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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

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

Chef Ashley Shelton Named to Zaget’s 30 under 30

Chef Ashley Shelton Named to Zaget’s 30 under 30

Pasteria, Sardella Exec. Chef Ashley Shelton Wins National Honors

St. Louis, MO/September 19, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – One of the best young, innovative chefs in America is St. Louis’ Ashley Shelton. That’s according to New York-based restaurant review site Zagat.com.  The Zagat editors have been doling out restaurant evaluations since they began publishing a restaurant guide in 1979.  For the last six years, Zagat’s 30 Under 30 has honored hundreds of exceptional, young hospitality professionals in major markets all over the country.  St. Louis is not one of the cities featured in their regularly published 30 Under 30 lists.  According to Zagat’s editors, this first-time national list represents “some of the best, brightest, and most badass hospitality players from coast to coast.”  It also gives the publication the opportunity to shine the spotlight on some of the nation’s better young chefs who are working outside of the 15 culinary cities generally featured by Zagat.

At just 28, Shelton is Executive Chef of Gerard Craft’s two adjacent restaurants, Sardella and Pastaria (both at 7734 Forsyth in Clayton).  In fact, Shelton met Craft in Florence, Italy while working on her masters in Italian cuisine.  At that time, she interviewed for a position at his upcoming Pasteria, and won the post.  Since working her way up to Executive Chef at Pasteria, Shelton has earned other national accolades, including being named a James Beard Foundation semifinalist earlier this year for “Rising Star Chef of the Year.”  In 2016, she was one of 19 chefs named to Eater’s “Young Guns” list, which spotlights young professionals who are considered “extraordinarily talented restaurant industry trailblazers.”  Since then, Shelton has also been named Executive Chef of Craft’s Sardella, which he opened last year in the footprint of his flagship restaurant Niche.

Shelton was the only chef, and one of only two hospitality nominees from Missouri to make Zagat’s semi-final list of 60. (The other was Andrew Olsen, the 29-year old bar manager from Bluestem in Kansas City.)  Both Shelton and Olsen were among the 45 finalists in June, but only Shelton went on to make the 30 Under 30 list.  Of the honorees, Zagat editors write, “These gastronomic game changers are redefining the way we eat, drink and interact with food and beverages across the U.S.”

One of the most striking things about Shelton is her infectious enthusiasm for preparing amazing food.  In her profile by Zagat, Shelton says cooking was a way to stay close to her mother, whom she lost at age 14.  The philosophy she’s developed since beginning her culinary career (at Annie Gunn’s) at the age of 17, that an upbeat attitude and a happy culinary team make better food, has served her and St. Louis area diners well.  This latest feather in Shelton’s cap will no doubt be one in a continuing series of honors for this happy chef.

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

St. Louis’ Top Restaurants from a Summer of Top 10s

St. Louis’ Top Restaurants from a Summer of Top 10s

The Best of St. Louis’ Favorite Restaurants this Summer

St. Louis, MO/September 10, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Following the trends in St. Louis’ restaurant industry is what we do.  We track the tastes of St. Louis diners too.  Each week we examined thousands of customer reviews to bring you a list of the Top 10 restaurants in any number of categories.  This summer was no exception. Over twelve weeks of summer we have spotlighted St. Louis diners’ favorite restaurants in twelve delicious categories.

So, this week, instead of bringing you a new Top 10 list, we thought we’d take a moment to highlight the restaurants that took top honors on our restaurant top 10 lists all summer.  These restaurants are the very best at what they do.  They’re each ranked #1 on the top ten list for their niche.  These rankings, like the top 10 lists we publish regularly, are based on customer reviews, making them the favorites of St. Louis diners.  So, here are the number one restaurants in their respective Top 10 categories for summer 2017:

Cocktails

Narwhal’s Crafted Urban Ice (4.71 stars/62 reviews) Central West End, 3906 Laclede Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63108, (314) 696-8388.  This slushy bar for grown-ups opened in October 2016 near St. Louis University.  Unlike the sugar-laden, artificially colored slushies of childhood, this nautically themed bar offers frozen alcoholic beverages flavored with infusions and purees scratch-made from real fruit and herbs.  These frozen drinks drawn from slushy machines were St. Louis favorite way to enjoy cocktails this summer.

Tapas & Small Plates

Taste Bar (4.76 stars/469 reviews) Central West End, 4584 Laclede Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63108, (314) 361-1200.  This Central West End hangout offers New American tapas and highly acclaimed signature cocktails.  The small plates are full flavored bites that blend local produce with global flavors.  Everything on the menu is thoughtfully prepared and served with care, making Taste St. Louis’ favorite place for small plates.

Coffee

Maeva’s Coffee (4.74 stars/73 reviews) Alton, 1320 Milton Road, Alton, IL 62002, (618) 581-7510.  Alton’s only independent coffee shop, Maeva’s Coffee, is a 100% crowd-sourced and independently funded community project.  Maeva’s features fair-trade coffee and a signature espresso blend created especially for them by Goshen Coffee in Edwardsville.  They’re also well-loved for their internationally inspired quiche menu, and their seasonal beverage menu.

Thai

Thai House (4.70 stars/149 reviews) Monroe County, 109 South Main Street, Columbia, IL 62236, (618) 281-2777.  This authentic Thai restaurant has a spiced-to-order menu.  Customers can choose their heat on a 1–5 scale.  The restaurant also offers a warm, hospitable environment, and they have a kid’s menu, making this a great place to introduce young palates to the balanced flavors of Thai cuisine.

Greek

The Greek Kitchen (4.87 stars/82 reviews) Ellisville, 15939 Manchester Road, Ellisville, MO 63021, (636) 686-7200.  This bright, cheerful, casual restaurant specializes in Greek classics that are prepared fresh in the semi-open kitchen.  Here you will find traditional dishes like stuffed grape leaves and fried cheese, as well as excellent gyros and souvlaki (chicken kebabs), fresh hummus, falafel, and tzatziki.  There’s also a nice variety of Greek pastries, including baklava.

Cheesecake

Kruta Bakery (4.75 stars/169 reviews) Collinsville, 300 Saint Louis Road, Collinsville, IL 62234, (618) 344-1115.  This fourth-generation family-owned bakery has been making delicious baked goods since 1919.  This is a full-service traditional bakery, offering everything from bread and rolls to custom cakes, pastries, seasonal treats, and old-fashioned cheesecake.  The neighborhood vibe goes well with the friendly, efficient service.

Pizza

Melo’s Pizzeria (4.84 stars/61 reviews) Benton Park, 2438 McNair Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 833-4489.  This is the little pizzeria that Blues City Deli owner Vince Valenza and his son Joey Valenza built into the garage behind the sandwich shop.  The Valenzas create their own special interpretations of classic Neapolitan-style pizza in a beautiful wood-fired oven they had custom built and imported from Naples.  In summer, dine on the patio.  When it gets colder, Melo’s is more of a take-out joint, since they have almost no indoor dining space.

Bonus: Topping our list of the best chain pizzerias (establishments with three or more locations) is Papa Vito’s (4.51 stars/176 reviews) Belleville, 318 East Washington, Belleville, IL 62220, (618) 277-6200.  This small, family-owned chain of pizzerias uses fresh ingredients and family recipes to create delicious pizza, apps, salads, and sandwiches.  They’re known for great food and warm hospitality.

Whiskey Bars

Fox & Hounds Tavern (4.74 stars/209 reviews) Hi-Pointe, 6300 Clayton Road, Saint Louis, MO 63117, (314) 647-7300.  Stepping into this cozy tavern at the Cheshire Inn is like stepping into a different world.  It’s modeled after an English stag parlor, with plush leather chairs, lots of dark wood, and a big stone fireplace.  They offer dozens of varieties of Irish, Scotch, and American whiskey along with a nice small plate menu. Friday and Saturday nights add live music to the mix, making the Fox & Hound Tavern a terrific destination for a night out.

Diners

Spencer’s Grill (4.42 stars/156 reviews) Kirkwood, 223 South Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122, (314) 821-2601.  This old-fashioned diner has been serving comfort food to locals since 1947.  Spencer’s is especially well-loved for their breakfasts—fresh omelets, waffles, French toast, buttery pancakes with crispy edges, and scrapple.  In classic diner fashion, this is the kind of place where you can go for a whole meal, or just a slice of pie with a side of neighborhood gossip.  It’s the kind of place where they dish out comfort food and company.

Vietnamese

Asian Cafe Bar & Grill (4.31 stars/122 reviews) O’Fallon, 1260 Bryan Rd (Hillman Farm Plaza), O’Fallon, MO 63366, (636) 272-4429.  Open since 2010, the Asian Cafe Bar & Grill offers authentic Vietnamese and Chinese food, spiced to order.  Their menu goes way beyond pho and bánh mì, although they offer a variety of delicious takes on both.  They also have a full bar, which gives them an edge over many of the other Vietnamese restaurants in the St. Louis area.

Cheap Happy Hours

Tick Tock Tavern (4.61 star/80 reviews) Tower Grove East, 3459 Magnolia Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63118. This cash-only neighborhood bar offers kitschy decor (owls, clocks, bric-a-brac), plenty of draft and canned craft brews, and sometimes free live performances.  This late 20th century watering hole had closed for a few decades before new owners reopened it in 2014.  The old corner bar still offers the comfortable vibe of a neighborhood bar, but now instead of two-taps offering Busch beer, they have a rotating set of taps offering a host of locally made beers, ciders, and meads, along with a full bar.

Iced Coffee

Coma Coffee Roasters (4.70 stars/56 reviews) Richmond Heights, 1034 South Brentwood Blvd, Richmond Heights, MO 63117, (314) 250-1042.  The cafe inside the University Club Tower draws in caffeine-craving customers who rave about all of the coffee and espresso drinks, but most especially, their cold brews.  Coma Coffee is serious about cold brew, winning national accolades for their efforts.  This is extremely good iced coffee, and a nice spot to chill.

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

Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria to Host September Giveback Tuesday Event Benefiting Project, Inc.

Katie's Pizza and Pasta Osteria to Host September Giveback Tuesday Event Benefiting Project, Inc.

ROCK HILL, MO, September 10, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria in Rock Hill is proud to announce their upcoming Giveback Tuesday event, which will benefit Project, Inc.  The event is slated for Tues., September 26.

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 $120,000 to local nonprofit organizations.

Funds raised from this Giveback Tuesday event will go toward supporting the charity’s general operating expenses that are incurred as they fulfill their mission of providing dignified long-term employment for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Project, Inc. is the oldest of the 89 sheltered workshops in the region and has been serving St. Louis since 1958.  Located near The Hill, Project, Inc.’s entire workforce of 92 adults is comprised of disabled individuals.  These individuals are given meaningful, long-term jobs through custom packaging, assembly work, and quality inspection for local businesses in a positive, fostering, social environment.  Project, Inc. even offers a choir for those who like to sing, and the workers who enjoy drawing have created drawings to use in adult coloring books, along with stationery, gift tags, and holiday cards.

Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria is open every day at 11 a.m. an 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.

For more information about Project, Inc., please visit http://www.projectinc.org.

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

Soulard’s Pizzeoli Under New Ownership

Soulard’s Pizzeoli Under New Ownership - STLRestaurant.News

Acclaimed Vegetarian Pizzeria Sold to First Time Restaurateur

St. Louis, MO/September 10, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Sold is better than closed.  That’s the new mantra for St. Louis’ vegetarian pizza lovers in the wake of news that Scott Sandler has sold Pizzeoli, his popular vegetarian and vegan-friendly pizzeria in Soulard.  Sandler had opened the wood-fired pizza restaurant at 1928 S. 12th Street in 2014.  The petite eatery features a simple menu of authentic Neapolitan-style pizza with a twist—everything is vegetarian and vegan.

In May of this year, Sandler opened Pizza Head (3196 S. Grand Blvd.) in the South Grand Restaurant District near Tower Grove Park.  At that time, Sandler had said he was considering the possibility of opening more Pizza Head branded locations.  Now that he’s sold Pizzeoli, his focus will be on his newer, punk-influenced, New York-style pizza joint.  Sandler told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he was stretched too thin to comfortably run both restaurants.  He called selling Pizzeoli a “quality of life” decision.

The new owner, Collinsville native Kyle Weber officially took over the 900-degree Pizzeoli oven this week (9/5/17).  He is a first-time restaurateur with a background in marketing.  After working in Tennessee, he returned to St. Louis where his father (who has a background in the restaurant industry) told him about the opportunity to buy Pizzeoli. As a self-described “foodie,” it was an opportunity that was too good to pass up.  Weber got his pizza-making training from the Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana’s VPN Americas—the same training as Sandler—meaning Pizzeoli will continue to offer authentic Naples-style pizza.

On Pizzeoli’s Facebook page, Sandler wrote that Weber will make Pizzeoli special “in his own way.”  He added that Weber will be keeping all the vegan options that made the pizzeria popular.  For his part, Weber has said he is looking to increase Pizzeoli’s small menu by adding appetizers, more salads, and some meat toppings.  He also plans to expand the pizzeria’s craft beer and wine selection and introduce craft cocktails to the mix.  He says these will be additions to Pizzeoli’s current offerings, rather than changes to menu.  His goal is to make Pizzeoli more appealing to Soulard residents and visitors, while maintaining the restaurant’s vegetarian and vegan customer base.

Pizzeoli is open evenings, 5–9:00 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 5–9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.  So, another addition Weber says he will make is bringing back lunch service.  He’s also looking for local sources who can supply him with organic, antibiotic-free ingredients as he adds items to Pizzeoli’s already popular menu.

Contact information:

Pizzeoli
Owner: Kyle Weber
1928 S. 12th Street
Soulard
St. Louis, MO 63104
Phone: (314) 449-1111

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

Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria Opens Second Location in Town & Country

Katie's Pizza & Pasta Osteria Opens Second Location in Town & Country

Katie’s Pizza new location in Town & Country opened its doors on August 16

TOWN & COUNTRY, MO/September 08, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Katie and Ted Collier, co-owners of Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria in Rock Hill, are proud to announce that they have opened their second location in Town & Country on Wed., August 16.

The second location is situated in the Clayton Village Shopping Center at 14173 Clayton Road, which used to be home to Einstein’s Bagels.

The news comes on the heels of the Colliers’ recent launch of Vero Pizza and Pasta, an online, build-your-own pizza and pasta business, which ships fresh ingredients and recipes directly to the doors of home cooks. In September, Vero Pizza and Pasta will go national.

The new restaurant features an open kitchen, complete with a wood-fire oven and a large patio and garden, which features edible herbs and flowers that are used to garnish many dishes at Katie’s. There is also a dough room in which diners can watch the pizza and pasta dough being made as they savor the same delicious items that are featured at the Rock Hill location. Additionally, the restaurant features beautiful modern decor in golden hues, complemented by Ted Collier’s stunning artwork.

“We are incredibly excited and humbled to be opening our second location in Town & Country,” said Katie Collier. “We are eager to bring our food and an interactive atmosphere to a new community and hope that our fans here will come out to savor the same food that they’ve come to know and love at our primary location.”

For more information, 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 by St. Louis Media, LLC

Popular Belleville Seafood Restaurant Heading West to St. Louis

Popular Belleville Seafood Restaurant Heading West to St. Louis

Seafood by Crushed Velvet Moving from Belleville to Washington Avenue

St. Louis, MO/September 8, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – When Chef Jasmine Brooks opened a seafood restaurant in the heart of Belleville, local seafood lovers rejoiced!  So naturally, many metro-east diners were saddened to learn that Brooks is moving her restaurant, Seafood by Crushed Velvet, to the St. Louis side of the Mississippi.  The restaurant has already closed in preparation of the move. Belleville’s loss is St. Louis’ gain.

Seafood by Crushed Velvet opened at 121 East Main Street in Belleville in mid-May 2016, following a very successful stint as a vendor at Belleville’s Art on the Square.  Brooks had actually rented the storefront on East Main just for the weekend of the fair, but was so well received she kept coming back weekend-after-weekend.  The restaurant quickly gained a following for its fresh steamed crab, shrimp, and lobster tail, served in half and whole platters with corn on the cob, a boiled potato, sausage and a hard-boiled egg—all drizzled with a decadent garlic butter sauce.  Another popular version of her platters adds a spicy kick with a generous sprinkling of Old Vienna Red Hot Riplets Seasoning.  Brooks describes her food as a cross between Florida seafood and New Orleans style.

Over the past year or so, Brooks has been creating sumptuous seafood platters in the tiny kitchen of her restaurant.  Every day, she made fresh crab cakes, gumbo and her signature garlic butter sauce from scratch in a prep area the size of a small home kitchen.  The restaurant struggled with building maintenance issues since opening in the space.  Some of the issues even forced Brooks to close her doors for a few days at a time, or offer only takeout orders.  She cited those facility issues as one of the primary reasons she’s moving to a new location along Washington Avenue.

Brooks made the announcement on Facebook August 31st.  She addressed her message to the customers and neighbors who’ve supported her Belleville endeavor:

“I’d like to take the time to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your support in making Crushed Velvet a success over the past year and a half.  I’m sad to announce that our Belleville location will be closing due to the building not being very accommodating for our setup.”

Brooks hasn’t given a specific address on Washington Avenue for the location of the new Seafood by Crushed Velvet, but she has indicated the new restaurant will have a larger kitchen, allowing her to expand the menu, and it will also feature a full bar.  The Belleville location didn’t have a liquor license. Brooks said she anticipates opening the new restaurant in October.  In the meantime, she plans to continue catering and will also do some pop up dinners on both sides of the river.

Brooks isn’t leaving Belleville entirely. She co-owns Scoops Ice Cream at 8205 West Main Street in Belleville (with business partner, Rayneshia Garrett) which opened earlier this summer offering a unique take on ice cream sundaes and milkshakes with mix ins and toppings from the cereal aisle.

In announcing Crushed Velvet’s move, Brooks also took the opportunity to thank those who supported her restaurant and to hint that she may be back.  “I’d like to say a special thanks you (sic) to the city of Belleville and it’s residents for being so welcoming to us.,” she wrote.  “We look forward to returning home to Belleville in the near future.”  For now, metro east seafood lovers will have to watch the Seafood by Crushed Velvet Facebook page for pop up dinner announcements, and plan to drive into St. Louis for that signature Crushed Velvet seafood platter come October.

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

Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria to Host August Giveback Tuesday Event Benefiting National Council of Jewish Women

Katie's Pizza and Pasta Osteria to Host August Giveback Tuesday Event Benefiting National Council of Jewish Women

ST. LOUIS, MO/August 12, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria in Rock Hill is proud to announce their upcoming Giveback Tuesday event, which will benefit the National Council of Jewish Women. The event is slated for Tues., August 22.

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 $120,000 to local nonprofit organizations.

Funds raised from this Giveback Tuesday event will help support the National Council of Jewish Women and their annual Back to School! Store, which is a one-day event in which more than 1,300 pre-selected elementary school children walk through and choose brand new items from the organization’s pop-up store.

The money raised will help purchase clothing, backpacks filled with school supplies, coats and winter wear, shoes, and personal care items for more than 1,300 underserved children.

“We are honored to be part of Katie’s Giveback Tuesday program on August 22,” said Jennifer Scissors, a volunteer co-chair of National Council of Jewish Women’s Back to School! Store. “It’s so gratifying to see underprivileged children receive the clothing and supplies they need to start school with enthusiasm, positive self-esteem, and a readiness to learn at our Back to School! Store. We know this could not be possible without the help of local organizations and businesses like Katie’s.”

Founded in 1985, the National Council of Jewish Women works to improve the lives of women, children, and families throughout the Greater St. Louis region. The organization helps more than 9,000 people each year and partners with more than 45 social service agencies, churches, and community organizations to identify qualifying children from low-income families whose needs are not currently being met by existing services.

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.

For more information about the National Council of Jewish Women, please visit http://www.ncjwstl.org.

Location:

Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria

9568 Manchester Road

St. Louis, Missouri 63119

Phone: (314) 942-6555

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Source: news provided by Katie’s Pizza – distributed by 24-7 Press Release – published on STLRestaurant.News by St. Louis Media, LLC

The Top 10 Cheesecake Makers in St. Louis

The Top 10 Cheesecake Makers in St. Louis - STLRestauant.News

St. Louis’ Favorites for National Cheesecake Day

St. Louis, MO/July 30, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – National Cheesecake Day is a real day.  Yay!  It’s today, July 30th, so it’s the perfect time to have a slice of your favorite kind.  Of course, we’re all familiar with the dense, creaminess that is New York style cheesecake.  And many St. Louis diners have enjoyed an Italian style ricotta cheesecake.  Many southsider are familiar with the creamy, cakey German-style cheesecake (Käsekuchen), but there are literally dozens of ways to make cheesecake, and all of them delicious.  Now that’s a food worth celebrating, in all its glorious forms.

We wanted to know where St. Louis diners go when they get a hankering for this sweet, creamy delicacy.  You will find it on the dessert menus of hundreds of restaurants all over the metro area.  And most bakeries have their versions too.  So we checked the customer reviews to find the local favorites, and what we found was a nice mix of bakeries, cafes, fine dining establishments—even a vegan restaurant—that all offer cheesecake St. Louis diners consider to be a cut above the rest.

Topping our list is Kruta Bakery in Collinsville.  This fourth-generation family-owned bakery has been making delicious baked goods for metro east residents since 1919.  This is a full-service traditional bakery, offering everything from bread and rolls to custom cakes, pastries, seasonal treats, and cheesecake.  The neighborhood vibe goes well with the friendly, efficient service.  During peak times, expect to take a number and stand in line, but you can use the few minutes to decide what else you’re getting beside the old-fashioned cheesecake, perhaps a French cheese horn, some cheese Danishes, maybe a cheese stolen—and while you’re there, pick up a couple dozen Jimmies (donut holes filled with raspberry).

There are cheesecake options for everyone on our Top 10 list, so without further ado, here are St. Louis’ favorite places to go to satisfy that cheesecake craving on National Cheesecake Day and beyond:

1. Kruta Bakery (4.75 stars/169 reviews) Collinsville, 300 Saint Louis Road, Collinsville, IL 62234, (618) 344-1115.
2. Missouri Baking Company (4.75 stars/596 reviews) The Hill, 2027 Edwards Street, Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 773-6566.
3. Sucrose (4.70 stars/50 reviews) St. Charles, 700 South Fifth Street, Saint Charles, MO 63301, (314) 288-9176.
4. Sugaree Baking Co. (4.55 stars/56 reviews) Dogtown, 1242 Tamm Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63139, (314) 645-5496.
5. Helfer’s Pastries & Deli Cafe (4.54 stars/59 reviews) Florissant, 380 Saint Ferdinand Street, Florissant, MO 63031, (314) 837-6050.
6. Seedz Cafe (4.54 stars/138 reviews) Clayton, 6344 South Rosebury, Saint Louis, MO 63105, (314) 725-7333.
7. Piccione Pastry (4.54 stars/297 reviews) The Loop, 6197 Delmar Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63112, (314) 932-1355.
8. Russell’s Cafe and Bakery (4.48 stars/199 reviews) Fenton, 952 Brookwood Center, Fenton, MO 63026, (636) 343-8900.
9. Russell’s on Macklind (4.43 stars/350 reviews) Southampton, 5400 Murdoch Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63109, (314) 553-9994.
10. Kreis Restaurant (4.31 stars/357 reviews) Frontenac, 535 South Lindbergh Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63131, (314) 993-0735.

With thousands of restaurants, bakeries, and cafes offering cheesecake to hungry diners, there were a few places to not that didn’t quite make the top 10 list, but are still worth your attention.  So, to these fine cheesecake makers we offer Honorable Mentions:

Hank’s Cheesecakes (4.46 stars/47 reviews) Richmond Heights, 1063 South Big Bend Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63117, (314) 781-0300. They’ve been making homemade cheesecake at Hank’s for 30 years, and they make it in more than 35 flavors, including sugar free and gluten free varieties. They also make amazing brownies, lemon bars, and some melt-in-your-mouth delicious chocolate cakes.

A Little Taste of Heaven Bakery (4.61 stars/38 reviews) Edwardsville, 219 Hillsboro Avenue, Edwardsville, IL 62025, (618) 659-8569.  This neighborhood bakery in Edwardsville is known for their cheesecakes—they offer a wide variety of flavors each day.  Their original is an extra creamy, all-natural cheesecake (cherry topping available), but they also do turtle, death by chocolate, white chocolate raspberry, strawberry, blueberry, Oreo, key lime, and seasonal varieties like pumpkin and peppermint bark.

Federhofer’s Bakery (4.32 stars/53 reviews) Affton, 9005 Gravois Road, Affton, MO 63123, (314) 832-5116.  This mom and pop bakeshop has been making a range of breads, pastries, cakes, pies, and other treats—including cheesecake—for hungry south-siders for more than 50 years.  They are one of the few places in town that makes the classic St. Louis style chiffon cheesecake (which is light, and sweet and simply delectable), but you may need to order it ahead.