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St. Louis is Home to One of the Best Culinary School in America

St. Louis is Home to One of the Best Culinary School in America

St. Louis Community College Culinary Arts Program is 15th in Nation

St. Louis, MO/October 7, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Hungry St. Louisans already know this is a great culinary city.  The chefs, restaurants, and food vendors in the Gateway City offer something for every appetite.  So, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that St. Louis is also home to one of the best culinary training centers in the nation.  According to TheBestSchools.org, which develops rankings of trade schools, colleges, and universities, the culinary programs at the St. Louis Community College are among the top 30 in the United States.

TheBestSchools.org just released their updated list “The 30 Best Culinary Schools.”  St. Louis Community College ranked at 15th in the nation.  The article cited the school’s high quality of education and career training coupled with its low cost, even for out-of-state students, as elements that make it “an affordable, attractive option.”  Editors also praised SLCC’s Career and Employment Services offices on each campus as helpful with career placement and advancement, through resume and cover letter assistance, networking, and more.

SLCC offers two culinary degree programs including an Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts, and an Associate of Applied Science in Baking and Pastry Arts.  They also offer a Certificate of Specialization in Food and Beverage Management.  All of the culinary programs at St. Louis Community College are accredited by ACF (American Culinary Federation). SLCC itself is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).  More information about Culinary Arts at St. Louis Community College is available online: http://www.slcc.edu/culinaryarts/index.aspx.

According to TheBestSchools.org, this ranking of culinary arts schools is based on the quality of the program(s) offered, the types of courses provided, the strength of the faculty, school awards, other rankings, and the program’s reputation.  In updating their rankings this time around, they weighed general culinary excellence and gave additional consideration for cost and degree offerings through the schools and/or their partnerships with universities.

St. Louis Community College was the only culinary arts program in Missouri to make the top 30.  The Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park took top honors.  Here is the complete list in order of ranking by TheBestSchools.org:

1. Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park (Hyde Park, NY)
2. Institute of Culinary Education (New York, NY)
2. International Culinary Center (New York, NY)
4. Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts (Austin, TX)
5. L’Academie de Cuisine (Gaithersburg, MD)
6. Johnson and Wales University (Providence, RI)
7. Metropolitan Community College Nebraska (Omaha, NE)
8. Kendall College of Culinary Arts (Chicago, IL)
9. New England Culinary Institute (Montpelier, VT)
10. Sullivan University National Center for Hospitality Studies (Louisville, KY)
11. The International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Washington (Arlington, VA)
12. Culinary Studies Institute at Oakland Community College (Farmington Hills, MI)
13. San Diego Culinary Institute (San Diego, CA)
14. Drexel University Center for Hospitality and Sport Management (Philadelphia, PA)
15. St. Louis Community College (Saint Louis, MO)
16. The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College (Philadelphia, PA)
17. Henry Ford Community College (Dearborn, MI)
18. Secchia Institute for Culinary Ed. at Grand Rapids Community College (Grand Rapids, MI)
19. Pierpont Community and Technical College (Fairmont, WV)
20. The Culinary Institute of New York at Monroe College (New Rochelle, NY)
21. College of Southern Nevada (North Las Vegas, NV)
22. Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington (Bloomington, IN)
23. Hudson County Community College (Jersey City, NJ)
24. Pulaski Technical College (North Little Rock, AK)
25. Kirkwood Community College (Cedar Rapids, IA)
26. Anne Arundel Community College–Hotel, Culinary Arts, & Tourism Inst. (Glen Burnie, MD)
27. Delgado Community College (New Orleans, LA)
28. Boston University Metropolitan College (Boston, MA)
29. The French Pastry School at Kennedy–King College (Chicago, Illinois)
30. Great Lakes Culinary Institute at Northwestern Michigan College (Traverse City, MI)

The editors also offered Honorable Mentions to two schools: The Culinary Institute of New Orleans (New Orleans, LA) and San Francisco Cooking School (San Francisco, CA).

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

James Beard Nominee to Create Grab & Go Breakfast/Lunch Café

James Beard Nominee to Create Grab & Go Breakfast/Lunch Café

Rob Connoley’s Squatter’s Café Coming to Grand Center

St. Louis, MO/October 7, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – What does a James Beard Foundation nominated chef do to fill his time while working on plans for his foraged-food based dinner restaurant?  If he’s acclaimed Chef Rob Connoley, he opens a grab-and-go breakfast and lunch joint in Grand Center.  Connoley announced his plans for Squatters Café in a press release this week.  The café will be located in the footprint of the shuttered Magnolia Café inside the KDHX building (3524 Washington Ave, St. Louis).

Connoley’s new counter-service restaurant will offer “familiar breakfast and lunch items that only use exceptional ingredients.”  The chef says anything they can make themselves will be made onsite.  “We’re all geared up to mill our own grains,” Connoley said.  “Expect unforgettable yogurt bowls, seasonal meaty grits plates and amazing baked goods,” he added.  Squatters Café should open in the first week of November.

The scratch-prepped café menu shouldn’t surprise anyone, given Connoley’s background.  He could be called the American authority on foraged food.  The Bridgeton native made a name for himself in New Mexico with his restaurant the Curious Kumquat.  There he integrated unfamiliar foraged foods with quality locally-grown produce in a modern context.  Connoley says he began foraging out of necessity.  Since he was cooking in a rather remote community, he says he didn’t have access to local farmers and suppliers for seasonal ingredients.  Being in New Mexico, he didn’t follow the foraging trends of Danish superstar Chef René Redzepi, but instead looked to the native Apache culture to learn about foraging.  For his effort, Connoley received a James Beard Foundation Best Chef nomination in 2014.  His cookbook, Acorns and Cattails: A Modern Foraging Cookbook of Forest, Farm and Field, was published in 2016.

After 30-years away, the acclaimed chef says he came home last year so he can be closer to his family.  Since returning, he’s been presenting a series of pop-up dinners.  Earlier this year Connoley had announced plans to open a new restaurant in St. Louis called Bulrush.  The chef has said he envisions Bulrush as a small-venue restaurant, most likely a ticketed affair, where he can showcase his foraged cuisine, drawing on ingredients available in the St. Louis area—allowing him to flex his culinary muscle and expand his repertoire.  He says he is still formulating plans for Bulrush, and hopes to open it sometime next year.  Connoley says this new venture is in addition to those plans.

In the meantime, you can catch up with Chef Rob Connoley later this month at EarthDance’s 10th Annual Farmers Formal at Union Station October 13th.  The event brings together top local chefs and their favorite farmers to create exquisite food and features local libations, live entertainment, as well as silent and live auctions.  Ticket prices for individuals and groups of 10 range from $150 – $521 each.  All proceeds will benefit EarthDance, St. Louis’ own nationally recognized Organic Farm School.

Event Information:

Farmers Formal 2017
Friday, October 13, 2017
6–10:30pm
St. Louis Union Station
1820 Market Street
St. Louis, MO 63103

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

5th Annual Brew in the Lou Returns to Francis Park

5th Annual Brew in the Lou Returns to Francis Park

Brew in the Lou Showcasing Local Beer and Spirits

St. Louis, MO/October 1, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – It began as a simple fundraiser for the Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA), but Brew in the Lou has grown into an annual festival celebrating locally produced beer, wine, and spirits.  Now in its fifth year, the festival is returning to Francis Park on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 1–5:00 p.m.  It will be the second year the LESA fundraiser brings beer, wine, spirits, food, and fun to the Lily Pond.

As in the past, this year’s event promises to showcase local, regional, and national craft breweries and distilleries.  Forty-five brewers and spirit makers are participating this year.  That list includes old favorites as well as several newcomers.  New this year are Wellspent Brewing Company and Center Ice Brewery, both in St. Louis, as well as Steampunk Brew Works in Town and Country, Crown Valley Brewery of Ste. Genevieve, Stumpy’s Spirits and Distillery in Columbia, Illinois, J.Rieger & Co. in Kansas City, and Ballast Point Brewery of San Diego, Calif.  Some local favorites returning this year include Square One Brewery and Distillery, Old Bakery Beer Company, Kirkwood Station Brewing Co., Hopskeller Brewing Company, Missouri Beer Company, Stubborn German Brewing Co., Six Mile Bridge Beer, Charleville Brewing Company, Heavy Riff Brewing Company, O’Fallon Brewery, Excel Brewing Company, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, Granite City Food & Brewery, Shock Top Brewing Co., and Saint Louis Hop Shop.  The lineup also includes artisan beer and cider makers from Boston, Seattle, Chicago, Kansas City, Los Angeles, and more.

Brew in the Lou is certainly a great place to sample scores of craft beers and artisan spirits, but it’s also a celebration of great food.  Two dozen food vendors will be serving up everything from great pizza and barbecue to specialty snacks, delicious desserts, and even locally produced Ski Soda.  Old favorites like The Stellar Hog, Gobble Stop Smokehouse, Bootleggin’ BBQ, The Spotted Pig, and Nothing Bundt Cakes will be on hand.  And some new favorites will join in too, like Dogtown Pizza, Gallagher Brothers Pizza, Cronin’s Pretzels, Fallon’s Bar & Grill, and Noodles & Co.

Every year Brew in the Lou includes live music, and this year is no exception.  Festivalgoers will rock to the sounds of Nick Bifano & The Innocents, and get their Oom-pah on with the Deutschmeister Brass Band, a modern take on the traditional German brass band.  The festival will also feature art and craft vendors, the annual “People’s Choice” Home Brew Competition as, well as two fun food competitions dubbed “Battle of the Bratwurst” and the “Brew Chili Contest.”

One of the best parts of the Brew in the Lou festival is the all-inclusive wristband.  The $40 wristband ($50 day of the event) includes tastings of beer, spirits, wine, coffee, some great food, and a commemorative glass.  Wristbands can be purchased online at www.LESAstl.org or by calling (314) 200-0797. One of the other best parts: Brew in the Lou is a pet friendly event and your BFF (Best Furry Friend) gets in free.

Proceeds from the event benefit 35 LESA member schools serving 9,000 students.  Last year’s “Brew in the Lou” sold out for the first time in the event’s history and raised a record $91,000 for Lutheran schools in the St. Louis Metro Area.

Event Information:

5th Annual Brew in the Lou
October 14, 2017 1–5:00 p.m.
The Lily Pond at Francis Park
5399 Donovan Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63109

Lutheran Elementary School Association
314-200-0797
info@lesastl.org

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

Dogtown Pizza to Participate in First-Ever Pizza Festival on The Hill

Dogtown Pizza to Participate in First-Ever Pizza Festival on The Hill

This St. Louis event, Pizza Festival on The Hill, is slated for Sunday, October 8 from noon to 5 p.m.

ST. LOUIS, MO/October 01, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Dogtown Pizza, a local frozen pizza company, will be participating in the city’s first-ever pizza festival, St. Louis Square Off, Sun., October 8 at Berra Park on The Hill from noon to 5 p.m.

The festival, which is hosted by The Hill Neighborhood Association, will feature St. Louis-style pizzas from various local pizza retailers. Dogtown Pizza will present their famous hot wing pizza for public sampling.

Attendees will have the special opportunity to sample pizza from Dogtown Pizza and seven other participants, cast their votes for the best pizza, and help crown one of the vendors with the coveted title of “Best St. Louis Style Pizza.”

Aside from pizza, beer, and other refreshments, there will be plenty of music, activities for children, art, local retailers, and several samples of other St. Louis food staples to enjoy, including toasted raviolis and gooey butter cake.

“We are so honored to be a participant in this first-ever event, which honors the unique pizza culture of our city,” said Rick Schaper, owner of Dogtown Pizza. “We hope that many will come out to try our pizza, cast their votes, and have fun!”

The event is open to the public and will be held rain or shine. Tickets cost $25 and must be purchased in advance. Tickets cover admission, the first pint of beer or non-alcoholic beverage, and a square of pizza from each participant for tasting. A portion of the sales will benefit Hill 2000, the neighborhood association of The Hill.

Dogtown Pizza has been serving handmade frozen pizzas created with the highest quality of ingredients from local suppliers since 2006. Starting out in Schaper’s kitchen, Dogtown Pizza has turned into a business that employs more than 20 people and has 11 different varieties of frozen pizza stocked in every major St. Louis grocery store, including Target. Their commitment to community, family, and local businesses has remained a top priority for the company as they have forged partnerships with some of the city’s best businesses.

For more information, please visit Dogtown Pizza online at http://www.dogtownpizza.com.

To purchase tickets, please visit http://www.squareup.com/store/stl-square-off.

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SOURCE: news provided by Dogtown Pizza – distributed by 24-7 Press Release – published on STLRestaurant.News by St. Louis Media, LLC

Olivino Tasting Bar Hosts BBQ’n n the Park ‘n Lot

Olivino Tasting Bar Hosts BBQ’n n the Park ‘n Lot

Say Goodbye to Summer with Olivino’s BBQ’n n the Park ‘n Lot

St. Louis, MO/September 29, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News)– Fall is upon us!  Temperatures are dropping and with a bit of sadness folks will soon be starting to think of putting those grills away in preparation for the winter.  So, what could be more fun than celebrating the end of BBQ Season with Olivino Tasting Bar at a Parking Lot Party outside their store?

BBQ’n n the Park ‘n Lot takes place this Saturday, September 30th from 10:00 AM- 3:00 PM and will be loads of fun!  If you’ve never been to Olivino Tasting Bar, you’re in for quite a treat! Olivino owner, Debbie Baker-Oliver, is a former corporate executive with a passion and knowledge of good food.  And, it’s lucky for us that she’s channeling all that passion and knowledge into her business which we get to enjoy!

Besides the regular tastings, the shop also carries gourmet food items and gifts from local vendors and artists, along with specialty items such as rubs, salts, seasonings, olives, pasta, and a variety of unique serving dishes.  It doesn’t get much better than shopping and tasting at the same time!

This is the kind of place to come, taste, and learn about these delightful culinary essentials from a knowledgeable and helpful staff that are all more than happy to share their love of the products.  There’s always something to learn on how to make everything on the menu, including a one of a kind homemade Balsamic BBQ Sauce.  And speaking of BBQ, here’s the scrumptious menu items you’ll be able to try at this Saturday’s event.

-Pulled Pork Sliders
-Specialty Olivino Coleslaw
-Corn on the Cobb with Olivino Butter infused Olive Oil and Specialty Salts
-Specialty Balsamic Cocktails
-Wine from Noboleis Vineyards
-Craft and Domestic Beer

So be sure to come celebrate the end of BBQ Season with Olivino Tasting Bar for a Parking Lot Party you’ll never forget!

Olivino Tasting Bar

1650 Beale St #167

St. Charles, Missouri

Phone: (636) 757-5455

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

Q in the Lou Bringing Legendary Pitmasters to St. Louis

Q in the Lou Bringing Legendary Pitmasters to St. Louis

St. Louis’ World-Class BBQ Festival at Kiener Plaza

St. Louis, MO/September 29, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) — Some of the best pitmasters in the country are packing up their grilling gear and heading to St. Louis for the third annual Q in the Lou St. Louis BBQ Festival.  The event at the newly refurbished Kiener Plaza (Broadway and Market) will take place Friday, September 29 — Sunday, October 1.  Eight of America’s best BBQ chefs and teams will make up this year’s Legends of the Pit.  They’ll offer cooking demonstrations and serve up world championship-winning BBQ all weekend.

Among the Legends of the Pit at this year’s event are four-time Memphis in May Grand Champion John David Wheeler (Memphis BBQ Co. of Horn Lake, MS); the 2015 Memphis in May Grand Champions Brad Orrison and Brooke Lewis (The Shed BBQ and Blues Joint of Ocean Springs, MS); and with 129 top 10 finishes, Garry Roark, Leslie Roark Scott, Jacob Scott (The Ubon’s BBQ Dynasty of Yazoo City, MS). Some of the other big names in 2017 Legends of the Pit lineup include Scott Roberts (Salt Lick BBQ of Driftwood, TX), Big Moe Cason (Ponderosa BBQ of Des Moines), Carey Bringle (Peg Leg Porker of Nashville), and St. Louis’ own Skip Steele (Pappy’s Smokehouse and Bogart’s smokehouse) as well as
Mike Johnson and Christina Fitzgerald (Sugarfire Smokehouse).

The celebrity Legends of the Pit will teach five BBQ Masterclasses Saturday and Sunday.  Each will cover a different topic.  Saturday’s classes include porchetta, Texas brisket, and Southern style chicken.  On Sunday, it’s pork shoulder and St. Louis style ribs—it’s a chance to learn to barbecue ribs from world-class St. Louis Q’ers Skip Steele, Mike Johnson, and Christina Fitzgerald.  Masterclasses are $35 per person each and enrollment is online at the Q in the Lou website.

Q in the Lou is a celebration of great barbecue, and everything that goes with it.  So, besides more than 18,000 lbs. of succulent smoked meat, there will be a BBQ innovations expo, great live music, wine tastings, artisan-made goods, cold beer, and frosty desserts.  This year’s event is slated for Friday, September 29 from 4–8:00 p.m., Saturday, September 30 from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 1 from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The musical acts for this year’s festival are known locally and nationally.  On Friday, LeLand’s Road and The Darrells will take the stage.  Saturday’s lineup includes John Henry, Miss Jubilee, Diesel Island, Eric Lysaght, and Petty Cash Junction.  Sunday will bring Wrath of Khan, Melissa Neels, The Johnny Henry Band, and The Pedestrians to the stage.

Q in the Lou will bring a weekend of barbecue and fun to downtown St. Louis, and best of all, festival admission is free.  Barbecue, beer, and more will be available for purchase.  A VIP pass is also available.  On Saturday or Sunday, VIPs get four hours of all-you-can-eat access to the celebrity pitmasters Legends of the Pit BBQ, plus they can skip the lines for BBQ while enjoying complimentary beer and wine on Pit Row, and an open bar and private restrooms in an exclusive VIP lounge.  VIP tickets for Saturday or Sunday are $75 each and are available online at QintheLou.com.  There’s also a Friday Night VIP Preview from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for $35 in advance or $45 on the day of the event.

Since the festival is happening the same weekend as the Cardinal’s last homestand of the season, Q in the Lou is also hosting a Pre-Game BBQ Bash before the games Saturday and Sunday.  Tickets are $35 and include access to the pre-game express lane in Pit Row, BBQ from any Legend of the Pit vendor on Pit Row, plus drinks from any Pit Row vendor.  Organizers say the tickets also include “good mojo for the best fans in baseball,” but they don’t include tickets to the games.  The Pre-Game BBQ Bash is Saturday, September 30 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:15 p. M. and Sunday, October 1 from noon to 2:15 p.m.

Q in the Lou 2017 is bringing world-class barbecue and a weekend of fun to downtown St. Louis.  Festival goers will enjoy great barbecue plus the playgrounds, fountains, and green space of the newly renovated Kiener Plaza.  In just its third year, the festival has helped to cement St. Louis’ place as one of America’s barbecue capitals, and as a great festival city.

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

Gamlin Restaurant Group’s New Venture: 1764 Public House Coming Soon

Gamlin Restaurant Group's New Venture: 1764 Public House Coming Soon

Anticipation of Gamlin Restaurant Group’s Newest Venture: 1764 Public House

St. Louis, MO/September 27, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – There’s a flurry of activity taking place surrounding the 1764 Public House, Gamlin Restaurant Group’s newest venture.  In addition to all the typical construction going on, they have been holding open interviews for server, bartender, cook, dishwasher, front of house manager and host at the Gamlin Whiskey House Barrel Room. (236 North Euclid Avenue)

Gamlin’s 1764 Public House will be an establishment that pays homage to the history and revival of St. Louis and the Central West End neighborhood.  There will be St. Louis inspiration throughout the restaurant starting with the name, which pays tribute to the year the city was founded.

The sampling of menu items will include some extremely tasty modern twists on local favorites.  Of course, as with all Gamlin Restaurant Group establishments, 1764’s menu will shine the spotlight on fresh, local flavors.

The upscale, casual restaurant located at 39 North Euclid Avenue will feature a vibrant nightlife scene; similar to the group’s other two popular restaurants, Sub Zero Vodka Bar and Gamlin Whiskey House.  This location will also feature breakfast, lunch, dinner, as well as, late-night service.

Guests visiting the comfortable neighborhood public house will find a welcoming gathering spot to relax and enjoy friends.  They will also find a fun place to hang out and get to know more about St. Louis while having drinks at the spacious bar and chatting with people from around town.

The Central West End construction of 1764 Public House at 39 North Euclid Avenue is nearing completion with the restaurant scheduled to open this fall.  Anyone interested in interviewing for a position should complete an application online at http://1764pub.com/ before arriving for an interview.

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

Hamiltons Host Saint Louis Restaurants Hurricane Relief Fundraiser

Hamiltons Host Saint Louis Restaurants Hurricane Relief Fundraiser

A Dozen St. Louis Restaurants Band Together to Help Hurricane Victims

St. Louis, MO/September 27, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Monumental catastrophes require monumental responses, and the 2017 hurricane season has already brought tragedy and tremendous loss to areas hit by a series of monster storms.  Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc along the Gulf coast, causing catastrophic flooding in southeast Texas and southwestern Louisiana.  Then Hurricane Irma cut a devastating swath through the Caribbean and Florida.  That was followed days later by Hurricane Maria, which slammed into several Caribbean islands already reeling from earlier storms, causing massive damage in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.  Such large-scale destruction will require a colossal recovery effort.  That’s where St. Louis diners can help.  The city’s close-knit restaurant and hospitality industries are holding a special event to raise relief funds on Friday, September 29th, and you’re invited.

Eleven Eleven and Vin de Set are hosting the Saint Louis Restaurants Hurricane Relief Fundraiser at Moulin Events.  Dozens of area businesses are contributing to the effort, which was spearheaded by Paul and Wendy Hamilton of Hamilton Hospitality LLC, which owns Vin de Set, Eleven Eleven, Moulin Events and other establishments.

The $75 event tickets include restaurant tastings, silent and live auctions, live music, cocktails, beer, and wine.  The event will take place in the Centennial Ballroom at Moulin Events, 2017 Chouteau Ave. in Saint Louis.  Parking for the 6–9:00 p.m. event is complimentary.  Tickets are available online at: http://hurricanerelief.ezregister.com/.  Those who can’t attend the fundraiser at Moulin Events can still contribute to the cause by making a donation directly through the online ticketing site.

The Hamiltons, who own a home in the British Virgin Islands, have already raised more than $38,000 through their GoFundMe page for hurricane relief in the Virgin Islands: https://www.gofundme.com/virgin-island-hurricane-relief.  The fundraiser Friday will spread the cash across the hurricane disaster zones.  Paul Hamilton says 100-percent of the proceeds will be donated to AmeriCares for Texas and Florida, and to Kenny Chesney’s Love for Love City Foundation to support Hurricane Irma disaster relief for the U.S. and British Virgin Islands.

The list of local businesses contributing to the St. Louis Restaurants Hurricane Relief Fundraiser event continues to grow.  Besides the Williams’ Vin de Set, Eleven Eleven, and Moulin Events, more than twenty restaurants, craft breweries, and wineries are pitching in.  At this writing, that list includes Baileys Restaurants, LoRusso’s Cucina, Triumph Grill, Three Monkeys, Square One brewery, Sqwires, Charleville Brewery, St. Louis Outback Steakhouse, Main Street 4204 Brewing, Stone Brewing, Light Horse Winery, Bread & Butter Winery, Cunetto House of Pasta, West End Grill & Pub, Trattoria Marcella, Firestone Walker, Modern Brewery, BARcelona, Cellar House, Vito’s, and The Cup.

Other local businesses are also lending a hand. According to the event website, that list currently includes: Sysco Foodservice, Major Brands, Dubuque Coffee, Garrett paper, the St. Louis Blues, Gregory’s Creative Cuisine, Four Seasons Hotel, Vinoteca, Tavolo Vigneto, Your Story Photo & Cinema, St. Louis Cardinals & Ballpark Village, Old Hickory Golf Club, St. Louis Auto Detailing, Good Life Growing, Millennium Productions, The Looking Glass, Special Event Florists, Flowers for the People, Mushrooms Naturally, Marriott Residence Inn Jefferson, Aries Party Rental, and Drury Hotels.

The Saint Louis Restaurants’ Hurricane Relief Fundraiser promises to be an evening of terrific food and drink, live entertainment, lively auctions, and fabulous fun in elegant surroundings—and all of it for a good cause.  It’s another example of St. Louis’ close-knit restaurant and hospitality industries pulling together with city residents for a great cause.

Event Information:

Saint Louis Restaurants Hurricane Relief Fundraiser
6–9:00 p.m.
Friday, September 29, 2017

Moulin Events & Meetings
2017 Chouteau Avenue
Saint Louis, MO 63103
Phone: (314) 241-4949

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

Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Pumpkin Pie Spice Season in St. Louis

Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Pumpkin Pie Spice Season in St. Louis

Beyond Lattes: St. Louis’ Best Pumpkin Spice Specials This Fall

St. Louis, MO/September 25, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Ah fall!  The leaves are turning.  The days are shorter, bringing the promise of cooler weather.  And the warm aroma of pumpkin spice is everywhere!  We’ve become accustomed to the annual return of pumpkin pie spiced lattes at our favorite coffee shop.  Some curse it.  Others embrace it fully.  I’ll confess that I fall into the latter group.  There is nothing as delicious on a chilly fall day as a well-brewed pumpkin pie spiced latte, except maybe a pumpkin pie spiced donut or a fluffy pumpkin waffle to go with it.  Perhaps you prefer your pumpkin pie spice in a more savory application?  How about those rich, spicy pumpkin flavors in pasta, soup, or beer?  St. Louis has it all, and diners have a variety of favorite ways to enjoy this classic fall flavor.  After pouring through customer reviews, we found St. Louis’ favorites sweet and savory uses of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice—including lattes.

Leading the pack is the iconic southside frozen custard stand, Ted Drewes.  Their Great Pumpkin Concrete is a great way to enjoy the flavors of pumpkin spice season, aka autumn, while it’s still relatively warm.  It’s Ted Drewes ultra-creamy custard blended with a slice of pumpkin pie—crust and all—then topped with a generous portion of whipped cream.  For lovers of creamy, pumpkin pie goodness, there is nothing better on a warm September evening.  But then Ted Drewes is St. Louis’ original frozen custard, serving up hand-dipped cones, concretes, shakes, malts, sundaes, and floats since 1929.  It’s a truly multigenerational treat!  And lucky for us, the St. Louis Hills location is open all fall, serving the Great Pumpkin Concrete, St. Louis’ favorite way to get their pumpkin pie spice fix this season.

St. Louis loves a good pumpkin pie spiced latte too, and this week’s top 10 list reflects that with three slots on the list filled with places that specialize in making this seasonal drink.  The customer reviews show that St. Louis loves pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice in many forms.  From cupcakes to beer, this top 10 list has something for everyone.  Here are the top 10 ways to enjoy pumpkin pies spice season in St. Louis:

1. Ted Drewes (4.61 stars/3646 reviews) Saint Louis Hills, 6726 Chippewa Street, Saint Louis, MO 63109, (314) 481-2652.  The Great Pumpkin Concrete is their ultra-creamy custard blended with a slice of pumpkin pie.
2. Piccione Pastry (4.54 stars/316 reviews) The Loop, 6197 Delmar Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63112, (314) 932-1355.  Pumpkin cannoli and pumpkin spice cassata cakes.
3. Picasso’s Coffee House (4.49 stars/281 reviews) St Charles, 101 North Main Street, Saint Charles, MO 63301, (636) 925-2911.  Pumpkin spice latte.
4. Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Company (4.30 stars/229 reviews) DeMun, 700 DeMun Ave, Clayton, MO 63105, (314) 727-9955.  Pumpkin spice latte made with real pumpkin purée, maple syrup and nutmeg.
5. The Cup (4.27 stars/300 reviews) Central West End, 28 Maryland Plaza (Rear), Saint Louis, MO 63108, (314) 367-6111.  Pumpkin Harvest Cupcake – cinnamon icing with pumpkin spice cake.
6. Kaldi’s Coffeehouse (4.17 stars/115 reviews) Clayton, 187 Carondelet Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63105, (314) 726-2900.  Pumpkin spice.  When a chain store makes the list twice, you know there’s something special about this drink.
7. Park Avenue Coffee (4.15 stars/209 reviews) Downtown, 417 North 10th Street, Saint Louis, MO 63101, (314) 231-5282.  Pumpkin gooey butter cake and pumpkin spice latte.
8. The Schlafly Tap Room (4.11 stars/957 reviews) Downtown, 2100 Locust Street, Saint Louis, MO 63103, (314) 241-2337.  Pumpkin Ale.
9. City Coffeehouse & Crêperie (4.11 stars/471 reviews) Clayton, 36 North Brentwood Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63105, (314) 862-2489.  Pumpkin waffles and pumpkin pie crepes.  Wash it down with their pumpkin spice coffee.
10. Porano Pasta (4.08 stars/189 reviews) Downtown, 634 Washington Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63101, (314) 833-6414.  Homemade pasta with pumpkin seed and lime pesto.

With so many great places offering their take on pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice this season, it’s not surprising there are some really terrific options that didn’t quite make the top 10 list.  These establishments know their way around this quintessentially autumn treat, and so to them we offer Honorable Mentions:

Bailey’s Range (3.92 stars/1679 reviews) Downtown, 920 Olive Street, Saint Louis, MO 63101, (314) 241-8121.  This is a well-loved downtown restaurant that offers an amazing take on this seasonal favorite: The Great Pumpkin float.  It’s made with Schlafly Pumpkin Ale and pumpkin-pie ice cream (with chunks of pie in it).  This salute to pumpkin pie is unlike anything else, and well worth your attention.

The Coffeehouse Company (4.48 stars/25 reviews) Metro-East, 1333 Central Park Drive, O Fallon, IL 62269, (618) 624-6343.  This unassuming little coffee shop is known for their great service, great prices, homemade baked goods, and unique drink selection. (Caramel apple Italian creme soda anyone?)  Their pumpkin caramel latte lives up to their high rating.  It is like autumn in a warm, creamy cup.

St. Louis Hills Donut Shop (4.73 stars/49 reviews) St. Louis Hills, 6917 Hampton Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63109, (314) 481-6050.  If you’ve never had a pumpkin spice cake donut, then you haven’t fully explored the wonders of pumpkin spice season.  As customers will attest, nobody does this seasonal delicacy better.  The donuts are always fresh and they will chocolate glaze any donut you want.  Chocolate glazed pumpkin spice cake donut.  Nuff said.

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

St. Louis Continues to Wait for Promised Shake Shack

St. Louis Continues to Wait for Promised Shake Shack

CWE Shake Shack Still Expected to Open this Fall

St. Louis, MO/September 19, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Everyone who has ever been a child understands the concept of time slowing down when you’re waiting for something good.  The more you want it, the longer it seems to take for the minutes, days, weeks, and months to tick by.  It seems that ever since St. Louis native Danny Meyer announced he was finally bringing his wildly successful Shake Shack restaurant to his hometown, time has crawled.  And we continue to wait for the Central West End burger and shake joint to materialize.

Meyer started Shake Shack inside a small kiosk in New York City’s Madison Square Park more than a dozen years ago.  The burger and shake chain now has more than 100 stores across the globe.  In America, there are Shake Shacks in 18 states and the District of Columbia (which has six).  Chicago has four, Texas has seven, and Pennsylvania five.  They are all over Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and London.  Tokyo has four, as does South Korea.  Even Moscow has three. St. Louis has been waiting with bated breath for our own Shake Shack.  So, when plans for the first St. Louis Shake Shack in the Central West End were announced in February 2016, the countdown began.

The Shake Shack offers flat iron grilled burgers and hot dogs, crinkle-cut fries, shakes, and concretes made with frozen custard and locally-sourced mix-ins.  Meyer credits food memories of his childhood in St. Louis with inspiring the restaurant’s menu.  The Missouri native is now one of the most well-respected restaurateurs in the nation.  His New York-based Union Square Hospitality Group owns and operates several celebrated restaurants in the Big Apple, including Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, The Modern, The North End Grill, and others.  Shake Shack has itself been critically acclaimed for its use of 100-percent antibiotic and hormone-free Angus beef and localized menus that include sustainably sourced ingredients, as well as the use of recycled and sustainable materials, energy-efficient kitchen equipment, and LED lighting in its restaurants.

The St. Louis Shake Shack is slated to open later this year on the ground floor of a new apartment building currently under construction in the Central West End.  The Euclid is a six-story structure at the southeast corner of North Euclid and West Pine.  When finished, it will house 72 boutique luxury apartments, which will be ready to rent next spring, along with ground floor retail clients.  Besides Shake Shack, the building will also be home to a second ‘ZZA Pizza + Salad (the first opened Feb. 2017 at 282 North Skinker Blvd) and another Kaldi Coffee location.  Initially it was thought the Shake Shack’s corner shop (at 32 N Euclid Ave.) would be operational sometime this summer.  Now the company says late fall 2017.  And so, St. Louis continues to wait for our promised new favorite burger and concrete joint, hungry to find out what everyone else in the world already seems to know. Tick…tick…tick.

Contact Information:

Shake Shack
32 North Euclid Avenue
Central West End
St. Louis, MO 63108
https://www.shakeshack.com/

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