custom blend for you.  And she can help you customize a personal detox regimen, creating the cleansing juices you’ll need.

For those of us who just can’t live without a cuppa Joe, this Clayton café offers a cup we can feel good about.  All of their coffees are locally roasted and Sips offers only original fair trade espressos drinks and pour overs.  What’s a pour over?  It’s the ultimate in custom, hand-crafted coffees.  A pour over is made by grinding just enough coffee beans for a single cup of coffee, so you can customize the blend any way you want.  The fresh ground beans are placed in a cone brewer with a filter, and hot water is poured over the beans, brewing a single, fresh cup of coffee.  They do gourmet hot chocolates too!  Get them in Classic coco, Mexican, Chai Coco, and Mint!

Sips Cafe is also a great spot for a smoothie.  All of their smoothies are all made with whole fruit, organic juice, and just enough water to blend.  Hall supports chemical free, local farmers to ensure that the fruits and vegetables they use are as natural and healthy as they can be.  Some things you won’t find on the Sips menu: anything made with high fructose corn syrup, added colors, or artificial syrup.  There isn’t even any ice in the smoothies, which rely on the fruit itself for thickening.  It just doesn’t get any cleaner than that.

Sips Cafe is open 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday.  They’re closed Sundays.  Now, a stop at Sips is even more convenient with the addition of a “grab and go” cooler.  It’s stocked with juices that have been pressed and blended fresh that day.  Just grab the one you want and use the convenient quick pay box for cash purchases.  Then you’re on your way!

So now there are no excuses.  You can add a healthy boost to your day with a quick stop at Sips in Clayton.  You can even indulge in your favorite coffee drink or sweet creamy cocoa, and still take better care of yourself, during resolution season, and beyond.

Contact Information:

Sips Cafe
Owner: Sharon Hall
7818 Forsyth Blvd
Clayton, MO 63105
Phone: (314) 727-4747
Email: [email protected]

The Crossing in Clayton

The Crossing in Clayton

Farm to Table Elevated to Exceptional

Clayton, MO/March 1, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – When the finest traditions of France and Italy come together with new American cuisine and a farm to table philosophy, the results are nothing short of exceptional.  Add in one of the best wine lists in town; the elegant ambiance of a well-planned dining room replete with fine linens, crystal, and china; and a gracious, efficient staff; and you have The Crossing at 7823 Forsyth Blvd. in Clayton.  This restaurant is a cut above the rest and they have the accolades to prove it.  Both Tripadvisor.com and Urban Spoon rate The Crossing as the very best restaurant in Clayton.  They were named to OpenTable’s 2016 list of “100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in America.”  And customers consistently give them high ratings, calling The Crossing “the absolute best in fine dining.”

Chef Jim Fiala opened The Crossing in 1998 as his homecoming after working in some of the finest restaurants in San Francisco, Chicago, Puerto Rico, and New York—including the renowned Restaurant Daniel.  A Parkway West High School alumnus, he was inducted into that school’s Hall of Fame in 2014.  Fiala’s wife is a St. Louis native as well.  So is his pick to lead The Crossing culinary team, Executive Chef Brad Watts.  Chef Watts has been a key component in several of Chef Fiala’s ventures including The Crossing, Liluma, Acero and The Terrace View.

Chef Fiala’s culinary philosophy guides all of his restaurant endeavors: find ways to incorporate this with farm fresh ingredients into simple, beautifully-prepared food.  The Crossing features local “farm to table” food using a breadth of farmer in the Missouri and Illinois communities.  Fiala has said that he “buys locally whenever possible and cooks as any French and/or Italian chef would, given the ingredients sourced.”  The Crossing’s delivers on that promise with a series of tastings menus and ala carte options that are expertly prepared and artfully presented.

Customers are especially fond of the tastings menus which are offered for dinner at several price points.  Each has options for a meal of four to eight courses, and expert wine pairings are also available.  Tastings menus include delectable starters like the Roasted Beet Salad with creamy goat cheese, pine nuts, and pesto; The Crossing’s Crudo of Yellowfin tuna, swordfish, extra virgin olive oil, micro greens, and caviar; or the Blue Cheese Soufflé.  Popular second courses include the Egg Raviolo with applewood smoked bacon and Parmigiano-Reggiano (possibly their signature dish); Tagliolini with black trumpet mushrooms and Parmigiano-Reggiano; or The Crossing’s Crab Cake. Customers speak highly of entree choices like the Roasted Sea Scallops with Yukon gold potatoes, romaine, baby shiitake mushrooms, lemon-truffle, and Parmigiano-Reggiano; and the Grilled Beef Tenderloin with pomme purée, green beans, and bordelaise sauce.  All of these choices are also available ala carte.

The Crossing’s desserts are simple, playful creations designed to delight the senses.  Everything from ultra creamy vanilla ice cream, to the Caramel Pot de Crème, and the warm chocolate torte is fresh and simply delicious.  Customers rave about the Apple Cobbler with Oatmeal Cookie Gelato, and the Orange Cheesecake.

Even lunch at The Crossing is a first class culinary experience, albeit at a more budget-friendly price.  The lunch entree menu offers another nod to local sourcing too.  In addition to the Gulf Shrimp Scampi, Maryland Blue Crab Cakes, and Wild Yellowfin Tuna, you’ll find Missouri Trout.  You’ll also find grass-fed beef in the Cheddar Burgers, and Blueprint coffee and espresso on the menu.

Fiala and his staff have spent years gathering a unique and extensive collection of wines selected to compliment their food.  As such, they have one of the best wine lists in town, with vintages from the world’s best small, medium and large wineries.  The list changes weekly, making each visit a unique experience.

The Crossing’s beer offerings include a little something for everyone.  There are top sellers from AB/InBev including Budweiser and Stella Artois, and German labels like Radeberger.  The menu includes local favorites from Schlafly, Excel, Four Hands, and Urban Chestnut, as well as other American craft beers.

The Crossing is named for the combined French and Italian influence in its menu, and the focus is on creating distinctive dishes using locally-sourced ingredients.  The result is a menu of simple, delicious, and thoughtfully crafted dishes that elevate the dining experience.  That’s exceptional. Reservations are accepted for lunch Monday – Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and dinner Monday – Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Contact Information:

The Crossing
Owner: Chef Jim Fiala
7823 Forsyth Blvd
Clayton, MO 63105
Phone: (314) 721-7375

Doors will Finally Close at Lake Forest Confections

Lake Forest Confections

Lake Forest Confections; All about the Love of Chocolate

CLAYTON, MO/February 24, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) It was sad enough when we had to say goodbye years ago to the iconic Lake Forest Pastry Shop that had delighted so many for so long, but now there’s more sad news for followers and lovers of the equally loved Lake Forest Confections.  The retail location at 7801 Clayton Road is closing its doors.

Lake Forest Confections had made quite a name for itself over the years for acclaims such as being listed in ‘The 50 Best Chocolatiers in America’ and for being featured twice on The Today Show.  They had created divine chocolates for some of the most renowned clientele including celebrities around the world.

Owned by the Abel family, the popular Confectionary offered creations that were handmade in small batches and fashioned with love and care.  Many of their products were made up as a one-time batch taking several days to create.

When the small group of retired master candy makers got together in 2004, they set out to recreate some of their world renowned creations by traveling the world and researching new methods in the art of candy making.

They dared to be unique with their own distinctive touch. Lake Forest Confections is one of the few places that could boast of developing each of their scrumptious creations in a top secret test kitchen being approved only after several revisions.

The good news is that they plan to continue selling their Lake Forest products at the factory where the product is formulated on the Hill.  Customers will still also be able to purchase items at selected key wholesale accounts such as Ladue Market.

Like they say, all good things must come to an end and in this instance “all good things chocolate must come to an end.”  For now, the shop at 7801 Clayton Road has everything in the store marked down to 50 percent off.

The Premium Juice Bar is Sips Cafe in Clayton

Sips Cafe, Clayton, MO

Making It Fresh, Natural & Nutritious – Sips Cafe

CLAYTON, MO/January 10, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – January is the month when most of us try to get our daily diet and exercise routines back on track.  Even if you’re not a resolution-maker, you may be looking for healthier offerings after weeks of rich and sometime decadent holiday eating.  That’s where Sips Cafe at 7818 Forsyth Blvd in the heart of Clayton can help.  Sips is a premium juice bar, so everything is fresh, everything is good for you (and the planet), and everything is vegetarian.  Sips owner Sharon Hall is focused on satisfying your juice, smoothie and coffee needs.

Sips only offers 100-percent cold pressed, slow juice.  This method of juicing retains more nutrients because fruits and vegetables aren’t shredded with blades, which exposes the produce to air and heat which speeds up oxidation—meaning nutrients are lost in the process.  Cold pressing also yields more juice from the produce than with a traditional centrifugal juicer.  Because of this, pressed juices have more fiber and even a little protein, meaning you get a bigger health boost in every glass.

Sips offers a variety of flavor and nutritional combinations, depending on what you want and need.  Each begins with a cucumber base, with the add-ins defining them.  The King of Greens is the top seller.  It’s a delicious blend of kale, green apple, celery, cilantro and lime, and it’s crazy healthy!  The “Can’t Beet It” mixes tangy pineapple and with antioxidant rich beets.  The Zinger combines green apple, ginger, and lime for a refreshing and zippy drink.  And the Clayton Carrot takes the orange vegetable to new flavor heights with the help of green apple and ginger.  Sharon is happy to create a custom blend for you.  And she can help you customize a personal detox regimen, creating the cleansing juices you’ll need.

For those of us who just can’t live without a cuppa Joe, this Clayton café offers a cup we can feel good about.  All of their coffees are locally roasted and Sips offers only original fair trade espressos drinks and pour overs.  What’s a pour over?  It’s the ultimate in custom, hand-crafted coffees.  A pour over is made by grinding just enough coffee beans for a single cup of coffee, so you can customize the blend any way you want.  The fresh ground beans are placed in a cone brewer with a filter, and hot water is poured over the beans, brewing a single, fresh cup of coffee.  They do gourmet hot chocolates too! Get them in Classic coco, Mexican, Chai Coco, and Mint!

Sips Cafe is also a great spot for a smoothie.  All of their smoothies are all made with whole fruit, organic juice, and just enough water to blend.  Hall supports chemical free, local farmers to ensure that the fruits and vegetables they use are as natural and healthy as they can be.  Some things you won’t find on the Sips menu: anything made with high fructose corn syrup, added colors, or artificial syrup.  There isn’t even any ice in the smoothies, which rely on the fruit itself for thickening.  It just doesn’t get any cleaner than that.

Sips Cafe is open 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday.  They’re closed Sundays.  Now, a stop at Sips is even more convenient with the addition of a “grab and go” cooler.  It’s stocked with juices that have been pressed and blended fresh that day.  Just grab the one you want and use the convenient quick pay box for cash purchases.  Then you’re on your way!

So now there are no excuses.  You can add a healthy boost to your day with a quick stop at Sips in Clayton.  You can even indulge in your favorite coffee drink or sweet creamy cocoa, and still take better care of yourself, during resolution season, and beyond.

Contact Information:

Sips Cafe
Owner: Sharon Hall
7818 Forsyth Blvd
Clayton, MO 63105
Phone: (314) 727-4747
[email protected]

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8th Annual Clayton Restaurant Week

Clayton Restaurant Week

Get ready to feast in Clayton! Clayton Restaurant Week

CLAYTON, MO/January 8, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) The 8th annual Clayton Restaurant Week is slated for Monday January 23rd. – Sunday January 29th 2017.  This event features 16 fine dining restaurants in Clayton, offering a special three-course dinner promotion for a fixed price of either $25 or $35 per person, plus tax and tip.

Clayton Restaurant Week is an opportunity for patrons to dine at one of their favorite eateries or partake in a new dining experience.  The event also affords chefs the opportunity to demonstrate their culinary creativity.  Last year’s event proved to be successful.  According to organizers, the 2015 Clayton Restaurant Week resulted in a sales increase between 20% and 100% compared to normal January sales weeks.  The promotion attracted over 13,000 diners, with many restaurants reporting waiting lists and full sellout nights .

Besides being a revenue generator for Clayton’s fine dining establishments, Clayton Restaurant Week also benefits the local charity, Operation Food Search.  Patrons may offer an “Extra Helping” donation when paying their check.  Your $5 or larger donation goes directly to Operation Food Search, who provides nutritious food to the hungry in our community.  Every month, through a network of 330 community partners, Operation Food Search helps to feed more than 200,000 individuals, a third of whom are children.  Last year, nearly $8,000 was raised for Operation Food Search.

Attending Clayton Restaurant Week is simple.  There are no passes to buy, coupons to carry or cards to punch.  Patrons simply visit the participating restaurant of their choice.  CRW restaurants feature select items from their soup/salad/appetizer, entrée and dessert menus.  To complement the meal, restaurants are also offering Stella Artois, Goose IPA and Breckenridge Vanilla Porter beers as a specially priced “add a glass” promotion.

Reservations are not required, but highly recommended by organizers in response to the popularity of the event in previous years.

The participating restaurants for the 2017 Clayton Restaurant Week are the following:

  • 801 Chophouse
  • 801 Fish, Avenue
  • BARcelona
  • C.J. Muggs
  • Café Napoli
  • Cantina Laredo
  • Crushed Red
  • Dominic’s Trattoria
  • Herbie’s
  • The Libertine
  • Louie’s Wine Dive
  • Morton’s The Steakhouse
  • Oceano Bistro
  • Remy’s Kitchen & Wine Bar
  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Clayton Restaurant Week is part of the nationwide initiative, Restaurant Weeks, where over 75 major cities host annual events.

For more information including menu choices, visit www.claytonrestaurantweek.com.

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Contributing Editor: Jill Enders

Jill Enders is an award winning journalist.  She is the proud recipient of the 2015 Missouri Broadcaster’s Association award for Best News Series.  Jill won this prestigious first place award for her piece “Ferguson Year In Review” for KTRS radio, where she also currently works as an anchor, reporter, and writer.  Over the past 20 years, Jill has worn many hats in the broadcast industry including, as a D.J., field reporter, production director, copy writer, airborne traffic reporter, anchor, and news bureau chief.  Jill also has acted in TV, film, and stage and that experience as an actress allows her to provide her acting students with a practical insight into the entertainment industry.  Jill is a native St. Louisian and a graduate of SIU Edwardsville.

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Picture courtesy of Pat Likes to Eat blog

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SARDELLA RESTAURANT OPENS ITS DOORS IN CLAYTON

Sardella Restaurant Opens

CLAYTON, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) Sardella Restaurant Opens its Doors Sardella Restaurant has officially opened its doors on November 2nd, 2016. Chef and Owner Gerard Craft, of Pastaria, Taste, Brasserie and Porano Pasta is the man behind the restaurant.

Located at 7734 Forsyth Blvd., St. Louis, Missouri, 63105, in the space that once was occupied by Niche, another restaurant of Craft’s that closed early 2016.

Craft got the word and food out by going on the road in the Seoul Taco Truck. He served the lunch menu from Sardella and the proceeds went to the St. Louis MetroMarket, a converted bus that delivers fresh produce to those in need in St. Louis City.

The owner of Seoul Taco, David Choi, had purchased a new truck and kindly loaned out his old one to Craft.

Sardella Restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. With opening it will be dinner, then on November 3rd breakfast and down the road the full menu.  The restaurant food will be fresh and modern seasonal fare inspired by old-world Italian techniques.

Foods like: pistachio white-bean “hummus” with charred bread, house made rolls accompanied with black garlic butter and gnocco firtto. The pasta dishes include potato gnocchi with sun gold tomatoes, uni carbonara w/spaghetti, mint and white wine and miso-ricotta ravioli with orange, pepitas, brown butter and tarragon.

Not looking for pasta, Sardella also has, barramundi with mussels, roasted chicken with charred broccoli and preserved lemon, stout-braised lamb neck served with fresh Italian tortillas and for the meat lovers, steak with miso butter and herb salad.

And don’t forget to save room for dessert! They are sure to make your tummy smile.  Breakfast Hours are Monday through Friday 7 to 11 am. Dinner Hours are Monday through Thursday 5 to 10 pm with Fridays and Saturdays 5 to 11 pm and Sundays 5 to 9 pm.

Contributing Editors: Chris and Karen Cushing

CLAYTON RESTAURANT WEEK COMING SOON!

Clayton Restaurant Week

Clayton Restaurant Week, June 11th

ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) – The 5th Annual Clayton Restaurant Week Summer Addition will make its much anticipated, grand arrival Monday, July 11 and will last through Sunday, July 17th.  This spectacular 7-day event will feature 15 of Clayton’s finest restaurants.  And like previous years, each restaurant will offer a unique prix-fixe meal ranging from $25-$35 per person, not including tip or tax.  The 3-course gourmet meals generally include an appetizer, entree and dessert, although options vary from one establishment to the next.  This annual event is certainly a deal, with the restaurant week price matching that of stand-alone entrees.  For example, 801 Fish, one of the featured restaurants, is offering a 3-course meal of lobster bisque, pan seared New Bedford sea scallops and vanilla creme brulee for only $35.  Outside of restaurant week, the sea scallops alone go for $36.  With specials like this, foodies will be lining up at the door.  While reservations aren’t required, they are highly encouraged, as restaurants tend to fill up quickly during this much-awaited event.  Patrons will undoubtedly have limitless options with the wide variety of styles offered: Spanish Tapas, seafood, chopped salads and craft pizzas, Italian, Mediterranean, Mexican and American cuisine.

Participating restaurants include: 801 Fish, Avenue, BARcelona, CJ Muggs, Cafe Napoli, Cantina Laredo, Cardwell’s, Crush Red, Dominic’s Trattoria, The Libertine, Morton’s, Oceano Bistro, Remy’s, Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Wheelhouse.

For reservation and menu  information visit http://www.claytonrestaurantweek.net/2016/index.php.

Contributing Editor: Elizabeth Choate

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