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Saturday October 3

Saturday October 10

Saturday October 17

Total Club Hits 3 CD Release Party

DJ Set

A Live Performance

Saturday October 24 Live Video Mix Show by acclaimed Producer/DJ Jay E

Wednesday October 28 Tickets available

Saturday October 31 Old Skool Costume Contest $3000 cash & prizes

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DIYStyle presents LAUNCH (DAY EVENT)


Project Runway’s Jillian Lewis leads a panel of judges to choose the $30,000 grand-prize winner from among the top 6 Bakers Project: Design! finalists as they compete on the Saint Louis Fashion Week runway.

DIYStyle presents a runway show featuring their own DIYStyle designs plus four debut collections: Conjetta by Connie Bourgeois, Allyce King Designs by Allyce King, ML by Maggie Laskowitz and Stiles by Courtney Stiles.

(VIP: 6Pm | DOORS: 7Pm)




Fashion Group International presents a runway show featuring St. Louis’ Rising Star designers: The Exquisite Corpse by Michael Drummond, Laura Kathleen by Laura Kathleen Planck, MICHAEL SHEAD EST. 1987 by Michael Shead, REIGN by Paul Gibson, TRASBISCUIT by AJ Thouvenot and Ryan Coyne and Penny Rae Vintage by Melissa Rae Brown.

Bakers presents CURRENT

Bakers presents EmERGE

Four of St. Louis’ top boutiques present a sneak peek of Fall’s most sought after designer collections. Byrd Style Lounge, Ivy Hill, Mary Jane’s and Valerie Mills hit the runway with looks from Alexander McQueen, Sunner, Voom by Joy Han, Michael Stars and more.

Hot off London Fashion Week, Bolongaro Trevor returns to Saint Louis Fashion Week for the U.S. debut of their Spring 2010 Collection alongside a full-throttle, high-velocity showing by high-end streetwear brand, TRIM and NY-based, indiemusic-scene darlings, Love Brigade.

(VIP: 6Pm | DOORS: 7P)

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Shop Fashion Week designers and the St. Louis Craft Mafia’s top handmade labels. Meet designers, shop sample sales, trunk shows, jewelry designers and indie artists all under one roof at Lumière Place.

Shop Fashion Week designers and the St. Louis Craft Mafia’s top handmade labels. Meet designers, shop sample sales, trunk shows, jewelry designers and indie artists all under one roof at Lumière Place.

(11Am - 5Pm)

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SAT, OCTOBER 17 Bakers presents SURFACE Cult. Art. Fashion. Experience the Midwest runway debut of Nice Collective. One of the world’s most influential cult fashion brands, Nice Collective joins innovative menswear juggernaut Wrath Arcane and revolutionary avant garde knitwear label, Skif.


Lemonade. Alcohol. What’s not to like?

Look for our seasonaL edition mike’s hard pink Lemonade™ At Mike’s, we’ve got a reputation for being hard, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a soft side too. This fall, we’re making a special edition pink lemonade to support research aimed at preventing and curing breast cancer as well as making a $250K donation to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Premium Malt Beverage. TM is a trademark and ® is a registered trademark of Mike’s Hard Lemonade Co., Seattle, WA. Please drink responsibly.

Richard Sandoval likes Trinitario White.

Charlie Trotter chooses Grand Lait.

Nobu Matsuhisa uses Guayaquil Bittersweet.

Jean-Georges Vongerichten prefers Dark Caraibe.

The one thing chefs agree on is the water.

The finest cacao grows in the verdant latitudes between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. It’s also where the finest water comes from, which is why so many chefs serve FIJI. With its refreshing taste and soft feel on the palate, it’s the ideal accompaniment to their exquisite cuisine. Choose well. Drink FIJI. © 2009 FIJI Water Company LLC. All rights reserved. FW2430

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Let’s give the Packers, Vikings, Colts, Saints, Cardinals, Seahawks, Texans and 49ers a proper St. Louis welcome. We’ll bring the hits. You bring the decibels.





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L’École Culinaire is pleased to present our cooking classes for the public. These classes offer the opportunity to learn fun, innovative ways of preparing meals with the added bonus of a percentage of the price benefiting a local charity. Please join us for a cooking experience with polish, panache and some great recipes. Go to for more information. Call 314-587-2433 to register!

December 12 10am-2pm October 17


Jamaican & Caribbean Grilling

“No man is an island, Jack...” but everyone dreams about spending time on one. “Get your jerk on Mon!” Chef will guide you through the jerk sauces, rubs and complimentary side dishes for any perfect Jamaican festivities. $50 per attendee. (20% of all proceeds will benefit Judevine Center for Autism)

Bento Box

Think sushi is something which only comes from a master chef’s kitchen? Our chef will show you that anyone can make their own delicious sushi, tempura and perfect rice at home.

$75 per attendee. (20% of all proceeds will benefit Asian Center at the St. Louis County Library)

Beyond the Jar… Making Baby Food at Home Making baby’s food at home will not only give you total control over what is actually going into your baby’s food, but you will have a comforting sense of knowing that it is free of additives and free of preservatives. $50 per attendee. (20% of all proceeds will benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation)

Chicken with a Mission

Learn how to use not just part of the bird, but the whole bird. You will learn how to break down a whole “chickie” and utilize all of its parts like a professional chef. $50 per attendee. (20% of all proceeds will benefit Haven House)

“Little Chef” Classes, for children ages 8+


Offering Diploma in Culinary Essentials and Associate of Occupational Studies Degree in Culinary Arts and Culinary Management

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6-8pm October 10

Culinary instruction for those pursuing professional achievement.

12-2pm September 25 6-8pm September 18 6-8pm


It’s the “Fabulous Pumpkin!” Pumpkin Carving Class

Halloween is right around the corner, and you need some new creepy and original ideas for your pumpkins this year! Chef will demonstrate and instruct hands-on carving technique for your big orange friends. $25 for Parent and Child to attend with $5 per additional family member, a maximum of two children per adult. (20% of all proceeds will benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation)

Gingerbread House Decorating

Bring the whole family to decorate your holiday gingerbread masterpiece. Learn icing technique hands-on, professional decorating tips from Chef and spend some quality time with your little ones during this hectic but happy time of year.

$40 will cover one gingerbread house per parent and child pair. To add a house it is $10 for each additional child in the same family. There is a maximum of two children per adult. (20% of all proceeds will benefit Lydia’s House)


october 2009 | vol. 6 | issue 10

cover story 68. a moveable feast How St. Louisan Danny Meyer came to own NYC’s dining scene.

features 70. B UILDING EMPIRES:

ST. LOUIS’ KINGS & QUEENS OF CUISINE The reigning restaurant superstars shaping the St. Louis culinary scene.



60 departments 26. from the publishing team 28. from the editor 31. Contributors 32. Social scene 36. STL NOW 7 things you must do this month.

38. CALENDAR The Taste of St. Louis, Paramore and Lily Tomlin.

40. SCENE FUZE Slenderize cocktails and 85 Lashes Rum.

42. Buzz A look at Downtown’s much-anticipated grocery store, Culinaria-A Schnucks Market.

68 ALIVE, October 2009, Volume 6, Issue 10 (Periodical #025095) is published monthly by ALIVE Media Group, L.L.C., 50 Maryland Plaza, Fourth Floor, St. Louis, MO 63108. Periodicals Postage paid at St. Louis, MO, and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to ALIVE, 50 Maryland Plaza, Fourth Floor, St. Louis, MO 63108. One-year subscription rate $12.00; two-year subscription rate $18.00. To order a subscription call, 314.446.4059 or log on to

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44. INTERVIEW Pi owner Chris Sommers talks pizza, expansion and his most famous fan. 46.  HOT BLOCK Associate Editor Sheniqua Faulkner takes us on a tour of Kirkwood.

48. get involved Learn how you can help the St. Louis chapter of Autism Speaks meet its $1 million goal this year.

50. STYLE Stay on-trend day or night with fabulous purple pieces.

fashion 60. A FALL OF MOONDUST This season, fashion journeys to a space-age fantasy defined by droid-worthy legs, cyber-goddess suits and futuristic combinations of color and metal.

52. STYLE A look at Chesterfield’s sweetest boutique-meets-salon.

54. JEWELRY A Hearts on Fire diamond delivers essential glitz to the engagement ring of her dreams.

56. self October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We turn to an expert for facts on prevention.

58. LIVING Celebrate the wholesome, hearty flavors of autumn with a tender steak and wild mushroom recipe from Schnucks Cooks.

menu 106. DINING OUT The Over/Under offers an upscale spin on classic bar favorites.

108. hotspot Good things come in small packages at Taste by Niche.

110. NIGHTLIFE Modern décor and creative cocktails set the scene at Red Kitchen and Bar.

scene 122. SCENE IN ST. LOUIS Caught on camera at Black Label Gallery Lounge, HOME Nightclub and the Streetballers movie premiere after-party.

Top left photo by Attilio D’Agostino; Top right photo by Jay Fram; Bottom right photo by Josh Monken; Bottom left photo by Meghan Petersen


 wo St. Louis couples make T Mexico the destination of their dream weddings.

Publisher / Co-founder: Elizabeth Tucker Editor-In-Chief / Co-founder: Attilio D’Agostino Executive Editor / Co-founder: Kelly Hamilton

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Elizabeth Tucker

Contributing Writers

Kristin Stefek Brashares, Amy De La Hunt, Jennifer Dulin Wiley Art

Art Director: Annette Gleason Creative Consultant: David Hsia Contributing Graphic Designer: Aaron Lewis

Editor-in-Chief / Co-founder

Attilio D’Agostino

Contributing Photographers

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Senior Account Executive: Jill Gubin Account Executives: Drew Owen, Brigid Pritchard business

Business Director & Distribution Manager: Lindsey Heintz MARKETING

Executive Editor / Co-founder

Kelly Hamilton

Sales & Marketing Representative: Jason Nichols Marketing & Events Coordinator: Jill Schroeder Interns

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Elizabeth Tucker, Attilio D’Agostino and Jill Manoff photographed by Rick Gould; Kelly Hamilton and Sheniqua Faulkner photographed by Tuan Lee; Cristy Miller photographed by Bob Pitts

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letter from the alive publishing team

We first worked with Mother Model Management’s Kayla Travers in early 2008 when she starred in a beauty editorial in our Spring Fashion Issue. Since, we have been excited to watch her career grow, from the runways of Marc by Marc Jacobs and Rebecca Taylor to national ad campaigns for such fashion companies as Charles David. For this month’s fashion spread (“A Fall of Moondust,” p.58), we worked with Kayla, braving steep sand dunes in the latest futuristic fashions—including knits and separates by Saint Louis Fashion Week designers Skif and Trashbiscuit and shoes exclusively by Bakers.

Jill Schroeder, Sheniqua Faulkner & Cristy Miller at Kennedy Yanko’s exhibit at ABSTRAKT Gallery.

This month was a flurry of anticipated parties and events. We headed to Black Label Gallery Lounge in Chouteau’s Landing for Connect With…The Arts on August 13, where we enjoyed entertainment by performers from Circus Flora and the Missouri History Museum and got interactive at the art stations set up by the Saint Louis Art Museum and Missouri Botanical Garden. Nikki Weinstein, Shane Cohn, Tony Gaddis and NewsChannel 5’s Casey Nolen were among the attendees who were treated to an evening of music, mingling and live entertainment. On August 20, The Pepper Lounge was the place to be for the after-party of the Streetballers movie premiere. Castmates Justin Tatum, Ryan Johnson, Slim, Wonnie and Adrieanne Perez reunited for a star-studded evening. In addition to crewmembers including writer/ director/star Matt Krentz and producers Craig Thomas, Patrick Rooney and Vernon Whitlock, New York Knicks player Larry Hughes, Jahidi White of the Cleveland Cavaliers and St. Lunatic Kyjuan were also in attendance. Join us this month for All-American Throwdown: Search for St. Louis’ Best Burger on Sunday, October 25 at the DeBaliviere neighborhood in the Central West End, and watch as six St. Louis chefs battle it out to make the best version of the American classic. For more info ,log on to

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Kelly Hamilton, Chris Rubin de la Borbolla & Yoko Kiyoi at Kennedy Yanko’s exhibit at ABSTRAKT Gallery.

Jill Schroeder & John Bratkowski at the Streetballers Premiere After-Party.

Elizabeth Tucker



Saturday at 7:30pm & Sunday at 2pm The music of John Williams has transported us beyond our imagination. To new worlds. Through heart-pounding adventures. Be there at Powell Hall as the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and David Robertson perform all your John Williams favorites, including music from Superman, Harry Potter, Star Wars and more!

David Robertson, conductor

BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY: 314-534-1700 or Bring your group—and save! Call 314-286-4155 for details. Powell Hall is located at 718 N. Grand Boulevard.

letter from the editor


n St. Louis’ culinary community, a lot’s been happening lately. While restaurant openings have slowed dramatically since mid-’08, something on the rise has been expansion. Many established St. Louis restaurant owners are leveraging their success to launch new concepts while others are building on their existing enterprises.

This year we saw several local restaurateurs adding second and third concepts to their portfolios of projects. Take Pat Shannon, owner of Mike Shannon’s Steaks and Seafood restaurant, who also co-owns Lumen Private Event Space Downtown. This year, she launched Midtown’s new El Borracho, a Mexican cantina that offers affordable eats until 2:30am—filling a need for Downtown diners. Or Munsok So, owner of The Drunken Fish’s three St. Louis locations—despite the recession (and perhaps because of it), he sees opportunity in the challenge of rolling out additional Drunken Fish locations in other cities this year. And while it may not be surprising to see that Joe Edwards, who has continuously hatched new concepts over the last 35 years, has added a hotel to his list of businesses, is nonetheless deserving of a big pat on the back for bringing St. Louis a boutique hotel (finally!). All in all, hanging out with these visionary foodies—with their tireless enthusiasm, endless creativity and utmost attention to detail—left us inspired. We hope you feel the same after reading their profiles (“Building Empires,” p.70), written by contributing writer/food lover Amy De La Hunt and photographed by talented local lensman Jay Fram. Amy really had her hands full this month—she also found time to catch up with cover boy Danny Meyer, acclaimed NYC restaurant mogul who hails from St. Louis. The John Burroughs grad has stayed pretty busy himself, launching several new hotspots over the last two years. His newest venture, Maialino, opens next month in Gramercy Park Hotel. Though we’re sure it will get rave reviews (read more about his accolades in “A Moveable Feast,” p.68), we can’t wait to make it to New York to try it for ourselves. Another new spot we’re particularly excited about is Taste by Niche. Adjacent to Gerard Craft’s ever-popular dining destination in Benton Park that has received much national attention over the last several years, Taste promises to please as well with its rustic food, classic cocktails and intimate, urban vibe. Read more about why you need to make reservations there now on p.108. Bon Appetit!

Kelly Hamilton Executive Editor & Co-founder

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Whether you live, work or play downtown, you’ll love Culinaria – downtown St. Louis’ first, full-service fresh food store and pharmacy! You’ll find an extensive selection of prepared foods and upscale offerings including craft beers and world-class wines. Dine in, get Kaldi’s to go or enjoy a tasty bite from our Grille or Pizzeria.

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Kristin Stefek Brashares photographed by Anna Seltzer; Self-portrait by Josh Monken; Self-portrait by Jay Fram; Amy De La Hunt photographed by Katie Clancy

After interviewing two St. Louis brides on all the details behind their extraordinarily executed destination weddings, regular contributor Kristin Stefek Brashares found no shortage of things to write about. She uncovers all the magical moments of the extended celebrations—from a beachside salsa party to a surprise fireworks display—in “Once Upon a Time in Mexico” (p.78).

Jay Fram takes pictures. When he’s not behind the camera, he blogs about people he meets, lighting he covets and images that are more than jpegs at His work has appeared in Newsweek, The Guardian, XXL, Country Living, ESPN Rise and The Chronicle of Higher Education. This month he makes his debut in ALIVE, photographing St. Louis restaurateurs in “Building Empires” (p.70).

Josh Monken is a freelance commercial and wedding photographer based in St. Louis. He keeps it varied and interesting by shooting all manner of assignments: corporate, events, lifestyle, editorial, food. Josh lives to meet new people and experience different aspects of his hometown. Josh is a regular contributor to ALIVE, and his portfolio is available at

Upon moving to St. Louis from Germany, Amy De La Hunt happened to land on the editorial staff of a fledgling foodie magazine called Sauce. After five years, she expanded her freelance writing to include topics like entertainment, tourism and family life. Our region’s vibrant food scene remains a favorite beat. For this issue, she interviewed the owners behind many of the places she enjoys dining (“Building Empires,” p.70) as well as someone whose New York restaurants she’d love to visit someday, restaurateur Danny Meyer (p.68).

socialscene Downtown Restaurant Week 2009 August 3-9> The 5th Annual Downtown Restaurant Week presented by Lumière Place and Terrazas de los Andes wine set a new record with over 19,500 diners enjoying weeklong dining deals at 25 Downtown restaurants including Cielo, Mike Shannon’s, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Top of the Riverfront and Lombardo’s. The promotion raised almost $10,000 for Operation Food Search with the Lucas Park Grille staff collecting the most Extra Helpings donations. Photo by Ryan Walsh

The Lucas Park Grille staff: Tabatha Wiggins, Nicholas O’Brian, Sharon Winslow, Jessica Mahr & Kemper Brown

Kickball for a Cause August 29> The Young Friends of St. Louis Children’s Hospital once again held its annual “Kickball for a Cause” event in Shaw Park on August 29. Over 400 people and 32 teams came together on a beautiful Saturday in St. Louis to raise over $30,000 for the SPOT (Supporting Positive Opportunities with Teens), a youth drop-in center funded through support from St. Louis Children’s Hospital. A special thanks to all of the sponsors and players for making this year’s event such a wonderful success. Photos by ALIVE Scene Team

Kickball for a Cause teams in action

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Rachel Brengartner & Danielle Ladath

Carrie Bivens & Kurt Grimme

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Océano Bistro Presents the St. Louis Guest Chef Charity Dinner Series August 20 Océano Bistro in Clayton hosted its monthly chef charity dinner, a unique series that invites guest chefs from St. Louis restaurants to cook and host a private dinner, with proceeds benefiting a charity of their choice. The August dinner created by Chef Kevin Nashan of Sidney Street Café included a spectacular meal of sweetbreads, crispy pork belly and delicious a dessert. The event benefited Healing the Children, a nonprofit organization that is passionately committed to securing donated medical care for children in need from the United States and abroad. For more information on the Océano Bistro charity dinner series, visit Photos by ALIVE Scene Team

Madeleine Meeks, Natalie Essman & Dan McKeown

Brian Whitcraft, Kevin Nashan, Chris Bolyard, Kristin Axley & Jon Lowe

Kim Claytto, Lisa Taylor & Irene Mills

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Kennedy Yanko at Abstrakt Gallery August 27 Kennedy Yanko’s exhibit, Wu-Wei, at ABSTRAKT was a huge success. ABSTRAKT art gallery opened its doors to the St. Louis community on August 27 to present Yanko’s exhibit. Crowds were larger than expected, estimated at over 300 people. Yanko’s exhibit will be on display through the end of October. ABSTRAKT’s philanthropic mission was in full swing, raising thousands for its partnering charity, College Bound. ABSTRAKT features exhibits from world-renowned artists and provides space for events and business meetings. The gallery is located at the corner of Arsenal (1902) and Lemp (314.577.0342),

Erika Zoll, founder of College Bound

Photos by Kristin Scully Kennedy Yanko & Naomi Silver Amy Anderson, Paco Rosic, Kim Smith & Mark Fournier

upcoming event Spare Nothing for the Cure

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Kristin and Ben Scully, Kennedy Yanko, & Scott and Tricia Scully

Bowl for a good cause on Sunday, October 11 at Brunswick Zone Chesterfield for the first Spare Nothing for the Cure, a bowling event benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure St. Louis. For just $30 per person or $180 per lane (six people, max.), you get two hours of bowling and shoe rental. The event will also include cosmic bowling, raffle baskets, a silent auction and more. For more info, visit or call 314.569.3900. Michael McMillan & Johnny Furr

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Saint Louis Fashion Week

To fashion devotees’ delight, Saint Louis Fashion Week returns to Lumière Place Casino & Hotels October 12-18. Catch the week’s worth of shows, including the Spring/ Summer 2010 collections of TRIM, Bolongaro Trevor, Love Brigade, Skif, Nice Collective, Wrath Arcane, “Project Runway”’s Jillian Lewis, the finalists in the online Project:Design! Designer contest and many more. For more info and to purchase tickets, log on to

Don’t miss Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas when he comes to St. Louis October 31 at the Fox Theatre. Showing off his multi-platinum singing/songwriting abilities in his second solo album, “Cradlesong” after a successful solo debut album, “Something To Be,” it appears this talented pop rock star shows no signs of slowing. Cost: $43.50-$53.50. (527 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center) For more info and to purchase tickets,

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Quickly becoming one of the largest fests in the country (October 9-11), the Soulard Oktoberfest features music, brews and brats, as well as the Miss Soulard Oktoberfest Pageant, Tums’ sausage-eating competition, the Arch Rival Roller Girls, and new to the event lineup, the Microbrew Competition and Taste, featuring over 30 varieties of German-style beer. $5 admission. For more info, log on to



This month St. Louis hosts its first Farm Aid concert—the long-running benefit concert series that’s raised over $35 million for Ameri-

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can farmers. Support the cause while taking in shows by Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Dave Matthews and John Mellencamp on October 4 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. Cost: $39-$79. (14141 Riverport Dr., Maryland Heights). For more info and to purchase tickets,

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Now in its fifth year, The St. Louis Wine Festival is pouring into town October 3-4, with over 200 wines from around the world, live music and great food. The fall festival is held at the Grand Basin in Forest Park and includes many top local restaurants including Morton’s Steakhouse and McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant in addition to Master Chef Daniel Joly (named the youngest “Best Chef in Belgium”) from Mirabella in Colorado. Be sure to sample both wines and beers this year. Cost: $20 in advance; $25 at the door. For more info and to purchase tickets,

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one mission: to find the best burger. Head to the Metropolis DeBaliviere neighborhood in the Central West End for the All-American Throwdown: Search for St. Louis’ Best Burger from 12pm-4pm to watch, taste and vote as chefs from your favorite St. Louis restaurants battle it out for bragging rights. Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Admission includes six burgers, complimentary cocktails, wine tasting and live entertainment. For more info and to purchase tickets, log on to


Electro-dance music duo Ghostland Observatory will headline the Southern Comfort Presents: underCOVER show this month on October 15 at The Pageant. With an opening of old school beats and new school hits by DJ Lord of Public Enemy, the one-of-a-kind event is free, and fans must text “STLOUIS” to 68405 to receive the show’s ticket code. Attendees will get to vote on-site for a song for the band to cover during the encore. 21+ only. Time: 8pm (6161 Delmar Blvd., The Loop). For more info,

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ALIVE will bring together six of St. Louis top chefs on Sunday, October 25 for

Top photo courtesy of Saint Louis Fashion Week.


Where do you go from here? Tough question, but University College, Washington University’s continuing education program, may just have the answer. Mapping out the road for your life can be as easy as taking this first step. Come mingle with the rest of us who are at a crossroads. Maybe together, we’ll figure out which direction to go.


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Calendar: October This month’s St. Louis arts, culture and entertainment agenda. By Kristen Stefek Brashares

Miley Cyrus’ national tour makes a stop at Scottrade Center.

BEST OF MISSOURI MARKET October 3-4, Missouri Botanical Garden


Wood sculptures and relic-centric photographs created from St. Louis subject matter by five local artists—Susan Nanny, Marsha Sanguinette, David R. Hanlon, Jim Sabo and Mark Florida—reveal the passage of time and make for a must-see multimedia exhibit. For more info, visit or call 314.664.6644 (2300 Cherokee St., Soulard).

Shop and sample your home state’s finest produce, candies, meats, seasonings, sauces and other fare in this 18th annual event. Be sure to block off a couple hours—and come on an empty stomach—as the vendors span rows upon rows under enormous tents. For more info, visit or call 314.577.9400 (4344 Shaw Blvd., Tower Grove). MUSIC MILEY CYRUS WITH METRO STATION October 4, Scottrade Center

Images and forms contrast at phd gallery.

Teen superstar and Hannah Montana alterego Miley Cyrus’ concert tour makes a stop in St. Louis, pleasing teenyboppers (and a gradual following of older audiences). Her half-brother Trace Cyrus performs as vocalist and guitarist with opening rock band Metro Station. Cost: $39.50-$79.50. Tickets on sale at or 314.241.1888 (1401 Clark Ave., Downtown). PARAMORE October 7, The Pageant

The city’s beloved outdoor sculpture park proves it’s beautiful on the inside, too, with a fall gallery exhibition on environmental art. Mix and mingle with other art aficionados and meet the artist during the opening reception from 6pm8pm on Friday, October 9. For more info, visit or call 314.615.5278 (12580 Rott Rd., Sunset Hills). FIVE CENTURIES OF JAPANESE SCREENS October 18-January 3, Saint Louis Art Museum

Witness a rare pairing of traditional and modern Japanese folding screens—on paper and silk and lacquer and ceramic respectively— in a joint presentation by the Saint Louis Art Museum and Art Institute of Chicago. Tickets on sale at and 314.534.1111. Free entry on Friday. For more info, visit (One Fine Arts Dr., Forest Park). FESTIVALS LOOP IN MOTION October 2-3, The Loop

The city’s always-happening six-block stretch of shops, restaurants and music venues celebrates itself this month with a culture-filled celebration featuring art, music, dance and more. For info, visit (The Loop) TASTE OF ST. LOUIS October 2-4, Soldier’s Memorial

Downtown’s mouthwatering block party solves the too-many-new-restaurants, too-little-timeto-try-them-all dilemma with savory samples from 40 exceptional local eateries. Also on the menu: celebrity chef appearances, hot local bands and art displays. For more info, visit (12th & Market). 38 ALIVE STL October 2009

Openers for No Doubt earlier this summer and loved by Twilight fans across the country, this Grammy-nominated rock band is back again, this time as headliners with a hot new album. Indie and punk rockers Paper Route and The Swellers, respectively, round out the show. Cost: $29.50. Tickets on sale at or 314.241.1888 (6161 Delmar Blvd., The Loop). THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS October 9, The Pageant

Fans of these zany alternative rockers are in for a treat as the band plans to break out some old-school, stick-in-your-head songs—“Particle Man,” “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)” and “Birdhouse in Your Soul”—in a special performance of the entire album “Flood.” Cost: $22-$25. Tickets on sale at or 314.241.1888 (6161 Delmar Blvd., The Loop). BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND October 25, Scottrade Center

Hot off a string of sold-out shows, The Boss and his famous backups stop in St. Louis to perform an evening of lighter-flicking rock-nroll classics and new releases on the “Working on a Dream” tour. Cost: $29.50-$89. Tickets on sale at or 314.241.1888 (1401 Clark Ave., Downtown). THEATER UNBEATABLE! October 15-November 22, Playhouse at Westport

Get your sisters, girlfriends, moms and daughters together to see this powerful new musical during National Breast Cancer Awareness month. The story combines drama and comedy in telling the journey of a busy young professional who is diagnosed with stage three breast cancer and her life is suddenly thrusted in a new direction. Alvin

J. Siteman Cancer Center, along with several other cancer advocacy groups in the area, invite breast cancer survivors to see the show for free during “Survivor Week,” October 8-14. Tickets on sale at or 314.534.1111 (635 Westport Plaza, Creve Coeur). COMEDY LILY TOMLIN October 3, Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center

Comedian-actress Lily Tomlin (“Laugh-In,” “Nine to Five”) transforms into her classically hilarious characters (wisecracking operator Ernestine and bratty-youngster-in-a-rockingchair Edith Ann, for instance) in a one-woman show that’s sure to leave the audience in stitches. Tickets on sale at or 314.516.4949 (UMSL, One University Blvd., Florissant). key

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Slenderize Your Spirits Keep your cocktail low-cal with FUZE’s line of flavored beverages. By Cristy Miller | Photo by Josh Monken

> Like many waist-conscious consumers,

I’m always looking for beverages that deliver taste without the extra calories. Enter FUZE Slenderize, a low-carb and low sugar line of flavored beverages enhanced with vitamins and minerals. Their tagline, “refreshingly smart,” says it all. With sweet, fresh flavors like Blueberry-Raspberry, Tropical Punch and Strawberry-Melon and made with metabolism-boosting ingredients like L-Carnitine and vitamin C, Slenderize replenishes, quenches your thirst, and doesn’t add calories.

Smart Substitute Slenderize makes it easy to sip at the office or bar—being calorie-conscious doesn’t mean you have to cut cocktails from your weekend routine. Substitute a Slenderize for a high-calorie mixer; try one of the FUZE recipes, like my favorite, the Power Punch. Made with Tropical Punch and coconut rum, it’s refreshing and light and is always a hit when I entertain at home. Look for other must-try flavors like Tangerine-Grapefruit and Cranberry-Raspberry at your local grocer and create your own cocktails while saving on calories.

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FUZE Slenderize Swap the standard mixer for Slenderize with one of these delicious FUZE recipes.

FUZE Berry Blizzard FUZE Slenderize Blueberry-Raspberry 1 oz. raspberry vodka Mixing Instructions: Crush some ice coarsely, just large enough to chill a tall glass. Pour in FUZE and add raspberry vodka of your choice. Stir and add crushed ice. Chill 5 minutes before drinking.

FUZE Power Punch 1 oz. coconut rum FUZE Tropical Punch 1 oz. Chambord Mixing Instructions: Pour rum and FUZE in a glass filled with ice. Splash with Chambord and stir.

THE PROOF IS IN THE RUM The boys behind Amalgamated Brewing Company and The Stable have debuted a new rum called 85 Lashes (the name refers to the proof of the rum). Made at The Stable’s micro-distillery, the rum is handcrafted with 100% sugar cane and molasses and aged at barrel strength of 160 proof in French Oak. The result is a well-crafted, distinct rum—available at The Stable by the bottle or the glass and other select venues (1821 Cherokee St., Benton Park, 314.771.8500).

FUZE Meltaway Melon 1 oz. melon liquor 1 oz. watermelon vodka FUZE Slenderize Strawberry Melon

NEW URBAN ART CAFE The Urban Studio Café is now open Downtown in the Old North St. Louis neighborhood. The nonprofit café focuses on generating funds to assist neighborhood programs and serves Kaldi’s coffee, sandwiches, scones, bagels and smoothies (2815 N. 14th St., Downtown).

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Mixing Instructions: Fill a tall glass with ice. Pour in melon liquor and vodka. Top off with FUZE and stir.

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Breaking New Ground Schnucks packs Downtown’s Culinaria with new features and well-priced groceries. By Amy De La Hunt | Photos by Josh Monken { inside look }

culinaria Your sup, sip and shop guide to Downtown’s new urban market. Pizzeria Order a slice or a whole pie. The handrolled dough is topped with homemade sauce and cheese (Provel or mozzarella, your call) and baked in pizza ovens next to the prepared foods counter. Calzones, by-the-slice and breakfast pizzas are also available. Kaldi’s coffee and Benito’s gelato bar Two family-owned businesses are featured here: Kaldi’s coffees and Benito’s gelato, from Cecily Hoffius and Judy Bellos of Ces and Judy’s Catering. And don’t overlook the smoothies, with a variety of flavors and made with soy protein powder. Grille Meatball sandwiches, steak sandwiches, pork tenderloin...The Grille can also cook burgers, steaks, brats, franks and quesadillas to order here—and they can be eaten on-site while they’re hot. Thanks to its restaurant license, Culinaria offers mezzanine seating for 54 and outdoor patio seating for 64.

> Things move fast at Culinaria, the new Downtown

supermarket at the corner of 9th and Olive Streets. Built by Schnucks, but unlike any Schnucks you’ve seen before, this upscale urban market showcases innovations like an ordering kiosk that replaces pull-tag deli waiting lines and a single-queue checkout system where the goal is to have customers ringing up within a minute. Ambitious? Yes. So far it’s working, according to store manager Tom Collora, a 40-year Schnucks veteran, who says, “Sales have been beyond our expectations.” The 21,000-square-foot store—only a third the size of a typical Schnucks—is reconfigured to hold about half the number of items, plus a full-service pharmacy, meat and seafood department, deli, sandwich counter, coffee bar, floral department, wine section and more. Collora spent months coordinating with Downtown residents to make sure Culinaria offered what they wanted. Many anticipated that having a full-scale grocery store was one of the final steps to the continued growth of Downtown St. Louis. Efficient Concepts Much of the store’s sales involve small orders and readyto-eat food, so there’s a higher number of associates than at other locations. Services include time-savers like call-ahead ordering (they’ll key your prepared food order into the kiosk to be picked up 10 minutes later) and a special cooler where lunch break shoppers can store their goods until after work, then have it delivered to their cars outside or in the 14-story parking garage. Some amenities—the Kaldi’s coffee bar and the Grille for sandwiches and burgers—are popping up in other new or renovated stores, but only this location has them all. In addition, the new Culinaria label on ultra-premium pasta, sauces and other items may be on shelves soon at a Schnucks near you. But in the meantime, city residents couldn’t be happier for this Downtown milestone.

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The prepared food kiosk offers fresh options aplenty.

Prepared foods Most of Culinaria’s prepared foods are made in the store every day, including both entrees and side dishes (which can be purchased as a ready-to-eat combo for $6.99, or by the pound to heat later). Portions are generous, and “the value of those lunchtime meals has been a great source of compliments,” says Lori Willis, public relations director for Schnucks. Bistro salads and fresh soups No little packets here—the salad dressings are all made in-house, as are the soups and salads. Even the croutons. And if you don’t see your favorite on the menu, the cooks will toss your combination right at the salad bar.

The wine bar on the second floor offers a wide selection of wine, beers and spirits.

second-floor wine bar This 700-wine space would be impressive even without the free wine and beer tastings each week. The spacious 6,000 square-foot second floor features a seating area and live music on weekend evenings. Beverage manager Joe Parisi oversees all the wines, beers, spirits and the coffee bar—and still finds time to study toward becoming a Certified Wine Specialist.

Join Us for an Evening of Celebration

fifth year anniversary October 15, 2009 Tony Barbata Jazz Trio 5–9pm DJ StoneStreet 10pm–2am Drink Specials Door Prizes Complimentary Appetizers

Please join us in celebrating the role Lucas Park Grille has played in the development & continued success of Washington Avenue. This downtown event is not to be missed.

1234 Washington Avenue, Saint Louis, Missouri 63103 | Tel: 314.241.7770


Deep Thoughts on Pizza By Amy de la Hunt | Photo by Liz Reiff Sloan

> Barely 18 months into operation, Pi, the prodigious pizza-maker, has two locations, a third on the way and an eye on possibilities outside St. Louis. It’s a whirlwind expansion for owners Chris Sommers and Frank Uible, whose fledging business boomed thanks in part to a high-profile customer: President Barack Obama. He noshed on Pi’s pizza during a St. Louis campaign stop last October and invited Pi staff to cook at the White House earlier this year. But before Obama gave Pi the thumbs up, the original location in The Loop was already thriving, and Sommers—a St. Louis native who fell under the spell of deep-dish pizza while living in San Francisco—had already envisioned a second location and decided to expand to Kirkwood, where Pi Squared will open this month.

ALIVE: How did you get into the pizza business? Chris Sommers: Probably adult ADD is what led me to it. I thought if I ever made money, I would invest in restaurants, not knowing that I would own one outright. I still have my day job, but I’ll be leaving at the end of October to focus on the restaurants. ALIVE: Tell us about the deep-dish, San Francisco-style pizza that Pi is known for—a cornmeal crust is somewhat new to St. Louis. CS: There are probably more places in San Francisco doing a real, true cornmeal crust, though deep-dish certainly has its origins in Chicago. I’d say that the quality—and certainly the consistency in the taste and texture of Chicago-style pizza— has gone downhill. What you find in San Francisco are people getting back to the roots of a deep-dish cornmeal crust [that was introduced by Ike Sewell in the 1940s]. Most people don’t know what it used to be like, they just know what they would get at Giordano’s [the famous Chicago chain] now, which is about twice the volume per slice as my pizza. A lot of people shy away from it, particularly in a thin-crust town like St. Louis. ALIVE: I loved how the deep-dish crust has a umami mouthfeel. What’s the secret behind that? CS: That’s the olive oil and butter that we use.

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There’s butter in the deep-dish crust; the thin crust is vegan, but many of our pizzas are brushed with olive oil. That’s our number-one expense in the kitchen, our olive oil, followed by our cheese. ALIVE: Pi was one of the first sustainable eateries in St. Louis and has been committed to being eco-friendly since it opened. Was this a part of its concept from the beginning? CS: From the day I conceptualized the restaurant, it was a no-brainer for me that it had to be that way. It’s unfortunate that it took so long for other people to come on board with that, but you don’t hear of a restaurant opening these days without some type of sustainability mission. At least in the upper-end ones, everybody’s talking about local and talking about green. ALIVE: Your Kirkwood location will use solar power. Tell me about your the plan for the third location. CS: It’s on the northern end of the Central West End. The bar and restaurant will open around Thanksgiving. It will be an LEED-certified, nonsmoking venue with a killer cocktail list that’s being developed by one of the top mixologists in the country, H. Joseph Ehrmann [of Elixir in San Francisco]. The original Pi is located at 6144 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.727.6633.

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A look at pizza styles across the U.S.





Wide, thin and easily foldable

Traditional— tomato sauce and mozzarella


Buttery and formed several inches higher around the rim

Large amounts of tomato sauce, cheese and Italian sausage

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Thin, cracker-like

Provel cheese and traditional meat and veggie toppings


Resembles NYstyle crust but a touch thicker

Traditional toppings and slightly sweeter sauce


Thin but with crisp edges and soft in the middle

Nontraditional and varied, from goat cheese to bean sprouts to guacamole

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Hot Block: Downtown Kirkwood This month, ALIVE’s resident woman-about-town Sheniqua Faulkner plays like a local in the heart of Kirkwood. By Sheniqua Faulkner | Photos by Courtney Strong

> As a Wash Ave. loft-dweller, I’m drawn to an everythingwithin-walking-distance lifestyle. That’s why I love losing myself in Downtown Kirkwood for a day, where the bustle of city life and the charming, laidback ease of a smallish town gently intersect. With over 100 specialty shops and restaurants, scenic tree-lined streets and lots of free parking, Downtown Kirkwood is a hot block I visit whenever I want to spend some quiet quality time with me, myself and I.





w. Madison ave.

N. Kirkwood Rd.

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s. clay ave.

My first stop whenever I’m in the area is always Kaldi’s Coffeehouse for a yummy café mocha; it’s not too sweet and has just the right amount of espresso oomph to temper the chocolately goodness. The cozy ambiance inside, replete with comfy seating areas and golden-amber lighting, is perfect for getting some work done (free wi-fi!) or relaxing with one of Kaldi’s delicious blueberry muffins and the morning news.



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1. ARGONNE GALLERY 101A W. Argonne Dr. 314.821.3010 2. BAR LOUIE 110 S. Kirkwood Rd. 314.238.2300 3. BLUSH BOUTIQUE 151 W. Jefferson Ave. 314.965.4411 4. CORNUCOPIA 107 N. Kirkwood Rd. 314.822.2440 5. CORTNEY GENE BOUTIQUE 200 S. Kirkwood Rd. 314.965.4445 6. DEWEY’S PIZZA 124 N. Kirkwood Rd. 314.821.7474 7. KALDI’S COFFEEHOUSE 120 S. Kirkwood Rd. 314.821.0087

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8. KIRKWOOD FARMERS’ MARKET 150 E. Argonne Dr. 314.822.0084 9. KIRKWOOD PUBLIC LIBRARY 140 E. Jefferson Ave. 314.821.5770 10. LA SALSA 140 S. Kirkwood Rd. 314.821.8890
 11. MADISON AVE. SALON & BOUTIQUE 141 E. Madison Ave., Suite #101 314.984.0100 12. MAVRIK FINE JEWELRY 200 S. Kirkwood Rd. 314.909.6818
 13. MCARTHUR’S BAKERY 113 N. Kirkwood Rd. 314.894.0900 14. PAPERDOLLS BOUTIQUE 110 E. Jefferson Ave. 314.965.DOLL

Every time I’m in Kirkwood, the gleaming gems in Mavrik Fine Jewelry’s storefront never fail to lure me inside. Owner Igal Alon is always eager to show his latest creations, and on this day, he shows me a breathtaking loose diamond with a double-digit carat weight that he plans to mount in a custom setting for some lucky fiancée-to-be.

15. VELLUM 120 W. Monroe Ave. 314.909.1640 Each month, ALIVE spotlights a hot STL block and the shopping, dining, nightlife and cultural destinations that make it a standout. Tell us why your block is hot at We could be coming to your neighborhood next!

Mavrik photo by Jerry Tovo; Ring photo courtesy of Mavrik Fine Jewelry.

Before too much of the day escapes, I carve out at least an hour to explore Kirkwood Farmers’ Market. Fresh produce, damp with morning dew, glisten from their stalls as the scent of delicious baked goods— pies, cakes, cookies and treats—waft through the air. My stomach growls. Lucky for me, the vendors offer samples of their goods, and I nibble on ripe melon slices and a handful of salty-sweet kettle corn as I browse. On this particular trip, I take home a pound of heirloom tomatoes and a couple of diminutive, but fiery-looking hot peppers to make homemade salsa.

Whenever I want to do a bit of boutique shopping—whether it’s for the latest looks from L.A. at Cortney Gene, a cute dress from Paperdolls or unique fashionista finds at Blush—Downtown Kirkwood never disappoints. Blush owner Sarah King (a walking fashion plate with a heart of gold) has created an inviting shopping experience, and stocks her cozy-cute store with hard-to-find pieces from the likes of Tulle, Jenny Han and latest celeb obsession, Wildfox Couture. I dare any woman I know to step foot inside any of these chic boutiques and walk away without something prizeworthy to take home.

Stylish and Affordable... Holiday Gatherings at the Saint Louis Science Center We’ve created the perfect package for a Holiday Happy Hour (or two!)…a beer and wine bar, selection of tasty hors d’oeuvres, linens, incredible venue and tabletop décor. We are certain to please your palate and your budget with a smart value price of $25 per person.

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Autism Speaks With the help of dedicated St. Louis volunteers, the local chapter of this national organization sets out to raise $1 million this year to support autism research. By Sheniqua Faulkner

> Although researchers, specialists and

doctors continue to learn more about autism with each passing year, the disorder, which affects the brain’s development of social and communication skills, largely remains a mystery. There is no known cause or cure for autism, and most of the general population knows little about it. Autism Speaks, the largest autism science and advocacy organization in the nation, strives to educate the public on the disorder as well as to help fund research, advocacy and services for families affected by autism. Chapters across the nation mobilize volunteer efforts, supporting the vision of the organization on a grassroots level.

The Cause: It is estimated that 1 in 150

Local Impact: After tallying the monies raised

through each chapter’s walk events and other fundraising efforts, Autism Speaks’ National Scientific Advisory Board chooses which institutions will receive grant monies. Over $1.6 million has been invested into autism research projects in Missouri at institutions including the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Washington University and Washington University-School of Medicine.

Get Involved: “We have a local staff of two, therefore we rely on the initiative and dedication of our local volunteer support,” says Fehlig. Help the St. Louis chapter meet its milliondollar goal by organizing your own corporate, school or family walk team during the Walk Now For Autism Speaks event in October. Lend your time and special skill set by serving on one of the numerous committees, encourage legislative action or make a tax-deductible donation. It’s through generous donors and the tireless efforts of local volunteers that the puzzle of autism will be solved. For more info on committee involvement, call 314.989.1003. For more ways to get involved with Autism Speaks, visit

alternate treatments for autism Because little is known about the cause of autism, many families seek alternative treatments to help manage some of their child’s symptoms. Some parents are interested in nutritional interventions, particularly a gluten-free/casein-free (GFCF) diet. Nutritional Intervention Some believe that children with autism have an allergy or sensitivity to foods containing gluten, a protein in grains like wheat, rye and barley—and casein, the protein in cow’s milk, and that this sensitivity causes changes in behavior. The effectiveness of the diet has not been scientifically substantiated in randomized clinical trials, but some researchers have located abnormal peptide levels in bodily fluids of people who have autism, something that may be corrected or lessened with a GFCF diet. Some parents report that their autistic child’s GFCF diet helps regulate sleep activity, bowel habits, habitual behaviors and improve speech. Parents who are curious about the GFCFautism connection should consult their child’s pediatrician before starting any restrictive diet.

Photos courtesy of Autism Speaks.

children is diagnosed with autism, making it more prevalent than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined. The St. Louis chapter of Autism Speaks has set a goal of raising $1 million this year toward propelling autism research forward. The money is funded in large part through the annual Walk Now For Autism Speaks events that take place in over 70 cities across Canada and the United Kingdom. The St. Louis walk on October 10 in Forest Park is expected to attract over 20,000 participants, anticipates

Rebecca Fehlig, executive director of the St. Louis chapter. To register, log on to

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style > From lavender and ladylike at Zac Posen to dramatic, plum-colored chiffon at J.Mendel, shades of purple were practically prerequisites for designers this FW09 runway season. Bright eggplant was a definitive characteristic of Donna Karan’s collection—where dramatic, bold-shouldered jackets stole the show. Straying from your usual palette and going grape on your next shopping trip will add instant style cachet to your closet and is one of the easiest designer trends to work into your everyday. Add a pop by way of an accessory or brave the trend from head to toe; either way, you’ll look current—without having to forgo your stance against shoulder pads.

Purple Reigns This season, staying on-trend is as simple as incorporating purple pieces into your work, weekend and date-night wardrobes. By Jill Manoff | Photos by Josh Monken




Free People dress and Urban Expressions clutch available at Blush, Kirkwood, 314.965.4411.

Ella Moss dress and Bravo handbag available at Susan Lynn’s, Town & Country, 636.530.7337.

Buffalo by David Bitton dress and Big Buddha handbag available at Paperdolls, Kirkwood, 314.965.3655.

Loeffler Randall heels available at Wish Shoes, Ladue, 314.432.0800.

Charlie 1 Horse boots available at Wish Shoes, Ladue, 314.432.0800.

Giuseppe Zanotti heels available at Wish Shoes, Ladue, 314.432.0800.

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Try as you might, coming up with a justifiable reason for making any indulgent purchase these days is next to impossible (i.e., “I needed the latest Louboutins! My feet were sad without them!”). But, thanks to Courtney Hopson, owner of CODI Codi Diamonds, there’s at least one exception. In purchasing a piece from her stunning new jewelry line, the PINK Collection, you’ll be helping a cause—20 percent of all profits are donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation—and spending on something you’ll love to wear. Reasons enough for us (Codi The Boutique in Ladue, 314.692.CODI; CODI, Town & Country, 636.227.CODI).

Photo courtesy of CODI Codi Diamonds.

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Ju Ju B’s Salon, Spa & Boutique

By Jill Manoff | Photo by Jillian Kyle

48 Four Seasons Shopping Center Chesterfield 314.469.7096

Ju Ju B’s offers all a fashionista needs under one roof, from clothes to manis to stylists.

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hair services, makeup artistry, manis, pedis and waxing—“Ju Ju” and “B“ decided to bring in of-the-moment fashions to make for a convenient shopping experience. Shop the racks for a trendy look by Tulle, LA Made, Charlotte Tarantola or Kersh. It’s nice to know your mother is not the only one with your best interests at heart; head to Ju Ju B’s and trust the experts, like you should have trusted a certain somebody’s cautionary advice about chewy candy and cavities.

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Based on Native American artwork and rock ‘n’ roll t-shirts, the popularity of LA-based knitwear brand Wildfox Couture is spreading like wildfire thanks to its long list of A-list fans, which includes Madonna, Megan Fox and Kristin Cavallari. Now available at Blush, Kirkwood, 314.965.4411.

A longtime fan of Easy Rider , motorcycles, denim jeans and leather jackets, designer Robin Chretien was motivated to make Robin’s Jeans— a collection known for its perfectly-antiqued washes, universallyflattering fits and Hollywood devotees. Now available at Pulse, Chesterfield, 636.519.4022.

Charmed, I’m Sure Described as having “an eclectic feel with a stylish twist,” Archive Jewelry is now available at Ivy Hill. Inspired by its designers’ antique shop and flea market finds, charms, lockets and a darling “Best Friends” bracelet duo are among the must-shop collection (Central West End, 314.367.7004).

Charm photo courtesy of Archive Jewelry.

> True, the name is somewhat misleading; while Ju Ju B’s does not carry the boxed gumdrops you loved as a kid, the Chesterfield-based salonslash-boutique is considered a sweet spot by its many on-trend regulars who consider the space their single, reliable style source. The brainchild of owners Julie Cullinane and Beth Butchko, Ju Ju B’s—which opened as a salon 20 years ago—was redesigned with customers in mind in 2004. In addition to their signature, full-service salon offerings—including all

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Fire and Ice Synonymous with sparkle and shine, a Hearts on Fire diamond delivers essential glitz to the engagement ring of her dreams.

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By Jill Manoff

> Before she’ll proudly show off her ring, most bridesto-be share the same prerequisites—a checklist of requirements that her symbol of love must encompass before she feels it will make her friends sufficiently jealous. Rarely discussed, it usually reads: Is it “me“? Is it larger than theirs? When seen at any angle, will it call to mind a cartoon-typical sound effect (“Ping!”)? If the center stone is a Hearts on Fire diamond, the

“Ping!” is nearly inevitable; known for its breathtaking brilliance, “The World’s Most Perfectly Cut Diamond” is designed with sparkle in mind. So, pre-proposal, you can simply score a handcrafted Hearts on Fire diamond and feel confident that you’re outfitting her in a ring she can flaunt to her heart’s desire—that is, if you know your bride’s carat requirement and, of course, your bride (“D‘oh!”).

Single & Fabulous! When it comes to living the singleand-fabulous life, one’s jewelry collection cannot be confined to a mere right-hand ring. A shimmering statement of one’s independence, ever-stunning Hearts on Fire diamonds come is a slew of settings—including posh pendants, earrings and bracelets. Pile them on!

Seduction Three-Stone Ring

Whisper Pendant

the Setting Hearts on Fire diamonds are placed in settings with minimal metal to showcase the diamond’s energy and intensity.

the Cut When a diamond is perfectly cut, light magically appears—creating a ring of perfectly matched hearts when viewed from the bottom, and a brilliant, eight-pointed “Fireburst” that can be seen across the crown.

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The Polish Combining cutting-edge anti-vibration technology with traditional recipes of diamond dust and olive oil, master craftsmen create a superlative finish that produces an incomparable display of light.

The Craft Hearts on Fire artisans handcraft diamonds at 100x magnification, using unique imaging software. That’s 10 times the global industry standard.

The Diamond Less than one percent of the world’s gem-quality diamonds are qualified to make it into the Hearts on Fire workshop. Only rare, knot-free diamond crystals, which can be perfectly polished to perform at the highest level of intensity, are accepted.

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ElizabEth’s NEw Vision With the advent of technologies such as LASIK surgery, it is no surprise that people are saying goodbye to their prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses. Tired of the hassle and expense of contact lenses and the need to constantly remember her eyeglasses, ALIVE’s Elizabeth Tucker received her LASIK treatment from Crown Laser Center, one of the top 25 LASIK surgery practices in the USA and part of St. Louisbased Crown Vision Center. LASIK is a visioncorrection surgery that can reduce or eliminate common vision conditions. But, as with any surgery, Elizabeth had fears and concerns when deciding to go through with the decision that changed her life. Here, Elizabeth shares her personal LASIK journey to clear vision.

contacts since the fifth grade, so it was going to be a big change. The caring team at Crown Laser Center answered my remaining questions and helped me decide which procedure was right for my needs. Dr. Chris Ullrich, Crown’s chief LASIK surgeon, did a fantastic job on the day of my surgery, calming my fears and guiding me through the procedure.

THE DECISIon While making the decision whether to have LASIK, I had the same fears anyone would have before receiving eye surgery. I was worried about the possibility of my eyes getting worse and how long the recovery time would be. “Will it work?” I asked myself.

However, after speaking to the doctor, I felt very calm about the procedure. He was soothing while giving me the facts. He said the procedure would save me money in the long run and that there are just as many risks with contacts as with the eye surgery. He let me know that there was hardly any recovery time needed. Most people who get LASIK walk out of the doctor’s office with nearly perfect vision! That aspect alone was very appealing to me.

The team at Crown Laser Center addressed many of my concerns. While doing my research, I discovered that Crown Laser Center’s helpful website ( had frequently asked questions, qualifications and testimonials that helped ease my mind. I had been wearing

THE ProCESS When I first went to Crown Laser, I didn’t think LASIK would be something for me. I thought I was too busy to have the procedure and that I didn’t have enough time for recovery. I was afraid of the risks and I thought it was too expensive.

I decided to move forward with the surgery, because after hearing all the facts, I knew that it was a good decision for me. Although I was

nervous, I was excited with anticipation. The staff at Crown Laser was kind, sincere and knowledgeable and made the whole process easier. The procedure took less than 10 minutes. I couldn’t believe how fast it went! THE AMAzIng rESULTS After a short recovery time, I’m back to my normal, busy self. only now, I can see clearer than ever before! I am excited to save money by skipping contact lenses and glad to no longer have to fumble with eyeglasses. As a busy professional, LASIK is life changing! I can wake up in the morning and see the alarm clock clearly, ride my bike safely and see my computer screen much better. I just opened my eyes underwater for the first time since the fifth grade. It was so satisfying and life altering to be able to throw my contacts and solution away, and I love the convenience and comfort of having perfect vision. I urge people who are considering LASIK to visit the ALIVE website to see my personal LASIK story on video at LASIK eye surgery is a fast, effective procedure that can make a positive impact on your quality of life, as it did for me. Contact Alysia at 314.368.5354 for your FrEE LASIK consultation from Crown Laser Center and begin your own journey of clear, crisp hassle-free vision!

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quick tips

Must-know preventive measures for every decade of your life.

20s K now your body. Make sure you’re getting clinical breast exams at annual checkups, and if you notice a change in your breasts, see your doctor. E stablish healthy living habits now. Focus on maintaining your weight, watching your alcohol intake and being physically active, all of which have been proven to lower the risk of developing breast cancer.

30s S tart looking at your family history and talking to your doctor about your individual risks. High-risk women can begin screening as early as 30. C onsider breastfeeding. Women who breastfeed tend to delay the return of their periods, which decreases estrogen exposure and lowers risk.

Prevent Breast Cancer at Every Age

40s Get your first mammogram and continue with annual screenings. Mammograms for average-risk women before age 40 generally aren’t recommended because the breast tissue is denser when you’re younger, which makes it a less effective screening tool. M ake sure your knowledge progresses with your age. Studies have shown that hormone therapy for postmenopausal women can increase breast-cancer risk.

By Jennifer Dulin Wiley

> Over 9,000 women in the U.S. under age 40 will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. In time for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we called on cancer prevention and control expert Dr. Kate Wolin with the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center’s Cancer Prevention and Control Program, who shares the no-nonsense facts to help you avoid being one of them.


There’s more to your breastcancer risk than genetics. Many women think that breast cancer is mostly genetic; in actuality, only about 5 to 10 percent of breast-cancer cases are just genetic. There are many other risk factors women should be aware of, like ethnicity—white women are slightly more likely to develop breast cancer, but black women are more likely to die from it. Women who have denser breast tissue have a higher risk. The number of menstrual cycles a woman has over her lifetime increases her risk, due to increased estrogen exposure. So the later you get your period, the more children you have (more pregnancies = fewer periods) and the earlier you go through menopause, the lower your risk. It’s important to talk with your doctor about the appropriate preventative measures that are best for you.


Small changes make a big difference. New studies show that even small changes in weight gain during adulthood can increase

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your risk of developing breast cancer, making it crucial to maintain a healthy lifestyle with physical activity (as little as 2.5 walking hours per week is proven to reduce your risk), a reduction of alcohol intake (consuming less than one alcoholic beverage a day lowers your risk) and practicing healthy eating habits.

individual set of circumstances. Other riskindicating tools—like Washington University School of Medicine’s new online Your Disease Risk (— collect the latest scientific evidence to factor your individual risks and give personalized tips for preventing them.



For every fact, there’s some fiction. The Internet is rife with myths about antiperspirants, bras, breast implants and abortion being related to higher breast cancer risk, but there’s no conclusive evidence to support these connections. Most recently, chemical compounds in certain plastics have come under fire for their potential risks, and while it’s certainly not a bad idea to limit your exposure, there is no human data (early testing has been conducted on animals) supporting these claims. The myths can get a lot of press while basic, but important, risklowering actions like regular screenings and healthy lifestyle choices are often ignored.


Weighing your individual risk is a must. It’s important to consider all the stats and studies in the context of your own life choices and medical history. For instance, some data suggests that women have a slightly increased chance of developing breast cancer while taking birth-control pills, but it can also lower the risk of ovarian, uterine and colon cancers if taken for five years or more. Your doctor can help you determine what’s best for your

More screening options are available, especially if you’re at high risk. Improved screening tools for at-risk women are changing the meaning of early detection. For instance, the digital mammogram uses sophisticated software programs to help read images and improve accuracy, especially for women with dense breasts. The MRI is an early-detection screening option reserved for women with a family history of breast cancer and can detect problems earlier (the downside is a high false-positive rate), and allows doctors to do an MRI-guided biopsy on-the-spot in appropriately equipped facilities. Genetic testing (screening for genetic tumor markers BRCA1 and BRCA2) is another new development that should be done in discussion with your clinician based on your specific family history and circumstances. Dr. Kate Wolin, ScD, is a member of Siteman Cancer Center’s Cancer Prevention and Control Program and is a behavioral epidemiologist and Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Washington University School of Medicine. The goal of her research is to inform cancer risk reduction and survivorship through physical activity promotion and obesity control.

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Fall Feast Celebrate the wholesome, hearty flavors of autumn with this tender steak and wild mushroom recipe. By Sheniqua Faulkner

As the air begins to feel a little crisper and as the days shorten with the change in season, we are inspired to gather at home to share a delicious meal that thoughtfully displays the best ingredients of the new season. In this Schnucks Cooks-created recipe, a rich sauce of earthy, in-season wild mushrooms tops buttery Bistro-style steak for a dish that is delicious and heartwarming.

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make it a party! A few festive additions to this meal make for the perfect fall dinner party.

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pick your pour To really impress your guests, toast with a glass of wine specially paired to complement your main course. Our pick is MacMurry Ranch’s Pinot Noir. Its subtle oakiness, concentrated fruit flavors and brown spice will highlight the earthy richness of the mushrooms in the dish ($18.49, Schnucks, Deal: For an equally delightful Pinot Noir at a budget-friendly price, try Gallo Family Vineyards’ Sonoma Pinot Noir. Rich and balanced, this wine features herbal notes and a soft and silky vanilla finish ($11.99, Schnucks,

(Serves 4)

What you need:

What to do:

• 1 garlic clove, minced (1 tsp)


• 1/2 tsp ground black pepper • 1/2 tsp herbes de Provence • 2 boneless beef top loin strip steaks (10 oz. each) • Pinch smoked sea salt

 reheat broiler with oven rack about 4 inches P from source of heat. In cup, combine garlic, pepper and herbes de Provence; press garlic mixture into steaks. Place steaks on broiler pan and broil 9 to 11 minutes, turning once, for medium-rare and an internal temperature of 145°F.

2. T  ransfer steaks to cutting board; let rest 2 to 3 minutes. Slice steaks diagonally across the grain into 1/4-inch thick slices. Sprinkle steaks with smoked sea salt and serve with wild mushroom sauce.

Wild Mushroom Sauce

(Serves 4)



• 1 tbsp Schnucks extra virgin olive oil


• 1 large shallot, finely chopped (1/2 cup) • 1 garlic clove, minced • 8 oz. assorted wild mushrooms such as oyster,

cremini and shiitake, cut into thick slices • 1/4 cup dry sherry • 1 can (14 oz.) low sodium beef broth • 1 tbsp cornstarch • 1 tsp herbes de Provence • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves • Salt and ground black pepper

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set the mood If you had to play just one album during your fete, try new artist Laura Izibor’s debut album, “Let the Truth Be Told.” The Dublin-born singer-songwriter’s sound—which has been compared to that of Alicia Keys, Joss Stone and Aretha Franklin—has a feel-good, vintage-soul vibe. Hit repeat on track 1, a you-can-doit anthem called “Shine” ($12.97, Euclid Records,

In nonstick 10-inch skillet, heat oil over mediumhigh heat. Add shallot and garlic. Cook 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or until tender. Reduce heat to medium; add mushrooms and cook 6 to 7 minutes or until mushrooms are tender and liquid evaporates, stirring occasionally. Remove skillet from heat; stir in sherry.

2. R  eturn skillet to heat. Heat mushroom mixture to boiling; boil 1 minute or until liquid evaporates. In small bowl, whisk broth and cornstarch until blended. Add broth mixture to skillet; stir in herbes de Provence. Cook over medium-high heat 7 to 8 minutes or until sauce reduces and thickens, stirring frequently. Stir in parsley and salt and pepper to taste. Spoon mushroom sauce over steaks to serve.

get interactive The last thing you want at your dinner party is for an argument to break out among your guests, but with Hasboro’s interactive party game, Argue, healthy debate is encouraged. The catch? You don’t get to pick your stance; it’s in the cards whether you will be advocate or devil’s advocate when it’s your turn to go head-to-head with another player. The other players choose who was the most convincing—but watch out for the lawyers and babies of the family: They’ve had a lot of practice ($24.99, Target,

Left and top right photos courtesy of Schnucks.

Bistro Steak



Grapes from premier Central Coast vineyards including Olson Ranch in the Santa Lucia Highlands contributed to the final blend of MacMurray Ranch Central Coast Pinot Noir. A wine with classic aromas from the cool micro- climates of the Central Coast, this Pinot showcases flavors of red cherry, cola, and briar complimented by nuances of sweet vanilla.

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A Fall of Moondust This season, fashion journeys to a space-age fantasy defined by droid-worthy legs, cyber-goddess suits and futuristic combinations of color and metal. Photography + Art Direction by Attilio D’Agostino Lighting + Art Direction by Bob Pitts for Styled by Jill Manoff Model: Kayla Travers for Mother Model Management Makeup by Lisa Kalz Hair by Denise Gurganus for

Nicole Miller dress available at Valerie Mills, Clayton, 314.727.4545. Liquid leggings available at Pulse, Chesterfield, 636.519.4022. Bakers heels available at Bakers, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.725.6155. Glove, stylist’s own.

Gentle Fawn jacket and Salvage dress available at Pulse, Chesterfield, 636.519.4022. Jennifer Neal visor. Bakers boots available at Bakers, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.725.6155. Tights, stylist’s own.

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Skif cocoon jacket, hat (as top) and scarf (as skirt) available at Skif, The Hill, 314.773.4401. Bakers boots available at Bakers, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.725.6155. Belt and bra, stylist’s own.

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Trashbiscuit poncho. BCBGMaxAzria skirt available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200. Bakers boots available at Bakers, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.725.6155. Leggings, stylist’s own.

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McQ Alexander McQueen tunic available at Valerie Mills, Clayton, 314.727.4545. BCBGMaxAzria leggings available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200. Bakers boots available at Bakers, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.725.6155.

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Rachel Pally dress available at Susan Lynn’s, Town & Country, 636.530.7337. Trashbiscuit bustier. Bakers boots available at Bakers, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.725.6155. Hair by Studio 703 Salon, Chesterfield, 636.536.6770, the Fashion Assistants: Kris Cunningham, Moira Dorsey, Nicole Johnson, Megan McCalla, Autumn Sij, Michael Shead and Katie Stephens. Photo Assistants: Egan O’Keefe and Kennedy Yanko.

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How St. Louisan Danny Meyer came to own NYC’s dining scene.


“Restaurateurs’twomostcompellingissuesareserving quality food and welcoming people with hospitality,” says Danny Meyer, who left St. Louis to pursue internationalpoliticsandwoundupbecomingaleadingfigure in NewYork’s hospitality industry.“You can do that anywhere, from a bowling alley to a four-star restaurant.” Although he’s yet to open a 10-pin venue, the CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group definitely practices what he preaches. Granted, when I caught up with MeyerinAugust,hisrestaurant,ElevenMadisonAvenue, hadjustclaimedhisfirstfour-starreviewfromTheNew York Times. To New York diners and critics, this recent distinction comes as no surprise. His first concept, Union Square Café,whichheopenedin1985atage27,hasbecomean establishedfavoriteontheNewYorkdiningscene,and Meyers’otherfine-diningconcepts—GramercyTavern, Tabla and The Modern (inside MOMA, which immediately earned a Michelin star and won Meyer the James Beard award for best new restaurant in the country)— are splurge-worthy destinations for New Yorkers as well as foodie tourists from around the world.

Despitehisboomingbusinesses,heremainsacustomerdrivenoperator.Forthis,hecreditshisparents’Clayton restaurants and travel companies, through which he honedhisknowledgeofEuropeancuisinesand,while workingasa20-year-oldtourguide,learnedfirst-hand theimportanceofpleasinghisguests.Insteadofadapting to New York as a fledgling restaurateur, he says, “acting like a St. Louisan in a big city that was otherwise nothospitablewasanenormousadvantageformeand for Union Square Café.” Buzz is building about his newest concept, an Italian trattoria called Maialino, opening next month in the Gramercy Park Hotel. Here’s hoping he brings his next hot concept to his hometown.

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By Amy De La Hunt Photo by Meghan Petersen

ALIVE: Growing up in St. Louis, your parents owned a travel company, group tour business and the Seven Gables Inn. Did you always think you would enter the hospitality industry? Danny Meyer: No, I don’t think anyone my age really did, because it was not really considered a validated career choice if your path had been going to a nice high school and an East Coast liberal arts college. I really thought I might end up being a lawyer because I had been a political science major, and what you do with that is become an attorney if you really want to go into politics­—you don’t think about going into the restaurant business. It was really on the eve of taking the LSAT that I hit a wall and said to myself, “You actually don’t want to be an attorney. Why don’t you do what you love?” It was hard to tell my parents that I wanted to get into the restaurant business. “Is that why we sent you to John Burroughs?” I reminded them that when I was at John Burroughs I had taken home economics with all the girls!

ALIVE: When did you decide to make the move to New York? DM: I had gone to Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and there’s

not a lot going on in Hartford, so many, many weekends, I would make a road trip down to New York. I just fell in love with the city. I caught the bug. I wanted to live here for a year starting in 1980, and that turned into a lifetime.

ALIVE: How did your first restaurant come to be? DM: I opened my first restaurant, Union Square Café, in 1985 when I

was 27, with no expectation that I would like it, no expectation that it would work, no expectation that I would stay in the business, and certainly no expectation that I would ever do anything beyond Union Square Café.

ALIVE: You’ve added so many restaurants since then—Gramercy Tav-

ern in 1994, Eleven Madison Park and Tabla in 1998, The Modern at the Museum of Modern Art in 2004—but they’re different from Blue Smoke, your barbeque restaurant, which opened in 2002. DM: [Blue Smoke] was really my first restaurant that paid homage to my love for St. Louis. We had a wonderful housekeeper in St. Louis named Mary Smith, who was originally from Mississippi. I would go down to her house on Lee Avenue many, many Saturdays and just watch her making fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, sweet potato pie, coconut cake. She was one of my best friends in life, so I really wanted to do a restaurant that paid homage to her.

ALIVE: Since opening Blue Smoke, you’ve started doing more casual

dining experiences and concessions—for example, in Central Park, at the Museum of Modern Art and at Citi Field. Why that type of expansion? DM: It was because in 1998 we had opened Eleven Madison Avenue and Tabla within four weeks of each other. It was such a traumatic experience opening two fine-dining restaurants at the exact same time while trying to sustain two other restaurants and I said, “I’m never opening another fine-dining restaurant as long as I live—and if I open a restaurant at all, it’s just going to be a joint.” We had a lot of fun being in a much more casual environment, and that led to Shake Shack, which is

an incredibly popular kiosk right smack dab in the middle of Madison Square Park.

ALIVE: You also have a concession at the Mets’ ballpark. Are you a big fan?

DM: I root for the Mets every game unless they’re playing the Cardinals.

And the Wilpons, who own the Mets, know that—I fully disclosed that before they gave us the opportunity to serve food at the field.

ALIVE: Tell us about your newest venture, opening next month. DM: We’re opening a new restaurant in the Gramercy Park Hotel. It will

be our first Italian restaurant, and it’s going to be called Maialino.

ALIVE: What’s behind the name? DM: It gets back to my dad and his business, because when my brother

and sister and I each turned 20, my dad invited each one of us to pick a country in which he did tour business, and we got to work for him as a tour guide. I picked Italy. I was working for a guy named Giorgio and immediately became known as “Meyerlino,” which means “little Meyer.” I had fallen in love with this classic Roman dish, roast suckling pig, which is called “maialino,” and because my ear was not very accustomed to Giorgio’s dialect, I didn’t notice for at least two weeks that

he’d started calling me maialino instead of Meyerlino—he had been calling me “little pig,” and every time he called me that people would laugh. It took me a couple weeks to figure out why.

ALIVE: So it’s going to be more “fine-dining” than “joint”? DM: Yeah, fine dining, but when I say “fine dining,” what I mean is that

it will have waiter/waitress service, but it’s not going to be fancy— it will be more of a trattoria, a place that I hope people will want to frequent several times a month.

ALIVE: In addition to writing a book about customer service (Setting the

Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business) and being known for promoting from within at your company and focusing on empowerment, you also support a lot of philanthropic organizations in your businesses. Why is a focus on community and people so important to you? DM: A restaurant is a public place. It’s not your work. It’s not your home. On one hand it’s an enclosed public place where people come to be in public with other people. But I think it’s equally important to imagine your restaurant as if its walls were transparent and realize that it has to be in harmony with its community—and do it with a twinkle in your eye and a sense of humor so you don’t take yourself too seriously! 69 ALIVE STL October 2009

Photo assistant: Douglas Garfieldl; Fashion assistants: Moira Dorsey and Kris Cunningham.

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ST. LOUIS’ KINGS & QUEENS OF CUISINE Rather than using economic tough times as a reason to play defense, these 10 entrepreneurial restaurant owners share the belief that hard times are a golden opportunity. They’re opening restaurants, hiring the area’s top chefs and managers and scouting out new ventures, confident that when the economy rebounds, they’ll be ahead of the game. With new venues launched in the past year and plans for new ones in the works, these reigning restaurant superstars are not only shaping the St. Louis culinary scene, but are defining it—as strong, growing and better than ever.

By Amy De La Hunt • Photography by Jay Fram

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>When Munsok So opened his first Drunken Fish restaurant in May 2003, few sushi restaurants were melding high-quality food with music and nightlife. Six years later, he’s having one of his best years ever despite the tough times. Perhaps that has something to do with his ability to stay ahead of the curve; his new vodka bar/tapas restaurant Ice Kitchen in Westport Plaza is already being featured on best-tapas lists. “I thoroughly believe in competitive advantage and seeking that out in this volatile [business] world we’re in,” says So, who also owns a real estate company and XES nightclub in addition to the three Drunken Fish locations. “You have to be up on your game—that’s the fun part!” He’s living out that philosophy right now in Kansas City, where So’s new Drunken Fish will open soon in the Power and Light District, taking advantage of an up-and-coming neighborhood with foot traffic and out-of-town visitors—his formula for success in Westport, the CWE and Laclede’s Landing. Despite all his success, he remains humble—“I attribute all my success to our valuable team.”

Munsok So The Drunken Fish Ice Kitchen XES Nightclub

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Joe Edwards


Blueberry Hill Pin-Up Bowl Flamingo Bowl + Eclipse Restaurant Tivoli Theatre The Pageant October 2009 Moonrise Hotel

Joe Edwards opened the one-of-a-kind luxury boutique Moonrise Hotel in The Loop earlier this year, fully confident that its uniqueness—the outer-space themed décor including four display cases of moon memorabilia—would carry it through the recession. In its restaurant, Eclipse, and a rooftop bar, Edwards bucked a nationwide trend towards casual dining by going slightly more upscale than his previous venues—Blueberry Hill, Pin-Up Bowl, The Pageant, The Tivoli and Flamingo Bowl. Edwards is indefatigable in improving his neighborhood and is currently advocating a trolley line linking The Loop to Forest Park. “I’m a strong believer that, if you pay attention to every detail and spend the money to do it right,” he says, “it will pay off in the long run.” With $24.5 million invested in the Moonrise Hotel and new Eclipse Restaurant, he’s looking at a big payoff.

After working in his parents’ guesthouse in Germany and attending culinary school, Frank Schmitz migrated to the front of the house, winding up in Bermuda. His brother, Claus, traveled to Australia but remained in the kitchen. Cupid’s arrow brought Frank to St. Louis, where he opened BARcelona in 2002. While helping him, Claus saw the opportunity for Mosaic. But when it comes to expansion, their goals diverge. BARcelona already has a satellite in Indianapolis, and another is coming to Nashville. Claus relocated Mosaic Downtown last year and added an adjacent lounge over the summer. In addition, in the next year he’s planning a bistro market version of Mosaic in Clayton, as well as another Mosaic tapas restaurant in Kirkwood. But first, he’ll be making good on a contract he signed a couple of years ago to bring Mosaic’s cuisine to hungry travelers at Lambert International Airport. It’s looking like you could plan a vacation around the Schmitz’ restaurants. Here’s a vote for a BARcelona in Bermuda.

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Jeff Orbin Aaron Teitelbaum Monarch Herbie’s Vintage 72

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Back in 2001, graphic designer Jeff Orbin offered to help an old friend, up-and-coming chef Aaron Teitelbaum, create the identity and design should he ever decide to open his own restaurant. Teitelbaum decided just that, and the pair entered the new venture together. Before Orbin knew it, the lofty goals of the Monarch concept—a fusion of food, wine and art—had ensnared him. “We really poured our hearts and souls into Monarch,” Orbin says. Six years wiser, the two were considering options for a new venue when the opportunity came up for them to buy one of their favorite restaurants, Balaban’s. They jumped at the chance. They see their tribute to the iconic restaurant, which they renamed Herbie’s Vintage 72, as an approachable neighborhood counterpart to their foodie destination, Monarch. When asked about the economy, Orbin replies, “We opened Monarch at a horrible time. When times are tough, people are still looking to entertain themselves.” In anticipation of a recovery, the partners have a more casual concept than Herbie’s in the works, and they’re planning “some exciting new changes” at Monarch. Stay tuned.

Pat Shannon entered the restaurant world 11 years ago at her father’s restaurant and hasn’t looked back. She’s co-owner of the private event space, Lumen, and the new Mexican eatery, El Borracho. She also consulted on Skybox on Laclede’s Landing. And she’s working on yet another Downtown project. “I love downtown St. Louis,” she explains. “I live here, I work here, I play here.” But her most rewarding role is mentoring her son, Gary VanMatre Jr., Mike Shannon’s General Manager. “It’s exciting for me to do that with him the way I was able to do that with my father.” In fact, she says, it was VanMatre who wanted to do a Mexican cantina, to “have some good, authentic Mexican food Downtown in a fun atmosphere.” The location they and their business partners chose is on the very edge of Downtown, in the Locust Business District, which Shannon predicts is a burgeoning dining destination. Given her stats, it would be hard to bet against her.

Pat Shannon  Mike Shannon’s Steaks and Seafood  Lumen Private Event Space El Borracho

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Jesse Jones The Rotten Apple The Stable Jake’s Steaks

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Jesse Jones’ passion for beer is evident as he talks about brewers being romantics who love the product they make. “Half of me is that guy,” he says, “but the other half of me is trying to pay the bills.” He fuses the two parts of himself at The Stable, his second venture with business partner Paul Pointer. The Stable, which is a few months past its one-year mark, successfully blends a casual pizzeria atmosphere, along with creative American dishes and a neighborhood pub vibe. Production capacity limits the South City artisanal brewery, but, Jones says, “On the distillery side, we’re moving full force ahead.” A dark rum, 85 Lashes, is available now; an original whiskey using peaches and corn from Calhoun County, IL., will be out in mid-October. As for producing hard cider at The Rotten Apple in Grafton, the duo’s original venture, Jones says having a couple of tanks remains a dream. In the meantime, they bought Jake’s Steaks on Laclede’s Landing “because we felt that it was an opportunity,” Jones says. “You can’t be afraid of drama. In this economy, I don’t think entrenching or saving your money is the answer.”

Even at 8am, Ami Grimes and Gurpreet Padda radiate energy. “Our creative juices get flowing whenever we’re right on that edge of chaos,” Grimes says. With their new Italian restaurant, DiSilvios, opening soon next door to year-old Café Ventana in Midtown, plus a coffee roaster and chocolate producer coming online in Collinsville next spring, chaos may be an understatement. Oh, and did we mention they are responsible for the resurrected Chuy Arzola’s, which opened in early summer on Lindell? The pair’s flair for edutainment has attracted top local names like chef Chris Lee to help realize their culinary vision. Busy as they are, the business partners love sitting down to eat with family and friends, and they extend that hospitality to their customers. “People sharing food is one of the easiest ways to create community,” Padda says. Their approach to hospitality is one of the secrets to Café Ventana’s success—and the duo hopes it will work its magic again in the new Collinsville venture, which Grimes describes as a replica of the café, only five times larger, with a more in-depth focus on chocolate and coffee. Who wouldn’t love a community built around those?

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Mexico Once Upon a Time in

Two St. Louis couples make Mexico the destination of their dream weddings. By Kristin Stefek Brashares


This couple tied the knot with a spectacular Spanish-style celebration in the same place their love took root—in her hometown of San Miguel de Allende. Photos by Margaret Singer Photography

Before he even met her, Damon Johnson had been intrigued by Adhar Usher, as he’d heard of her beauty and free spirit from a mutual friend. Turns out, the two instantly clicked on their first encounter. Not long after, Adhar invited Damon to her hometown of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and the two grew closer on the trip. Although they worked in different cities for a while after college—Damon took a job in Park City, Utah, and Adhar started her career in St. Louis—the distance didn’t hinder their love for each other. In March 2008, Damon proposed at his parents’ vacation home in Seaside, Florida. In April, the couple, along with 90 friends and family members, returned to the same hotel in Mexico that they’d traveled to early on in their relationship—this time to become husband and wife. The Bride Adhar Usher, 27 Community Relations Manager, Wind Capital Group The Groom Damon Johnson, 28 President, ReCareer Inc.

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SENTIMENTAL CEREMONY Adhar’s childhood dream of tying the knot in her hometown, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, came true with a four-day bridal bash in the Sierra Madre Mountain valley colonial town. A welcome party kicked off the celebration with a guitar player, apps and margaritas, and a rehearsal dinner at an old hacienda followed the next night. An organically opulent garden and ornamental stone wall served as a breathtaking backdrop for the April 25 nuptials at the 17th-century Antigua Villa Santa Monica Hotel. FLOWER POWER A local street vendor worked wonders with native blooms. Orange and pink rose balls draped from white ceremony chairs brought out the colors of the day. Multi-hued rose, hydrangea and orchid clusters popped off the centers of the chic lace dinnertable linens, and a simple, single flower graced the top of every napkin. A gorgeous greenery-filled floral grouping exploded from atop a stone fountain in the center of the dining area. Fresh flowers even filled each layer of the three-tiered butter-cream cake from Casita Feliz bakery. UNFORGETTABLE FIESTA A traditional Mexican wedding celebration followed the nuptials, as guests carried custom porcelain shot glasses and made their way to the reception alongside a flower-decorated donkey toting tequila. A 10-piece mariachi band escorted the couple to a poolside cocktail hour, and an eight-piece Mexican rock band later jammed a mix of American oldies and Mexican tunes on the dance floor. A poolside taco stand and faux press-on mustaches upped the fun. Sparkling golden streaks streamed across a pitch-black sky in a surprise beachside fireworks display that ended the day as beautifully as it began. WALKING THE AISLE IN STYLE Adahar's fit-to-flare Pronovias gown from Amore Today’s Bridal (636.536.0007) featured an elegant elongated bodice and a bottom bell-out skirt that added a touch of poof. Damon looked dapper in a gray custom Mark

Shale suit by Coppley, and his groomsmen sported similar-color suits with matching Valentino ties and Brooks Brothers (314.726.6600) pocket squares. Flowing, deep-coral bridesmaids dresses carried out the wedding colors and the free-spirited nature of the day. A LOCAL-FLAVOR FEAST Guests got a true taste of the local drinks and cuisine—starting with a pre-ceremony sampling of agua de Jamaica, a purple-hued juice made with dried hibiscus flowers, and Horchata, a homemade rice milk. Authentic apps of sliced cucumbers and fried churros, or Mexican-style chips, bundled in a basket and served with salsa tided everyone over until dinner. Cream of poblano pepper soup and a mixed green salad with citrus avocado vinaigrette kicked off the meal, with Chiles en Nogada—a spice-and-driedfruit-stuffed poblano pepper topped with a walnut cream sauce—as the featured dish. ATTENTION TO DETAIL During the reception, votive candles encircled the dinner-area fountain and emitted a romantic evening glow. Table cards numbered in Spanish and tied to tin stars guided guests to their tables, and friend and graphic artist Kyla Strawhacker infused coral-hued floral filigree into steel-framed table setting placards.

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This perfectly paired couple hosted a sophisticated soiree in a luxuriously tropical locale. Photos by Summer Gibbs Photography

Smitten from the start, Cabanne Schlafly and Jim Howard have a chance encounter to thank for bringing them together. After spotting Cabanne at the Contemporary Art Museum’s Dada Ball several years ago, Jim introduced himself to her at a mutual friend’s after-party. She gave him her number, but somehow, Jim came up a digit short. They figured out the mistake when they bumped into each other at a Cardinals’ game a month later and got to talking. They parted ways relieved—Jim that she hadn’t blown him off and Cabanne that he was into her. “We were just so happy that it wasn’t what either of us had thought,” she says. A first-date candlelit swordfish dinner Jim cooked at his place ignited their romance, and the more time they spent together, the more they realized they were a perfect fit. During a summer getaway in Vail, Colorado, Jim surprised Cabanne when he pulled out an engagement ring over an intimate dinner at contemporary French restaurant La Tour. The Bride Cabanne Schlafly, 30 Senior Director of Business Development, S. King Collection The Groom Jim Howard, 42 Vice President of Sales, Pharmacy OneSource, Inc. STUNNING CEREMONY A breathtaking beachfront ceremony May 24 at the first-class Ana y Jose Beach Club in Tulum, Mexico, satisfied Jim’s love of the rustic outdoors and Cabanne’s desire for barefoot luxury. A bamboo aisle runner led to a bamboo altar beautifully decorated with oranges and dendrobium orchids. Guests honored the couple’s request to wear melon-hued attire—creating a tropical sea of color among friends and family members. Sharing a just-betweenthe-two-of-them moment, the couple whispered vows in each other’s ears. The officiant performed a traditional Mayan lazo ritual. 80 ALIVE STL October 2009

ONE-OF-A-KIND CREATION Cabanne enlisted Connie Simpson of R&M Designs (314.821.2932) to custom create her dream dress from certain elements of others that she liked while shopping around. Her all-lace, fitted gown featured an elegant sweetheart neckline and a big-drama open back. The ultimate finishing touch—satin Manolo Blahniks. A RING TO REMEMBER Impressed with the jeweler’s expertise and personable service, Jim turned to Igal Alon of Mavrik Fine Jewelry (314.909.6818) to custom design the wedding rings. Cabanne’s engagement ring features a round diamond in a platinum, antique-European-style setting, as well as an etched leaf pattern that also appears on Jim’s wedding band. Alon created a pavé diamond eternity wedding band for Cabanne’s right hand because she wanted the engagement ring to stand on its own. DIVINE DISHES Hot pink sheers draped from a palapa on the sand and brightly colored custom-made cushions on stark-white lounges added decorative drama to the dining area. A salad with watermelon and goat cheese served as the first course and tlalpeno soup prepared with veggies, shredded chicken, cheese and a touch of chipotle followed. A grilled salmon filet bathed in sweet white

wine sauce, topped with sweet orange, lime, grapefruit and epazote and served with rice pilaf and grilled veggies made for a mouthwatering main course. SWEET TREATS Bamboo encircled the edges of the three-tiered, vanilla with raspberry coulis wedding cake, and dendrobium orchids decorated the top. Gateau au chocolat and ice cream served as another delectable post-dinner dessert. PRETTY ON PAPER Nationally known stationery designer Cheree Berry (917.532.0490) designed all the wedding-day stationery in the hot pink and bright orange color scheme. Save The Date cards with butterflies featured the clever RSVPs “Have wings, will fly” and “Cocooned. Can’t make it,” and the words “Eat. Pray. Love” graced the bottom of the fuchsia dinner menus. SIPPING SENSATIONS Refreshing, fuchsia-colored dragon fruit and Vodka cocktails served as the couple’s signature drink during a post-ceremony cocktail hour, and four servers enacted a Mayan celebration by heating coffee at a station with four different liquors after dinner.

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The Rialto Ballroom • St. Louis, Missouri 314.227.2080

PM 521 Scott8/21/09 Ave.,2:05 Kirkwood, 314.580.2381,

Ellen Gutierrez’ company truly takes care of everything: budget planning, out-of-town guest accommodations and even etiquette guidance.

Cosmopolitan Events 8132 Big Bend Blvd., Suite B, Webster Groves, 314.249.9107, Whether you’re having a big or small wedding (or anything in between), the Cosmopolitan team and owner Josie Littlepage are ready to help with your full-service wedding needs.

Lucky You Productions 2218 Cherokee St., Benton Park 314.210.7764, With the motto “No budget too small. No event too big,” Rachel McCalla and her team make wedded bliss a reality. And if having a green wedding is a passion of yours, they can make it happen.

St. Louis Wedding Consultants 16943 Lewis Spring Farms Rd., Chesterfield, 636.236.9359, Services range from colorful and vibrant flower arrangements to elegant and intimate wedding invitations, each displaying the bride and groom’s personal taste with detailed perfection.

Pulse Events 314.518.4511, Stressed about your wedding day? Too much to plan and not enough time? Let Pulse Events help you plan your special day, so you can be

stress-free and have the wedding of your dreams.

Rehearsal Dinner venues Al’s Restaurant 1200 N. 1st St., Downtown, 314.421.6399, Cuisine: American/Italian

Almonds 8127 Maryland Ave., Clayton, 314.725.1019, Cuisine: American/Southern

Araka 131 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton, 314.725.6777, Cuisine: Southern European

Aya Sofia 6671 Chippewa, South City, 314.645.9919, Cuisine: Turkish/Mediterranean

Blueberry Hill 6504 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.727.4444, Cuisine: American

Bristol’s 11801 Olive Blvd, Creve Coeur, 314.567.0272, Cuisine: Seafood

Charlie Gitto’s 5226 Shaw Ave., The Hill, 314.772.8898, Cuisine: Italian

Cielo 999 N. 2nd St., Downtown, 314.881.5800, Cuisine: Italian

The Drunken Fish 1 Maryland Plaza, Central West End, 314.367.4222, Cuisine: Sushi/Japanese

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Eclipse in the Moonrise Hotel 6177 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.721.1111, Cuisine: American

Franco 1535 S. 8th St., Soulard, 314.436.2500, Cuisine: French

Frazer’s 1811 Pestalozzi St., Benton Park, 314.773.8646, Cuisine: American

Harry’s 2144 Market St., Downtown, 314.421.6969, Cuisine: American

Herbie’s Vintage 72 405 N. Euclid Ave., Central West End, 314.769.9595, Cuisine: French/American Cuisine: American


SqWires 1415 S. 18th St., Lafayette Square, 314.865.3522, Cuisine: American

Table Three 16765 Main St., Wildwood Town Center, 636.458.4333, Cuisine: American

The Tenderloin Room 232 N. Kingshighway Blvd., Central West End, 314.361.0900, Cuisine: Steakhouse

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Tony’s 410 Market St., Downtown, 314.231.7007, Cuisine: Italian

J. Buck’s 101 S. Hanley Rd., Clayton, 314.725.4700, Cuisine: American

Lucas Park Grille 1234 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.241.7770, Cuisine: American

Luciano’s Trattoria

The Coronado Ballroom

172 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton, 314.863.9969, Cuisine: Italian


Mihalis Chophouse & Onyx Bar

1808 S. 9th St., Soulard, 314.621.9598.,

1603 McCausland Ave., Maplewood, 314.333.3301, Cuisine: Steakhouse

Mike Shannon’s Steaks & Seafood 620 Market St., Downtown, 314.421.1540, Cuisine: American/Seafood

Monarch 7401 Manchester Rd., Maplewood, 314.644.3995, Cuisine: New American

Mosaic 1001 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.621.6001, Cuisine: Fusion/Tapas

Rasoi 25 N. Euclid Ave., Central West End, 314.361.6911, Cuisine: Indian

Scape 48 Maryland Plaza, Central West End, 314.361.7227, Cuisine: American/European

Sleek 999 N. 2nd St., Downtown, 314.621.9590, Cuisine: Steakhouse

Soulard's 1731 S. 7th St., Soulard, 314.241.7956,

9th Street Abbey

This enchanting former church, schoolhouse and meeting room in historic Soulard is a destination for wedding celebrations. The interior boasts cathedral ceilings with magnificent original stained glass windows and the beautiful patio garden is unsurpassed with fountains, beautiful plantings and outdoor bar.

Bevo Mill 4457 Gravois Ave., South City This historic venue in South City, known for its windmill and Dutchstyle exterior, is a beautiful spot for your wedding reception. Operated by the folks from L&M Catering, who also own the well-known St. Louis company Gourmet Foodworks, the recently renovated space provides an elegant backdrop for your big day.

Bogey Hills Country Club 1120 Country Club Rd., St. Charles, 636.946.6250, When guests aren’t taking in the countryside view, they’ll enjoy The Clubhouse at Bogey Hills’ recently renovated 38,000 square-foot facility, which sits at the peak of more than 120 acres of greenery. Bogey Hills’ professional staff can help coordinate flowers, photographers,

275 N. Lindbergh Blvd. Creve Coeur 314.993.8017

limousines, DJs, hors d’oeuvres, wedding cakes and more.

Chandler Hill Vineyards 596 Defiance Rd., Defiance, MO, 636.798.2675, A magical experience awaits at this exquisite winery—you’ll have a memorable big day on the outdoor deck overlooking the vineyards and lake while your guests enjoy a delicious fully catered meal. Chandler Hill is a convenient 30-minute drive from St. Louis.

F15teen 1900 Locust Ave., Downtown, 314.588.8899, With a gorgeous event space, F15teen is picture perfect for your dream wedding reception. The space accommodates over 300 guests and the staff ensures everyone will have the time of their life.

Chase Park Plaza 212-232 N. Kingshighway Blvd., Central West End, 314.633.3000,

Fox Theatre

City Museum

Fox Theatre-Fox Club

701 N. 15th St., Downtown, 314.231.2489,

527 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center, 314.531.9999,

The City Museum plays host to some of the most beautiful and architecturally stunning rooms in the St. Louis area. Located within the museum, Architecture Hall features romantic lighting to set the mood as well as a permanent hardwood dance floor that’s sure to keep your guests dancing.

Located on the second floor of the Theatre, the Fox Club space provides seating for up to 300 guests and a great panoramic view of the lobby. Your big day will be one to remember when you celebrate at St. Louis’ beautiful historic venue.

Contemporary Art Museum

999 N. 2nd St., Downtown, 314.881.5800,

3750 Washington Blvd., Midtown, 314.535.4660, This beautiful facility is one of the most sought-after venues in St. Louis. Offering exclusive catering and a stunning backdrop filled with contemporary art, you’re sure to have a fairytale wedding day. The large, airy space easily accommodates your wedding party, big or small.

Coronado Ballroom

Four Seasons Hotel in St. Louis

Offering a wide array of beautiful venues within one of St. Louis’ most luxurious hotels, the Four Seasons strives to make your day as special as possible. An on-site wedding specialist helps you plan everything from flower arrangements to table linens.

The Gardens at Malmaison 3519 Saint Albans Rd., St. Albans, 636.458.0131,

Have your own fairytale wedding or reception at this beautiful Midtown venue. The grand ballroom is the perfect backdrop—and the wedding planners can help plan every detail, from the menu to specialty linens to floral selections to the cake.

Flourishing gardens rich with history (dating back to Lewis and Clark) make this one of the most romantic settings to play host to your wedding. Whether you choose an intimate indoor ceremony in one of their French country style rooms, or an outdoor ceremony surrounded by the breathtaking view, it will be an event to remember.

Drury Plaza Hotel–At the Arch

Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark

2 S. 4th St., Downtown, 314.231.3003,

One S. Broadway, Downtown, 314.421.1776,

3701 Lindell Blvd., Midtown, 314.367.4848,

Located Downtown, Drury Plaza Hotel at The Arch offers several spacious banquet rooms for your wedding reception and is within walking distance of many city attractions.

From the rehearsal dinner to the ceremony to a honeymoon suite, this elegant Downtown hotel is a perfect place to plan your big day. They also have the resources and the staff to help plan and manage every detail.

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Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark

1335 S. Lindbergh Blvd., Frontenac, 314.993.1100, The Hilton understands this is the most important day of your life, which is why they offer personal services to help you with every detail from the early stages of planning until the last person leaves the dance floor. Their large rooms ensure comfort for your guests as well as elegance for the special occasion.

HOME Nightclub Ameristar Casino Resort Spa, One Ameristar Blvd., St. Charles, 636.940.4333, 314.541.0299

HOME Nightclub St. Louis integrates comfort and style in two distinct rooms: a high-energy nightclub and an inviting lounge. HOME is part of the $265 million renovation of Ameristar Casino Resort Spa, which included a 25-story, 400-room all-suite luxury hotel, 7,000-squarefoot full-service spa and an indoor/ outdoor pool area. These accommodations make for the perfect dream wedding, event or private party.

screen TVs, an incredible lighting system and enough space for up to 600 guests makes Lumen a top choice venue for St. Louisans tying the knot. Located Downtown, this gorgeous and modern event space will make your wedding day feel like an A-list event.

Mad Art Gallery 2727 S. 12th St., Soulard, 314.771.8230, A unique venue for your special event, the Mad Art Gallery has a beautiful Art Deco design, terrazzo floors and marble hallways that create the perfect elegant space for your event.

Missouri History Museum Lindell and DeBaliviere, Forest Park, 314.746.4599, The stunning MacDermott Grand Hall is breathtaking any way you look at it. Your guests would be in limitless awe of the spectacular River Mosaic covering the floor and the replica of Charles Lindbergh’s airplane that hangs from the center of the Hall.


Moonrise Hotel

999 N. 2nd St. Downtown, 314.881.7880,

6177 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.721.1111,

The contemporary ambiance of this Downtown destination makes it the perfect place to have your wedding reception with spaces and amenities to accommodate your guests and party.

A beautiful and modern boutique hotel, Moonrise can provide an unexpected setting for your ceremony or reception. On-site catering will create a lavish meal for you and your guests.

Lodge of the Four Seasons

Saint Louis Science Center

315 Lodge of Four Seasons Dr., Lake Ozark, MO, 573.365. 3000,

5050 Oakland Ave., Forest Park, 314.289.4471,

Make the Lodge of the Four Seasons at Lake of the Ozarks your choice for your wedding and enjoy top-notch accommodations and amenities, including Spa Shiki, 3 championship golf courses, excursion boat rides on Lake of the Ozarks, swimming, water skiing and so much more.

Lumen Private Event Space 2201 Locust St., Downtown, 314.241.5757, Floor-to-ceiling windows, flat-

Book your reception in the James S. McDonnell Planetarium, a landmark venue in Forest Park. The planetarium can be easily transformed and features a dramatic atmosphere.

SqWires Annex 1415 S. 18th St., Lafayette Square, 314.865.3522., Adjacent to SqWires Restaurant, the Annex’s exposed brick, massive beams, 18-foot ceilings, iron stairway, and balcony create an unforgettable setting for your occasion.

Photo courtesy of Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark.

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The Palladium

Windows on Washington

1400 Park Place, Lafayette Square, 314.799.8886,

1601 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.241.5555,

Located in historic Lafayette Square, The Palladium is as beautiful as the neighborhood. The venue, which seats 400 and has room for 700 standing guests, is a stunning marriage of Old World architecture and contemporary design; the perfect place to make lifelong vows.

The Ritz-Carlton

Seeing the skyline from this venue’s 10th floor veranda is the perfect way to treasure the moment on your most memorable day. This 1920s-era building is able to accommodate a group of almost any size, and the staff’s positive and upbeat professionalism will ensure every guest has a spectacular time.

100 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton 314.863.6300,


Brides everywhere know that when they plan a wedding or reception at The Ritz—it’s guaranteed to be classic, elegant and have your guests buzzing about it for years. From intimate to extravagant, traditional to unexpected, The Ritz-Carlton is at your service and dedicated to creating an unforgettable wedding experience that is uniquely yours.

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The Sheldon Art Galleries 3648 Washington Blvd., Grand Center, 314.533.9900 x11, The elegant Louis Spiering Room can sit 500 guests and boasts a spectacular view of the Central West End and Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. The Sheldon Ballroom features golden hardwood flooring, a full stage and dramatic beamed ceilings with large skylights and can accommodate 200-250 for dinner or more than 300 for cocktail receptions.

The Thaxton Speakeasy 1009 Olive St., Downtown, 314.241.3279, This unique Art Deco space can accommodate up to 200 people for cocktail-style events and features a variety of caterers for you to choose from. From simple and elegant to lavishly extravagant, you can create your perfect wedding in the opulent surroundings.

The Westin St. Louis 811 Spruce St., Downtown, 314.552.5727, The Westin offers a gorgeous setting for your party, whether it’s in the 4,000-sq-foot Promenade Ballroom or one of the other spacious facilities. Book your wedding ceremony, reception or rehearsal dinner at The Westin and your day will be a success from start to finish.

Top of the Riverfront at the Millennium Hotel 200 S. 4th St., Downtown, 314.241.9500, Book your reception at the only revolving restaurant in St. Louis, the Top of the Riverfront or one of the spacious facilities at the Millennium Hotel and the spectacular view won’t be the only thing your guests remember.

7118 Oakland Ave., Richmond Heights, 314.781.0243, The select caterer to venues like The Jewel Box, Sheldon Concert Hall and World’s Fair Pavilion, Catering Plus is a full-service company that can also make arrangements for flowers, valet, music and rentals.

Catering St. Louis 2141 59th St., South City, 314.961.7588, Catering St. Louis offers full-service catering and event planning, ranging from small private affairs to elaborate public productions. Catering St. Louis takes your special day to a whole new level with their focus on creating the mood, atmosphere and, most importantly, superb food.

First Impressions 6717 Vernon Ave., University City, 314.721.3233, Not only is their talented staff there for every step of your wedding-day planning, but First Impressions will be there for the showers, postengagement parties and everything in between.

Gregory’s Creative Cuisine 4700 Adkins Ave., South City, 314.481.4481, Choose from a wide variety of Gregory’s delicious dishes, including lobster bisque with brandy and tarragon or Singapore chicken skewers with peanut dipping sauce. Gregory’s also coordinates flowers, valet parking and even ice sculptures.

Hollyberry Catering 284 East Ave., Webster Groves, 314.968.9239, St. Louis’ premier small-plate caterer, Hollyberry creates memorable details such as wine tasting stations, dessert bars and signature cocktails. They’ll even help you with theme, venue and favor ideas.

Orlando’s 8352 Watson Rd., Webster Groves, 314.638.6660,

Congratulations on your engagement. Weddings at The Lodge of Four Seasons are a wonderful place to say “I do”, complete with breathtaking surroundings, elegant function space, a memorable cruise on Lake of the Ozarks, outstanding cuisine, and attentive service. Whether your wedding is an intimate or large affair, we offer a variety of ballrooms and smaller venues that are just right. Our wedding specialist is prepared to help make your special day picture-perfect, from cuisine to floral arrangements.


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For over forty years, the Orlando family has provided delicious food, excellent service and sophisticated facilities to St. Louis brides-to-be. No matter your budget, you can choose from Orlando’s classic or deluxe buffet options, formal dining or hors d’oeuvres packages.

Steven Becker Fine Dining 3701 Lindell Blvd., Midtown, 314.367.4848,

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Featured exclusively at the Coronado Ballroom, Steven Becker brings upscale wedding celebrations to a historic venue. Lavish hors d’oeuvres, elegant entrees and an ornate ’20s style atmosphere are a great start to a lifetime of memories.

V. Catering & Events 5401 Finkman St., Hampton, 314.443.6956, Let owner/event planner Michele Racanelli and Chef Vito Racanelli’s combined expertise and attention to detail create your perfect wedding day. Their motto of “Taste is a matter of choice; quality is a matter of fact” will let you relax and enjoy your special day.

Westwood Catering 190 N. Sappington Rd., Glendale, 314.965.7428, Offering over 600 items to make your wedding dinner look good and taste even better, Westwood Catering will stop at nothing to make your reception a standout. They also provide rental items, tents, specialty linens, custom ice carvings and entertainment.

boutiques/ accessories Bakers Shoes 1093 Saint Louis Galleria, Richmond Heights, 314.725.6155, Head to Bakers Shoes to find the perfect on-trend shoes and accessories you need without breaking the bank. They carry elegant styles in an assortment of colors.

Berrybridge 9904 Clayton Rd., Suite A, Ladue, 314.997.1439, Marie Brauer and Janey Thompson, a dynamic mother-daughter duo and owners of Berrybridge, invite brides-to-be to browse their selection of gowns, including designs by Matthew Christopher and Romona Keveza, in a comfortable, attentive atmosphere.

Blushing Bride 1941 Frank Scott Pkwy East, Shiloh, IL, 618.628.7800,

The extensive selection of high quality bridal gowns at this full-service bridal boutique will ensure you and your bridal party look exquisite on your special day. The highly educated and trained staff is on hand to assist you every step of the way.

Embrassez Moi 108 N. Kirkwood Rd., Kirkwood, 314.966.2229, A wide selection of wedding dresses and gowns, as well as custom veils, tiaras, and headpieces, this Kirkwood boutique is the onestop-shop for all of your wedding party attire, including the flower girl, bridesmaids, the parents of the bride, the groom’s party, and the grandparents of the bride.

Jule Lingerie & Loungewear 9757 Clayton Rd., Ladue, 314.983.9282, Carries everything from cute embroidered thongs, comfy sweats and sexy lingerie that will come in handy before and after the ceremony.

The Ultimate Bride 1512 S. Brentwood Blvd., Brentwood, 314.961.9997, All of the ladies in the wedding party, from flower girls to mothers, will be taken care of at this elegant bridal boutique. From Vera Wang to Elizabeth James, the perfect dress is here waiting.

cakes/desserts Bissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolatier 32 Maryland Plaza, Central West End, 314.367.7750, With a confectionery style dating back to the 17th century, Bissinger’s is a respected authority on sensational sweets. This is a perfect place to get no-fail guest favors, because who doesn’t love chocolate?

Encore Baking 2730 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood, 314.832.4303, Think you have an impossible wedding cake request? Encore Baking can do it all including custom blending icings together in order to match any color swatch you bring.

Jilly’s Cupcake Bar 8509 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314.993.5455, Celebrate your big day with a cupcake tower. Just schedule an appointment with one of the planners and they’ll create a perfectly delicious and completely custom idea for you—from color matching and themes to special flavor combinations.




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McArthur’s Bakery

Simons Jewelers

3055 Lemay Ferry Rd., South County, 314.894.0900,

8113 Maryland Ave., Clayton, 314.725.8888,

Since 1956, McArthur’s Bakery has crafted delicious, mouthwatering wedding cakes. Made with the finest ingredients, these cakes are made especially to your specifications.

The Diamond Shop

Sugaree Baking

81 Plaza Frontenac, Frontenac, 314.567.5555,

1242 Tamm Ave., Dogtown, 314.645.5496, With an art degree from Boston University, Pat Rutherford-Pettine can create your dream wedding cake in traditional circle-shapes, modern squares or even funky hexagons.

12 N. Central Ave., Clayton, 314.721.2210,

Ylang Ylang

Photographers Don Siegel Photography 314.432.6981,

The Cakery

Jackson Street Photography

1420 Tamm Ave., Dogtown, 314.647.6000,

102 N. Side Square, Macomb, IL, 309.837.3252,

Ericka Robertson Frank teamed up with Julie Van Elswyk to create this fabulous slice of sugary heaven. Offers all (sweet) things chic, from the trendy tower of cupcakes to the traditional three tiered mega-cake.

Joanna Kleine Photography 1085 Dauphin Ln., Florissant, 314.368.5073,

Joel Marion Photography


1478 Cherry Creek Ln., Manchester, 636.861.2400,

Cherry Pick Diamonds

Jon Koch Photography


7374 Elm Ave., Maplewood, 314.497.8308,

Chesterfield Jewelers

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17037 Baxter Rd., Chesterfield, 636.537.5590,


Signature Studio

Clarkson Jewelers

1006 Olive St., Suite 301, Downtown, 314.241.7555,

1306 Clarkson Clayton Center, Ballwin, 636.227.2006,

Tim McDermott Photography

Curt Park Jeweler

2323 Locust St., Suite 508 Downtown, 314.406.1149

10192 Conway Rd., Ladue, 314.989.9909,

Todd Studios Photography

Décor Interiors and Jewelry

7374 Elm Ave., Maplewood, 314.541.0299,

13476 Olive Blvd., Chesterfield, 314.434.4022,

Diamond & Jewelry Brokers, Inc. 473 Lafayette Center, Manchester, 636.391.6622,

Elleard Heffern Fine Jewelers 101 S. Hanley Rd., Suite 110, Clayton, 314.863.8820,

Warwick Photography 9020 Manchester Rd., Brentwood, 314.962.3222,

videographers/ music Apple West Productions

Genovese Jewelers


12460 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, 314.878.6203,

Downtime Band

Huffords Jewelry 10413 Clayton Rd., Frontenac, 314.993.1444,

Mavrik Fine Jewelry 200 S. Kirkwood Rd., Kirkwood, 314.909.6818,

McGinty Jewelers on the Plaza 28 Maryland Plaza, Central West End, 314.361.6556,


Gebbs Total Video 318B E. Broadway, Alton, IL, 618.462.6400,

Millenium Music 8410-R Manchester Rd., Brentwood, 314.918.9335,

Pulse DJ’s 314.518.4511,





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The Kemp Auto Museum offers a unique and classic alternative to the standard convention facility, catering hall or hotel ballroom. Our first-class facility is absolutely perfect for Receptions, Rehearsal Dinners and Wedding Ceremonies.

Photos ©2007 Travis Duncan Photography

For one-on-one consultation and personalized quote, please call 636-537-1718 and visit us online at

The Venue for Memorable Events

Eufori SALON 11722 MANCHESTER RD. SAINT LOUIS, MO 63131 314.965.8268

•Get a natural, healthy bridal glow… without any of the work! •A pale to bronze makeover in 20 min.! •Sprays are ONLY $35 & last 7-10 days • NO ODOR and NO ORANGE •4+ Years of Experience=Superior Results PLUS complete your look with dazzling up-do's, cuts, and color!

Bridal Registry

Salon Euforia

Byron Cade

11722 Manchester Rd., Kirkwood, 314.965.8268

7901 Clayton Rd., Richmond Heights, 314.721.4701,

Dillard’s 800.345.5273,

Macy’s 800.568.8865,

The Tan Company 5607 Hampton Ave., South City, 314.353.7770,

Florists Becky Huffman Flowers 314.368.7760,

Petals Galore Multiple Locations, 314.651.1360,

Invitations Any Occasion 14831 Clayton Rd., Chesterfield, 636.256.6969

Illuma 1524 Woodbridge Crossing Dr., Chesterfield, 314.531.4471,

The Service Bureau Incorporated 9773 Clayton Rd., Ladue, 314.991.1104


salons/spas Advanced Laser Clinic 777 S. New Ballas Rd., Suite 200E, Town and Country, 314.994.1536,

A True Spa 116 Chesterfield Commons E. Rd., Chesterfield, 636.537.3227

Dominic Michael Salon 17057 Baxter Rd., Chesterfield, 636.449.1583,

Dr. Judith Gurley 14825 N. Outer 40 Rd., Suite 350, Chesterfield, 636.812.4300,

Infinity Laser Center 141 N. Meramec Ave., # 317, Clayton, 314.862.1000,

The Lifestyle Center


ule is always helping find those perfect gifts for the bride and bridesmaids! From a fun pair of “I Do” thongs or a chemise and robe, Jule has it. And brides, don’t forget about your undergarments for your dress. Choose from gorgeous bra and panty sets to the smooth, seamless fit of the Le Mystere Bridal Seduction bustier. And don’t forget... We now have Bridal Registry!

7642 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.863.5556,

120 W. Monroe Ave., Kirkwood, 314.909.1640,

linens/rentals Alobar’s Party Rentals 716 Hanley Industrial Ct., Clayton, 314.781.7600,

Aries Party Rental 4940 Northrup Ave., Tower Grove, 314.664.6610,

Universal Rentals 10831 Manchester Rd., Kirkwood, 314.822.4535, 314.965.5703,

Weinhardt Party Rentals 11601 Manchester Rd., Des Peres, 314.822.9000,

transportation Midwest Valet 4931 Lindell Blvd., Downtown, 314.361.6764,

MassageLuxe 9572 Manchester Rd., Rock Hill, 314.961.5893,

9757 CLAyton RD. LADUE MARKEtPLACE 314.983.9282 JULEonLInE.CoM

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travel companies AAA Travel

Metro Design Studio Salons


612 N. McKnight Rd., University City, 314.983.0444,

Luxury Travel Specialists

Padda Institute-Center for Laser and Aesthetic Medicine 12401 Olive Blvd., Suite 100, Creve Coeur, 314.275.7300,

1137 Colonnade Ctr., Des Peres, 314.821.5500

Majestic Travel, Inc. 238 Mid Rivers Ctr., St. Peters, 636.397.2100

Service Bureau


We have given our profits back to the community for over 78 years.

Be infinitely smooth for your special day Lip & Chin, Underarms & Bikini Line


Only $49 Each area, per treatment, no contracts *w/lower legs (exp. 12/31/09)

Ask us about our Bridal Parties Specials!

The Service Bureau is well known for

invitations, fine stationery, frames, desk & decorative accessories, as well as a full line of gifts.

9773 CLAYTON ROAD in Ladue 314.991.1104



It’s your special day... Let us make it extraordinary


Our Venue, Your Style

Banquet Facilities for 50-800 Guests Wedding Ceremonies & Receptions | Rehearsal Dinners | Bridal Showers Bed & Breakfast Accomodations Nearby for Overnight Stays Our Brides Receive Impeccable Service & Attention to Details at the Best Prices! Catering to Unique St. Louis Venues Including: City Museum | The Foundry Art Centre The Mahler Ballroom | Mount Pleasant Winery Neo on Locust | The Sheldon Concert Hall The Jewel Box & World’s Fair Pavilion In Forest Park We Can Help With All Of The Aspects of Your Wedding Including Rentals & Entertainment

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190 N. Sappington Rd., Glendale, MO 63122 314.965.7428 •

South County 314.638.6660 Maryland Heights 314.453.9000 | Webster/Kirkwood 314.842.3316

FALL TRENDS *High School Students* Spend and support your school Shop the 2nd Saturday of the Month

Big Buddha “Nolita” Bag, $78 Ivy Hill Boutique 304 N. Euclid Ave. • CWE 314.367.7004

(10/10 - 11/14 - 12/12)

And recieve 20% OFF your denim purchase Track your schools progress on Facebook - become Elements of Denim’s Fan

Old Gringo Razz Boots The school with the most $$$ spent will receive 5% of all sales donated to their school. Can’t be combined with any other offer. Student ID must be present at point of purchase.

True Religion * Seven for All Mankind * Joe’s Jeans * James Jeans * J Brand * Hudson * Rock & Plaza Republic * True 159 Carondelet Clayton, MO 63105 Religion * Seven for All Mankind * Joe’s Jeans * James 314.721.9022 Jeans * J Brand * Hudson * Rock & Republic * True Religion * Seven for All Mankind * Joe’s Jeans * James

the college school The College School’s experiential approach means we do more of many things:

These boots are a fun and unexpected way to transition your wardrobe into fall. Pair them with a flirty and femme sundress or with distressed denim & your urban cowgirl look is effortlessly complete. GiddyUp Jane 9670 Clayton Rd. • Ladue 314.993.9944

Levine Hat Co. Everyone knows Levine’s has the finest men’s hats in St. Louis, but did you know that Levine’s also carries a full selection of ladies hats, including casual, elegant and unusual styles? The truly style affected complete their outfit from the top! Levine Hat Co. 1416 Washington Ave. • Downtown 314.231.3359

The Lola Dress from VFish Designs

Fall Open House Saturday, Nov. 14 Noon to 3 p.m.

Winter Festival Open House Ages 2–8 Saturday, Jan. 9 10 a.m. to Noon

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the college school

This easy-to-wear knit shift combines comfort and flattering fit with eye-catching geometric appliqué color block details. Pair it with boots and tights for a day or slip on sexy heels and funky jewelry for evening. paperdolls 110 E. Jefferson Ave. • Kirkwood 314.965.DOLL

Preschool through Eighth Grade

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superior visibility on washington ave. • ample parking creative retail and residential spaces • beautiful architecture 1818 Washington Ave. • Downtown West retail inquiries: Sarah Henz 314.401.9136 residential inquiries: Scott Sturdevant 314-518-1735 314-516-4949 TOUHILL PERFORMING ARTS CENTER













Whether you seek intense college preparatory programs, the child-centered approach of the Montessori Method, faith-based curriculums or a mix of many different criteria for your child’s private school experience, the St. Louis area has dozens of nationally recognized institutions from which to choose. October through February, most local private schools hold open houses where families can receive more info as well as get a first-hand look at what each school has to offer their child. It’s important to do your homework and study up on the schools you’re considering, but this cheat sheet will help you plan your agenda this Open House season.



Open House

Andrews Academy—Creve Coeur 888 N. Mason Rd., Creve Coeur 314.878.1883,


Jan. 31, 2010, 1pm–3pm

Andrews Academy—Lake Saint Louis 1701 Feise Rd., Lake Saint Louis, 636.561.7709,


Feb. 21, 2010, 1pm–3pm

Chaminade College Preparatory School 425 S. Lindbergh Blvd., Creve Coeur, 314.993.4400,


Nov. 1, Noon–3pm Nov. 2, 6:30pm9pm

Central Christian School 700 S. Hanley Rd., Clayton, 314.727.4535,


Nov. 13, 9am– 11am*

Chesterfield Day School 1100 White Rd., Chesterfield, 314.469.6622,


Oct. 24, 10am–1pm

Chesterfield Montessori School 14000 Ladue Rd., Chesterfield, 314.469.7150,


Nov. 12, 9am–11am

Christian Brothers College High School 1850 De La Salle Dr., Town and Country, 314.985.6067,


Nov. 1, Noon–4pm

Churchill Center and School 1021 Municipal Center Dr., Town and Country, 314.997.4343,


Jan. 15, 2010, 9:30am*

City Academy 4175 N. Kingshighway Blvd., Penrose, 314.382.0085,


Nov. 14, 10am– Noon*

Clayton Academy 1414 Bellevue Ave., Richmond Heights, 314.727.2643,


Nov. 7, 10am–Noon

* Open House Presentation (arrive prior to start time)




Open House

The College School One Newport Place, Webster Groves, 314.962.9355,


Nov. 14, Noon–3pm

Community School 900 Lay Rd., Ladue, 314.991.0005,


Nov. 7, 9:30am-Noon*

Community School’s challenging academic standards are supported by the 7:1 student/teacher ratio, which allows personalized attention for each student. Test scores are among the highest in the nation. Music, art, P.E., drama, woodshop, and foreign language integrate with academics to create a rich learning experience. All this takes place on a wooded 16-acre campus.

Community School Balanced. Challenging. Joyful.

 Test scores among the highest in the nation.  Drama, art, woodshop, music, French & band.  Expansive campus with fields, trails & pond.

Open House - Nov. 7 at 9:30 Monday with Matthew - Nov. 16 at 9:00 Crossroads College Preparatory School 500 DeBaliviere Ave., Central West End, 314.367.8085,


Oct. 25, 1pm*

De Smet Jesuit High School 233 N. New Ballas Rd., Creve Coeur, 314.567.3500,


Nov. 1, Noon–4pm

Downtown Children Center 607 N. 22nd St., Downtown, 314.621.1131,

6 wks– PreK

By Appointment

Forsyth School 6235 Wydown Blvd., St. Louis, 314.726.4542,


Admission Open House, Nov. 7, 1pm-4pm Information Night, Jan. 13, 2010, 7pm

Age 3 through Grade Six. 900 Lay Road  St. Louis 63124 314.991.0005 

VISITATION ACADEMY Preparing Our Students for the World They Will Inherit Ages 2-5 – Montessori coed K-Grade 12 – all girls

Forsyth School offers a challenging, engaging education for children age 3 through Grade 6 with support from exceptional teachers. Located on a one-of-a-kind campus, Forsyth stresses individual attention by maintaining a low student/teacher ratio and two teachers per class. With a strong academic foundation that includes the visual and performing arts, sports and challenge education, Forsyth graduates are well prepared for excellent secondary schools. OPEN HOUSE Montessori-Grade 12 October 18, Presentation at 1 p.m.

* Open House Presentation (arrive prior to start time) ALIVE SPECIAL PROMOTION

Confident. Passionate. Smart.



Open House

Incarnate Word Academy 2788 Normandy Dr., Bel-Nor, 314.725.5850,


Nov. 1, Noon-4pm

John Burroughs School 755 S. Price Rd., Ladue, 314.993.4045,


Oct. 24, 10am*

Logos School 9137 Old Bonhomme Rd., Olivette, 314.997.7002,


By Appointment

Mary Institute and Saint Louis Community Day School (MICDS) 101 N. Warson Rd., Ladue, 314.993.5100,


Nov. 7, 10am (Middle and Upper School Divisions) Nov. 14, 1pm (PreK–4)

Open House

Saturday, November 14th 9:30 a.m. to noon

Pre-K – 6th Grade The Wilson School 400 DeMun Avenue Clayton, MO 63105

Recognized as one of the nation’s leaders in independent education, MICDS values rigorous academic study and praises meaningful individual achievement. Prepares young men and women for higher learning and purposeful adult lives.


Custom gifts and accessories for all ages and occasions! • Custom embroidery • Hand-painted gifts & accessories • Crystal embellished clothing, gifts, and accessories • Personalized vinyl decals

Plus… Itsy Bitsy Boutique can customize anything of your own!

Nerinx Hall High School 530 E. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, 314.968.1505,


Nov. 1, Noon-4pm

New City School 5209 Waterman Blvd., Central West End, 314.361.6411,


Nov. 21, 9:30am-Noon

Rohan Woods School 1515 Bennett Ave., Warson Woods, 314.821.6270,


Nov. 14, 9am-Noon

Rossman School 12660 Conway Rd., West County, 314.434.5877,


Nov. 14, 9am-11:30am

Laura Reichman Itsy Bitsy Boutique 314.308.7750 •

the Big Read Festival

Saturday, October 10th, 2009 9am–4pm

On the Clayton School District Campus at Mark Twin Cricle and Topton Way

The Big Read Festival celebrates authors and promotes literacy during a one-day festival – featuring publishers, book-sellers, national authors, readings, book signings, panel discussions, workshops, demonstrations and an interactive children’s area with readings, costumed characters and projects that engage the young reader.

Using its guidewords “kindness, honesty, respect and responsibility” to nurture character development, leadership skills and academic excellence, Rossman School is in its 92nd year of educating young children. Teachers’ personal relationships with each child and the strong partnerships between the school and parents lead to graduates who are academically well prepared, thoughtful, motivated and self-confident.

For more inFormation visit




Open House

St. John Vianney High School 1311 S. Kirkwood Rd., Kirkwood, 314.965.4853,


Nov. 1, Noon-4pm

St. Joseph’s Academy 2307 S. Lindbergh Blvd., Frontenac, 314.965.7205,


Nov. 1, Noon-4pm

Villa Duchesne 801 Spoede Rd., Creve Coeur, 314.432.2021,


Nov. 1, Noon-4pm

Visitation Academy 3020 N. Ballas Rd., West County, 314.625.9100,


Oct. 18, 1pm

junior kindergarten (age 4) through grade 6

kindness ...honesty...respect ...responsibility... strong academics

We invite you to step into our world and see why our parents chose Rossman School for us.

Visitation Academy gives students the strong educational, social and spiritual framework to succeed in the real world. The Academy emphasizes the importance of leadership in and service to their communities, their church and to the global community. (Co-ed, Ages 2-5 Montessori; K-12, all girls)

Our Open House is Saturday, November 14, 9-11:30 a.m.

12660 conway road • creve coeur 314.434.5877 Westminster Christian Academy 10900 Ladue Rd., Creve Coeur, 314.997.2900,


Oct. 26, 7pm

Whitfield School 175 S. Mason Rd., Creve Coeur, 314.434.5141,


Nov. 1, 3pm-5pm*

The Wilson School 400 DeMun Ave., Clayton, 314.725.4999,


Nov. 14, 9:30am-Noon

The Wilson School offers an accelerated academic program in a nurturing environment for ages 3 through sixth grade, and inspires students to be confident, passionate and smart. With two full-time teachers in every classroom, Wilson students receive individualized attention and are well prepared both academically and socially. Wilson students rank nationally in the 90th to 99th percentile and enjoy excellent secondary school placement. Nestled in historic Clayton, The Wilson School is proud to celebrate its 97th year.

* Open House Presentation (arrive prior to start time) ALIVE SPECIAL PROMOTION

power players

dinner IV ALIVE’s Power Players Dinner, presented by Peoples National Bank and Mercedes-Benz of Progress Point, returned to its inaugural site of Scape in the Central West End for another unforgettable evening of fine dining and networking between St. Louis’ movers and shakers. By Kristin Stefek Brashares Photos By Josh Monken


cape’s Chef Eric Kelly dazzled diners once again during the exclusive Power Players Dinner on May 26. St. Louis’ top movers and shakers returned to the American bistro-style restaurant in the Central West End a year after Kelly, the then newly appointed chef, helped to kick off the first-ever affair. After a couple of months of serving record numbers of diners, this seasoned culinarian’s hot streak carried through in every aspect of the seven-course meal. “Last year’s event at Scape seemed impossible to beat, but Chef Eric pulled out all of his tricks to make this dinner better than last year,” says host Steve Buesching, commercial banker and assistant vice president of Peoples National Bank. Whereas Kelly kept things simple (and unbelievably scrumptious) the first go-around, he let loose a little more on the second, playing off the diverse group of guests. “We had an eclectic and hip crowd,” he says. “I wanted to make a bigger splash and be less conservative.” A pre-dinner cocktail hour featured butlered hors d’oeuvres, with one tray capturing the inventive spirit of the evening with elongated forks skewered with sweet Santa Barbara shrimp and a dollop of avocado salsa.

Guests sampled the bite-sized fancy fare as they chatted about their personal interests and professions—including the restaurant, real estate, beauty, fine art, fitness and professional sports industries—and admired a shiny new Mercedes-Benz from Power Players Dinner sponsor MercedesBenz of Progress Point parked out front. After taking their seats at whitelinen-topped tables, Kelly and his crew presented the first course—a tuft of blue cotton candy whipped in a machine visible from the dining room, sprinkled with coconut powder, topped with spicy peanuts and an Asian sprout salad and served on a rectangular gray slate. The dish set the tone for Kelly’s theme of the dinner—an innovative celebration of summer. The artful presentations continued into the second course—a tempura scallop resting on a bed of Kelly’s secret wasabi pepper sauce and a perfectly shaped shell atop pinkish baked sea salt. An heirloom tomato salad with burrata cheese and Osetra caviar followed, along with a fish course of panroasted Alaskan halibut with purgatory beans and rapini. The main course was Côte du Boeuf with a crème fraîche potato puree. A cheese course featuring another custom creation—a candied sesame kumquat with a specially blended, juicy inside that replaced the seeds—and a five-layer lemon meringue crepe with Meyer lemon sorbetto capped off the evening.


Dominic Bertani, Owner, Dominic Michael Salon

The Guest List

Jason Nichols, Sales & Marketing Representative, ALIVE Magazine

Gwenn Buesching, Manager, Sherwin Williams

Christian Prada, Owner, St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery

Steve Buesching, Vice President, Peoples National Bank

Kevin Rodermund, Sales Consultant, Mercedes-Benz of Progress Point

Tom Burtelow, Sales Consultant, Mercedes-Benz of Progress Point

Pam Ross, Business Development, Peoples National Bank

Jim Concannon, Vice President, Crane Agency Insurance

Jerry Scheidegger, Chairman of the Board, Corporate Group, Inc.

Attilio D’Agostino, Editor-In-Chief/Co-Founder ALIVE Magazine

Chip Schloss, Owner, Atomic Cowboy

Pete Ferretti, Co-Owner, Lounge Concepts

Philip Slein, Owner, Philip Slein Gallery

David Garland, CEO & Host, The Rise to the Top

Janet Stoff, Client Coordinator, Central Institute for Human Performance

Jill Gubin, Senior Account Executive, ALIVE Magazine

Steve Symsack, Vice President, Coldwell Banker

Kelly Hamilton, Executive Editor/Co-Founder, ALIVE Magazine

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Mike Zuke, CEO, Mike Zuke Enterprises (retired St. Louis Blues player)

Jesse Jones, Co-Owner, The Stable

Vickie Zuke, Mike Zuke Enterprises

Michael Katz, Attorney, M B K and Associates LLC



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dining out

A Winning New Restaurant The Over/Under Bar & Grill scores with its unexpected and innovative menu and stellar sports-watching scene. By Cristy Miller | Photos by Liz Reiff Sloan

The patio features a giant screen for game watching.

> The Over/Under Bar & Grill bills itself as a sports bar; it certainly appears to be at first glance, with 37 high-def flat screen TVs splattered throughout the space and smaller screens in the dining room booths. But the menu tells a different story; white bean hummus and exotic mushroom risotto aren’t exactly the markings of a sports grill, and you don’t expect ingredients like truffle butter, baby spinach and chorizo to make appearances. When it comes down to it, it doesn’t make a difference how you label it—whether you go to watch a game or enjoy a refreshingly delicious dinner, you’ll want to bet money on The Over/Under. Upscale Sports Bar The Over/Under opened somewhat quietly during All-Star Week, a well thought-out plan considering its location is just shy of two blocks from America’s Center where MLB Fan Fest was held. And its patio, hidden from Wash Ave by tall bushes, features a 150-inch projection screen and also attracted a nice crowd during a prime sports-watching week. Post All-Star activity Downtown, The Over/Under remains a spot to watch a Cards (or Rams) game— I’ve meandered over from my loft a dozen times this summer to perch on the patio and enjoy a plate of gorgonzola fries. A Winning Menu The menu is a mix of appetizers, “hand helds” 106 ALIVE STL October 2009

(sandwiches and burgers) and large plates—items are recognizable bar fare, but include unexpected twists or are an upscale version of the classic. Take the chicken BLT served with choice of homemade waffle fries, salad or fruit like strawberries and cantaloupe—the peppered bacon is served with a delicious avocado ranch sauce on ciabatta. Or the American Kobe sliders, elevated beyond an average pub dish with a side of truffle-scented fingerling potatoes. The mac n’ cheese, well-crafted with Tillamook cheddar and parmesan, is available with bacon or crab. Prince Edward Island mussels are delicately prepared and served with housemade chorizo, steamed with garlic and Guiness. The stuffed nacho small plate is just that—a flour tortilla stuffed with beef, chorizo and red beans and fried, then covered with cheese sauce. What it lacked in color, it made up for in taste—slight peppery and tasty with either the avocado crema or salsa sides. Big plate options include a nice grilled Atlantic salmon and St. Louis-style ribs, but the Cajun pasta is a standout—that is, if you can stand the heat. The combination of chorizo, jumbo shrimp and fettucine is mixed with a tomato sauce that is unexpectedly spicy. And if there’s one dessert I’d bet on, it’s the ice cream trio—perfect to share, it includes three upside-down waffle cones, served over three scoops of varying flavors of ice cream.

where to eat

{ Inside Dish }

editor’s picks Tips for a top-notch experience at The Over/Under Top Dish

Chicken BLT To-Die-For Dessert

Ice cream cone trio

Best Place to Perch

Patio, weather permitting Fresh Pick

The strawberry salad with baby spinach, goat cheese and candied pecans

The Over/Under Bar & Grill 911 Washington Ave. Downtown 314.621.8881


A Recipe for Success

Taste by Niche features well-crafted cocktails and small plates in an intimate space. By Amy De La Hunt | Photo by Josh Monken

> If ever a bar looked like a science lab, this is it: an anatomical diagram on the chalkboard, mysterious implements on the counter and austere gray lab stools against a white tile wall. It’s all playfully done—the diagram shows the cuts of meat on a pig—yet the connotation is of an institution of higher learning. And to go away without having learned something from Taste by Niche, the new cocktail lounge at Niche, is nearly impossible. There’s the ice, for example. Some of the cocktails, like the Keep Your Cool, use hearty square cubes that melt slowly; others, like the popular Benton Park Swizzle, use ice chips that the bartenders make behind the bar by solidly thwacking cubes wrapped in a dishtowel. Then there are the ingredients. Both the Keep Your Cool and the Swizzle use bitters, spirits distilled from or infused with herbs and aromatics, but the former calls for amaro, the latter for slightly less bitter Fernet. It’s a subtle difference, and at home we’d probably swap in whichever we happened to have. Not at Taste under professor Ted Kilgore, one of the best-known mixologists in town, whose name first started popping up in national cocktail articles while he tended bar at Monarch. Cocktail Class Tuition is very reasonable. At $9 or so, the cocktails aren’t particularly expensive, and the small plates menu sticks closely to the original Spanish tradition of offering a few bites at nominal prices. The cheese plate is a particularly good deal: Choose three from the chalkboard (first ask the host for a helpful tutorial about the artisanal and imported selections) and enjoy them with house-made crackers for $8. Niche, as students of the local food scene will know, is the four-year-old restaurant of award-wining Executive Chef Gerard Craft. He owns Taste as well and pops into it too, as if to remind customers to order some food to go with their rum punch. In fact, some of Craft’s kitchen staffers work behind the bar at Taste by Niche. It’s a bit like the old days, when Niche Executive Pastry Chef Mathew Rice performed his magic on desserts in the same space—and those who loved his bakeshop, Veruca, can still get a sugar fix at Taste, because dessert specials are listed on the chalkboard too. If you’ve heard that Taste’s enrollment is full, don’t despair. Get your name put on the board inside the door, then head next door to Niche to wait. That’s right—who’d have guessed such a popular restaurant would have competition from a cocktail lounge? Ah, the things you’ll learn at Taste. The compressed watermelon with local tomatoes and watercress dish with the Benton Park Swizzle cocktail.

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Niche Taste Bar 1831 Sidney St. Benton Park 314.773.7755

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The charcuterie plate with the Keep Your Cool cocktail.

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Red-Hot New Restaurant in Downtown St. Louis Modern décor and creative cocktails set the scene at Red Kitchen and Bar. By Amy De La Hunt | Photo by Liz Reiff Sloan

{ Top Picks }


Before You Go The bar scene at Red.

Best creative cocktail The Cardinal Margarita

Your basic Old-Fashioned is a simple cocktail of bourbon, bitters and sugar. It’s as old as the hills—almost as old as the word “cocktail” itself—and sounds about as exciting as your typical hotel bar. But what if you traded the bourbon for Jack Daniels and infused the Jack with bacon? And instead of the sugar, you used maple syrup? That’s what Edan Ballantine, director of food and beverage, has done at Red Kitchen and Bar in the Hyatt Regency St. Louis Riverfront. The boldly recrafted Old Fashioned is a perfect metaphor for the hotel bar’s concept. Ballantine merges creative mixology, small-plate dining and music in a setting featuring stylish tables and light fixtures you’d expect in a funky boutique hotel more than in a 910-room Midwestern high-rise. His influences range from a sake martini he sampled in Las Vegas a few years ago to the tapas bars he hung out in last summer in Barcelona to the artisanal pizzerias he frequented while he worked at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix before taking the St. Louis job. If those are your kinds of places, this is your kind of bar.

The bar design, part of the overall $63 million Hyatt Regency Hotel renovation, extended into the kitchen, so the culinary team has toys like an in-house smoker and a pizza oven where it turns out thin-crust pizzas from a unique dough perfected during what Ballatine calls “a lengthy trial-and-error period.”

Ballantine treasures new ideas. “I have been keeping a binder for the last four or five years of cocktail recipes that I’ve come across, or mixology philosophies that I’ve read about, so I utilized these resources in creating our menu,” he said. “The most popular right now is the Satori (which means “enlightenment” in Japanese), a blend of sake, vodka, fresh lime, mint, cucumber and sugar.” He prefers to use fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and infusions in his cocktails, evident in his experiments like muddling watermelon in a drink with pineapple juice and fresh jalapeño (called the Voodoo Chile).

However long it took, they’ve nailed it now. The rehabbed sound system has been getting a workout since the September 4 grand opening, the first of many special events featuring live music and guest DJs. Even when nothing’s scheduled, the spot draws a crowd that’s pretty hip, the sort of people who’d be curious to find out whether bacon works in a new Old-Fashioned (315 Chestnut St., Downtown, 314.259.3244).

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BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE Anywhere along the Arch-inspired bar destination dish Cheese, smoked tomato and herb pizza DRESS CODE Look nice. Red may be in a hotel, but don’t come down in your PJs.

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St. Louis Restaurant Guide Log on to for an expanded list of recommended spots to dine, drink and dance. Photos by Josh Monken key $ Entrees average under $10 $$ Entrees $10–$17 $$$ Entrees $18+

Restaurant · Bar · Private Events

Central West End/ The Grove

Morgan Street Brewery 721 North Second Street on Historic Lacledes Landing 314.231.9970 Tuesday–Sunday

Hot List 2009 Winner Late-night dining Outdoor seating Opened in the last 12 months Chi 4 N. Euclid Ave., 314.367.2209. This trendy Japanese sushi bar has the best St. Louis sushi rolls around, and the Lemon Drop roll is a must-try. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. $ Companion 4651 Maryland Ave., 314.352.4770. This upscale bakery goes far beyond making bread, creating a gourmet menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast and lunch served daily. $


CrÊpes: etc. 52 Maryland Plaza, 314.367.2200. This upscale patisserie takes a modern twist on a French classic, serving both sweet and savory crêpes as well as a variety of homemade pastries, soups and sandwiches. Breakfast and lunch served daily. Dinner served Mon.-Sat. $ and

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Agave 4198 Manchester Rd., 314.652.4283. This Mexican Tequileria (temporarily closed for remodel) offers 100 percent blue agave tequilas and upscale Mexican cuisine. Lunch Tues.-Fri. and dinner served Tues.-Sun. $$ AL’S RESTAURANT 1200 N. First St., 314.421.6399. Known for their steaks and seafood, Al’s is operated by three generations of one St. Louis family. Dinner served Tues.-Sat. $$ Atomic Cowboy 4140 Manchester Ave., 314.775.0775. This casual environment serves a Baja Fresh menu of Tex-Mex dishes, a noteworthy house sangria and over 25 labels of premium tequila. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner daily. $


BOATHOUSE CAFÉ 6101 Government Dr., Forest Park, 314.367.2224. A perfect place to bring the kids or enjoy a romantic night out and sup on American classics. Lunch and dinner served daily, Sun. brunch. $

the Cupcakery 28 Maryland Plaza Rear, 314.367.6111. Enjoy a variety of unique creations from St. Louis’ first gourmet cupcake shop offering cookies, cakewiches and cupcakes. These deliciously moist creations will keep your palate entertained. Open daily Mon.-Sat. $


the Drunken Fish 1 Maryland Plaza, 314.367.4222. This stylish sushi lounge with an extensive Japanese menu offers everything from tuna tataki to traditional rolls. Arrive late night for DJs and karaoke. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served daily. $$


Eau Bistro and Café 212 N. Kingshighway Blvd., 314.454.9000. Delicious New American cuisine by day and a hip see-and-be-seen spot at night. Bistro serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, Sun. brunch. Café serves lunch and dinner daily. $$


F15TEEN 1900 Locust St., 314.588.8899. Serves elegant American cuisine and steaks and features a cozy lounge and private VIP booths. Dinner served Tues.-Sat. $$

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Herbie’s Vintage 72 405 N. Euclid Ave., 314.769.9595. A beloved classic is reborn under the direction of the Monarch duo. Serves contemporary American in an elegant atmosphere. Lunch served Mon.-Fri. and dinner daily. Sun. brunch. $$

* Maryland House *

4659 Maryland Ave., 314.361.9444. This upscale lounge is hidden in a converted apartment above Brennan’s. Featuring a tapas menu, cocktail menu and sleek contemporary décor, it’s the ultimate hipster destination. Dinner served Thurs.-Sat. $ MOXY 4584 Laclede Ave., 314.361.4848. Come for the mix of flavorful global cuisine in a hip, contemporary bistro with an eclectic wine list and top-floor Moxy Lounge. Lunch Mon-Thurs. and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$$ NANCY’S PLACE 4510 Manchester Ave., 314.533.3699. The upscale, smoke-free bar caters to the discriminating female, and appeals to men and women of all orientations. Enjoy great entertainment and indulge in fine libations. Open Tues.-Sat. $


Novak’s Bar & Grill 4121 Manchester Ave., 314.531.3699. Novak’s is known as a top bar and dance destination for the city’s gay and lesbian crowd—stop in for burgers, apps and live music as well. $ The Pasta House 313 N. Euclid Ave., 314.367.1144. Authentic Italian fare including the infamous Pasta House Co. salad, toasted ravioli and spaghetti. Lunch and dinner served daily. Multiple locations; $$ Rasoi 25 N. Euclid Ave., 314.361.6911. Serving both Northern and Southern Indian cuisine, a rarity among Indian restaurants in St. Louis, this eye-catching destination serves authentic dishes like chicken curry, kabobs and lamb chops. Lunch and dinner served daily. $


Scape 48 Maryland Plaza, 314.361.7227. This contemporary bistro offers a variety of traditional American fare with a European twist. Lunch served Tues.-Fri. and dinner served Tues.-Sun., Sun. brunch. $$$


Sub Zero 308 N. Euclid Ave., 314.367.1200. Over 140 international labels of vodka, a wonderfully large list of drinks and sushi and a new build-your-own burger menu in the new expanded area. Dinner served daily. $$


The Tenderloin Room 232 N. Kingshighway Blvd., 314.361.0900. Refined dining has never tasted so good, with a selection of filets, sirloin and lamb as well as seafood and

gourmet appetizers served in an elegant dining space. Lunch Tues.-Fri. and dinner daily. $$$


Midtown/Downtown Bubba Tea & Café 417 N. 10th Street, 314.231.5282. Serves traditional bubble tea drinks and coffee beverages and breakfast eats as well as lunch panini menu. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. $


Café Ventana 3919 W. Pine Blvd., 314.531.7500. This French Quarter-inspired coffeehouse has an extensive food selection, including sandwiches, beignets, pastries and coffee. Open daily. $$

2-4-1 Happy Hour 5-9p $1 PBR & Wells 10-3a


Wednesday / High Life

Chuy arzola’s 3701 Lindell Blvd., 314.644.4430. The relaxed atmosphere of the recently opened Chuy Arzola’s pairs perfectly with their TexMex cuisine. Spicy fajitas and chilled margaritas complete the laidback Tex-Mex vibe. Lunch and dinner daily. $

2-4-1 Happy Hour 5-9p $1 High Life 10-3a

Thursday / MIXTAPE

CIELO 999 N. 2nd Street St., 314.881.2105. Located at the Four Seasons Hotel and serves contemporary Italian and American dishes such as seared sea scallops, filet mignon and house-made pasta and desserts. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily. $$$


CrEpes in the City 500 N. 14th St., 314.436.1900. A hotspot for sweet and savory crêpes, coffee and a variety of other delicious eats. Breakfast and lunch Tues.-Sun. and dinner Fri.-Sat. $


Espresso Mod 210 N. 9th St., 314.436.3240. Serving gelato, sandwiches, bagels, cookies and, of course, coffee, this blast-from-the-past place is great for a quick caffeine break or mid-day snack. Breakfast and lunch served Mon.-Fri. $


The Fountain on Locust 3037 Locust St., 314.535.7800. Home of the creative ice cream martini, as well as delicious fresh-made appetizers, entrees, fine ice creams, chocolates and retro cocktails. The one-of-a-kind, hand painted Art Deco interior is also a must-see. Lunch and dinner Tues.-Sun. $


Harry’s Downtown Restaurant & Bar 2144 Market St., 314.421.6969. This eclectic bistro is understatedly refined, serving a wide range of cuisine. Lunch is Mon.-Fri. and dinner served daily. $$ Houlihan’s 147 St. Louis Union Station, 314.436.0844. Casual family atmosphere with great burgers and other finger foods. Boasts one of the best happy hour specials in the city. Lunch and dinner daily. Multiple locations; $$


JADE 910 Olive St., 314.425.2900. This new sushi restaurant and lounge will keep your wallet full

Tuesday / Lil’ Danzig

2-4-1 Happy Hour 5-9p $2 off all mixed drinks

Friday / That 80s Club 2-4-1 Happy Hour 5-9p

Saturday / Level 13 with the Dirty Bus and Breakfast Club DJs One of the last remnants of downtown’s club district, Rue 13 is still THE place to party and is a step above the rest when it comes to glamour and price! Featuring great music, a beautiful crowd, and fantastic sushi until the wee hours of the night.


• Tuesday-Friday, 5-9p • 1/2 Price Beers • Double Mixed Drinks

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with their affordable happy hour offered Monday through Friday and delicious sushi. $$



Araka 131 Carondelet Plaza, 314.725.6777. This gorgeous restaurant in Clayton’s The Crescent features delicious European-inspired cuisine. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served daily. $$$


BARcelona 34 N. Central Ave., 314.863.9909. A St. Louis see-and-be-seen stop to nosh on Spanish tapas. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served daily. $$

Kitchen K 1000 Washington Ave., 314.241.9900. This hip spot serves New American fare and is located in the Merchandise Mart Loft building. Lunch and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$$ Lucas Park Grille 1234 Washington Ave., 314.241.7770. A seasonal menu with fresh ingredients such as soups, salads and New American entrees offer something for everyone. Lunch and dinner served daily, Sat.-Sun. brunch. $$$


Mike Shannon’s 620 Market St., 314.421.1540. This 20-year-old St. Louis landmark serves upscale American cuisine. Stop by the expansive “The Outfield,” powered by The Pepper Lounge, beer garden for some pre- or post-game spirits. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served daily. $$


MORGAN STREET BREWERY 721 N. Second St., 314.231.9970. Located in an area of town filled with history and charm, Morgan Street offers great food and beers that are brewed right on the premises. Dinner served Tues.-Sat. $ Mosaic 1001 Washington Ave., 314.621.6001. This modern fusion restaurant offers an array of cold and hot tapas. Lunch and dinner served daily; Brunch Sat.-Sun. $$


Nadoz Euro Bakery & Café 3701 Lindell Blvd., 314.446.6800. This sophisticated and casual café/ bakery offers homemade desserts, coffee drinks and more. Breakfast, lunch and late-night snacks served daily; Sun. brunch. $


Old Rock House 1200 S. 7th Blvd., 314.588.0505. The Rock House is a high-end live music club with an integrated music scene and great dining. Lunch Tues.-Fri. and dinner served Tues.-Sat., bar serves until 3am. $



Brio Tuscan Grille 1601 S. Lindbergh Blvd., 314.432.4410. Savory Italian in a laid back atmosphere make this Frontenac favorite a must-visit for a family-friendly meal or a romantic night out. Brunch served on weekends, lunch and dinner served daily. $$$ Gourmet Foodworks Deli 8135 Maryland Ave., 314.863.5064. You’ll find salads, sandwiches, soups, wraps and more at this Clayton deli. Dine in or carry out, you’re guaranteed fresh and housemade items. Open daily. $ J.Buck’s 101 S. Hanley Rd., 314.725.4700. A Clayton staple for business lunches and happy hours. Flavorful offerings include classic favorites like pizza, pasta, burgers and baby back ribs. Multiple locations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. $$$


Kaldi’s 700 DeMun Ave., 314.727.9955; 187 Carondelet Plaza, 314.726.2900. Offers plenty of options, like flavored coffees and premium blends. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily. $ Katie’s Pizzeria 6611 Clayton Rd., 314.727.8585. This charming pizzeria is a little piece of Italy that offers appetizers, fresh house salads and a selection of delicious pizzas. Lunch and dinner served daily. $



The Pepper Lounge 2005 Locust St., 314.241.2005. Retro lamps and cozy booths complete the atmosphere at this hip bar and nightclub. Bar and lounge open Thurs. and Sun., 10pm-3am; Fri. and Sat., 9pm-3am. $$


Smoking Joe’s 1901 Washington Ave., 314.436.3876. You’ll find just about any type of Memphis-style barbeque at this new Downtown joint, all seasoned to perfection and smoked slowly. Lunch and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $


WAVE Taco 1335 Convention Plaza, 314.241.8226. Offering some of the freshest Mexican food in St. Louis, Wave Taco is as close to Mexico as St. Louis gets, equipped with sand volleyball courts and all. Open daily. $$

Molly Darcys 26 N. Meramec Ave., 314.863.8400. You can’t go wrong with this Irish

restaurant’s selection of rustic dishes like fish and chips or beef and Guinness stew. Located in the Seven Gables Inn, the restaurant is perfect to enjoy frothy libations. Lunch and dinner daily. $$

Not only do they serve a great slice of pie, but Joanie’s Pizzeria also offers hearty Italian appetizers, sandwiches and pasta, all in the heart of historic Soulard. Lunch and dinner served daily. $$

My Daddy’s Cheesecake Bakery & Café 6451 Clayton Rd., 314.725.9555. Made-from-scratch sandwiches, pastries and, of course, cheesecake is what you’ll find at this newly opened bakery. Breakfast and lunch and dinner served daily. $

Lemp Mansion Restaurant & Inn 3322 DeMenil St., 314.664.8024. This historic mansion, furnished with antiques and believed to be haunted, serves lunch and dinner with options like beef Wellington, shrimp linguine and tilapia. Also features murder mystery dinner theater and Sunday family-style dinners. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner Thurs.-Sat. $$


Océano 44 N. Brentwood Blvd., 314.721.9400. St. Louis’ premier seafood bistro is an elegant addition to the Clayton dining scene. Lunch and dinner served daily. $$$


Roxane 12 N. Meramec Ave., 314.721.7700. Tucked away in a corner of Clayton, this small tapasstyle spot is home to a very bohemian atmosphere. $$

South City/ Hampton/The Hill Absolutli Goosed 3196 S. Grand Blvd., 314.771.9300. With an updated and improved décor, this bar is better than ever, yet still serves the same great martinis. Open Mon.-Sun. $ Aya Sofia 6671 Chippewa St., 314.645.9919. Add a dash of culture to your diet with exotic Turkish and Mediterranean delights. Open Tues.-Sun. $$


CUNETTO’S 5452 Magnolia Ave., 314.781.1135. This family-owned hotspot on the hill is a St. Louis tradition with its Italian cuisine and casual atmosphere. $$ LORENZO’S TRATTORIA 1933 Edwards, 314.773.2223. For a different taste on The Hill, try Lorenzo’s, which features Northern Italian cuisine combines with contemporary flavors.$$ Onesto Pizza & Trattoria 5401 Finkman St., 314.802.8883. Fresh, creative pies, like the Gut Buster and the classic margherita, as well as fresh pastas, sandwiches and Italian appetizers, await you at this charming South City spot. Lunch Mon.-Sat. and dinner Wed.-Mon. $$


Lafayette Square/ Benton Park/Soulard Franco 1535 S. 8th St., 314.436.2500. This cool bistro serves country French fare with a modern twist. Lunch Mon.-Fri.Dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$


Frazer’s 1811 Pestalozzi St., 314.773.8646. Serving creative cuisine in an eclectic, comfortable atmosphere. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$ Joanie’s Pizzeria 2101 Menard St. 314.865.1994.




Mississippi Mud 2101 Cherokee St., 314.776.6599. Fresh-roasted coffee, sandwiches, soups and pastries all served here in the heart of the Cherokee-Lemp Historic District. Open daily. $ Park Avenue Coffee 1919 Park Ave., 314.621.4020. Not your average coffee shop—enjoy Chauvin coffee, bagels, housemade muffins, smoothies and a selection of over 40 gooey butter cakes. Open daily. $


Sidney Street Cafe 2000 Sidney St., 314.771.5777. Whether it’s a special occasion or just an average night out, this Benton Park spot excels at American cuisine with French and southern influences. Dinner served Tues.-Sat. $$$


SqWires 1415 S. 18th St., 314.865.3522. A seasonal menu features fresh interpretations of American classics. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served daily. $$$ The Stable 1821 Cherokee St., 314.771.8500. This brew house, distillery and pizzeria features bacon-wrapped dates, housemade grinders and an array of pizza and pasta. Located in the historic Cherokee Street district. $



Yemanja Brasil 2900 Missouri Ave., 314.771.7457. In homage to her Brazilian roots, owner and renowned artist Lemya Sidki adorned her charming restaurant with culture-centered paintings, Hammocks and created a gorgeous tropical garden patio. Stop in for fresh, authentic Brazilian cuisine. Dinner served Tues.-Sun. $$$

University City/ The Loop 609 Lounge 609 Eastgate Ave., 314.721.9168. Potent drinks and a great line-up of local DJs make this sexy spot a must for any night out. $$, Blueberry Hill 6504 Delmar Blvd., 314.727.4444. Joe Edwards’ flagship restaurant is as synonymous with St. Louis as the Arch—it’s a landmark restaurant not to be missed. $ Blue Ocean Sushi 609 Eastgate Ave., 314.721.9168.

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This contemporary Japanese restaurant serves all-you-can-eat sushi and à la carte items, such as chicken teriyaki, tempura, and other popular Japanese/Asian cuisine. Lunch and dinner served daily. $


Jilly’s Cupcake Bar 8509 Delmar Blvd., 314.993.5455. With more than just cupcakes to satisfy a sweet tooth, this bakery serves soups, salads, sandwiches and more. Open daily. $$







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Momos 630 North and South Rd., 314.863.3511. A hip, eclectic tapas bar and tavern serving traditional Greek fare. Lunch Mon.-Sat. and dinner served nightly. $$

Kirkwood/ Maplewood/ Webster Groves Highway 61 Roadhouse & Kitchen 34 S. Old Orchard Rd., 314.968.0061. This southern-style restaurant offers everything from pulled pork sandwiches to BBQ spaghetti. Lunch and dinner served daily. $ the jive & Wail dueling pianos 7376 Manchester Rd., 314.781.7000. From dueling pianos to unique pub fare, this Maplewood hot spot has it all. Dinner served daily. $$ La Salsa Grill 140 S. Kirkwood Rd., 314.821.8890. La Salsa Grill serves their authentic, fresh Mexican cuisine and features two happy hours daily. $


LATITUDE 26 6405 Clayton Ave., 314.932.5600. With flavors from both north and south of the border, this Tex-Mex eatery is bringing flair to Dogtown. Lunch and dinner served Tues.-Sat. $$ Mihalis Chophouse 1603 McCausland Ave., 314.333.3301. Glam golden interiors and a dramatic bar flanked by lounge furniture make Mihalis a gorgeous destination to dine on traditional steakhouse fare. Dinner served Tues.-Sat. $$$


Monarch 7401 Manchester Rd., 314.644.3995. The romantic atmosphere and extensive wine selection at this upscale restaurant perfectly complement the global fusion fare. Lunch Tues.-Fri. and dinner served Tues.-Sat. $$$


THE RED LION 7336 Manchester Rd., 314.645.4200. An American gastropub that serves classic favorites and beer. Be sure to stop by for happy hour and enjoy great drink specials. $$

Creve Coeur/ Maryland Heights/ West County/ Chesterfield Bravo! Cucina Italiana 15 West County Center, 314.821.2562. Upscale restaurant meets casual eatery at Bravo!, a new dining destination in West County and the first location of this national favorite to open in St. Louis. Expect delectable, made-to-order Italian food and a welcoming atmosphere. Lunch and dinner served daily. $$$


BRISTOL SEAFOOD GRILL 11801 Olive Blvd., 314.567.0272. This grill offers an array of seafood, steak and more signature selections. Lunch served Mon.-Fri. and dinner Mon.-Sat., Sun. brunch. $$$, Caito’s Pizzeria 414 THF Blvd., 636.530.9222. This casual family-oriented restaurant, now with a new location in Webster Groves, offers pasta dishes, sandwiches, salads and pizza in a Tuscan-themed environment. Lunch and dinner served daily. $$ THE COUNTRY CLUB BAR & GRILL 288 Lamp & Lantern Village, 636. 256.7201. Serves hearty American cuisine and traditional classics from burgers to crab cakes. The patio is a must during summer. Lunch and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$ IL BEL LAGO 11631 Olive Blvd., 314.994.1080. Boasts an extravagant Italian menu in an elegant Italian restaurant. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$$ Paul Mineo’s Trattoria 333 Westport Plaza Dr., 314.878.8180. This cozy restaurant in the heart of Westport Plaza provides a little taste of Italy that is perfect for any night out. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner Mon.-Sat. $$$ SEASONS ST. LOUIS 79 Forum Center, 314.469.2210. Featuring beautifully crafted dishes made with fresh regional fare inspired by the seasons. Dinner Tues.-Sat. $$$ STONEWOLF 2400 Taylor Rd., 636.273.6800. Come during happy hour and sip long necks, martinis, premium wells, draft beers and Robert Mondavi Private Reserve wine. This Wildwood spot serves steaks, burgers and seafood. Lunch served Sun. and dinner daily. $$

Robust Wine Shoppe & Café 227 W. Lockwood Ave., 314.963.0033. Inspired by Sommelier Stanley Browne, this café is perfect for anyone interested in indulging in their love for food and wine. Lunch and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$

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RASOI Stop into Rasoi and experience the delectable flavors of India. Whether you enjoy our lunch buffet, fine dining or our outdoor patio, Rasoi in the Central West End is like no other place in St. Louis.

25 N. EUCLID AVE. 314.361.6911 RASOI.COM








2101 Menard ST. • 314.865.1994 JOanie’s to go • 314.865.5800

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SnowFlake Café Bonfire 314.361.0613



Public Ice Skating All Day, Every Day–Including all Holidays.

3037 Locust st. 314.535.7800

Lorenzo’s features Northern Italian cuisine with a touch of contemporary flavor. The menu at Lorenzo’s presents a wide variety of pastas and entrees. Look forward to experiencing the authentic house-made gnocchi and risottos. The entrees include our signature dish, braised ossobuco, and our guests’ ever-favorite, Chicken Spedini. Lorenzo’s is a departure from the typical white napkin establishment. 1933 Edwards St. 314.773.2223

Don’t miss Downtown’s most beloved casual hotspot. The menu offers innovative handmade crepes, soups, salads & sandwiches, in a relaxed and artistic venue with a beautiful outdoor patio. Be sure to drop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner. On weekends enjoy live music & cocktails! 500 N. 14th St. 314.436.1900




THE FOUNTAIN ON LOCUST The most photographed restaurant in St. Louis and home of the Ice Cream Martini. Serves fresh-made food, fine ice creams, chocolates and retro cocktails in a one-of-akind, hand-painted Art Deco interior!

1603 McCausland 314.333.3301

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STEINBERG SKATING RINK Largest Outdoor Ice Skating Rink in the Midwest.

Dinner Served: Tues-Sat 5PM-11PM Bar/Lounge Hours: M-SAT 4:30 PM-1:30AM

Lorenzo’s Trattoria

JOANIE’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT & PIZZERIA Full menu with daily specials, a large dining room and...of course GREAT PIZZA! A great place to have fun before or after the game!

The only place in St. Louis offering an extensive selection of bone-in chops, Mihalis Chophouse also boasts fresh seafood dishes and an impressive 1800 bottle wine list. The stunning, multi-level lounge features live music every weekend, where you can enjoy a Signature Cocktail and nosh from smaller plates on the new Bar Menu.


MONARCH Restaurant & Wine Bar features three distinctive dining areas with a spot for every mood. Award-winning wine list with over 450 bottle selections and 40 wines by the glass. Twenty-five dishes priced between $5–$15. Hours: Mon-Sat 5-11:30pm, Wine Bar open until 1:30am

7401 Manchester RD. 314.644.3995



Halloween Party in the Plaza HERBIE’S VINTAGE 72 Beloved Balaban’s is reborn—Herbie’s a tribute to the original owner, revives classics such as shrimp dumplings and the famous chocolate beignets and features new, soon-to-be staples like duck confit crepes and eggplant roulade.

Westport Plaza Friday, October 30 • 8-10pm Live Music by Fat Pocket

405 n. euclid ave. 314.769.9595

Adult Costume Contest

MOMOS Enjoy traditional and eclectic Greek Mezah in a casual yet festive atmosphere. Sip from our creative drink menu and enjoy the nightly belly dancing in one of our featured party rooms as you munch on hummus, gyros and baklava. Lunch. Dinner. All occasions. 630 NORTH & SOUTH 314.863.3511 MOMOS–STL.COM




Using only the freshest ingredients, Onesto offers made-from-scratch, seasonal dishes. Dine on our new patio while enjoying daily lunch & dinner specials, seasonal sangria and our award-winning pizzas!

5401 Finkman st. • 314.802.8883 vcateringandevents.COM



TUSCAN GRILLE Brio offers a lunch, dinner and kid’s menu daily along with a brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays. Lunch specials are only $7.95, Monday through Friday. Brio offers a warm and welcoming ambience, where you can enjoy great food. 1601 South Lindbergh Blvd. 314.432.4410

4 Costume Categories:

The Drunken Fish - Super Heros IceKitchen - Rock & Roll Artists Pujols 5 - Michael Jackson Look-A-Likes Westport Pizza Co. - Vampires Sign up online at starting Monday, October 5th. First ten registered in each category receive $5 in Westport Bucks. (must attend to receive ) For details visit or call 314.576.7100



Proud to be one of St. Louis’ first gay bars. VJs play everything from dance hits, disco and showtunes on the many flatscreen TVs. 6 years voted #1 Gay Bar in STL. Amazing gathering spot and happy hour. Known as “Where it All Starts.”

Bored with the regular bar scene? Looking for a quality cocktail? Look no further! Experience our unique takes on the martini as well as our extended beer & wine menu. Have you been GOOSED lately?

16 S. Euclid Ave. 314.361.4119



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Erney’s 32°

Taking Manchester by storm, the new place to be is already the most popular hang out, look good, feel good kinda place. It’s a drink, dance kinda gathering spot. Check out the walkin vodka room, kept at a chilly 32°, the ideal temperature for the perfect cocktail. 4200 Manchester 314.652.7195




Erney’s 32° VODKA BAR


Known city-wide as one of the top lesbian and gay bars in St. Louis drawing faithful patrons and new visitors alike with its diverse crowd, fantastic three-level party patio and regular lineup of live entertainment. Partygoers can enjoy Novak’s menu of burgers and appetizers. 4121 Manchester AVE. 314.531.3699



Nancy’s Place (NP), the new bar and lounge, is now open for business Tues.Fri., 5pm-1:30am and Sat., 6pm1:30am. The upscale bar caters to the discriminating female, and appeals to men and women of all orientations. Enjoy great entertainment and indulge in fine libations. Contact Nancy Novak at to book a private function. Mention this ad and get a free martini when you purchase one!

Located in the hip Grove District, Kolors Salon is a destination for exquisite hair styling and salon services. We are dedicated to serving ALL of the St. Louis community, and offer master coloring, cutting, waxing and makeup services. Please stop in and see us or call and book your appointment today!

4510 Manchester Ave. 314.533.3699



4112 Manchester Ave. 314.371.1333

Girl Friday brings together St. Louis’ see-and-be-seen crowd for the hottest LGBT parties and special events in the city. Last year, Girl Friday produced ULTRA, the first and only VIP event during Pridefest weekend, happening this year on June 27. View party pics and sign up for event invites online at


JUST JOHN Experience the new Just John. St. Louis’ premier gay drinking establishment located in the heart of The Grove, and enjoy the gorgeous patio bar, nightly drink specials, fun themed nights and a sexy crowd. Check us out on facebook. com.

3196 S. Grand Blvd. 314.771.9300


4188 Manchester Ave. 314.531.1218

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Kate Leslie, Amani Roland, Jennifer Thomas & Kate Gleason

August 13> THE PLACE: Black Label Gallery Lounge

THE PARTY: ALIVE, in partnership with Connect With…, invited St. Louis art and culture aficionados to Black Label Gallery Lounge in the up-and-coming Chouteau’s Landing arts and nightlife district for an evening of interactive art, dancing and music. VIP guests, including Tony Gaddis, Debra Bass, Alderman Shane Cohn and Jassen Johnson, took in performances from Circus Flora, historical reenactments performed by the Missouri History Museum, a stage setting from The Repertory Theatre, interactive art stations sponsored by the Saint Louis Art Museum, backstage videos from the Opera Theatre of St. Louis and stunning pieces from the Missouri Botanical Garden. The after-work fete gave guests the chance to unwind and enjoy a one-of-a-kind cocktail party, including hors d’oeuvres from Black Label’s kitchen, House of Kabobs, and drinks from Miller and Twisted Tea, as well as the opportunity to learn more about getting involved with St. Louis’ top nonprofit organizations.—Sheniqua Faulkner

James Anderson, Joanna Kieschnick & Laura Kirk

Christina Morrow & Beth Lansing Kevin Gladney & James Moore

Photos by ALIVE Scene Team

Marisa Giller, BJ Rice & Alisha Johnson

Sarah Kramer, Martin Casas, Gelinda Connell & Amanda Hill Sarah Faragalla & Jennifer Meinhardt Jay Coffey & Elena Solis

Hilary Clements, Jay Criscione & Kathy McGuire-Mullins

Shawna & Nathan Brinson Jim Concannon & Kathleen Logan Smith Jassen Johnson & Kitty Nangel

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Dapper Dan & Smitty Smith

August 20> Craig Thomas, Vernon Whitlock, Matt Krentz, Nick Gartner and Dustin Weiskopf

THE PLACE: The Pepper Lounge

THE PARTY: After receiving an exclusive sneak peek at writer/ director/actor Matthew Scott Krentz’ film Streetballers at Ronnies 20 Cine, hundreds of St. Louisans hit The Pepper Lounge for the official after party. There, producers Craig Thomas, Patrick Rooney and Vernon Whitlock III celebrated with the allSt. Louis cast, including Adrieanne Perez, Justin Tatum, Ryan Johnson, Slim, Norman McKowan and John Bratkowski. Shot entirely in St. Louis, the story chronicles the struggles two athletes endure on and off the court, and touches on themes of drugs, racism, alcoholism and spirituality. The film—starring Krentz and Jimmy McKinney— hit select theaters in late August and has racked up an impressive list of accolades from numerous international film festivals, including the Audience Choice award at the Saint Louis International Film Festival and the Jury Award from the Hollywood Black Film Festival. Spotted celebrating with the cast and crew were Brie and Bridget Krentz, Carrie Sullivan, Kevin Johnson of the Post-Dispatch and PR maven Pamela Raymond. —Sheniqua Faulkner

Actress Adrieanne Perez & Writer/Director Matt Krentz

Jake Waters & Jenny Woulfe

Morgan Dower, Annie Walworth, Jenn Milward & Amanda Constantinesco

Photos by Kelly Richardson Kim Jordan & Erica Hunt Abbey Winkler & John Klevorn

Libby Rohlfing & Molly and Doug Sansone

Kevin Johnson & Lindsay Murray

Craig Thomas & Damon Johnson

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Treach of Naughty By Nature performs

August 7> THE PLACE: HOME Nightclub

THE PARTY: Who says prom was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity? HOME Nightclub, together with CheresseINK, invited partygoers to dress in their prom-night best and head to HOME for a chance to relive that special high-school night. No need to spike the punch at this prom; HOME’s skilled bartenders served premium cocktails to guests including Sandra Vedder, Curt Copeland, Danielle Woodruff, Nikko Smith and 2009 Prom Princess Amanda Moehle and Prince L. Frost. Well-respected St. Louis DJ Jay E and a special performance by Naughty by Nature kept the dance floor packed till the morning hours. After the online votes were tabulated and finalized, Jim and Chantel Lyle were crowned St. Louis Prom’s King & Queen and will happily reign over the St. Louis party scene for the next twelve months.—Sheniqua Faulkner

Mary Monroe & Mandy David

Photos by Courtney Strong

Additional photos courtesy of MetroMix.

Heather Bono, Rachel Pearlstone, Rachel Hollon & Tiffany Huber

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Amanda Moehle, Jim and Chantel Lyle, Vin Rock & Treach

Leslie & AJ Wilson

Scott Boyer, Amanda Johnston, Jodie Passananti & Marli Kansteiner

Crystal Hammontree & Katie Kemp Tiffany Huber & Rachel Pearlstone

Eve Bruha & Michelle Water

Annie Sandweg and Megan Ryan

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