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Ben Welch began his culinary career over 20 years ago in an Italian American restaurant in Webster Groves, MO. He rose through the ranks at various local establishments before deciding to attend Johnson and Wales in Charleston, South Carolina. After culinary school he moved to New Orleans to work at Emeril Lagasse’s Nola and mentor under Chefs Joel Morgan and David McCelvey. Since his move back to St. Louis, Welch has worked with some of the city’s top chefs: Ivy Magruder, Lisa and David Slay, Thom Zoog, Michael Roberts and Jean Donnelly, Patrick Thirion, Rob Uyemura, and Tim Grandinetti to name a few. Chef Ben has held positions as Chef Instructor and Retention Coordinator @ L’Ecole Culinaire. He has held positions as Sous or Executive Chef at some of St. Louis’s most noted establishments. Most recently Welch was on the staff at the Clarksville Station on Overlook Farm in Clarksville, Missouri. At Overlook Farm, with their farmto-table concept, Welch focused on local, seasonal and sustainable products. Chef Ben recently had the honor of working with Chefs Debbie Gold, Grady Spears and Ray Lampe as part of The Sweet Summer Luv Luv Festival at Overlook Farm. Now we are pleased to announce Chef Ben plans to bring the same passion for hospitality and an uncompromising respect for food to the Stable, where he plans on raising the bar on what St. Louisan’s expect from a microbrewery. Look for Contemporary American cuisine with an emphasis on French techniques.

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 the taste maker “Top Chef” judge and acclaimed chef Hubert Keller on training in France and judging on the new Bravo show, “Top Chef: Just Desserts.”

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feature Let’s dish We asked and you answered. Over 75 “reader’s choice” favorites for the best dinners, desserts, pizza and more.

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 free fallin’ The new season announces the launch of lively, rich colors, chic new shapes, fresh combinations and feel-good knits.

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feature alive bride Two St. Louis brides ditch bythe-book weddings and plan their own outside-the-box big days. Plus, the ultimate St. Louis wedding planning guide.

stl now 24 7 things you must do this month. 26 C  ALENDAR Don’t miss photographer Katherine Bish’s “Oil Crisis Project” at Mad Art Gallery. Plus, get your fill of the city’s best eats at the Taste of St. Louis.

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30 ST  L NOW A new bistro in Maplewood makes it easy to nosh on fresh, seasonal fare. 32 b  uzz Gallerist, curator and St. Louis native Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn on critiquing art, setting trends and her stint as a judge on Bravo’s “Work of Art.”

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54 e  ntertaining Fire up the grill one last time before the chill sets in and enjoy this delicious beer & brats recipe from Schnucks Cooks.

self 56 h  ealth Transition your skincare routine from the summer heat to the cooler fall with these five tips.

34 HOT EATS Monarch debuts a new concept and Southern-inspired menu.

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36 e  xplore Four St. Louis chefs and their go-to farmers for fresh, fall ingredients.

58 GET  INVOLVED Learn how to support Gateway to Hope, a nonprofit that offers guidance and medical treatment to women diagnosed with breast cancer.

38 spirits Potent absinthe cocktails found at four local spots. 40 HOT BLOCK Perfectly walkable and completely charming, Main Street St. Charles offers cute shops, great food and a relaxing pace of life.

style 42 s  tyle Military-inspired gear defines fashion’s must-have uniform for him and her. 44 s  tyle We get to the point with Fall’s new footwear trend. 46 J  EWELRY Fashion Editor Jill Manoff is charmed by these chic and classic accessories.

60 SOCIAL SCENE City-Wide Open Studios, Connect With... and Kickball for a Cause.

resources 110 ST  . LOUIS RESTAURANT GUIDE The best places in town to eat, drink and dance.

scene 118 S  CENE IN ST. LOUIS LouFest and Saint Louis Fashion Week parties, shows and more. 128 a  rchetypes Innovator of the arts Marilu Knode shares what inspires and excites her.

home 50 m  arket watch Our four favorite real estate finds of the month. 52 c  ity living guide Our St. Louis condo and loft listings to help you find the perfect living space.

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his time of year is one of new beginnings, a new season and new harvests. For St. Louis foodies and area farmers, this month is the kickoff to a plethora of yummy local veggies. Zucchini, eggplant and butternut squash all around! To celebrate, we highlight four of our favorite restaurants and chefs that are leading the farm-to-fork movement and feature a few dishes to look forward to on their fall menus (p.36). St. Louis has some of the best dining destinations in the Midwest and whether you favor sushi, steak, Italian or vegetarian, everyone has a favorite spot. So when it came time to plan this month’s Eat + Drink issue, we asked for input. Knowing the power of social media and the ways people utilize networks like Facebook, Twitter and Yelp to share information on where to go and what to do, we decided to ask our Facebook friends and fans about their favorite spots. We had an amazing response and were excited to see the diversity of answers that make up the story. See what restaurants St. Louis food lovers are talking about in our “Let’s Dish” feature on p. 72. Every noteworthy restaurant has a topnotch chef manning the stoves. This issue’s cover story goes into the kitchen—literally— with acclaimed celebrity Chef Hubert Keller. Managing Editor and foodie Cristy Miller talked with the “Top Chef” star on his French culinary training, his restaurant empire and his latest Bravo show, “Top Chef: Just Desserts” (p.68). The two of us love dining out several times a week and we are both passionate about the local food movement. One issue a year dedicated to this subject seems hardly enough, but we’re hopeful you’ll enjoy reading all the food-focused content we squeezed into our October issue. We also hope you’ll join us for a food celebration and a little friendly competition at our second annual All-American Throwdown event on October 17 as six St. Louis chefs compete in a burger cook-off hosted by cover boy Hubert Keller. We hope to see you there!

Elizabeth Tucker Publisher/ Co-Founder

Photo by Tuan Lee.

Kelly Hamilton Editor-in-Chief/ Co-Founder

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This month regular contributor Tuan Lee photographed esteemed chef Hubert Keller. Says Lee, “It was an honor to have the opportunity to photograph chef Keller. During our short time together, he was gracious, modest and generous. In fact, at the end of the shoot, he surprised us all with a wonderful meal. It was great to meet such kind-hearted chef royalty.”

Photographer Jennifer Silverberg, a regular contributor to ALIVE, was particularly excited when she heard this month’s assignment, the much anticipated re-opening of Monarch restaurant in Maplewood. Photographing food has become a favorite for Jennifer, and she was delighted to photograph the inspired creations of chef Josh Galliano and the beautifully remodeled restaurant. When Jennifer is not busy shooting food, she’s shooting portraits or lifestyle photography or doing documentary work. To see her work, visit her website at jsilverberg.com.

KRISTIN STEFEK BRASHARES

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For Kristin Stefek Brashares, the best part about covering weddings for ALIVE for the past five years has been rehashing every last detail with the couples. That was definitely the case with the two she interviewed for “The Offbeat Bride,” (p.96) as the brides and grooms played up their artsy sides and love of St. Louis with some ultra-creative DIY touches and hidden-gem local vendors.

This is Amy De La Hunt’s favorite ALIVE issue of the year, and she’s excited to be contributing to it again. Every facet of the St. Louis food scene intrigues her. Writing about four synergistic chef-farmer relationships (“We Love Local,” p. 36) gives her an excuse to make reservations at some of the city’s top restaurants come October. But she is equally happy touting everyday fare, the kind she enjoys with her two sons. A case in point: She and the boys were delighted when another freelance client, Gayot.com, added ice cream reviews to its St. Louis listings during the heat of the summer. alivemag.com

Self-portrait by Tuan Lee; Jennifer Silverberg photographed by Joseph Merlone; Kristin Stefak Brashares photographed by Anna Seltzer; Amy De La Hunt photographed by Katie Clancy.

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A good chef takes seafood seriously—and if there’s one cuisine where freshness makes a big difference in taste, it’s seafood. The chefs at Bristol Seafood Grill understand this concept and focus on bringing in the highest quality, sea-bound offerings. With two St. Louis locations, Bristol Seafood Grill is also the perfect destination for quality prime-aged steaks as well as seafood. Combine the delicious cuisine with a casual yet upscale atmosphere, creative cocktails crafted by expert mixologists and an out-of-this-world wine list, and you’ll never want to dine anywhere else.

Maine lobster. Fresh shucked oysters, New England clam chowder, spicy Creole gumbo, shrimp scampi and fried calamari are also must-order offerings as well as the tuna tartare and savory scallops with crispy short ribs. Bristol’s hot happy hour makes it a no-brainer destination for unwinding after work, from 4pm7pm Sunday through Friday, guests can partake in lower-priced appetizers like smoked duck flatbread, lobster tamale and tuna sushi, starting at only $4. And enjoy fresh oysters for 75 cents each as well.

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This hotspot offers many ways to enjoy their cuisine and atmosphere, whether it’s a weekday or weekend—like the awardwinning Sunday Brunch at the Creve Coeur location with an omelet bar and fresh waffles. On Sundays diners can partake in specials on wines under $100 for half price or indulge in the chef’s tasting menu anytime and enjoy three courses for $29 or four for $35.

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alive launches new blogs > Log on to alivemag.com/blog to get the latest shopping and dining news, beauty reviews, mixology ideas and more. The ALIVE blog team brings you the best of St. Louis every week, whether you seek of-the-moment men’s style tips, parenting perspective or pure entertainment. If it’s happening in St. Louis, it’s on ALIVEMag.com!

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with chef Hubert Keller. We went into his SLeeK kitchen in the Lumière Place Casino & Hotels to snap photos and get this top chef’s top picks on dessert, his favorite place to travel and more.

From chic venues to fabulous photographers to the best St. Louis caterers, our searchable guide is the only resources a bride needs to plan the perfect big day. [alivemag.com/weddings] Before planning your next night out, click on our searchable St. Louis restaurant guide and find a place by cuisine, neighborhood or name. [alivemag.com/restaurants]

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ALIVE’s Fashion Editor, Jill Manoff, on shopping news and the looks she’s loving right now.

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Libation Nerd TJ Vytlacil on mixology, cocktails and spirits.

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Tips, trends and news to help you feel good and look hot from ALIVE Editor Sheniqua Faulkner.

Restaurant news and reviews by ALIVE Editor Cristy Miller.

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Girl-about-town Pamela Raymond uncovers the truths behind sex and relationships.

parentpop Lisa Bertrand on parenting in the age of products and pop culture.

sliceofsanity Elizabeth Tucker on finding balance, laughter and meaning in a crazy, sexy world.

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I’m Going to Saks... To Support My Favorite Local Charity July 29 Saks Fifth Avenue held a kickoff party to celebrate the commencement of Saks Fifth Avenue’s three-month-long program, “I’m Going to Saks...To Support My Favorite Local Charity.” Between August 1 and October 31, clients who use their Saks credit card can donate 10 percent of their total purchase to one of five local nonprofits. Friends of Wings, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Humane Society of Missouri, HavenHouse and Food Outreach. The St. Louis Saks store is one of two Saks Fifth Avenue stores nationwide participating in the charitable campaign. Photos by Emma Birge-Osborne/ALIVE Scene Team.

Kathryn Warnick & Asha Zimmerman

Representatives from the charities

Festival of Nations August 28 & 29 This free cultural event was founded in 2000 and has grown into the largest multicultural festival in the St. Louis region. Dozens of booths filled with a diverse selection of food and drink lined Tower Grove Park and attendees enjoyed nonstop ethnic music and dancing, highland games and arts and crafts. The event also featured “World Bazaar,” a shopping extravaganza of fabulous foreign finds. Photos by Emma Birge-Osborne/ALIVE Scene Team.

Erika Ochs & Stephani Stella

Bhutanese dress-tying demonstration

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Irish Dancers


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Get Business Savvy

On October 28, join the Lawrence Group, ALIVE Magazine, Budweiser, area business leaders, entrepreneurs and aspiring CEOs for the “St. Louis Business Journal’s” “Build Your Brand” panel discussion event at the Moto Museum from 5:30pm-8pm. Panelists will also take questions from audience members after the discussion. Cost: $15 at the door.

For more info, log on to alivemag.com/calendar or call 314.421.8307.

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Marvel the Human Form Presenting more than 200 dissected human bodies and specimens, “BODIES…The Exhibition” will be on view at the Saint Louis Galleria starting October 2. Using an innovative preservation process, this captivating exhibit will provide an informative and interesting view into the human body and the many complex systems that allow humans to function. Cost: $14-$22. For more info and to purchase tickets, log on to bodiestheexhibition.com/stlouis.

Cast Your Vote

“Top Chefs: All-American Throwdown,” last year’s sold-out foodie event, returns on October 17 as ALIVE once again pits six St. Louis chefs against one another in a competition to create St. Louis’ best burger. Sample each chef ’s creation and cast your ballot for your favorite as you enjoy a wonderful fall afternoon that includes live entertainment and cool cocktails. This year’s chefs include Clara Moore (Local Harvest), Jason Tilford (Barrister’s), Josh Roland (Wild Flower), Ian Craig (Sub Zero Vodka Bar), Nick Zotos (Mike Shannon’s Steaks and Seafood) and Todd Lough (Bixby’s).

For more info and to purchase tickets, log on to alivemag.com.

Pedal the Cause, the first St. Louis-based annual bike ride to support cancer research, will kick off its Pedal The Cause Ride on October 8 at Soldiers’ Memorial with a celebratory event that will include entertainment, dinner, drinks and appearances by local and state officials, physicians from Siteman Cancer Center and St. Louis Children’s Hospital and testimonials from cancer survivors. On October 9, again at Soldiers’ Memorial, show your support as a spectator or hop on your bike and cycle the two PTC courses that will traverse St. Louis city. All proceeds from this event will stay in St. Louis and go to Cancer Frontier Fund.

For more info or to register, log on to pedalthecause.org or call 314.787.1990.

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Giddy Up, Cowboy!

Celebrate five years of Atomic Cowboy’s delish Tex-Mex food, potent cocktails and lots of naughty good fun at “Circo Atomico,” Atomic Cowboy’s anniversary event on October 16. This outdoor circus fun fair will feature aerial artists, acrobats, jugglers, sword throwing, fire dancing, live music, a gallery exhibit by local photographer Brian Cummings and much more. Tickets: $10. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Circus Flora. RSVP to atomic@alivemag.com by October 13. For more info call 314.775.0775.

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Indulge Your Spirit

Call your gals and mark your calendars for St. Luke’s Hospital’s annual Spirit Girls’ Night Out on October 21 from 6pm-8:30pm at Forest Hills Country Club in Chesterfield. This year’s event, “Indulge in Your Best Health Now,” will feature pampering mini-massages and makeovers, free health screenings, a fun photo station, an inspiring talk on Sex, Chocolate & Your Pelvic Health and an opportunity to learn the latest in sleep, breast, heart and other women’s health issues. Guests will also enjoy cocktails, appetizers and fab prizes. Registration is $15 in advance; $20 after October 7. For more info and to register, log on to stlukes-stl.com or call 314.542.4848.

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Run for Fun

Missouri’s largest 10K race returns with the 2nd annual GO! St. Louis Halloween 10K and Fun Run on October 17 at Soldiers’ Memorial Downtown. Elite athletes join thousands of recreational runners decked out in costumes in the 10K while additional participants run and walk in the shorter 1-mile Fun Run suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Highlights of the day include finisher medals, post-race treats, cash prizes for top finishers, age group rewards and a costume contest. Registration is $35 for the 10K; $15 for the Fun Run.

For more info and to register, log on to gostlouis.org.

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Calendar: October JOE JONES: PAINTER OF THE AMERICAN SCENE October 10-January 2, Saint Louis Art Museum

Once quoted in “Time” magazine as saying he wanted to “paint things that knock holes in walls,” this nationally known Missouri native’s most vital depictions of the working-class experience in America’s heartland are displayed in the very city that inspired them—St. Louis. For more info, visit slam.org or call 314.721.0072 (One Fine Arts Dr., Forest Park). THEATER  

MADCO: 34th SEASON OPENER October 1 & 2, Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center

VISUAL ARTS ELAD LASSRY: SUM OF LIMITED VIEWS September 10-January 2, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

An assortment of recent and new works in this Tel Aviv-born, Los Angeles-based rising star’s first major U.S. museum monograph of “unstill” images immediately captures attention and holds it. For more info, visit contemporarystl.org or call 314.535.4660 (3750 Washington Blvd., Grand Center). KELLEY JOHNSON: RECENT PAINTINGS Through November 6, Bruno David Gallery

Kelley Johnson’s massive canvas creations reveal a world of calm and chaos in which the St. Louis native tries to settle his innermost conflicts and leaves viewers to do the same. For more info, visit brunodavidgallery.com or call 314.531.3030 (3721 Washington Blvd., Grand Center).

Every time they take the stage, the vibrantly costumed, boundary-pushing Modern American Dance Company performers show audiences dance like they’ve never seen it before. Cost: $18$20. Tickets on sale at touhill.org or 314.516.4949 (UMSL, One University Blvd.). HIGH October 13-November 7, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

Mega-actress—and Springfield, MO native— Kathleen Turner takes the stage as a nun coming to the aide of a teenage drug addict in an exploration of faith, forgiveness and human fallibility. Cost: $15-$51. Tickets on sale at repstl.org or 314.968.4925 (Browning Mainstage at the Loretto-Hilton Center, 130 Edgar Rd., Webster Groves). RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY: FUNUNDRUM! October 14-17, Scottrade Center

Appropriately billed as a “super-sized spectacle,” Funundrum features 130 performers from six continents and nearly 100,000 pounds of performing pachyderms, cowboys, pirates, mermaids and more. Cost: $11-$75. Tickets on sale at ticketmaster.com or 866.448.7849 (1401 Clark Ave., Downtown). EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL October 14-30, Tower Grove Abbey

All the cult-classic horror-film elements come together in a side-splitting spoof of five college kids fighting off an evil force they accidentally unleashed in—where else?—an abandoned cabin in the woods during spring break. Cost: $18-$35. For more info, visit straydogtheatre.org or call 314.865.1995 (2336 Tennessee Ave., Tower Grove).   AMERICA’S GOT TALENT LIVE October 21, Fox Theatre

Five seasons of turning unknown singers, dancers, comedians, magicians and other aspiring entertainers into household names have finally taken this hit-TV show to the road and with it the Season 5 winner, fan favorites and tour-host Jerry Springer. Cost: $42.50-$62.50. Tickets on sale at metrotix.com or 314.534.1111 (527 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center).   CELTIC THUNDER October 22, Fox Theatre

The six male singing sensations behind Celtic Thunder continue to command super-group status with elaborate solo and ensemble stage acts. Cost: $37.50-$57.50. Tickets on sale at metrotix.com or 314.534.1111 (527 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center).   MUSIC   ALICE IN CHAINS October 1, Scottrade Center

One of the most successful heavy metal/grunge bands of the early ’90s continues to put on

OIL CRISIS PROJECT October 1-31, Mad Art Gallery

Prominent St. Louis food photographer Katherine Bish took up a more political subject matter—after an AP image of an oil-slicked pelican moved her to present the crisis in a perspective-changing photo essay of Hershey’s syrup-streaked people. Exhibit admission fees benefit Gulf wildlife charities. For more info, visit oilcrisisproject.org or call 314.771.8230. (2727 S. 12th St., Benton Park). GROUP f.64 & THE MODERNIST VISION October 1-January 15, Sheldon Art Galleries

Rarely seen works by seven San Francisco photographers—Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Imogen Cunningham, Willard Van Dyke and Brett Weston—who founded Group f.64 (a large-format camera’s smallest aperture setting) in 1934 showcase their advocation of sharp-focused, unaltered images.

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Text by Kristin Stefek-Brashares; Left photo David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA and Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Milan Italy; Right photo by Katherine Bish.

For more info, visit sheldonconcerthall.org or call 314.533.9900 (3648 Washington Blvd., Grand Center).  


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Russell Training Center One Rams Way, St. Louis, MO 63045 Your $75 enrollment includes: A VIP behind-the-scenes tour of the Russell Training Center, home of the St. Louis Rams The opportunity to learn about the game of football from coaches, Rams players and physicians Hors d’oeuvres, drinks and premium giveaway items One (1) ticket to the November 21st game against the Atlanta Falcons

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DRIVE BY TRUCKERS October 2, The Pageant

Coming off a summer as Tom Petty tour-mates, this on-the-rise alternative Southern rock band has become a hot ticket as a headliner, too. Cost: $22-$25. Tickets on sale at ticketmaster.com or 314.726.6161 (6161 Delmar Blvd., The Loop). HOW SWEET THE SOUND: A VERIZON EXPERIENCE October 5, Scottrade Center

The powerful pipes on singers from eight regional church choirs will make it next to impossible not to move in your seat as they belt it out in this competition to become America’s best. Cost: $5-$7. Tickets on sale at ticketmaster.com or 866.488.7849 (1401 Clark Ave., Downtown). ROGER WATERS’ THE WALL TOUR October 29, Scottrade Center

ALFRED HITCHCOCK’S PSYCHO October 29-30, Powell Symphony Hall

Catch one of the greatest suspense thrillers of all time in a whole new way, as the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra performs American composer Bernard Herrmann’s spinetingling score to a backdrop of the cinematic masterpiece. Cost: $35-$75. Tickets on sale at slso.org or call 314.534.1700 (718 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center).

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ROB SCHNEIDER October 14, Bottleneck Blues Bar, Ameristar Casino

If his big-screen portrayals of a male gigolo (“Deuce Bigalow”), a teenage cheerleader (“The Hot Chick”) or most recently, a big-kidat-heart adult (“Grown Ups”) cracked you up, this SNL veteran is sure to have you rolling when he takes to the stage live and in person. Cost: $35-$40. For more info, visit ameristar. com (One Ameristar Blvd., St. Charles).   FESTIVALS   TASTE OF ST. LOUIS October 1-3, Soldier’s Memorial

Hundreds of thousands of food aficionados Drive By Truckers

flock to this award-winning event every year for off-the-menu samplings from 40 of our city’s exceptional eateries and the best of the local art and music scene. For more info, visit tastestl.com or call 314.306.1162 (12th and Market Streets, Downtown). HISTORIC SHAW ART FAIR October 2-3, Shaw Neighborhood

Strolling the tree-lined Flora Place parkway is half the charm of checking out all the highcaliber sculptures, paintings, glass works, clothing and other media this long-running art fair has to offer. Cost: $5. For more info, visit shawartfair.com (between Kingshighway Blvd. and Grand Ave., Tower Grove).   ANNUAL BEST OF MISSOURI MARKET October 2-3, Missouri Botanical Garden

More than 100 of our home state’s top food producers and craftspeople sell and sample rows upon rows of produce, baked goods, herbs and one-of-a-kind handcrafted items. Cost: $5-$12. For more info, visit mobot.org or call 314.577.5100 (4344 Shaw Blvd., Tower Grove).   SOULARD OKTOBERFEST October 8-10, Lyon Park

Beer steins, bratwurst and lederhosen abound at this 7th annual celebration of all things German, with local foods and beverages sharing a bit of the spotlight. General admission is $5. For more info, visit soulardoktoberfest.com (across from the Anheuser-Busch Brewery). FITNESS  

GO! ST. LOUIS HALLOWEEN 10K AND FUN RUN October 17, Downtown

This costume-encouraged run gives plenty of reasons to lace up the sneakers and toss on a festive getup—or ogle at others who do—all in the name of fitness. For more info, visit gostlouis. org or 314.727.0800 (Market St., Downtown).

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Top photo courtesy of Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center; Bottom photo courtesy of The Pageant.

Two mind-blowing sets of state-of-the-art staging, lighting, sound and 3D effects give Pink Floyd fans the closest thing to a full-on live experience of “The Wall” since the original members of the psychedelic rock band last performed it in the states 30 years ago. Cost: $55-$199. Tickets on sale at ticketmaster.com or 866.488.7849 (1401 Clark Ave., Downtown).


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9pm-3am Ladies Enjoy Any Flavor Smirnoff Vodka As a Martini, Shot, or Mixed Drink ALL FOR JUST $2!

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Home Lands: How Women Made the West was organized by the Autry National Center, Los Angeles, California. The exhibition is sponsored by Cam and Peter Starrett, Ernst & Young, Unified Grocers, Kodak, NEH, Wells Fargo, and Friends of the Autry.


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A new Maplewood bistro proves good things really do come in small packages. By cristy miller | Photos by Carrie Iggulden Hot Tapas! One 19 North Tapas & Wine Bar is now open in Kirkwood. The rustic and charming new spot features a menu of bold, globally inspired plates— think Japanese to Southern comfort flavors— like margherita flatbread, cherry tomato and baby mozzarella skewers, saffron hummus, Bloody Mary salmon ceviche, pan-seared pork carnitas and crawfish etouffée (119 N. Kirkwood Rd., 314.821.4119).

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> Much like its name, Nosh’s M.O. is simple—seasonal small plates prepared with local ingredients. Its concept is easy to stick to considering neighbors like Vom Fass, Penzey’s Spices and the nearby farmers market, which the restaurant frequents for specific ingredients. Still, the 40-seat restaurant, which opened on Manchester Avenue in June, offers more than just a small taste of Maplewood. The concise menu features American cuisine, from salads, sandwiches, kebobs and a handful of specialty entrees, using locally grown, free-range, grass-fed and organic ingredients. The menu when they opened included summer-inspired watermelon salad, portabella wrap, grilled chicken gouda sandwich and calamari, but it appears as though owner Paula Anderson and Chef Angela Komis were just getting started. The fall menu is a foodie’s dream and features item like artisan flatbreads and an organic apple and celery pesto sandwich (7322 Manchester Rd., Maplewood, 314.647.6966).

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By Jill Manoff

Tickled Pink If visiting recently relocated Blush isn’t reason enough to spend on the looks you love, shop for a cause! Browse lines as Free People, House of Harlow and Wildfox Couture, then spend to your heart’s content during the Kirkwood boutique’s annual Pink Party on October 1 (4pm-8pm). Dawn Freeze of Trim Salon will apply Pink Great Length Hair Extensions for $10 each. A portion of all sales will benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation (Kirkwood, 314.965.4411).

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Caitlin’s Green-Eyed Grill is now open in Clayton. The lunch and dinner spot opened in late August with a libation and small apps-only menu but is now serving items like burgers, steaks, pasta and grilled seafood (665 S. Skinker Blvd.)

Color Me Happy If you’ve tired of your “too-typical” diamond collection, a couple of things: One, poor you. Two, you must go to Tiffany & Co. The iconic jeweler is behind a new jewelry collection that features the rarest of the rare: fancy yellow diamonds. Now available, the stunning stone is available in a variety of styles, from rings and bracelets to Elsa Peretti Diamonds by the Yard pendants (Plaza Frontenac, 314.692.2255).

Designer Invasion If you’re a fan of BCBGMaxAzria, Betsey Johnson, Free People and French Connection, The Meadows of Lake St. Louis is home to your new style source. An upscale department store that carries brand-name merchandise for men, women and children, the first Missouri location of Von Maur is bound have you heading west for all of your fashion musts (Lake St. Louis, 636.561.7040).

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Judge Jeanne St. Louis native Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn takes an unlikely leap from renowned art advisor and international curator to reality TV. By Sheniqua Faulkner

> Art is a family business for Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, whose father is prominent art dealer Ronnie Greenberg of St. Louis’ respected Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, and whose mother is art book writer Jan Greenberg. Growing up in St. Louis, Rohatyn’s home was filled with beautiful works of art and often, the artists who created them. “Our home was filled with 60s Pop, Warhol and Lichtenstein,” Rohatyn recalls. “Recently, a Lichtenstein called ‘Bananas and Grapefruit’ that hung over our dining room mantle was shown at Gagosian Gallery in New York. In front of it, memories of my parent’s house and their many dinner parties came flooding back; it was funny feeling sentimental over a bowl of fruit.” While most kids her age were playing tag, Rohatyn was not only training her eye for art, but also having discussions about art with aficionados and artists—including Andy Warhol, whose soup can art literally wallpapered the powder room of the Greenberg home. She graduated from Vassar College with a fine arts degree and did some graduate study at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. After working as a contemporary art curator and traveling the world to spearhead cutting-edge installation art projects, she’s made her home base New York where she owns Salon 94, an experimental art space for emerging and mid-career artists. The gallery has three locations, the third opening this month. With that refined background, it came as a surprise to many in the art world that she would add reality TV personality to her résumé, even to Rohatyn herself. St. Louis pal and Bravo TV exec Andy Cohen initially tapped her to help behind the scenes on “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist.” But after some consideration, Rohatyn agreed to act as a judge, joining auctioneer Simon de Pury, art critic Jerry Saltz, host and art connoisseur China Chow and art and culture editor Bill Powers on the panel. “I never envisioned myself on the show, or on TV for that matter,” Rohatyn says. “Bravo sent me DVDs of their other challenge shows, ‘Project Runway’ and ‘Top Chef,’ and I was hooked.”

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Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn with fellow judges on the 2010 season of “Work of Art” on Bravo.

At its core, the show is meant to entertain. It was not built for art world insiders, but rather for a broad audience—the artist in Delaware or the St. Louis family that visits the museum twice a year, and of course, all who love a challenge.”

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Bravo’s formula for reality competition as demonstrated with “Project Runway” and “Top Chef” proved successful for “Work of Art,” which whittles down 14 artists down to one winner. Cohen has commented that Rohatyn and the other judges were not asked to be involved because he thought they would be instant TV stars necessarily, but because they were the best in their field. Viewers responded favorably with a steadily increasing audience each week and 1.48 million viewers tuning in for the show’s finale in August. Bravo is currently casting for a second season of “Work of Art,” and if it gets picked up, Rohatyn will return to give her constructive critiques of a new set of budding artists. “At its core, the show is meant to entertain,” says Rohatyn. “It was not built for art world insiders, but rather for a broad audience—the artist in Delaware or the St. Louis family that visits the museum twice a year, and of course, all who love a challenge.”


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editor’s picks Tips for a top-notch experience at Monarch.

Buzzworthy Appetizer: Housemade praline bacon Top Dish: Sweet potatowrapped catfish Best Dessert: Root beer float Prime Seating: Window tables along the wall facing Sutton Avenue

Cumin-roasted shrimp with black garlic romesco, marcona almonds and cauliflower “fregola”

A Southern-inspired concept takes flight at this established St. Louis restaurant and lands on solid ground. By Cristy Miller | Photos by jennifer silverberg

> When Monarch co-owner Jeff Orbin decided to close the restaurant for a renovation in June, he had two goals in mind: “Keep the Monarch brand alive and make the new menu completely chef-driven,” says Orbin. With a longstanding reputation for creative, upscale cuisine and a James Beard Foundation Award-nominated chef, Orbin’s plan proved both smart and successful, and a reinvigorated restaurant took flight in August. A New Beginning Monarch’s story is a familiar one for most St. Louisans—the globally-inspired restaurant and wine bar opened in ’03 and the innovative, modern fare and well-selected wine menu garnered attention locally and nationally, including “Bon 34 ALIVE STL OCTOBER 2010

The identifiable butterfly logo has been replaced by the Fleur de Lys emblem—although to maintain Monarch’s branded elegance, Orbin kept the butterfly’s presence. The original lighted butterfly art is displayed at the entrance to the formal back dining room, which was revamped with several Randy Barker butterfly prints and a “swarm” of ceiling-suspended butterflies. The main part of the restaurant—the previous wine bar area and casual front dining room—has been dubbed the “Southern Bistro” and features the new insignia-patterned walls and soft tan and gray tones. Two chalkboards featuring a few specials and the entertainment lineup lend a New Orleans eatery feel. Comfort Cuisine Galliano is clearly at home with the new bistro menu—dishes are traditional in basic Southern flavors and style, but Galliano’s interpretations are inspired and approachable. The Maque Choux, for example, is a traditional South Louisiana stew, but Galliano’s version includes shrimp and okra

and is served with crispy boudin balls—Cajun pork and rice sausage coated with Japanese bread crumbs. You can also order the boudin balls off the “snack” menu, which also includes praline-coated housemade bacon and hush puppies with a burnt lemon sauce. Signature Po’boys sandwiches have been a surprising hit, according to Orbin, and include a grilled Andouille dog, roast beef with gravy and a fried shrimp and roast beef sandwich. Shared plates like grilled oysters with shredded parmesan, popcorn shrimp and crawfish bread filled with crawfish étouffée also have been popular options thus far. A well-outlined “Nightly Specials” section of the menu features red beans and rice, Southern fried chicken and Missouri grass-fed beef filled peppers. With most items under $15, save room for sweets. Galliano’s pecan pie is spiked with Bourbon and the root beer float features Monarch’s own homemade root beer and vanilla bean ice cream. Orbin says the bar will soon have the root beer on draft—no doubt an idea that, along with the new menu, will land Monarch another hit.

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Appetit” and “Food & Wine Magazine.” So why the transformation? “It was time for a facelift, not just for the interior, but with the menu,” says Orbin. “With Josh’s [Galliano] background, we knew that Southern comfort was the best way to go.” And while Galliano has been manning the stoves since 2008, the new menu is assuredly his, and Galliano even credits his grandmother’s meals back home as the inspiration for many dishes.

Monarch 7401 Manchester Ave. Maplewood 314.644.3995 Bistro Menu Nightly Specials: $12-$18 Bistro Menu Entrees: $14-$20 Hours: Dinner Mon.-Thurs., 5pm-10pm and Fri.-Sat., 5pm-11pm

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Locavore Leaders Four of our favorite farm-to-fork menus in St. Louis. By amy de la hunt | photos by carrie iggulden

The “eat local” bandwagon is more like a high-speed train, powering through the St. Louis restaurant community with everyone on board. And while the locavore movement has been going strong for a few years, today more chefs are not only embracing it, but also strengthening its importance. Among the chefs driving the train locally, these four stand out. Here they explain the synergy that happens when chefs work with local farmers and share a sneak peek at their fall menus, featuring dishes from one of their favorite local farms.

Sidney Street Café Kevin Nashan loves fall—and when you dine at his restaurant, you taste of the ways it inspires him. “Fall is my favorite time of year in terms of harvest,” says the Sidney Street Café’s chef-owner. “There’s Brussels sprouts, cabbage, greens…” The catch is that the weather determines when produce ripens, so his suppliers will e-mail or text him what’s available, and then he’ll come up with a menu. He thinks eating locally is easier in St. Louis than on the coasts because the farmers are so close to the city. Restaurants and diners here are discovering just how delicious eating locally can be, and Nashan says the trend isn’t going away. “There’s a ton of awesome farms in Missouri,” he says. “We have this gift. We’re so fortunate.” One such gift is Vesterbrook Farm in Clarksville. It has a long history, dating back to 1902, but Nashan didn’t hear of it until about a year ago when chef friend Cary McDowell tipped him off. Mike Brabo of Vesterbrook quickly became one of Nashan’s go-to suppliers. “We appreciate all the farmers, but he grows a lot of different varieties,” Nashan explains. He also gives Brabo props for lining up ingredients from the neighboring Amish community, like the sorghum that sweetens the pheasant.

Local Harvest When chef Clara Moore started working at Duff’s in the mid-1990s, “there weren’t as many farmers bringing things to the city,” she recalls. Her boss Jim Voss would drive hours to pick up high-quality produce from farmers on his days off. She carried those early impressions with her until she landed at Local Harvest, a restaurant that began when the Local Harvest grocery store expanded. Thanks to the sources that Local Harvest owner Patrick Horine had lined up for his store, Moore had a slate of local farmers with whom to work. She has since expanded her suppliers to the point where “98 percent of our vegetables are local,” she says. She also notes consumers are perfectly happy to eat frozen veggies in the winter when they know about the chef’s dedication to using local foods. “People are definitely expanding their culinary horizons,” she says. Moore has expanded her horizons as well. Over the summer, she decided to buy half a cow from longtime supplier Jeremy Parker of Missouri Grass Fed Beef. This meant that she had to come up with ways to use all the cuts. “We’ve had some tricky times serving cow tongue and liver, but we’ve done it,” she says. Of Parker, she says, “He’s not only the nicest man you could meet, he’s so intelligent—and so in love with his cows! It comes out in the product.”

Locavore top pick Braised osso bucco, a weekend special using shank from Missouri Grass Fed Beef plus sweet potatoes, caramelized onion and a red wine reduction. “The three textures have a nice connection,” Moore says (Local Harvest, 314.772.8815). 36 ALIVE STL OCTOBER 2010

Locavore top pick Leg of pheasant with cauliflower purée, baby bok choy, pumpkin, chanterelles and a thyme reduction. Nashan grew up eating game in New Mexico and loves the fall pairing of this tender, light-colored meat with subtle-yet-sweet vegetables like cauliflower, baby bok choy and pumpkin, all three from Vesterbrook (Sidney Street, 314.771.5777).

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Terrene Chef Brian Hardesty is all about picking up the phone and calling his local suppliers. He may ask what’s in season that week or whether they can supply him with a particular ingredient he’d like to use on the menu. “Usually somebody’s growing it or, even better, they have some weird heirloom variety that you’ve never heard of that’s perfect,” he says. “Sometimes they’ll bring in seed catalogs and we’ll sit for a couple of hours and talk about possibilities.” Hardesty’s circle of local farmers has expanded since he came to Terrene, and one of his favorites is Benne’s Best Meats.

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Hardesty first learned about Ron Benne’s farm about four years ago, when he was at Harvest. “When I came to Terrene, I started using his chicken and then his pork,” Hardesty says. “He’s got some of the best-tasting chicken and pork in the area.” He likes that Benne allows the animals to graze and that he focuses on the natural development of their muscles and bones. Benne’s chicken and hogs are “the right size and the right flavor,” Hardesty says. “It all depends on what the animal’s been fed and how it’s lived its life.”

“I love the relationship we have with our farmers,” says Nick Miller, executive chef and owner at Harvest. His cooking philosophy is to get out of the way and let the produce “sing” for itself. That’s why he sources carefully—he believes the ingredients are the reason people come back. His respect for the farmers goes all the way to the plate. “Their hard work is reflected in our dishes,” Miller says. Miller started buying from St. Isidore Farms of Moscow Mills about five years ago, when Bob Lober “stopped at our back door and was pedaling his wares.” Miller was hooked. “He really pays attention to quality.” The two now sit down together over the winter to discuss what Miller might need for the coming planting season, and Lober will look into growing it. “I’m part of the farming processes at that point,” Miller says.

Locavore top pick Peking duck with goat cheese and beet risotto, using what Miller called Lober’s “fantastic beets,” served with braised beet greens, beurre mâtre’d (lemon-parsley butter sauce) and natural duck sauce (Harvest, 314.645.3522).

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Locavore top pick The pork mixed grill features four cuts from Benne’s Best: oak-cured ham, smoked ribs, loin cooked in a wood-fired oven and house-cured braised pork belly. “As we go through those parts we’ll move on to others,” Hardesty says. The mixed grill will come with caramelized apples, butternut squash and Mound City walnuts (Terrene, 314.535.5100).

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Bohemian Rhapsody Once imbibed by artists and banned by governments, absinthe returns to its place at the bar. We highlight the top spots to sip this potent spirit trend in St. Louis. By matt sorrell | photos by jonathan pollack Few liquors have quite the mythology surrounding them that absinthe has. Credited (some say with much exaggeration) with hallucinogenic properties thanks to the wormwood used to make it, and favored by artists, writers and various badass bohemians in the 19th century, absinthe became the scourge of temperance touters and prohibitionists and was demonized and eventually banned for decades in many countries, including the US. The suppression of the spirit on these shores was lifted in 2007, and since then, absinthe has made its way back into the mixologist’s toolbox.

The Royale Robert Griffin, self-described “drinkist” at The Royale, keeps the Sazerac and the Corpse Reviver Two in regular rotation. These classic preThe Carondelet Sazerac Prohibition cocktails call for just a small portion of absinthe; the Sazerac has an absinthe rinse of the glass, and the Corpse Reviver has just a dash of the brew. Because of absinthe’s strong flavor and shady reputation, Griffin finds “some people are still a little bit afraid of it” (3132 S. Kingshighway Blvd., 314.772.3600).

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Taste By Niche At this intimate Benton park spot, bar manager and mixologist Ted Kilgore mixes several original absinthe concoctions, including Matahari Mist the Mata Hari Jewel, which features mint, sugar and absinthe topped with champagne, and the Mata Hari Mist, which combines sloe gin, absinthe and lime juice. Kilgore uses Mata Hari brand absinthe in these drinks (hence the names) because he says it’s a little lighter in flavor and a bit more accessible for those new to the effects of the wormwood juice (1831 Sidney St., 314.773.7755).

Franco TJ Vytlacil, mixologist at this Frenchinspired restaurant, does a riff on the classic Sazerac with his Amedee Sazerac, an homage to The Silver Bohemian bitters pioneer Antoine Amedee Peychaud, which adds cognac to the traditional rye, bitters, sugar and absinthe combination. He also mixes an Absinthe Silver, where absinthe is the base spirit and then combined with egg whites, lemon juice and simple syrup, all of which help soften the flavor (1535 S. 8th St., 314.436.2500).

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Despite its usual green color, high alcohol content (usually about 120 proof or so) and distinct licorice flavor, absinthe mixes surprisingly well and lends itself to a bevy of cocktail applications, according to Matt McMullin, bar manager at Lola. He should know; McMullin has created an entire drink menu based on the spirit for Lola’s new absinthe bar. In addition to offering nine kinds of straight absinthes, McMullin has also created a series of absinthe infusions using fresh botanicals and a variety of spirits that he employs in six distinct cocktails, all named after famous creative types who were rumored to have enjoyed the charms of the Green Fairy. According to McMullin, the infusions are a great way to become slowly acquainted with this intensely-flavored libation (500 N. 14th St., Downtown, 314.772.3600).


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Lorenzo's features Northern Italian cuisine with a touch of contemporary flavor. The menu at Lorenzo's presents a wide variety of pastas and entrees.


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Hot Block: Main Street St. Charles This charming street boasts cozy mom-and-pop shops, worldclass dining and friendly locals. By Sheniqua Faulkner

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Some of the friendliest servers on Main Street are at Magpie’s Café, a great restaurant that serves delicious yet simple sandwiches, soups, salads, quiches and house-made desserts. Magpie’s has been family owned for nearly a quarter of a century and has racked up numerous local awards. Their famous baked potato soup is the perfect comfort food to enjoy on a brisk fall day.

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MAIN ATTRACTION Can’t-miss stops on Main Street. 1. Baha Rock Club 305 N. Main St. 636.949.0466 2. Braddens Restaurant 515 S. Main St. 636.493.9303 3. Foundry Art Centre 520 N. Main St. 636.255.0270 4. J. Noto’s Fine Italian Confections 336 S. Main St. 636.949.0800

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Capping the north end of Main Street is the Foundry Art Centre, a bright and airy space that presents visual arts exhibits and performing arts to the community, and also offers art education programs. The building, a former train car factory, is a gem, but it’s what I find inside that truly inspires.

I’m a sucker for sweets (especially baked goods), and the yummy smells wafting from J. Noto’s drew me like a moth to a flame. The Noto family specializes in Italian confections and pastries and also creates spectacular wedding cakes. Last month, the store’s pastry chefs took a trip to Italy to learn new ways to perfect their trade.

7. Lovely Lullabies Boutique 222 N. Main St. 636.946.6500 8. Magpie’s Café 903 S. Main St. 636.947.3883 9. Main Street Gym 334 N. Main St. 636.946.4100 10. Metro The Salon & Spa 136 S. Main St. 636.724.7676 11. Picasso’s Coffeehouse 101 N. Main St. 636.925.2911 12. Quintessential Dining & Nightlife 149 N. Main St. 636.443.2211 13. Rock Paper Scissors 833 S. Main St. 636.724.5002 14. Tony’s on Main St. 132 N. Main St. 636.940.1960 15. The Vine Wine Bar & Bistro 325 S. Main St. 636.946.8463

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By day, Main Street is bustling with families spending time on patios and enjoying the treasures within its inviting shops. When night falls, Main Street’s nightlife emerges. Adding to what is mostly a mix of pubs and sports bars is Quintessential, a new-ish nightclub/ restaurant/event space. The expansive rooftop is a great place to have a peaceful lunch during the day, or to dance till dawn once the party crowd comes out to play.

Each month, ALIVE spotlights a hot STL block and the shopping, dining, nightlife and cultural destinations that make it a standout. Tell us why your block is hot at letters@ alivemag.com. We could be coming to your neighborhood next!

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Photos courtesy of the retailers; Quintessential photo by Jonathan Pollack.

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hat do you get when you mix a brisk fall morning with the aroma of fresh baked cinnamon rolls and the sound of fresh, locally roasted coffee brewing? Just a typical morning at Bittersweet Bakery More than just a bakery, Monday thru Friday Bittersweet features Chef’s Choice lunch specials. Some of the savory favorites include, Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes, made with fresh herbs, parmesan, and garlic; Baked chicken served with Fresh Roasted Vegetables and Seasonal Pizzas that are hot and crisp. Bittersweet also features homemade soups served with fresh bread and herbed butter. This Saint Louis Sweet Boutique has taken traditional favorites and brought them to this local eatery. Biscuits & Gravy, Quiches, and Fresh Breakfast Casserole, are just a few of the items that make up the impressive menu of 120 plus items made in house.


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Battle of the Sexes A high-ranking trend in both camps, military-inspired gear defines fashion’s must-have uniform for him and her this fall. By Jill Manoff | PHOTOS BY carmen troesser

>Although its presence has been known for several seasons, fall’s military trend invasion felt more like an attack; from brass buttons and epaulettes, to cargo pants and camo prints, all that was missing was some ammo—though several belts did skew bandolier. Crossing what some may deem enemy lines, Burberry’s Christopher Bailey arguably suited the look to both sexes best; he catered nearly as many incarnations of his centerpiece—the aviator jacket—to men as to women. He described the versatile style as “strong and sexy, masculine and feminine,” a sentiment that arguably sums up all active branches of the military trend. For fall and winter, be sure to equip your side of the closet with combat boots, utility belts and all things army green; when cold weather strikes, not only will you be armed with fashion‘s most-lauded look, but you’ll undoubtedly be dangerous, too.

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Express jacket available at express.com. Alpha Industries, Inc. shirt available at Boutique 83, Central West End, 314.361.4700. G-Star denim and Bacco Bucci boots available at Sole & Blues, The Loop, 314.863.3600. Wiley X goggles available at The Eye Bar, Central West End, 314.367.1848.

Ryu jacket and skirt available at NV showroom Boutique, Downtown, 314.932.5382. Miss Me tee and Micha Design necklaces available at Klutch, Town & Country, 636.220.6110. Bakers boots available at bakersshoes.com.

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To The Point Fall’s plethora of pointed-toe pumps mark the return of classic femininity, and (dare we say it?) the kitten heel. By Jill Manoff | Photos by Carmen Troesser

Beautiful simplicity ruled at Marc Jacobs, who showed his sharp shoes—which were anchored with either skinny or chunky kitten heels—with gray ankle socks. For Louis Vuitton, Jacobs’ takes on the trend were topped with structured, flat bows and stood on block-shaped heels. Finally, Miuccia Prada’s below-the-knee look consisted of skinny bows on winkle pickers and thick, woven knee-socks. The feminine combination was perfectly paired with beehive updos and full-figured models, both of which were of the most recurring and statementmaking looks this season; in fact, for FW10, it’s safe to say that all things womanly roar (or, in some cases, purr).

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Carlos by Carlos Santana and Franco Sarto images courtesy of Brown Shoe.

> While it’s true that what goes around comes around, it’s clear that fashion’s recycling process can take drastically longer for some styles than for others. Take pointed-toe pumps; though a current comeback trend, it’s not a look for which you can begrudge your mother for not keeping around. Instead, your grandmother may be the recipient of your fashion-focused wrath. Arguably at the peak of its popularity in the ’50s and ’60s, the prim and proper shape reappeared with vigor for the FW10 season; perfect timing, to say the least.

[top] Bakers “fanta” pump available at bakersshoes.com. [top row, left to right] carlos by carlos santana “venetian” pump available at shoes.com. bakers “tenley” pump available at bakersshoes.com. [bottom] franco sarto “bail” pump available at shoes.com.

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All on the Wrist The result of puzzle-piecedtogether memories, of-themoment charm bracelets carry meaning and style this season. By Jill Manoff >The mere mention of multiple trinkets dangling from a single chain or strand calls to mind both gypsy jewelry and the accessories seen on age-old nomads accustomed to carrying their every treasure. On an owned charm or amulet, gypsy lore states, “If it could speak, we should expect to hear from it an echo of the familiar voice of the wearer.” Throughout time, they’ve warded off evil spirits, served as symbols of faith and luck, protected those in battle and identified one’s family origin, religious and political convictions; similarly, those worn today most often represent important people and moments in one‘s life. They’re kind of like fabulous tattoos for those with commitment issues, or for those who fear needles like some fear spirits.

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[from top] Links of London “Flutter & Wow” silver Bracelet available at Chesterfield Jewelers, Chesterfield, 636.537.5590. Rembrandt Charms bracelet available at Chesterfield Jewelers, Chesterfield, 636.537.5590. Sally Sohn bracelet available at YlangYlang Fine Jewelry, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.5555. CODI gold bracelet with Swarovski crystals available at CODI, ladue, 314.692.2634. Loose Charms: Monica Rich Kosann charms available at Simons Jewelers, Clayton, 314.725.8888.

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BABY& ME PUDDLE DUCKS This whimsical jumper by Mulberry Street offers two holiday outfits in one. On one side, it is a soft corduroy Christmas outfit with stocking. When reversed, it becomes an adorable Valentine’s Day check jumper with heart pocket. 21 Meadows Circle Dr., Suite 316 636.561.5153 PuddleDucksOnline.com

Goodnite Rooms Furniture, décor and gifts for baby’s sweet dreams. The Ocean Collection—the only stationary crib that converts to a toddler bed and a twin-sized bed—has a modern, innovative design that is constructed of solid wood and available in Espresso or Glacier White finishes. Add sophistication with Harlow by Cocalo bedding. This stunning collection will bring the timeless beauty of the Art Nouveau era to the present-day nursery. The striking black and white patterns with accents of apple green make a retro yet contemporary statement. 2951 Dougherty Ferry Rd. 636.825.7666 • GoodniteRooms.com

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City Sprouts This one-stop super cool shop for babies and kids features amazing clothes, designer diaper bags, modern nursery furniture, awesome toys and great gear. Current brands include Tea Collection, Appaman, Petunia Pickle Bottom, Dwell Baby, Plan Toys, Stokke, Argington, Orbit, and Baby Jogger (just to name a few). 6303 Delmar Blvd. 314.726.9611 CitySprouts.com

PETUNIA children’s boutique This holiday season, wrap your bundle of joy in a custom Christmas t-shirt from Baby Petunia. You can personalize these shirts with your child’s name and choose from multiple colors and glitter or candy-cane font styles to add a keepsake touch to your child’s holidays. Available in sizes 0 - 14 for both boys and girls for only $28, these shirts are perfect for holiday parties, seasonal photos or just to spread some holiday cheer! 169 Carondelet Plaza • 314.721.3133 • BabyPetunia.com

9 MONTHS IN STYLE Olian Maternity’s 5-piece nursing pajama set is a must have for all moms! Soft, lightweight fabric in a modern color and design, it is perfect for the hospital or home. A matching sleep gown and hat for the little one completes the set. Ideal for gift giving! Find these and other new styles at 9 Months in Style. 11243 Manchester Rd. 314.835.9935

Jillybean Children’s Boutique In Store Boutique at Essential Elements From the French design house of Lili Gaufrette, the Fall 2010 Collection is here! Visit the website to view the full line plus collections from Catimini, Flowers by Zoe and more. Free shipping to STL customers! Or, visit our in-store boutique at Essential Elements, 9224 Clayton Road in ClayPrice Shopping Center! 636.220.4221 JillybeanBoutique.com

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Market Watch Our favorite real estate finds this month. By Cristy Miller 1686 Mason Knoll Ct. Town and Country $599,900

Top Pick

Details: 4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, 2,829 Square Feet

With hardwood floors throughout the entire first and second floors, this residence is a true gem. The kitchen features stainless steel appliances and granite counters, while the finished lower level houses a professional gym and wired theater room. Standout Spec: A beautiful back-

yard complete with two-tier deck and spa. Contact: Kelly Britt, Keller Williams Realty STL, 314.677.6000.

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4545 Lindell Blvd. Central West End $499,000

4667 Ashley Ct. South County $389,900

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This condo property is as cool as the building where it’s located. Featuring hardwood floors, oversized windows and sleek architectural lines, this pad is the perfect combo of contemporary and comfortable. Don’t miss your opportunity to claim this chic Central West End condo as your own.

An open floor plan and rich maple wood floors create a welcoming atmosphere in this South County home. Take some time to relax with a soak in the master bath jet tub or curl up next to the gas fireplace. The open kitchen makes it easy to enjoy company while you cook.

This lovely Kirkwood home is the perfect place to start and end your house hunting. The updated kitchen features hardwood floors and stainless appliances, while the comfortable living room highlights a charming fireplace and bay window with stained glass.

Standout Spec: Sleekly designed bath and

kitchen are both functional and fabulous. Contact: Gregory Williamson, Prudential

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Standout Spec: An impressive custom walk-in

closet in the master suite. Contact: Clif LaPlante, Prudential Select

Properties, 314.714.1100.

Dream Dwelling

Standout Spec: Two-car, side-entry garage. Contact: Steven Meskill, Prudential Select Properties, 314.775.2050

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WESTGATE LOFTS 2323 Locust St. Units: 49 (914-2,138 sq. ft.). Price: Sold out; resale only. Contact: McGowan Brothers Development, 314.588.1170, mbdstl.com.

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THE BARTON STREET LOFTS 2401 S. 12th St., Soulard. Units: 14 (1,000-2,000 sq. ft.). Price: Starting $1,275/ mo. Contact: Brad Waldrop, 314.280.6646, bradwaldrop.com.

4545 LINDELL 4545 Lindell Blvd. Units: 33 (1,500-3,300 sq. ft.). Price: $499,000-$1,250,000. Contact: Wendy Timm, 314.898.7272, 4545living.com. P

SMILE LOFTS 2001 S. 9th St., Soulard. Units: 17 (900-1,600 sq. ft.). Rent: $895-$1,500/ mo. Contact: Red Brick Management, 314.361.7067, ext. 130, smilelofts.com.

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THE CHASE PARK PLAZA 232 N. Kingshighway. Units: 86 (1,0186,600 sq. ft.). Price: $499,000-$4.5 million. Contact: IFC, Inc., 314.633.1100, chaseresidences.com. P

LOFTS AT THE HIGHLANDS 1031 Highlands Plaza Dr. West & 1030 Highlands Plaza Dr. East. Units: 200 (8631,695 sq. ft.). Rent: $1,325-2,185/mo. Contact: Balke Brown Associates, 314.647.7100, riverstoneres.com. Blu CitySpaces

Midtown/Downtown 1818 washington avenue 1818 Washington Ave. Units: 39 (850-1.200 sq. ft.). Price: $542-$811/mo. Contact: Scott Sturdevant, 314.518.1735, 1818stl.com.

BLU CITYSPACES 210 N. 17th St. Units: 144 (427-814 sq. ft.). Price: $64,900-$164,900. Contact: Blu CitySpaces Sales Office, 314.241.3111, blucityspaces.com.

EDEN LOFTS 1720 Chouteau Ave. Units: 40 (873-1,507 sq. ft.). Price: $141,000-$193,000. Contact: PREA Signature Realty, 314.397.3182, preasignaturerealty.com. FASHION SQUARE LOFTS 1307 Washington Ave. Units: 84 (1,037-1,418 sq. ft.). Rent: $875-$1,550/ mo. Contact: McGowan Brothers Development, 314.621.9292, fashionsquarelofts.com. GRACE LOFTS 1324 Washington Ave. Units: 24 (900-1,800 sq. ft.). Rent: $1,000-$2,000/mo. Contact: McGowan Brothers Development, 314.588.1170, gracelofts.com. LOFTS AT CITY MUSEUM 701 N. 15th St., 5th Floor. Units: 27 (1,600-2,700 sq. ft.). Price: $299,000$550,000. Contact: 314.608.6960, citymuseumlofts.com. 52 ALIVE STL OCTOBER 2010

MLOFTS 1107 Mississippi Ave. Units: 36 (743-1,275 sq. ft.). Rent: $730-$1,380/mo. Contact: Loftworks, 314.241.6700, loftworks-stl.com.

MAJESTIC STOVE LOFTS 2020 Delmar Blvd. Units: 120 (861-1,684 sq. ft.). Rent: $575-$1,320/mo. Contact: Robert Wood Realty, 314.621.4050, majesticstovelofts.com. POINTE 400 400 S. 4th St. Units: 118 (667-2,828 sq. ft.). Rent: $995-3,770/mo. Contact: Balke Brown Associates, 314.241.4005, pointe400.com. P ROBERTS TOWER AT MAYFAIR PLAZA (coming in 2010) 411 N. 9th St. Units: 53 (880-5,000 sq. ft.). Price: Available on request. Contact: Roberts Brothers Properties, 314.367.2768, robertstower.com. P

SYNDICATE Condominiums 915 Olive St. Units: 172 (994-3,200 sq. ft.). Price: $239,500-$689,500. Rent: $657-$1,750/mo. Contact: Rodemyer Christel, 314.249.9896, syndicateliving.com. P

TUDOR LOFTS 1901-1937 Washington Ave. Units: 64 (800-1,400 sq. ft.) Rent: $522-$781/mo. Contact: Robert Wood Realty, 314.645.6033, thetudorbuilding.com.

Lafayette Square/ Benton Park/Soulard

The bolton at Metropolis DeBaliviere Place 5625 Pershing Ave. Units: 9 (666-839 sq. ft.). Sellout pricing: $121,900-$164,900. Contact: RE/MAX Platinum, 314.367.7755, metropolisdp.com.

NINE NORTH EUCLID 9 N. Euclid Ave. Units: 52 (820-1,624 sq. ft.). Price: $250,000-$600,000 Contact: The Opus Group, 314.367.6500, ninenortheuclid.com. WEST END LOFTS 4100 Forest Park Ave. Units: 120 (763-1,655 sq. ft.). Price: $199,000$375,000. Contact: Bruce Development Co., 314.531.4441, westendlofts.com.

Clayton/ Richmond Heights CLAYTON PARK PLACE 8229 Maryland Ave., Clayton. Units: 14 (1,900-4,500 sq. ft.). Price: $800,000-$3 million. Contact: Robert Kramer, 314.862.2999, rjyork.com. P

THE CRESCENT 155 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton. Units: 70 (2,900-4,000 sq. ft.). Price: $1 million-$5 million. Contact: Debbie Mehlman at Mark S. Mehlman Realty, 314.862.4448, thecrescentinclayton.com. P

SOULARD MARKET Loft APARTMENTS 1531 S. 8th St., Soulard. Units: 132 (650-1,400 sq. ft.). Rent: $905-$1,650/mo. Contact: Bruce Development Co., 314.588.9990, brucedevelopment.com.

University City 900 N. MCKNIGHT CONDOMINIUMS 900 N. McKnight Rd. Units: 18 (1,200-1,500 sq. ft.). Price: $299,000-$399,000. Rent: $1,500-$2,000/mo. Contact: Douglas Properties, 314.725.9911, douglasproperties.com.

Kirkwood/ Maplewood/ Webster Groves/ Brentwood HANLEY STATION 1241 Strassner Dr., Brentwood. Units: 150 (829-1,127 sq. ft.). Price: $180,000$280,000. Contact: MLP Investments, 314.569.2005, hanleystation.com.

MCKNIGHT CROSSING TILLES PARK 2662 McKnight Crossing Ct. Units: 84 (575-1,369 sq. ft.) Price: $119,000$268,900. Contact: Metro360 Realty, llc, 314.961.7000, mcknightcrossing.com.

Creve Coeur KINGS LANDING 618 N. New Ballas Rd., Units: 152 (670-1,740 sq. ft.). Rent: $960-$1,700/mo. Contact: MLP Investments, 314.579.0200, mlpllc.com.

WEST VILLAGE 652 Emerson Rd. Units: 10 (1,020-1,515 sq. ft.). Price: $164,000-$259,000. Contact: Christine Sabo, 314.614.5822, westvillagecondos.com.

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Oktoberfeast Bring the bold and comforting flavors of fall into your home with this grilled-toperfection bratwurst recipe. By Kristen Klempert

For those mellow, golden autumn evenings, Schnucks Cooks has created a hearty, but simple meal that gives you a chance to light up the grill one last time before the cold settles in. This scrumptious recipe mixes some of autumn’s tastiest favorites: beer and brats. Nestled in soft hot dog buns and topped with warm, buttery onions, these juicy brats will welcome the fall with full flavor.

Beer, Butter & Brats (Serves: 8)

WHAT YOU NEED: • 2 1/2 pounds Schnucks fresh bratwurst sausages (about 8 links) • 1/2 cup (1 stick) Schnucks unsalted butter • 1 large onion (about 12 oz.), coarsely chopped • 2 bottles (12 oz. each) Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale • 1 (8-count) package Schnucks hot dog buns • condiments such as Schnucks ketchup, mustard and pickle relish (optional) WHAT TO DO: 

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Soak brats in cold water at least 10 minutes or up to 30 minutes. Preheat large grill pan over medium-high heat 2 minutes, or pre- pare outdoor grill for covered direct grilling over high heat. With tongs, remove bratwursts from water and place in hot grill pan. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook bratwursts 3 to 5 min- utes, turning to brown all sides. Reduce heat to low. Place a sheet of foil loosely over pan and cook 22 to 25 minutes or until juices run clear and internal temperature reaches 155°F, turning bratwursts occasionally.

3. Meanwhile, in 4- to

6-quart saucepot, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and cook 6 to 8 minutes or until tender. Add beer; heat to boil ing. Reduce heat to low; simmer beer mixture until bratwursts are done.

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Transfer bratwursts to beer mixture, spooning liquid over links. Serve bratwurst in a hot dog bun. With slotted spoon, place some onions and desired condiments over bratwurst.

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Sip This: Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale U.S. Trade Brewer and Certified Beer Cicerone Ryan Johnson shares the ideal brew to pair with this month’s recipe. In the great tradition of fall seasonals, Blue Moon’s Harvest Moon rich amber Pumpkin Ale is crafted with all the flavors of autumn. Bratwurst and Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale is an easily understood and appreciated epicurean experience; both are full of warm and spicy flavors that conjure up notions of autumn enjoyment. Just as these fresh bratwurst sausages are enhanced with condiments, the beer is able to bring new and interesting twists to the traditional backyard sensation. Harvest Moon will lend a subtle vine-ripened pumpkin, clove, nutmeg and allspice addition to the sausages while cleansing the palate and inviting each bite of the brat to be fully savored. You haven’t had a bratwurst until it’s been boiled in a Harvest Moon, and better yet, complemented by a bottle of this wonderful brew to wash it all down. Enjoy!

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Winterize Your Skincare Routine A local doctor dispenses tips to keep your skin healthy even as the weather turns bitter cold. By sheniqua faulkner

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In this city, it’s a common saying: “If you don’t like the weather in St. Louis, just wait a minute.” Seemingly, a minute is all it takes for the golden days of summer to give way to blustery winds and single-digit lows with hardly a fall season in between to buffer the extremes. It’s more than our outdoor plans and buoyant spirits that take a beating: our skin—once glowy and sunkissed—can become angry, red and raw come winter. With the remedy is Dr. Richard Moore, medical director of The Lifestyle Center, who offers five easy tips to help protect our skin this winter.

economical option, portable humidifiers are available at most drugstores. 3. Keep Showers Cool “In colder months, there is the tendency to want to take very hot showers,” Dr. Moore says. “But to keep skin healthy, the water temperature should be kept at a much cooler level, or the heat of the shower will rob skin of moisture, especially the skin on the legs and back.” Shaving, scrubbing skin vigorously or using a harsh or perfumed body washes can also strip skin. Dr. Moore recommends taking a comfortably warm bath infused with bath oils instead.

1. Shield Yourself As the temps drop, we fire up our furnaces to stay warm, but this constant exposure to dry heat can strip our skin of moisture, says Dr. Moore. “Also, the high winds outside can chap skin and dry it further,” he says. To help prevent the escape of precious moisture, use a highly moisturizing lotion that will help act as a barrier to the elements. “Each person’s skin is different, so individuals should speak to their medical esthetician or skin care specialist for a recommendation on a specific brand or type of moisturizer based on their age, skin type and lifestyle,” he says.

4. Be Cautious of the Sun Many people forego protecting their skin from the sun’s rays during the winter months, but Dr. Moore says those who are active outdoors or who will be outdoors for a prolonged time should slather on a body and facial lotion containing SPF. UVA rays can penetrate thick cloud cover, and though you may not feel the warmth of the sun, snow and ice’s shiny surface can intensify rays. Conversely, Dr. Moore points out, most people stay huddled indoors when it’s cold, which can cause them to become deficient in sun-loving Vitamin D. The important vitamin helps keep bones strong and the immune system in fighting shape. If you’re not very active outdoors during the winter, the doctor says an SPF of 15 or 20 will do just fine.

2. Increase Humidity To help further combat the drying effects of the furnace, invest in a humidifier or two, Dr. Moore recommends. A humidifier replaces the moisture that the furnace or fireplace has robbed from the air. In addition to dry, scaly skin, low humidity environments can aggravate nasal and respiratory ailments as well. Humidifying systems can be included in your central heating, or for a more

5. Give Extra-Dry Spots More Attention Even if you follow all of these tips, there are some body areas that are bound to get rough this winter. “For particularly chapped or dry elbows, knees, hands or feet, a regular moisturizer might not cut it,” he says. “Use an even more emollient cream on those areas—something containing petroleum, like Aquaphor, which provides a very good moisture barrier for these prone areas.”

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Bikini season my be over, but with party season approaching, there are plenty of reasons to want to look your best in those holiday photos and slinky cocktail dresses. Receiving FDA approval just months ago, Vaser Shape is the latest body-shaping method garnering buzz in the health and beauty spheres. The noninvasive procedure is geared toward individuals who seek localized sliming and cellulite reduction, and uses two lowfrequency ultrasound waves that transmit energy beneath the skin to the localized fat tissue. “The ultrasound energy acts on fat cells and disrupts the cell membrane, says Dr. Moore. “The contents of the cells are emptied or the cell is destroyed, resulting in an average loss of a quarter to half an inch—and sometimes up to an inch or more—of fat loss.” Because the treatment is noninvasive, there is no downtime. The Lifestyle Center has been chosen as the first medspa in St. Louis to offer Vaser Shape. For more info on this procedure, log on to thelifestylecenter.com or call 314.863.5556.

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Get Involved: Gateway to Hope This nonprofit organization offers comprehensive medical treatment and caring comfort to uninsured and underinsured patients who are battling breast cancer. BY SHENIQUA FAULKNER

Gateway to Hope patients Larissa, Constance and Chantelle

Suzanne is like many women in our community. She was in her early 30s and was the breadwinner of her family, but didn’t have insurance. Dr. Caplin was treating her husband when he learned about Suzanne, but by that time, she was already very ill. When she died, Dr. Caplin says he didn’t want anyone else who was diagnosed with breast cancer to have to make the difficult decisions Suzanne was forced to make. Her story inspired him to start Gateway to Hope in 2005, a

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nonprofit that offers complimentary comprehensive treatment to uninsured and underinsured breast cancer patients. HOPE HEALS

Dr. Caplin began asking medical professionals in the area to donate their expertise and services to patients with breast cancer. He first called oncologic surgeon Dr. Marlys Schuh, who agreed to co-found the organization with Dr. Caplin. Together, the doctors called upon their colleagues to join their efforts; each year as the need grew, the organization expanded its outreach to recruit new surgeons, oncologists, radiation specialists, lab techs, nurses, pharmacists—all the specialists a cancer patient may need during her (or his) treatment. Today, there are more than 130 physicians, hospitals, laboratories, pharmacies and social service professionals who donate their services to Gateway to Hope patients. The organization’s mission goes beyond medical treatment to partner with businesses that provide transportation, medication, medical supplies, home health care, bras, wigs and meals to patients. “Our goal is to relieve patients of the stress that comes with having a breast cancer diagnosis and having nowhere to turn,” says Cindy Frank,

executive director of Gateway to Hope. “Our mission is to give them the treatment and support they need in order to get them to the point where they can live long and happy lives with their loved ones.” GET INVOLVED

Since its inception, Gateway to Hope has cared for more than 150 patients, and the need keeps growing. With that growth, the organization relies on volunteers who help organize events and do community outreach. “We want to make sure everyone who needs us knows about us,” Frank says. “If individuals have a church, work or school group or any organization that would let us come speak to their group, that would be terrific in helping to get our name and mission out there.” Gateway to Hope also has a Young Friends group and multiple committees that welcome new members. And in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Saks Fifth Avenue is partnering with the organization for “Key to the Cure 3D” on Wednesday, October 20, a private shopping event to benefit Gateway to Hope. For more info about Gateway to Hope or the Key to the Cure event, log on to gthstl.org or call 314.569.1113.

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> Six years ago, Dr. David Caplin, a local plastic surgeon, met with a patient who was diagnosed with breast cancer. Suzanne needed a double mastectomy to save her life, but felt that the expense would burden her family, a harrowing decision that would ultimately cause her to lose her fight against breast cancer. What’s more disheartening is that Suzanne was aware of the lump in her breast for two years before seeing a doctor; she knew that even if a mammogram came back positive for breast cancer, that she would be unable to afford treatment.


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SPIRIT OF WOMEN As the region’s exclusive Spirit of Women hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital is focused on providing exceptional women’s services, education and community outreach programs. As part of that commitment, St. Luke’s offers a free Spirit of Women Membership Program that helps women take action for better health. ALIVE Magazine is proud to be an event partner with St. Luke’s Spirit of Women, as are the following Spirit Reward Partners who support the program’s efforts and offer discounts to Spirit members.

MedResources Total Healthcare Supply

Since 1995, MedResources has specialized in providing patients comprehensive care with the finest home medical equipment and supplies. On site at our retail location, our expert staff consists of highly trained individuals in the fields of mobility, diabetics, respiratory therapy, compression therapy, orthotics, wound care and more. Call or stop by today. 1688 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield 636.530.4500 MedResourcesInc.com

ValleyVinyasa Yoga Studio

Valley Vinyasa is a brand new yoga studio located in Chesterfield Valley. Our great teachers will help you develop your yoga practice, and our serene studio will offer you an escape from life’s craziness, even if only for an hour! Classes for beginners and experienced practitioners. Morning, lunchtime, evening and weekend classes are available. Check out our website for class times and to register. 130 Chesterfield Towne Center 314.753.3661 • ValleyVinyasa.com

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Dance St. Louis presents the Houston Ballet on October 8 and 9 at the Touhill Performing Arts Center. Described as “one of the nation’s best ballet companies” by the New York Times, the performance opens Dance St. Louis’ glittering 45th season! Houston Ballet sparkles in three playful and romantic dances to music by Mozart, Yo-Yo Ma and Bobby McFerrin. Call 314.534.6622 and mention Spirit of Women for a 10 percent discount.

Dr. Maack has been affiliated with St. Luke’s Hospital for over 19 years. We are pleased to be involved with the St. Luke’s Spirit of Women. Our medical spa helps women look as good on the outside as they feel on the inside. One of the best compliments our clients share with us is that their friends and family comment how great they look without being aware of any cosmetic enhancement. We are happy to offer 10% off our services for all Spirit of Women members.

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Social Scene: City-Wide Open Studio July 20 ∑ Free and open to the public, The Contemporary Art Museum’s City-Wide Open Studio offered St. Louisans an opportunity to explore the local art scene by opening the doors of the creative spaces of St. Louis artists. The week-long event also offered the opportunity to chat with the artists about their visions and contemporary work. Photos by Emma Birge-Osborne/ALIVE Scene Team. For more photos, log on to alivemag.com/photos.

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Social Scene: Connect With‌The Arts August 5 ∑ Guests were connected with inspiration at Connect With...The Arts, an arts and charity-focused event held at the Coronado Ballroom in Grand Center. The event featured music, performances and art and guests enjoyed Peroni, Coors Light, Blue Moon and food from Steven Becker Fine Dining. Photos by Bill Pappas/ALIVE Scene Team. For more photos, log on to alivemag.com/photos.

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Social Scene: Spiking Out Hunger August 7 ∑ The Spiking Out Hunger Sand Volleyball Tournament was a day filled with volleyball competition, food and drinks, DJ music and other activities to benefit Operation Food Search. Serving approximately 120,000 people every month, Operation Food Search gave guests a great reason to enjoy a day of fun and sun. Photos by Emma Birge-Osborne/ALIVE Scene Team. For more photos, log on to alivemag.com/photos.

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Social Scene: Kickball For A Cause August 14 ∑ St. Louisans spent the day in Shaw Park connecting with their inner child at St. Louis Children’s Hospital’s Kickball for a Cause. Featuring a kickball tournament, Cardinals VIP raffle and silent auction and a “kick-off” party catered by Chevys Fresh Mex, the event was a fantastic way to support St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Camp Hope, a camp for children living with HIV/AIDS and their families. Photos by Kaitlin Drake/ALIVE Scene Team. For more photos, log on to alivemag.com/ photos.

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OUR 4th SEASON November by David Mamet, Directed by Bobby Miller,

October 8-24 “Broadway comedy is generally a testament to Twain’s maxim that honesty is the best of all the lost arts. On the boulevard, laughter is meant to distract, not galvanize, to enchant, not disenchant. Into this weak hand, David Mamet has dealt and ace.” — John Lahr, The New Yorker

Rock ‘n Roll by Tom Stoppard, Directed by Artistic Director Milt Zoth,

ST. LOUIS’ MOST WANTED PARTY ALIVE Magazine is searching for 4 young professionals who are the “total package” — successful, stylish & sophisticated. After months of voting, the Top 4 Most Wanted Winners will be revealed at St. Louis’ Most Wanted Party on Thanksgiving Eve.

November 11-21 TRIUMPHANT. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL is arguably STOPPARD’ FINEST PLAY. He is a MAGICIAN, and this is a passionately acted, decades spanning tale of love, revolution and music. Stoppard treats the characters of ROCK ‘N’ ROLL with a deep affection I’ve never encountered from him before...” — The New Yorker

The Sunshine Boys by Neil Simon, Directed by Artistic Director Milt Zoth,

December 3-19 Starring St. Louis favorites Joneal Joplin and Whit Reichet “It’s ham or wry...Simon’s one liners are as exquisitely apt as ever.” — New Yorker Post “Delicious and oddly affecting.”— The New Yorker Times “Another hit for Simon in a shrewdly balanced, splendid and rather touching slice of the show biz life.”— New York Daily News

Closer by Patrick Marber, Directed by Wayne Salomon,

February 11-27 “Winner of the 1998 Olivier Award for Best Play and the 1999 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Play. “Closer is a sad, savvy, often funny play that casts a steely, unblinking gaze at the world of relationships and lets you come to your own conclusions... Closer does not merely hold your attention; it burrows into you.” — NY Magazine

Just Desserts A Neil LaBute Festival, June 3-19 An evening of monologues and one-acts including a World Premier written expressly for The St. Louis Actors’ Studio. “A tough-minded writer.”— Michael Kuchwara, The Washington Post “There is no playwright on the planet these days who is writing better than Neil LaBute...a master.” — John Lahr, The New Yorker “A playwright [with] an unparalleled ear for dialogue.”— Jacque Le Sourd, The Journal News All shows performed at the Gaslight Theater, 358 N. boyle. “Rock ‘n Roll will be performed at the Missouri History Museum, Lindell and DaBaliviere in Forest Park SEASON TICKETS ON SALE NOW! CALL 314.458.2978 OR VISIT WWW.STLAS. ORG/SEASON.HTML

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Chef Hubert Keller has a lot on his plate. Between serving as guest judge on Bravo’s hit series “Top Chef,” hosting his own cooking show, overseeing his six restaurants and working on his third book, he also now holds a regular seat at the judges table for Bravo’s newest competition show, “Top Chef: Just Desserts.” But despite his demanding and celeb-status schedule, Keller is humble and approachable and still makes time for the kitchen. Known for his down-to-earth demeanor and hands-on creativity, this gourmet chef impressed fans, foodies and the judges on “Top Chef Masters” when he made mac ‘n’ cheese in a dorm-room bathroom—and won the first challenge. It’s his quick wit and playfulness, combined with a doesn’ttake-himself-too-seriously attitude that has made this French-born chef such a success. Between dishing out critiques alongside Padma, Tom and Gail, Chef Keller invited the ALIVE team for a photoshoot in SLeeK’s kitchen—and even prepared braised beef and a charcuterie platter for the crew. Afterward, as I sat down with Chef Keller and talked about his culinary career, it became clear “Top Chef” fans won’t be telling him to pack his knives and go anytime soon.

ALIVE: “Top Chef: Just Desserts” premiered in mid-September and is already looking to be an exciting show. After judging “Top Chef” for several seasons, what’s it like judging an all-dessert competition now? Hubert Keller: There’s actually a big difference between a “chef” and a “pastry chef,” which I think makes for a completely different competition. Pastry chefs have a different temper. While both are working chefs, their minds work very differently. A chef making an entrée, is more in a “spirit of the moment”—tasting, reducing, figuring out how the dish comes together and playing with flavors. But I think a pastry chef creates art; their mind focuses on building, constructing and elevating, but also doing it by the book. The pastry chef really needs his recipe book, he follows the recipe precisely. When it comes to the show,

there are some tough challenges because they have no access to their books. Sometimes a pastry chef doesn’t know how something will turn out, until they are unmolding it and the whole thing falls apart and a day’s preparation is a disaster. And then, on the show, we have to judge that [disaster]. ALIVE: You actually began your culinary career as a pastry chef. How did you eventually transition to a classic chef? HK: My family had a pastry shop [in Alsace, France] and we lived above it. My parents ran the shop and my brother and I grew up in it. Eventually my brother became a pastry chef, so when I was 16, I wanted to become a pastry chef, too. I was lucky enough to get an apprenticeship at Auberge de L'Ill [world-renowned restaurant in eastern France]. By “lucky,” I mean that Auberge only took one apprentice per year. Again, pastry chefs and the other chefs are different, so I worked outside of the main kitchen. After several months, I started getting interested in what the “other” chefs did, and the head chef asked me one day if I would like to work in the kitchen, and from there that’s how I was basically pulled out of the pastry world. ALIVE: You established yourself as a renowned chef with Fleur de Lys in San Francisco and then Burger Bar in Las Vegas by the time you were asked to be a guest judge on a new Bravo show called “Top Chef” in 2006. Now in its seventh season, it’s jumped in popularity, won an Emmy this year for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program and has become one of Bravo’s top rated shows. Why do you think the show has become such a phenomenon?

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ALIVE: And you really did add something unique; SLeeK is not your typical steakhouse. But Burger Bar also established itself here as well. Why do you think Burger Bar’s gourmet, build-your-own burger concept has been such a success? HK: I think that people just love a good burger. And chefs like Daniel Boulud put the gourmet burger on the map and made it cool to go somewhere and just eat a burger. I think that before, the burger was very associated with fast food. There’s nothing wrong with that, but to many chefs, there was nothing fancy about it. So, I saw what Daniel did and thought, “let’s bring in the best ingredients and offer the idea of “build your own.” At that time, nobody had that concept, and I think the idea of making your own gourmet burger really shifted what people thought of when they thought of a burger. ALIVE: I know from personal experience—having danced in the DJ booth while you were spinning at one of our Saint Louis Fashion Week parties in 2008—that you are an extremely talented DJ. How did you get into that? HK: [laughing] Yes! That was a fun party! I learned from a friend and very well-known DJ, Frenchy Le Freak. He is a great DJ and loves to cook. He had me over for dinner, and I was impressed by his cooking skills, so I invited him into my restaurant to cook for one night. Over time I went to see him spin more and really got interested in DJing. Then one day, my wife [Chantal] bought me a whole DJ set and Frenchy started teaching me how to spin. I eventually started spinning more, and before I knew it, Frenchy booked me somewhere—without me knowing. I thought it was a joke at first, but got up there and did it. It’s something I really liked and just kept doing it. ALIVE: What’s next for you? Is there anything you still want to accomplish in the cooking world? HK: I don’t think there’s anything I really want to accomplish; it’s more about continuing to do what I’m doing, because I love it. I hope to do more shows and I’m also working on another book. It will be more about my life—back to France where I grew up, starting my career, meeting my wife and my travels, and will feature several related recipes along the way.

OF TIMELINE AN ÜBER-CHEF Moves from France to San Francisco Is named one of the "10 Best New Chefs in America" by “Food & Wine Magazine” Keller opens a second Fleur de Lys in Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, followed later that year with the opening of Burger Bar, also in Vegas Burger Bar and SLeeK open in the new Lumière Place Casino & Hotels in St. Louis Becomes a contestant on Bravo's series premiere of “Top Chef Masters”

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Dish In this year’s Eat + Drink issue, we wanted to celebrate St. Louis restaurants in a new way, finding out what your favorites are and sharing them in our pages. And, forgoing formal, vote-tallying polls, we instead opted for a socialmedia-centric conversation with you online, where—let’s be honest—we all seek and share info on the best spots in town. Through our online chats, over 75 bite-size but tasty hot tips emerged. The conversation went a little something like this… Edited by Cristy Miller, Sheniqua Faulkner and Kelly hamilton. food Photos by emma birge-osborne and derek feldman.


Hey, St. Louis, what’s your favorite dish in town?

Melissa Bales Lemongrass Café chicken hot pot.

comfort food Dennis Gilbert Frazers’ bread pudding... mmmm!

Colleen O’Donnell Anything Courtesy Diner.

Cindy Collins Tortellini Bianco at Cunetto House of Pasta on the Hill.

Skif Happycircle Vegetarian Menemen at Aya Sofia.

Todd Alan The Black and Bleu mac n’ cheese from Cheese-ology in The Loop.

Matthew Woolley Pasta House.

Jill Schroeder My favorite dish are the tamales and chili mashed potatoes at Milagro Modern Mexican.

Yaunah Hairston Any dessert from Jessie Pearl’s Pound Cakes.... sublime.

steaks Jamie Mcintyre Smith The filet at Dierdorf and Hart’s is sublime.

Leon Braxton Tucker’s Place in Soulard. They have the best steaks. They file a missing persons report if I don’t eat there at least once a week.

John Hartman Love Citizen Kane’s in Kirkwood!

Justin Craig-Meyer River City Casino’s Steak Collinsworth prepped by Chef Patrick McElroy.

Karl Krummenacher Annie Gunn’s NY Strip or Fillet with twice-baked potatoes, asparagus and BBQ shrimp.


St. Louis’ Best Dishes

Colin Fiola Pho Tai at Mama Pho Vietnamese, Muffaletta at Blues City Deli, Braised Beef Short Ribs at Brasserie by Niche, 17.02 at Pho Grand, Pigwich at Taste by Niche, Eggs Benedict at Soulard Coffee Garden, Carnitas Tacos at LaVallesana and ribs with any Pappy’s Smokehouse side.

Matt Sorrell Pork belly at Niche. Best. Ever.

Rhose Rhomalina The Duff’s Salad at Duff’s Restaurant on Euclid Avenue.

Rommie Martinez Bobo Noodlehouse’s Seafood special with rice noodles substituted for fried noodle.

Carrie Iggulden The fish tacos at Royale are the shit. And you know how I feel about the hummus at Pi.

Jamie Kelley The butternut squash soup at Sage rocks. And the beef tips at the Tenderloin Room are amazing...melt in your mouth!

All-Time favorites Lauren Sherwood Boogaloo’s bread pudding and Three Monkeys’ pizza.

Scott Miller French dip roast beef sandwich (on garlic bread!) at Joanie’s Pizzeria.

Angela Khan Lemongrass Café.

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Mark Schulte Sticky toffee pudding at the Tap Room!

John Elkins Anything at Aya Sofia!

Patricio Cordero The Arroz Negro at Modesto Tapas Bar & Restaurant... delish!

Brian Burkett The “Aji de Gallina” at Mango. Yum.

Chris Clark Liver, mashed spuds and onions at City Diner. Awesome comfort food!

Breann “Bree” Mendolia The Chicken BLT pizza from Joannie’s Pizza in Soulard. The Arancini appetizer at Vito’s by The Fox Theater and the pistachio gelato at Gelato Di Riso. Damn, I’m so hungry now!

Derek Campbell Cod Fish Sandwich at Marko Fish House.

Nandini Ramaswamy-King My current favorite is Stellina’s on Watson. Their salad and pastas are amazing!

Helen Z. Liu Katie’s Pizza by a long shot.

Courtney Strong Cicero’s Terayaki chicken wraps.

Lauren IcenogleSeabolt The stuffed mushrooms and lobster ravioli from Little Hills Winery.

Jonathan Foresythe The lobster mac ‘n’ cheese from Herbie’s.

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Jan Christian Anderson Veal dumplings appetizer at Sidney Street. The glaze is out of this world!!!

Aaron T. Hooks Pantera’s Pizza. The best is the Hunk pizza.

Valerie Salazar The Good Pie on Lindell. The Napoli pizza with white anchovy, mozzarella, chile and basil.

Lisa YoungBates Xin Xim de Galinha (sauteed chicken w/ amazingly yummy shrimp & sauce over rice) at Yemanja Brasil.

Chris Banas Pi on Manchester.

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St. Louis’ Best Dishes

Krista Mallette Ted Drewes of course. The Fox Treat is so yummy!

Angela Khan Murray’s Shaved Ice on Watson.

Tina Totty Gator’s Frozen Custard in O’Fallon, IL.

Jamie Kelley FroYo Premium Frozen Yogurt on Delmar... there’s something fresh and amazing every time I go!

Maxine Taylor Oberweis, Oberweis, Oberweis!

Kelley Lamm The most amazing hand-dipped ice cream is Bonnidell’s Ice Cream Shop. The Gooey Butter is delicious!

justine CraigMeyer Ted Drewes.

Matt Sorrell Gelato di Riso.

Janet Newberry Gralen Crown Candy Kitchen. I was in hog heaven.

Amy K. HolmesSimmons There’s nothing more romantic than sharing a Cardinal Sin sundae in the parking lot of Ted Drewes.

Tawanda Hatten Crown Candy Kitchen...of course!!

Jason Robinson Gelateria Del Leone.

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Angie Spencer Any burger from Sub Zero Vodka Bar. I love the chicken sandwich, but the burger is also to die for! Lesley McClement The Bison Burger from Sub Zero Vodka Bar— juicy! Yummy and all around amazing!

burgers Ryan Mueller MoKaBe’s on Arsenal & Grand. They have a fantastic black bean vegan burger that uses Match non-meat meat (Missouri small business!). It’s awesome because rather than try to get it to taste like a burger, they just let the natural awesomeness of veggies do the work. That, and it’s only $6.

Mike Kelley The Fatted Calf in Clayton because they put a ball of cheddar on the burger that’s the size of a baby’s fist.

Emily Frances Heitzig The veggie burger from The Over/Under on Washington Avenue :)

Candice Gillman I second Ryan’s vote for MoKaBe’s. And they have one black bean burger with pepperjack cheese, guacamole and salsa...mmm!

Matt Lodge Carl’s Drive In, hands down.

desserts Marisol Tirado Island Dream cupcake from the Cupcakery!!! Yummy coconut.

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Matt Sorrell The liquid chocolate cake at Niche.

Melissa Moss Chocolate mousse from Remy’s or for a quick treat, the Washington Ave. Post.

Jamie Vollmer The bread pudding at Boogaloo or hot donuts from the Donut Drive In. OCTOBER 2010 ALIVE STL 77


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[THIS PAGE] High-Neck Empire-Waist Cardigan, Long Cami, Wrap and Slim Bootcut Jean in Organic Cotton Stretch Denim available at Eileen Fisher, Plaza Frontenac, 314.983.0975. Bakers boots available at bakersshoes.com. [OPPOSITE PAGE] Stand Collar Jacket, Fold-Over Short Skirt and Scarf available at Eileen Fisher, Plaza Frontenac, 314.983.0975. Bakers boots available at bakersshoes.com. [CREDITS] Hair by Studio 703 Salon, Chesterfield, 636.536.6770, thestudio703.com. Fashion assistants: Rebecca Muehling & Ashli Pollard

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Bride’s Vision 521 Scott Ave., Kirkwood, 314.580.2381, bridesvision.com Ellen Gutierrez’ company truly takes care of everything: budget planning, out-of-town guest accommodations and even etiquette guidance.

Carolyn Burke Wedding Liaison 705 Dickson St., Kirkwood 314.821.4844, weddingliaison.com  Carolyn Burke coordinates weddings of many faiths, religious and non-religious backgrounds and specializes in low-budget, elegant weddings. She also offers a huge resource guide with over 425 event locations and more than 150 places of worship with details on price, amenities, restrictions, etc.

Cosmopolitan Events 8132 Big Bend Blvd., Suite B, Webster Groves, 314.249.9107, cosmopolitanevents.com Cosmoplitan Events is an event planning firm that specializes in weddings, complete with a design department and operations team to create and execute events with panache.

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Pulse Events 314.518.4511, pulseweddings.com Stressed about your wedding day? Too much to plan and not enough time? Let Pulse Events help you plan your special day, so you can be stressfree and have the wedding of your dreams.

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

VENUES 9th Street Abbey 1808 S. 9th St., Soulard, 314.621.9598., pattylongcatering.com/ eventsites.htm This enchanting former church, schoolhouse and meeting room in historic Soulard is a destination for wedding celebrations. The interior boasts cathedral ceilings with magnificent original stained glass windows and the beautiful patio garden is unsurpassed with fountains, beautiful plantings and an outdoor bar.

Bevo Mill 4749 Gravois Rd., South City, 314.832.6776, thebevomill.com This historic venue in South City, known for its windmill and Dutch-

style exterior, is a beautiful spot for your wedding reception. Operated by the folks from L&M Catering, who also own the well known St. Louis company Gourmet Foodworks, the recently renovated space provides an elegant backdrop for your big day.

Cedar Lake Farm Winery 11008 Schrekengast Rd., Wright City, MO, 314.569.3005, cedarlakefarm.net Wow guests with country charm and natural tranquility. Cedar Lake Farm Winery exhibits 95 acres wooded with winsome cedars, a lake and a picturesque pond. The main feature, a red barn house, is anything but outdated; it is newly renovated with a gas fireplace, full kitchen, loft, full-service bar, game room and a state-of-theart audio visual system. It is a little bit country, but boasts a lot of beautiful features.

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

Chase Park Plaza 212-232 N. Kingshighway Blvd., Central West End, 314.633.3050, chaseparkplaza.com Elegant, spacious ballrooms, catering, personalized floral and table arrangements, valet parking— no detail is left untouched. Let the Chase’s personal

wedding specialist help with custom table design and implementation, musical entertainment, floral arrangements and more.

City Museum 701 N. 15th St., Downtown, 314.231.2489, citymuseum.org The City Museum plays host to some of the most beautiful and architecturally stunning rooms in the St. Louis area. Located within the museum, Architecture Hall features romantic lighting to set the mood as well as a permanent hardwood dance floor that’s sure to keep your guests dancing.

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

Coronado Ballroom 3701 Lindell Blvd., Midtown, 314.367.4848, thecoronado.com Have your own fairytale wedding or reception at this beautiful Midtown venue. The grand ballroom is the perfect backdrop—and the wedding planners can help plan every detail, from the menu to specialty linens to floral selections to the cake.

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F15teen 1900 Locust Ave., Downtown, 314.588.8899, 15stl.com With a gorgeous event space, F15teen is picture perfect for your dream wedding reception. The space accommodates over 300 guests and the staff ensures everyone will have the time of their lives.

Four Seasons Hotel in St. Louis 999 N. 2nd St., Downtown, 314.881.5800, fourseasons.com/stlouis Offering a wide array of beautiful venues within one of St. Louis’ most luxurious hotels, the Four Seasons strives to make your day as special as possible. An on-site wedding specialist helps you plan everything from flower arrangements to table linens.

Fox Theatre-Fox Club 527 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center, 314.531.9999, fabulousfox.com Located on the second floor of the Theatre, the Fox Club space provides seating for up to 300 guests and a great panoramic view of the lobby. Your big day will be one to remember when you celebrate at St. Louis’ beautiful historic venue.

The Gardens at Malmaison 3519 Saint Albans Rd., St. Albans, 636.458.0131, gardensmalmaison.com Flourishing gardens rich with history (dating back to Lewis and Clark) make this one of the most romantic settings to play host to your wedding. Whether you choose an intimate indoor ceremony in one of their French country style rooms, or an outdoor ceremony surrounded by the breathtaking view, it will be an event to remember.

Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark One S. Broadway, Downtown, 314.421.1776, hiltonweddingstlouis.com From the rehearsal dinner to the ceremony to a honeymoon suite, this elegant Downtown hotel is a perfect place to plan your big day. They also have the resources and the staff to help plan and manage every detail.

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

HOME Nightclub Ameristar Casino Resort Spa One Ameristar Blvd., St. Charles, 636.940.4333, homenightclubstl.com HOME Nightclub St. Louis integrates comfort and style in two distinct rooms: a high-energy nightclub and an inviting lounge. HOME is part of the

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$265 million renovation of Ameristar Casino Resort Spa, which included a 25-story, 400-room all-suite luxury hotel, 7,000-square foot full-service spa and an indoor/outdoor pool area. These accommodations make for the perfect dream wedding, event or private party.

HoteLumière 999 N. 2nd St. Downtown, 314.450.5056, lumiereplace.com The contemporary ambiance of this Downtown destination makes it the perfect place to have your wedding reception with spaces and amenities to accommodate your guests and party.

Hyatt Regency at the St. Louis Arch 315 Chestnut St., Downtown, 314.665.1234, stlousarch.hyatt.com The newly renovated Hyatt Regency in Downtown St. Louis boasts luxurious amenities that you and your guests are sure to love, and the professionals on staff will take care of every detail from the flowers to the music. So whether your wedding will be large and lavish, or small and intimate, this charming venue is perfect for all your wedding needs.

The Jewel Box Forest Park, 314.531.0080, stlouis.missouri.org/citygov/parks/jewelbox/ The Jewel Box remains a gorgeous destination for those who seek a picturesque outdoor wedding complete with seasonal flowers and an open sky.

Kemp Auto Museum 16955 Chesterfield Airport Rd., Chesterfield, 636.537.1718, kempautomuseum.org This venue not only boasts some of the most exquisite automobiles and offers a truly unique venue for a wedding reception. Expect everything from a variety catering partners to lighting experts, the team at Kemp Auto Museum have the experience to make your wedding unforgettable and always go above and beyond to make it memorable.

The Lodge at Grant’s Trail Bed & Breakfast 4398 Hoffmeister Ave, South County, 314.638.3340, lodgeatgrantstrail.com The Lodge is the perfect haven for your wedding reception, with a scenic view and an idyllic, intimate setting. The Great Room, which overlooks the Grant’s Trail and unveils a wall of windows overlooking the spacious patio, seats up to 75 guests while the additional Green Room seats another 60.

Lodge of the Four Seasons 315 Lodge of Four Seasons Dr., Lake Ozark, MO, 573.365.3000, 4seasonsresort. com Make the Lodge of the Four Seasons at Lake of the Ozarks your choice for your wedding and enjoy top-notch accommodations and amenities, including Spa Shiki, 3 championship golf courses, excursion boat rides on Lake of the Ozarks, swimming, water skiing and so much more.

Lumen Private Event Space 2201 Locust St., Downtown,

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314.241.5757, lumenstl.com Floor-to-ceiling windows, flatscreen TVs, an incredible lighting system and enough space for up to 600 guests makes Lumen a top choice venue for St. Louisans tying the knot. Located Downtown, this gorgeous and modern event space will make your wedding day feel like an A-list event.

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

Missouri Botanical Garden 4344 Shaw Blvd., Tower Grove, 314.577.0200, cateringstlouis.com Enjoy 79 acres of beautiful horticultural displays while sharing your special day, making this oasis anything but ordinary. The professional staff’s approach to your wedding allows you to relax while they create the mood, take care of the service and dazzle your guests with sound, surrounding and a delicious menu.

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

Moonrise Hotel 6177 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.721.1111, moonrisehotel.com A beautiful and modern boutique hotel, Moonrise can provide an unexpected setting for your ceremony or reception. On-site catering will create a lavish meal for you and your guests.

Moulin Events 2017 Chouteau Ave., Lafayette Square, 314.241.4949, moulinevents.com A perfectly intimate setting for your special day, this restored historical landmark is tucked away in Lafayette Square and offers a personal atmosphere for you and your guests, whether you invite 20 or 750. The experienced planners on staff will take care of every detail.

The Palladium Saint Louis 1400 Park Place, Lafayette Square, 314.799.8886, palladium-stl.com Located in historic Lafayette Square, The Palladium is as beautiful as the neighborhood. The venue, which seats 400 and has room for 700 standing guests, is a stunning marriage of Old World architecture and contemporary design; the perfect place to make lifelong vows.

Renaissance Grand and Suites Hotel-Crystal Ballroom 800 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.621.9600, renaissancestlouisgrand.com The 20th Rooftop Crystal Ballroom will dazzle your guests with stunning views of the city while the spacious venue offers seating for up to 1500. Specialty lighting services, catering and certified wedding planners on staff make this an impressive venue that promises beautiful memories.

The Ritz-Carlton 100 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton 314.863.6300, Ritzcarlton.com Brides everywhere know that when they plan a wedding or reception at The Ritz—it’s guaranteed to be classic, elegant and have your guests buzzing about it for years. From intimate to extravagant, traditional to unexpected, The Ritz-Carlton is at your service and dedicated to creating an unforgettable wedding experience that is uniquely yours.

Saint Louis Science Center 5050 Oakland Ave., Forest Park, 314.289.4400, slsc.org Book your reception in the James S. McDonnell Planetarium, a landmark venue in Forest Park. The planetarium can be easily transformed and features a dramatic atmosphere.

Scape American Bistro 48 Maryland Plaza, Central West End, 314.361.6944, scapestl.com Scape American Bistro offers unique private dining in the Wine Room, Fountain Room or European Courtyard, but also holds an experienced staff that assures that your special day will be personalized with intimate details and a customized menu.

SqWires Annex 1415 S. 18th St., Lafayette Square, 314.865.3522., sqwires.com Adjacent to SqWires Restaurant, the Annex’s exposed brick, massive alivemag.com

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314.231.3003, druryhotels.com Located Downtown, Drury Plaza-Hotel at The Arch offers several spacious banquet rooms for your wedding reception and is within walking distance of many city attractions.


beams, 18-foot ceilings, iron stairway, and balcony create an unforgettable setting for your occasion.

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

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

Top of the Riverfront at the Millennium Hotel 200 S. 4th St., Downtown, 314.516.8121, millenniumhotels.com Book your reception at the only revolving restaurant in St. Louis, the Top of the Riverfront or one of the spacious facilities at the Millennium Hotel and the spectacular view won’t be the only thing your guests remember.

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Kirkwood Bridal Boutique Kirkwood Bridal Boutique specializes in wedding gowns including formal, informal and destination. Full lines of bridesmaid dresses as well as Mother of attire. Bridesmaid dresses can be ordered in over 50 different colors to match your wedding, with over 100 different styles all available in short, tea and full length. Bridesmaid dresses also come in junior sizes. We are also proud to provide an in-house alterations department with over 30 years of experience. Kirkwood Bridal Boutique offers tuxedo sales and rental without the hassle of the next day return policy. Girls don’t forget to stop in to check out our latest homecoming, prom and Quinceañera designs. We would like to thank God for opening up the doors to our exciting new opportunity! Come shop our beautiful collections at our Grand Opening on October 1st.

4256 Magonolia Ave., Tower Grove, 314.771.4410, stlouis.missouri.org/ parks/tower-grove/ A historical site that flourishes with tropical plants also boasts stone flooring, historic-design lighting and a romantic view that overlooks lilyponds. Seating up to 150 guests, the ambiance lends itself to a perfect day at a picturesque location.

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

Windows on Washington 1601 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.241.5555, wowbanquets.com Seeing the skyline from this venue’s 10th floor veranda is the perfect way to treasure the moment on your most memorable day. This 1920s-era building is able to accommodate a group of almost any size, and the staff’s positive and upbeat professionalism will ensure every guest has a spectacular time.

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Government Hills, Forest Park, 314.289.5344, http://stlouis.missouri.org/citygov/ parks/forestpark/pavilion.html An impressive view of Forest Park is just one of the attributes that the World’s Fair Pavilion has to offer. Seating up to 500 guests, this venue

also features a new catering area and restrooms, making this open-air venue one of the most beautiful in St. Louis.

Caterers Butler’s Pantry 1414 Park Ave., Lafayette Square, 314.664.7680, butlerspantry.com From the moment you begin working this established STL caterer and event planner, you’ll see their commitment and expertise in planning and executing a flawless wedding and reception.

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

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

Designing Chefs 475 E. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, 314.918.2534 designingchefs.com. From large functions to intimate weddings, Designing Chefs has over 10 years of experience in the business and will deliciously deliver for your event.

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

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

Orlando’s Banquets and Catering 8352 Watson Rd., Webster Groves, 314.638.6660, orlandogardens.com For over forty years, the Orlando family has provided delicious food, excellent service and sophisticated facilities to St. Louis brides-to-be. No matter your budget, you can choose from Orlando’s classic or deluxe buffet options, formal dining or hors d’oeuvres packages.

Steven Becker Fine Dining 3701 Lindell Blvd., Midtown, 314.367.4848, stevenbeckerfd.com Featured exclusively at the Coronado Ballroom, Steven Becker brings

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upscale wedding celebrations to a historic venue. Lavish hors d’oeuvres, elegant entrees and an ornate ’20s style atmosphere are a great start to a lifetime of memories.

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

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

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

Bella Bridesmaid 13428 Clayton Rd. 314.9743411 bellabridesmaid.com Shop for the perfect dress for your bridal party at the one-stop-shop for today’s modern bridesmaid! Choose from a wide selection of stylish dresses by today’s top designers, including designers exclusive to Bella Bridesmaid.

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

Blushing Bride 1941 Frank Scott Pkwy East, Shiloh, IL, 618.628.7800, blushingbrideshop.com The extensive selection of high quality bridal gowns at this full-service bridal boutique will ensure you and your bridal party look exquisite on your special day. The highly educated and trained staff is on hand to assist you every step of the way.

Embrassez Moi 108 N. Kirkwood Rd., Kirkwood, 314.966.2229, thekissmestoreonline.com. A wide selection of wedding dresses and gowns, as well as custom veils, tiaras, and headpieces, this Kirkwood boutique is the one-stop-shop for all of your wedding party attire, including

the flower girl, bridesmaids, the parents of the bride, the groom’s party, and the grandparents of the bride.

Ice Visions 324 Sante Ave., Kirkwood, 314.821.1204 icevisions.com Let Ice Visions create a beautiful and memorable ice sculpture for your event.

Itsy Bitsy Boutique 314.308.7750, ibboutique.com Shop for a special occasion from the wide range of monogrammed and emroidered clothing, gifts, and accessories.

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

Savvi Formalwear 19 West County Ctr., Des Peres, 314.821.0070 savviwedding.com Look your best for any formal occasion with a trip to Savvi, St. Louis’ premier provider of men’s formal wear.

Simply Elegant Bridal 1004 Olive St., St. Louis 314.241.8201 simplyelegantbridalstl.com Gorgeous gowns at your fingertips and attire for every person in the wedding party.

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

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

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

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

McArthur’s Bakery 3055 Lemay Ferry Rd., South County, 314.894.0900, mcarthurs.com Since 1956, McArthur’s Bakery has crafted delicious, mouthwatering

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Huffords Jewelry

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200 S. Kirkwood Rd., Kirkwood, 314.909.6818, mavrikjewelry.com

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

10435 Clayton Rd., Frontenac, 314.993.1444, huffordsjewelry.com

Mavrik Fine Jewelry

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

Simons Jewelers 8113 Maryland Ave., Clayton, 314.725.8888, simonsjewelers.com

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

Ylang Ylang 81 Plaza Frontenac, Frontenac, 314.567.5555, ylangylang.com

Photographers Don Siegel Photography 314.432.6981, donsiegelphotovideo.com

GoodEye Photoshare 314.644.7770, goodeye-photoshare.com

The Cakery

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1420 Tamm Ave., Dogtown, 314.647.6000, thecakerybakery.net Ericka Robertson Frank teamed up with Julie Van Elswyk to create this fabulous slice of sugary heaven. Offers all (sweet) things chic, from the trendy tower of cupcakes to the traditional three tiered mega-cake.

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Jon Koch Photography 314.497.8308, kochphotography.net

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Midwest Valet brings professional, prompt, and friendly valet service to any occasion.

1478 Cherry Creek Ln., Manchester, 636.861.2400, joelmarionphoto.com

314.374.3249, jpollackphoto.com

Chesterfield Jewelers

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9711 Clayton Rd., Ladue, 314.997.1707 cherrypickdiamonds.com

Midwest Valet Parking

1085 Dauphin Ln., Florissant, 314.368.5073, joannakleinephotography.com

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Clarkson Jewelers 1306 Clarkson Clayton Center, Ellisville, 636.227.2006, clarksonjewelers.com

Curt Park Jewelers 10192 Conway Rd., Ladue, 314.989.9909, curtparker.com

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573.579.5513, meganthiele.com

Tim McDermott Photography 2323 Locust St., Suite 508 Downtown, 314.406.1149 timmcdermottphoto.com

Warwick Photography 9020 Manchester Rd., Brentwood, 314.962.3222, warwickphotography.com

videographers/ music Apple West Productions 323 Clara Ave., Suite #32, 314.303.0934, applewest.com

13476 Olive Blvd., Chesterfield, 314.434.4022, decorinteriorsandjewelry.com

Millennium Music

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One Eyed Dog Productions

473 Lafayette Center, Manchester, 636.391.6622, diamondaa.com

314.303.6976, oneeyeddog.com

The Diamond Shop

314.518.4511, pulseweddings.com

12 N. Central Ave., Clayton, 314.721.2210, thediamondshop.net

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

Genovese Jewelers 12460 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, 314.878.6203, genovesejewelers.com

1334 Strassner Dr., Brentwood, 314.918.9335, millenniummusic.net

Pulse Events St. Louis Photobooth 314.667.4637, stlouisphotobooth.com

Bridal Registry Byron Cade 7901 Clayton Rd., Richmond Heights, 314.721.4701, byroncadegifts.com

Dillard’s 800.345.5273, dillards.com

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Macy’s 800.568.8865, macysweddingchannel.com

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Adorn Salon

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17660 Chesterfield Airport Rd., Chesterfield, 636.530.9000, adornhairsalon.com

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Advanced Laser Clinic

3014 S. Grand Ave, South City 314.772.7674 botanicalsdesignstudio.com

777 S. New Ballas Rd., Suite 200E, Town and Country, 314.994.1536, drblighmd.com

A True Spa 116 Chesterfield Commons E. Rd., Chesterfield, 636.537.3227, atruespa.com 7529 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.725.1200, blueelementsalon.com

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

Dr. Judith Gurley

Invitations Any Occasion 905 Dover Falls Dr., Ballwin, 636.256.6969 9773 Clayton Rd., Ladue, 314.991.1104

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

linens/rentals Alobar’s Party Rentals 716 Hanley Industrial Ct., Brentwood, 314.781.7600, alobars.com

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Metro Design Studio 612 N. McKnight Rd., University City, 314.983.0444, mystudiosalon.com

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

Studio 703 703 Long Road Crossing Dr., Chesterfield, 636.536.6770, thestudio703.com

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730 Carroll St., St. Louis 314.231.0602 or 314.622.4180 stlouis.missouri.org/citygov/soulardmarket/

4188 Manchester Ave., The Grove, 314.531.1218, kolorssalon.com 7642 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.863.5556, thelifestylecenter.com

PLANNING A WEDDING?

Soulard Florist

7 Gray Ave., Webster Groves, 314.968.4033, twobluedoors.com

Kolors Salon

603 E. Lockwood Ave. • Webster Groves, MO 314.963.3232 • Cyranos.com

9292 Dielman Industrial Dr., Olivette 314.651.1360, petalsgalore.com

Hollywood Blonde Salon

141 N. Meramec Ave., Suite 317, Clayton, 314.862.1000, stlouishairremoval.com

The Room accommodates up to 40 guests for seated dinner; 60 for cocktail reception and offers customized menus of passed appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts.

Petals Galore

The Service Bureau Incorporated

Infinity Laser Center

Please visit our website for more information

Botanicals Design Studio

14825 N. Outer 40 Rd., Suite 350, Chesterfield, 636.812.4300, judithgurley.com 12340 Natural Bridge Rd., Bridgeton, 314.291.2616, hollywoodblondesalon.com

• Rehearsal Dinners • Bridal Showers • Small Wedding Receptions

Becky Huffman Flowers

salons/spas

Blue Element Salon

The Room at Cyrano’s offers one of the city’s most beautiful, whimsical and unique private dining spaces. Perfect for:

Florists

633 N. New Ballas Rd., Creve Coeur, 314.578.6116, studiosalonscc.com Botanicals Design Studio

4940 Northrup Ave., Tower Grove, 314.664.6610, ariesco.com

Exclusive Events, Inc. 13633 Lakefront Dr., Maryland Heights,314.995.7282 exclusiveeventsinc.com

Ice Visions 324 Sante Ave., Kirkwood, 314.821.1204, icevisions.com

Universal Rentals 10831 Manchester Rd., Kirkwood, 314.822.4535, universalrentalsstl.com

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

transportation Midwest Valet 155 Hanley Industrial Ct., Brentwood, 314.361.6764, midwestvalet.com

travel companies AAA Travel 888.366.4222, ouraaa.com/travel

Luxury Travel Specialists 1137 Colonnade Ctr., Des Peres, 314.821.5500

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


Wedding Industry Spotlight SHERI STEFFENS & STACEY FISH partners

SPECIALIZING IN AUTHENTIC ITALIAN CUISINE, JVINCENTS FOOD EDGE BRINGS OVER 20 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE TO YOUR EVENT. • Only the freshest and finest ingredients available • Use as many local merchants as possible • Fully customizable menu Now Open - JVincent’s Pronto Pizza and Pasta! Serving Sicilian-style pizza Thursday - Saturday, 11am-9pm 3804 Louisiana • 314.341.5363

For all your catering needs, contact us at 314.875.9174 or visit us online at jvincentsfoodedge.com

| Stlouisweddinginsider.com

Committed to pursuing their dreams and utilizing their talents, entrepreneurial veterans Sheri Steffens and Stacey Fish have combined their reverence for the family and their wedding planning expertise into a new business enterprise, St. Louis Wedding Insider. Self-proclaimed fashion, jewelry and travel addicts, the duo already own a travel agency, Custom Travel Service, and a successful online jewelry outlet store, finderskeepersjewelry.net. Their third venture, however, focuses on providing an all-encompassing wedding planning resource—one for locals to announce their engagement and for soon-to-be brides and grooms to communicate amongst themselves and with the finest wedding experts in the region. Providing a wealth of information and resources regarding the latest trends, blogs, wedding shows, special events and planning tools, The St. Louis Wedding Insider will be the wedding planning authority. Their motto says it all: It’s “The Place To Be, For Brides To Be.” Together, the two have 30 years of combined wedding and eventplanning experience. Sheri joined the industry immediately after college knowing she had found her niche after planning her own big day, and Staci joined shortly thereafter. Their training was then provided by the best. Citing the brides and grooms they have worked so closely with as mentors, Sheri and Stacey say it’s the happy couples who have transformed the two women into wedding planning gurus. Aiming to serve couples with passion and enthusiasm, Sheri and Stacey continue to find the famous words of Margaret Thatcher inspirational. Always a role model, Thatcher once stated, “What is success? I think it is a mixture of having flair for the thing you are doing; knowing that is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose.” With careers focused on creating the ideal wedding day for happy couples, it’s no surprise that Sheri and Staci value family the most. Dedicated to their children, the two are busey from morning to night, researching the latest wedding trends and perfecting the plans of soonto-be newlyweds while ensuring that they are able to spend quality time with the people they value most—their families. Attributing their “work hard and work smart” attitude to their parents, these two mothers know the importance of family from the moment a couple says, “I do” and the rewarding task of raising children. Ultimately, Stacey and Sheri strive to provide St. Louis couples with the wedding of their dreams and to prove that St. Louis is a leader and trendsetter in the wedding industry. St. Louis Wedding Insider 1410 South Fifth Street St. Charles, MO 1800.85WEDDING (1.800.859.3464) STLOUISWEDDINGINSIDER.COM


alive bride | real weddings

The OffBeat Bride Today’s weddings are all about making the day your own. For two local couples, the idea of big-day bliss meant seeking out unique local vendors and personalizing their wedding down to every last detail. They turned to Lucky You Productions, a coordinator and full-service floral studio known for weddings of all kinds—from green to traditional to indie. By Kristin Stefek Brashares Photos by Sarah Cross (sarahcrossphoto.com)

ALISSA & ERIC THE BRIDE Alissa Nelson, 29, full-time Washington University graduate student the groom Eric Ryszkiewicz, 31, air monitoring

supervisor, St. Louis County Health Department

Alissa and Eric first met in college, and a string of chance encounters shortly after sparked a courtship. On a road trip together to South Dakota’s Badlands, Alissa seized the right moment to make the then-long-term relationship more official. Midway through a 14-mile hike, she asked Eric if he wanted to get married. He said, “yes.” a unique venue The artful environs of the City

Museum’s Vault Room proved the perfect spot for this ultra-creative couple to tie the knot April 25, 2009. Rabbi Susan Talve of the Central Reform Congregation officiated a traditional Jewish ceremony in the opera-poster adorned St. George’s Chamber. A five foot canopy atop a chuppah featured hand-sewn patches from Alissa, an avid knitter, and close friends and family.

A DIFFERENT TAKE ON DÉCOR The Vault Room’s

already stunning architecture left little need for embellishment, except for one thing the couple wanted to enhance: the lighting. Months before the big day,

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they picked up Christmas trees at a Carondelet Park drop off, cut off the limbs, painted the trunks white and wrapped around white lights. Alissa transplanted seedlings from her garden into large glass jars she bought from a woman in Troy, MO, through Craigslist to serve as organic centerpieces. FOODIE’S FARE The couple pulled out all the

stops with the desserts—enlisting Kakao Chocolate (kakaochocolate.com, 314.771.2310) for specialty, hand-dipped truffles and sweet-and-sour pates de fruit made with real fruit puree. Pi’s executive pastry chef Matthew Rice concocted an exquisite threetier, buttercream cake with rhubarb jam. For the main fare, instead of relegating the many vegetarian and vegan guests to a pasta dish for dinner, the couple made the entire meal meat free by Patty Long Catering (pattylongcatering.com, 314.621.9598).

DITCHING THE FORMAL ATTIRE

Big-Day Details The Blooms: Full-service floral designer Lucky You Productions bundled up fiddle fern (a must on Alissa’s list), hypericum berries, light purple roses and orange and purple orchids for breathtaking bouquets.

Alissa scored a gorgeous pleated, strapless silk gown with a sweeping sash at the most unlikely of places: the BCBGMAXAZRIA store at Plaza Frontenac. She added pops of color with a yellow quail feather headpiece and green Bettye Muller shoes. Eric looked dashing in a gray-pinstripe, charcoal Banana Republic suit and cream-colored silk tie.

The Stationery: Alissa and Eric headed the “not another wedding” reaction off at the pass with whimsical poster-sized save-the-dates that The Firecracker Press (firecrackerpress.com, 314.776.7271) created to reflect their personalities and play off the wedding venue.

the tunes A guitar player and two fiddlers from St. Louis-based The Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra performed traditional Yiddish music during the ceremony, and Mangia DJ Matt Harnish switched up punk and soul music to keep the dance floor packed after dinner.

The Rings: Modeled after a blade of grass, the couple’s matching his-and-hers gold wedding bands from Adam Foster Fine Art Jewelry (314.771.3390, fosterjewelry.com) made a stunningly unique statement. alivemag.com


alive bride | real weddings

The OffBeat Bride SARA & DUSTIN By Kristin Stefek Brashares Photos by Kevin Martini-Fuller and Danny Reise THE BRIDE Sara Arnold, 27, freelance photographer the groom Dustin Keller, 27, lead web designer

at SteadyRain

Dustin had admired Sara from afar in an art history course they took together at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, but he didn’t get the chance to introduce himself until he spotted her outside of class at the Creepy Crawl and eventually gave her his number. After dinner at Brandt’s Café, it didn’t take long for them to become a couple, and three years later during a vacation at the family cottage in Quebec, Dustin popped the question. ECO-FRIENDLY INVITES The Bungaloo (thebungaloo.com) transformed the save-the-dates into an artful poster-sized illustration that Sara and Dustin mailed to guests in white tubes. To conserve paper, they requested RSVPs on their wedding website in lieu of reply cards. VINTAGE STYLE Sara turned to Clarice’s Bridal

Fashions (claricesbridal.com, 314.351.2499) for a custom-made ivory Casablanca gown that pulled simple yet stunning details (a pleated, V-neck

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champagne bodice and corset back) from three different dresses. She scored a $20 veil on eBay, and a friend’s mother made a headband with champagne and ivory pearls and crystals. OUTSIDE-THE-BOX TUNES Dustin and Sara

enlisted their musically inclined friends for the ceremony music, with a guitarist strumming “Do You Realize” by the Flaming Lips for the bride’s processional. Later in the evening, Millennium Music (millenniummusic.net, 314.918.9335) accommodated all of the couple’s requests while keeping everyone moving on the dance floor.

A FRESH TAKE ON THE FLOWERS A clutch bouquet of hearty, bright orange dahlias and cockscomb designed by the day-of coordinator, Lucky You Productions (luckyyoustl.com), played up the big-day accent color.

Big-Day Details The Rings: Filigree and sapphires decorate Sara’s wedding ring from Summit Jewelers (summitjlrs.com), the same place Dustin got his band. The Favors: Sara’s love for photography made selecting the keepsakes—traditional black-and-white prints from a photo booth—a cinch. The Venue: The historic Rialto Ballroom in Grand Center doubled as the ceremony and reception site for the October 3, 2009, affair. The couple exchanged vows on an outdoor patio with a spectacular view of Downtown St. Louis and then moved the celebration inside the architecturally stunning ballroom.

A PERSONAL TOUCH While the couple chose a traditional dinner—by Russo’s Gourmet Catering (russosgourmet.com)—with tournedos of beef tenderloin with mushroom duxelle and Pinot Noir sauce, grilled vegetables, twice-baked Duchess potato and vegetable Wellington for vegetarians, they went a different route for dessert. In lieu of a cake, a dessert bar served up all kinds of tasty treats, including fruit tartlets, mini gooey butter cakes and cheese quake brownie squares. Dustin made sure his favorite local beer—Schlafly—was available at the bar. Sara and Dustin made buttons that finished off the phrase “I love you more than…” with some of their personal interests (“Family Guy,” full moons, cotton candy) for each place setting.

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alive bride | engagements

Recently Ringed Three St. Louis couples share their engagement stories.

The Couple: Lauren Harms, 25 & Tom Milford, 29 How we Met: We met at Tom’s annual Halloween party in 2009. I had been friends with his sister, Emily, for some time, but hadn’t met her brother until our friends dragged me along to his party. He was dressed as Richard Simmons— yes, short shorts and afro wig. He asked a mutual friend for my phone number and we went on our first date at Pin-Up Bowl a week later. Tom says that he knew on the first date that it was going to be something special; I knew on the second date.

The Proposal: Tom had been telling me that he was looking at rings, but hadn’t decided anything yet, while in reality he had the ring hidden in his basement for a month before he proposed. We went for a walk in Dogtown and as we stopped to look at the view of Downtown, he got down on one knee. We went to Tony’s for dinner afterward and then went to check in to the Moonrise Hotel for the night. After checking in, we went to where we had our first date, Pin-Up Bowl, and when we walked in, all of our family and friends were waiting to celebrate with us. The Big Day: October 8, 2011

The Couple: Samantha Inman, 24 & Gregory Lewis, 25

The Proposal: I wanted to do something related to our first date. In discussing where to eat lunch on Sunday, I managed to make Samantha think that she was choosing Growler’s. When we got there, the parking lot was empty and the restaurant looked closed. Obviously this put a kink in my plan, but we ended up going to Highlands Brewery where we have had a date before. Upon arriving, I “dropped” my cell phone in the car and asked Samantha to get us a table while I went back to my car. At this point in time, I stuck post-it notes on the windshield of my car that said, “will you marry me?” After lunch, I purposely left my credit card in the book so Sam would go out to the car ahead of me. As planned, she beat me to the car and saw all the post-it notes. She turned to me and asked “Oh my God, is this for real?” Then she said yes. The Big Day: May 14, 2011

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The Couple: Colleen Cline, 27 & Kevin King, 26 How we Met: Kevin and I met in the fall of 2005. I was getting drinks with a friend of mine at Johnny Gitto’s bar, and I noticed our bartender was really good looking. Little did I know that my friend was also a friend of the good-looking bartender, who turned out to be Kevin. After that night, Kevin and I kept running into each other. That December, I was moving into a house with a couple of my girlfriends and we needed some help getting the house ready and painting all of the rooms. None of us had much experiencing with painting, so I asked Kevin. Being the handy, creative and nice guy he is, of course he said yes. The Proposal: Last December, I had just gotten home from work on a Friday evening. Kevin had taken the afternoon off and was assembling the new living and dining room tables we had just bought. Then Kevin went outside to mess with the Christmas lights. After a few minutes, Kevin asked me to come outside to see something he had brought home from work. He insisted that I keep my eyes closed. When I opened my eyes, there was a “Will you marry me?” sign on the roof surrounded by Christmas lights. Before he even had time to ask me, I was exclaiming, “Are you serious? Yes!” At that point, he got down on one knee, and he asked me himself. The Big Day: November 20, 2010

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Photos courtesy of the couples.

How we Met: The first time I met Samantha was in 2005 at a friend’s house. I was a sophomore at DePauw University and was in town for my spring break; Sam was a freshman at Missouri State and just got back from her spring break trip to Panama City. Within an hour of her arriving, she came up and introduced herself to me, and convinced me to drink a beer bong. We ended up having our first kiss and hanging out until the sun came up. We both returned to school that Monday and kept in touch by phone. The next time that we saw each other was over Thanksgiving break that same year, and we had our fist date at Growler’s on Lindbergh.


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alivemag.com/mostwanted REVEAL See the Top 20 finalists in ALIVE’s November issue CELEBRATE Meet the Top 4 at ALIVE’s Most Wanted Thanksgiving Eve Party on November 24 hosted by Shiver (1130 Washington Avenue) featuring ALIVE’s Top 4 Most Wanted. Party details at alivemag.com.


ALIVE’S PRIVATE SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE GUIDE 2010

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

School

Grades

Open House

Andrews Academy 888 N. Mason Rd., St. Louis, MO 63011 314.878.1883 • andrewsacademy.com

K–6

Jan. 20, 2011, 1pm-3pm

Andrews Academy 1701 Feise Rd., Lake Saint Louis, MO 63368 636.561.7709 • andrewsacademy.com

K–6

Jan. 23, 2011, 1pm3pm

Barat Academy 1 Academy Place, Dardenne Prairie, MO 62268 636.300.5500 • baratacademy.org

9-12

Nov. 7, Noon-4pm

Chaminade College Preparatory School 425 S, Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131 314.993.4400 • chaminade-stl.org

6-12

Nov. 12,Nov. 7, Noon-4pm Nov. 8, 3pm-6pm

Central Christian School 700 S. Hanley Rd., St. Louis, MO 63105 314.727.4535 • ccsstl.com

PreK-6

Nov. 12, 9am-11am

Chesterfield Day School 1100 White Rd., Chesterfield, MO 63017 314.469.6622 • chesterfielddayschool.org

PreK-6

Oct. 30, 10am-1pm

Chesterfield Montessori School 14000 Ladue Rd., Chesterfield, MO 63107 314.469.7150 • chesterfieldmontessori.org

PreK–6

Nov. 11, 9am-11am

Christian Brothers College High School 1850 De La Salle Dr., St. Louis, MO 63141 314.985.6100 • cbchs.org

9-12

Nov. 7, Noon-4pm

Churchill Center and School 1021 Municipal Center Dr., Town & Country MO 63131 314.997.4343 • churchillstl.org

1-10

Jan 14, 2011, 9:30am

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School

Grades

Open House

City Academy 4175 N. Kingshighway Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63115 314.382.0085 • cityacademyschool.org

PreK-6

Nov. 6, 8am-Noon

Clayton Academy 1414 Bellevue Ave., St. Louis, MO 63117 314.727.2643 • claytonacademy.org

K-8

Nov. 6, 10am11:30am

The College School 1 Newport Place, Webster Groves, MO 63119 314.962.9355 • thecollegeschool.org

PreK-8

Nov. 13, Noon-3pm

Community School 900 Lay Rd., St. Louis, MO 63124 314.991.0005 communityschool.com

PreK-6

Nov. 6, 9:30amNoon

Crossroads College Preparatory School 500 DeBaliviere Ave., St. Louis, MO 63112 314.367.8085 crossroadscollegeprep.org

7-12

Nov. 7, 1pm-4pm

De Smet Jesuit High School 233 N. New Ballas Rd., St. Louis, MO 63141 314.567.3500 • desmet.org

9-12

Nov. 7, Noon-4pm

Downtown Children Center 607 N. 22nd St., St. Louis, MO 63103 314.621.1131 • dccstl.org

6wks-PreK

By Appointment

Forsyth School 6235 Wydown Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63105 314.726.4542 • forsythonline.com

PreK-6

Open House: Nov. 6, 1pm-4pm Perspectives on Forsyth: Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, 7pm

wilsonschool.com

Wilson School Open House Saturday, November 13th 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Confident. Passionate. Smart.

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

314-725-4999

Fridays@Forsyth: Oct. 8, Nov. 19, Dec. 3 and Jan. 7 at 9:30am

ENROLLM BEGINS IN ENT JANUARY

JR. K thru

Forsyth School offers a challenging, engaging education with support from exceptional teachers on a one-of-a-kind campus. With a strong academic foundation that includes the visual and performing arts, sports, and challenge education, Forsyth graduates are well prepared for excellent secondary schools. Forsyth offers summer programs, full-time specialist teachers, a commitment to diversity and a comprehensive extended day program with after-school classes and year-round league sports.

Incarnate Word Academy2788 Normandy Dr., St. Louis, MO 63121 314.725.5850 • iwacademy.org

9-1

Nov. 7, Noon-4pm

8th

Strengthening Mind and Heart

Catholic Faith Community, Grades Jr. K thru 8th, Co-Ed Environment, Enrichment Program, Spanish, Comprehensive Arts and Sciences Curriculum

403 S Lindbergh Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63131 314.993.3353 olpillar.com ALIVE SPECIAL PROMOTION


THE LOWER SCHOOL AT

SEE WHY YOUR FAMILY SHOULD CHOOSE VIZ. THE UPPER SCHOOL AT DISCOVER VIZ

OPEN HOUSE

Sunday, October 17 1 p.m.

Sunday, November 7 Noon - 4 p.m.

School

Grades

Open House

John Burroughs School 755 S. Price Rd., St. Louis, MO 63124 314.993.4040 • jburroughs.org

7–12

Oct. 24, 10am

Mary Institute & Saint Louis Country Day School (MICDS) 101 N. Warson Rd., St. Louis, MO 63124 314.995.7367 • micds.org

PreK–12

Upper School Open House (Grades 9-12): Oct. 16, 11am Beasley School Open House (Grades PreK4): October 23, 10am

For families interested in For families interested in Grades Toddler - 12 Grades 7 - 12 THE MONTESSORI PRESCHOOL AT

Middle School Open House (Grades 5-8): October 30, 10am

MICDS offers an academically challenging education in a co-ed, college preparatory setting. Class sizes are small, and the 100-acre campus has stateof-the-art classrooms, labs, libraries, art studios and athletic facilities and utilizes advanced technology including wireless access, smartboards and a laptop computer program. The MICDS mission is to not only prepare students for higher education, but a life of purpose and service as an engaged citizen of the ever-changing world. CATHOLIC | INDEPENDENT | COED MONTESSORI TODDLER-K | ALL-GIRLS 1-12

W W W. V I Z A C A D E M Y. O R G

Nerinx Hall High School 530 E. Lockwood Ave., Webster Grooves, MO 63119 314.968.1505 • nerinxhs.org

9–12

Nov. 7, Noon4:30pm

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

PreK–6

Nov. 13, 9am-Noon

Our Lady of the Pillar School 403 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131 314.993.3353 • olpillar.com

PreK-8

Nov. 14, 1pm-3pmNov. 16, 9:30am January 30, 2010, 11am-1pm

Our Lady of the Pillar students, equipped with an outstanding spiritual and educational foundation, graduate from the secondary schools of their choice. Our students are prepared to be critical thinkers in an ever-changing world. With a Pillar education, there’s no limit to what your child can achieve! If you are interested in empowering your child for life, come and meet us. The Pillar community would like to welcome you!

Rohan Woods School 151 Bennett Ave., St. Louis, MO 63122 314.821.6270 • rohanwoods.org

PreK-6

Play Date: Oct. 16, 9:30am Story Time: Every Friday, 9:30am10:15am

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School

Grades

Open House

Rossman School 12660 Conway Rd., St. Louis, MO 63141 314.434.5877 • rossmanschool.org

PreK-6

Nov. 13, 9am11:30am

St. John Vianney High School 1311 S. Kirkwood Rd., St. Louis, MO 63122 314.965.4835 • vianney.com

9-12

Nov. 7, Noon-4pm

St. Joseph’s Academy 2307 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131 314.965.7205 • stjosephacademy.org

9-12

Nov. 7, Noon-4pm

Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill 801 Spoede Rd., St. Louis, MO 63131 314.432.2021 • vdoh.org

Oak Hill K-6

Nov. 7, Noon-4pm

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

PreK-12

Villa Duchesne 7-12 Discover Viz (Grades Toddler-12): Oct. 17, 1pm

SATURDAYS IN OCTOBER

Open House (Grades 7– 12): Nov. 7, Noon–4pm

PHOBIAFARM.COM

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BEGGS Visitation Academy is an independent, Catholic school whose commitment to academic excellence is complemented by a welcoming environment, a vibrant fine arts program and an array of extracurricular, athletic and service opportunities. The Lower School educates Toddler- through Kindergartenaged boys and girls in the Montessori method while also providing the area’s only all-girls program in Grades 1-6. The Upper School offers a rigorous, six-year college preparatory curriculum for young women in Grades 7-12.

Westminster Christian Academy 10900 Ladue Rd., St. Louis, MO 63141 314.997.2900 • wcastl.org

7-12

Oct. 22, 9am

Whitfield School 175 S. Mason Rd., St. Louis, MO 63141 314.434.5141 • whitfieldschool.org

6-12

Nov. 7, 2pm-4pm

The Wilson School 400 DeMun Ave., Clayton, MO 63105 314.727.4999 • wilsonschool.com

PreK-6

Nov. 13, 11am-2pm Feb. 5, 2011 9:30am-Noon

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The Wilson School offers an accelerated academic program in a warm and nurturing environment. With two full-time teachers per classroom, Wilson students receive small group and individualized attention enabling each child to excel to his or her fullest potential. Curriculum specialists teach French/Latin, science, technology, art, music, P.E. and library resource. Wilson students rank nationally in the 90th to 99th percentile and enjoy excellent secondary school placement.

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BEST BURGERS ALIVE digs in at some of St. Louis’ favorite burger hotspots.

BARRISTER’S IN CLAYTON

O’Connell’s Pub

15 N. Meramec AVE. • 314.726.5007 barristers-clayton.com

4652 Shaw Ave. South City • 314.773.6600 Saucecafe.com/oconnells

Serving scrumptious burgers and other delicious fare since 1962, O’Connell’s is a mainstay on the St. Louis dining scene. Known for the lively and casual atmosphere, this South City spot has acquired a reputation for their 9oz. charbroiled hamburgers, grilled to perfection with Swiss or American cheese. O’Connell’s Pub also offers a veggie burger and other classic pub fare like roast beef and corned beef sandwiches.

A long-established destination for game-watching and spirit-sipping, Barrister’s also serves a menu of delicious, upscale fare that’s “not your normal pub grub.” That means you can find typical bar eats like burgers, sandwiches, tender filet, salmon and more, but everything is made from scratch and sourced locally when possible. Specialty burgers include the Barrister Burger with cheddar cheese and caramelized onions and the Turkey Burger with chipotle-spiked turkey, jack cheese and avocado. Pair your burger with a side of hand-cut fries or salt and vinegar kettle chips and one of the ten draft beers, imported ciders or premium bottles.

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Sammy’s Beach Bar & Grill Sammy’s Beach Bar & Grill is known for delicious American fare with an island twist—in flavor and state of mind. Nothing invokes a sense of escape from the daily grind like fresh seafood and mouthwatering burgers. At Sammy’s in Harrah’s Casino and Hotel, you can expect top-notch, grilled-to-perfection burgers, under the helm of Executive Chef David Utley and a fun, laid-back, rock ‘n’ roll-style atmosphere. Complete with the restaurant namesake, Sammy Hagar, memorabilia, this lively destination is a must for any burger lover.

Cabo Wabo Blanco tequila, wild raspberry, lime and sweet & sour. But beyond the burger and spirits, dining at Sammy’s is a unique and charitable experience—percent of Hagar’s profits from the restaurant are donated to St. Louis children’s charities through The Hagar Family Foundation, a private nonprofit organization that was established in 2008 through the generosity of Hagar and his family.

The Menu You can never go wrong for a burger experience at a restaurant that offers something called the Ultimate Beach Burger Bar. Starting with the basics, the burger bar offers all-natural 100% certified Angus burgers—hormone and antibiotic free—served with romaine lettuce, Bermuda onions, tomato and dill pickle. What’s more is your choice of toppings, over 40 toppings to choose from starting with the cheese (manchego, cheddar, Swiss, gorgonzola, American, jalapeño jack, feta) to the vegetables (roasted green chilies, roasted red peppers, jalapeños, grilled pineapple, grilled onions). This ultimate menu also offers a creative mix of sauces like cucumber wasabi, ancho caesar, Mad Anthony’s Hot Sauce, spicy sour cream, chipotle vinaigrette and apricot cilantro hot wing sauce. And top off your juicy creation with applewood or jalapeno-smoked bacon and complete your meal with a side of sweet potato, regular or steak-cut fries. Do-Good Dining Beyond the burgers at Sammy’s Beach Bar & Grill, there’s also a superb selection of spirits—from Cabo Wabo Tequila to bottle and draft beers to wine. Cocktail favorites include the signature Waborita, with Cabo Wabo Reposado tequila, triple sec, sweet and sour, lime and a splash of blue curacao and the Rockin’ Raspberryrita with ALIVE SPECIAL PROMOTION

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With five St. Louis locations, this hip and lively restaurant is a mustvisit on the St. Louis dining scene. Whether it’s lunch, dinner, happy hour or late-night socializing, Houlihan’s modern interior, open kitchen and chic bar make for a great backdrop for an evening out. Houlihan’s has been synonymous with delicious, inspired American fare since it opened in 1972, and their chefs continually work to create new exciting menu options. The Menu The recently revamped menu features all-things delicious, from pastas and salads to steaks and small plates and mouthwatering burgers. With the customer top of mind—the menu offers vegetarian and glutenfree options—Houlihan’s burgers always satisfy and are made using Black Angus beef exclusively from Creekstone Farms. This established farm is known for their natural grazing practices and obscenely high standards, so the resulting beef is more tender and flavorful. Houlihan’s also uses artisan breads and premium cheeses, which is a must when it comes to a top-notch burger. Signature burgers include the new Burger 72, topped with a garlic herb cream cheesestuffed mushroom cap, horseradish sauce, parmesan and watercress and the Spicy Fritos Burger, layered with pepper jack cheese, pico de gallo, Fritos corn chips, jalapenos, guacamole and chipotle mayo. Another favorite is the Cheesy Royale Yum Yum Good Times Burger with shredded lettuce and a house-made super-secret special sauce. Enticing Options Houlihan’s also offers a BYOB option (build your own burger), so you can create a hearty burger exactly the way you want it. For veggie-lovers, Houlihan’s is introducing a homemade veggie burger made with black beans and chickpeas in October. And what would a burger be without a side of fries? Or pair your burger with a side of Mediterranean Orzo pasta salad, homemade chips & salsa, peanutginger cole slaw and more.

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Burger bar Burger Bar is as synonymous with a best burger destination as the burger itself is with an American classic. One of the first all-burger concepts, award winning Burger Bar is known for top-notch burgers, creative toppings and endless options. From the beef to the bun to everything in between, you can order it and create your own American classic at this St. Louis destination. Acclaimed chef Hubert Keller, known for gourmet restaurants in San Francisco and Las Vegas, opened the second location of this wildly successful concept in 2008 in the Lumière Place Casino and Hotels. It didn’t take long for St. Louis to not only take notice, but also to return often to enjoy the array of American fare and cozy atmosphere with private booths, TVs for game watching and casual bar. The Menu As the name implies, at Burger Bar you can create and order your burger, your way or order one of their ten signature burgers, such as the very popular Hubert Keller Burger, crafted with buffalo meat, sweet caramelized onions, baby spinach and fresh blue cheese on a ciabatta and drizzled with red wine shallot sauce. Or try the Black Jack Burger with Black Angus beef, Monterey jack cheese, delicious tapenade, tomato and lettuce on a ciabatta bun. And of course, the build-yourown menu is an excellent option; choose from toppings like pineapple to bacon to pesto sauce to peppers, the possibilities are limitless. And speaking of options, there’s also a vegan burger and chef ’s veggie burger, so everyone at your table can be satisfied.

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Burger Bar is more than a great burger destination—they also have a tasty array of fries, milkshakes, draft beers and desserts. Fries come in all shapes and tastes, including thick, thin, sweet potato, buttermilk zucchini fries or try the buttermilk onions rings and beer battered jalapeno pickles. Pair a chocolate or vanilla shake to make it a complete meal or order one of the 24 beers on draft or 40 bottled labels. And be sure to end your meal with a “sweet” burger— chocolate or cheesecake dessert burger—or the nostalgic banana split.

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Central West End/ The Grove AL’S RESTAURANT 1200 N. First St., 314.421.6399. Known for steaks and seafood, Al’s is operated by three generations of one St. Louis family. Dinner served Tues.-Sat. $$ Atomic Cowboy 4140 Manchester Ave., 314.775.0775. This casual environment serves a Baja Fresh menu of Tex-Mex dishes, a noteworthy house sangria and over 25 labels of premium tequila. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner daily. $

bar italia 13 Maryland Plaza, 314.361.7010. This romantic St. Louis favorite serves Italian fare in a trendy see-and-be-seen atmosphere. Lunch and dinner served Tues.-Sun. $$ BRASSERIE BY NICHE 4580 Laclede Ave., 314.454.0600. Niche executive chef and owner Gerard Craft brings his take on casual French dining to the Central West End. Brasserie features an evolving menu of French bistro fare, an impressive beer list and classic desserts. Dinner served Tues.-Sun. $$ Chi 4 N. Euclid Ave., 314.367.2209. This trendy Japanese sushi bar has the best St. Louis sushi rolls around; the Lemon Drop roll is a must-try. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. $ CrÊpes: etc. 52 Maryland Plaza, 314.367.2200. This upscale patisserie takes a modern twist on a French classic, serving both sweet and savory crêpes as well as a variety of homemade pastries, soups and sandwiches. Breakfast and lunch served daily. Dinner served Fri.-Sat. $ the Cup 28 Maryland Plaza Rear, 314.367.6111. Enjoy a variety of unique creations from St. Louis’ first gourmet cupcake shop

Hot List 2010 Winner Late-night dining Outdoor seating Opened in the last 12 months offering cookies, cakewiches and cupcakes. These deliciously moist creations will keep your palate entertained. Open daily Mon.-Sat. $ the Drunken Fish 1 Maryland Plaza, 314.367.4222. This stylish sushi lounge with an extensive Japanese menu offers everything from tuna tataki to traditional rolls. Arrive late night for DJs and karaoke. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served daily. $$ Eau Bistro and Café 212 N. Kingshighway Blvd., 314.454.9000. Delicious New American cuisine by day and a hip see-and-be-seen spot at night. Bistro serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, Sun. brunch. Café serves lunch and dinner daily. $$ Herbie’s Vintage 72 405 N. Euclid Ave., 314.769.9595. A beloved classic is reborn under the direction of the Monarch duo. Serves contemporary American in an elegant atmosphere. Lunch served Mon.-Fri. and dinner daily. Sun. brunch. $$ Maryland House 4659 Maryland Ave., 314.361.9444. This upscale lounge is hidden in a converted apartment above Brennan’s. Featuring a tapas menu, cocktail menu and sleek contemporary décor, it’s the ultimate hipster destination. Dinner served Thurs.-Sat. $ NANCY’S PLACE 4510 Manchester Ave., 314.533.3699. The upscale, smoke-free bar caters to the discriminating female, and appeals to men and women of all orientations. Enjoy great entertainment and indulge in fine libations. Open Tues.-Sat. $ Novak’s Bar & Grill 4121 Manchester Ave., 314.531.3699. Known as a top bar and dance destination for the city’s gay and lesbian crowd—stop in for burgers, apps and live music. Open daily. $

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The Pasta House Co. 313 N. Euclid Ave., 314.367.1144. Authentic Italian fare including the infamous Pasta House Co. salad, toasted ravioli and spaghetti. Lunch and dinner served daily. Multiple locations; pastahouse.com. $$ Pi 400 N. Euclid Ave., 314.367.4300. Serving the same great pizzas made famous at its flagship location in The Loop, the new CWE Pi has a few new additions, creative cocktails, homemade desserts and of course, delicious San-Fran style pizza. Dinner served daily. $$ Rasoi 25 N. Euclid Ave., 314.361.6911. Serving both Northern and Southern Indian cuisine, a rarity among Indian restaurants in St. Louis, this eye-catching destination serves authentic dishes like chicken curry, kabobs and lamb chops. Lunch and dinner served daily. $ SANCTUARIA 4198 Manchester Ave., 314.535.9700. Fresh, inspired Pan-Latin tapas await you at this Grove destination. Try their signature “wild tapas” while sipping on a handcrafted cocktail during their daily happy hour. Dinner served Tues.-Sun. $$ Scape american bistro 48 Maryland Plaza, 314.361.7227. Chef Eric Kelly has crafted an innovative and unique menu of American cuisine at this contemporary CWE bistro. Sunday brunch. Lunch Tues-Fri. and dinner served Tues.-Sun. $$$ Sub Zero 308 N. Euclid Ave., 314.367.1200. Over 140 international labels of vodka, a wonderfully large list of drinks and sushi and a new build-your-own burger menu in the expanded area. Dinner served daily. $$ The Tenderloin Room 232 N. Kingshighway Blvd., 314.361.0900. Refined dining has never tasted so good, with a selection of filets, sirloin and lamb as well as seafood and gourmet appetizers served in an elegant dining space. Lunch Tues.-Fri. and dinner daily. $$$ WILDFLOWER 4590 Laclede Ave., 314.367.9888. A Central West End classic, Wildflower boasts innovative contemporary American fare in an elegant and trendy space. Lunch and dinner daily. $$$

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beer and wine selection, as well as a full menu with tons of house-made touches. Dinner Tues.-Sun. $$ BURGER BAR 999 N. 2nd St., 314.881.7580. Located inside the Lumière Place Casino and Hotels, Burger Bar offers build-your-owngourmet burgers with a large list of breads, meats and condiments to choose from. Lunch and dinner served daily. $$ Café Ventana 3919 W. Pine Blvd., 314.531.7500. This French Quarter-inspired coffeehouse has an extensive food selection, including sandwiches, beignets, pastries and coffee. Open daily. $$

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Chuy arzola’s 3701 Lindell Blvd., 314.644.4430. The relaxed atmosphere of the recently opened Chuy Arzola’s pairs perfectly with their Tex-Mex cuisine. Spicy fajitas and chilled margaritas complete the laidback Tex-Mex vibe. Lunch and dinner daily. $ CIELO 999 N. 2nd Street St., 314.881.2105. Located at the Four Seasons Hotel and serves contemporary Italian and American dishes such as seared sea scallops, filet mignon and house-made pasta and desserts. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily. $$$

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F15TEEN 1900 Locust St., 314.588.8899. Serves elegant American cuisine and steaks and features a see-and-be-seen lounge and private VIP booths. Dinner served Tues.-Sat. $$ The Fountain on Locust 3037 Locust St., 314.535.7800. Home of the creative ice cream martini, as well as delicious fresh-made appetizers, entrees, fine ice creams, chocolates and retro cocktails. The one-of-a-kind, hand-painted Art Deco interior is also a must-see. Lunch and dinner Tues.-Sun. $ Harry’s Downtown Restaurant & Bar 2144 Market St., 314.421.6969. This eclectic bistro is understatedly refined, serving a wide range of cuisine. Lunch is Mon.-Fri. and dinner served daily. $$

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JADE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE 910 Olive St., 314.425.2900. A hip sushi and Asian eatery with a music lounge on an upper level mezzanine. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner Mon.-Sat. $$ Kota 522 N Grand Blvd., 314.535.5577.Enjoy South Coast-inspired entrees, appetizers and sandwiches and a delicious milkshake for dessert at Grand Center’s newest must-dine destination. Lunch served Mon.-Sun. and dinner served daily. $$ LOLA 500 N. 14th St., 314.621.7277. This recently opened downtown eatery houses a large collection of unique cocktails, French and American cuisine, and a wide variety of delicious vegetarian entrées. Brunch served Sat.-Sun., open daily. $$ Lucas Park Grille 1234 Washington Ave., 314.241.7770. A seasonal menu with fresh ingredients such as soups, salads and New American entrees offer something for everyone. Lunch and dinner served daily, Sat.-Sun. brunch. $$$ mango 1101 Lucas Ave., 314.621.9993. Fresh, healthy Peruvian cuisine and an extensive selection of South American wines make this restaurant a Downtown hit. A modern, loft-like interior and stellar Latin-influenced cocktail list complete the experience. Lunch served Mon.-Sat. and dinner served daily. $$

modern fusion restaurant offers an array of cold and hot tapas. Lunch and dinner served daily; Brunch Sat.-Sun. $$ Nadoz Euro Bakery & Café 3701 Lindell Blvd., 314.446.6800. This sophisticated and casual café/bakery offers homemade desserts, coffee drinks and more. Breakfast, lunch and late-night snacks served daily; Sun. brunch. $ Old Rock House 1200 S. 7th St., 314.588.0505. The Rock House is a high-end live music club with an integrated music scene and great dining. Lunch Tues.-Fri. and dinner served Tues.-Sat., bar serves until 3am. $ The Pour House 1933 Washington Ave., 314.241.5999. This new spot, located in The Tudor building features delicious pub fare and plenty of ways to stay entertained, be it sports watching or darts. Lunch and dinner daily. $ RED KITCHEN & BAR 315 Chestnut St., 314.259.3244. Located in the newly renovated Hyatt Regency Hotel, this swanky restaurant and bar has an outstanding new Italian menu and an equally appealing nightlife scene to match. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily. $$ sleek 999 N. 2nd St., 314.621.9590. This upscale steakhouse is one of Hubert Keller’s signature restaurants. Dinner served daily. $$$ Smoking Joe’s 1901 Washington Ave., 314.436.3876. You’ll find just about any type of Memphis-style barbeque at this new Downtown joint, all seasoned to perfection and smoked slowly. Lunch and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $ TONY’S 410 Market St., 314.231.7007. Elegant and sophisticated, Tony’s has been a St. Louis institution known for its attentive service and flawless cuisine. Dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$$

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

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MORGAN STREET BREWERY 721 N. 2nd St., 314.231.9970. Located in an area of town filled with history and charm, Morgan Street offers great food and beers that are brewed right on the premises. Dinner served Tues.-Sat. $

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

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

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makes this Frontenac favorite a must-visit for a family-friendly meal or a romantic night out. Brunch served on weekends, lunch and dinner served daily. $$$ Gourmet Foodworks Deli 8135 Maryland Ave., 314.863.5064. You’ll find salads, sandwiches, soups, wraps and more at this Clayton deli. Dine in or carry out, you’re guaranteed fresh and housemade items. Open daily. $ Ichigo Modern Japanese 7443 Forsyth Blvd., 314.726.0033. Pan-Asian cuisine meets fresh sushi at this new modernly designed Clayton spot. Lunch Mon.-Sat. and dinner daily. $$

J.Buck’s 101 S. Hanley Rd., 314.725.4700. A Clayton staple for business lunches and happy hours. Flavorful offerings include classic favorites like pizza, pasta, burgers and baby back ribs. Multiple locations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. $$$ Jimmy’s on the park 706 DeMun Ave., 314.725.8585. An upscale atmosphere, live jazz on the weekends and innovative American cuisine make this a St. Louis favorite. Lunch Tues.-Sat. and dinner served daily, Sun. brunch. $$$ Kaldi’s 700 DeMun Ave., 314.727.9955; 187 Carondelet Plaza, 314.726.2900. Offers plenty of options, like flavored coffees and premium blends. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily. $ Katie’s Pizzeria 6611 Clayton Rd., 314.727.8585. This charming pizzeria is a little piece of Italy that offers appetizers, fresh house salads and a selection of delicious pizzas. Lunch and dinner served daily. $ Lester’s sports bar and grill 9906 Clayton Rd., 314.994.0055. Sports bar meets delicatessen meets BBQ at this Ladue hotspot, where the 68 flat screens are sure to satisfy every sports lover. Lunch and dinner served daily. $$ MISO ON MERAMEC 16 N. Meramec Ave., 314.863.7888. One of St. Louis’ most popular sushi spots, Miso is as famed for its Pan-Asian food as it is for its lounge. Lunch Tues.-Fri. and dinner served Tues.-Sun. $$ Océano 44 N. Brentwood Blvd., 314.721.9400. St. Louis’ premier seafood bistro is an elegant addition to the Clayton dining scene. Lunch and dinner served daily. $$$

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Roxane 12 N. Meramec Ave., 314.721.7700. Tucked away in a corner of Clayton, this small tapas-style spot is home to a very bohemian atmosphere. Lunch and dinner served Mon.-Sat. Late night Mon.-Sat. $$

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South City/ Hampton/The Hill Aya Sofia 6671 Chippewa St., 314.645.9919. Add a dash of culture to your diet with exotic Turkish and Mediterranean delights. Open Tues.-Sun. $$ CITY DINER 3139 S. Grand Blvd., 314.772.6100. Travel back to the 1960s at this retro American diner. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily. $ CUNETTO HOUSE OF PASTA 5453 Magnolia Ave., 314.781.1135. This family-owned hotspot on the hill is a St. Louis tradition with its Italian cuisine and casual atmosphere. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner Mon.-Sat. $$ GIOVANNI’S ON THE HILL 5201 Shaw Ave., 314.772.5958. This restaurant offers an authentic dining experience for everyone who enters. Dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$$ LORENZO’S TRATTORIA 1933 Edwards St., 314.773.2223. For a different taste on The Hill, try Lorenzo’s, which features Northern Italian cuisine combined with contemporary flavors. Lunch Tue.-Fri. and dinner Tue.-Sun. $$

MANGIA ITALIANO 3145 S. Grand Blvd., 314.664.8585. This spot serves casual cuisine in an intimate interior, with live music several nights of the week. Lunch Mon.-Sat. and dinner served daily. $$ Mojo Tapas Restaurant and Bar 3117 S. Grand Blvd., 314.865.0500. This newly opened tapas restaurant features an extensive menu of seafood, chicken, pasta and other inspired dishes. Also offers a potent cocktail selection and over 60 wines. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner Mon.-Sat. $$

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BAILEYS’ CHOCOLATE BAR 1915 Park Ave., 314.241.8100. Offering a mix of savory and sweet items, this hotspot serves desserts such as Baileys’ Chocolate Brownie and bread pudding. Open daily. $

Soulard’s Restaurant 1731 S. 7th St., 314.241.7956. Delicious contemporary American and Southern cuisine and grilled-to-perfection steaks await you at this historic Soulard restaurant and bar. Lunch and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$$

Foam 3359 S. Jefferson Ave., 314.772.2100. Frothy coffee and foamy beer unite at this Benton Park coffeehouse and microbrewery. Also enjoy snacks like hummus, chips with salsa and chocolate. Open daily. $

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

Franco 1535 S. 8th St., 314.436.2500. This cool bistro serves country French fare with a modern twist. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$ Frazer’s 1811 Pestalozzi St., 314.773.8646. Serving creative cuisine in an eclectic, comfortable atmosphere. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$ Lemp Mansion Restaurant & Inn 3322 DeMenil Place, 314.664.8024. This historic mansion, furnished with antiques and believed to be haunted, serves lunch and dinner with options like beef Wellington, shrimp linguine and tilapia. Also features murder mystery dinner theater and Sunday family-style dinners. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner Thurs.-Sat. $$ Mississippi Mud 2101 Cherokee St., 314.776.6599. Fresh-roasted coffee, sandwiches, soups and pastries all served here in the heart of the Cherokee-Lemp Historic District. Open daily. $ Molly’s 808-816 Geyer Ave., 314.241.6200. A Soulard favorite, Molly’s Lounge has expanded into a restaurant, with a French bistro-style Creole menu and a new dining room featuring comfortable turn-of-thecentury ambiance and décor. Lunch served Mon.-Sat. and dinner served daily. NICHE 1831 Sidney St., 314.773.7755. With its modern décor and cozy charm, this award-winning neighborhood bistro offers a fabulous New American menu. And stop by for cocktails and small plates at their newly opened Taste by Niche next door. Dinner daily. $$$ Park Avenue Coffee 1919 Park Ave., 314.621.4020. Not your

SqWires 1415 S. 18th St., 314.865.3522. A seasonal menu features fresh interpretations of American classics. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served daily. $$$ The Stable 1821 Cherokee St., 314.771.8500. This brew house, distillery and pizzeria features bacon-wrapped dates, housemade grinders and an array of pizza and pasta. Located in the historic Cherokee Street district. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. $ VIN DE SET 2017 Chouteau Ave., 314.241.8989. A French-inspired rooftop bistro complete with an extensive wine list and specialty martinis. Open for lunch and dinner Tues.-Fri. and bar is open Tues.-Sun. $$$

University City/ The Loop 609 LOUNGE 609 Eastgate Ave., 314.721.9168. Stop in this trendy hotspot for happy hour from 5-8 pm, take advantage of their hookah menu, or opt for a late night signature cocktail, including the Dirty C.E.O. Martini and the Chocolate Kiss. DJ’s start the party every night at 9:30pm. Open daily. $$ Blueberry Hill 6504 Delmar Blvd., 314.727.4444. Joe Edwards’ flagship restaurant is as synonymous with St. Louis as the Arch—it’s a landmark restaurant not to be missed. $ Blue Ocean Sushi 609 Eastgate Ave., 314.721.9168. This


contemporary Japanese restaurant serves all-you-can-eat sushi and à la carte items, such as chicken teriyaki, tempura, and other popular Japanese/Asian cuisine. Lunch and dinner served daily. $ ECLIPSE 6177 Delmar 314.726.2222. This restaurant and bar in the Moonrise Hotel features cosmic décor and a creative American menu with delicious twists. The Rooftop Terrace Bar offers a dramatic view of The Loop and St. Louis skyline and has out-of-this world cocktails to match. Open daily. $$$ Jilly’s Cupcake Bar & Cafe 8509 Delmar Blvd., 314.993.5455. With more than just cupcakes to satisfy a sweet tooth, this bakery serves soups, salads, sandwiches and more. Open daily. $$ MoMos 630 North and South Rd., 314.863.3511. Mediterranean tapas and a festive, lively atmosphere make this beloved St. Louis spot a must-visit. Lunch Mon.-Sat. and dinner daily. $$

Kirkwood/ Maplewood/ Webster Groves the jive & Wail dueling pianos 7376 Manchester Rd., 314.781.7000. From dueling pianos to unique pub fare, this Maplewood hot spot has it all. Dinner served daily. $$ LATITUDE 26 6407 Clayton Ave., 314.932.5600. With flavors from both north and south of the border, this Tex-Mex eatery is bringing flair to Dogtown. Lunch and dinner served Tues.-Sat. $$ Monarch 7401 Manchester Rd., 314.644.3995. The newly revamped interior at this casual restaurant perfectly complement the Southern-inspired fare. Lunch Tues.-Fri. and dinner served Tues.-Sat. $$$ THE RED LION 7336 Manchester Rd., 314.645.4200. An American gastropub that serves classic favorites and beer. Be sure to stop by for happy hour and enjoy great drink specials. $$

TRATTORIA BRANICA 451 S. Kirkwood Rd., 314.909.7575. Formal Italian dining and a chic wine bar make Trattoria Branica the perfect destination for a special occasion or vino sipping session. Lunch served Mon.-Fri. and dinner served daily. Multiple locations; Frontenac and Chesterfield. $$$ Log on to alivemag.com for our searchable, comprehensive directory of St. Louis restaurants, bars, nightclubs, bakeries, coffeehouses and more.

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annie gunn’s 16806 Chesterfield Airport Rd., 636.532.7684. Known for its heartwarming dishes and fresh seasonal specials, Annie Gunn’s offers unforgettable steaks, seafood, soups and salads. Lunch and dinner served Tues.-Sun. $$$

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Balaban’s Wine Cellar & Tapas Bar 1772 Clarkson Rd., 636.449.6700. After 37 years in the Central West End, Balaban’s is reborn by former chef and owner Steve McIntyre—expect the familiar French bistro style of the beloved original, but with a new tapas twist and an attention to wine. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. $$ Bravo! Cucina Italiana 15 West County Center, 314.821.2562. Upscale restaurant meets casual eatery at Bravo!, a new dining destination in West County and the first location of this national favorite to open in St. Louis. Expect delectable, made-to-order Italian food and a welcoming atmosphere. Lunch and dinner served daily. $$$ Chevy’s Fresh Mex 9119 Olive Blvd., 314.997.3700. Chevy’s has the fresh Mex goods covered with guac, quesadillas, fajitas, tacos, nachos and more, served in a fun festive atmosphere. Hours vary by location, chevysfreshmex.com. $ THE COUNTRY CLUB BAR & GRILL 288 Lamp & Lantern Village, 636. 256.7201. Serves hearty American cuisine and traditional classics from burgers to crab cakes. The patio is a must during summer. Lunch and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$ Quintessential 149 N. Main St., 636.443.2211. This St. Charles destination features a restaurant and upscale nightclub, an extensive wine list, expansive patio and American favorites like flatbread pizzas and burgers. Lunch and dinner served daily. $ TABLE THREE 16765 Main St., Wildwood Town Center, 636.458.4333. Contemporary American cuisine in a warm and charming atmosphere. Enjoy dishes like fritto misto, stone-baked flatbreads, pan-roasted salmon and roasted chicken. Lunch Tues.-Sat. and dinner Tues.-Sun. $$ VegaDeli 177 Hilltown Village Center, 314.266.8349. With an array of kosher, raw, vegan and vegetarian offerings, VegaDeli serves delicious and healthy sandwiches, wraps, organic salads, fresh baked pastries and coffee. Open Tues.-Sun. $

Dont miss...La Cage STL Presents: “Unity” a monthly revue featuring a star studded cast of the best female impersonators Saint Louis has to offer. October 20, 10pm in The Fox Hole $10. Only at The Cowboy. 4140 MANCHESTER • 314.775.0755 ATOMIC-COWBOY.com

ARI’S RESTAURANT AND BAR

Ari's takes pride in using fresh, local ingredients to create traditional Greek cuisine! Come party with us on October 31st at our annual Halloween party at 9pm. Dress in your best for the Halloween Costume Contest with prizes for the winners!

arisrestaurantstl.com 3101 Hampton Ave, St. Louis 63139 314.644.4264

STEINBERG SKATING RINK IN FOREST PARK

Largest Outdoor Ice Skating Rink in the Midwest. Public Ice Skating All Day, Every Day–Including all Holidays. 2010–2011 Season: Nov 12–March 6

SnowFlake Café Bonfire •

314.361.0613 steinbergskatingrink.com

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CASINO GUIDE Place your bets and let the dice—and the fun—roll at these area gaming complexes.

LumiÈre Place Casino & Hotels

AMERISTAR CASINO RESORT SPA One Ameristar Blvd. • St. Charles 636.949.7777 • ameristar.com This sprawling 130,000 square-foot casino boasts one of the area’s largest selections of progressive slot machines, including games with possible million-dollar jackpots! Love table games? No matter your game of choice, Ameristar likely has it, including blackjack, roulette, craps, Let It Ride, Three Card Poker and Pai Gow Poker.

Argosy Casino One Piasa St. • Alton, IL • 800.711.GAME • argosy.com Argosy may be St. Louis’ first casino, but it’s as innovative as its younger counterparts; the facility consistently upgrades its slot, video and table game selection and recently installed state-of-the-art lighting and sound in the Argosy Music Hall. Craps players will love this complex’s 10x odds and thrilling, no-limit action and slots players can enjoy machines that accept pennies, nickels and bills up to $100.

Casino Queen 200 S. Front St. • East St. Louis, IL • 800.777.0777 • casinoqueen.com With over 1,000 slots and video poker and table games such as blackjack, baccarat, craps, Pai Gow Poker, Three Card Poker, Caribbean Stud and roulette, you’ll never get bored at Casino Queen, “Home of the Loosest Slots.” If you must stop to eat, however, check out Prime Steakhouse or catch some live entertainment by some of the area’s best local musicians at Sevens. LumiÈre Place Casino & Hotels

Harrah’s St. Louis 777 Casino Center Dr. • Maryland Heights • 314.770.8100 • harrahsstlouis.com Harrah’s is a favorite gaming facility thanks to its expansive gaming floor with a multitude of options—more than 2,800 slots and video poker machines, the newest slots on the market (including popular progressive machines), an official World Series of Poker® room and more than 90 table games. Plus, enjoy eight delicious restaurants to choose from while you are here. What’s more, when you play at Harrah’s, you can use your industry-leading Total Rewards® players card at over 40 casinos nationwide.

LumiÈre Place Casino & Hotels 999 N. Second St. • Downtown • 314.881.7777 • lumiereplace.com

Casino Queen

This award-winning casino is not only a destination for gaming, the building it’s housed in has also become an iconic Downtown landmark. Experience over 2,000 slot machines, 55 table games and 13 tables in Lumère’s dedicated poker room where you can play Texas Hold ’Em, Stud, Omaha and many other poker favorites. Stay the night at HoteLumière or Four Seasons St. Louis, which was named one of the world’s best hotels by “Travel+Leisure,” or dine in one of the complex’s six restaurants.

River City Casino 777 River City Casino Rd. • South St. Louis County • 888.578.7289 • rivercity.com The new kid on the block, River City opened this spring to rave reviews. The massive, 90,000 square-foot complex features all the favorites such as slots, dice games and rows upon rows of poker tables. More than just a gaming facility, River City offers world-class dining at five restaurants. ALIVE SPECIAL PROMOTION


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Scene in St. Louis: LouFest August 28-29

THE PLACE: Forest Park

THE PARTY: Music lovers gathered in Forest Park for this buzzworthy two-day music festival that featured national and local indie and eclectic bands. The eco-friendly event included two stages for bands like She & Him, Broken Social Scene and Jeff Tweedy. Between performances, guests could enjoy local cuisine, a Kids Village and an EcoZone that featured local orgs committed to conservation and sustainability.

Erin Alderson, Holly Gilmore & Daron Hendrix

Lacy Clark & Kelly Hottell

Richard & Sara Glenski

Erika Kibik, Colleen Warner & Annie Karlen

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Colette Love & Lance Hilliard

Airborne Toxic Event

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PRESENTS

Presents

Saint Louis Fashion Week Exclusive photo coverage


SAINT LOUIS FASHION WEEK

Runway Shows Saint Louis Fashion Week’s sixth season kicked off with Brown Shoe Presents Project:Design!, hosted by Third Degree Glass Factory and produced by Rock Uniform, where six designers—Blue Bird Denim, Cavortress, Jezebel, Kristin Archibald, Roberto Mendes and ssonn—showcased their collections. After presenting their lines, designer ssonn was named the winner, receiving a package that included a professional, fashionforward website from 963Collective; a fashion spread in ALIVE Magazine and $5,000 towards a Smile Makeover plus “Whitening for Life” at VivaSmiles Advanced Dentistry. Jezebel was awarded the People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Texting Marketing and Fabric.com. Saks took center stage the next evening with Rock’n the Runway at Saks Fifth Avenue, a rock-n-rollthemed show featuring contemporary fashions from labels Rebecca Taylor, Alice+Olivia, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Theory, Vince, Tibi, Nanette Lepore, Joie, True Religion, BCBG, Milly, Rock & Republic, Versace Men, Scotch & Soda and Robert Graham.

The catwalk-centric week continued at Macy’s Saint Louis Galleria, where the show featured models in the latest styles from lines INC International Concepts, Alfani, RACHEL Rachel Roy, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Kensie, Calvin Klein, Miss Me, Buffalo David Bitton, Jessica Simpson and Coach. Fashionistas headed to Plaza Frontenac for the Friday night fashion show, Indulge, which included fierce fashions, accessories and jewelry from Ann Taylor, AK Anne Klein New York, Banana Republic, BCBG Max Azria, Chico’s, Coach, Cole Haan, Eileen Fisher, Graphic Traffic, J.Jill, Lucky Brand Jeans, lululemon athletica, Passport Luggage, Talbots, Tiffany & Co., Town & Country Bridal Boutique and Ylang-Ylang Fine Jewelry. The Fashion Week finale took place under the stars at the Old Post Office Plaza. Over 500 guests converged to watch the hot lineup of fashions from local boutiques such as Boutique 83, The Eye Bar, Klutch Boutique, NV Showroom Boutique, Rung, Sole and Blues and footwear from Brown Shoe.

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Magic of Macy’s Thursday 9.9.10

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Indulge at Plaza Frontenac Friday 9.10.10

Liquid St yle Saturday 9.11.10

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SAINT LOUIS FASHION WEEK

Noel Jacobs & Amy Veluz at Plaza Frontenac

Parties

Saint Louis Fashion Week is known for more than just the top-notch fashions—the parties are as much as an event as the runway shows. The week launched with Exposure at Mandarin Lounge where guests mingled with the week’s top models and fresh faces and enjoyed Bud Select and Chambord vodka specials in Mandarin’s chic rooftop lounge. Saint Louis Fashion Week attendees were treated to complimentary appetizers and drinks all week during the VIP cocktail hours. Featured cuisine included Atomic Cowboy, Eclipse Restaurant, JVincent’s FoodEdge and Vito’s Sicilian Pizzeria & Ristorante, Brio Tuscan Grille and Jade Lounge, while Bud Select, Select 55 and Bacardi Lemonade were kept on-hand for pre-show sipping every night.

the G-Star RAW event, presented by The Chess Club & Scholastic Center of Saint Louis and Sole and Blues. The event featured a G-Star RAW fashion show and chess match by the top U.S. chess player Hikaru Nakamura and G-Star RAW brand ambassador and the world’s number one chess player Magnus Carlsen. After back to back shows and events, models, designers, staff and crew were ready to party at The Pepper Lounge. Joined by VIPs and sponsors, guests capped off a week of fabulous fall fashion with drinks, dancing and celebrating!

Kathleen Zanone, Ashlie Blanzy & Nikki Tiesing at Exposure Grace Schuesster & Anna Vitale at Exposure hosted by Mandarin

Guests wanting to get a little pre-evening fashion fix headed to Bar Italia on Friday for

Jasmine Foster & April McKinney at Exposure hosted by Mandarin Jessica Buck at Project:Design

Jennifer Feldhaus & Catherine Aplington at Saks

Kelly Bracht & Erica Pegues at Project:Design

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Lisa Meyerhoff & Alicia Meyerhoff at Saks

Stefon Shegog & Faith Raymer at Saks

Will Bibbs, Audra Angelique Gandy & Sean Steinhoff at Macy’s Julie Longo & Lisa Elgin at Macy’s

Jessie Haupt & Cherita Coleman at Macy’s Sarah Strauser, Geoff Green & Stephanie Burke at Macy’s

Susan Barrett, Shanon Bailey & Bridget Melloy at G-Star RAW

Victoria Kelly & Chris Kelley at Plaza Frontenac Dana Whalen, Sandy Bartlett, Joanne Brenner & Lori Shambro at Plaza Frontenac Ashley & Adam Cotorceanu at G-Star RAW


Jim Walsh & Taylor Martin at Liquid Style

Joe Samel and Greg and Melissa Bohlman at Liquid Style

Julie Wheat, Chris Rubin de la Borbolla, Yoko Kiyoi & Paul Schlescth at Liquid Style

Chrissy Janssen & Erin Vehige at The Pepper Lounge Fashion Week Wrap up Party at The Pepper Lounge

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Liquid Style at Old Post Office Plaza Overview

Tracy Geiger, Melissa Bohmann & Mia Brown-Davis at Liquid Style

Footwear by Brown Shoe Tracy Burris & Mike Keithly at The Pepper Lounge

Aleshea Ingram & Kelly Griffin at Liquid Style

Jasmine Basic, Joel Brizendine & Allyce King at The Pepper Lounge Elonda Catewood & Rushawn Lotts at The Pepper Lounge

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A NEW ANGLE ON NIGHTLIFE


Archetypes

marilu knode Laumeier Sculpture Park Executive Director and innovator of the arts Marilu Knode shares what inspires and excites her in the art community and in life.

What is your current mood or state of mind? Inspired. What makes you happy? My boyfriend, my garden and smart conversations. What is your idea of misery? Feeling trapped by an idea that is not your own. What did you eat for breakfast today? Decaf coffee. What’s one word that describes you? Energetic. What trait do you value most in others? True to themselves and others. What’s your favorite occupation? Thinking about art. Who would you most like to be? Queen Noor of Jordan. What’s your favorite color? Orange.

What is your favorite food? Indian. What food do you like the least? Meat and potatoes. If you could have dinner with anyone (dead or alive), who would that be? Freud, even if it’s just to punch him. What vice do you most tolerate in others? Gluttony. What talent do you wish you had? I wish I was more athletic. Who is your favorite artist? Nancy Spero because she did so much for generations of artists and curators. Favorite Author? Currently it’s Eliot Pattison. What excites you? That every day the landscape can change. What do you consider a turn off ? Unexamined thinkers or closed mindedness. What do you love? When people are doing the right things for the right reasons. What do you hate? Increasing small mindedness of public life. What are you most looking forward to? Seeing how we solve the economic problems we face right now by using new social means. What is one thing you wish would happen? That we would agree that the arts are really critical to living a civilized life. What’s something interesting that you just learned? That the north and south poles are considered deserts because of their lack of access to water.

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What’s something you want to learn? More about how to fix my car. What is your personal motto? Yalla! (“Let’s go” in Arabic) In another life, you’d be? A mediator. What is your current obsession? Finding the perfect perennial. What is your favorite word? Brilliant. What is your least favorite word? Parsimonious. What’s on your “bucket list”? I want to go every place I’ve never been before. Your hidden talent? Embroidering. Personal hero? Deepak Chopra. If you could have a conversation with your younger self, what would you say? “Just let go.” Interview by Elizabeth Tucker PHOTOGRAPH BY WESLEY LAW | ART DIRECTION BY DAVID HSIA

‘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 Questionaire.


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