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Get Ready to Celebrate the 9th Annual Taste of Maplewood 

Get Ready to Celebrate the 9th Annual Taste of Maplewood

Come Out For a Fun Time at the 2017 Taste of Maplewood Street Festival

MAPLEWOOD, MO/May 10, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Along with springtime comes enjoyable festivals and one that’s just around the corner is the 2017 Taste of Maplewood Street Festival.  The annual event is a culmination of Maplewood and Richmond Heights’ most prominent restaurants, their unique specialty stores, and some of their most cherished boutiques.
In its ninth year, this exciting event is diverse and unique, shining a spotlight on the culture and character of the businesses in the area.  The Taste of Maplewood Street Festival is the perfect event for shoppers, food aficionados and music lovers!  Restaurants will be selling their popular foods and drinks, and boutiques will be presenting their merchandise on the street and under tents.

In addition, attendees will enjoy live entertainment on two separate stages throughout the day.  And for the 4th year in a row, there will be celebrity judges on hand voting on which business has the finest offerings.  Categories for participating restaurants in the 2017 Taste of Maplewood Street Festival are Best Savory, Best Sweet Tooth and Best Cocktail.

Celebrity Judges will be:  KSDK News Anchor, Pat McGonigle, Social Media Guru & Former Host of Food Talk STL radio show, David Craig, & Gus Gus the Fun Bus’s, Mike Arnold.  A few of this year’s registered venders are Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream, Kakao Chocolate, Know Gallery of Fine Art, PRP Wine International, Sole Shine Barefoot Massage Therapy, The Blue Duck and Traveling Tea.

So, be sure and put Saturday, May 20, from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 pm on your calendar for the “9th Annual Taste of Maplewood.”  The event is free and full of yummy bites, awesome sights and great sounds!

Below is a list of the live musical entertainment:

Main Stage:

12:00-2:00 p.m. MRH Blue Devils Rhythm and Blues Band

3:00-5:00 p.m. Power Play

6:00-8:00 p.m. SuperJam

Community Stage:

12:15 p.m. Studio Forte

1:10 p.m. Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation, St. Louis Teen Finalists

2:00 p.m. Jazz Jubilee Swing Team

2:45 p.m. Maplewood Hoop Crew

3:00 p.m. Tommy Wasiuta

3:30 p.m. Eye of Horus

4:15 p.m. Kazoux

4:30 p.m. Compass Improv

DATE, TIME & LOCATION: 2017 Taste of Maplewood Street Festival Saturday, May 20, Noon to 9:00 pm Sutton Boulevard, South of Manchester Road

Free to the Public!

For additional information go to http://midcountychamber.org/programs-events/tom2017/

8th Annual Maplewood Coffee Crawl Tickets Going Fast

Maplewood Coffee Crawl

Only Afternoon Tickets Remain for 2017 Maplewood Coffee Crawl

Maplewood, MO/March 28, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Like most good things, Maplewood’s annual Coffee Crawl is growing.  Now in its eighth year, the Maplewood Coffee Crawl Saturday, April 1, 2017 will offer participants a chance to meet even more roasters and sample more coffee than ever before.  And like all popular events, tickets for this one are going fast.  But then, there can’t be many more pleasant ways to spend a sunny, crisp April Saturday than strolling throughout the city’s special business district sampling a variety of coffees (and pastries) from local roasters like Art House Coffee, Kaldi’s Coffee, La Cosecha Coffee Roasters, Stringbean Coffee Co., Tim Hortons and others.

This year’s event is being held in two sessions, a “Wake Up Call” from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. followed by an “Afternoon Buzz” from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Each session offers participants the chance to meet regional coffee roaster, watch demonstrations of the craft of coffee roasting, and sample a variety of coffee blends, as well as treats.  This is a self-guided tour with is billed as the region’s first and only walkable tour of caffeine.  It is a rain or shine event that includes strolling around historic downtown Maplewood, so dress appropriately.

This is a ticketed event, and participants must have a ticket to join the tour.  The morning session has already sold out, but tickets ($7 each) are still available for the Afternoon Buzz session.  They can be purchased online through the City of Maplewood website and will be available for pickup on the day of the event.

The following businesses will host an afternoon session featuring these roasters:

Schlafly Bottleworks will feature roaster: Kaldi’s Roasting Co.
Foundation Grounds will feature roaster: Blueprint Coffee
Boardwalk Waffles and Ice Cream will feature roaster: Ronnoco Coffee Company
La Cosecha Coffee Roasters, serving as both host and roaster
Great Harvest Bread Co. will feature roaster: La Cosecha Coffee Roasters
Stone Spiral will feature roaster: Riley’s Coffee Co.
Pie Oh My! will feature roaster: Park Avenue Coffee
The Living Room will feature roaster: Art House Coffee
Tim Hortons will serve as both host and roaster

Street parking is free.  There will also be free parking available in the Bellevue parking lot at Bellevue and Manchester, the Marietta parking lot in the 7300 block of Manchester, and at both Citizens National Bank parking lots at Manchester and Oakview Terrace/Marshall Ave. as well as along the west side of the bank building.  Although this is a walking event, it isn’t dog-friendly.  Participants are asked to leave pets at home.

After 10 Years, Acero Remains Special Kind of Authentic

Acero, Maplewood, MO

Local Sourcing Makes Acero “Midwestern” Italian

Maplewood, MO/March 2, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – In Italian, the word “acero” means “maple.”  So it’s fitting that an inventive Italian restaurant that helped to establish Maplewood as one of St. Louis’ culinary incubators is called Acero.  This intimate Italian restaurant at 7266 Manchester Road is another success of restaurateur and Chef Jim Fiala.  He opened The Crossing Restaurant (French-Italian, fine dining) in 1998, and Acero in 2007.  While both restaurants focus on bringing locally-sourced ingredients to the table, The Crossing is French-Italian fine dining, where Acero takes an upscale approach to rustic Italian fare.  To create Acero’s unexpected menu of small plates, Fiala tapped Executive Chef Adam Karl Gnau and Chef de Cuisine Eric Gibbs.  Both joined Fiala’s team via his other endeavors: Liluma in the Central West End and The Crossing in Clayton.

Like Fiala’s other restaurants, Acero was also founded on his famous farm-to-table philosophy, but serves it up in the classic Italian style.  That’s a little different than the salad-entree-check format of meals served in many very good St. Louis restaurants.  At Acero, the meal is a developing experience—based on the classic meal structure Italians have cultivated over centuries.  The point of the Italian meal is to savor both the food and company, as the evening unfolds.  As such, the menu at Acero is designed to be enjoyed in courses.  Like Fiala’s original restaurant, The Crossings, Acero offers a chef-selected tasting menu—the 7 course Seasonal Grand Tasting menu—for $75; or for $35 you can select your own four-course tasting menu.  Wine flights are available for each. Since formality takes a back seat to creating a unique and pleasurable meal, diners at Acero are also free to order ala carte—whatever their hearts desire.

Whether choosing a tasting menu or sampling a single item, some of the dishes not to be missed, according to customers and food critics alike, include the Salumi and Formaggi (a selection of cured meat and Italian cheeses), the Gnocco Fritto (a zeppole (beignet) topped with Prosciutto di Parma, sea salt and olive oil), the Crudo (raw seafood of the chef’s choice, prepared with shallot, pea shoots, olive oil, and sea salt), the famous Egg Raviolo (the chef’s daily flavored cheese surrounding a farm fresh egg yolk in pasta), the Tagliatelle (topped with a house made ragu), the Sea Scallops, the Grass-fed Ribeye, and the wine list.  While critics praise the nice selection of exclusively Italian wines, diners appreciated both the wine flights and the ability to order wine by the quartino—about a third of a bottle, an option that makes some very good wines more affordable.  The Acero staff is excellent at suggesting appropriate pairings for any meal.

The restaurant sits in the heart of downtown Maplewood’s dining district, so parking is at a premium.  But diners appreciate the intimate setting and incredible hospitality Acero offers.  The dining room could best be described as upscale chic meets urban rustic. It’s comfortable, inviting, and semi-casual.  The service is top tier, making dining at Acero feel indulgent, no matter what you order or where you sit.  Seating is available at the bar, at tables, and when the weather is nice, on the patio.  In the ten years since it opened, one might expect a few changes at Acero, but the exemplary service, outstanding food, excellent wine, and congenial ambiance have persisted.  Acero is open for dinner Monday – Saturday.  Reservations are accepted beginning at 5:00 p.m.

Contact Information:

Owner: Chef Jim Fiala
7266 Manchester Road
Maplewood, MO 63143
Phone: (314) 644-1790


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Have Your Cake and Eat It Too – I Scream Cakes’

Maplewood Gets Comfort Food with I Scream Cakes’

MAPLEWOOD, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) – I scream, you scream, we all scream “CAKES!” I Scream Cakes’ new satellite shop recently moved into Maplewood, and they’re currently dishing out some exceptionally, yummy treats. They offer 16 different artisanal ice creams and sorbets in a variety of scoops, shakes and sundaes with some exclusive flavors, like blackberry coffee topped with KaKao hot fudge, and homemade whipped cream.  I Scream Cakes’!

This is the unique ice-cream maker’s second location, after opening its main production facility in May 2011 on Cherokee Street. Founders Kerry Soraci, and Mike McLaughlin of the Crow’s Nest, co-own the new shop together. Soraci works with pastry Chef Beth Hughes, formerly of Eclipse Restaurant, to craft her from-scratch creations.

They make organic and locally sourced dairy-based ‘iscreams’ using whole natural foods for their flavors, They also have one or two vegan flavors, as well as, gluten-free cones and treats like cookie and brownie sandwiches. And Fido is more than welcome, there’s wholesome ingredients for our four-legged family members.

Expect a décor full of bright shades of pink, orange and green, and big rubber bouncy balls serving as seats. But if you’re looking for “traditional”, you won’t find it here. Besides the uniquely sculpted candy-clay cakes shaped like candy skulls, extra-large sushi rolls, and many more, Soraci intends to offer additional pre-made goodies such as drumsticks and ‘iscream’ cake cups sometime in the near future.
So drop by this creative ice cream parlor at 7326 B Manchester Road…its sure to bring out the kid in you!

Contact information (two locations):

I Scream Cakes’

7326 B Manchester Road

Maplewood, MO 63143

Phone: (314) 240-5677


2641 Cherokee Street

St. Louis, MO 63118

Phone: (314) 932-5758

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