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3rd Annual Rock the Hops in Alton – Tickets Selling Fast

Rock the Hops in Alton Celebrates Music, Beer & Art

Alton, IL/August 18, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Alton will be sipping beer and rocking on Saturday, August 19th at the third annual Rock the Hops Festival.  The event celebrates music, beer, and art across multiple venues in the historic downtown Alton entertainment district.  Now in its third year, the event was dreamed up by Alton-natives and alternative-rockers Drew and Hope Mader.  The event doubled in size last year.  It’s added even more venues, acts, and craft brewers this year.

The Rock the Hops festival runs from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, and includes dozens of musical performances, scores of craft beers to sample, plus lots of vendor booths showcasing the work of local artists and artisans.  Venues participating in this year’s event include Bottle and Barrel, Chez Marilyn, Elijah P’s, Germania Brew House, Hops House at Argosy Casino, The Old Bakery Beer Company, and Tony’s.

There will be more than 40 styles of craft beer to sample.  The list of brewers participating in this year’s event includes several St. Louis area favorites like 4 Hands Brewing Company (St. Louis), 4204 Main Street Brewing Company (Belleville), Excel Bottling & Brewing Company (Breese), Big Muddy Brewing (Murphysboro), Grafton Winery & Brewhaus (Grafton), Gumbo Flats Brewery (Chesterfield), Peel Brewing Company (O’Fallon, IL), Recess Brewing (Edwardsville), The Old Bakery Beer Company (Alton), O’Fallon Brewery (Maryland Heights), Schlafly Beer (St. Louis), Urban Chestnut Brewing Co (St. Louis), and more.  Some Illinois craft brewers who might not be as well known in the Gateway City will also be there.  Look for Destihl Brewery of Normal and Champaign as well as St. Nicholas Brewing Co. of Du Quoin.  The list of out-of-town craft brewers includes Elysian Brewing (Seattle) and Golden Road Brewing (Los Angeles), with more labels signing on.

More than 29 local bands will perform throughout the festival, including the Mader’s Hope & Therapy, which is actually playing at Tony’s at 8:15, as the event winds down.  Some of the other local favorites at Rock and Hops include Seashine, The Trophy Mules, Prairie Rehab, The Fade, Pono AM, Hideous gentlemen, Catching the Westbound, MFG, Polyshades, Mayor Maynot, Orphan Welles, Bastard and the Crows, Floor Nine, Scribble, and The Bonbon Plot.

The Bonbon Plot performing earlier this year at Lighthouse Sounds (115 Market St, Alton) is among the bands lined up for Alton’s 2017 Rock the Hops festival Saturday, August 19.

In its first two years, the event sold out completely.  As of this writing, there are still General Admission tickets ($30) available through Brown Paper Tickets (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2989197).  But festival organizers say the event is likely to sell out again this year, and may do so well ahead of the 2:00 p.m. start time Saturday.

Kemoll’s is One of OpenTable’s 100 Most Scenic Restaurants

Kemoll’s is One of OpenTable’s 100 Most Scenic Restaurants

Views of the Arch, Downtown Put Kemoll’s on OpenTable’s Scenic Restaurant List

St. Louis, MO/August 5, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – There’s no doubt St. Louis is a beautiful city, with towering skyscrapers, acres of majestic parkland, breathtaking river vistas, and of course, the magnificent Gateway Arch.  There is a lot to do and see here.  There are also some terrific places to eat, and few combine sightseeing with dining.  In March, we shared a customer review-based Top 10 list of St. Louis restaurants with a view.  Now, one of those restaurants, Kemoll’s Italian Restaurant, has been named to OpenTable’s 100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America for 2017.  According to Opentable, the list is based on an analysis of more than 10-million reviews submitted by verified diners of more than 25,000 restaurants from coast to coast.

According to OpenTable, the restaurants making their top 100 list all offer awe-inspiring views of nature, cityscapes, and travel-worthy landmarks.  Kemoll’s position at the top of One Metropolitan Square, 211 North Broadway, in the heart of downtown St. Louis means it offers all three.  From the windows on the 40th floor, diners can take in stunning views of the downtown skyline, watch the mighty Mississippi River churn by, and the Arch is so close, it feels like you could reach out and touch it.  In the daytime, you can watch the riverboats and barges lugging their loads up and down the river, and gaze off into the Illinois countryside.  To the west, you’ll find spectacular sunset views and watch as the city lights begin to sparkle at twilight. Kemoll’s offers 360-degrees of breathtaking views.

Kemoll’s is open for lunch Monday – Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Diners can enjoy a nice selection of soups (including Italian wedding soup), salads, and sandwiches like a tenderloin burger (mixed with caramelized onions and peppers); Italian roast beef on cheese bread (named for the late Cardinal’s minor league manager George Silvey); and hot paninis.  There are also kebabs, pastas, and entrees like Chicken Marsala, Grilled Salmon, and Toasted Ravioli. Kemoll’s is open for dinner Monday – Saturday starting at 5:00 p.m.  The early evening prix fixe dinner menu (5–6:00 p.m.) includes salad, cheese bread, and chef’s choice dessert with several entree choices including Beef Tenderloin au Poivre, Chicken Parmesan, and Cannelloni or Manicotti alla Toscana.  After 6:00 p.m, dinner at Kemolls is a multi-course affair that is meant to be savored.  Start with antipasti like fried artichoke hearts or broiled oysters a la Gaetana.  Then enjoy a fresh, crispy insalata.  Entree offerings include fish, chicken, beef, and veal.  There’s also a tempting selection of pastas and risottos, like the Beef Tenderloin Risotto (pan-seared tenderloin tips and asparagus spears sautéed in Merlot demi-glace and served over wild mushroom risotto with pancetta).  Finish your meal with an espresso and dolci, all the while taking in the incredible views of St. Louis.  One look out the window, and it’s not hard to see how Kemoll’s made the list.  No matter when you plan to visit, you will need a reservation.

Two other Missouri restaurants also made OpenTable’s 100 Most Scenic Restaurants list.  Both are in St. Louis’ weekend playground, Lake Ozark, Missouri.  JB Hooks (2260 Bagnell Dam Blvd) is right on the water.  This upscale eatery is known for great steak and seafood alongside creative cocktails, and those spectacular views of the lake.  Nearby is Baxter’s Lakeside Grille (2124 Bagnell Dam Blvd), where you find more great lake views from the panoramic windows and waterside dining on the wraparound deck.  Baxters offers classic American fare and a great bar in an upscale, but relaxed atmosphere.  Great destination restaurants when you’re planning a trip to the lake.

We already knew St. Louis diners had lots of great options for terrific food, beautiful surroundings, and top-notch service.  Kemoll’s has always been on the short list (especially if you’re dining to impress), and now they’re on OpenTable’s list of the 100 most scenic restaurants in America for 2017.  It’s an honor that’s well deserved.

Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria to Host July Giveback Tuesday Event Benefiting All Among Us

Katie's Pizza and Pasta Osteria to Host July Giveback Tuesday Event Benefiting All Among Us

ST. LOUIS, MO/July 16, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria in Rock Hill is proud to announce their upcoming Giveback Tuesday event, which will benefit All Among Us. The event is slated for Tues., July 25.

Every month, Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria features a local nonprofit charity and donates 100 percent of the earned proceeds from the entire day to the charity. Lunch, dinner, drinks, and carryout are all included. So far, Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria has donated more than $100,000 to local nonprofit organization.

This month’s Giveback Tuesday will also mark the restaurant’s third anniversary of starting up the monthly event.

“We truly believe in the spirit of giving back and supporting the community that we serve,” said Katie Lee Collier, owner of Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria. “That’s why we had decided to hold this event every month, to help out worthy charities in need.”

Funds raised from this Giveback Tuesday event will go directly toward helping the organization build funds to renovate their building at 107 Carson Road in Ferguson, which is being used as a women’s care center.

“Our desire is to make a safe place for women and children to heal and move forward,” said Kristin Hayes of All Among Us. “This facility will be a warm and welcoming home for women and children, many of whom come from abusive relationships, are chronically homeless, or are struggling with mental illness. We also walk alongside our clients as we enroll their children in school and assist the clients with obtaining their GEDs and health insurance, teaching them about finances, finding them jobs where they can succeed, helping them find permanent homes, and more.”

All Among Us, Inc., is a young non-profit organization. Cathryn Shaw, the Executive Director of All Among Us, founded the organization in July 2016 to better serve those in need after working in the city for 11 years with chronically homeless and single mothers who were living in extreme poverty. The organization is currently focusing on opening a 24/7 women’s care center in Ferguson.

“We want to fill the gap created by the closure of three major shelters in the city by opening this care center for women and children in Ferguson,” said Hayes. “Last year, we had an impact in over 600 lives. Many of these people have not received love, care, or dignity in years. It’s very gratifying to see how quickly someone heals once they feel safe, have people care for them, and receive something as simple as new clothes, a healthy meal, and a daily shower.”

Zion Lutheran Church of Ferguson is providing the proposed building rent-free for 10 years. The building, which was constructed in 1927 and has sat vacant for nine years, is in need of ADA-compliant renovations, including the installation of showers, a renovated kitchen, new drywall, paint, flooring, and more.

“We are grateful to Zion Lutheran Church of Ferguson and appreciate Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria for believing in us and helping us as we get our feet on the ground financially,” Hayes said.

Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria is open every day at 11 a.m. and features Happy Hour specials from 3 to 5 p.m. and 9 to 10 p.m. Carry-outs are also available.

For more information or to make reservations, please call (314) 942-6555 or visit http://www.katiespizzaandpasta.com.

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Source: News provided by Katie’s Pizza – distributed by 24-7 Press Release – published on STLRestaurant.News

Metro-East Will Get 1 of 3 New Sugarfire Smoke House Restaurants

Metro-East Will Get 1 of 3 New Sugarfire Smoke House Restaurants

Sugarfire Smoke House Restaurants Coming to O’Fallon, Farmington & Indianapolis

ST. LOUIS, MO/July 9, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Sugarfire Smoke House Restaurants – One of St. Louis’ favorite barbecue joints is branching out again, and metro-east residents will among the lucky diners who will benefit.  Sugarfire Smoke House is getting set to open three new locations, one in Farmington, Missouri, one in Indianapolis, and a third in O’Fallon, Illinois.  This will be the first Sugarfire Smoke House in Illinois.  On Monday, July 3rd, the O’Fallon City Council gave initial approval for the 3,800-square foot restaurant to be built at 1405 Green Mount Road.  Final approval is expected to come at the council’s July 17th meeting.  There’s no word on when the restaurant will open, but Green Olive Media, which handles publicity for the Sugarfire Smoke House family of restaurants, has confirmed founder, chef Mike Johnson and his partner chef Christina Fitzgerald are among the O’Fallon ownership team.

Barbecue fans in Indiana got their first taste of Sugarfire’s famous brisket, ribs, and pulled pork in May of this year, when it became the official barbecue of the Indianapolis 500.  The new Indianapolis barbecue restaurant will open this fall at 24 West Washington Street in the Mile Square section downtown.  The Indianapolis restaurant, like other Sugarfire locations, will feature a local dish.  In Indianapolis, it will be a fried pork sandwich (fried pork loin, lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion and mayo). When it opens this fall, the 50-seat eatery will be the first Sugarfire Smoke House location outside of Missouri.  There are already six in the greater St. Louis area, including downtown St. Louis, Olivette, St. Charles, O’Fallon, Valley Park, and Washington, Missouri.

In announcing the new Indianapolis restaurant, Johnson and Fitzgerald also confirmed a rumored Sugarfire Smoke House planned for Farmington, Missouri.  The Farmington restaurant will be franchised by chef Mike Johnson’s uncle and aunt, Bill and Leanna Johnson.  His cousins, Charlie and Patrick, who’ve been working at the Olivette restaurant for the past several months will run the new establishment.

The Farmington restaurant will occupy a vacant storefront at 670 Walton Drive near the Walmart Supercenter.  The building had most recently housed a cosmetology school.  No opening date has been given for the new restaurant, but Sugarfire Smoke House Co-owner and Chef Christina Fitzgerald told the Daily Journal, a St. Francois County newspaper, that she expects the Farmington location to open in the next three to four months.  There’s no word yet what dish will be the local feature in Farmington, but the new place will feature Sugarfire’s classic slow-smoked beef brisket, pulled pork, ribs, burgers, creative sandwiches, and scratch-made sides that made the restaurant chain famous.

O’Fallon TV visited the Sugarfire Smoke House at 9955 Winghaven Blvd. in 2014, a few months after they opened.

The St. Louis-based barbecue restaurants began as a collaboration between fine dining chef Mike Johnson and pastry chef Carolyn Downs (Cyrano’s, Sugarfire Pie).  The original location in Olivette opened in 2012 and quickly won local and national acclaim.  The current Sugarfire Smoke House locations in Missouri include:

9200 Olive Blvd, Olivette, (314) 997-2301
3150 Elm Point Industrial Drive, St. Charles, (636) 724-7601
932 Meramec Station Road, Valley Park, (636) 825-1400
9955 Winghaven Blvd, O’Fallon, (636) 265-1234
512 West Front Street, Washington, (636) 432-5550
605 Washington Ave, St. Louis, (314) 394-1720

The new Sugarfire Smoke House locations are expected to have the same operating hours as the current locations which are open daily at 11:00 a.m. and close when they sell out (generally before 9:00 p.m.).

New Potsticker Restaurant to Open in South St. Louis

New Potsticker Restaurant to Open in South St. Louis

Not Your Typical Potstickers

St. Louis, MO/July 2, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – If you are a fan of potstickers, you might be in luck because starting this fall a new pot sticker restaurant is set to open at 4168 Juniata Street in St. Louis’ Tower Grove South neighborhood.  The restaurant will be the front end of David Dresner’s potsticker production facility.  It’s been two years since Dresner, CEO and Founder of Sleeve a Message coffee cozies, first announced his plans to create a combined space for making his Crispy Edge brand retail line of potstickers and a restaurant.  Although the name of the restaurant hasn’t been announced, Dresner says his plans are moving forward and the Crispy Edge facility and restaurant should open in the fall.  You can follow the progress of the restaurant build on his Crispy Edge Facebook page.

Introduced to the savory, doughy, stuffed dumplings by his grandfather as a young boy in Chicago, David Dresner says he’s been making potstickers since he was only five years old.  Now that he’s perfected his technique, he wants to share his lifelong passion with hungry fellow St. Louis citizens.  Dresner bought the building (a former community center) which will house his business in 2015.  After a few delays, Dresner says he’s finally set to open his restaurant. Potstickers might seem like an odd focal point around which to build a restaurant (and business), but Crispy Edge’s Facebook page already has upwards of 750 followers, and the company isn’t even off the ground yet.  It seems pot sticker lovers in the St. Louis area have already worked up an appetite and are excited for Dresner’s new restaurant.

A new pot sticker joint is exciting enough news for a St. Louis area foodie, but Dresner does not make just your typical run-of-the-mill potstickers.  According to Dresner, he’s interested in expanding upon traditional potstickers to make globally inspired cuisine.  And he’s thinking way outside the box.  Take the Asian Cherry Bomb he shared with Facebook followers.  It’s a green tea matcha dough with a mascarpone pistachio filling.  It also has a pitted cherry stuffed with a full cashew, includes a toasted almond chamomile edge, and it’s finished with a lemon white tea sauce.  Sounds amazing! Crispy Edge’s future menu will include completely original pot sticker combinations influenced by flavors around the world.  The restaurant will also have a coffee and bar section.

Dresner came to St. Louis from Chicago for college.  He began Sleeve a Message, a company which designs custom printed coffee-sleeves, in the T-Rex startup incubator.  It now employs 30 people and serves 2,000 customers.  So, while this will be his first time running a restaurant, the 29-year old Dresner is an experienced businessman who wants to share something he loves with his adoptive city.

Along with the restaurant itself, David Dresner intends for Crispy Edge potstickers to become a patented food product, so a section of the restaurant’s location will become a factory dedicated to manufacturing the potstickers to make his food accessible for customers at stores—he’s already expanding his business outside of the restaurant.

So, if you are already a fan of potstickers, keep your eye out for Crispy Edge’s retail debut, and Dresner’s new restaurant in the very near future.  David Dresner’s fun new take on potstickers is promising to bring something fresh to St. Louis diners.

Contact Information:

Crispy Edge Gourmet Potstickers
4168 Juniata Street
Tower Grove South
St. Louis, MO 63116
Phone: (847) 899-0920
Target Opening: Fall 2017

Southside Favorite, Iron Barley Moving to Jefferson County

Southside Favorite, Iron Barley Moving to Jefferson County

Carondelet Comfort Food Purveyors, Iron Barley Heading South to Jefferson County

St. Louis, MO/June 14, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – South St. Louis is losing a favorite restaurant and some valued members of the community.  Tom and Gen Coghill have announced that they’re moving Iron Barley, An Eating Establishment from its current home in Carondelet to Jefferson County.  The Coghills made the announcement on their Facebook page on Friday (June 9,2017).  The Coghills said they have been looking for a larger place for the past two years because the current restaurant and party space at 5510 Virginia Ave. in south St. Louis has prevented them from accommodating larger parties and private events.  Their Facebook announcement read in part:

On May 25th we closed on a new property in High Ridge Mo.  We have been looking for a larger place for over two years and believe we have found it!  Three times the size of our current location and 70 plus parking slots.”

It went on to say:

Fourteen years ago we poured our hearts and souls into the Iron Barley steadily investing back into the business to help us serve you better.  Fourteen years ago we were told ‘you can’t do that the neighborhood will never support you.’  We have proven them wrong.  A lot of great friendships have been made, many of which we feel to be our second families.”

The Coghills opened their restaurant at 5510 Virginia Ave. in south St. Louis in 2003, offering American food with a definite German influence.  Besides burgers on pretzel buns, prime rib, and smoked salmon, diners flock in for the klops (mini German-style meatballs) schnitzel (breaded pork tenderloin), and spaetzle (hearty, German-style noodles).  Besides amazing food and service, Iron Barley is also known for their dedication to craft beer, bourbon and whiskey.

But Iron Barley was much more than “an Eating Establishment” for the community surrounding it.  The restaurant and its owners were “go-to” sources for community service.  In 2016, Iron Barley was one of just three Missouri restaurants to receive the state Restaurant Association Restaurant Neighbor Award—honoring restaurants that give back to their communities.  And this local eatery had a real impact on its neighbors.  Iron Barley’ annual Tomato Fest has raised money for the Lift For Life Gym for more than 10 years.  The Tom Hall Guitar and Resophonic Extravaganzas, which began to aid a single musician, have become annual fundraisers benefiting the music program at St. Frances Cabrini Academy, as well as Lift for Life Gym and Six String Heroes, a volunteer group that teaches returning combat veterans how to play the guitar.  Their annual Memorial Day Rib Fest raises money for organizations like the USO and Fisher House, which provides housing for families of wounded soldiers undergoing medical treatment.  They’re also regular sponsors for events benefiting local neighborhood, civic, and business associations, veterans’ services, 9/11 memorial events, etc.

The Coghills say the plan is to keep the current Iron Barley location in Carondelet open through mid-August.  Then in mid-September, they’re hoping to open the new Iron Barley’s High Hog Ridge at 3367 High Ridge Blvd, in High Ridge.  It has not yet been determined who, if anyone, will occupied the premises once the Carondelet Iron Barley has closed.  The Coghill’s say they’re currently looking for someone to “breathe new life” into the Virginia Ave. location.  And so neighbors must wait to learn what comes next.  Whatever it is, South St. Louis will miss the Coghills and Iron Barley.

Third Time’s a Charm for STL’s Newest James Beard Winner

Third Time’s a Charm for STL’s Newest James Beard Winner

James Beard Foundation Honors Chef Kevin Nashan

St. Louis, MO/May 3, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – It’s always an honor for the whole St. Louis community when one of our own receives national recognition.  And so, it is with no small amount of pride that we report that Chef Kevin Nashan is the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef: Midwest Award winner for 2017.  The winners were announced at a gala at Chicago’s Lyric Opera Monday night.  It was Nashan’s third trip to the finals.  He was a finalist in 2014 and 2016 as well. Nashan is the owner and Executive Chef of two acclaimed Benton Park restaurants, Sidney Street Cafe (2000 Sidney Street) and Peacemaker Lobster and Crab (1831 Sidney Street) in South St. Louis.  The award is in recognition of his work at Sidney Street Cafe.

This year, both Nashan and Farmhaus’ Kevin Willmann were repeat finalists.  Nashan is the second St. Louis chef to win JBF Best Chef: Midwest Award.  In 2015, Gerard Craft (Niche, Pastaria, Sardella) won the JBF Best Chef: Midwest Award for his work at the now-closed Niche.  Craft was the first chef in the city to win.  Once a chef has won the Best Chef award for their region, they aren’t eligible to compete for the award again.  Only time will tell if Willmann will follow in Craft’s and Nashan’s footsteps.

In January of this year, the James Beard Foundation also honored Gioia’s Deli (1934 Macklind Ave, St. Louis) with a 2017 America’s Classics Award.  This JBF award recognizes regional restaurants distinguished by their timeless appeal, and quality food that reflects the character of their communities.

A peek at the 2017 James Beard Awards Gala at Lyric Opera, Chicago, May 1st.  Many consider the awards to be “the Oscars” of the hospitality industry.

The mission of the James Beard Foundation is to inspire and encourage the restaurants, chefs and other food and hospitality industry innovators who are bringing America’s diverse food culture to tables across the country.  The JBF Awards were established in 1990 to acknowledge culinary achievements.  The awards are regarded as one of the very highest levels of recognition in the culinary industry.  And it is with that in mind that we at STL Restaurant News offer our heartfelt congratulations to Kevin Nashan for his high achievement.

See a full list of this year’s James Beard Foundation Award winners here: https://www.jamesbeard.org/blog/the-2017-james-beard-award-winners