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An online competition showcasing St. Louis fashion designers culminates in a final battle on the runway as the contestants with the most online votes compete for the title of St. Louis’ hottest up-and-coming designer. Runway footwear provided by Brown Shoe Company. After party at SubZero Vodka Bar (308 N. Euclid Ave).

Macy’s will showcase fall 2012 fashions for men and women. Guests will receive 25% off from the Impulse and INC International Concept Departments, plus other favorites during the event. A $5 donation to St. Louis Children’s Hospital gets you a $10 Macy’s Saving Card to use that night. All ticket proceeds benefit St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Experience a runway show presented by the Saint Louis Galleria. A collection of various designers and brands throughout the Saint Louis Galleria will be working together to create a fun and fashion-forward show. All proceeds benefit HavenHouse St. Louis. After party at BlackFinn American Grille (1147 Saint Louis Galleria).

Enjoy a runway show featuring select luxury brands of Plaza Frontenac. Join us for 2012 Fall fashion with the best of what Plaza Frontenac has to offer. All proceeds will benefit SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center.

An event featuring the best of St. Louis boutiques including Cha, Devil City, Esther, Ivy Hill, Sole & Blues and The Eye Bar. Experience fashions from local boutiques with footwear by Brown Shoe Company. Enjoy a show of unique and stylish trends specific to St. Louis. After Party at Three Sixty (One S. Broadway)*.

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20 7 Things you must do this month.

38 Trends Fall’s answer to color-blocking overkill takes the shape of graphic content.

95 Spirits It’s time to welcome autumnal flavors onto your plates and into your libations.

22 D  INING Just as temperatures are cooling down, the food scene is heating up. Fill up on these hot fall restaurant openings. 24 radar Way out west, where the Mad Buffalo roam, a new family distillery turns out handcrafted spirits.

40 Men's Style Stand at attention in designers’ latest military-inspired pieces. 42 Acc  essories When it comes to fall accessories, you’ve got it in the bag.

26 ARTS Three STL art houses are celebrating big anniversaries this year.

44 m  y Style Fashion designer Paul Gibson is all about mixing it up when it comes to his personal style.

28 BUZZ Comedian Kathleen Madigan considers STL more than just the butt of one of her jokes.

48 Home Tips and tools for making St. Louis’ signature dish in the comfort of your own kitchen.

30 TRAVEL Take a weekend getaway to Nashville and soak up the southern charm. 32 C  olumn Find out how participating in Meatless Mondays can change the world one plate at a time. 34 J  ob Envy If it’s true that cooking feeds the soul, then Chef Nicole Shuman is a bona fide saint.

ALIVE BRIDE 76 Weddings For two STL accountants, investing in a life together has infinite returns. 78 Engagements Two newly engaged St. Louis couples share their love stories. 80 Planning Guide The ultimate resource for your wedding—with 200+ venues, caterers, planners and more.

96 Restaurant Guide The best places in town to eat and drink.

agenda 107 Calendar Head down the yellow brick road with COCA and the St. Louis Symphony, get synthetic with Metric at The Pageant and have some laughs with Louis C.K. at The Fox. 111

TRACK-OR-TREAT Get into the spooky spirit early at the GO! St. Louis Halloween 10K, 5K & Fun Run.

115 HOME  GROWN HARVEST Shop the Best of Missouri Market at Missouri Botanical Garden.

scene 119 Scene in St. Louis Party pics from Connect With, Tommy Bahama’s Grand Opening, Party in the Plaza and more. 128 Archetypes An interview with Olivia Lahs-Gonzales, artist, photographer, author and director of the Sheldon Art Galleries.

Correction: In the September 2012 issue, there were two runway images in the Fall 2012 Runway Report that were incorrectly captioned. The upper-right image on p.75 and the upper-left image on p.76 are both from the DKNY Fall 2012 collection. In addition, the “House of Style” story on p.26 incorrectly stated Joe Essig’s role in The Muny’s production of “Pirates!” He was in fact a member of the pre-show chorus. ALIVE regrets these errors. ALIVE, October 2012, Volume 9, Issue 10 (Periodical #025092) is published monthly by ALIVE Media Group, L.L.C., 2200 Gravois Ave., #201 St. Louis, MO 63104-2848. Periodicals Postage paid at St. Louis, MO, and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to ALIVE, 2200 Gravois Ave. #201 St. Louis, MO 63104-2848. One-year subscription rate $12.00; two-year subscription rate $18.00. To order a subscription call, 314-446-4059 x222 or log on to 8

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Sips in the City October 26 Head to Culinaria Downtown and enjoy a happy hour for a cause in the name of St. Louis’ Muscular Dystrophy Association.

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VER THE PAST few years, the name James Beard has become part of the St. Louis vernacular—and rightfully so. The amount of attention and number of nominations (this year boasted more STL semifinalists than ever before) St. Louis chefs and restaurants have received from the renowned culinary foundation is yet another testament to the amazing local dining scene our city has cultivated. The continued buzz made this year’s Eat + Drink Issue more exciting to plan than ever, resulting in a number of editorial firsts that I’m excited to share with you. For our “Life in the Restaurant Biz” feature (p.60), we were thrilled at the opportunity to shadow five of St. Louis’ culinary masters in an exclusive day-in-the-life piece. Special thanks goes to Craft Restaurant Group Chef and Owner Gerard Craft, Guerilla Street Food Truck Chef and Owner Brian Hardesty, Claverach Vineyard & Organic Farm Partners Sam Hilmer and Joanna Duley, Blood & Sand Mixologist Jayne Pellegrino and Four Seasons Hotel Pastry Chef Peter Whitley. Each day was as fascinating as the next—revealing fun and unexpected insights into their foodie personalities and demonstrating why they are all so incredibly and naturally good at what they do. Our tribute to St. Louis’ culinary prowess continues with the much anticipated “Restaurants of the Year” feature (p.70), in which we highlight seven of St. Louis’ new and newsworthy foodie destinations to try—or retry—right now. The selection process was a grueling one, but in the end, we landed on a stellar list that is as diverse as it is delicious, and organized it in “The Year in Menus” (see what to order on your next trip). Another ALIVE first came in the form of a road trip to Nashville in the name of Eat + Drink research. Editor-in-Chief Kelly Hamilton and partner, Sarah Bruno, took to the open road and explored all that Music City has to offer, from trendy neighborhoods and restaurants to local shopping and entertainment. After reading the full story (p.30), it’ll be hard not to start planning your next road trip. Nashville is certainly on my list of must-sees for more reasons than one—but perhaps the biggest reason is my recent cover interview with country mega-star Carrie Underwood (p.50). The country girl next door has a special connection to St. Louis, having tried out for the fame-catapulting “American Idol” in the Gateway City back in 2005. Carrie returns to St. Louis with her unique blend of sassy and sweet at Scottrade Center on Nov. 20—and if her tell-all interview is any indication, we’ll all be “Blown Away.”

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I’ll Be Your Shadow For a first-time-ever piece, ALIVE had the extraordinary opportunity to shadow some of St. Louis’ top culinary leaders. The result: a day-in-the-life feature, foodie style, with all the right fix’ns (p.60). Writer Matt Sorrell and photographer Wesley Law shadowed each of the five subjects—taking behind the scenes to a whole new level. “It was a real privilege to be allowed into the lives of these creative, dynamic people,” Matt says. “Each had a full plate of responsibilities and tasks they had to deal with during the time I was with them, both personal and professional. Seeing how they managed to juggle everything, seemingly effortlessly, gave me a real insight into why each of them is so good at what they do.”

Will Drive for Food In another ALIVE first, Editor-in-Chief Kelly Hamilton and partner, Sarah Bruno, road tripped to Nashville to discover the best of what the Midwest hotspot has to offer in food, music, culture and more (p.30). “We knew we were in for some down-home southern cooking and honky-tonks, but we were surprised to experience Nashville’s hip foodie and style scenes, tucked in several neighborhood pockets that were easy to find and had their own unique flavors,” Sarah says.

Our editors weren’t the only ones to take to the open road in the name of our Eat + Drink Issue. Photographer Jarred Gastreich journeyed to Union, MO, for an up-close-and-personal look at Mad Buffalo Distillery (p.24). “I spent a good portion of the day with owner Chris Burnette, his wife and their son; it was great to experience the connection between them,” Jarred says. “The history behind Mad Buffalo is rich, and we only began to scratch the surface as Chris gave me a tour around the family farm. You always hear about companies providing goods from local sources, but I have never seen it firsthand. Mad Buffalo plans to put the family farm to good use and have it provide almost all the necessities for their line of spirits. Chris even showed me the sand by the river he plans to use to make the bottles with.”

Photos by Wesley Law, Kelly Hamilton and Jarred Gastreich.

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thi s month o n You nominated STL’s most successful, stylish and sophisticated singles, and we’re ready to announce the Top 20 finalists! Join thousands of St. Louisans in checking out the Top 20 Most Wanted, and cast your vote for the Top 4 on Continue voting through Nov. 5 and then join us at ALIVE’s Most Wanted Party on Nov. 9 at Harry’s Restaurant and Bar to see the Top 4 winners revealed!

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October 25, 2012 Meet the 2012 ALIVE Men of Style at this annual event celebrating men’s fashion.

Ground to Glass In this issue, we get to know Chris and Elise Burnette of the new Mad Buffalo Distillery (p.24) in Union, MO. Take a closer look at the “ground to glass” process that allows them to keep every step of creating their handcrafted spirits on the farm and in the family.


Holiday Horror Story Contest We all have our fair share of funny moments from the holidays, whether it’s the time Grandpa started over-sharing about his honeymoon at the dinner table, or an ill-fated attempt at a Thanksgiving turkey. Send your own funny holiday story to us at, for the chance to be featured in the December issue of ALIVE!

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Five new STL boutiques have caught our eye, from Wash Ave to Kirkwood to Webster Groves. Plus, take a first look at Saks’ new Women’s Contemporary department and the new Rachel Zoe line at Neiman Marcus.

Key TO The Cure Get the shirt. Shop the weekend. Show your support. Join Saks Fifth Avenue in the fight against women’s cancers. Get the shirt, designed by Carolina herrera, available exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue this October. Then shop October 18 to 21, when Saks will donate 2% of sales to local and national women’s cancer charities.* Special thanks to Penélope Cruz, the 2012 Ambassador for eIF’s Women’s Cancer research Fund and Saks Fifth Avenue’s Key To The Cure.

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A new earth-friendly distillery in Union, MO, keeps its operations all in the family. continued p.24

Photo by Jarred Gastreich

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Get Soul

When Norah Jones brings her soulful vocals to Peabody Opera House Oct. 15, expect all your favorite tunes, as well as songs from her most recent album, “Little Broken Hearts.” The sound is a departure from her laid-back persona, but still delivers the powerful lyrics that audiences have come to love. For tickets and more info, visit


Mark your calendars for the world premiere of New Dance Horizons, Oct. 5-6 at Touhill Performing Arts Center. The St. Louis Ballet, Leverage Dance Theater, MADCO and Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company have teamed up with four nationally renowned choreographers to create and perform four original works. Be among the first to witness their creations.


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Catch the Fever

Get in touch with your inner tween as pop star Justin Bieber visits St. Louis on his Believe tour, performing at Scotttrade Center Oct. 27. Catch chart-topping hits like “Boyfriend” and “Baby,” as well as more tracks from his second studio album, “Believe,” released this summer. With a crowd warmed up by opener Carly Rae Jepsen, of “Call Me Maybe” fame, you’d better believe Bieber will keep fans on their feet all night for an upbeat, energetic show.

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Start a Revolution

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the classic musical “Les Misérables,” showing Oct. 16-28 at Fox Theatre. This timeless French tale comes to life in a whole new way with Cameron Mackintosh’s contemporary adaptation, presenting fan favorite songs with fresh choreography and scenery. It’s not only a fabulous show, but also a great way to prepare for the film adaptation coming to the big screen in December.

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Bee Creative

Taking an in-depth look at how different cultures view and use public spaces, artist Juan William Chavez presents his Living Proposal Pruitt-Igoe Bee Sanctuary at Laumeier Sculpture Park, Oct. 27-Jan. 20. Inspired by cultural issues and attitudes in St. Louis and beyond, this free exploratory multimedia exhibit is sure to generate some buzz. For more info, visit


Pedal With Purpose

Get a great workout and help strike a blow to cancer at the third annual Pedal the Cause, Oct. 6-7 at Soldiers’ Memorial Downtown. Proceeds of this rapidly growing fundraising bike ride for all skill levels support cancer research in St. Louis. With multiple courses, stationary spin bikes for virtual riders, a kids’ challenge and ample volunteer opportunities, there is a way for anyone to lend a hand. For more info, visit

Fashion Week photo by Laila Schu

Dance photo courtesy of New Dance Horizons.

Fall Into Fashion Join ALIVE at Saint Louis Fashion Week, presented by Brown Shoe Company, Oct. 9-13, for a week of runway shows and shopping, kicking off with Project:Design! on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Saint Louis Science Center. Watch the top six emerging designers show their collections on the runway, and help determine the winner. Then, head to Macy’s at the Saint Louis Galleria on Wednesday, Oct. 10, for a showcase of hot fall fashions from the store’s leading lines. Don’t miss a second night at the Galleria on Thursday, Oct. 11, featuring must-have trends from top brands throughout the mall. Friday, Oct. 12, join Plaza Frontenac for a runway show featuring the best in luxury fashion, then head Downtown to Pointe 400 Saturday, Oct. 13, for the culminating event, featuring the hottest looks from Cha, Devil City, Esther, Ivy Hill, Sole & Blues and The Eye Bar, and local designer Emily Koplar. Wrap up the entire week at the exclusive after party at Three Sixty. For tickets and more info, visit


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Hot For Fall Restaurants Just as temperatures are cooling down, the St. Louis food scene is heating up. by CHristopher Reilly

They’ve been on our radar all summer, and at last they are arriving. ALIVE previews five of the hottest fall restaurant openings that have had local foodies salivating through the dog days of summer. Pastaria

Pastaria 7734 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton The Concept The culinary concept behind Pastaria was inspired by Chef Gerard Craft’s travels in Italy and the meals he shared in people’s homes there. Look for the same inviting, laid-back atmosphere at Pastaria, featuring high-quality Italian food at reasonable prices with a focus on letting guests in on the kitchen experience. The Space Patrons enjoy an open view of the kitchen, as well as the pasta machine and prep area, which creates an atmosphere reminiscent of hanging out in the kitchen while dining with friends or family. The rustic Italian warehouse feel is realized through an open, airy layout and design touches like salvaged barn wood with distressed finishes and mismatched kitchen chairs. The Food Although it’s made with American ingredients, the food is thoroughly Italian, featuring house-made pastas, pizzas and gelatos. The menu offers a “taste of the Italian countryside,” including everything from Bolognese-style ragù to wood-fired Margherita pizza—all with low prices to keep it family-friendly. Must-Try Dish: Ricotta tortelloni with lemon and artichokes. Drink: Ice-cold Lambrusco. Scheduled open date as of press time: Sept. 16.

Bar Les Frères

7637 Wydown Blvd., Clayton The Concept “I am all about the tiny restaurant,” says restaurateur Zoé Robinson, whose Bar Les Freres is a petite bar and café that redefines the concept of intimate dining. Located across the street from her equally diminutive I Fratellini, Robinson says the restaurants will complement each other


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perfectly, allowing patrons to combine both venues into one very classy evening. The Space The historic charm of the 84-year-old building has been retained as much as possible, starting with the original storefront. The interior, which seats 25, features an enormous antique chandelier and mirrors, both French, evoking the feeling of stepping into a jewelry box. For diners who prefer to enjoy their meals under twinkling stars, the outdoor patio seats an additional 25 guests. The Food The kitchen is just as small as the dining space, so the menu is focused. Choose from up to six entrées and eight appetizers, plus a few salads. Robinson says the food, while not full-on brasseriestyle, has “a French accent.” Menu items will continually rotate to keep things au curant. Must-Try Dish: Saffron bouillabaisse, made from the freshest

seafood available in a saffron-infused broth. Drink: Any of the classic champagne cocktails or French aperitifs from the extensive line-up. Scheduled open date as of press time: early October.

Circle 7 Ranch Taphouse and Grill 14412 Clayton Road, Ballwin The Concept As the name implies, Circle 7 Ranch fits the category of taphouse and grill—but oh, what a taphouse it is. Nine tables in the restaurant feature three private taps, so guests can draw their own draft beers (regulated and paid for by the ounce). This is the first restaurant in Missouri to offer table taps—here’s hoping the trend catches on. The Space The ranch house feel is achieved with

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reclaimed wood floors, large European concrete tiles around the bar and bathrooms, and a big wrap-around patio that seats up to 100 diners. Inside, old hardwood wall-cladding salvaged from a Louisiana plantation adds to the rustic appeal, as do the oversized booths, bar and a private dining room equipped, of course, with its own set of table taps. The Food Fun appetizers warm up appetites for hand-patted hamburgers and sandwiches on signature buns, house-made pizza, hearty soups and salads, pasta and steaks. Fresh cobblers and ice cream sweeten the deal—try one of the creative ice cream shakes, some of which come spiked. Completing the synergy between décor and food, dishes are served in crock pots, cast-iron skillets, tins, baskets and other creative containers. Must-Try Dish: The Longhorn Burger—two beef patties topped with Texas Smoked Beef Brisket, whiskey barbecue sauce, cheddar cheese, creamy cole slaw and two pickle slices, served with Circle 7 Ranch’s seasoned, natural-cut french fries. Drink: Draft Budweiser, Stella Artois or Shock Top from the table taps. Scheduled open date as of press time: Sept. 24.

5 Star Burgers

also find pork, lamb, veggie, turkey and mahi mahi burgers, with sides including fries, sweet potato fries and side salads. The full bar offers wine, cocktails and local craft beers. Must-Try Dish: The Ozark Forest Mushroom and Swiss Burger or the Green Chile Cheeseburger. Drink: Any local draft beer. Scheduled open date as of press time: Oct. 1.

Marcella’s Mia Sorella

14464 Clayton Road, Ballwin The Concept Jamie and Steve Komorek of Trattoria Marcella are stepping into a new casual-classic Italian venture with Marcella’s Mia Sorella. Serving simple, lighthearted fare, the restaurant won’t be tied to any particular region of Italy and won’t shy away from, say, an Italian take on chicken wings. The Space The casual atmosphere is established in the 90-seat main dining room with pedestal tables made of cast iron and butcher’s blocks, and lots of glass. French doors open onto a 50seat patio overlooking a private lake and waterfall. In the separate bar area, a 100-year-old walnut bar presides over five tables of additional seating.

8125 Maryland Ave., Clayton The Concept Owner Steve Gontram created this incarnation of 5 Star Burgers based on his father’s restaurants in New Mexico of the same name—but the similarities end there. Gontram’s menu has a Midwest slant, offering gourmet burgers with fast sitdown service, so it’s perfect for lunch or a casual dinner. The Space The 2,200-square-foot space goes organic with a mixture of rich woods and earth-tone paints on the tables and walls. Gontram calls the vibe upscale but comfortable, with tables seating 72 people and, in nice weather, a brick front patio. The Food The beef served at 5 Star is grass-fed and “never, never”— meaning the cows have never been given antibiotics or hormones. You’ll

The Food Some traditional Italian dishes are offered at Mia Sorella, but the emphasis is firmly on house-made pastas (created with an imported Italian pasta extruder) and hand-thrown pizzas baked in a 700-degree brick oven for a superior crust. There are surprises on the menu, too, like Wings Siciliano, dipped in arborio rice, crispy fried, coated in an Agra Dolce sauce with fennel and red chilies, then dusted with toasted almonds. Must-Try Dish: House-made maccheroni with Sunday gravy, salsiccia, braised pork and meatballs. Drink: Intro Aperol, with orange liqueur, gin, lemon juice and simple syrup. Scheduled open date as of press time: Sept. 19.

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Chris Burnette of Mad Buffalo Distillery

Where the Mad Buffalo Roam

Way out west, a new earth-friendly distillery turns out handcrafted spirits. by Christopher Reilly

You might say the booze business is in

the Burnette blood. The family history is kettledeep in bootleggers and moonshiners, and Chris Burnette was even unwittingly taken on moonshine runs as a child. So, when he and his wife, Elise, inherited the family farm in Union, MO, it seemed the natural choice to convert it into a small-batch distillery. Mad Buffalo Distillery is set to begin production of its first Thunderbeast lineup of spirits this month­—in an environmentally friendly, hyper-local process they’re calling “ground to glass,” on the Burnettes’ 200-acre Shawnee Bend Farms­. The farm supplies almost everything the distillery needs, beginning with 100 percent Missouri non-GMO corn. Everything else, they get as locally as possible. The corn is malted, ground, mashed, distilled, barreled, aged, bottled, labeled and shipped—all from the same building. Family Affair Mad Buffalo recipes are improvements upon those originally created by Burnette’s great uncle, who went to prison for bootlegging back in the day. Even the distillery itself is a flashback to the traditional Appalachian


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way of producing liquor—100 years ago, most distilleries were located on family farms, and Burnette warns that it’s not going to look pretty. “It’s a working distillery on a farm,” he says. “People pay a lot of money for those big shiny tanks.” Shiny isn’t a priority here. The labels and bottles come from Missouri—even the barrels are made from Missouri white oak grown “right up the road,” which is then crafted into containers by world-renowned McGinnis Wood Products in Cuba, MO. The Burnettes are keeping ownership of the whole shindig in the family, too—of the nine board members, seven are family and two are old friends. Step Lightly With minimal trucking and

shipping, Mad Buffalo has a tiny ecological footprint. Not only is the distillery not air conditioned, but the corn is hand-ground, bottling and labeling are done by hand, and the naturally limestone-filtered water comes from the farm’s two wells. Future plans are in place to collect rainwater from the distillery’s roof to cool the still’s condensers, and solar panels will be added to supply energy.

Burnette is putting as much care into the product as the ecology. During the distilling process, he cuts out the heads and tails (the less palatable parts of the distillate) and keeps just the heart—the good stuff—for a smoother, mellower whiskey that still maintains a higher proof. Many distilleries don’t do this because it produces waste, but at Mad Buffalo, there’s no such thing. The leftover grain, which still contains proteins and minerals, feeds the neighbors’ cows, and any leftover mash water is used to water plants. Smooth Finish Look for Mad Buffalo’s

Thunderbeast Storm moonshine to hit store shelves next month, with vodka following in the spring, and bourbon and corn whiskey released over the next two years. As of press time, plans were underway for Mad Buffalo products to be sold at The Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton and at all Randall’s Wine & Spirits stores. For a complete list of retail locations, as well as info on the launch party at Hendricks BBQ’s Moonshine Blues Bar in St. Charles, visit the Mad Buffalo website at

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Executive Chef Fabrizio Schenardi welcomes you to experience his new menu at Cielo Restaurant, where you will enjoy modern Italian cuisine as you take in sweeping views of the Gateway Arch. Located on the 8th floor of the Four Seasons Hotel, Cielo offers co plimentary valet parking when you dine with us. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and Ă la carte Sunday brunch are available. For more information or reservations, kindly call (314) 881-5759.

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The Sheldon Concert Hall

Miles to Go

They say age is just a number, but when it

comes to the arts—particularly in the nonprofit world—every birthday is worth celebrating. This October marks a number of significant milestones for St. Louis art institutions, including a century for The Sheldon Concert Hall, a quarter-century for COCA and one year since Peabody Opera House’s great rebirth.

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The Sheldon Art Galleries are also pitching in, honoring the centennial with a collection of sketches by Al Hirschfeld, a St. Louis-born artist known around the world for his caricature portraits of celebrities and musicians. The retrospective exhibit is on display through Jan. 5, 2013.

whose lives or communities have been impacted by the organization over the years. Executive Director Kelly Pollock says the stories selected demonstrate COCA’s founding principle of serving as a bridge among the diverse populations of St. Louis city and county. Staging a Comeback

The Peabody Opera House has already made Though it’s a relatively young pup compared a powerful statement in its first year back in to some of the other art institutions in town, business after a 20-year hiatus, packing the house COCA has grown over the last 25 years into a again and again for acts ranging from Wilco national leader in community arts education. The to Nicki Minaj. When Peter Frampton played organization is celebrating its quarter-century there in March, he later wrote on his Facebook milestone with six weeks of special programming, page: “One of the best nights of the whole tour...I starting with “hip hOZ” (Oct. 6-7), a hip-hop would go as far as to say it’s in the top five interpretation of “The Wizard of Oz” created best-sounding rooms in the US.” In honor of the by renowned choreographer Redd Williams one-year anniversary since its grand reopening (a COCA faculty member who also counts last October, The Peabody is serving a signature J-Lo as one of many high-profile clients). The cocktail. production embodies everything COCA stands for, with a talented cast of both professional and Honorable Mentions amateur performers and a masterful blend of Other notable birthdays contemporary and classic dance. In November, this fall include 10 years for the celebration culminates with a gala featuring The Pulitzer Foundation for performances by COCA alumni—artists who went the Arts, 20 years since The through COCA’s programs, and went on to dance Black Rep moved into the or sing professionally. Grandel Theatre, and 30 years In the 25 days between the two events,Get COCA since The Foxapp Theatre’s the free mobile at grand restoration and is publishing 25 “Stories of Impact” on its reopening. Scan this tag, or visit for website, sharing personal accounts from people more history on all six institutions. Here to Stay

A Hundred Years Strong

The Sheldon Concert Hall celebrates its centennial Oct. 11 in the most appropriate way possible—with a big, splendid concert. Acclaimed jazz pianist Peter Martin wrote an original composition for the occasion, a fusion of jazz and classical music titled “This Present Past” and inspired by a poem by Howard Nemerov. Joining Martin on stage to perform the piece is an all-star lineup of Sheldon favorites from over the years, including saxophonist Branford Marsalis, soprano Christine Brewer, bassist Christian McBride, violinist David Halen and drummer Ulysses Owens. Members of the St. Louis Symphony will also be on hand to perform a Tchaikovsky piece that was part of The Sheldon’s opening night concert in 1912. Meanwhile, be on the lookout around town for “Music on the Go” pop-up concerts, bringing music to St. Louisans when they least expect it, in places like Citygarden, area malls and Laumeier Sculpture Park—thanks to a PNC Arts Alive grant.


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Happy birthday to three giants in the St. Louis arts world.

RAW Radiate event at The Coliseum New to town

Raw Talent

Photo by Peter Wochniak.

The prolifically edgy RAW:natural born artists collective originated

in the LA area three years ago—at first as a nonprofit organization, which morphed into an independent for-profit enterprise and quickly spread across the country. Now, St. Louis has joined the ranks as one of 65 cities with a RAW presence. Each city has a local director, employed by RAW, who serves as part curator and part event planner in putting together monthly showcases for member artists. Each event is a vibrant collage of art from all nine RAW categories: art, fashion, music, film, hair, makeup, accessories, photography and performing art. St. Louis’ RAW Director, Sarah Faragalla, says the primary benefits of joining the collective are exposure and networking on both local and national levels. All RAW artists are in the first 10 years of their careers, some have never shown their work publicly before, and many have no professional online presence. Upon joining the organization, artists get profiles on the RAW website with professional photographs and videos of their work, whether it’s performance art, fashion, film or visual art. Once selected to participate in a showcase, artists don’t pay an entry fee, and they take home all of the money from any work they sell. Even better, after participating in their first hometown showcase, artists can request to join any RAW showcase across the world—all they have to do is get there. Being a part of the network also gives them access to special offers and opportunities via the RAWk wall, such as discounted marketing materials or distribution packages. The showcases themselves are anything but craft shows. Faragalla goes to great lengths in encouraging artists to come up with creative, edgy ways of showing their work—and they certainly deliver. Recent St. Louis showcases have seen custom-upholstered chairs suspended from the ceiling and artisan chocolate samples served by pinup-style hostesses, with runway shows, film screenings and live hair and makeup demos at every turn...a veritable circus of creativity. At the end of the year, the RAWards indie arts awards recognize the top RAW artists in the country. Semi-finals happen in each city in November, and nationwide winners are selected in December and flown to Hollywood for the RAWards Show in January. Faragalla is an STL native who has returned after living for several years in LA and NYC, where she worked in the music video and commercial worlds­— wearing many hats, from stylist to art director to production coordinator. As she scours the web, local events and art shows for new artists to bring into the RAW family, she looks for people who show not only talent and quality work, but also a strong drive to launch a successful career. She says, “Even if they’re not polished yet, sometimes those are the ones I am even more excited to show!”

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Mad for Madigan

She moved west to LA 22 years ago to pursue her dream, but Kathleen Madigan still considers STL more than just the butt of one of her jokes. Interview by Katie Davis Praised for her down-to-earth demeanor

and approachable style, Kathleen Madigan is making waves among comedy fans across the country. She recently released her first Showtime special, “Gone Madigan,” she’s appeared on late-night shows with Jay Leno and Craig Ferguson and performed on two USO Holiday Tours of Iraq and Afghanistan. In fact, Madigan loves performing so much that she routinely turns down writing jobs— preferring to remain squarely center-stage. The St. Louis native headlines at Peabody Opera House Oct. 13, so we caught up with her to chat about her St. Louis roots, her journey into comedy and her undeniable draw to stand-up. ALIVE: What’s the first thing you think of when

you book a show in St. Louis? Kathleen Madigan: I think, where are we go-

ALIVE: Why do you enjoy doing stand-up comedy? KM: The greatest part about stand-up is that it’s

immediate, and it only takes an hour and a half. My show is at 8pm, I show up at 7:30, and I’m done at quarter to ten. Perfect! I like the immediacy of it.


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I like the immediacy of it. I write a joke in my head, and I say it. Then you laugh or you don’t, and I know right away whether it worked.

I write a joke in my head, and I say it. Then you laugh or you don’t, and I know right away whether it worked. ALIVE: The Detroit Free Press named you one of

the nine funniest women on the planet, alongside names like Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. What do you think when you hear that? KM: Well, first of all, that made me laugh. I love Detroit—it’s my home away from home. But, when they put “the planet” on it, I thought, “Come on, guys. There’s a half-billion Chinese ladies that we’ve never even met. You can’t say planet.”

ALIVE: What tips would you offer beginner or amateur comedians—particularly those from places like St. Louis? KM: Go watch open-mic nights before you decide what you’re going to do—scout the field before you join the team. Then, especially for younger comedians, don’t quit. You just have to keep going if you’re serious. There are probably 10 of us with names you might recognize who are doing standup and that’s all we want to do. People ask, “What are your goals?” and I think, “Well, I don’t have any”—I wanted to be a stand-up comedian, and I’ve gotten there. I couldn’t be happier.

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ALIVE: Do you think your Midwest background has shaped your comedic style at all? KM: I’d say that Midwest comics are probably more accessible to more people because there’s just more of us in “the middle.” You cast a bigger net. There are some New York comics that I think are really funny, but I don’t know that they would do as well in, say, Omaha. There’s an actress named Maria Bamford, and I really think she’s brilliant— but Maria’s out there. I wish for five minutes of my day that I could do something that left-field, but I’m right in center field, right in the middle.

ing to have the party? Also, how many free tickets do I get—because there are going to be a lot of people who want them. I have to decide which family members have been the nicest, and they get to be on the freebie list. There’s usually a lot of us after the show, so we try to just get a bar if possible, and we rent it out. I think when I did The Pageant, we all went to Duff’s. We actually drank quite a lot of Budweiser and were very proud.

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Music City Musts Additional hotspots to shop, see and play. SEE

Splurge on the backstage tour of The Ryman, the historic theater that served as home of the original Grand Ole Opry. You’ll see the spot where Johnny Cash met June Carter, and feel like you’re in the epicenter of the country music universe… because you are.

Destination Nashville: The Foodie Edition All you need is a weekend to load up on the best of Music City. story and photos by Sarah Bruno & Kelly Hamilton Word is out that Nashville has become the new cultural hotspot when it comes to fashion, food and entertainment. Local tastemakers call the city the “Refined South”—we call it plain cool. Long known as the home of country music and 10-gallon hats, Nashville is now experiencing a renaissance, with an upswing in the number of trendy restaurants and fashion boutiques and a buzzing craft cocktail scene. So, we hit the road in the name of research, and five hours later, we arrived in Music City to take in a laid-back, long weekend. One of the best things about Nashville is that you never feel rushed: You can tour most of the neighborhoods and sights in the first two days of your trip and then decide how you want to spend the rest of your time. We spent most of our weekend in the hip neighborhoods of 12South, East Nashville and Hillsboro Village. Here are the foodie highlights, in honor of our Eat + Drink Issue. Dinner No. 1 with a Side of Shopping After snacking

on the standard road trip fare on the drive down to Nashville, we craved some real food for dinner. Burger Up, located in the emergent 12South neighborhood, satisfied our appetites and gave us that good feeling that can only come from locally sourced food. Try the Woodstock burger, topped with Benton’s bacon, Tennessee Sweetwater white cheddar and Jack Daniels maple ketchup with a side of truffle fries. We were as impressed with their craft cocktails as we were with their burgers and opted for the Wonderland containing Rain organic vodka, Goslings ginger beer, lime, mint, cucumber and fresh ginger simple syrup. After lunch or dinner, walk down 12th Avenue to scope out the shops, including Nashville’s now famous Imogene and Willie, a buzzy boutique-slash-denim-jeans maker


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that not only carries an über-hip Southern cool factor, but also tailors your jeans on-site for the perfect fit. Brunch & Morning Coffee For brunch, Fido is a must.

Situated in the heart of Hillsboro Village, just blocks away from Vanderbilt University, this casual, order-at-the-counter café serves up everything from muffins to egg scrambles or our favorite, the Fishy Bomb—a bagel sandwich featuring smoked salmon, herb cream cheese, onion, lettuce and capers. Eat inside or step out on the sidewalk café to people watch while sipping a cup of coffee from Fido’s sister company, Bongo Java Roasting Co. Dinner No. 2 with a Side of Romance One of the pioneers on East Nashville’s foodie front, Margot Café and Bar offers rustic French and Italian cuisine in an unstuffy, but sophisticated atmosphere. Its intimate seating and warm lighting make it a choice spot for a romantic night out. The menu changes daily, and on the night we dined there, we shared two dishes: the fried polenta, stuffed peppers with tomato sauce and arugula salad and steak frites. Other Mentionable Eats

City House: Nestled in Germantown, this eatery serves up Italian entrées, pizzas and seafood dishes with a focus on locally sourced ingredients. Try the belly ham and house-made charcuterie. Pancake Pantry: Arrive early or be prepared to wait for these delicious stacks. McDougal’s: College kids abound in this hot wing heaven, advertising free ice cream with any order. Nashville Biscuit House: Despite its vault-like exteriors. Inside, it’s all warm and cheery—and grits come with everything.


Make a stop at Hatch Prints, one of the oldest letterpress print shops in the country, known for its unmistakable music poster style employed over the decades to promote shows from Johnny Cash to Hank Williams. PLAY

Tootsie’s is perhaps the most famous honky-tonk on Broadway. After some obligatory boot scooting, we walked down the block to Wannabes, where bands looking to get discovered work the stage between guests. STAY

Eschew generic hotels for more unique dwellings. On the higher end, The Hermitage Hotel is an old, 122-room spot that’s housed many famous guests from John F. Kennedy to Oprah; it also offers views of the capital city’s monuments. Of course, the Ramada near the stadium has its own one-of-a-kind feature— a guitar shaped pool!

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How Meatless Mondays Can Change The World by Lauren Loomis Growing up in a corn-fed Minnesotan family of strong Swedish descent, meat was not only present at meals—it was the focal point. Dinner typically consisted of meat and potatoes, beef stroganoff or Pasta Roni with chicken. Most people have an unspoken belief that meat is the most important part of a meal, and this is reflected in their portion sizes. The average American eats about eight ounces of meat per day—over 45 percent more than what the USDA recommends. So, what would happen if we didn’t eat meat for just one day per week? Meatless Monday is attempting to answer this question. If you’re having flashbacks of that crazed PETA member throwing red paint on a white fur coat, don’t worry. Nobody’s judging you for eating that delicious, mouthwatering cheeseburger at Baileys’ Range. Meatless Monday isn’t an anti-meat campaign—it’s simply a growing movement of people who are saying, “Maybe I don’t have to eat meat with every meal, every single day of the week.” Making this seemingly small change can have some incredible long-term impacts. According to a recent article in Time Magazine, the meat industry is responsible for over 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions—more than all of transportation combined. If everyone in the US cut out meat just one day per week, it would have the same environmental impact as 7.6 million cars being taken off the road, the Environmental Working Group reports (read its article on Reducing Your Footprint at ewg. org). We could also improve the state of our water


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supply, as it takes roughly 2,500 gallons of water to produce a single pound of beef (Physicians for Social Responsibility, Dislike our dependency on foreign oil? About 40 calories of fossil fuels are required to produce one calorie of feedlot beef, while only two calories of fossil fuels are needed for the same amount of plant-based protein ( There are personal benefits to this change, as well. Meat is usually the most expensive category on your shopping list. By cutting out, say, one pound of meat per week, you’d be saving roughly $400 per year at the grocery store! Consider, also, your health. Many experts say eating a plant-based diet one day per week can lower your risk of cancer, obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Consuming plant-based proteins, such as beans, results in higher intakes of fiber, zinc, iron and magnesium, with lower intakes of saturated and total fat. Bottom line: Eating more fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, healthy fats and plant-based proteins can increase your health and lower your chances of disease (read more at If eating a plant-based diet triggers thoughts of bland tofu dishes and hunger pains immediately following dinner, then perhaps you haven’t fully discovered the awesomeness of vegetables! Eating meatless can be a fun, exciting and delicious way to switch up your weekly routine. There are literally thousands of ways to prepare most vegetables using flavorful spices and decadent sauces. Vegetar-


ian cooking is easy, too (check out two of my fave vegetarian cook books, “How to Cook Everything Vegetarian” by Mark Bittman and “Super Natural Cooking” by Heidi Swanson). There is nothing better than roasted vegetables with olive oil, salt, pepper and a little bit of lemon juice. Throw some beans or lentils into any salad or pasta dish, and you’ve got your protein covered. Meatless Monday has taken root throughout the majority of the nation. Many celebrities and public figures, including Jessica Simpson, Russell Simmons and James Cameron, have jumped on the Meatless Monday bandwagon, and restaurants around the nation have started offering vegetarian specials on Mondays to support the movement locally. The campaign has even caught on in St. Louis, starting with Pi Pizzeria earlier this year. St. Louis offers a slew of vegetarian options every day (including my food truck, Lulu’s Local Eatery) that are sure to excite your taste buds and inspire next Monday’s dinner. Vegetarian, omnivore, carnivore, flexitarian, pescatarian or locavore...whatever your “food story” may be, I encourage you to open your mind to the potential impact that Meatless Monday can have on your health and on the health of the planet.

Lauren Loomis has dedicated her life to learning and teaching organic farming and the best ways to cook using fresh and organic ingredients. She and her partner, Robbie Tucker, own and operate a food truck in St. Louis, Lulu’s Local Eatery (@lulusfoodtruck, Illustration by Bryce Sorenson

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Nicole Shuman Leading chef and instructor at L’École Culinaire, St. Louis Interview by jennifer dulin wiley

They say cooking feeds the soul. If that’s true, consider Nicole Shuman a bona fide saint. As a leading chef and instructor at the prestigious L’École Culinaire in St. Louis, she spends as much time in the kitchen preparing culinary masterpieces­—and teaching the skills behind them—as she does enjoying them. Occasional trips to France and other exotic locales in the name of eduction aren’t too shabby either. In the words of Julia Child, “Bon Appétit!”

Best Work Day Ever Waking up in the south of France while teaching an externship class for L’École Culinaire and knowing that I had a full day of going to the market, cooking and touring wineries with my students ahead of me.

How SHe Got Into the Biz It was kind of my

Typical Day A couple of hours of class or event preparation, followed by a couple of hours tutoring and counseling students or attending committee/ faculty meetings. I love the balance of my days.

one act of rebellion growing up. I went to culinary school because I always liked to cook and bake and wanted to see if I could make my living at it. While in school, I fell in love with the industry and never looked back.

One thing people would be surprised to learn The number of business and management

classes that I teach in addition to the kitchen-based classes. People are always intrigued that I teach math.

Why Her Job Rocks I get to work with incred-

Most interesting dish she’s ever created

ibly talented staff, faculty members and great students, and I get to be in on the ground floor when it comes to my students’ culinary careers.

Fat Elvis Cream Puffs—cream puffs filled with peanut butter mousse, roasted bananas and crisp bacon, then glazed in dark chocolate and topped with chopped honey-roasted peanuts and shards of bacon.

Proudest Moment Being awarded Instructor of

the Year my first year at L’École Culinaire.

The food she can’t live without That is

almost like asking me which kid I love the most! I would have to say bacon wins at the end of the day; it is delicious on its own and plays well with most other foods.

Education/Training I was in the first graduat-

ing class for Baking and Pastry Arts at Sullivan University and hold both a BA and MBA from Fontbonne University.


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Best Job Perk I get to eat awesome food every


Goals for the future I would like to pursue a PHD and continue building my career in higher education.

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Graphic Content

Fall’s answer to color-blocking overkill takes shape.

by Jennifer Wells

It’s never been so hip to be square—or triangular, for that matter. Right now, fashion’s inner circle is all about geometric shapes played out in black, white and nearly every shade in between. Textiles get downright visual with dizzying M.C. Escher-inspired mini-prints and bold chevron patterns vividly splashed across white cotton button-downs, chic fall jackets, dresses and even shoes. Count on traditional houndstooth, a classic interpretation


on the graphic trend, to keep you warm and cozy as this season’s outerwear staple. But, don’t shy away from slightly more colorful options, as navy easily fits the bill as a chic alternative to basic black. Try a more minimalist approach with triangular accessories that look most modern when paired with monochromatic ensembles. Whatever your choice pick, geometry never came so easily—consider yourself an A student.



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1/ Milly dress available at Ivy Hill, Central West End, 314.367.7004. 2/ Corey Lynn Calter dress available at Ivy Hill, Central West End, 314.367.7004. 3/ Wai Ming Dress available at Ivy Hill, Central West End, 314.367.7004. 4/ Eye DC glasses available at The Eye Bar, Central West End, 314.367.1848. 5/ House of harlow earrings available at Esther, Ladue, 314.432.5300. 6/ Giles & Brothers necklace available at Esther, Ladue, 314.432.5300. 7/ Manolo Blahnik boots available at Neiman Marcus, Frontenac, 314.567.9811.


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Basic Training


Stand at attention in designers’ military musts. by Sydney Eisenstein

The men’s runways of fall 2011 were flooded with looks that harkened an “In the Army Now” mentality—but this year, fashion’s boot camp was much less extreme. Designers’ fall 2012 take trended toward a more casual type of order than the uniformed getups of seasons past. This year, it’s all about buttons, pockets and relaxed styles sporting an impeccably tailored fit—as seen on the runways of Marc Jacobs and more. Start by incorporating army green, “in-the-navy” and khaki tones with uniform detailing into your everyday wardrobe. Or, get the look in one swift move by investing in an army-inspired jacket or a utilitarian satchel­—and consider it your perfect salute to the trend topping the ranks this fall.

1/ Jfold Bag available at Moris Fashions, Central West End, 314.361.6800.

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Carry On When it comes to fall accessories, you’ve got it in the bag. by Sydney Eisenstein This season, hopping on the

“it” bag trend is easier than you think—as designers have introduced an abundance of oversized totes, slouchy hobos, bucket bags and classic carryalls that happily rest the weight of fabulous fall fashion right on your shoulders. Maintain a structured look with the clean lines that were shown by Yves Saint Laurent, or take a cue from the flower children of the late ’60s with a braided hobo by the likes of Bottega Veneta. This season, anything goes—so don’t hesitate to take it up a notch with a bold colored bowler bag in deep red or brilliant blue. After all, when it comes to fall’s must-have bags, it’s what’s on the outside that really matters.

1/ Chloe Marci Shoulder bag available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Frontenac, 314.567.9200.

5/ Bottega Veneta Open Tote available at Neiman Marcus, Frontenac, 314.567.9811.

2/ Kate Spade West Chelsea Clarissa available at Kate Spade, Frontenac, 314.991.8820.

6/ Yves Saint Laurent Cabas Chyc available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Frontenac, 314.567.9200.

3/ Michael Kors Tonne Hobo available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Frontenac, 314.567.9200. 4/ Big Buddha Devon bag available at Cha, Ladue, 314.993.8080.



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Paul Gibson 31, Fashion Designer

Describe your personal style. Sartorially speaking, I’m a little all over the place—I like to mix things up. Experimenting with hard and soft, dressy and casual and masculine and feminine juxtapositions is really interesting to me. What are you wearing today? Bonobos corduroys, a belt from Express, a t-shirt from Target, a Skif sweater vest, a Paulie Gibson denim jacket, a Michael Kors watch and Tiffany rings. How does your personal style translate into the clothes you design for your professional collection? I like to dress a man for every part of his life: work, the gym, dates, events, etc. No matter what I’m doing in my day-to-day, my look always has those trademark elements that are “me”—the same goes for my brand. What is the inspiration for some of the latest pieces you’ve designed? People have always been my primary source of inspiration—I find the lifestyles of others fascinating. I recently drove across the United States to help a dear friend move to California. The colors, landscapes, food and cultures I encountered were amazing, but the people I ran into along the way were the best part of the trip and have proven to be a huge part of what I’m designing now. What runway trends are you loving right now? I’m always a fan of pieces with mixed textiles, like knits with silks and leather with linen. I also love the elements of shine that have been seen on the runway in menswear lately—it’s very alluring. What item from your closet can you not live without? My Diesel jeans. I have an extensive designer denim collection (72 pairs), but I still love my first pair of Diesel Zathans that I bought in college more than anything else I own. What is your go-to piece? I have to admit, I’m a scarf-aholic. Which designers are you obsessed with? Dsquared2, Michael Kors and Tom Ford. Where do you shop in STL?I shop everywhere from Neiman Marcus to Target. It’s fun to play stylist and pair things in interesting new ways—that’s what fuels my creativity.

Got Style? Email a photo and brief description that represents your personal style to jennifer@alivemag. com for consideration to be featured in My Style.

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Fall Fashion

MUST-HAVES 1. Blush Boutique Whether you are channeling Nicole Richie or just covering up a bad hair day, this will be a go-to piece for many months to come! The Sarah Jess hat by Christy’s Hats. 110 North Clay Ave. Kirkwood, MO 63122 314.965.4411 2. GiddyUp Jane You will live in the chateau shrug from Tasha Polizzi in this year’s hottest color, oxblood red. Machine washable. $216. 9670 Clayton Road Ladue, MO 63124 314.993.9944 3. Pink Magnolia The Lilly Pulitzer Murfee Scarf in multi-wild confetti is the perfect accessory for your fall outfit or any time of the year! It is cashmere and silk and is available in many different prints and colors. 9810 Clayton Road St. Louis, MO 63124 314.997.6161 4. Devil City This brand new women’s Perfecto leather motorcycle jacket is specially designed to fit a women’s curves. Recently worn by Lady Gaga and Blake Lively. Available at Devil City. $560. 6301 Delmar Blvd. University City, MO 63130 314.863.8080 5. CLR-MNSTR For a fun textured look, rock this volatile fringe western boot with colored skinny jeans, a chambray top or a midi dress. $112. 1300-A Washington Ave. St. Louis, MO 63103 314.241.1930 46

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Fall Fashion 6. Cha Boutique Our new BC Quiet As A Mouse boot is right on trend with the blanket detail and tan upper. Snag this style at a great price. $165. 9666 Clayton Road Ladue, MO 63124 314.993.8080

7. Sugar Magnolia Boutique, Inc. Elle Macpherson’s Exotic Garden in Khaki, exclusive Italian stretch Jacquard satin with rigid embroidery motif insert. Balconnet Longline bra $75, bikini brief $35. 38 N. Gore Ave. Webster Groves, MO 63119 314.395.9159

8. Ziezo We are loving this tapestry printed Hendrix coat by Mink Pink. It’s the perfect mix of ’70s glamour and hippie chic, with a modern twist. $152. 6394 Delmar Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63130 314.725.9602 ziezointheloop

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Pasta Perfect

All the tips and tools you need to make St. Louis’ signature toasted ravs at home. by Mary Beard The origins of St. Louis’ signature Italian

Roll Out Often served as an appetizer at parties,

The Perfect Finish Many people from out of

dish take us back to the 1940s to a restaurant called Angelo Oldani’s on The Hill. Like many ingenious inceptions, the toasted squares were actually created by accident when a confused assistant chef saw a pot of boiling oil on the stove and assumed the pasta should be dumped in—the rest is delicious history. Although there’s no shortage of great restaurants to hit up for the local favorite, it’s also a tradition you can dig into from the comfort of your own kitchen. To avoid any accidents of your own, we tapped local expert Diane Urzi from Urzi’s Italian Market for the top gadgets, tips and tricks to hone your Italian cooking skills.

toasted ravioli are usually accompanied by a dipping sauce like marinara. Urzi’s top sauce picks are Taste of the Hill Pasta Sauce and Fazio’s Sweet Sicilian. When planning your party, use a ravioli pin (2) for mass production. Available at Kitchen Conservatory, Clayton, 314.862.2665.

town come into Urzi’s store asking about St. Louis’ toasted tradition, and when you are representing a city favorite, appearance is everything. Be sure to use a pastry wheel (6) to create that perfectly finished edge. Available at Williams-Sonoma, Frontenac, 314.567.9211.

Perfectly Pressed For Urzi, the 12-piece

Cheese, Please According to toasted ravioli leg-

ravioli press (3) is a must to create that just-right ravioli shape. She also leaves the finished squares on paper towels to soak up some of the excess grease. Available at Kitchen Conservatory, Clayton, 314.862.2665.

end, after the ravioli was dropped into the boiling oil, the chef tried to salvage the dish by sprinkling some parmesan cheese on top. Finish off your own squares with a microplane cheese mill (7), and you’re sure to have a delicious outcome. Available at Williams-Sonoma, Frontenac, 314.567.9211.

Dough it Yourself The stuffing is only as good as the pasta surrounding it, so homemade dough is a must. Urzi suggests using semolina flour for that authentic Italian taste. Dealing with dough can be messy, but flattening it with the Marcato Atlas Pasta Machine (1) can help you keep your sanity. Available at Cornucopia, Kirkwood, 314.822.2440.

Stamp of Approval Ravioli derives from the Italian word, “to stuff,” and there are no set rules as to what filling or how much yours can have. Urzi says it depends on the mood you’re in, but one ingredient that never disappoints is spinach. If your pasta is in danger of overload, use a round (4) or square (5) ravioli stamp to seal the deal. Available at Kitchen Conservatory, Clayton, 314.862.2665.

Setting the Stage Finish off your Italian table with these updated touches. Table cloth and dinner napkins available at Cornucopia, Kirkwood, 314.822.2440. Pewter beverage tub (8) available at Savvy Surrounding Style, Ladue, 314.432.7289. Penne rigate (9) and casareccia (10) available at Kitchen Conservatory, Clayton, 314.862.2665.


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Fun finds around town for Mom and her little one.

1. 9 Months in Style Coordinating nursing pajama set for mom and baby! Stylish and comfortable, this set makes a great gift and a perfect option for the hospital. Set includes top, pants, robe and matching outfit for baby. 11243 Manchester Road St. Louis, MO 63122 314.835.9935 2. Accessorize | Monsoon Children The Baby Dolly Duffle Coat is fleece lined with a zip up front, faux fur hood and flower corsages. $60. 26 The Boulevard St. Louis Richmond Heights, MO 63117 314.499.8680 Monday-Saturday 10am-9pm Sunday 11am-6pm 3. Sweet Petunia Halloween custom name tees for boys and girls! Sizes newborn to adult. $30. More designs available to choose from. Please call 314.721.3133 or order at 314.721.3133 4. Rethink Renovations Our kids’ craft tables and stools are made in St. Louis with local Urban Recycled lumber and completely non-toxic finishes. For more information on our Eco Products visit $449 for the set. 314.323.8845 5. VeRde KidS Choo Choo romper from Frugi. Your little guy will be cuddly and warm this winter in this supersoft, organic romper. More styles available. 27 S. Old Orchard Ave. Webster Groves, MO 63119 314.962.KIDS (5437) ALIVE SPECIAL PROMOTION



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SHE CHURNS OUT CHART-TOPPING HITS LIKE “SOUTHERN BUTTER”— ALL WITH A SIGNATURE BRAND OF SASS THAT SPEAKS TO EVERY GIRL’S WILD AND REBELLIOUS SIDE. YET, LIKE HER NO. 1 HIT OF THE SAME NAME, CARRIE UNDERWOOD IS A “GOOD GIRL” THROUGH AND THROUGH. THE COUNTRY GIRL NEXT DOOR HAS SOLD 15 MILLION (AND COUNTING) ALBUMS WORLDWIDE, WHILE CLAIMING 15 NO. 1 SINGLES (SEVEN OF WHICH SHE CO-WROTE) AND FIVE GRAMMYS— AND IT ALL STARTED IN ST. LOUIS, WHEN UNDERWOOD AUDITIONED FOR THE 2005 SEASON OF “AMERICAN IDOL.” Talking to Underwood now—and scanning her long list of glowing accolades—you’d never guess that she still identifies herself as that shy small town Oklahoma girl who tried out for the music reality show seven years ago. She’s more likely to talk about her husband (pro hockey player Mike Fisher), her family (who still lives in Checotah, OK) and the foundation she created to shelter neglected and abused animals than her six American Music Awards, half a dozen People’s Choice Awards, eight CMT Music Awards, nine American Country Awards and seven BMI Songwriter Awards, which include multiple Top Female Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year titles. Having co-written eight of the 14 songs on her latest album, it’s a safe bet that her tour of the same name, which stops in St. Louis on Nov. 20, will keep fans on their feet. Needless to say, we were “Blown Away.”

ALIVE: St. Louis is the place where it all began when you auditioned for “American Idol” in 2005. Would you say you have a special connection to the city? Carrie Underwood: That was the place where my life changed forever. I will always have special memories and a very special connection to St. Louis. ALIVE: Were you always drawn to the stage? Who were your early musical influences? CU: I was always a bit of a “ham” when I was growing up. My family always thought it was funny and cute to make me sing in public places. I also grew up singing in church and in the choir at school. I just wanted to sing—anywhere, anytime. I was so fortunate to grow up with so many musical influences that came from towns near me. Garth Brooks, Reba, Toby Keith and Bryan White were just a few of the artists that I grew up idolizing who came from places just like where I was born. I saw such big success come from such humble beginnings, and started to think it was possible for me to do something great, too. ALIVE: How much have your farm girl roots influenced the music you create? CU: I grew up listening to so much country music. It was great music that certainly fit the

lifestyle that I lived. My upbringing has definitely influenced my music, and I’m so grateful that I have such a wonderful background to sing about. ALIVE: You’re known for the often wild and rebellious nature of your songs. Are any based, even loosely, on you or your life experiences? CU: I do think that in every song I write or sing there are certain people that I have in mind for the characters in the songs. Even if they are loosely based on people I know, it still helps to make the songs more relatable when I have someone in mind. I like a good sassy song. I’m actually not a really big in-your-face kind of a person, but it’s fun to explore that side of my personality. ALIVE: You’ve described the songs on your latest album, “Blown Away”—which topped the Billboard country chart for five straight weeks—as having a “darker storyline.” What’s the inspiration behind this album? CU: I just wanted to let the album make itself, basically. For me, it was about writing without limitations on sound or story line. I feel like that led me to stretch as an artist and as a writer. It was a lot of fun writing and finding these songs that had more drama in them. ALIVE: One of the songs on the album is titled “Thank God for Hometowns.” Are you able to make it back to your hometown often? CU: My parents still live in Checotah, OK. I don’t get home as much as I would like, but I do get to go back to see them. When I’m there, all I really want to do is spend time with them. My foundation built an animal shelter there that my mom helps operate. I like to go and play with the dogs and see the progress that our volunteers are making in finding those sweet dogs new homes. ALIVE: You and your husband, pro hockey player Mike Fisher, recently celebrated your twoyear anniversary. How do you balance your busy schedules with married life? CU: We love being together, but we are also fine with the whole long-distance thing. We’re both pretty independent, so it doesn’t bother us to not see each other all day every day. It’s nice to miss him a little bit! We iChat and talk on the phone a lot and travel to each other whenever we can.

tour, which stops in St. Louis on Nov. 20? CU: We work really hard to put on a great show! There is a lot of planning and creative thinking that goes into making a show exciting from start to finish. We also put in a lot of hours to make sure that every note is played and sung as perfectly as possible. I just want people to show up and have a great time. This tour is my biggest yet, and we are very proud of it! ALIVE: You’re known for your explosive performances on stage. How do you manage to “bring it” every time? CU: It’s fun to be on stage. I know it’s my job, but it doesn’t feel like work! That’s where I feel the most comfortable. ALIVE: The country music community seems to be very tight-knit. Do you see or talk to your fellow musicians often? CU: We all get together several times a year for various awards shows, but other than that, it can be a little hard to keep up with friends in the music business. We are all so busy. There are several artists that I try to get together with when we’re in town at the same time, but that can be a real challenge with our schedules! ALIVE: You’ve topped anyone and everyone’s “best-dressed” list. Do you have a go-to designer? CU: I rarely even look at designers when I’m trying on dresses for events. Once I’ve decided what I’m going to wear, then I see who made the gown. I just wear what I feel confident in. I try not to think too much about what people will say in the magazines and on the red carpet critique shows. I just want to feel good about myself. ALIVE: What is one thing people would be surprised to learn about you? CU: I’m actually really shy. I have a hard time being in busy public places. I never feel like I say or do the right things, which can be awkward! ALIVE: You’re on your 15th No. 1 hit, and counting. What do you hope to accomplish next? CU: I’m not sure what’s next on my list. I guess I just hope to keep doing what I’m doing. I’m always looking for new opportunities as they happen, but I’m up for wherever the good Lord wants to take me.

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glance black Black Halo dress and Liquid Metal bracelet available at Vie, Ladue, 314.997.0124. John Hardy cuff and Oscar de la Renta earrings available at Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811.

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basic instincts Robert Rodriguez dress and John Hardy necklace available at Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811. Liquid Metal cuff available at Vie, Ladue, 314.997.0124.


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Buttoned up Robert Rodriguez peplum jacket and skirt available at Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.537.9811. Carlos by Carlos Santana Sardinia shoes available at Shot on location at The York House in the Central West End, yorkhousestl. com. Special thanks to Sam Kopler, Alison Graeff and Dave Jadwin, Stylist Assistants: Morgan Gillespie and Abigail Newell, Photo Assistant: Caitlin Ward

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story by Matt Sorrell

photos by Wesley Law

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Behind the scenes with five of St. Louis’ culinary greats

GERARD CRAFT Chef/Owner Craft Restaurant Group

With multiple James Beard Award nominations and countless other culinary accolades to his credit, Gerard Craft has come a long way from his days as a punk kid in DC, tagging unsuspecting buildings and billboards and generally being a nuisance to society. Craft is not only a talented chef known for his culinary creativity and risk-taking, but he is also a successful restaurateur whose dining concepts have led the way to new ways of thinking on the local foodie scene. Needless to say, his days are anything but typical.

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Number of Perriers Craft quaffs over the course of the day

Number of restaurants in the Craft Restaurant Group

Number of Craft’s employees with the opening of his latest project, Pastaria.

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“It’s my purest expression.” - On his flagship restaurant, Niche

9am Start time. Morning Ritual Sump Coffee in South City for his initial AM jolt of java. The coffee is mighty fine, and the low-key, Zenlike atmosphere has a calming effect. 11am Check-In. Craft arrives at the construction site for the new side-by-side Pastaria and Niche locations in downtown Clayton and trades his ball cap for a hardhat and reflective vest. Meeting No. 1 At the new Niche with local artist Peat Wollaeger about a possible mural. The idea is to keep it edgy enough to shake things up without overwhelming the space. 1pm Back at the Ranch. Craft checks in with his cooks on the progress of the evening prep at Niche, while tasting and joking. Despite the tattoos and two-day stubble, he comes across as anything but a tough guy. Meeting No. 2 In the private dining area at Niche, Craft and his assistant, Brittany Zehr, go over the travel itinerary for his upcoming family vacation. Then, on to the main issues of the day—moving and storing some church pews for Pastaria, material for upcoming blog posts and the pros and cons of buying a new gelato machine.

Playing in the Niche kitchen during prep: ’90s rap— House of Pain and Ice Cube.

Meeting No. 3 Team brainstorming session about a new tasting menu for Niche with Zehr, business partner Adam Altnether, Niche Chef de Cuisine Nate Hereford and Niche GM Chris Kelling. 4pm Transition to chef whites. 5pm Start of dinner service. Craft oversees the kitchen as the dining room fills up, giving the dishes a final look before they head out to the table. 11pm Quitting time.

“Just because I’m moving to Clayton doesn’t mean my food is suddenly going to suck.” - On the furor surrounding the relocation of Niche to the county.

Jayne Pellegrino has attained a reputation as one of the area’s top mixologists, working behind the stick at Pi Pizzeria, then moving to members-only eatery Blood & Sand Downtown. Despite her love of fine cocktails, though, Pellegrino has a multitude of other interests that more than fill up her plate. 11am Workout. Pellegrino was a competitive figure skater growing up, and she also studied dance, so keeping fit is in her blood. Now, her main workout of choice is pole class, which keeps her flexible and builds strength, making it easier to get through those long shifts on her feet behind the bar. Plus, she relishes a challenge. “It’s so hard; I had to do it,” she says. 12:30pm Wardrobe Change. Pellegrino heads home for a shower, a costume change and a quick protein shake before heading back out.

Mode of Transport: Black Mini Cooper. On nice days, she might break out her bike, a Honda Shadow 750. “I like things that go,” she says. Someday, when time and money permit, she wants to get her pilot’s license.

“I like to bring the back of the house to the front of the house.. I love being in the kitchen.” Reading List: Mostly non-fiction, everything from culinary and cocktail tomes to psychology. Currently, she’s on a Michael Pollan kick.

Green Thumb One of Pellegrino’s work duties is keeping the grow walls at Blood & Sand green, as well as putting together the flower arrangements for the dining room. She stops by florist Baisch & Skinner to pick up some new plants before work. Most of what’s growing behind the bar now is non-edible greenery—ivy, watermelon begonias and angel hair. Once some logistics are worked out, herbs for cocktail use will join them. 2pm Pit Stop. Pellegrino spends time over coffee and a good book at The Mud House before heading in to work. “I’m a total book worm; I love to learn.” Partners in Crime Pellegrino shares bartending duties at Blood & Sand with fellow mixologist Lucas Ramsey, and likes to keep up on what chef Chris Bork is working with that might make for an interesting new libation add. They’ve experimented with everything from bacon popcorn simple syrup to pear juice “caviar” pearls. 3pm The Prep. On days when she doesn’t have barback support, which is more often than not, Pellegrino preps garnishes and juices, and fills the ice bins before her shift. “A lot of people think because we open at 5pm that I come in five minutes before that and just start making drinks,” she says. Behind The Bar On solo nights, Pellegrino handles the needs of the patrons at the bar, as well as orders from the dining room. Her favorite guests are those who challenge her to go off-menu and make something custom for them. Last Call Water plants, check. Turn on grow light, check. 1am Quitting time.

“If I could be anyone, it’d be Anthony Bourdain. I want his job! Travel, eat and get paid for it? Yes, please!”

Jayne Pellegrino Mixologist Blood & Sand

Brian Hardesty Chef/Owner Guerrilla Street Food

Brian Hardesty made a name for himself in the Lou as executive chef of the late Terrene in the CWE. He left the kitchen there not to sign on at another restaurant, but to truly do his own thing. In July 2011, he jumped into the food truck fray, putting Guerrilla Street Food on the road with partner Joel Crespo. Offering a unique take on Filipino fare, the truck has become one of the most popular rolling eateries around—but it’s only one of many projects that occupy Hardesty’s days as of late.

Number of cups of coffee and accompanying cigarettes Hardesty consumes while planning the day’s business.


8am Wake-up call. Score! Hardesty gets an e-mail that the new batch of Guerrilla Street Food t-shirts are in—just in time for the upcoming Food Truck Friday event at Tower Grove Park. 9:30am Taste Test. Hardesty samples some watermelon gazpacho and black pepper aioli whipped up by one of his cooks. The verdict: Both dishes make the cut for today’s menu, though the aioli needs some tweaking to tone down the heat. 10am Game Plan. After the truck is loaded, Hardesty goes over the day’s itinerary with his crew. Today, they’ll be setting up at an office park in Earth City, a guaranteed location, so there’s no need to plan for a possible fallback spot if things don’t pan out.

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Truck Time For the first six months or so, Hardesty manned the truck almost daily. Some recent hires have freed him up to concentrate on other projects, but he still makes it out on the road. Hardesty talks about having multiple trucks in the future, maybe focusing on different cuisines, and possibly opening a brick-and-mortar location for GSF at some point. Road Trip The partners discuss the details of their upcoming research trip to Los Angeles. The plan is to hit white-tablecloth places as well as street food vendors to get a feel for what’s happening on the West Coast and glean some ideas to bring back home. Noon New Gig. Hardesty recently inked a deal to become executive chef at Element, an upscale eatery scheduled to bow early next year in the Power Plant Building near Lafayette Square. He heads to the Element space for a look around, and makes notes about what still needs to be addressed before construction begins. At the top of the agenda: acoustics.

Mode of Transport: A bright red 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX is his main ride when not manning the GSF truck. It’s also his first new car.

5pm Menu planning, answering FB messages, hashing out possible concepts for the next incarnation of GSF. 9pm Quitting time.

“When we started the truck, it wasn’t because there weren’t any other Filipino food places around. We did it because it’s good food.”

Sam Hilmer and Joanna Duley have a lot “growing” on. In addition to running an organic farm, making wine and raising livestock, the pair also hosts communal dinners at Claverach’s renovated barn—featuring the farm’s bounty and often a guest chef or two. “It’s pretty fluid around here,” Duley says. “Each day is different.”

6:30am Wake-up call. Lay of The Land Followed by a couple of their farm dogs, Snickle and Pixie, Duley and Hilmer take a walk to inspect the lower fields, where they grow everything from squash to tomatoes to buckwheat. The rest of the pack, Violet and Gypsy, hang out back at the barn. Time Out The inspection is halted while Hilmer attempts to keep Snickle from “fertilizing” a row of vegetables.

Number of acres on the farm reserved for growing vegetables.

Number of acres that are planted with grapes. In addition to the various crops, Hilmer and Duley raise chickens, heritage breed turkeys and keep five sheep roaming around for grass-mowing purposes. The age of the barn’s main structure. However, the building proper has been completely revamped to include heated floors, a commercial kitchen and walls paneled with cedar planks milled from trees on the property.

Mode of Transport: Around the farm, a pair of battered four-wheeled ATVs are the main rides.

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10am Trial And Error. A lot of what they do on the farm is experimentation. “Sometimes you just don’t know,” Hilmer says. “So, we try things out and see what works.” The duo takes a ride uphill to the top of the property where the main vineyards are to inspect some grape vines they recently grafted onto new roots. Walking The Line The grape arbors are covered with netting to keep the birds and other critters at bay. Hilmer walks through the rows replacing sections that have blown off during a recent storm. The grapes are used to make Claverach wine, which they also make on the farm, and much of the other produce ends up on guests’ plates at their barn dinners. Noon Harvest Time. Duley harvests some radish and sunflower shoots, one of the farm’s biggest cash crops, which make their way to local farmers’ markets, as well as onto local restaurant menus. The shoots are raised in trays in a greenhouse, so getting them ready for market isn’t quite as labor-intensive as bringing in the other crops. Fire It Up Duley checks the wood-burning oven—the centerpiece of the barn’s communal dining room. She worked in restaurants before heading to the country and says they’ll be focusing more on culinary events like their Sunday Suppers in the future. 5pm Quitting time, unless there’s a dinner or other special event.

“We share a vision.” -Duley “You have to stay excited.” -Hilmer

Sam Hilmer & Joanna Duley Partners Claverach Vineyard & Organic Farm

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Peter Whitley Pastry Sous Chef The Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis

Chef Peter Whitley has a lot on his plate, so to speak. As the pastry sous chef for The Four Seasons, he’s responsible for the sweets, breads and assorted baked goods served at Cielo, the hotel restaurant, as well as for all banquet events, room service orders and the hotel’s new donut shop, Bomboloni. Trying to please such a diverse audience of diners means no two days are quite the same.

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The cramped quarters become even more apparent when Whitley has to crowd around the PC during a noon appointment with a prospective bride and groom to review wedding cake designs.

“You definitely have to be flexible around here.” Special Guest Requests: Always. Whitley and his crew once made a full-sized replica of a brown wing-tip shoe out of modeling chocolate and cocoa powder for a regular guest.

11am Start time. 11:30am Morning Rush. The bakers are finishing up their overnight shift while Whitley and the rest of his crew are busy prepping for the rest of the day. Despite four people dancing around assorted kitchen equipment in a space the size of a master bedroom, the vibe is calm and efficient—almost tranquil. Tastes of The Day Chocolate chip muffins, donuts and buttercream icing for a wedding cake. Crowd Pleaser Whitley’s new bacon maple donut gets the win for fan favorite from staff and visitors. The Day’s Project Building a multi-tiered wedding cake for a reception that night. Whitley places each successive layer of the cake on a pedestal, then turns it—like throwing pottery—as he spreads the buttercream icing with a flat knife. Periodically, he stops to check the height of the piece with a ruler. “It’s a lot like spackling a wall,” he says. 12:30pm Timeout. Whitley takes a break to run some menu ideas by executive chef Fabrizio Schenardi. Stream of Visitors: Constant. From the food and beverage director to line cooks, waitresses and assorted hotel staff, somebody is always popping in to see what confections are being created—and usually angling to get a sample or two. 2pm The Lull: early afternoon, after the breakfast rush but before the ramp-up to dinner. The bakers have gone home, and Whitley has the pastry kitchen to himself. He goes to the lobby to check on the new Bombolini.

Mode of Transport: 2000 Buick LeSabre. “Not very glamorous, but it gets the job done.”

10pm Dinner Service. Dinner is a two-person effort by Whitley and one of his staff. He tends mostly to expedite orders, but he’ll lend a hand when things get harried. “We’ve designed the menu to be handled by a couple of us.” 11pm Quitting time.

“Everything’s better with a little sugar on it.”

Seven new and newsworthy restaurants to visit—or revisit—right now.



From innovative newcomers to bold reinventions, St. Louis chefs and restaurateurs are elevating the local foodie scene to a whole new level. It speaks to the synergy that exists amongst the city’s top-performing foodie destinations—as well as just plain good-natured competition. Needless to say, narrowing our Restaurants of the Year to seven proved quite the challenge. But we persevered—and ultimately landed on a stellar group of new and newsworthy destinations whose dynamic energy continues to surprise and delight us. Introducing “The Year in Menus.”

Everyone knows that restaurants

don’t sell wine at retail prices. A $15 offthe-shelf bottle might cost $30 at a restaurant. So, when customers are offered relatively inexpensive wines with a house label on them, they can’t be blamed for making assumptions about quality. This is something Andy Kohn, the owner of EdgeWild, is combating whole-heartedly. “We’re delivering bottles of wine that cost $50 or $60 retail for $30,” says Kohn, who most recently was director of wine at Chandler Hill Vineyards.

the “What Wine Should We Order?” menu EdgeWild Restaurant and Winery, 550 Chesterfield Center, Chesterfield, 636.532.0550

EdgeWild is a bonded winery, which means it can make wine on site, but it has an even more unique strategy behind its wine program. Put simply: Kohn buys premium wines from recognized wineries like Ebony Wines, the private directsale wine label from Chris Mazepink of Oregon’s Benton Land Winery. To those in-the-know, Mazepink’s wines are a hot commodity, and now three of them appear under the Ebony/EdgeWild label. In late 2012 or early 2013, pinot noirs from Oregon’s Patricia Green Cellars will also be labeled as such. Up until now, Kohn has not been at liberty to release the names of the wineries he partners with. (In the complicated wine world, premium winemakers often produce more than they bottle, then sell the surplus without their name attached.) He predicts spilling the beans (or grapes, in this case) will lure oenophiles who might not otherwise have the resources or timing to nab a bottle of these wines. Customers who like the producer can follow up—starting right at the table, with scannable QR codes. EdgeWild’s concept was honed by co-owner and proprietor Chris LaRocca (whose work you may know from Sage, Triumph Grill, Mile 277 Tap & Grill, Crushed Red or Kota Wood-Fired Grill, among others). The all-American comfort food angle is easy to explain compared to the wine program, and the pairing suggestions on the menu simplify that decision, too. Hungry for the popular crab-topped sirloin filet? How about a pinot noir to go with it? If customers don’t quite get the premium-wine-for-bargainprices thing yet, they do appreciate the wine club, which boasted 600 members as of press time, and provides members the chance to vote on weekend wine specials during free club-only tastings.

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Niche has long set the bar for innovation in St. Louis. A longtime foodie destination, its most recent buzz comes as a result of the restaurant’s mid-November move from a tree-shaded street in Benton Park to a shiny Clayton office tower—adjacent to chef and owner Gerard Craft’s latest brainchild, the highly anticipated Pastaria. Craft says Niche’s focus on dishes that are unique, new and fresh will remain—the differences will be on the surface. And we’re anticipating very lovely surfaces indeed. The new building’s

the “Movin’ on up” menu Niche, moving to 7734 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, mid-November interior uses Midwestern limestone and reclaimed hardwood floors. Set against that backdrop will be tables from Alton’s David Stein, a master tablemaker. Part of Niche’s space, a private mezzanine, will overlap with its sister restaurant, Pastaria. Together, the two will make a powerful pair—a family-friendly joint with delectable noodles conjoined with an upscale white-tablecloth restaurant that pushes all sorts of culinary envelopes. In the back of the house, the kitchen will have something many home cooks are familiar with: an island. Craft says the amenity will make the new space easier for the chefs to operate in, even though sizewise it’ll be about the same—because when chefs work around each other instead of in a line, communication is better and they can collaborate more, he explains. Niche’s move coincides with the start of the fall menu season, so the new menu will be more a coincidence of timing than a shift in philosophy. Craft, who was nominated again in 2012 for a James Beard best Midwest chef title, is zealous about building his menu around the freshest produce. A longtime advocate of foraged foods, he anticipates working wild sorrel into the mix, thanks to its abundance in local woodlands, as a lemon-like flavor for salads, soups or sauces. With the move, the newly opened Pastaria and the family’s other sibling, Brasserie in the Central West End, it’s a safe bet the Utah native won’t have time to be the one out there foraging for it.


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the “Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions” menu Home Wine Kitchen, 7322 Manchester Road, Maplewood, 314.802.7676

Home Wine Kitchen’s executive chef Cassy Vires is

full of ideas. In addition to No Menu Mondays, when she customizes meals for all of her customers in groups of six or fewer, Vires channels her inspirations into a menu that changes weekly and seasonally. She also creates private event menus for groups using the restaurant’s upstairs space. “The smallest we have done is two and the largest 55,” she recalls—and you get the sense that she could go into quite a bit of detail on most of those menus. Still, Vires knows that for some customers, change is the enemy of comfort. “With the menu changing so often, it can be intimidating or difficult for some people,” she admits. “The best tip I can give diners is not to be afraid to ask questions.” Indeed, the servers won’t look down their noses, even if you don’t know frisée from fried grits. To the contrary, they will probably launch into an enthusiastic endorsement, much like Vires does about off cuts (aka offal). “People see pig’s ear, trotter or cheek on the menu, and they assume they won’t like it,” she says. “But a lot of times, these are some of the most delicious and approachable items on our menu. Pig’s ear, for example, when fried crispy, is like candy! Beef cheeks remind me of pot roast.” Lately, Vires has been pulling her inspiration from the treetops—literally. “I love using leaves to season foods,” she says. “Those little things pack quite a punch. I just recently made a peach liqueur, which tastes like summer peaches through and through. We will get to use the incredibly fresh flavor all year long.” What’s next for the prolific inventor of dishes? Don’t be surprised if it’s something she picks up on the stress-free cruise she and her husband, Home’s general manager, Josh Renbarger, will be taking to the Dominican Republic.

The big news for Local Harvest Café in 2012 was an expansion from its single location near Tower Grove Park to Kirkwood and Downtown. (Though we would be remiss not to point out that chef Clara Moore did get her 15 minutes of fame as a reality TV cooking show Local Harvest Café, 12309 Old Big Bend Road, Kirkwood; 815 Olive St., contestant, too.) Downtown; 3137 Morgan Ford Road, Tower Grove, 314.772.8815 Moore’s dedication to sustainability, buying locally and cooking seasonal dishes will carry over to the new locations. So will the challenge of sourcing all of those sustainable, fresh, local products—the past year had her using close to 20 different suppliers on a weekly basis already. She has committed publicly to sourcing half of her ingredients from within 150 miles of St. Louis, and the spirit of charitable giving—to organizations like the Tower Grove Farmers Market, Creative Exchange Lab, the YMCA and Earthways Center—is already thriving at the Downtown location, which donates daily to St. Patrick Center. Moore sees her mission as helping “incubate and support the local food community by buying locally and seasonally,” and although she certainly uses meat in many dishes, part of her vision is to expand carnivores’ horizons into the vegetarian and vegan worlds. Take, for example, the Green Plate at the Tower Grove location. “This is our ever-changing vegan special that is not just for vegans,” Moore says. “We have tons of regulars that are omnivores who come in just for the Green Plate.” Local Harvest’s brunch and lunch menus are renowned, so rather than fix what’s not broken, Moore has kept them at both new locations, with a few twists. In Kirkwood, it’s an expanded prepared food section and sandwiches to order; Downtown, it’s extra menu items with an international flair (like tofu bahn mi at lunch and huevos montulenos for brunch), plus box lunches and catering. As Moore tweaks and perfects the new locations, she’ll keep working on the Tower Grove menu, too, with seasonal specials like this fall’s wild mushroom stroganoff with house-made pappardelle and locally sourced fungi.

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There are those who only visit Sidney

the “We appreciate you” menu

Street Café on special occasions like anniversaries, engagements and romantic holidays. This is a lovely tradition—except Sidney Street Café, 2000 Sidney St., Benton Park, 314.771.5777 that anniversaries and Feb. 14 roll around only once a year, engagements (hopefully) are even less frequent, and Sidney Street deserves your patronage way more often. An insider tip: Do like the neighbors and stop in for a surprisingly inexpensive cocktail after work, when you can have a conversation about anything from the private island you’ll buy when you win the lottery to the best setup for composting with worms. The unpretentious atmosphere is a credit to chef and owner Kevin Nashan, who claims to be “just taking it day by day”—right after he lists his highlights for 2012, including cooking for President Obama and famed New York restaurateur Danny Meyer; being nominated for a James Beard best Midwest chef award; hosting a national Celebrity Chef Tour dinner; and helping raise money for charities from around the country. If he feels pressure to top these highlights in 2013, Nashan doesn’t let on. Sidney Street’s menus balance favorites like lobster turnovers and steak wasabi with seasonal, local dishes. This fall, for example, Nashan will be experimenting with tripe and game birds. To those in the know, tripe is trendy. Whether those celebrating their 45th anniversary will go out on that limb remains to be seen. Within the local restaurant community, Nashan— who hails from New Mexico originally—is known for a collaborative spirit. “The success of the St. Louis food scene is a group effort,” he says, “and it will take all of us to make it happen.”

It’s true, Truffles’ new menu under incoming chef Brandon Benack focuses on steak. But before you yawn, take note, because you’ve never had it quite like this—seasoned with a unique Creole spice blend and zapped in a 1,600-degree infrared broiler. Benack and general manager/wine director Aleks Jovanovic have revamped and reinterpreted their way through the menu at the venerable 13-year-old restaurant, keeping beloved dishes (like the bone marrow and Dover sole), going to extreme lengths with others (like the 54step foie gras) and introducing their own favorites from their days together in New Orleans at Emeril’s, plus post-Katrina gigs in the Caribbean and Miami and Benack’s native New York. Ingredients, too, are a mix of locally sourced, house-made and imported (like Elysian Fields lamb from Pennsylvania or hand-selected fresh seafood from New Orleans Fish House). The prime beef is aged between 10 and 29 days in-house. Passionate as he is about the food, Jovanovic is even more confident about the 1,300 selections of wine in Truffles’ cellars, 300 of which are available for under $50. The oldest, a madeira, dates to 1863. Also notable are the French Champagnes, from small growers instead of the big houses. But, that’s not to say this is a haven for wine snobs. Jovanovic’s free Thursday wine tastings give everyone an opportunity to vote on a wine that will be sold at cost the following week by the bottle and glass. And, as long as you’re there, stay for the live music and a bowl of the Soon to be Famous French Onion Soup.

the “Global Greatest Hits” menu Truffles, 9202 Clayton Road, Ladue, 314.567.9100

When she says her restau-

rant’s menu is full of very familiar items, chef and co-owner Jennifer Cleveland isn’t kidding. Tacos, pulled pork, wings, mac-n-cheese… it doesn’t sound like the kind of food that would be worth a drive to Edwardsville. And the locals waiting in line for an hour to dine on Friday and Saturday nights would prefer that you go right on thinking that.

the “Food We Would Like to See on a Menu” menu Cleveland-Heath, 106 N. Main St., Edwardsville, 618.307.4830

In fact, Cleveland and her husband, Eric Heath, enjoy challenging their customers’ palates with surprises like Cuban-influenced pulled smoked goat. “People might come in for their favorite thing and end up trying something new,” Cleveland says. Case in point: The braised pork cheeks that debuted over the summer are now a standard menu item. Customers might even try something they don’t think they like—say, Brussels sprouts or beets or kale. (Spoiler alert: You didn’t hear about the octopus from us.) The same willingness to break out of a rut holds true for the husband-wife, chef-owner duo who first met in Utah and then moved together to attend culinary school in California’s Napa Valley. “We envisioned our restaurant being a certain way,” Cleveland says. Now that they have a year under their belts, she has realized that, “it’s different from what we expected, but in a good way.” For one thing, the menu has evolved to be meatcentric, but Cleveland and Heath are all about modifying dishes for vegan, gluten-free and other diets. Besides, special requests give them a chance to play with all the small batches of fresh veggies farmers drop off at their back door. The wine list isn’t deep, but, like the food menu, it’s carefully selected to provide comfort with a dash of the unknown for customers who are savvy about their vintages. Come to think of it, the drive across a bridge—gasp!—to the up-and-coming food destination of Edwardsville might have the same effect on the fleet of certified foodies from the city that Cleveland-Heath is attracting.

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The Bride

Jennifer Blake

27, Finance Manager, TLC Vision The Groom

Aaron Albritton

28, Audit Manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Comfort of Love

For two STL accountants, investing in a life together has infinite returns. Their Story In the summer of 2007, Jennifer Blake and Aaron Albritton both began working as accountants at PricewaterhouseCoopers—though it would be another year before they crossed paths at a company golf outing. That night, the couple found themselves chatting for hours and continued to do so at future work events. Eventually, they began meeting up on weekends in the Central West End for dinner and drinks and talking every day. Four years later, Aaron knew he was ready to take the next step, and enlisted an unlikely accomplice to pop the question. One August day, Aaron and Jennifer were arguing over who would pick up Rocky, the Yorkie they had adopted together, from the groomer. Aaron


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insisted that he go, and that Jennifer stay at home. In hindsight, it’s a battle Jennifer is glad she lost. When Aaron returned, Rocky was fitted in a sharp doggie tuxedo with a heart-shaped tag that read, “Will You Marry Me?” By the time she realized what was going on, Aaron was down on one knee with the ring. For Jennifer, the answer was a no-brainer. Comfortably Plum In planning their big day, the couple wanted a wedding that was elegant yet comfortable, with plenty of personal touches. Jennifer wore a fitted dress with a jeweled belt, lace overlay and elegant train, and Aaron wore a classic black suit with a gray tie. Bridesmaids donned

Photos by Amkar Photography

floor-length plum dresses, and the flower girl wore a cream dress accented with a plum sash and a crown of delicate lavender and cream flowers in her hair. Lavender, cream and sage hydrangeas and roses with touches of champagne kept the environment light and springy. At the reception, the couple nixed the traditional receiving line, choosing instead to mingle with guests at their leisure during the cocktail hour. When it came time for dinner, the newlyweds enjoyed the festivities at an intimate table for two. Since he was such an important player in the engagement, Rocky was included in photos and on the custom cake topper. Setting the Tune Special care was taken to be

sure the music perfectly suited each part of the event. For the ceremony, the string trio Nix Music Agency serenaded guests with classical music, and then a piano-saxophone duet jazzed up the cocktail hour and dinner. For their first dance as a married couple, the country music-lovers chose “Then” by Brad Paisley. A song about an endearing caution to love, the couple says it captures their story perfectly. The newlyweds spent the rest of the evening dancing with friends and family to the dance-variety band Spectrum, which kept the energy high and everyone out on the dance floor until the very last song.

taste of stl Because many of the wedding

guests were coming in from out of town, it was important to both Aaron and Jennifer that visitors felt welcome and got to know the city they call home. Guests stayed at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac, the same location as the reception, and a welcome bag was placed in each room with a personalized booklet from the couple listing their favorite STL places—including Saffron Indian Cuisine, Cunetto’s House of Pasta, the St. Louis Zoo, City Museum and Ted Drewes. With its ornate chandeliers and grand central staircase, the Hilton was inviting, comfortable and elegant—Jennifer says she and Aaron knew it was perfect from the moment they set foot inside. Faith and Family Because Jennifer and Aaron

were both raised Christian and are very close with their families, they wanted to incorporate these elements into the ceremony as much as possible. They brought their pastor from St. John’s Lutheran to Graham Chapel to officiate, and their mothers lit a unity candle at the beginning of the ceremony to symbolize the bringing together of the families. The couple personally selected scripture readings for family members to read, speaking of love, patience and respect. Family members served as greeters, gave blessings at dinner and also were members of the bridal party.

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Recently Ringed

Two newly engaged St. Louis couples share their love stories.

Jen Whiting, 30 & Larry Drury, 31 Occupations: I am a wealth manager at Whiting Family Partnership LP, and Larry is a realtor for Coldwell Banker Premier Group. First Date: Larry and I had dinner at Brio Tuscan Grille, then saw a movie at the Landmark Theater at Plaza Frontenac. It was Larry’s 29th birthday, and we were the only people in the theater that night. It made for a very special evening for us both! The Proposal: Larry took me to dinner for my 30th birthday. He said he would make the reservation and I didn’t need to worry about a thing. When we arrived at Brio Tuscan Grille, I knew he was recreating our first date. After sharing a wonderful meal and a bottle of Cabernet, we went to the Landmark to see “Midnight in Paris.” I was hopeful we would again be the only two in the theater, but we were joined by another couple. About 30 minutes into the movie, the screen went blank and all of the lights came on. My first thought was that this theater was ruining my birthday and my amazing

date night, but seconds later, a question popped up on the screen: “Jennifer Whiting, will you marry me?” I was in complete shock as Larry turned to me on his knee and revealed the most beautiful ring I had ever seen! I was so surprised that I must have asked, “Are you serious?” five times before I said yes! We hung out in the theater for a little while longer enjoying the moment. They didn’t turn the movie back on, so the other couple wished us the best and left. First Sight: We first met at Mosaic on Washington Avenue about a year before we started dating. I just remember thinking he was a cute, tall drink of water! Our Song: “You & Me” by Penny & The Quarters and “Forever My Friend” by Ray LaMontagne. Our relationship in three words: Fan, fricking, tastic! Perfect date night: An amazing dinner out and a show at The Pageant. The Big Day: November 3, 2012, at Salem United Methodist Church in Ladue and Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis.

Occupations: I am a Senior Recruiter with Edward Jones, and John is a Youth Coordinator with Neighborhood Houses. The Proposal: John popped the question on October 13, 2011, following dinner. It was totally unexpected, in the middle of the week and on the same day we negotiated the purchase of our new home. Talk about a day full of emotions! First Sight: We were at an event at 609 Restaurant & Lounge with mutual acquaintances. We kept catching glimpses of each other throughout the night, until John finally broke the ice. For our first date, we met up for martinis at The Pepper Lounge. Together we like to: We have a great time just enjoying each other’s company—whether we’re seeing a live band, catching a comedy show or ordering take-out and having a movie night at home. Believe it or not: Although we are a lot alike, our tastes in TV shows are completely opposite. John can watch sports and world news programs for hours on end, while I am a comedy and reality TV junkie! Perfect date night: Attending a concert or comedy show followed by drinks at one of our favorite spots, then capping the night off with breakfast at South City Diner. Our relationship in three words: Fun, loving, uncomplicated. Our Song: “Nothing Can Come Between Us” by Sade. The Big Day: March 2013, in St. Louis.

Recently ringed? Email your story to, and your engagement could be featured in ALIVE! 78

October 2012

Edited by Amanda Henry. Top left photo by Zettl Photography; top right photo courtesy of the couple.

Keona Harden, 33 & John Phillips, 42


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Over 200 top local vendors, photographers, caterers, cakeries and more.

Wedding Planners Get help with the planning process, finishing touches and more.

Absolutely In, LLC 130 South Bemiston, Ste. 603, Clayton, 314.315.1775, Make your big day memorable, whether you need planning from scratch or day-of assistance.

Lucky You Productions 2901 Macklind Ave., Southwest Garden, 314.588.0073, luckyyoustl. com Rachel McCalla and Amanda Chasnoff specialize in expert coordination and floral design.

Carolyn Burke Wedding Liaison 705 Dickson St., Kirkwood, 314.821.4844, Wedding coordination for many faiths and non-religious backgrounds; specializes in lowbudget, elegant weddings.

Pulse Events 314.518.4511, Pulse Events helps you plan a stress-free dream wedding.

Cosmopolitan Events 8132 Big Bend Blvd., Suite B, Webster Groves, 314.249.9107, Weddings with panache, complete with a skilled design department and operations team. Divine Events 224 N. Highway 67, #233, Florissant, 314.805.3587, 80


St. Louis Wedding Consultants 16943 Lewis Spring Farms Road, Chesterfield, 636.236.9359, Vendors to make your day spectacular, from vibrant flower arrangements to elegant wedding invitations. SWEET ESCAPES BY TASHA 636.357.3044, Specializing in destination

weddings, Tasha Mueller can coordinate the wedding of your dreams, whether at home or abroad. The Ultimate Butterfly Effect 314.574.1385, tubewraps. com This one-stop-shop for all of your bridal needs offers everything from event planning to onsite spa services, massages and personal chefs.


Wedding Venues

Casa Loma Ballroom 3354 Iowa Ave., Cherokee, 314.664.8000, Cedar Lake Cellars 11008 Schreckengast Rd., Wright City, 636.745.9500, Chandler Hill Vineyards 596 Defiance Rd., Defiance, 636.798.2675, chandlerhillvineyards. com Chase Park Plaza 212 N. Kingshighway Blvd., Central West End, 314.633.3050,

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

Chaumette Winery 24345 State Route WW, Ste. Genevieve, MO, 573.747.1000,

Bevo Mill 4749 Gravois Ave., South City, 314.832.6776,

City Cottage 3800 Chouteau Ave., Midtown, 314.961.7588,

Bixby’s Missouri History Musuem’s 2nd Floor, 5700 Lindell Blvd., Forest Park, 314.361.7313,

City Museum 701 N. 15th St., Downtown, 314.231.2489, ext. 117,

Peabody Opera House photo by Sal Cincotta.


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The Coliseum 2619 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.531.2920,

Moulin Events 2017 Chouteau Ave., Lafayette Square, 314.241.4949,

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis 3750 Washington Blvd., Grand Center, 314.535.4660, ext. 201, camstl. org

NEO on Locust 2801 Locust Ave., Midtown, 314.570.9218,

Coronado Ballroom 3701 Lindell Blvd., Midtown, 314.367.4848, Drury Plaza Hotel–At the Arch 2 S. 4th St., Downtown, 314.231.3003, Danforth Plant Science Center 975 N. Warson Road, Creve Couer, 314.587.1000, Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis 999 N. 2nd St., Downtown, 314.881.5800, Fox Theatre–Fox Club 527 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center, 314.531.9999, The Gardens at Malmaison 3519 St. Albans Rd., St. Albans, 636.458.0131,

Old Orchard Gallery 37 S. Old Orchard, Webster Groves, 314.961.4433, Oliva 4915 Daggett Ave., The Hill, 314.961.7588, The Palladium Saint Louis 1400 Park Place, Lafayette Square, 314.799.8886, Peabody Opera House 1400 Market St., Downtown, 314.552.4572, Piper Palm House 4256 Magnolia Ave., Tower Grove, 314.771.4410, Renaissance Grand & Suites Hotel Crystal Ballroom 800 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.418.5820, renaissancestlouisgrand. com

Scape American Bistro 48 Maryland Plaza, Central West End, 314.361.7227,

Hilton St. Louis Frontenac 1335 S. Lindbergh Blvd., Frontenac, 314.993.1100,

Sheldon Concert Hall & Art Galleries 3648 Washington Blvd., Grand Center, 314.533.9900,

HoteLumière 999 N. 2nd St., Downtown, 877.450.7711,

The Thaxton Building 1009 Olive St., Downtown, 314.323.3146,

Hyatt Regency at the St. Louis Arch 315 Chestnut St., Downtown, 314.655.1234,

Three Barn Farm 20955 Missouri W, Clarksville, MO, 314.961.7588,

The Jewel Box Forest Park, 314.531.0080,

Third Degree Glass Factory 5200 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.367.4527,

Kemp Auto Museum 16955 Chesterfield Airport Road, Chesterfield, 636.537.1718,

The Westin 811 Spruce St., Downtown, 314.621.2000,

Lumen Private Event Space 2201 Locust St., Downtown, 314.241.5757,

Windows on Washington 1601 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.241.5555,

Mad Art Gallery 2727 S. 12th St., Soulard, 314.771.8230,

World’s Fair Pavilion Government Hill, Forest Park, 314.289.5344,

Missouri Botanical Garden 4344 Shaw Blvd., Tower Grove, 314.577.5100, Missouri History Museum 5700 Lindell Blvd., Forest Park, 314.454.3151, Montelle Winery 201 Montelle Drive, Augusta, MO, 636.228.4464, Moto Museum 3441 Olive St., Midtown, 314.446.1805,

Wishes Let Drury Hotels take care of your guests’ accommodations so you can focus on your wedding!

Your out-of-town guests will enjoy free hot breakfast, free hot evening food and beverages at our 5:30 Kickback®, free wireless Internet and free long distance phone calls.

The Ritz-Carlton 100 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton, 314.863.6300,

Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark 1 S. Broadway, Downtown, 314.421.1776,

Millennium Hotel 200 S. 4th St., Downtown, 314.241.9500,



Rehearsal Dinner Venues Al’s Restaurant 1200 N. 1st St., Downtown, 314.421.6399, Almonds 8127 Maryland Ave., Clayton, 314.725.1019,

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Annie Gunn’s 16806 Chesterfield Airport Rd., Chesterfield, 636.532.7684, Araka 131 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton, 314.725.6777, | 1-800-DRURYINN

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Aya Sofia 6671 Chippewa St., South City, 314.645.9919, ayasofiacuisine. com

Table Three 16765 Main St., Wildwood Town Center, 636.458.4333,

Blueberry Hill 6504 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.727.4444,

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

Bristol 11801 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, 314.567.0272, Charlie Gitto’s 5226 Shaw Ave., The Hill, 314.772.8898, The Drunken Fish 1 Maryland Plaza, Central West End, 314.367.4222, Eau Bistro at Chase Park Plaza 212 N. Kingshighway Blvd., Central West End, 314.454.9000, Eclipse in the Moonrise Hotel 6177 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.726.2222, F15teen 1900 Locust Ave., Downtown, 314.588.8899, Franco 1535 S. 8th St., Soulard, 314.436.2500, Frazer’s 1811 Pestalozzi St., Benton Park, 314.773.8646,

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Herbie’s 405 N. Euclid Ave., Central West End, 314.769.9595, Horizon at Harry’s Event Space 2144 Market St., Downtown, 314.421.6969, J. Buck’s 101 S. Hanley Rd., Clayton, 314.725.4700,

Tony’s 410 Market St., Downtown, 314.231.7007,


Caterers Butler’s Pantry 1414 Park Ave., Lafayette Square, 314.664.7680, Catering St. Louis 2141 59th St., South City, 314.961.7588, Ces & Judy’s Catering 10405 Clayton Road, Frontenac, 314.991.6700, Farotto’s 9525 Manchester Road, Rock Hill, 314.962.0048, Gregory’s Creative Cuisine 4700 Adkins Ave., South City, 314.481.4481, Hollyberry Catering 284 East Ave., Webster Groves, 314.968.9239, LoRusso’s Catering Company 3121 Watson Road, Tower Grove, 314.647.6222, Michele c. catering & events 7092 Lindenwood Place, Lindenwood Park, 314.443.6956

Kemoll’s 211 N. Broadway, Downtown, 314.421.0555,

Orlando’s Banquets & Catering 8352 Watson Road, Webster Groves, 314.638.6660,

Lorenzo’s Trattoria 1933 Edwards St., The Hill, 314.773.2223,

The Pasta House Company 2200 59th St., Downtown, 314.644.1400,

Lucas Park Grille 1234 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.241.7770,

Patty Long Catering 1804 S. 9t St., Soulard, 314.621.9598,

Mike Shannon’s 620 Market St., Downtown, 314.421.1540,

Russo’s Catering Company 9904 Page Ave., Overland, 314.427.6771,

Molly’s 816 Geyer Ave., Soulard, 314.241.6200,

The Social Affair 314.583.9435,

Mosaic 1001 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.621.6001,

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

Prime 1000 1000 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.241.1000,

Syberg’s Catering 2430 Old Dorsett Road, Maryland Heights, 314.832.4856,

Robust 227 W. Lockwood, Webster Groves, 314.963.0033,

Vito’s 3515 Lindell Blvd., Midtown, 314.534.8486,

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

Westwood Catering 190 N. Sappington Road, Glendale, 314.965.7428,

SqWires 1415 S. 18th St., Lafayette Square, 314.865.3522, Syberg’s 2430 Old Dorsett Rd., Maryland Heights, 314.785.0481,

With Love Catering and Confections 302 Hoffmeister Ave., Lemay, 314.637.7907, withlovecatering. com

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Zia’s 5256 Wilson Ave., The Hill, 314.776.0020,


Boutiques / Accessories Amore 173 Long Road Ste. 104, Chesterfield, 636.536.0007, Wedding and bridesmaid dresses in all sizes, featuring such top designers as Pronovias and Allure. Bella Bridesmaid 13428 Clayton Road, Town & Country, 314.205.1191, For the modern bridesmaid, a wide range of top designer dresses for every body type. Berrybridge 9904 Clayton Road, Ste. A, Ladue, 314.997.1439, A mother-daughter shop with a comfortable and attentive atmosphere and designer gowns. Blushing Bride 4632 N. Illinois St., Fairview Heights 618.257.7600, A full-service boutique with an extensive collection of highquality gowns. Fleur De Lis Bridal Boutique 8109 Maryland Ave., Clayton, 314.721.2457, Couture designer gowns, veils, headpieces and jewelry. Jule Lingerie & Loungewear 1590 Clarkson Road, Ste. 105, Chesterfield, 636.536.9777, Everything from personalized embroidered thongs to comfy sweats and sexy lingerie. Kirkwood Bridal Boutique 112 W. Jefferson, Ste. 124, Kirkwood, 314.821.8555, A wide array of gowns for bridesmaids and mothers-of-thebride, from formal to informal.

Has planning your wedding stopped being fun? Call Tasha for help! We are a boutique wedding planning service specializing in ‘day of ’ coordination and destination weddings.

Savvi Formalwear Multiple locations, St. Louis’ premier provider of men’s formalwear.

Simply Elegant Bridal 1004 Olive St., Downtown, 314.241.8201, Gorgeous gowns and formal attire for everyone in the wedding party.


Town and Country Bridal Boutique 287 Plaza Frontenac, 314.991.5400, An exquisite collection of designer wedding gowns, jewelry and accessories.

314-865-0799 2644 Cherokee Street

Wedding Gallery Couture 801 N. 2nd St., Second Floor, St. Charles, 636.724.9009, High-end designer wedding gowns from such exquisite names as Ines Di Santo and Simone Carvalli.


Cakes / Desserts Bissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolatier 32 Maryland Plaza, Central West End, 314.367.7750, The Blue Owl 6116 2nd St., Kimmswick, 636.464.3128, The Cakery 1420 Tamm Ave., Dogtown, 314.647.6000, The Cup 28 Maryland Plaza, Central West End, 314.367.6111, Encore Baking Company 2730 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood, 314.832.4303, Jilly’s Cupcake Bar & Café 8509 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314.993.5455, Just Sweets 314.750.7501, 3830 Washington Blvd., Ste. 205, McArthur’s Bakery Multiple locations, Sugaree Baking 1242 Tamm Ave., Dogtown, 314.645.5496, SweetArt 2203 S. 39th St., Tower Grove, 314.771.4278, Zettie’s Confections 618.281.9052,


Jewelers Albarré Jewelry 9711 Clayton Rd., Ladue, 314.997.1707, Brando Boutique 107½ E. Argonne Dr., Kirkwood, 314.984.9114, Chesterfield Jewelers 17037 Baxter Rd., Chesterfield, 636.537.5590, Clarkson Jewelers 1306 Clarkson Rd., Ellisville, 636.227.2006, codi 1164 Town and Country Crossing Dr., Town and Country, 636.227.2634, Curt Parker Jewelers 10192 Conway Rd., Ladue, 314.989.9909, Décor Interiors and Jewelry 13476 Olive Blvd., Chesterfield, 314.434.4022, Diamond & Jewelry Brokers, Inc. 473 Lafayette Center, Manchester, 636.391.6622,

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Syberg’s Syberg’s Catering will help create the best experience on your special day for you and your guests in our ballroom or the venue of your choice. Over 35 years of entertaining experience When your wedding ends, don’t let the fun end! Syberg’s on Dorsett has an on-site hotel AND is a live music venue, having your event with us allows the party going all night long!


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The Diamond Shop 12 N. Central Ave., Clayton, 314.721.2210,

Joel Marion Photography 1478 Cherry Creek Lane, Manchester, 636.861.2400,

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

Jon Koch Photography 314.497.8308,

Genovese Jewelers 12460 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, 314.878.6203, Huffords Jewelry 10413 Clayton Rd., Frontenac, 314.993.1444, Lordo’s Diamonds 9222 Clayton Rd., Ladue, 314.432.8008,

Lance Omar Thurman Photography 2601 South Kingshighway Blvd., Southwest Garden, 314.368.3599, Megan Thiele studios 573.579.5513, Mirage Photo 636.577.1074,

Simons Jewelers 8141 Maryland Ave., Clayton, 314.725.8888,

Nordmann Photography 9420 Litzsinger Road, Rock Hill, 314.962.5900,

Summit Jewelers 7821 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves, 314.962.1400,

PhotoboothSTL 4406 Arsenal St., Tower Grove, 314.776.3003,

Tiffany & Co. 64 Plaza Frontenac, Frontenac, 314.692.2255,

Pinxit Photography 314.825.7469, pinxitphotography.

Ylang-Ylang Fine Jewelry 81 Plaza Frontenac, Frontenac, 314.567.5555,

Simpli Photography 573.747.7232,


Photographers Amkar Photography 314.485.9748, Beautiful Mess Photography beauvide photography 314.266.9059, Benjamin Trevor Photography 314.578.8331, Bernard Mallala Photography 314.884.1510, Bethre Means 314.740.3134, brea Photography 2644 Cherokee St., Cherokee, 314.650.6848, Fish Eye Fun 314.621.8638, GoodEye Photoshare 1600 S. Big Bend Blvd., Richmond Heights, 314.644.7770,

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Keith lee studios 314.239.6350,

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

Your Diamond Source 333 S. Kirkwood Rd, Ste. 204, Kirkwood, 314.835.9899,

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J. Pollack Photography 314.374.3249,

Greg Lappin 314.393.1746, Heather Roth Fine Art Photography 646.284.1215,

Switzerfilm 303 S Main St., Troy, IL, 618.667.6940, Tim McDermott Photography 2323 Locust St., #508, Downtown, 314.406.1149, Warwick Photography 1750 S. Brentwood Blvd., Ste. 265, Brentwood, 314.962.3222,


Videographers / Music Downtime Productions 7534 Watson Road, Shrewsbury, 314.452.2848, dj nune 314.246.9284, First Dance Saint Louis 9751 Clayton Road, Ladue, The Manhasset Strings 636.537.0405, Millennium Productions 1334 Strassner Drive, Brentwood, 314.918.9335, One Eyed Dog Productions 314.303.6976, Pulse Events 314.518.4511, Steady Rising Entertainment 314.221.4952,


change of Pace

Ready for something different for your corporate meeting, fundraising dinner, wedding reception or private party? The Sheldon offers a variety of unique, affordable, fully-accessible spaces for groups from 50 to 500. Choose from our list of preferred caterers, or use your own.

Catering to unique St. Louis venues including: City Museum | the Foundry Art Centre The Mahler Ballroom | The Sheldon Concert Hall Neo on Locust | The Jewel Box Kemp Auto Museum and World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park See our website for additional locations.

We can help with all of the aspects of your wedding including rentals and entertainment.

The sheldon Call the Director of Events, at 314-533-9900 or visit 3648 Washington Boulevard Saint Louis

City Museum

The Jewel Box

The Sheldon Concert Hall

World’s Fair Pavilion

Banquet facilities for 50-800 guests Wedding Ceremonies and Receptions Rehearsal dinners - Bridal Showers

314-638-6660 New location opening in Fall of 2012!

For Before, During and After your Wedding Day . .

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Steamline Productions 1520 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.650.3277,


Bridal Registry Byron Cade 7901 Clayton Road, Clayton, 314.721.4701,


1590 Clarkson Road Chesterfield, MO 63017 636.536.9777 M-F 10-6, Sat 10-5, Sun 12-4

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Lingerie  Loungewear  Swimwear  Bridal  Sleepwear  Maternity/Nursing

Crate and Barrel 1 The Boulevard, Richmond Heights, 314.725.6380, The Kerry Cottage 2119 S. Big Bend Blvd., Maplewood, 314.647.0166, Macy’s 800.568.8865, Neiman Marcus 100 Plaza Frontenac, Frontenac, 314.567.9811, Pottery Barn 262 Plaza Frontenac, Frontenac, 314.996.2630, Savvy Surrounding Style 9753 Clayton Road., Ladue, 314.432.7289, Williams-Sonoma 260 Plaza Frontenac, Frontenac, 314.567.9211,


Hair / Makeup Adorn Hair Salon 17660 Chesterfield Airport Road, Chesterfield, 636.530.9000,

314 • 909 •1640 10am to 5pm • Tuesday -Saturday 120 West Monroe • Kirkwood


Salon and Design Atelier

• Full service hair salon • Custom crafted bridal accessories • On location services available • First time guests receive $20 gift certificate • Call or visit our website to book an appointment 9664 Clayton Ladue, MO 63124 314.395.5810

Alison jo makeup artistry 314.308.1762, Belleza Salon 3449 Pheasant Meadows, O’Fallon, 636.300.3437, Blown Away 8815 Ladue Road, Ladue, Blue Element Salon 7529 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.725.1200, DanielleStyle Inc. 2826 Sublette Ave., 314.302.1467, Dominic Michael Salon 17057 Baxter Road, Chesterfield, 636.449.1583, Drew Henry 2309 Cherokee Street, 314.865.5147,

Ave., The Grove, 314.531.1218, The Lifestyle Center 7642 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.863.5556, Megan Dugan 312.285.5907, Metamorphosis Bridal Makeup & Hair Design 636.443.5931, Metro Design Studio 612 N. McKnight Road, University City, 314.983.0444, Pixies Hair Design 2709 Sutton Blvd.,Maplewood, 314.605.8417, Robert Govero for Hair 8111 Maryland Ave., Clayton, 314.725.6179, The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel 999 N. 2nd St., Downtown, 314.881.5800, stlouis Studio 703 703 Long Road Crossing Dr., Chesterfield, 636.536.6770, Studio Salons 633 N. New Ballas Road, Creve Coeur, 314.578.6116, TINGE 9664 Clayton Road, Clayton, 314.395.5810, Valerie Brown, ThirteenTH & Washington 1300 Washington Ave. 314.479.6306, thevaleriebrown. com


Florists Becky Huffman Flowers 314.368.7760, Blooms 314.795.1067, Botanicals Design Studio 3014 S. Grand Ave, South City, 314.772.7674, Festive Atmospheres 8314 Olive Blvd., Olivette, 314.481.1501, Fleurish, The Rebel Florist 314.962.3232,

GLAM 2724 Chippewa St., South City, 314.771.1175,

Flowers to the People 2317 Cherokee St., Cherokee, 314.762.0422, flowerstothepeople. biz

Jean Phillipe & Company 745 Old Frontenac Square, Ste. 203, 314.991.2900,

Fresh Art 6411 Wydown Blvd., Clayton, 314.721.5080, freshartllc. com

KINK 14 N. Meramec Ave., Clayton, 314.721.5465,

Ladue Florist 9776 Clayton Rd., Ladue,314.994.7304, ladueflorist. com

Kolors Salon 4188 Manchester

Your ceremony, rehearsal dinner, or reception is the event uniquely yours. We listen to what you want – and are dedicated and equipped to make your day beautiful beyond expectation. The Kemp Museum Services professional planners provide complete planning and implementation of your event – including décor, catering, entertainment, and more. From our first meeting to the last guest leaving, we are there with you every step of the way. Call today to schedule your one-on-one consultation and to tour our classic and unique facility – the Kemp Auto Museum.


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Kirkwood Bridal Boutique All your special occasion needs: • • • • • •

Bridal Gowns Bridesmaid Dresses Mother of Attire Prom Dresses Tuxedo Rental Custom Alterations

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Windows on Washington Petals Galore 9292 Dielman Industrial Dr., Olivette, 314.651.1360, Sisters floral design studio 431 E. Clinton Pl., Kirkwood, 314.821.0076,

Alobar’s Party Rentals 716 Hanley Industrial Ct., Brentwood, 314.781.7600,

Soulard Florist 730 Carroll St., Soulard, 314.231.0602,

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

Stems 301 Saint Francois St., Florissant, 314.972.7836,

Exclusive Events, Inc. 13633 Lakefront Dr., Earth City, MO, 314.995.7282,

Wildflowers 1013 Ohio Ave., Lafayette Sq., 314.772.9900,


Invitations By Alice Boutique 263 Chesterfield Mall, Chesterfield, 314.227.5451,


BBJ Linen 856 Hanley Industrial Ct., Brentwood, 314.447.9200, Cheree Berry 3 S. Newstead Ave., #2, Central West End, 314.533.6688, Etched Invites 314.799.1274, M. Haley Design 629 N. New Ballas Rd., Ste. 203, Creve Coeur, 636.352.2102, The Service Bureau 9773 Clayton Rd., Ladue, 314.991.1104, Slice of Lime Design 9009 Meadowbrook Lane, Overland, 314.210.0245,

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Celebrate the happiest day of your life at Peabody Opera House in the heart of downtown St. Louis. The classical elegance of Peabody Opera House has played host to some of the city’s greatest moments, making it the perfect place to host your unforgettable event. Call today to begin planning the wedding of your dreams. |

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Linens / Rentals

Ice Visions 324 Sante Ave., Kirkwood, 314.821.1204, Universal Rentals 10831 Manchester Rd., Kirkwood, 314.822.4535 or 314.363.7626, Weinhardt Party Rentals 11601 Manchester Rd., Des Peres, 314.822.9000,


Transportation All About You Limos 314.631.0747, BEST Transportation 8531 Page Ave., Ste. 160, 314.989.1500, Midwest Valet 314.361.6764,


Travel Companies AAA Travel 314.523.7350,

Two Blue Doors 75 W. Lockwood Ave., Ste. 203 Webster Groves, 314.968.4033,

Travel Haus 11231 Concord Village Ave.,Concord, 314.842.7313,

Vellum 120 W. Monroe Ave., Kirkwood, 314.909.1640,

Travelplex American Express 238 Mid Rivers Ctr., St. Peters, 636.397.2100,

The Diamond Family Since 1978

Looking for diamonds? Look into our eyes!

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Shape up for your wedding day with these workouts specially tailored for brides-to-be.

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Best Bridal Workout: Aerial Fitness is a fun and effective way to tone your arms, shoulders, back, and abs. Let us help you look and feel your best!


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Best Bridal Workout: Turbo Kick is empowering, stress relieving and quite a calorie burner. The punches tone and lean out the upper body and the kicks do the same for the legs. ALIVE SPECIAL PROMOTION


2200 S. Brentwood Blvd. Brentwood, MO 63144 314.402.2238 路

Best Bridal Workout: Experience the perfect blend of cardio and resistance training in a boot camp that is tailored to each individual, maximizing the amount of fat burned.



1314 Washington Ave. St Louis, MO 63103 . 314.241.2700

6617 Clayton Road · Clayton, MO 63117 314.726.4702 ·

Best Bridal Workout: Our customized packages, classes, boot camps and training offerings will ensure that you’re fabulously fit for the special day!

Best Bridal Workout: What do the World’s Fittest Athletes have in common with the world’s fittest brides? They do CrossFit! Don’t Use Machines. Become One. At Gateway CrossFit.

Curious? Call today, ask for Dana Kay.

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7700 Clayton Road, Suite 100 St. Louis, Missouri 63110 . 314.781.4646 .

Best Bridal Workout: We offer Pilates, Gyrotonic®, Personal Training, Massage Therapy and Personalized Group Classes. Meet the trainers at an Open House, Saturday Oct. 6, 4-8pm. Light refreshments served.

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1721 S. 7th Blvd. . St. Louis, MO 63104 314.561.8325 .

Best Bridal Workout: Celebrities do not hire generic trainers and neither should you. We use the Sleek Body Method to create lean, sexy brides. Over 70 trainings monthly.


124 Chesterfield Commons E. Road Chesterfield, MO 63005 636.536.2400 .

Best Bridal Workout: “Ginger Hedrick happily personalized my Pilates sessions to help me achieve my goals for my wedding. Pilates improved my posture and fitness level so much.” – Client testimonial Call for ALIVE bride specials.


8001 Dale Ave. Richmond Heights, MO 63117 314.645.1476 .

Best Bridal Workout: The Fit Pass at THE HEIGHTS allows you the utmost flexibility in how you get and stay fit. One fee gains you access to 35 group classes each week, including Spinning, yoga, Zumba and strength training—so it’s easy to find the ones that are right for you and your fitness goals. ALIVE SPECIAL PROMOTION

JoJo oN THE Go FITNESS Serving the greater St. Louis area We come to you 618.233.2700 .

Best Bridal Workout: Bridal Boot Camp is a program tailored for brides. The trainer takes into account dress style and areas of the body to target. This is an exclusive service to the bride and bridesmaids.


139 Carondelet Plaza . Clayton, MO 63105 314.497.8838 .

Best Bridal Workout: The Bridecore Challenge is created to eliminate fat, tighten the body and sculpt the arms. The 50-minute class has a focus on MMA style conditioning, Navy SEAL training and Olympic style core conditioning.

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Local Brew! We’re proud to partner with Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Company to bring you coffee with distinct quality and flavor – freshness guaranteed! At our in-store Kaldi’s Coffee locations, you’ll find a variety of fresh brewed coffees, as well as espresso, cappuccino, lattes and frappes. Or, choose a fresh, fruit smoothie. Enjoy Benito’s Gelato and FREE Wi-Fi too! For more information, visit


Culinaria 315 N. Ninth St. 314 436-7694


Schnucks Kaldi’s Coffee Locations:

Des Peres 12332 Manchester Rd. 314 965-3094 Kirkwood* 10233 Manchester Rd. 314 965-7310

Ladue 8867 Ladue Rd. 314 725-7574 Richmond Hts. 6600 Clayton Rd. 314 644-0510

Twin Oaks* 1393 Big Bend Suite 1 636 225-3777 Woods Mill 1060 Woods Mill Plaza 636 227-2278

Metro Illinois

Seven Hills 907 East Highway 50 618 632-5525

*Benito’s Gelato not available at these locations. ©2012 Schnucks


the best places in town to eat and drink | STL’S NEW INTERNATIONAL EATERIES


Harvest Time The time is ripe for fall flavors. by Matt Sorrell

FARMERS AND LAYMEN ALIKE have survived the brutal heat

of summer, and there’s finally a bit of a nip in the air—which means the time is finally ripe to start thinking about incorporating autumn flavors into your fine libations. To spur your creativity, we spoke with several top area mixologists to see what ingredients they like to use behind the bar come harvest time.

liquor Dark spirits, which tend to take a backseat during the warmer months, always come to the fore when the temperature begins to drop. Whiskeys are the first of these that come to mind when the leaves start to turn, but there are plenty of other hearty liquors that can be utilized. Matt Obermark, bar manager of Salt, likes to create with calvado, an apple-based brandy, as well as cognac, which provides seasonally appropriate spice and fruit notes. Justin Cardwell of BC’s Kitchen says earthy red wines and ports are logical choices, either as cocktail bases or to replace modifiers like vermouth in classic recipes. Tim Rabior, bartender at Sanctuaria, recommends trying dark, spiced rums as foundations for fine autumn refreshments.

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Herbs and Spices The same

flavors that make fall cuisine so tasty do the same for seasonal cocktails. Baking spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice are tried-and-true choices, according to Obermark and Rabior, as are herbs like sage and thyme, favorites of Cardwell. And, don’t forget the nuts, as almonds and walnuts are a natural fit for fall drinks, according to Obermark. More intense spices like star anise and black pepper shouldn’t be ignored, either, says Cardwell. All of these can be easily incorporated into syrups or used on their own. DIY Recipe Try this easy fall cocktail recipe, a riff on the classic Manhattan.

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St. Louis Restaurant Guide visit for an expanded list of recommended spots to eat and drink.

Midtown/ Downtown AL’S RESTAURANT A St. Louis landmark, featuring award-winning steaks and seafood. Dinner Tue.-Sat. 1200 N. 1st St., 314.421.6399. $$$ BAILEYS’ RANGE Creative, upscale takes on the classic burger, as well as boozy milkshakes and niche sodas. Lunch and dinner daily. 920 Olive St., 314.241.8121. $$

2 oz. Laird’s Applejack 1 oz. Benedictine 2 dashes Angostura Bitters 2 dashes Orange Bitters

Blondie’s Delectable eats, treats and a selection of specialty drinks inspired by famous blondes. Breakfast and lunch daily; dinner Mon.-Sat. 1301 Washington Ave., 314.241.6100. B $$

Stir ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass rimmed with brown sugar. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

BLOOD & SAND A members-only spot boasting bold and exciting creations in the kitchen and behind the bar. Dinner Mon.-Sat. 1500 St. Charles St., 314.241.7263. $$$

The Big Apple


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BRIDGE TAP HOUSE and WINE BAR A large craft beer and wine selection, as well as meat and cheese plates, sandwiches and salads. Lunch and dinner daily. 1004 Locust St., 314.241.8141. $$ BURGER BAR Celeb chef Hubert Keller offers build-your-own gourmet burgers with a large list of breads, meats and condiments. Lunch and dinner daily. 999 N. 2nd St., 314.881.7580. $$ CAFé PINtxOS A bright, busy breakfast shop by morning, a trendy tapas bar by night. Breakfast Mon.-Sat.; dinner daily. 3407 Olive St., 314.338.2500. $$

key $ Entrées average under $10 $$ Entrées $10–$17 $$$ Entrées $18+

Café Ventana An extensive lunch selection, including sandwiches, beignets and pastries with your coffee. Open daily. 3919 W. Pine Blvd., 314.531.7500. $ CIELO Quality Italian cuisine, dynamic beverages and stunning views. Open daily. 999 N. 2nd St., 314.881.5759. $$$ B Copia Modern interpretations of classic American cuisine with a legendary wine garden. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri.; dinner Sat. 1122 Washington Ave., 314.241.9463. $$$ DIABLITOS CANTINA Fresh, authentic Mexican cuisine with more

Hot List 2012 Winner Kitchen open past 11pm Outdoor seating new Opened in the last 6 months B Serves brunch

Photos by Sonya Lalla.

Fruits and Veggies Just because the season is turning doesn’t mean there’s no more produce to play with. According to Cardwell, root vegetables like carrots get softer and sweeter as the weather gets cooler, making them plenty tasty and easier to use. Obermark likes incorporating the ubiquitous apple, always an autumnal staple, as well as stone fruits like apricots into his concoctions. Rabior reminds that oranges aren’t just for the summer months—they naturally augment a variety of harvest-centric spices and spirits. These natural delights can be juiced, used as garnishes, muddled and even flamed for tasty results. There are also plenty of liqueurs available based on these flavors that make delicious cocktail adds, like triple sec and applejack.

than 100 types of house-infused tequila. Lunch and dinner daily. 3761 Laclede Ave., 314.644.4430. $ FLANNERY’S PUB Traditional Irish pub known for an impressive beer list and game-day coverage. Lunch and dinner daily. 1324 Washington Ave., 314.241.8885. $ The Fountain on Locust Freshly made appetizers, entrées, fine ice creams and retro cocktails in a hand-painted Art Deco interior. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. 3037 Locust St., 314.535.7800. $ The Good Pie Specialty Napoletana-style pizzas, like The Good Pie with buffalo mozzarella. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. 3137 Olive St., 314.289.9391. $$ HAMBURGER MARY’S Unique burgers and a whimsical, fun-loving atmosphere. Lunch and dinner daily. 3037 Olive St., 314.533.6279. $ B HARRY’S Great food, happy hour and view of the Arch with a casual atmosphere. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat. 2144 Market St., 314.421.6969. $$ new Joe’s

Chili Bowl House-made chili in every form possible, from slingers and chili dogs to tamales and macaroni. Open daily. 808 Chestnut St., 314.241.7070. $ Lucas Park Grille A seasonal menu featuring soups, salads and New American entrées. Lunch and dinner daily. 1234 Washington Ave., 314.241.7770. $$$ B

Mango Peruvian fusion dishes add a twist to foods you thought you knew. Lunch Mon.-Sat.; dinner daily. 1101 Lucas Ave., 314.621.9993. $$ Mike Shannon’s A St. Louis landmark serving upscale American cuisine. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner daily. 620 Market St., 314.421.1540. $$$ MORGAN STREET BREWERY Upbeat microbrewery and pub with great drink specials and live music. Lunch Tue.-Sun.; dinner daily. 721 N. 2nd St., 314.231.9970. $$ Mosaic A modern fusion restaurant with an array of cold and hot tapas. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. 1001 Washington Ave., 314.621.6001. Multiple locations, $$ Pickles Classic sandwiches like New York Pastrami and one of the best roast beef sandwiches in town. Lunch

Mon.-Sat. 701 Olive St., 314.241.2255. $ Prime 1000 High-end steaks in a chic setting. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat. 1000 Washington Ave., 314.241.1000. $$$ rosalita’s cantina A happening Tex-Mex restaurant offering Mexican favorites. Lunch and dinner daily. 1235 Washington Ave., 314.621.2700. $$ THREE SIXTY Located on the rooftop of The Hilton at the Ballpark with a spectacular view of the city, stellar cocktails and small plates. Dinner daily. 1 S. Broadway, 314.241.8439. $$$ TONY’S A St. Louis institution known for fine Italian cuisine and an extensive wine selection. Dinner Tue.-Sat. 410 Market St., 314.231.7007. $$$ VIto’s Known for exceptional Italian cuisine and Sicilian-style pizza. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sun. 3515 Lindell Blvd., 314.534.8486. $$

Lafayette Square/ Benton Park/ Soulard BAILEYS’ CHOCOLATE BAR A mix of savory and sweet items with desserts such as Baileys’ Chocolate Brownie and bread pudding. Open daily. 1915 Park Ave., 314.241.8100. $ blues city deli A charming turn-of-the-century storefront with an expansive menu of sandwiches, salads and Po’ Boys. Lunch Mon.-Sat. 2438 McNair Ave., 314.773.8225. $ BOGARTS SMOKEHOUSE Smokey, Memphis-style BBQ with generous portions. Lunch Tue.-Sat.; dinner Fri.-Sat. 1627 S. 9th St., 314.621.3107. $$ Chava’s Authentic Mexican cuisine known for large portions and tangy margaritas. Lunch and dinner daily. 925 Geyer Ave., 314.241.5503. $ Eleven eleven Mississippi Culinary classics from Tuscany and Northern California. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat. 1111 Mississippi Ave., 314.241.9999. $$$ Franco Country-French fare with a modern twist. Lunch and dinner

Melt Breakfast Sundae new to town

Food for the Soul Everyone’s idea of comfort food is different—but whether it’s Grandma’s apple pie or Dad’s macaroni and cheese, the key ingredient is nostalgia. Two new STL eateries are taking you back to the good old days with comfort foods both sweet and savory. An upcycled retro café in Carondelet, Melt (7700 Ivory Ave.) brings to the table a menu chock full of waffles,

ice cream, specialty alcoholic drinks and milkshakes served in mason jars—perfect for an evening of going for the high score on the pinball machines. Meanwhile, Southwest Diner (6803 Southwest Ave.) in Ellendale takes home-style cooking and adds some spice with a New Mexican twist. The diverse menu includes favorites like buttermilk cornmeal pancakes, biscuits with chorizo gravy and green chile cheeseburgers. - Catherine Rolwes

Mon.-Fri. 1535 S. 8th St., 314.436.2500. $$$ MOLLY’S IN SOULARD Southern Creole favorites and one of STL’s largest outdoor patios. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. 816 Geyer Ave., 314.241.6200. $$ B the Mud house Fresh-roasted coffee, sandwiches, soups and pastries. Breakfast and lunch daily. 2101 Cherokee St., 314.776.6599. $ B

NICHE An award-winning neighborhood bistro with a fabulous menu of American cuisine. Dinner daily. 1831 Sidney St., 314.773.7755. $$$ Park Avenue Coffee Chauvin coffee, bagels, house-made muffins, smoothies and a selection of more than 70 gooey butter cakes. Open daily. 1919 Park Ave., 314.621.4020. Multiple locations, parkavenuecoffe. com. $ PW Pizza Classic pies and

one-of-a- kind recipes with a focus on fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. Lunch and dinner daily. 2017 Chouteau Ave., 314.241.7799. $$ SHAMELESS GROUNDS A coffee shop known well for its socially progressive and artistic atmosphere. Open daily. 2650 Sidney St., 314.773.9900. $ The SHAVED DUCK A cozy atmosphere, live music and meats smoked to perfection. Lunch Tue.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat. 2900 Virginia Ave., 314.776.1407. $$ Siete Luminarias Traditional Mexican fare featuring such staples as tacos and gorditas and specialties like pambazo. Lunch and dinner daily. 2818 Cherokee St., 314.932.1333. $ Soulard’s Restaurant Contemporary Southern cuisine and grilled-to-perfection steaks. Lunch

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eat+Drink / where to go Central West End/ The Grove Bixby’s Located on the second floor of the Missouri History Museum with breathtaking views of Forest Park. Lunch daily. 5700 Lindell Blvd., 314.361.7313. $ B HOT TIP

Tofu High in protein, calcium and vitamin E, tofu is a versatile ingredient that can be used in any number of healthful dishes. Marinate it and sauté with vegetables for a tasty stir-fry, scramble it and add to a breakfast burrito or add it raw to a soup or salad. A new St. Louis-based tofu company, MOFU Soy Beanery, produces tofu weekly, sourcing certified organic beans from soy farmers in Missouri and Illinois. MOFU currently offers a standard firm tofu, as well as pre-marinated molé (Mexican) and hoisin (Mandarin Chinese) varieties with plans to introduce a jerky-style “gristle” tofu (perfect for snacking, salads and sandwiches) this fall. Find MOFU tofu for sale at Local Harvest Grocery and Maplewood Farmers’ Market, and in dishes at a growing roster of local healthfocused restaurants. Visit for more info and recipe ideas. - Heather Riske

DON’T LET YOUR PLEASURES BE GUILTY. Life is too short to endure anything less than happiness. Step into our warm atmosphere and be yourself; order what you want, be who you are, and feel no shame. Open daily 10am to 10pm and until midnight on Friday and Saturday.

and dinner Mon.-Sat.; breakfast Sat. 1731 S. 7th St., 314.241.7956. $$$ B SqWires A seasonal menu featuring fresh interpretations of American classics. Lunch Tue.-Fri.; dinner Tue.-Sat. 1415 S. 18th St., 314.865.3522. $$ B vin de set French cuisine served under the stars on the rooftop bar and bistro. Lunch Tue.-Fri.; dinner Tue.-Sun. 2017 Chouteau Ave., 314.241.8989. $$$ B

BRASSERIE BY NICHE Casual French dining with an evolving menu of bistro fare, an impressive beer list and classic desserts. Dinner Mon.-Sun. 4580 Laclede Ave., 314.454.0600. $$ B Chi A trendy Japanese sushi bar with some of the best rolls in St. Louis. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. 4 N. Euclid Ave., 314.367.2209. $ CrÊpes: etc. An upscale patisserie serving both sweet and savory crêpes, as well as a variety of homemade pastries, soups and sandwiches. Breakfast and lunch daily; dinner Fri.-Sat. 52 Maryland Plaza, 314.367.2200. $ the Drunken Fish Japanese sushi lounge with everything from tuna tataki to traditional rolls. Half off signature martinis on Martini Mondays. Lunch and dinner daily. 1 Maryland Plaza, 314.367.4222. Multiple locations, $$ La Dolce Via Family-owned bakery and café with delectable handmade desserts. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Sun. 4470 Arco Ave., 314.534.1699. $$ B Herbie’s Vintage 72 Contemporary American cuisine in an elegant atmosphere. Dinner daily. 405 N. Euclid Ave., 314.769.9595. $$ B new Layla

A fresh take on Lebanese cuisine with an energetic atmosphere and live entertainment. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sun. 4317 Manchester Ave. 314.535.5500. $$

Pi Creative cocktails, homemade desserts and delicious San Fran-style pizza. Open daily. 400 N. Euclid Ave., 314.367.4300. Multiple locations, $$ Salt Upscale dishes from Chef Wes Johnson, like sorghum lacquered duck, served in the unique ambiance of a former CWE mansion. Dinner Wed.-Mon. 4356 Lindell Blvd., B 314.932.5787. $$ SANCTUARIA Fresh, Pan-Latin tapas, paired with a world-class menu of

While we can’t fly you to wine country, we can deliver the wine country

handcrafted cocktails. Dinner Tue.-Sun. 4198 Manchester Ave., 314.535.9700. $$$ Scape american bistro A wide range of dishes from paella to burgers with a great patio and happy hour. Dinner Tue.-Sun. 48 Maryland Plaza, 314.361.7227. $$$ B

LORENZO’S TRATTORIA Northern Italian cuisine with contemporary flavors. Dinner daily. 1933 Edwards St., 314.773.2223. $$ MANGIA ITALIANO Casual cuisine in an intimate interior with live music several nights a week. Lunch and dinner daily. 3145 S. Grand Blvd., 314.664.8585. $$$

scottish arms Authentic Scottish fare, including the bestselling lamb burger and Celtic crisps, with an extensive single-malt scotch list. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner daily. 8 S. B Sarah St., 314.535.0551. $$

modesto Amongst a sea of Italian restaurants, Modesto serves up classic Spanish tapas and flatbreads. Dinner Mon.-Sat. 5257 Shaw Ave., 314.772.8272. $

new SoHo Restaurant + Lounge A chic, modern lounge boasting sophisticated southern cuisine and cocktails. Dinner Wed.-Sat. 4229 Manchester Ave., 314.932.5554. $$

O’CONNELL’S PUB Famous for burgers, fish and chips and Coney Island hot dogs. Lunch and dinner daily. 4652 Shaw Ave., 314.773.6600. $

Sub Zero More than 300 international labels of vodka with a sushi bar and build-your-own burger menu. Lunch and dinner daily. 308 N. Euclid Ave., 314.367.1200. $$

The ROYALE A tavern-style restaurant and bar with drinks named for different parts of the city. Lunch and dinner daily. 3132 S. Kingshighway Blvd., 314.772.3600. $$

TASTE Small plates and handcrafted cocktails made with strong attention to detail. Dinner daily. 4584 Laclede Ave., 314.361.1200. $$

Sasha’s on Shaw A cozy neighborhood wine bar with a tasty selection of small plates and crêpes. Lunch and dinner daily. 4069 Shaw Blvd., Shaw, 314.771.7274. $$

Tavern of Fine Arts Fine wines, seasonal appetizers and small plates, surrounded by art from local artists. Lunch Sat; dinner Mon.-Sat. 313 Belt Ave., 314.367.7549. $

South City/ Hampton/ The Hill Aya Sofia Exotic Turkish Mediterranean cuisine, combining Middle Eastern, Greek and Southern Italian flavors and cooking styles. Lunch Tue.Fri.; dinner Tue.-Sun. 6671 Chippewa St., 314.645.9919. $$ B


Three Monkeys A lively spot featuring a wide variety of coastal cuisine and an extensive wine selection. Dinner Mon.-Sun. 3153 Morgan Ford Road, 314.772.9800. $$


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University City/ The LooP Bici café Mediterranean and Italian cuisine and a dog-friendly outdoor patio. Lunch Wed.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat. 7401 Pershing Ave., 314.721.8484. $$

FARMHAUS Edgy Southern and Midwestern food with a locavore focus from Chef Kevin Willmann. Lunch Mon.-Thu.; dinner Wed.-Sat. 3257 Ivanhoe Ave., 314.647.3800. $$

Blueberry Hill Joe Edwards’ flagship restaurant, known for its beer selection and great burgers. Lunch and dinner daily. 6504 Delmar Blvd., 314.727.4444. $

Gian-Tony’s Owner Tony Catarinicchia brings recipes straight from Sicily with fresh ingredients from the onsite garden. Dinner daily. 5356 Daggett Ave., 314.772.4893. $$

Blue Ocean Sushi A contemporary Japanese restaurant with all-you-caneat sushi and à la carte items like chicken teriyaki. Lunch and dinner daily. 6335 Delmar Blvd., 314.726.6477. $$

GUIDO’S A distinguished mix of Italian and Spanish cuisine. Lunch and dinner daily. 5046 Shaw Ave., 314.771.4900. $$

ECLIPSE Located in the Moonrise Hotel, featuring cosmic dècor and a creative American menu. Open daily.

Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner dine in, carry out and delivery. Banquet and catering space available.


GuIdo's PIzzerIA And TAPAs Guido’s Pizzeria and Tapas is a family owned and operated restaurant located in the heart of The Hill. Guido’s offers both Italian and authentic Spanish cuisine. Guido’s is open seven days a week for both lunch and dinner, featuring homemade sangria, tapas and one of the best thin crust pizzas in St. Louis.

5046 Shaw Ave. St. Louis, MO 63110 314.771.4900

Lorenzo’s TrATTorIA

Offering an alternative to the traditional, Lorenzo’s Trattoria is the only restaurant on The Hill to serve northern Italian cuisine with a touch of contemporary flavor. The menu at Lorenzo’s Trattoria presents a wide variety of pastas and entrées. Look forward to experiencing the authentic house-made gnocchi and risottos. Entrées include their signature dish, braised ossobuco, and guests’ favorite, chic en spedini. Lorenzo’s is a departure from the typical white napkin establishment. 1933 Edwards St. St. Louis, MO 63110 314.773.2223

skIf InTernATIonAL

Skif International creates sensational sweaters using free form geometric shapes, which drape to compliment every age, and gender. Natural fibers and colors knitted by hand in St. Louis; are wearable worldwide to any occasion, and weather each season beautifully. Relax into Skif! Visit the workshop and see how the magic happens. You can find clothes for living that will last a lifetime and that are as individual as you are. 2008 Marconi Ave. St. Louis, MO 63110 314.773.4401 A L I V E SPECIAL PROMOTION

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6177 Delmar Blvd., 314.726.2222. B $$$

Lunch and dinner daily. 1147 Saint Louis Galleria, 314.726.5300. $$

new Frida’s

BOCCI BAR A taste of northern Italy with contemporary flair. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat. 16 N. Central Ave., 314.932.1040. $$

Deli This meatless deli dishes out vegetarian- and veganfriendly smoothies, soups, sandwiches and more. Lunch Tue.-Sun. 622 North and South Road, 314.727.6500. $

Ginger Bistro Asian fusion cuisine in a cozy, modern atmosphere. Lunch and dinner daily. 6665 Delmar Blvd., 314.222.2588. $$ HIRO Sushi The flavors of the izakaya explosion with unique ingredients and beautiful presentation. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner daily. 609 Eastgate Ave., 314.721.9168. $ Market Pub House A traditional American eatery with a lively atmosphere. Lunch and dinner daily. 6655 Delmar Blvd., 314.727.8880. B $$ MoMos Mediterranean tapas in a festive setting. Lunch Mon.-Sat.; dinner daily. 630 North and South Road, 314.863.3511. $$ Nico Mediterranean cuisine with a seasonally inspired menu, featuring items like Serrano Croquettes and Moroccan Lamb. Lunch and dinner daily. 6525 Delmar Blvd., 314.727.0200. $$ B Tavolo V Neapolitan-style pizza and modern Italian cuisine, served in an airy, STL-inspired space in The Loop. Dinner Mon.-Sun. 6118 Delmar Blvd., 314.721.4333. $$



BRIO TUSCAN GRILLe Delicious Tuscan-inspired food that’s upscale yet affordable. Lunch and dinner daily. 1601 S. Lindbergh Blvd., 314.432.4410. $$ B CITY COFFEEHOUSE & CRÊPERIE Sweet and savory crêpes, Belgian waffles and more. Open daily. 36 N. Brentwood Blvd., 314.862.2489. $ B COASTAL BISTRO & BAR Freshfrom-the-coast oysters and low-country cuisine. Stop by during happy hour for oyster shooters. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. 14 N. Central Ave., 314.932.7377. $$$ COMPANION Acclaimed for fresh ingredients and signature sandwiches and soups. Breakfast and lunch daily. 8143 Maryland Ave., 314.721.5454. Multiple locations, THE CROSSING A seasonal menu of farm-to-table fare. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat. 7823 Forsyth Blvd., 314.721.7375. $$$ Crushed Red Urban bake and chop shop serving pizzas and salads made with the freshest ingredients. Lunch and dinner daily. 8007 Maryland Ave., 314.725.8007. $

Three Kings Upscale pub fare with a Mediterranean influence. Lunch and dinner daily. 6307 Delmar Blvd., 314.721.3355. $$

Demun Oyster Bar The ultimate destination for seafood enthusiasts with fresh oysters from the West Coast daily. Lunch and dinner daily. 740 Demun Ave., 314.725.0322. $$$

Clayton/ Ladue/ Richmond heights

I Fratellini Fine Italian dining with an intimate atmosphere and mouthwatering entrées and desserts. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat. 7624 Wydown Blvd., 314.727.7901. $$$

Araka A delightful eatery in The Crescent featuring delicious globally-inspired cuisine. Lunch Tue.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat. 131 Carondelet Plaza, 314.725.6777. $$$ BARcelona A see-and-be-seen hotspot to nosh on Spanish tapas. Lunch Mon.-Sat.; dinner daily. 34 N. Central Ave., 314.863.9909. $$ new BLACKFINN

AMERICAN GRILLE Seafood, steak, chicken and pasta in a comfortable, casual atmosphere.

Half and Half A quaint café renowned for inventive recipes with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun. 8135 Maryland Ave., 314.725.0719. $$ B J.Buck’s A Clayton staple for business lunches and happy hour, with pizza, pasta, burgers and baby back ribs. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. 101 S. Hanley Road, 314.725.4700. $$$ LESTER’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL Every sports-lover’s dream, with TVs

Manila Bistro Foodie News

International Flavor Diversity has long been a point of pride for the St. Louis food scene, and it’s showing no signs of slowing. Two new eateries opening this fall set out to bring new international flavors to St. Louisans who are hungry for a taste of something different. Nasiib, new to the South Grand neighborhood, serves up traditional Somalian dishes such as Somali rice and saat every post and top-notch bar fare. Open daily. 9906 Clayton Road, 314.994.0055. Multiple locations, $$ Mad Tomato A seasonal, farm-totable menu and fine selection of Italian wines, desserts and pastries. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Tue.-Sat. 8000 Carondelet Ave., 314.932.5733. $$ MISO ON MERAMEC A popular sushi spot famed for its Pan-Asian food and lounge. Dinner Tue.-Sun. 16 N. Meramec Ave., 314.863.7888. $$

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Océano Premier seafood bistro known for fresh selections and exquisite flavor. Lunch and dinner daily. 44 N. Brentwood Blvd., 314.721.9400. $$$ B Roxane A cozy tapas-style spot with a Bohemian atmosphere and eclectic menu. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat. 12 N. Meramec Ave., 314.721.7700. $$ Tani Sushi bistro with traditional and fusion-style rolls Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat. 16 S. Bemiston Ave., 314.727.8264. $$ Tucci & Fresta’s Traditional Italian fare and an exceptional wine list,

mosa tacos (3445 S. Grand Blvd., 314.661.4143). It’s run by a family of first-generation Somalians, so you know it’s authentic. In Kirkwood, Cafe Manila has been dishing out well seasoned Filipino and Asian fusion cuisine since 1985—but until now, it has only been open seasonally and available exclusively for take-out. Now, the owners have opened a permanent location, Manila Bistro (343 S. Kirkwood Road, 314.966.5288), where fan favorites like the Lumpia Manila and pancit can be enjoyed year-round. - Asha Evins bringing a taste of The Hill to Clayton. Dinner daily. 15 N. Central Ave., 314.725.6588. $$$ B VINO NADOZ WINE BAR An intimate destination with an international wine experience and savory American fusion cuisine. Dinner Tue.-Sat. 16 The Blvd., 314.726.0400. $$

Kirkwood/ Maplewood/ Webster Groves the block A restaurant, butcher shop and bar boasting a farm-totable concept with contemporary American fare. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner daily. 146 W. Lockwood Ave., 314.918.7900. $$ boogaloo Caribbean-inspired cuisine with a wide selection of smoked meats and tapas. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. 7344 Manchester Road, 314.645.4803. $$ CYRANO’S CAFÉ Upscale café fare, famous for unique desserts like Cherries Jubilee and World’s Fair

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Éclair. Lunch and dinner daily. 603 East Lockwood Ave., 314.963.3232. B $$ Home wine kitchen Seasonal American comfort food and wine pairings with service that treats you like family. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. 7322 Manchester Road, 314.802.7676. $$$ B Houlihan’s Burgers, apps and one of the best happy hour specials in the city. Lunch and dinner daily. 1221 Strassner Drive, 314.863.9116. Multiple locations, $$ MAI LEE RESTAURANT Traditional Chinese and Vietnamese dishes. Lunch Tue.-Fri.; dinner Tue.-Sun. 8396 Musick Memorial Drive, 314.645.2835. $$ MAYA CAFÉ Pan-Latin cuisine with house-made salsas and margaritas and live music regularly. Lunch Tue.-Sat.; dinner Tue.-Sun. 2726 Sutton Blvd., 314.781.4774. $$ One 19 North Tapas paired with an impressive wine list. Lunch and dinner daily. 119 North Kirkwood Road, 314.821.4119. $$ B OLYMPIA Greek classics like gyros, spanakopita and kebabs with traditional baklava or creamy rice pudding. Lunch and dinner daily. 1542 McCausland Ave., 314.781.1299. $$ RANOUSH Classic Middle Eastern cuisine like shawarma, falafel and tabbouleh. Lunch and dinner daily. 200 N. Kirkwood Road, 314.984.8899. Multiple locations, $$ Robust The Robust Factor helps you navigate an impressive wine list and pair vino with unique tasting plates. Lunch Mon.-Sat.; dinner daily. 227 W. Lockwood Ave., 314.963.0033. $$ BRANICA of kirkwood Formal Italian dining and a sharp wine bar. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. 451 S. Kirkwood Road, 314.909.7575. $$$ Southwest Diner Diner classics with a New Mexican twist and plenty of spice and color. Breakfast and lunch daily. 6803 Southwest Ave., 314.260.7244. $

Water street Excelling in specialty and vintage cocktails with an intriguing menu of small plates. Lunch Thu.-Sat.; dinner Tue.-Sat. 7268 Manchester Road, 314.646.8355. $$

West County

DI GREGORIO’S MARKET Fresh and authentic Italian selections, including imported cheeses and homemade delicacies. Open Mon.-Sat. 5200 Daggett Ave., 314.776.1062,

annie gunn’s Known for heartwarming dishes and seasonal specials. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. 16806 Chesterfield Airport Road, 636.532.7684. $$$

EAST EAST ORIENTAL GROCERY STORE Asian grocery store with a focus on Korean cuisine. Open daily. 8619 Olive Blvd., 314.432.5590.

bistro 1130 Contemporary French cuisine in an elegant atmosphere. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. 1130 Town and Country Crossing Drive, 636.394.1130. $$$

EXTRA VIRGIN, AN OLIVE OVATION Artisan extra-virgin olive oil, vinegars and specialty products like lotions and soaps. Open Mon.-Sat. 143 Carondelet Plaza, 314.727.6464,

BRISTOL SEAFOOD GRILL Fresh seafood and handcrafted cocktails in a modern atmosphere. Lunch Sun.-Fri.; dinner daily. 11801 Olive Blvd., 314.567.0272. $$$ B Dave & Tony’s The ultimate destination for burger-lovers. Lunch and dinner daily. 12766 Olive Blvd., 314.439.5100. $ GIANFABIO’S ITALIAN CAFÉ Italian dishes, brick-oven pizzas and pastries. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat. 127 Hilltown Village Center, 636.532.6686. $$ J. GILBERT’S Western-inspired wood-fired steaks and seafood, with artful presentation. Dinner daily. 17A West County Center, Ste. A102, 314.965.4600. $$$

GLOBAL FOODS MARKET Impressive array of international cuisine, including products from Africa and Thailand. Open daily. 421 N. Kirkwood Road, 314.835.1112, GOLDEN GROCER NATURAL FOODS Emphasizes natural ingredients in food, beauty products, clothing and more. Open daily. 335 N. Euclid Ave. 314.367.0405, LA TROPICANA MARKET Authentic Cuban and Mexican selections, including famous whole-roast chickens and Cuban sandwiches. Open Mon.-Sat. 5001 Lindenwood Ave., 314.353.7328,

TACHIBANA The oldest Japanese restaurant in St. Louis with authentic décor and a sushi bar. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner daily. 12967 Olive Blvd., 314.434.3455. $$

LOCAL HARVEST GROCERY Locally grown products, with delicious prepared meals. Open daily. 3108 Morgan Ford Road, 314.865.5260. Multiple locations,

VEGADELI Vegetarian and vegan entrées, fresh juice and smoothies and a great selection of gluten-free baked goods. Lunch Tue.-Sun.; dinner Tue.-Sat. 177 Hilltown Village Center, 636.536.6938. $

SAINT LOUIS CELLARS Abundant wine selection sold “by the taste,” ranging from light-bodied whites to full-bodied reds. Open Mon.-Sat. 2640 S. Big Bend Blvd., 314.880.9000,


TwinOak Wood Fired Fare Specialty wood-fired pizzas with toppings like seasonal veggies and roasted chorizo. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. 1201 Strassner Drive 314.644.2772. $$

of fresh seafood flown in daily. Open Mon.-Sat. 8660 Olive Blvd., 314.993.4844,

Specialty grocers BAUMANN’S FINE MEATS Wide array of fine meat selections and products. Open daily. 8829 Manchester Road, 314.968.3080, BOB’S SEAFOOD Eclectic selection

straub’s Fine grocer with an array of fresh and locally grown produce and goods. Multiple locations,

VOM FASS Oils, vinegars, wines and spirits straight from the cask. Open daily. 7314 Manchester Road, 314.932.5262, Winslow’s Home Locally grown produce and freshly prepared foods, as well as earth-conscious home goods. Open Tue.-Sun. 7213 Delmar Blvd., 314.725.7559.

FOOD TRUCKS 2 Girls 4 Wheels St. Louis love on a platter, with STL classics like toasted ravioli, gooey butter cake, beignets and more. @2Girls4Wheels. CHA CHA CHOW Quintessential taco truck featuring braised meat, vegetarian and seafood options. @WheresChaCha. FALAFELWICH WAGON Falafelinspired eats including paninis, sandwiches and side munchies. @Falafelwich. new Feed Me A taste of New York-style Vietnamese sandwiches stuffed with meats, cheese and veggies. @FeedMeTruck

GUERrILLA STREET FOOD Filipino-inspired cuisine with an emphasis on fresh, regional produce. @GuerrillaStreet. HOLY CRÊPE A mobile crêperie featuring such favorites as the Bacon, Spinach and Tomato Crêpe and chocolate choices for a sweet treat. @HolyCrepeSTL. Hot Aztec Gourmet on-the-go Mexican eats, using fresh ingredients and family recipes. @HotAztec new Lulu’s

Local Eatery An eclectic mix of fresh vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free lunches. @LulusFoodTruck. SEOUL TACO Authentic Korean cuisine with a variety of marinated beef and tofu tacos, gogi bowls and spicy pork belly. @SeoulTaco.

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Kirkwood Station Brewing Co.

Ferguson Brewing Company brews fourteen in-house brews with four rotating seasonal beers including Peach Wheat, Vanilla Bourbon Porter and Pumpkin Ale. The restaurant offers great food that accompanies their beers well, like their fresh garden salads, slow smoked meats, and flatbread pizzas. Banquet seating and patio seating is available as well.

Kirkwood’s only Craft Brewery has five handcrafted seasonals and five year-round favorites like our award-winning Pumpkin and Blackberry beers always on tap. Live music every weekend and DR. ZHIVEGAS every Thursday for Ladies Night! Treat yourself to an exquisite lunch or dinner and catch all the games in high-def at The Station.

418 S. Florissant Road Ferguson, MO 63135 314.521.2220

Six Row Brewing Company

105 E. Jefferson Ave. Kirkwood, MO, 63122 314.966.BREW (2739)

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company

Six Row Brewing Company produces hand-crafted ales and lagers from the site of the old Falstaff Brewery in Midtown St. Louis. Our Old Plant No. 1 Pub is open to the public and features our craft brewed beers and original lunch and dinner fare. Stop by and enjoy a pint soon!

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company (UCBC) is an unconventionalminded yet tradition-oriented craft beer brewer. Our unique brewing philosophy, Beer Divergency, is a “new world meets old world” approach wherein UCBC contributes to the Revolution of craft beer through artisanal creations of modern American beers, and pays Reverence to beer’s heritage with classically-crafted offerings of European styles.

3690 Forest Park Ave. St. Louis, MO 63108 314.531.5600

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Midwest ChuCk Burger & grilled steak “Fries” At Bixby’s, “Dining with Local Influence” is not just our motto—it’s our culinary philosophy. Enjoy every dish knowing it is artfully crafted to include the freshest and finest ingredients! Serving daily lunch and a Sunday Champagne Brunch, Bixby’s is pleased to have been voted a Diners’ Choice winner for American Restaurants by Open Table. Ingredients: • Mushroom Dipping Sauce • English Muffin • Grilled Steak “Fries” • White Cheddar Cheese • House-made Pickles • Caramelized Onions Lindell Blvd. & DeBaliviere Ave., Forest Park | Reservations at 314.361.7313 or

Mixed grill Fajitas Chevys is a border cantina that’s a whole lot closer than Mexico— where we straddle “fun-ky” and “fresh” to serve up sizzling fajitas, cold Cervezas and a variety of margaritas and tequilas. Known for our fromscratch cooking, Mesquite wood grill and tortillas made right in front of your eyes, we’ve also been voted Best Chips & Salsa in St Louis for 15 years running by RFT readers. Ingredients: • Chicken Breast marinated in fresh citrus and chilies • Marinated Skirt Steak • Shrimp Sautéed in Mexican butter

• Slow Roasted Carnitas (roasted pork ) • San Antonio Vegetables

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CoConut Prawn salad We are St. Louis’ premiere fresh fish bistro. Our chefs, in partnership with fisherman, farmers and food artisans, have searched the world’s seas to bring to the St. Louis area the quality and freshness enjoyed by those who live on the coasts. Ingredients: • Balsamic vinaigrette • Tempura battered prawns • Spicy honey mustard dressing • Wild greens, tomato, avocado, red onion and hearts of palm Clayton | 44 North Brentwood Blvd. | Clayton, MO 63105 | 314.721.9400

haddoCk and ChiPs The Scottish Arms is a rustic, traditional Victorian style pub—a comfortable setting for lunch, dinner or late night party. The productdriven menu changes seasonally, focusing on the purity of local ingredients wherever possible. Being from Northeast Scotland, owner Alastair Nisbet couldn’t compromise what he was brought up with, so you know the fish and chips at The Arms are among the best you will find, whether in Scotland or on this side of the pond! 6 South Sarah St. | St. Louis, MO 63108 314.535.0551 |

Chesterfield | 16125 Chesterfield Parkway West | Chesterfield, MO 63017 636.536.9404 |




BaBy BaCk riBs TwinOak is a family-owned restaurant with a focus on freshly prepared food and friendly service. We are mostly known for our amazing wood fired pizzas, but our other signature dishes are a must-try—from fresh salads to mouthwatering hand cut steaks and seafood, there is something for everyone’s taste at TwinOak. Ingredients: • Fall off the bone baby back pork ribs • Dry rubbed then slow smoked

• Made-from-scratch BBQ sauce (our secret recipe) • Homemade coleslaw

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On the calendar | Track or Treat | MISSOURI Market Musts

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Les Misérables Oct. 16-28, The Fox

Photo by Deen van Meer.

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Boublil and Schönberg’s classic Broadway musical with this contemporary adaptation by Cameron Mackintosh. The production combines new choreography and scenery with the timeless French Revolution tale and fan-favorite songs. Tickets at (527 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center).

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METRIC Oct. 2, The Pageant

Lose yourself in the rich synth sounds and crooned vocals of this New Wave rock band and its ever-edgy front-woman Emily Haines, on tour for their fifth full-length album, “Synthetica.” Tickets at (6161 Delmar Blvd., The Loop). DODOS Oct. 7, The Firebird

This San Francisco-based indie rock duo brings its blues-inspired sound to St. Louis in support of its recent album, “Visiter.” Tickets at (2706 Olive St., Midtown). OLD 97’S Oct. 16, The Pageant

Loyal fans of Old 97’s help the


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alternative country band celebrate the 15th anniversary of its breakout album, “Too Far to Care.” Tickets at (6161 Delmar Blvd., The Loop).

at (718 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center).

DIE ANTWOORD Oct. 18, The Pageant

LAY OF THE LAND, WHITE CLOUD LAMENT Through Oct. 21, St. Louis Artists’ Guild and Galleries

South African hip-hop duo Die Antwoord entered the scene with a viral music video, “Enter the Ninja.” Now, the rap group is known for its high-energy rave-like concerts— come ready to dance. Tickets at (6161 Delmar Blvd., The Loop). THE WIZARD OF OZ Oct. 26-28, Powell Hall

Head down the yellow brick road as the St. Louis Symphony performs music from the classic film. Guests will also enjoy watching clips of the movie and participate in an Ozworthy costume contest. Tickets


Lay of the Land is a juried all-media exhibition exploring natural and urban landscapes, with pieces from a broad range of regional artists. White Cloud Lament is a solo exhibit by printmaking artist-in-residence Kim Wardenburg. More info at stlouisartistsguild. org (2 Oak Knoll Park, Clayton). YOUR LAND, MY LAND: ELECTION ’12 Through Nov. 11, CAM

This timely political exhibit by Jonathan Horowitz takes over the CAM lobby with two screens—one project-

ing MSNBC and the other Fox News— allowing visitors to view contrasting political media, and opening the floor for further discussion and reflection. More info at (3750 Washington Blvd., Grand Center). IDEAS OF ORDER Through Nov. 18, COCA

With participating artists Gina Alvarez, John Early, Wonder Koch and Peter Pranschke, this exhibit considers “order’s false promise,” or the idea that disarray and disorder are inevitable for progress. More info at (524 Trinity Ave., University City). LESLIE HEWITT: SUDDEN GLARE OF THE SUN Through Dec. 30, CAM

With the goal of challenging photography’s “purely pictorial medium,” New York-based artist Leslie Hewitt demonstrates how

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CAM NIGHTS Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis 3750 Washington Boulevard St. Louis, MO 63108

$5 Cover. FREE for CAM Young Friends Members. Cash Bar. Food Truck on site. Presented by:

For a Limited Time, The Lemp Mansion Offers Brides Our Exclusive

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photos can be repositioned around sculpture and other objects to project separate meanings. More info at (3750 Washington Blvd., Grand Center). AL HIRSCHFELD’S JAZZ AND BROADWAY SCRAPBOOK Through Jan. 5, The Sheldon

Part of The Sheldon’s 100th anniversary, this collection of Hirschfeld’s sketches, paintings, prints, collages, posters and more shows the incredible diversity and style the jazz-lover tuned into while creating and collecting art. More info at (3648 Washington Blvd., Grand Center). HEARTLAND REFLECTIONS, PORCELAIN HAIKU Oct. 1-27, Componere Gallery

See Pat Brokaw’s lino block reductions in “Heartland Reflections,” and Clinton Berry’s beautiful ceramics in “Porcelain Haiku.” More info at (6509 Delmar Blvd., University City).

Some of the city’s most avid art collectors and patrons congregate for a panel discussion followed by an exhibition walk-through. More info at (3716 Washington Blvd., Grand Center). “Hip hOZ” at COCA

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ON COLLECTING Oct. 2, Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts

AMERICAN ARTS EXPERIENCE ST. LOUIS Oct. 5-21, Multiple Locations

Don’t miss this special two-week series of art exhibits, concerts, performances and more, hosted by some of St. Louis’ top artistic venues, organizations and institutions. More info at HISTORIC SHAW ART FAIR Oct. 6-7, Flora Place

More than 130 artists show extraordinary works in numerous genres and forms at this annual outdoor art fair. More info at (4100 Flora Place, Shaw). JASON SPENCER Oct. 12-TBA, Aisle 1 Gallery

Check out Jason Spencer’s “cute and creepy” posters, prints and more as well as digital animation videos. More info at aisle1gallery. com (2627 Cherokee St., Cherokee). SOUND WAVES Oct. 27, Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts

KDHX DJs Josh Weinstein and Nico Leone create a soundtrack of live and recorded music to help visitors explore The Pulitzer’s current exhibit, “In the Still Epiphany.” More info at (3716 Washington Blvd., Grand Center).


This Tony Award-winning musical adaptation of the 19th-century play combines impeccable choreography, a fantastic musical score and tales of teenage exploration and angst, presented by Stray Dog Theatre. Tickets at (2336 Tennessee Ave., Tower Grove). LOST IN YONKERS Oct. 4-21, Jewish Community Center

One of Neil Simon’s most beloved works follows two young boys who are dropped off at their grandmother’s doorstep in the 1940s, showing the humor, drama and emotions that emerge in a mixedgeneration household. Tickets at (2 Milestone Campus Drive, Creve Coeur). INVENTING VAN GOGH Oct. 5-14, Union Avenue Christian Church

Flipping between modern times and 19th-century France, West End Players Guild presents the Steven Dietz play exploring truth and fraud in art. Tickets at (733 Union Blvd., Central West End).

HIP HOZ Oct. 6-7, COCA

Opening the COCA Family Theatre Series, “hip hOZ” features a cast of varied ages infusing the classic “Wizard of Oz” story with a hip-hop musical twist. The piece was created by Redd Williams in honor of COCA’s 25th anniversary. Tickets at cocastl. org (524 Trinity Ave., University City).



DADDY LONG LEGS Oct. 10-Nov. 4, Repertory Theatre

Get into the spooky spirit early at the GO! St. Louis Halloween 10K, 5K & Fun Run on Oct. 14. Runners of all ages and abilities are welcome to join in some family fun at Missouri’s largest 10K race. A Halloween-themed run wouldn’t be complete without a costume competition with cash and pumpkin pie prizes. Everyone who finishes can count on receiving a medal, lots of post-race treats and a long-sleeved t-shirt. Whether you’re a princess or goblin, veteran racer or light stroller who’s just in it for the candy, everyone can appreciate the festive atmosphere and excitement of the race. More info at

Based on Jean Webster’s original novel, this musical tale follows protagonist Jerusha Abbott, known as the “oldest orphan in the Jon Grier Home,” who receives anonymous letters and college funds from someone she can only call “Daddy Long Legs.” Tickets at (130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves). ANNE AND EMMETT Oct. 26-Nov. 4, Grandel Theatre

Marked by an Opening Night Gala to celebrate 20 years at the Grandel Theatre, The Black Rep’s fall production of “Anne and Emmett” follows the two title characters as they meet in a world called “Memory” to recount their experiences with racism, hate and reconciliation. Tickets at (3610 Grandel Square, Midtown).

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Art-lovers peruse the outdoor sculpture park’s unique exhibits in golf carts while sipping cocktails and enjoying cuisine from local food trucks. More info at (12580 Rott Road, Sunset Hills). ST. LOUIS BIKERS FOR BABIES Oct. 14, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

The largest organized motorcycle ride in Missouri, this 17th annual tour helps raise funds for prevention of premature births. Riders have the option of participating in the official escorted ride or a self-guided tour.

More info at (14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights). RED VELVET BALL SWINGS! GALA Oct. 20, Powell Hall

Wynton Marsalis and his Lincoln Center Orchestra perform with the St. Louis Symphony at this unique fall gala, with tented cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dancing before and after the performance. More info at (718 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center). ROCK ’N’ ROLL ST. LOUIS MARATHON & HALF-MARATHON Oct. 21, Downtown

Benefiting TASK, an organization that supports young athletes with special needs, this second annual

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Opens October 19!

Kids receive free admission with paying adult!*

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Local presenting support provided by William T. Kemper Foundation — Commerce Bank, Trustee

Missouri History Museum

Forest Park • (314) 746-4599 • *Free admission for up to four children age 18 and under living in household with each paid adult ticket.


THE NEW 25TH ANNIVERSARY PRODUCTION event features two races, delicious food and local bands, right next to the riverfront. More info at (Market Street, west of Tucker Boulevard, Downtown). LEE BRICE BENEFIT CONCERT Oct. 26, The Pageant

South Carolina-born Lee Brice brings his country-twang style to The Pageant for an energy-filled concert, with ticket sales benefiting military families through the USO of Missouri. Tickets at ticketmaster. com (6161 Delmar Blvd., The Loop). FREE TO BREATHE Oct. 28, Creve Coeur Park, Tremayne Shelter

Survivors of lung cancer, as well as

family, friends and advocates, join the third annual Free to Breathe St. Louis Lung Cancer 5K Walk, supporting research through the National Lung Cancer Partnership. More info at (2143 Creve Coeur Mill Road, Maryland Heights).

LITERARY/ SPEAKING THE INVERTED FOREST Oct. 1, University of Missouri St. Louis

John Dalton, UMSL’s director of the MFA in Creative Writing program, reads from his latest novel, “The Inverted Forest.” Filled with controversial themes and intriguing



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characters, the tale is sure to leave listeners on the edges of their seats. More info at (1 University Blvd., Maryland Heights). PEARLS BEFORE SWINE Oct. 5, Left Bank Books (Downtown)

Writer-cartoonist Stephan Pastis brings his latest novel, “Pearls Freaks the #*%# Out,” to Left Bank Books for some not-so-serious discussion, accompanied by drinks from Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar. More info at (321 N. 10th St., Downtown).


PEACHES FOR FATHER FRANCIS Oct. 16, St. Louis County Library Headquarters

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Joanne Harris, author of the widely loved novel, “Chocolat,” brings Vianne and the story’s other characters back in “Peaches for Father Francis.” Catch the novelist as she reads from and discusses this new tale. More info at (1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., Frontenac).

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Author Kelli Allen’s unique collection of poetry, such as “The Twelfth Swan,” and short stories, like “Orphaned Near the Cave,” is full of interesting mystical undertones and life-examining

events. More info at (399 N. Euclid Ave., Central West End). ST. LOUIS SPEAKERS SERIES: JEANNETTE WALLS Oct. 23, Powell Hall

Jeannette Walls, author of the powerful best-selling memoir “The Glass Castle,” brings to the St. Louis Speakers Series her real-life stories of growing up with many siblings and being raised by parents who were simultaneously neglectful and inspiring. More info at (718 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center).


The Grammy- and Emmy-award winning comedian Louis C.K., star of the FX series “Louie,” brings his self-deprecating humor to The Fox. Tickets at (527 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center). THE SHELDON’S 100th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION Oct. 11, The Sheldon

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by Peter Martin and performances by the St. Louis Symphony, Christine Brewer, Branford Marsalis and other Sheldon favorites. Tickets at (3648 Washington Blvd., Grand Center). DRAGONS! Oct. 11-14, Scottrade Center

Watch a story of champions, myth and courage come to life at the latest circus event from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. Tickets at (1401 Clark Ave., Downtown). SOULARD OKTOBERFEST Oct. 12-14, Soulard

Celebrate the season at this annual festival filled with traditional German music, dancing, beer and contests. More info at KATHLEEN MADIGAN Oct. 13, Peabody Opera House

This Florrissant-born comedian has spent the past 22 years creating crowd-pleasing comedy and has even been the star of her own Showtime series, “Gone Madigan.” Tickets at (1400 Market St., Downtown). SCIFEST Oct. 16-21, Science Center

Bring the family to this one-of-a-kind science festival, complete with handson workshops, seminars, educational exhibits and more. More info at slsc. org (5050 Oakland Ave., Forest Park). DISCOVER THE REAL GEORGE WASHINGTON: NEW VIEWS FROM MOUNT VERNON Oct. 19-Jan. 20, Missouri History Museum

Through full-scale figures, architectural models, art, dioramas, documents and more, this unique exhibit examines Washington’s personal life, achievements, entrepreneurship and values. More info at (5700 Lindell Blvd., Forest Park). GHOSTS OF THE PAST Oct. 20 and 27, Bellefontaine Cemetery

Take some cues from some notable ghosts—including members of the Busch family, Francis Choteau and Tennessee Williams—on this bike tour through the historic Bellefontaine Cemetery. More info at (4947 W. Florissant Ave., Florissant).

Homegrown Harvest Missouri Botanical Garden’s 21st annual Best of Missouri Market brings together more than 120 food producers and artisans in the ultimate showcase of what Missouri agriculture has to offer. The market kicks off with First Look Friday on Oct. 5, from 6-9pm, giving attendees a shot at the cream of the crop. Be among the first to browse market goods ranging from produce, meats and nuts to dried flowers, handmade soaps and everything in between. The general market opens Oct. 6-7 with hours from 9am-5pm. Entertainment throughout the market includes cooking demonstrations, live music, attendance prize drawings and a food court, with a Kids’ Corner offering activities like pumpkin decorating, cow milking and barnyard animal meet-andgreets. The Best of Missouri Market is one of Missouri Botanical Garden’s signature events, drawing more than 25,000 people from around the region every year. Admission is $5 for garden members and children, $10 for seniors 65 and older and $12 for adults ages 13-64. Visit for more info.

Farming on the oldest organic farm in Missouri, EarthDance operates an Organic Farming Apprenticeship program - teaching a new generation of conscious food lovers how to grow. Come find out what EarthDance is all about! Oct. 9th, 7pm-8pm. Ferguson Brew House Oct. 17, 6pm-7pm. Hot Pot Smoothie Shop (Kirkwood) Oct. 23rd, 6-7pm. Bar Louie (CWE) Nov. 12th, 6:30-8pm. Local Harvest Cafe (Morganford) Nov. 14th, 7-8:30pm. Schalfly Bottleworks, Crown Room

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GETTING OUT GUIDE The top places in town to eat, drink and be merry. Café Madeleine Enjoy Sunday Brunch at Café Madeleine in Tower Grove Park and savor the seasons in the oldest greenhouse west of the Mississippi River. Every Sunday we provide our patrons with a French-inspired, fresh and flavorful culinary experience.

Chevys Fresh Mex Chevys serves up full-flavored food and drinks in a vibrant, energetic atmosphere, dishing out authentic Mexican cuisine made entirely from scratch. Known for its energetic ambiance, Chevy’s is perfect for couples, families with children or foodies on the lookout for the next exciting place to grab a bite.

Sunday 10am-2pm Reservations 314.575.5658 Piper Palm House in Tower Grove Park

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The Fountain On Locust See for yourself the most photographed restaurant in St. Louis! The Fountain is home to the ice cream martini and fresh, made-from-scratch soups, salads, creative sandwiches and entrées, fine ice creams, chocolates and retro cocktails—all in a one-ofa-kind, hand-painted Art Deco interior! Three blocks from The Fox!

Humphrey’s Restaurant & Tavern Humphrey’s is family-owned and operated, loved by many for its patty melts, fresh garlic fries, burgers and wings. Stop by for daily happy hour, or catch a Sunday football game. For breakfast, try the Boys Famous Cheese Eggs. The beautifully landscaped patio features a live band every Wednesday. Book your next upcoming party here at no rental charge.

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J.Buck’s J.Buck’s is featuring a new dinner menu, containing many seasonal and local ingredients. Ask us about our private rooms, or let us cater your next event! Joe Buck’s 1000 Clark Ave. St. Louis, MO 63102 314.436.0394

Mile 277 Tap & Grill From the upscale, motorcycle themed décor to the state-of-the art stage, video and sound system, Mile 277 Tap & Grill is one of St. Louis’ most exciting restaurant and live music destinations. Voted No. 1 Lounge/Club in the 2012 Riverfront Times Readers’ Poll, Mile 277 is the perfect spot to eat, drink, cruise and meet!

J.Buck’s 101 S. Hanley Road Clayton, MO 63105 314.725.4700 ·

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Nick’s Pub Nick’s features 65 draft beers, with 36 from Missouri. Find your new favorite while enjoying our daily specials, watching hometown teams on 30+ HD TVs, or enjoying live music Thursday-Saturday. Check out our new location, now open in St. Charles!

Olympia Kebob House and Taverna Home to some of the best authentic Greek food in town for the past 32 years, Olympia is open daily for lunch and dinner. Savor homemade Greek specialties like gyros and kebobs in a cozy European atmosphere complete with a full bar and open-air patio. Find us on Facebook!

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Pointer’s Pizza Our signature product, the “Pointersaurus,” is a 28” ten pound pizza that feeds 15-20 people for only $40. We challenge two people to eat the pizza in an hour for an award of $500. We also carry pasta, sandwiches and salads while specializing in fast delivery in the Clayton/Richmond Heights/ Maplewood/Brentwood areas. Open until 2am seven days a week. 1023 South Big Bend Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63117 314.644.2000 ·

Syberg’s on Dorsett Syberg’s on Dorsett has teamed up with Bosom Buddies and Gateway to Hope to host an event to help raise money for breast cancer awareness. Join us on Sunday, Oct. 7 and support our local Bosom Buddies Event. Check out our Facebook page for more information SybergsDorsett. 2430 Old Dorsett Road St. Louis, MO 63043 314.785.0481

Vito’s Original Sicilian Pizzeria & Ristorante Vito’s has been dishing up its award-winning pizza along with other family recipes since 1996. Sip a refreshing cocktail while enjoying spectacular views of Saint Louis University and the Saint Louis Arch. Take advantage of the great food and drink specials Monday through Friday from 3-6pm. 3515 Lindell Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63103 314.534.8486 ·

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August 23, The Coliseum I have always been a firm believer in the idea that the best way to form lasting connections with your community is through volunteer work. As members of ALIVE’s Fun & Philanthropy Committee, Office Manager Ellen Ramey and I saw Connect With as the perfect opportunity to explore ways of getting ourselves and our coworkers involved with some of the great nonprofit groups St. Louis is home to—and have a little fun along the way, of course. With complimentary Stella Artois, Shock Top and Bud Select in hand, we roamed the booths collecting flyers and chatting with members of young friends boards for the organizations. After grabbing some cookies from the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, we swung by the Jewish Family & Children’s Service of St. Louis booth to don wigs, glasses and boas for a fun photo, visited the Young Friends Development Board of St. Patrick Center, who outfitted our beers in cozy koozies, and crafted some Claes Oldenburg-style food sculptures with Saint Louis Art Museum. Along the way, we also explored group volunteer opportunities with the MS Society and Tenth Life Cats, United Way and many more—all while enjoying the smooth sounds of a jazz quartet from Jazz St. Louis.



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Tommy Bahama Grand Opening

August 15, Saint Louis Galleria

Galleria shoppers and fans of the laid-back island style of Tommy Bahama celebrated the grand opening of St. Louis’ first Tommy Bahama store—an occasion which conveniently coincided with National Relaxation Day. Guests joined store manager Patty Lamoureux for refreshments and massages, accompanied by the soothing sounds of guitar, as they got a first look at the casualluxurious men’s and women’s clothing, gifts and home décor. 1 Lliam Christy & Stephanie Ohlendorf 2 Lisa Johnston 3 Sarita Moody 4 Heather Chamberlain & Patty Lamoureux 5 Tim Banta & Erika Haase 6 Patty Lamoureux & Gina Wilkerson 7 Staff 8 Brittany Colema & Gavin Boileau 9 Allie Taniuchi & Tim Banta


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Party in the Plaza August 16, Westport Plaza

The St. Louis happy hour crowd flocked to Westport Plaza in Maryland Heights to enjoy music, entertainment and drink specials in the outdoor village. Z107.7’s Curt Copeland was the life of the party, while local bands Concoction and Griffin & the Gargoyles kept the crowd dancing all evening. Meanwhile, guests noshed on tasty food from the Trainwreck Saloon, Bradford’s Pub, Dierdorf & Hart’s and other Plaza eateries. 1 Ketura Wash, Latasha Channel, Dana West, Kenya Harris & Lakita Grider 2 Brigette Loynd, Jack Loynd & Malcolm Munn 3 Cori Clark & Stu McNeil 4 Becky Smith, Brittany West, John Kunze & Ashley Dortch 5 April Dugger, Kelly Flemming & Kim White 6 Erin Hines & Steve Sash




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St. Louisans gathered at Culinaria Downtown to mingle, sip fine beers and wines while serving a great cause at the Sips in the City happy hour, sponsored by Fifth Third Bank. Attendees enjoyed complimentary Stella Artois, Leffe, Hoegaarden and featured wine as well as appetizers from Culinaria. Donations from the evening benefited St. Louis Language Immersion Schools. 1 Anna Carr & Lavern Morgan 2 Phyllis Thomas & Vicki Clark 3 Carol and Chuck Brown 4 Dawn Van Houten, Rachel Hoppman & Molly Ross

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August 23, The Back Bar @ Scape St. Louisans kicked off the weekend early at The Back Bar @ Scape, taking advantage of the beautiful weather to get some fresh air and unwind. Guests enjoyed $5 wine, cocktails and appetizers, as well as $2 beers, on the back patio adorned with festive lights and cozy couches. The $5 Happy Hours took place every Thursday this summer, wrapping up for the season in September. 1 Margaret Pinson & Lori Daugherty 2 Josie Pickrell & Kelly Manhart 3 Kristin Sopko & Jon Hinrichs 4 Carol Lwali, Dee Gicharu & Christine Gatuiria 5 Gavin Shelton & Megan Ubinger


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Olivia LahsGonzales An interview with Olivia Lahs-Gonzales, artist, photographer, author and director of the Sheldon Art Galleries. Coming from a long line of artists, Lahs-Gonzales inherited a deep devotion to art in all its forms and has dedicated her life to sharing it. At the Sheldon, she directs educational programs, assists in fundraising and curates six gallery spaces focused on photography, architecture, jazz history, St. Louis artists, children’s art and multimedia. What is your current frame of mind? Excited about the fall. When and where are you happiest? When I’m with my child. What is your favorite smell? Lilac, fresh-cut grass and the air after rain. What is one word that describes you? Mostly together. What did you eat for breakfast today? Yogurt with fresh fruit and granola. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Probably the awful word, “like.” What is your most marked characteristic? The gap in my teeth. What is your greatest weakness? Chocolate— boring, but true. Who or what is the greatest love of your life? My child. What trait do you most admire in others? Serenity.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? To be more serene. What do you consider your greatest achievement? Several books that I’ve written, and two exhibitions that travelled. Which living person do you most admire? My mom. If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, who or what would it would be? A philanthropist. What is your most treasured possession? Artwork by my family, and my Steiff bear. What is your greatest fear? Becoming ill and not being able to take care of my child. On what occasion do you lie? When diplomatic reasons necessitate. Who is your favorite painter? Pierre Bonnard. Who are your favorite photographers? William Eggleston, Lewis Baltz, John Gossage and Peter Fraser. Who is your favorite artist? German Expressionists and Fauve painters. What is your favorite medium? Painting, photography and video. Oh, and drawing, too. What is your favorite hobby? Jewelry-making. Where would you like to live? A coastal town in Greece. Who are your heroes in real life? My mom. If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be? The poet Billy Collins and Roger Daltrey. What’s something interesting that you just learned? I learned that emeralds, morganite, aquamarine, bixbite and golden beryl are all stones

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from the same family—the beryl family. What an amazing range of colors! What are you most looking forward to? Another trip to either the ocean or the mountains. What is something you still want to learn? How to weld, and how to make metal jewelry. What is one thing you want to do before you die? See a real live whale, and travel to see the Guilin Mountains in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. If you could say something to your younger self, what would it be? Look before you leap. What time period do you think you identify the most with? I love 1920s Europe because it was a time of experimentation, pushing boundaries and going against the status quo.  What is your greatest extravagance? My monthly massage club membership that I rarely get to use, and works of art I’ve collected by artists that I admire.  What is one thing you want to happen? To stay healthy in mind and body. And, peace in the Middle East. Interview by Elizabeth Tucker Photography by Wesley Law ‘Archetypes’ are off-the-cuff interviews with St. Louis' most inspiring, well-known personalities based on the 19th century Parisian parlor game known as the Proust Questionnaire.

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