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1764 Public House Ready to Start Serving Customers

1764 Public House Ready to Start Serving Customers

Gamlin Restaurant Group Opens Newest Venture in 1764 Public House in Central West End

ST. LOUIS, MO/October 21, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) The anticipation is almost over. Gamlin Restaurant Group is ready to open their newest venture. 1764 Public House, located at 39 N. Euclid Avenue, will officially open its doors for business on Wednesday, Oct. 25.  This latest endeavor brings together a mix of St. Louis favorites infused with touches of New Orleans style.

Even more exciting is the fact that the newest Central West End establishment will be open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night dining, with a full menu until midnight six nights a week, and 11:00 p.m. on Sundays.  Breakfast will start being served at 7:00 a.m. Monday through Friday and at 9:00 a.m. on weekends.  Happy Hour will be Monday through Friday from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

“Developing this concept has given us a chance to learn more about the incredible history of St. Louis and how much our culture was influenced by New Orleans,” said Gamlin Restaurant Group Proprietor Lucas Gamlin.  “1764 Public House is going to bring this story to life, and honor the resurgence of our city,” added Gamlin.

The menus were carefully developed by Proprietors Derek and Lucas Gamlin and Executive Chef Ryan Cooper.  There will be dinner options consisting of three versions of tableside gumbo, a sampling of St. Louis-style pizzas, New Orleans and St. Louis style toasted ravioli and different entrees.  There will also be beignets for dessert.

Gamlin Restaurant Group Proprietor Derek Gamlin says, “In developing the menus we wanted to make sure they were approachable and offered something new to the neighborhood.  The fare at 1764 Public House is going to make it a great gathering spot for St. Louis.”

Guests will be able to enjoy breakfast and lunches made with inventive Bread dishes, which bring favorite flavors together in a homemade bread bowl, as well as po’ boys, salads, sandwiches and à la carte breakfast items.  Other yummy items like baked goods, pasta, sauces and seasonings will be made fresh from scratch each day in-house.

Bar guests will not be disappointed.  Guests will have the option of experiencing cocktails featuring four different hand-selected single barrel spirits: Cardinal Sin Vodka, J. Rieger Gin, Jim Beam Bourbon and El Mayor Repsado Tequila.  A variety of spritzes and mules, beer and wine will also be available.  The cocktail program was developed by Derek and Lucas Gamlin, along with Gamlin Restaurant Group Corporate Bar Manager Dustin Parres.

This is the third undertaking for the Gamlin Restaurant Group.  The brothers also currently own Gamlin Whiskey House at 236 North Euclid Avenue and Sub Zero Vodka Bar at 306 North Euclid Avenue.

1764 Public House

39 North Euclid Avenue

St. Louis, Missouri 63108

Phone: (314) 405-8221

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By Kara Savio – published on STLRestaurant.News by St. Louis Media, LLC

Hofbräuhaus-St. Louis Should Open Later This Year

Hofbräuhaus-St. Louis Should Open Later This Year

Beer Garden Restaurant Wins Belleville Liquor License

Belleville, IL/October 21, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – After several setbacks, it looks like the long-awaited Hofbräuhaus-St. Louis may soon open in Belleville.  Development of the 25,000-square foot German-style beer garden restaurant at 6501 Illinois Rte. 15 has been underway since 2015.  It was originally slated to open in June 2016, but suffered several project delays.  On Monday (Oct. 2, 2017) the Belleville City Council unanimously approved a liquor license for the premises and brewing equipment has recently been installed onsite.  The Belleville News-Democrat cites project spokesman Ron O’Connor in reporting that the much-anticipated Hofbräuhaus is now expected to open in late fall 2017.

This enormous, new brewery-biergarten-restaurant in Belleville will seat 750 inside and another 250 in the outdoor biergarten.  Part of the Hofbräuhaus of America franchise group, the new restaurant’s design is based on the original Hofbräuhaus (royal brewery of the Kingdom of Bavaria) in Munich, Germany, circa 1592.  The Belleville Hofbräuhaus will feature authentic German food and beer, as well as oompah bands flown in from Germany and Austria.  Notably, they’ll make and serve Hofbräu beer for consumption on site, and for sale in growlers, so patrons can take the fresh brews home.

Hofbräu beer was introduced in the US in 1997, with the first North American Hofbräuhaus opening in Newport, Kentucky in 2003.  The next year, a replica of the original Munich Hofbräuhaus opened in Las Vegas.  When it opens later this year, Hofbräuhaus St. Louis-Belleville will be the eighth franchise location for Hofbräuhaus of America, LLC, and the largest Hofbräuhaus in North America.

Developers Chuck and Chane Keller are spending about $12 million on the project situated across Illinois Route 15 from The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows.  City officials have also approved $2 million to extend sewer lines to the site, and some $32 million in tax incentives for the project.  In addition to the Hofbräuhaus biergarten and restaurant, the Belleville project includes plans for three other restaurants, a soccer park, a Jack Flash convenience store with video gaming, and a $28 million, 130-room Hyatt Place hotel and conference center.  None of the other businesses have opened yet, but the convenience store and the hotel are expected to open in 2018.

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By Susan Smith-Harmon – published on STLRestaurant.News by St. Louis Media, LLC

Pig & Pickle Eatery Now Open in DeBaliviere Place

Pig & Pickle Eatery Now Open in DeBaliviere Place

Chef Ryan Lewis Brings His Locally-Sourced Fare Home – Pig & Pickle Eatery

St. Louis, MO/October 21, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – When Chef Ryan Lewis announced last summer he was closing his esteemed Driftwood Eatery & Cocktail and moving to St. Louis, fans of his Springfield, Illinois restaurant expressed sadness.  Back in July we told you about the Bethalto-native’s plans to return to the St. Louis area to open a new Southern-influenced, farm-to-table eatery.  Springfield’s loss is St. Louis’ gain.  Lewis’ new DeBaliviere Place restaurant, Pig & Pickle Eatery is now open at 5513 Pershing Avenue, filling the space left vacant when Atlas Restaurant closed last winter.

Lewis built his restaurant career in Springfield, Illinois, operating his first restaurant, Driftwood Cocktail & Eatery there for three years.  During that time, he is widely credited with growing the farm-to-fork, local-sourcing movement among restaurateurs and diners in the Illinois capital.  When Ryan closed his Springfield restaurant in July in anticipation of his move to St. Louis, he called it “bittersweet.”  He said the move would allow him to be closer to home (Bethalto is about 30-miles northeast of St. Louis), and he said it was time for him to join St. Louis’ vibrant culinary scene.

His new restaurant, Pig & Pickle, advances many of the themes Ryan had established in his Springfield eatery.  His focus remains on keeping things simple by using the best local products available and “letting the flavor of the product make the dish.”  The restaurant offers elevated Southern fare that is comfortable and familiar—yet presented in fresh ways, making the food both approachable and interesting at the same time.  Pig & Pickle is open for dinner (4:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.) Tuesday through Saturday, and for brunch (10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.) Saturday and Sunday.

The dinner menu is divided into very general sections labeled simply “Carbs,” or “Poultry” or “Veggies.”  Diners will find Southern inspired offerings like Fried Chicken n Biscuit (crispy chicken with a black pepper buttermilk biscuit, hot sauce and house-made pickles) and Creole Catfish (with dirty rice, chipotle sauce piquant, and mustard slaw).  There’s also a focus on graze-worthy small plates like Chicken Rinds, Deviled Eggs, Pretzel Crusted Cheese Curds, and Jambalaya Stuffed Peppers.  All the dishes are sharable, and that’s encouraged at Pig & Pickle.

The brunch menu differs slightly, with headers like “where to begin” and “on to the greens” followed by a two-column selection of mains called “breakfast or lunch.”  The offerings include Ryan’s classic take on French toast (with whipped goat cheese butter, honey, and pecan) and some unexpected dishes like New Orleans Shrimp ‘n’ Waffle (with pork belly, chili honey, and Worcestershire butter).

Ryan’s plans also call for Pig & Pickle to offer a menu of craft cocktails in the tradition of those on the Driftwood Menu.  But he’s still waiting to be approved for a liquor license.  So, for now, Pig & Pickle is offering “boozeless cocktails” or “mocktails” like their Scobys Needle cocktail—they’re mixing the cucumber water, local kombucha, soda, lime juice, tarragon and thyme—but customers must bring their own vodka.  Diners may also bring their own beer or wine to enjoy with a meal—at least for the next month or so.  The creative way that Ryan is able to adapt to the situation promises to be fully expressed in Pig & Pickle’s seasonally inspired, locally sourced, farm-to-fork fare.  And it’s already got diners in DeBaliviere Place welcoming the chef home.

Contact Information:

Pig & Pickle Eatery
Owner: Chef Ryan Lewis
5513 Pershing Avenue
DeBaliviere Place
St. Louis, Missouri 63108
Phone: (314) 349-1697

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By Susan Smith-Harmon – published on STLRestaurant.News by St. Louis Media, LLC

Kimmswick’s Apple Butter Festival Coming Soon

Kimmswick’s Apple Butter Festival Coming Soon

Fall Brings Kimmswick’s Popular Apple Butter Festival

KIMMSWICK, MO/October 21, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) There’s no better place to spend a cool, fall day with the leaves turning colors than in the little town of Kimmswick, Missouri.  It’s the perfect place to stroll the streets with your friends and family and step back into the less hurried days of the 1800’s.   You can enjoy a walk through a beautiful town with many one-of-a-kind shops that will remind you of days past.

One of the largest and most popular events in the area is the Apple Butter Festival and its right around the corner.  It’s always the last full weekend of October and this year it takes place October 28th and 29th.  The festival starts at 10:00 a.m. each day and wraps up around 5:00 p.m.  Since it’s the largest single event in Jefferson County, the town streets will be closed to vehicle traffic at these times.

During the celebration, more than 100,000 visitors will head to Market Street and the city park to sample apple butter and dozens of other foods.  Hundreds of craft vendors will be there selling their goods at booths around town.  There will also be lots of live entertainment throughout the town including bluegrass, country rock, and dulcimer music.

Each year, the Kimmswick Historical society gathers on Friday to peel and prepare the apples.  Before dawn each day of the festival, you can start to smell the fantastic aroma of the cooking apples in the kettle on the wood burning fire.  The stirring continues for hours until the fragrant spread is thick enough to be sealed in jars.  Apple butter is for sale each day or until the last jar is sold.

There’s something for everyone at this fall festival.  The kids can enjoy a miniature train, petting zoo and pony rides, a climbing wall, and face painters, while mom and dad try delicious foods, shop and enjoy the entertainment.

The Apple Butter Festival is FREE, but you can expect to pay at least $5, if not $10, for parking.  Visitors can park at the Windsor School and catch a bus into town if they choose.  The buses will be running throughout the day shuttling visitors to-and-from the parking area at Windsor School.  There will also be limited parking available off of Highway K, which is just a short walk into town.

For more information you can contact the Kimmswick Visitor Center at 636-464-6464, go online or email info@visitkimmswick.com.

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By Kara Savio – published on STLRestaurant.News by St. Louis Media, LLC

October is Boo at the Zoo Nights

October is Boo at the Zoo Nights

Boo at the Zoo Nights is a Halloween Experience for the Kids

ST. LOUIS, MO/October 21, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) October is the month that the Ghouls and the Goblins come out and the St. Louis Zoo is already gearing up for some spooky Halloween fun!  Starting today through October 30, the St. Louis Zoo is hosting Boo at the Zoo Nights.

The event, presented by SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, is a fun time to bring out the little ones for a non-scary, kid-friendly Halloween experience.  The children are encouraged to wear costumes to add to the fun adventure.  Kids ages 12 and under will receive a treat bag before leaving.

Boo at the Zoo is a family-friendly event with young children who might be frightened, so visitors age 13 and over in costume are not allowed unless they are accompanying children.  Specifically, zoo policy requires no adults can be wearing a mask or otherwise have their face covered with face-painting, etc.

This year the zoo has made sure to provide Spooktacular fun for families with decorated grounds and lots of festive activities!  One of the new items this year is Pick a pumpkin, Paint a pumpkin!  You can find your new friend at the Tropical Traders gift shop and paint him with the help of Zoo volunteers with an additional $5 fee for the pumpkin.

Some of the other fun includes the new Witchy Walk that welcomes little monsters.  They’ll learn some wicked educational facts from the zoo’s friendly characters.  Kids can also start their haunted journey by posing with some pumpkins at the South Entrance or saluting a scarecrow at the North Entrance.  There will also be frolicking in Fragile Forest Fairyland and places to stick your face into bodies of a ghost, pumpkin, Frankenstein or a ghoulish mummy for an ultimately spooky photo.

The cost of Amission is:

$6 for Zoo members (ages 2+)

$7 for non-members (ages 2+)

Free for children under 2

$1 discount for children 2 to 12 in costume with on-site ticket purchase

Boo at the Zoo Nights

October 17–30, 2017

5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Purchase Tickets Online

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By Kara Savio – published on STLRestaurant.News by St. Louis Media, LLC

Kid-Friendly Halloween Events in St. Louis

Kid-Friendly Halloween Events in St. Louis

October Offers a Month of Un-Scary Halloween Fun with Kid-Friendly Halloween Events in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO/October 21, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – St. Louis is a great place to raise a family.  There’s so much to do at the many family-friendly events and venues across town, and that’s certainly true this Halloween season.  Each October, the Gateway City is full of haunted attractions—from award-winning spook houses to scream-worthy ghost tours—this is a great city for scary fun.  But little goblins need not be left out, because St. Louis also offers a host of family-oriented Halloween events.  We’ve found five special Halloween activities offering kid-friendly fun that’s not too scary for the little ones.  And best of all, you don’t have to wait until October 31st to enjoy them.

One of the city’s crown jewels is the St. Louis Zoo.  And this Halloween season, families can explore the zoo after dark during Boo-at-the-Zoo Nights.  The zoo grounds are decorated for the season, including the Haunted Hollow, the new Witchy Walk, the Fragile Forest Fairyland, plus giant webs, a haunted house with a singing witch, a straw maze, and more.  Families can enjoy the herpetarium, children’s zoo, shows, rides, storytelling, 4D theater, game area, and more.  Children 12 and under will receive a treat bag upon exiting. Boo-at-the-Zoo Nights is 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. nightly from October 17-30.  Admission is $6 for Zoo members, $7 for non-members. Kids (ages 2-12) in costume get a $1 discount with on-site ticket purchase.  Children under 2 are free.  Parking is free (south lot only).  Then there’s the free Spooky Saturday at the zoo on Oct. 28th.  It’s a day of educational stations, entertainment, crafts, games, character meet and greets, and more throughout the zoo.  Get more information about Halloween fun at the St. Louis Zoo at https://www.stlzoo.org/.

Halloween Nights are back at Grant’s Farm.  The 281-acre estate is the former home of the Busch family and is now home to more 100 species of animals.  It was named for former U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant who originally worked part of the land.  The landmark site has been open to the public since 1954 offering a combination of history, heritage and wildlife.  Halloween Nights adds a spooky, not too scary, theme to the mix.  Visitors will enjoy Dark Deer Park Rides—feel free to bring a flashlight to spot the animals.  There’s also a Halloween themed show, a DJ in the courtyard, lights and decorations.  Grant’s Farm Halloween Nights run from 6–9:00 p.m. Thursdays – Sundays through Oct. 29th.  The cost is $20 per car or $5 per person for walk-ups.  The parking lot opens at 5:45, and guests are advised to arrive as early as possible, since this family-friendly Halloween fun is very popular and the trams (and the parking lot) fill up fast, especially on Friday and Saturday nights.  Get more information at http://www.grantsfarm.com.

The Magic House in Kirkwood is already popular with kids and families.  The not-for-profit attraction offers kids year-round hands-on learning activities and fun geared for every age group.  The last two weekends in October this year,  The Magic House is celebrating Halloween with the Not-So-Haunted House during regular museum hours Friday – Sunday, Oct. 20–22 and Oct. 27–29.  Children of all ages are invited to dress in costumes and have a ghoulishly good time trick-or-treating and getting autographs from their favorite storybook characters at this candy-free celebration.  This year’s event will feature 15 popular characters from children’s favorites like Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz, and Harry Potter.  The Not-So-Haunted House won’t be scary, but the Magic House’s electrostatic generator will still be hair-raising fun!  Admission is $11 for ages 1 and up.  Parking is free.  Get more information at https://www.magichouse.org.

How about a new puppy for Halloween?  Whether you plan to adopt one of the available dogs or not, the Haunted Hayloft at Purina Farms is sure to deliver some not-so-scary fun for kids and families.  The last two weekends of October, Friday – Sunday, Oct. 20–22 and Oct. 27–29, families are invited to head to Purina Farms for trick-or-treating, magic shows, face painting, storytelling, and more.  There will be canine performances, costume contests (kids 5 and under, and kids 6-12) and prizes.  There will also be dogs available for adoption (at the canine show).  Admission to the Haunted Hayloft at Purina Farms (200 Checkerboard Loop) in Gray Summit is free, but reservations are required.  Parking is $5 per car and $20 per bus.  Call (314) 982-3232 for reservations.  Get more information at https://www.purina.com/sites/g/files/auxxlc196/files/2017-09/HauntedHayloft_Flyer_r01-2_3.pdf.

For the whole month of October, the Butterfly House at Faust Park has become the BOOterfly House.  Everyday this Halloween season they’re inviting families to come and celebrate all things creepy and crawly.  There will be some slightly scary bugs to check out, carnivorous plants, and daily story time with Miss Muffet.  The BOOterfly House is happening every Tuesday through Sunday in October from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Story times with Miss Muffet are daily at 11:00 a.m. and live carnivorous plant feedings are held at 1:00 p.m.  All BOOterfly House events are included with admission to the Butterfly House. General admission is $8.00, children 3–12 and seniors (65 and over) are $5.00.  Kids two and under are free.  Get more information at http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/visit/family-of-attractions/butterfly-house/things-to-do-at-the-butterfly-house/signature-events/booterfly-house.aspx.

These five special events prove Halloween can be a terrific time for family fun, even for the littlest goblins.  So, get the costumes ready and get set for some trick-or-treating, storytelling, and not-too-spooky Halloween fun this month in St. Louis.

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By Susan Smith-Harmon – published on STLRestaurant.News by St. Louis Media, LLC

Last Food Trucks of the Season in Frontier Park

Last Food Trucks of the Season in Frontier Park

Last Night of Music, Food Trucks, and Friends at Frontier Park

St. Louis, MO/October 15, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – What could be more fun than a beautiful fall day in the park? How about a beautiful fall evening in the park with friends, neighbors, live music, and more than a dozen food trucks offering everything from tacos and beer to barbecue and cake?  The series of summer events known simply as Food Trucks in Frontier Park is winding down with one final evening of frivolity and great food along the Missouri Riverfront.  The last event of the year is set for Tuesday, October 17th from 5–8:00 p.m.

Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets. Sit back, and enjoy live entertainment as you indulge in a variety of delicious food and beverage options.  Please note that some trucks may be cash only.  The food trucks participating in this final event of the season include:

Angie Burger – premium burgers and tots
Cheese Shack Food Truck – gourmet grilled cheese and deep-fried macaroni & cheese balls
Chris’ Smokehouse – slow-smoked beef brisket, pulled pork, pulled chicken, and ribs
Guerrilla Streetfood – Filipino classics featuring Midwest influences
Doughboy’s Wood Fired Pizza – traditional pizza, some made with ranch-based sauce
Lion’s Choice – roast beef sandwiches, natural-cut fries, and frozen custard
Sarah’s Cake Stop – luscious cupcakes, cookies, brownies, and gooey butter cake
STL BLT – creative BLTs (bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches) and fresh chips
The Sweet Divine – imaginative cupcakes and fresh whoopie pies
Thai Jasmine – pad thai, glass noodles, fried rice, and more
Twisted Tacos – gourmet fusion tacos and sides
Wayno’s Mobile International Cuisine – global cuisine, sandwiches,and sides
Wing Nut – jumbo split party wings, chicken tenders, loaded fries, and apps
Zia’s – toasted ravioli, house salad, and Italian favorites
Trailhead Brewing Co. – beer and American fare

Enjoy a live musical performance by Short Term Memory.  The six-member band is popular for their wide range of classic rock and pop hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and 2000s.  Their song list includes the Beatles, Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Tom Petty, Maroon 5, Green Day, Van Halen, Nirvana, the Beastie Boys, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Ramones, Billy Joel, U2, Led Zeppelin, Steve Miller and more.  You can learn more about Short Term Memory, including upcoming play dates on their Facebook page.

This last Food Truck event of the year at Frontier Park promises to be an evening of family fun in one of St. Charles’ most scenic parks along the Missouri River.  Keep in mind that outside alcoholic beverages and glass containers are prohibited, and coolers may be checked at the entrance.  Also, local laws prohibit bringing pets, other than service animals, to this event.  For more information about Food Trucks in Frontier Park visit the St. Charles Parks & Recreation website.

Event Information:

Food Trucks in Frontier Park
500 South Riverside Drive,
St. Charles, MO 63301
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
5–8:00 p.m.

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By Susan Smith-Harmon – published on STLRestaurant.News by St. Louis Media, LLC

New Concept in the Works for Old Randolfi’s Space in U. City

New Concept in the Works for Old Randolfi’s Space in U. City

Privado Will Bring Weekend Fine Dining & Pop-Up Venue to the Loop

University City, MO/October 14, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Privado is Spanish for private.  That’s the name acclaimed chef Mike Randolph has chosen for the new concept eatery he’s opening in the footprint of Randolfi’s, which closed in September after two years in The Loop.  Privado is a fitting moniker for the place, given the concept which combines intimate fine dining experiences with private events and guest chef pop-up dinners.  A two-time James Beard semifinalist, Randolph says he envisions Privado as “a culinary idea house” where adventurous diners and chefs can explore food-centric experiences together.

Randolph plans to offer dinner service Friday and Saturday evenings.  The chef calls it fine dining, but it won’t be your typical candlelit dinner.  Instead, Randolph says it will feel much more private.  There will be just one sitting, at 7:00 p.m.  And it will be intimate.  Just 16 diners will be seated in front of the open exhibition kitchen.  Like his Diversion Dinners series at Half and Half, Randolph says the front of the restaurant will be dark, with chairs on the tables to evoke the appearance that the place is closed and that the meal is a private, after-hours affair.  Ticketed diners will enjoy a 12-15 course tasting experience from a menu that won’t be fully disclosed in advance.  In a statement, Randolph called the dinners “an evolution of [the chef’s] past tasting menu experiences of Little Country Gentleman to Diversion Dinners.”  The first dinner is set for Friday, October 20th.  Tickets for this unique culinary experience are $100 each, exclusive of tax and tip, and can be purchased online.

On weeknights, Chef Randolph plans to invite guest chefs to create pop-up dinners in the space.  Privado has a wood-burning fire, and the chef has expressed interest in using it to create some unique dining experiences, possibly including some special pizza nights.  In a release, Randolph said, “Privado will be a playground for the culinary adventurers in an approachable setting without the pretense of fine dining.”

The rest of the time, Privado will serve as a private events venue.  The space can be booked for private parties and corporate meetings.  Randolph says they plan to tailor the experience to suit the group.  That includes the catering menu, which can be comprised of anything and everything the Randolph family of restaurants has to offer.  According to the Privado website, Chef Randolph can also create interactive experiences, like pizza making demonstrations.

The bar at Privado will be open on Fridays and Saturdays, offering innovative cocktail service.  Walk-ins will be accepted as space allows, but reservations are strongly recommended to ensure your chance to participate in what promises to be a unique, private dining experience.

Contact Information:

Privado
6665 Delmar Blvd.
The Loop
University City, MO 63130
Phone: (314) 899-9221

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By Susan Smith-Harmon – published on STLRestaurant.News by St. Louis Media, LLC

New Local Craft Brewer 1st in US to Focus on NA Beer

Wellbeing Brewing Co. is Crafting Non-Alcoholic Beer

St. Louis, MO/October 14, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Beer making has a long history in St. Louis.  Some of the biggest labels in the world originated in the Gateway City.  Maybe it’s our largely German heritage; maybe it’s because it goes so well with barbecue and baseball, but beer is a quintessentially St. Louis beverage.  We drink it by the glass, can, bottle, and growler.  There are about 40 craft breweries in operation in the St. Louis region, with new ones opening every year.  Each craft brewer offers a unique spin on this classic beverage.  Now, one up-and-coming brewery plans to focus their efforts on making beer that offers a great craft brew taste, sans the alcohol.

Wellbeing Brewing Company is the first brewer in the United States wholly dedicated to brewing Non-Alcoholic craft beers.  NA beers generally contain less than 0.5 percent alcohol by volume (ABV). Compare that to a few popular beers on the market like Budweiser (5% ABV), Schlafly Pale Ale (4.4% ABV), Urban Chestnut Zwickel (5.2% ABV), and O’Fallon Brewing’s 5 Day IPA (6.1% ABV), and the difference in alcohol content is obvious. But what about the flavor?

Longtime beer and spirits adman, Jeff Stevens wanted to bring the flavorful craft beer movement to people like himself, people who don’t drink alcohol.  To Stevens, St. Louis—with its rich brewing history and robust craft beer industry—was the perfect place to launch this new kind of craft brewery.  So, he and wife Genevieve Barlow founded Wellbeing Brewing Company.

In order to get this craft brewing startup started, Stevens reached out to others in St. Louis’ tight-knit craft brewing industry for help.  First, he enlisted help from Jim Gorczyca’s O’Fallon Brewery.  Their new Maryland Heights production facility has enough brewing capacity to keep up with demands for its own labels, and brew beer for smaller craft brewers and startups like Wellbeing.  They also have the space for the German-made Centec machine and it’s nearly 30-foot high stacks that recovers vapors created in the beer-making process, allowing brewers to make a more flavorful NA product.  Unlike the stop-fermentation method used in many NA beers, Wellbeing’s process gently removes the alcohol from fully brewed, finished craft beer, retaining more flavor, and thus, allowing the production of more NA varieties.

Wellbeing will be debuting their Heavenly Body NA Golden Wheat and Hellraiser NA Dark Amber at several local events this October.  Heavenly Body is an American-Style Wheat Beer that Stevens describes as “light and refreshing, with fewer calories and more flavor than its light lager cousins.” Hellraiser is a British Brown Ale.  Stevens says it has “soft chocolate, caramel, and toasted nut flavors and just enough earthy hops to offset the sweetness of the malt.”  The brewers will be looking for feedback this fall as they continue to tweak the recipes.  The finished beers should be available for sale (both bottles and kegs) by January 2018.  The distribution is still a work in progress, but initially the beer will be available at O’Fallon Brewery (45 Progress Pkwy, Maryland Heights) and Lafayette Square’s Fields Foods (1500 Lafayette Ave, St. Louis).  Wellbeing’s NA craft brews will eventually be available for sale online as well.  Interested beer lovers can sign up for NA craft brew updates on Wellbeing’s website: https://wellbeingbrewing.com/.

Information:

Wellbeing Brewing Company
Owners: Jeff Stevens and Genevieve Barlow
at
O’Fallon Brewery
45 Progress Pkwy
Maryland Heights, MO 63043

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By Susan Smith-Harmon – published on STLRestaurant.News by St. Louis Media, LLC

Fresh, House-made Goodness at Molldeli’s Delicatessen

Fresh, House-made Goodness at Molldeli’s Delicatessen

South County’s Chef-Led Sandwich & Pizza Destination is Molldeli’s

St. Louis, MO/October 14, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Sandwiches are part of the food fabric of America. We love eating our meal between two slices of bread.  The sandwich is a convenient and tasty option for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  According to Smithsonian Magazine, on any given day, about half of all Americans will eat at least one sandwich.  About the only thing we eat nearly as often as sandwiches is pizza—about 46-slices a year each!  So, a chef driven sandwich shop that also makes great pizza might be the ideal quick service restaurant.  In South St. Louis County that combination of made-to-order pizza and fresh sandwiches is served up daily at Molldeli’s Delicatessen, 11836 Tesson Ferry Road in Concord.

Molldeli’s is a family owned and operated restaurant that opened just about 6 years ago, in 2011, specializing in handmade sandwiches and pizza crafted using fresh, locally sourced ingredients.  But then General Manager Brad Brockmeier is a classically trained Chef.  His approach to creating Molldeli’s signature sandwiches, salads, pizza, and other creative dishes (Poutine, anyone?) is to combine the freshest, high quality ingredients with a passion for good food.

At Molldeli’s they make almost everything from scratch. From fresh aioli, dressings and soups like roasted carrot and fennel, to house-made pastrami and meats roasted in house daily, the quality of the ingredients elevates every dish.  One of their specialties is their meatball sandwich.  They make the meatballs by hand using a combination of pork and beef, and their house-made marinara.  Then pile them on fresh, locally baked bread.  These sandwiches are so popular that when they have them, they frequently sell out.  The local favorite from the daily menu is the French dip roast beef, made with house-roasted beef piled on French bread with your choice of cheese (Provel, Swiss, pepper jack, provolone, cheddar, or American) and served with au jus.  Another popular Molldeli’s pick is the Cubano Sandwich, a classic pressed Cuban made with their slow roasted pork shoulder, genoa salami, ham, Swiss cheese, yellow mustard, and dill pickle.

If you’re looking for something a little leafier, Molldeli’s does great salads too.  There are the classic choices: Caesar, Greek, chef’s salad, and a nice house salad with romaine, red peppers and Provel cheese.  They also do a killer BLT salad and a Buffalo chicken salad that comes with your choice of grilled or fried chicken tossed in hot sauce.  Both are topped with their house-made blue cheese dressing.  Molldeli’s also offers a nice selection of appetizers, including handmade toasted ravioli and delicious macaroni bites.

One of the things they’re best known for is their authentic St. Louis-style pizza.  Their thin-crust pies are so popular, they took the #5 spot on our customer review-based list of St. Louis’ Top 10 Pizza Restaurants for August 2017.  The crust at Molldeli’s is thin and crispy.  The sauce is sweet and slightly spicy, and the toppings are generously portioned.  Diners can choose to create their own favorites from a list of classic toppings, or choose one of their specialty pizzas, including the Molldeli’s Deluxe (sausage, mushrooms, bacon, onions, green pepper, and Provel) and the Buffalo chicken pizza with hot sauce, provolone, and a drizzle of Blue Cheese or Ranch dressing.

The beverage selection at Molldeli’s isn’t your run of the mill variety.  After upgrading their license this spring they began selling St. Louis-made KomBlu bottled kombucha.  The fermented teas come in a variety of fruit flavors and are lighter and slightly sweeter than many other traditional kombuchas.  You’ll also find some locally produced soft drinks in the case, like Lucky Club Cola and Ski, both from Excel Bottling Company in Breese, Illinois.

Molldeli’s is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday – Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday – Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Molldeli’s Delicatessen is one of South County’s favorite fresh sandwich and authentic St. Louis-style pizza destinations. Hint: When you stop in, don’t leave without one of their delectable brownies or gooey butter squares.  Like everything else they make, the freshness shines through in these sweet delights.  The fresh ingredients, scratch made soups and sauces, and creative daily specials are proof positive that the Molldeli’s crew is passionate about creating a memorable meal between two slices of bread.

Contact Information:

Molldeli’s Delicatessen
Owner: Dana and Glen Henson
General Manager: Chef Brad Brockmeier
11836 Tesson Ferry Road
St. Louis, MO 63128
Phone: (314) 729-1800

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By Susan Smith-Harmon – published on STLRestaurant.News by St. Louis Media, LLC