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Sidney Street Cafe

Sidney Street Cafe is a culinary powerhouse. The restaurant exemplifies the essence of modern cooking: Take the absolute best ingredients and create inventive dishes that showcase the height of each item’s flavor, texture and aroma. Sidney Street’s food is refined yet indulgent, sophisticated yet approachable. This is a restaurant you can return to again and again. Enjoy either a long-standing favorite, like the Steak Wasabi, or turn yourself over to the chef and try dishes like caramelized scallops with charred asparagus, butter-poached radishes and baby carrots, brown-butter grits and buttermilk and bacon jam; braised-beef dumplings with a poached farm egg and truffled au jus; or salmon crudo (sashimi-grade salmon) with shaved radishes and fresh peas tossed in a green goddess dressing and garnished with salmon roe. So, as we celebrate what makes St. Louis such a great food city, we happily offer Sidney Street Cafe as one of the key players in our ever-evolving restaurant scene. 2000 Sidney St., benton Park sidneystreetcafe.com

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PHOTOGRAPHy by Jay Scott Baker

Sidney Street Cafe

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636.530.9010 Chesterfield

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Salina’s Southwestern Mexican Cantina

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St. Louisans love pizzas with thin, crispy crusts, that’s undeniable. So, when you take that crust style and cross it with another favorite – Mexican cuisine – what happens? You get Mexican pizza. At Salina’s, which specializes in Arizona-style Southwestern eats, they start with a big, fresh flour tortilla and bake it so that it’s crispy and slightly toasty, a light and flavorful base for the toppings: melty cheese, spicy Serrano pepper sauce, tomatoes and shredded lettuce. You can also add beef, chicken or – our favorite – chorizo sausage. Salina’s deliciously melds two perennial favorites into one crowd-pleasing, crave-producing dish. – B.W. 20 Clarkson Wilson Center, Chesterfield salinascantina.net

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Park avenue Coffee

Park Avenue Coffee isn’t your average coffee shop. yes, it offers an array of well-brewed coffee expertly roasted by St. Louis-based Chauvin Coffee. you can order up mochas, lattes, iced coffees or a steaming café au lait, along with smoothies or frozen, blended Frappicanos. All of the shop’s beverages are top notch. but the real draw for its Lafayette Square location and its new Downtown location is gooey butter cake. And not just the rich, super-sweet, traditional version baked by moms across our gooey-butter-cake loving city. Park Avenue Coffee offers 76 flavors (which it rotates) of its Ann & Allen baking Co. gooey butter cake, including triple chocolate, Key lime, turtle, white chocolate raspberry and red velvet. Owner Dale Schotte says the red velvet gooey butter cake “will change your life.” Realizing customers craved even more gooeyness, Park Avenue Coffee created Ann & Allen baking Co. box mixes so fans could make their own gooey butter cakes – and brownies – at home. Ann & Allen baking Co. mixes are now available at retailers throughout the St. Louis region and in 17 states and 76 different stores across the country. – C.N. 417 N. 10th St., Downtown 1919 Park Ave., Lafayette Square parkavenuecoffee.com

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Watch this ooey-gooey favorite being made at Park avenue’s baking facility.

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314.231.5282 Downtown 314.621.4020 Lafayette Square

PHOTOGRAPHy by Laura Ann Miller

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PASTA SAUCE Many of The Hill’s long-standing eateries have jarred their well-loved Italian pasta sauces, perfect for spaghetti night at home or as dipping sauce for those yummy t-ravs. – B.W.

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Simply The Best Great Steaks and Seafood

Kreis' serves the finest USDA Prime Mid Western Corn-fed Beef, aged four to six weeks in house. We offer an extensive choice of the classic Steak Cuts GREAT STEAKS and Seafood including our famous Prime Rib. Simply & SEAFOOD the best available-Top 2%. As well as Colorado Lamb Call Today To Book Your Reservation Chops, the best you can buy! Bring in this ad for a Complimentary Appetizer or 50% off a bottle of wine with the purchase 2 Entrees $20 or more. (Wine up to $60 menu price.) 1 per table, per visit. Valid until September 30, 2011

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(Conveniently located 1/3 mile north of Highway 40/64 between Conway and Ladue Road)

Fine Dining You deserve a little get away…

The Barrel Room Grill and Steakhouse is the latest addition to the Hidden Lake Winery experience. It is joining the picturesque Majestic Falls reception site, the elegant Champagne Hall, and the popular Silent Forest Retreat cabins. Featuring full-service fine dining, the Barrel Room adds yet another touch to the mystical atmosphere that 10580 Wellen Road draws guests to this rustic paradise. The Barrel Aviston, Il 62216 Room’s menu features a delightful array of lunch 618-228-9111 and dinner selections served with views of lovely wooded surroundings. www.HiddenLakeWinery.com

All You Can Eat Buffet - Over 150 Items

The Largest International Buffet & Grill in Missouri Royal Buffet offers a wide variety of authentic Asian style, and American food. You may choose from either a buffet, which consists of over 150 items or from a regular menu. We also have a habachi grill and all you can eat sushi bar. We have an extensive menu to choose from. You will not go away hungry!! We also provide catering for any occasion. Come to Royal Buffet for an excellent dining experience.

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Use Ligurian olive oil, Italian pine nuts and chesses, and young light green leaves of Genovese Basil. It's simple and delicious! 3 c. tightly packed basil leaves, 1 clove garlic, 2 T. Tuscan Wild Pine Nuts, lightly toasted, salt, 1/2 c. San Damiano olive oil, 2 T. grated Toscana percorino, 3 T. grated Parmigiano-Reggiano. In a food processor blend basil, garlic, pine nuts, 1/4 t. salt and 1-2 T. of the oil to a paste. Add cheeses and process until creamy. Stir in remaining oil. Toss with 1 lb. trofie pasta and serve 4 hungry people.

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Mollifying EffEct STORy ANd ReCIPe By Matt Seiter

Summer is almost over, but the summer heat is at its peak. Step outside and you’re instantly hot, short of breath, sweaty and in need of a tasty libation to cool you down. This month’s drink is a modified version of a gin and tonic. Freshness from the garden lifts it above the classic, and the Kümmel offers a nice touch of caraway and fennel. I know what you’re thinking: What in the world is Kümmel? It’s a German liqueur flavored with caraway, cumin and fennel. By itself, it’s a bit much for the American palate. But when it’s mixed in cocktails, those spicy notes really shine through and it’s superb. In this drink’s case, the caraway helps the cilantro stand up to the cucumber and quinine. It’s subtle, but each sip offers a relaxing respite from the high heat and humidity.

Mollifying effect Serves | 1 | 2 slices 7 sprigs ½ oz ¼ oz ½ oz 2 oz 1 bottle

cucumber, cut ¼-inch thick and quartered cilantro fresh lime juice simple syrup Kümmel Hendrick’s gin Fentimans tonic (Fever-Tree is a good substitute) cucumber slices and cilantro sprigs for garnish

| Preparation | In a mixing glass, muddle cucumber, cilantro, lime juice, syrup and kümmel. Add gin and cracked ice, and stir for 30 to 40 seconds. Fine-strain into a Collins glass filled with crushed ice. Top with tonic and add more as the drink goes down. Garnish with cucumber slices and cilantro sprigs. Smile.

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Matt Seiter is a co-founder of the United States Bartenders’ Guild’s St. Louis chapter, a member of the National Board for the USBG’s MA program and is a continuing educator for all desiring knowledge of the craft of mixology. He is a member of Drink Lab and is the creator of the Sanctuaria Cocktail Club.

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The kitchen is not the place you expect to get skinny. But as countertops shrink in accordance with international kitchen design trends, it’s exactly where you need to get thin. Spotted in The Living Kitchen display at Cologne, Germany’s 2011 Internationale Möbelmesse (IMM) design show in January, thin countertops quickly made their way into U.S. showrooms and are superseding their chunky counterparts as the mark of contemporary kitchen design. Around one centimeter in thickness, skinny countertops add a sleek and sophisticated horizon line to your kitchen’s visual landscape and work with virtually any design style. From marble to stainless to wood, simply squared off or with embellished edges, it’s undeniable that thin is in. – B.W.

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DÖNER KABOB The Gyro Company is one of my favorite spots to grab a good bite. Right when you walk in, you’re greeted by the mouthwatering sight and aromas of beef and chicken cooking on vertical spits. My go-to dish, the döner kabob, has fresh beef, lettuce, tomato, onion and housemade tsatsiki sauce on bosnian Lepinja bread, which I get with a little Feta on top. The bread’s light, pillowy texture and great chew make it the best for this kabob. Another reason I love coming here is to see the Imamovics, the really friendly and down-to-earth family who owns and operates The Gyro Company. 7240 Gravois Road, boulevard Heights


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Roger’s Produce 314.962.9157 Webster Groves

RoGER’S PRodUcE As you drive by this bustling produce stand at Lockwood Avenue and Big Bend Boulevard in Webster Groves, brightly colored rows of fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers beckon.

PHOTOGRAPHy By Laura Ann Miller

Roger’s Produce offers a steady stream of items year-round, with a great seasonal selection to boot. Right now, you can find homegrown tomatoes from Cape Girardeau, Mo., as well as locally sourced squash, beans and bi-color corn. And stock up on flowers, herbs and other plants – many come from Illinois. In the fall, you’ll see plentiful pumpkins. In the winter, you’ll find Christmas trees. And in February, pop in for

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Valentine’s Day roses and chocolate-covered strawberries made by the owner’s family. Working from this location for 33 years, the small staff at Roger’s Produce is highly knowledgeable and can introduce you to new foods as well as how to prepare and enjoy them. They’ll even fill special requests for items not on display during your visit. Regardless of what’s on your shopping list, their overflowing bins of ripe fruit and crisp veggies will undoubtedly hold some goods you just can’t resist. – B.W. 625 E. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves

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AUSTRIAN GRÜNER VELTLINERS WRITTEn By Jennifer Johnson

Following the same latitudinal parallels as Burgundy, Austria’s warm, dry, continental climate is just right for Grüner Veltliner, which is typically produced dry, without oak, exhibiting pronounced acidity and consistent minerality. Its telltale pepper notes are often accompanied by aromas of leafy greens, legumes and spice as well as modest citrus and tropical fruit flavors. Grüner Veltliner’s complex yet subtle flavors and high acidity make it a natural pair with food, particularly foods with understated flavor profiles of their own, like vegetable dishes.

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Produced in Weinviertel – a region with specific areas allocated for sparkling wine production – this Grüner’s elegant bubbles accentuate its refreshing nature on the palate by underscoring its red-apple acidity, slight white-pepper notes and hints of perfumy pineapple. Pair with cauliflower-andCamembert risotto, buttermilk fried chicken or sea-scallop skewers with herb vinaigrette.

Aromas of flint, green pear and slight smoke present riper peach and grapefruit flavors, and a barely detectable residual sugar seems to lengthen its somewhat mineral finish. Pair with grilled pancettawrapped asparagus, crispy duck breast with pear sauce or steamed halibut with Thai curry cream.

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Kegorators During prime backyard party season, there’s nothing better than an ice cold draught beer. Enter the portable kegorator. Best part: they’re pretty much a hit year-round.

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You originally wanted to open a diner? I knew I could open and operate a diner and that was something my investor/ father was pushing for also. When I found the location next to one of the oldest farmers’ markets in the country, I had a much better case as to what route to take. Part of my goal was to make this food that I love accessible and unintimidating to our guests. Where do you go when you’re off the clock? A lot of places. For food, The Good Pie or Mud House. For drink, Urban Chestnut. Favorite dish on the Franco menu? Right now it’s the pig trotters with green tomato-basil relish. If you were to open another restaurant, what would it be? Simple and pure small menu café with housemade bread and pastas, a little charcuterie, boutique wines and craft beers. Most interesting thing you ate on your recent trip to Cambodia? Fried tarantula. They tasted a little like soft shell crabs but were served with this chili, black pepper, lime sauce that was out of sight. Where else have you travelled recently? I went to Vietnam also last month and most recently to New Haven to visit Steve Crider at 2nd Shift Brewery. If you haven’t tried his stuff, you are missing out. What do you want to do “when you grow up”? My undying passion is to be the bass player in an ‘80s hair cover band. What’s in your fridge right now? Lardo from Salume Beddu, Extra Strength Dijon from Wine Merchant and bread from Red Guitar. Midnight snack? Steak ‘n Shake, my first love. Beer or wine? Such a tough call. Scotch. If you could have dinner with anyone, alive or dead, who would it be? Burt Reynolds And finally … what would be your last meal? It has to be my mom’s chili. What challenges did Schmidt face when opening Franco? Visit feastSTL.com to read more.

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Franco Restaurant 1535 S. Eighth St., Soulard 314.436.2500 eatatfranco.com

PHOTOGRAPHY BY Gregg Goldman

Franco is now 8. Not the restaurant, the little guy owner (and uncle) Tom Schmidt named his restaurant after. Franco the restaurant is 5; it’s been serving refined, yet approachable, Franco-American cuisine since 2006. So what does Franco eat when he comes to his namesake restaurant? “He and his brother Nico are both very adventurous diners,” says Schmidt. “They love the pommes frites of course (Franco got free pommes frites for life as part of the naming rights deal), but I think they are most enamored with the frog legs when they are on the menu.”


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Kaiser La Forme Plus 7-inch Square Springform Pan

Calphalon Classic Nonstick Bakeware 9-inch Springform Pan

Nordic Ware 9-inch Leakproof Springform Pan

Wilton excelle elite heart Springform Pan (4-inch)

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This pan wins hands down for its elegant design, great engineering and easy use. The clasp works so smoothly you don’t strain one bit. A tray lip on the base slips into the ring for easy assembly. A wide overflow edge catches small leaks. The ceramic, nonstick coating resists knife nicks and scratches, too.

This pan produced great results with baked tarts, frozen concoctions and savory pies. From its heavy-gauge steel construction to its easy-to-use clasp, this springform delivers good value for the money.

This affordable pan comes in several bright colors, each with a cream-color, nonstick interior. Pastry crusts baked lighter, without overbrowning. The raised-base design makes assembling the ring and base quick and sure.

Perfect for mini-tarts, single-serving ice cream cakes and layered-cheese tortes. The heart shape assembled easily, base to ring. The tension on the irregular ring shape stayed constant throughout. Easy to clean and dishwasher safe, too.

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Must be lined with greased extra-wide aluminum foil for squishy or slurpy baked dishes to minimize leaks. An extra hand would be helpful to guide the base into the slot at the ring, too.

The clasp is a tad light, and the action was rougher than most. The loosely rolled edges of the base caught eggs and cheese that leaked from a veggie tart. It resisted vigorous attempts with a toothbrush and skewer to dislodge the baked-on bits.

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The dark color bakes a bit faster and browns the edges of the dish. But if you remember to lower the oven temperature 25ºF and note the time adjustments for baking, this pan should deliver great tarts, pies and quiches for many years. Not dishwasher safe. Pricey but good value for the money.

$19.99; Bed Bath & Beyond, multiple locations, bedbathandbeyond.com

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Soft-cheese tortes unmolded best when the pan was lined with plastic wrap, and baked tarts needed a spritz of cooking spray for a good release. $12; Sur La Table, Plaza Frontenac, Frontenac, surlatable.com

$9.99; Kmart, multiple locations, kmart.com

This inexpensive pan worked best for ice cream cake. The 7-inch size allowed each softened ice cream layer to freeze fast. The pan’s small size allowed it to fit in the freezer with minimal displacement of foodstuffs. The cake stood tall because it packs to the top. The sides unmolded easily, without using cooking spray. CONS

To bake pie shells, cake batters and vegetable tarts, this pan needed help. To pull off a good pie crust, the bottom and sides needed buttered parchment liners. A crustless green bean tart needed a barrier of extrawide aluminum foil inside, coated with cooking spray, to keep the eggs from leaking out. The pan edges showed rust after just two uses. $7.50; Karen Ann’s Supplies, 11553 Gravois Road, Sappington, karenannsupplies.com

$44; Kitchen Conservatory, 8021 Clayton Road, Clayton, kitchenconservatory.com

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more easily and make cleanup a snap. A caveat, however: Even recipes specifying nonstick springforms ask you to spray or grease the pan. Uncoated steel pans with waffled bases aren’t expensive, but they require extra effort, like lining the bottoms and sides with greased parchment to ensure a good release.

Materials: Look for a heavy, solid pan if you use a springform often, one that won’t warp or dent at the drop of a ring or base. An out-of-kilter pan won’t assemble easily, and a dinged pan might not seal properly.

Performance: Forget leakproof. Every pan leaked, some more than others. Stock up on extra-wide heavy-duty aluminum foil to double wrap the outside of the pan if you use a water bath. Pastry crust tarts leaked least, both the savory and the sweet. But cream tart batters oozed out. Use a rimmed cookie sheet under the pan to prevent burned-black blotches on your oven floor.

Finishes: Nonstick surfaces on springform pans release food

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ON The shelf

BEER wriTTen By Michael Sweeney

SPIRITS

The creator of STLHops.com and founder of St. Louis Craft Beer Week, Michael Sweeney is also the Craft Beer Manager at Lohr Distributing.

Award-winning sommelier and mixologist Chad Michael George is founder of Proof Academy, which covers everything from wine and cocktail list consulting to spirits and mixology education.

Green flash Brewing Co.’s West Coast IPA StYle: American IPA (7.3% abv) available at: Friar Tuck, multiple locations, friartuckonline.com; $9.99 (4-pack, 12-oz bottles) PairingS: Buffalo chicken wings • Stilton

what makes this a west coast iPA? The hops. hops from the Pacific northwest are usually quite floral and citrusy, and they tend to be more aggressive and pungent than european hops. green Flash has done a fantastic job showcasing these American hops in a beer i’m sure makes the whole west coast proud.

New Belgium Brewing’s somersault StYle: American Blonde Ale (5.2% abv) available at: deVine Wines & Spirits, 2961 Dougherty Ferry Road, Des Peres, 636.825.9647; $8.49 (6-pack, 12-oz bottles) PairingS: Falafel • Peppery cheese crackers

with the dreaded August heat now upon us, sometimes it’s nice to just sit back and crack open a cold beer. And pale, golden beers don’t have to be boring. new Belgium Brewing’s take on the American Blonde is light and refreshing, but it has just enough of a lemony zip to keep it extremely interesting.

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Wild Turkey 81 Bourbon Provenance: Lawrenceburg, Ky. (40.5% abv) available at: The Wine & Cheese Place, multiple locations, wineandcheeseplace.com; $15.99

This new bourbon from the wild Turkey Distillery was developed by eddie russell – son of famed wild Turkey master Distiller Jimmy russell – who worked with his father on various blends, including russell's reserve. This blend of six-, seven- and eight-yearold bourbons is aged in Ozark mountain oak barrels with a heavy char that only wild Turkey uses. Typical notes of vanilla, oak, honey and caramel are present and hold up well in bourbon-based cocktails.

solerno Blood Orange liqueur Provenance: Italy (40% abv) available at: The Wine Merchant, 20 S. Hanley Road, Clayton, winemerchantltd.com; $27.99

Only the finest blood oranges from Sicily are hand-picked for this liqueur. Three separate distillations, in small batches in a copper-pot still, take place before blending. First, the blood orange juice is distilled. Then the zest and outer skin are harvested, and, finally, Sicilian lemons are added to balance out the sweet nature of the blood orange. The high proof will lend well to mixing, so try using this as a vodka replacement in your favorite drink.

Nebraska Brewing Co.’s Infinite Wit

The Bitter Truth Pimento Dram

StYle: Witbier (4.5% abv) available at: Cicero’s, 6691 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, ciceros-stl.com; $5 (16-oz draught) PairingS: Cacio e pepe • Marcoot Jersey Creamery cheese curds

Provenance: Germany (22% abv) available at: Lukas Liquor, 15921 Manchester Road, Ellisville, lukasliquorstl.com; $24.99

There’s something satisfying about simplicity. The act of using a gentle hand can make all the difference when using things like spices. instead of loading up its witbier with too much coriander or orange peel, nebraska Brewing co. has done a great job of giving the spices their due but letting the fantastic yeast strain do most of the heavy lifting.

Bitter Truth seems to bring us a new and interesting product every month, and that’s OK with me. The Pimento Dram is an allspice liqueur made with the finest pimento (also known as Jamaican pepper) and Jamaican rum. Allspice liqueurs usually pack quite an herbaceous punch, and this bottling is no different. Use sparingly in a cocktail to add some serious spice. This is especially useful in Tiki drinks that feature lots of booze and lots of fruit juice.

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WINE written by Angela Ortmann

STLwinegirl Angela Ortmann shares her passion for all things epicurean through her event and consultation business, which is dedicated to enhancing your food and wine experience.

2010 Bodegas Monteviejo Torrontés Festivo Provenance: Mendoza, Argentina available at: VOM FASS, 7314 Manchester Road, Maplewood, vomfassusa.com; $11.99 Food Pairings: Smoked seafood • Coconut curry • Greek salad

the white-grape counterpart to Malbec in Argentina, torrontés has enticing aromas of tropical fruit, ginger and white flowers. Fresh peach flavors saturate the supplebodied wine. A clean finish reminiscent of ripe grapefruit makes a juicy, mouthwatering drink.

2010 Domaine Lafond Tavel Rosé Provenance: Rhône, France available at: The Wine & Cheese Place, multiple locations, wineandcheeseplace.com; $15.99 Food Pairings: Pork tenderloin • Salad niçoise • Salmon

there is something special about a region completely devoted to rosé. More rugged and robust than most pink wines, tavels are bone-dry with spicy berry notes. Concentrated color, intense bouquet, powerful flavors and vigorous body unite in this excitingly versatile wine.

2010 House of Independent Producers Chardonnay Provenance: Columbia Valley, Washington available at: Saint Louis Cellars, 2640 S. Big Bend Blvd., Maplewood, saintlouiscellars.com; $16.99 Food Pairings: Spaghetti alla carbonara • Chicken cordon bleu • Raclette

this washington version of a classic varietal is un-oaked, with the intention of emulating the Chablis style of Chardonnay. Fragrant pear and apple in the glass open up to sweet, tropical pineapple tones on the sublime yet subtle creamy palate.

Join Angela Ortmann and FEAST publisher Catherine Neville for a happy hour wine tasting on Thu.,Aug. 18, at Three Monkeys, at 6pm. RSVP to rsvp@stlwinegirl.com. Inspired Food Culture

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Grandinetti’s Quick-Pickled Pattypan Squash By Timothy Grandinetti, Overlook Farm

Serves | 4 | 2 lbs 1 1 3 Tbsp 2 Tbsp 1 Tbsp 2 cups 1 cup 1 cup 1 Tbsp 1 tsp 1 tsp

yellow, green and white pattypan squash, cut in half white onion, julienned red onion, julienned dill kosher salt freshly ground black pepper rice wine vinegar maple syrup water mustard seed allspice celery seed

In a large mixing bowl, combine squash and onions. Season with dill, salt and pepper. In a sauce pan, combine rice wine vinegar, maple syrup, water and spices. Bring mixture to a boil; then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 4 to 5 minutes. Pack squash and onions into canning jars. Fill with hot pickling liquid. Cover, process and store for a minimum of 14 days.

MEET: Pattypan Squash Pattypan squash. Aka white squash. Button squash. Granny squash. And custard squash. Why does it need so many names? Perhaps to highlight just how versatile this summer squash can be.

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What Is It?

Pattypan squash is another veggie that channels ‘50s-era sci-fi (remember the Sputnik-like kohlrabi?). Round, relatively flat and scalloped-edged, pattypans resemble classic B-movie flying saucers. Their green, gold or creamywhite rinds remain thin and edible. Their insides are white, with a mild, buttery flavor.

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tough portions of the rind near the stem ends. These “baby pattypans” can be steamed, sautéed and even braised.

How Do I Use It?

Larger pattypans (about 3 to 4 inches) are the perfect size and shape to be hollowed out, stuffed and baked. Thin, horizontal slices make for a pretty and unusual addition to a salad. Or they can be battered and fried. Larger pattypans also can be cut into wedges and roasted with other veggies, or skewered and grilled as kabobs.

Pattypans found at the market can range in size from about 1 to 6 inches (or more) in diameter. As the squash gets larger, its rind gets thicker, and its flesh loses more of its sweet, buttery flavor. The smallest pattypans can be cooked whole, although you might have to pare away any

Pattypans can be substituted into any recipe that calls for a different type of summer squash – even taking the place of zucchini in zucchini bread. Just remember to change the name to pattypan bread!

to pick up more delicious recipes featuring pattypan squash. Visit straubs.com for information on its four locations. AUGUST 2011

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FOAM

STORY AND RECIPE BY Cassandra Vires

Although foam isn’t exactly a new concept – whipped cream and marshmallow are types of foam – the popularity of molecular gastronomy has brought this technique to fine-dining menus all over the world. At home, this gourmet technique may seem daunting at first. But simple foam made of flavored liquid and stabilized with gelatin is easy enough that you can whip it up and use it in a number of applications, such as savory dishes, pastries and cocktails.

When creating foam, there are three components to remember: flavor, texture and temperature. The flavor is likely the most important, as the purpose of foam is to add flavor without altering the dish. Foam is used in very small quantities, so be sure to extract as much flavor as possible when creating your liquid base. In this recipe, cilantro is boiled, steeped and puréed to get optimum flavor. Properly straining the liquid is vital to achieving the best texture. If any bits of food are left in the liquid they will pop the gas bubbles. Also, the mouth feel of foam is so unique it would be a shame to ruin the experience with bits of food that weren’t strained out. The temperature varies depending on the type of base and stabilizer being used. Since you’re focusing on a liquid base and a gelatin stabilizer, you boil the water used in the liquid base to extract the flavor and use cold water with the gelatin to allow it to bloom and release its stabilizing qualities. The liquid base must be warm (so reheat if needed) when the gelatin mixture is added to make sure the gelatin dissolves. The next step is to incorporate the gas. Most restaurants that serve foam make it with a siphon or whipped cream dispenser. However, an immersion blender works wonders, and most home cooks are more likely to have one of those in their kitchen. Even a wire whisk will do the trick. You’re simply forcing gas (air) into the liquid so that tiny bubbles form, leaving you with foam. The foam will rise to the top, with some liquid below. Skim the foam off, and you’re instantly achieving molecular gastronomy!

Chef Cassandra Vires received her culinary training in Houston, Texas, and has a knack for reimagining classic dishes. Her new restaurant, Home Wine Kitchen, opened recently in Maplewood.

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Cilantro Foam

Tuna Tacos with Cilantro Foam

Yield | 4 cups |

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water chopped cilantro gelatin powder cold water

| Preparation | In a small sauce pan, bring water to a boil. Add cilantro, cover and remove from heat. | 1 | Let stand for 15 minutes, then purée in a blender or food processor. | 2 | Strain through a fine sieve lined with cheesecloth, and set aside. Sprinkle gelatin powder into a large bowl, and slowly pour cold water over it. Let sit for 5 minutes. Pour warm cilantro water over gelatin mixture. | 3 | Using an immersion blender or wire whisk, whip mixture until liquid has converted into foam. Refrigerate uncovered until ready to use.

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ground coriander ground cumin chile powder freshly ground black pepper kosher salt olive oil 6-oz tuna steaks corn tortillas

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fresh lime wedges diced tomato chopped lettuce diced mango diced red onion

coriander, cumin, chile powder, black pepper and salt in a small mixing bowl. Drizzle oil over tuna steaks, and rub them with the spice mixture. Grill or pan sear the tuna to desired doneness (2 minutes on each side for rare). Set aside to rest. Warm tortillas in the oven or on the grill. Thinly slice tuna and place on warmed tortillas. Top with desired garnishes and a dollop of cilantro foam, and serve.

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The Blue Owl Restaurant & Bakery Celebrating Our 26th Anniversary!!!

IN HISTORIC KIMMSWICK, MO

Now Proudly Serving Wine and Beer!

"Thank You" to our many Friends and Customers who come from near and far for a wonderful 26 Years!!! And our Heartfelt Thanks to our wonderful Blue Owl Staff for their Dedication, Loyality and Service!! with Love. Mary and Kim

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A TART FOR ANY OCCASION RECIPE bY Gabrielle DeMichele

This delicious plum tart has been in my family for more than 50 years. Originally known as plum Küchen, it’s a rustic composition meant to be served at any time of day. This tart makes great use of abundant seasonal plums in the markets, and it takes no time to mix up. It’ll become your family favorite in quick order.

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Our Readers’ 50 Food Faves We take food personally. Good food is a fundamental part of what makes life joyful. When asked what their favorite food is, people typically cite something relatively simple: fried chicken from a tiny dive in the middle of nowhere, their mom’s gooey butter cake, tacos from Cherokee Street. When we sat down to discuss FEAST’s first anniversary issue, we knew we wanted to give our readers a snapshot of what makes St. Louis such an amazing food city. So, rather than doing a poll or a list of editors’ picks, we reached out to you, our readers, and asked what your favorite things were about the food culture in our region. It could be anything, as long as it was authentic. The FEAST 50 isn’t about the latest trends or the next big thing. It’s a cross section of stories and memories and feelings about food and drink in the city that we call home.

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Niche – Mike, Ellen, Katie & Caroline Webber Who knew smoked carrots could inspire such devotion? Now we find excuses to visit St. Louis just to go eat at Niche again. Niche, 1831 Sidney St., Benton Park, nichestlouis.com

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Local Booze – Catherine Neville, publisher Our cup runneth over. Here in the St. Louis region, we can boast a burgeoning craft beer scene, close proximity to a bucolic expanse of wine country and even a number of independent distilleries. Our

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access to locally made – and very good – libations is practically limitless, with new players added to the mix constantly. St. Louis has always been a town that enjoyed a nip or two and these days, the dedicated locavore can proudly order inventive, high quality spirits, wine and brews made in and around River City.


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B.L.A.S.T. at The Royale – Sarah Gamblin

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Bill Cardwell – Jane Cannon Our favorite restaurant in St. Louis is Cardwell’s at the Plaza (with BC’s Kitchen running a close second). Anytime Bill’s seafood gumbo is on the menu at Cardwell’s, where we have lunch every Wednesday, we have a hard time resisting it.

[I miss] the B.L.A.S.T. (bacon, lettuce, avocado, sprouts and tomato), which is no longer on the menu at The Royale. I liked that this sandwich was something you could get that was a little lighter than a burger or the Dippy Melt (of which I am also a fan, so they had better not drop it from the menu or I will chain myself to the bike rack in protest). When I first met the B.L.A.S.T., the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. I was beginning a long-running love affair with the avocado, and the sandwich became a staple. I suppose I could make it at home, but having the sandwich in the atmosphere of The Royale made it all the more special.

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Tower Grove Farmers’ Market – Sarah Sontheimer Growing up in a nuclear family in North County meant that the entire family ate dinner around the table at the same time every day. As a now grown and single woman, I occasionally crave the family dinner table. Lucky for me, Saturday mornings are never far away. Every Saturday at 8:30am, I arrive at the Tower Grove Farmers’ Market. This market represents more than community to me; it has become a family. From the wonderful folks at Baetje Farms, who shape their creamy goat cheeses into hearts; and Ivan of Ivan’s Fig Farm, who tells you how to prepare his succulent figs when you have no idea what to do with them; to Brian at Kakao Chocolate, who remembers what you bought last week and asks what you thought of it. The list goes on, as every vendor I visit each week speaks with such love and care about their product. I see generations of families work each booth and groups of friends who are committed to real food sourced locally. These are my people. This is family. Tower Grove Farmers’ Market, Tower Grove Park, tgmarket.org

I grew up in a small town in Bavaria with several local butchers, bakeries and breweries, so I really appreciate the variety of offerings in St. Louis. My favorite butcher is G&W. They have excellent Bavarian sausages, and the atmosphere of the place is great – they even hand out beer to customers if the wait is too long. G&W Bavarian Style Sausage Co., 4828 Parker Ave., Tower Grove South, gwsausage.com

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The Goody Train (1950s) – Rick Forrestal My favorite St. Louis food memory is when my mom would take me to my favorite restaurant, The Goody Train, for lunch. This popular, train-themed lunch spot was at 406 DeBaliviere Avenue in the DeBaliviere Strip just north of Waterman. Inside The Goody Train, you’d sit at an oval-shaped counter with a Lionel train track looping in front of you and disappearing through train tunnels into the kitchen. I remember always ordering a hamburger that would magically be delivered by an electric train, which would stop right in front of me so I could take my plate off the flatbed train car. Now, that’s personal restaurant service, delivered with a twist. 50

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Family Recipe for Syrian Dishes – John Halaney My grandfather Moses Halaney passed this on to my dad. Usually this recipe uses lamb in Syria, [but] this is the American version. It is served with Syrian bread (thin bread), which can be purchased at Manzo Importing Co. on Devonshire Avenue. [We get] cumin at Soulard Spice Shop. Manzo Importing Co., 5346 Devonshire Ave., South Hampton, 314.481.5200 Soulard Spice Shop, Soulard Market Grand Hall, Soulard, soulardspiceshop.com

Charlie Gitto’s Downtown – Jennifer Oliver

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A little over 10 years ago I went on my first date with my now husband. It was an allover magical day, but my favorite moment was when he took me to a favorite restaurant from his childhood. When we walked up to the door on those sparkly concrete sidewalks to Charlie Gitto’s Downtown, I should have known it was going to be a forever-special place for me. When we had our first son, we took him there to introduce him to our favorite place to eat, and now that he is 9 years old, it is his favorite too. On his ninth birthday we took him on a scavenger hunt all over the city that ended with Charlie Gitto’s. You should have seen his face when he was done reading the clue because he knew instantly where we were going! Charlie Gitto’s Downtown, 207 N. Sixth St., charliegittosdowntown.com

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I have been a chicken salad connoisseur for years. It started with my grandmother. She and I shared a love of green olives too, and we would sit in her kitchen and put dollops of Straub’s chicken salad on top of saltine [crackers], crown them with a green olive and indulge ourselves. I lived in New York City for many years, and whenever I came back to St. Louis to visit, my father always had Straub’s chicken salad waiting for me. [It] is my favorite St. Louis comfort food, and I always feel like I’m home when I am eating it. Straub’s, multiple locations, straubs.com


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Bissinger’s – Stephanie Re I love Bissinger’s chocolate. I love the fact that it has been a St. Louis classic for decades and that Bissinger’s never falters in maintaining and delivering wonderful chocolate treats for its customers. It is my go-to stop for a gift for anyone that is kind enough to invite me to dinner, for Christmas party gifts and for Easter bunnies for family. But most importantly, when I present the Bissinger’s boxes to my father and my father-in-law, their faces will break into their happiest smiles. (Each has a serious sweet tooth.) My father introduced me to Bissinger’s as a special treat when I was a child. I’ve passed the sentiment on to my daughter, and I hope the Bissinger’s tradition lives on for a very long time in St. Louis. Bissinger’s, multiple locations, bissingers.com

Dave Owens – Chief Chocolatier and Vice President of Taste, Bissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolatier

What is it about Bissinger’s chocolate that makes it so beloved? I recently had an older customer [say] that our chocolate “just tastes right,” and I think that’s the key. We source our beans from West Africa, where the beans yield a smoother flavor and a really rich, chocolate taste. There’s no bitterness with our chocolate, even with a higher cocoa content, and it’s rich and silky – just like chocolate should be. What

are some new items that you’re excited about? We just won a couple of sofi Awards for our Chocolate-Covered Wine Grapes and our Lemon Ginger Yuzu Gummy Pandas. We also have a new salt caramel: Apple Ghost Chili. It’s an apple caramel covered in milk chocolate and topped with Ghost Pepper Salt, so it’s got a good kick. People are enjoying giving that one a try. What are some unexpected – yet perfect – pairings? Turns out that pairing the Schlafly Tripel and the Kreta Olive Oil Truffle tastes like a chocolatecovered pretzel. Amazing. And, somehow, it seems that scotch and chocolate were just made for each other. Visit feastSTL.com to read the entire interview.

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Gulf Shores Restaurant & Grill – Kristin Brashares, online editor it to our plates, as well. And, even though we’re usually stuffed to the gills, we never pass on the ice-creamdolloped homemade peach cobbler.

My husband and I are seafood lovers, and almost every server in this Cajun/Creole establishment has waited on us at some point. We start with dinner salads just so we can savor the creamy, housemade Cajun ranch dressing, and we often split the traditional seafood boil Dump Dinner to satisfy our frequent crab-leg cravings. The kitchen’s rendition of red beans and rice and sweet corn muffins always make

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At Gulf Shores, though, it’s not as much about the food for us (don’t get me wrong, we’ve never had a bad meal) as it is the good vibe. The über-friendly owner, Harry Parker, walks the rows of tables like the town mayor, dropping by each one not just to chat about how the food tastes but to have a genuine conversation. He and his staff greet you at the door with a sincere smile, and they send you out the same way.

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My First Filet Mignon at Petit Pigalle (1954) – Pat Piety

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I tasted my first filet mignon as a junior in high school, in 1954, when my date took me to Petit Pigalle, a little French restaurant in the basement of the Windsor Hotel on Lindell Boulevard, just west of where Schnucks market is now. We were pretty poor when I was growing up, and the only steak I had ever tasted was round steak, but I fell in love with filet filet mignon immediately, and it was a symbol of elegant dining for me for years afterwards. The restaurant also served some divine pineapple fritters, fritters, which I’ve oft often en tried to duplicate but never quite got right.


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Beers at the Boathouse – Brandi Wills, managing editor I love summers in St. Louis, and not a summer has passed since I moved here when I haven’t stopped by Boathouse Forest Park to enjoy a beer on the dock. Sitting next to the water, looking out over Post-Dispatch Lake, where ducks dodge overzealous paddleboaters, and sipping ice cold beer in the hot summer sun is one of my own personal St. Louis traditions. Boathouse Forest Park, 6101 Government Drive, Forest Park, boathouseforestpark.com

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Crab Rangoon From Panda – Lisa Ebert In 1984 I found my way to Ho’s Chinese food on South Broadway, and it was there that I began one of my longest love affairs: the one with crab Rangoon. Since then I’ve dallied with many restaurants’ versions of this delicacy (even making them myself in a pinch), but my recent delight came with the revelation that a serious problem had been solved: that of the troublesome sweet and sour packets. Crab Rangoon simply isn’t a snack that can be managed while driving. A few years ago, I moved to Kirkwood and discovered that Panda infuses their filling with a sweet ingredient that eliminates the need for dipping. My first love has evolved to better suit my needs! Panda, 487 S. Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, 314.822.1088 56

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I Fratellini – Ellen Snyder It’s unlikely that many restaurants have more patrons with great stories of their meals than I Fratellini. It is that rare place that succeeds in being totally elegant and comfortably casual at the same time. Because of this delicate balance, it’s where one would want to woo a new love, rekindle an old one, celebrate an accomplishment or propose a new venture. Many regulars recognize each other week after week: They wear the contented expressions of people returning home. I Fratellini, 7624 Wydown Blvd., Clayton, ifratellini.com

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Located at their South City bake house, the Companion outlet has breads and sweets directly from the bakery at a discount. It’s the place to get the best artisanal breads at the absolute best prices. To make it simple, everything is sold by the pound. Regulars come by to load up on breads for the week, for dinner parties or for holiday feasts. And they have Goshen coffee to wash down those all-butter croissants! Companion’s Early Bird Outlet, 4555 Gustine Ave., Dutchtown, companionstl.com

Sasha’s On Shaw – Laura Miller At Sasha’s wine bar on Shaw, the atmosphere is nice and the manager, Tom, is a fun guy. He always remembers us and what we like to drink. So, myself – being a wine drinker – and my boyfriend – being a beer guy – can go to the same place and drink happily ever after. Sasha’s On Shaw, 4069 Shaw Blvd., Tower Grove, sashaswinebar.com

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Road Trip to Collinsville – Pat Eby

I love making a road trip to Collinsville, early morning, during the first weeks of July, with a big cooler and some ice. I buy two dozen ears of just-picked-that-morning corn from the Keller Farms stand. I pack the ears in the cooler and run down the road to J.R. Kelly, where I pick up a sampler pack of horseradish, cocktail sauce, horseradish sauce and horseradish mustard. Then a stop at the Fournie Farms stand for tomatoes, sweet Italian roasting peppers, zucchini, summer squash and whatever else looks good. Keller Farms, 435 S. Bluff Road, kellerfarmsinc.com J.R. Kelly, 703 S. Bluff Road, jrkelly.com Fournie Farms, 925 McDonough Lake Road, 618.344.8527

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Dr. Jazz – Denise Mussman My favorite local restaurant is Dr. Jazz. This family-owned and -run restaurant is friendly and fun. The decor is cute – World’s Fair era with a real old-fashioned soda fountain. They serve the best hamburgers, and I like mine with sweet potato fries and a chocolate shake. My teenage daughter meets her friends there every Wednesday to work on math and gossip over fries. On Fridays I stop by after school with my daughters and treat myself to beignets, better than the ones at Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans. Or I have a scoop of Coconut Joy ice cream, my favorite flavor, the first to beat chocolate. Dr. Jazz, 29 N. Gore Ave., Webster Groves, drjazzwebstergroves.com 60

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Duff’s – Heidi Dean

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LeGrand’s – Matt Seiter

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Best brats and deli sandwiches in the city. [Forget] the ballpark; go here for brats and sandwiches or any other meats. LeGrand’s, 4414 Donovan Ave., St. Louis Hills, legrandsmarket-catering.com

Ted Drewes – Ellen Webber

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I will never forget my 3-year-old daughter’s stunned expression as the soda jerk at Ted Drewes handed her dessert to her upside-down. And her smile as she took her first spoonful. Ted Drewes, multiple locations, teddrewes.com


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Rosalie’s Red Sauce – William Harpole

If Rosalie’s red sauce Italian pasta disappeared, I would be upset. She cooks the best Italian food ever. Her cookbook, Rosalie Serving Italian, shows people how to cook great food that is as good if not better than famous restaurants’.

Catherine Neville, publisher

Whenever I want to give myself over to a plate of comfort food, I head to Café Natasha’s Kabob International and order the beef kabobs, medium rare, with Feta-topped salad and raisin-lentil rice. I cut the charbroiled tomato and a pat of butter into the steaming rice and sprinkle everything with a generous dose of Burgundy-hued Sumac. Persian cuisine may seem an odd choice for comfort food, but my family lived in Ankara, Turkey, for two years during my Air-Force-brat youth. The time I spent in Turkey was central in forming my love of exploring life through great food, and, to this day, savory Middle Eastern cooking seduces me completely. I once asked owner Hamish Bahrami how she made that beef so insanely tender and flavorful, and she just smiled sweetly and told me it was a secret. No matter. I’d rather sit in the warmth of Café Natasha’s colorful dining room, visit with the Bahrami family and dig into dish after dish of good eats. Café Natasha’s Kabob International, 3200 S. Grand Blvd., South Grand, cafenatasha.com

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Harvest – Sarah Sontheimer

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I remember the day I became a “foodie.” My husband, Colin, and I had been living off of pizza delivery and macaroni and cheese. I knew there was more out there but didn’t know how to approach it. Until the day his boss, Jeff, invited us to dinner at Harvest. Just sitting there was intimidating, and we deferred all of our appetizer selections (one per person – unheard of!) to Jeff, who ordered the mussels. Colin and I looked at each other, not knowing what to do with them. We waited for Jeff to begin eating so we could mirror his actions. With hesitation we picked up our own mussel shells, and our lives changed. I remember every bite, every taste, of that dinner at Harvest. My entrée was a beautiful halibut fillet that was meaty and delicate at the same time. Dessert was the famous Harvest bread pudding. We became foodies that day … and it stayed with us. We grew and learned and enjoyed fine dining across the region and country. However, Harvest became our special-occasion restaurant. It was where we grew up, after all. Harvest, 1059 S. Big Bend Blvd., Richmond Heights, harveststlouis.com 66

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Jason Main at The Wine Merchant – Jennifer Johnson Jason Main at The Wine Merchant has a constant, up-to-the-minute pulse on new wines available in the St. Louis marketplace. He is constantly tasting and familiarizing himself with all wine brands available here. The Wine Merchant, 20 S. Hanley Road, Clayton, winemerchantltd.com

Jason Main – Certified Sommelier, The Wine Merchant Ltd.

How do you stay on top of everything that’s out there? I taste, on average, about 60 different wines each week, both at the shop and in my local study groups. I travel to classic wine regions and major cities typically every few months. I just got back from Oregon Pinot Camp, where we tasted 300 plus Oregon wines. On top of that, I read everything I can find. What do you see as the “next big thing” in wine? On the red front, I see Washington state surpassing Napa Valley both in quality and price point. For white wines, get ready for Greece to explode on the market in the next few years. And then you have Chablis, which is custom-made to withstand St. Louis summers.

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Chicken wings at Pi – Chad Michael George I crave Pi’s chicken wings. Most underrated in the city. Pi Pizzeria, multiple locations, restaurantpi.com Inspired Food Culture

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The stretch of Olive Boulevard between I-170 and University City is one of St. Louis’ greatest treasures, our own version of Chinatown. There are countless grocers and restaurants that line the strip, with tattoo and beauty parlors sprinkled in between. Royal Chinese Barbecue offers traditional Chinese fare set in a nice, brightly lit storefront. From the moment you walk in, with the Peking ducks dangling in the window to the kitchen, you know you are in for a treat. What sets Lu Lu Seafood apart is their dim sum, offered every Saturday and Sunday for lunch. Small carts of steamed buns, dumplings and turnovers containing everything from meats to seafood and vegetables are offered. The tea is included, and you can find something for everyone at a dim sum meal at Lu Lu; just make sure to save room for dessert. The final piece to the puzzle along Olive is the many Asian specialty shops. Everything from crab Rangoon and egg rolls to fruits and vegetables many of us have never seen before; you can find all the Asian delicacies you can imagine here. – Jamey Tochtrop Royal Chinese Barbecue, 8406 Olive Blvd., Olivette, 314.991.1888 Lu Lu Seafood, 8224 Olive Blvd., University City, luluseafood.com

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I hate to give away the best-kept secret in St. Louis in fear that I may never get a seat again, but here it goes: Pho Long. Long, a smiley, inviting gentleman who often greets you at the door, serves the most amazing pho. Lately, my favorite soup is Mien Chay Pho, which is packed with tofu, veggie meats and vegetables resting in a bed of glass noodles simmering in homemade broth that is made from a 60-year-old secret family recipe passed down to Long by his mother from Ca Mau, Vietnam. The soup is served with a side of fresh herbs, bean sprouts, jalapeños and a lime for doctoring it up. Sometimes I’ll order the salt-and-pepper shrimp and toss it in my soup … purely decadent! My husband usually orders the Pho Tai Mem, thin slices of fl flank ank steak in beef broth, which he likes to sprinkle with a litt little le sriracha sauce. We spend at least a half-hour in silence, slurping our soups, occasionally making after “mmm” noises and smiling aft er the bowls are empty. As they say, you know the meal is good when the conversation stops – and it is hard to get me to stop talking. – Kristin Sharp Pho Long, 8613 Olive Blvd., Olivette, Olivette, 314.997.1218

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Dew Drop Inn – Joe Middleton

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Lunchtime for me is usually right at noon, and my favorite Friday cod-lovin’-beerdrinkin’-good-ole-boy place is the Dew Drop Inn. I take the back roads to enjoy some cornfield atmosphere with the windows down in my F-150, reminiscing back to my teens when I spent most summers bailing hay, feeding cattle and riding tractors. At the Dew Drop, a tall oak tree will shade my truck as I’m inside eating. Cod sandwiches are the local favorite, unless you care for the walleye, which is breaded perfectly in a light dusting of cornmeal, salt and pepper. Contractors pay the bills for Dew Drop Inn, making daily stops to soak up the a/c and catch up on crops, weather and the Cardinals. Waiting for my food, I pause to say a prayer, a silent one, not just to bless the food but to thank God that towns like this still exist. Dew Drop Inn, 101 W. Main St., St. Jacob, Ill., 618.644.3399

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Magpie’s Restaurant – Kristin Brashares, online editor This St. Charles eatery is the place you’ll find me on the first day of the year I can ditch my coat and boots and slide into a sundress and sandals. It’s also become my special-occasion lunch spot, the place I took my family to celebrate my engagement, treated my mom to a well-deserved Mother’s Day meal and rounded up the girls for an afternoon get-together. Located in the city’s historic district, Magpie’s outdoor oasis of lush greens and umbrella-topped tables always puts me in a relaxed, outof-town mindset, where I can escape the stresses of life and enjoy good company and great food. I always order a slice of the can’t-go-wrong quiche of the day and sometimes add what the menu proudly proclaims is the restaurant’s main draw: rich, creamy bakedpotato soup – every bite another thing that keeps me coming back. Magpie’s Restaurant, 903 S. Main St., St. Charles, magpiesonmain.com

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Growing up, we had season tickets to The Muny, and every Tuesday night we would go out to dinner before [the show]. My favorite place to go was Slay’s on Hampton Avenue. I would get the lahamishwee, a lamb kabob served with Lebanese unleavened bread. You took the lamb, onions, peppers and tomatoes off the skewer [and wrapped it in] the bread. Yum! I remember seeing Mayor Slay and David Slay working there when they were younger.

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Afternoons at Mike Duffy’s Pub & Grill – Matt Freeman I like to go to Mike Duffy’s in Richmond Heights any weekday at about 3pm. The crowd is light, except for some occasional early Cardinals fans at the bar. I tell myself I’ll be really healthy and order a grilled chicken Caesar salad and a cup of chili. Oh sure, I let them throw some cheese and onions in the mix, and I eat the chili with tortilla chips. The contrast between the cool salad leaves and the hot grilled chicken is so pleasurable, and the thick Caesar dressing makes me feel like I’m in St. Louis. Bonus tip: When you’re ordering chili and salad, you hardly have to wait for your meal. Mike Duffy’s Pub & Grill, multiple locations, mikeduffys.com 76

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I love the YellowTree Farm stand at Maplewood Farmers Market. I never know what they will have. This spring alone: redbud flowers, fresh bamboo shoots, Japanese herbs I’ve never used. I can’t wait to see what they bring the next week. – Pat Eby YellowTree Farm, yellowtreefarm.com

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in an urban setting. We became really excited to see how much we could grow in such a small space.

And you began building the farm in your backyard? Our growing space is actually less than one-tenth of an acre, and that includes the yard our next-door neighbor donated to us. The only space not being used as garden beds are the paths on which we walk and the spots where our poultry roam. We grow in raised beds, and we grow vertically using trellises. Our front yard, our back yard - they’re all places where we

grow produce. We even raise bees on our roof. This year we’re leasing some land from a farmer in Fenton. We’re using the additional space to … grow other produce we just don’t have the room for at home, and also get a variety of items in the ground now to be ready for harvest in the fall. Can you give me some

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some items we’re growing this year that are specifically for chefs. We’re growing agretti for Gerard Craft, and baby carrots for Kevin Nashan. Salume Beddu selected some peppers out of an Italian seed catalog we showed them. Eric at Farmhaus actually helped us plant a bunch of leeks this season that will later be harvested exclusively for that restaurant. Hopefully he’ll help

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Fritsche’s Creamery – Lisa Triefenbach, art director My kids and I stumbled upon this little gem just down the road from our house. The place is a frozen-slab-style, homemade ice cream shop called Fritsche’s (pronounced fritcheese) Creamery. If you blink, you’ll miss it, but it’s so worth turning the car around. (Look for the rainbow-colored umbrellas.)

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Its ice cream is made fresh on-site, with no added preservatives or artificial flavors. And the mix-in choices are abundant – such as made-from-scratch cookie dough and real brownie crumbles. We’ve made eating Fritsche’s ice cream our Friday-night tradition. My favorite flavor? Black cherry with almonds. Fritsche’s Creamery, 231 Spencer Road, St. Peters, fritschescreamery.com

I really love the vast array of “homegrown” cookbooks that proliferate among church groups, neighborhoods and organizations here. I think they tell an eloquent (and delicious!) story of what people in St. Louis thrive on. Editors’ note: St. Louisans produce a lot of great professionally published food books, including The Artist in the Kitchen by the Saint Louis Art Museum; Cookie Swap by Julia Usher; Herbal Cookery by The St. Louis Herb Society; Eating St. Louis by Patricia Corrigan; Will Cook for Sex by Rocky Fino; Will Cook for Sex Again, Again, and Again by Rocky Fino.

Rue Lafayette – Laura Miller Definitely Rue Lafayette’s quiche! They have a variety of quiches, and the recipe rotates daily. I’ve had quite a few, but my absolute favorite is the goat cheese and mushroom quiche. If I’m really feeling like treating myself while at Rue, I’ll also get a chocolate croissant. The chef definitely brings some classic French dishes to St. Louis. Rue Lafayette, 2026 Lafayette Ave., Lafayette Square, ruelafayette.us

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Cherokee Street I love the various options on Cherokee Street, from the tortas at La Vallesana, coffee or beer at Foam, to pretty much anything at The Mud House. Combining community with culinary options makes it all the better. – James McAnally La Vallesana, 2801 Cherokee St., 314.776.4223 Foam, 3359 S. Jefferson Ave., foamstl.com The Mud House, 2101 Cherokee St., themudhousestl.com

Casey & Jeremy Miller – Owners, The Mud House

Give me a snapshot of The Mud House. [It] is a really happy place. Loud and rowdy sometimes, but there’s always a good feeling. It’s the kind of place you could come to alone and run into everybody you know. Silverware clinks on plates and the coffee grinder grinds and your barista is your buddy, not just the person making your drink. We want everybody to feel at home, like family. How does Mud House fit into the neighborhood? On one hand there’s Antique Row. Folks come from all over to shop here and we are lucky to be right in the middle of it. Shoppers stop in for a coffee and a snack to walk around with or lunch to fuel their adventure. On the other hand, there are the locals. I’d like to think they need us as much as we need them. Patty rolls up every morning and before she’s even in the front door I can have her skim latte and her muffin ready so she can get to work. How would you characterize the “scene” on Cherokee? It’s a really solid, grassroots community. Everybody looks out for each other. The street is crawling with artists, young families, musicians, hipsters. The list could go on and on. It feels like something is about to happen. How do you see the neighborhood evolving and changing? Small-time developers are doing their part. Rehabbers are scooping up property left and right and beautifying the neighborhood. Cherokee has a serious sort of draw. We (and so many others) are completely under its spell. And as it gains popularity it continues to feel safer. What do you think is

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Tower Tacos is a weekly habit because they deliver Mexican food that you would have to go south of the border to match and the best margaritas in town (ask for a Frankarita!). They also offer off-menu treasures for the adventurous at heart. Frank and Flori take delivering affordable quality very seriously. Tower is off the beaten path of Cherokee but well worth the trip. – Paul Johnson Tower Tacos, 3147 Cherokee St., 314.256.1141

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AWARD WINNER FOR The Inn has “BEST SUNSET VIEW two Riverside IN ALL OF NORTH rooms plus the AMERICA” Delta Queen Suite. Suite includes Sitting Room & Whirlpool Bath.

Three Cottages have a total of eight suites, all have a den with fireplaces. Bedrooms all have king size beds & Whirlpool Baths.

Tara Point is located just 12 National Scenic Byway miles upriver from Alton, atop a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. Many say it’s the most beautiful view in the Midwest. All Inn & Cottage Suites have great river Views.

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ACCOUNTING/TAXES GET ORGANIZED FOR 2011 Experienced in Personal, Professional Accounting & Bookkeeping Perfect for small businesses or personal bookkeeping. Quickbooks knowledgeable. Affordable rates.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

LEGOS WANTED!!

We Buy Used, Loose, Boxed, Tubs, Collections and Anything Lego. Call Tom 314-766-LEGO Vintage Toys Too! (5346)

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

BMW Specialist for Auto Body & Collision Work. Free Pickup & Delivery 314-773-6663 www.AutoArtStl.com

AUTOMOBILE & MOTORCYCLE STORAGE The Finest in Climate Controlled Storage Close to Clayton and Ladue 314-993-1330 or Kevin@stlouiscarmuseum.com I BUY RUNNING USED CARS Get More Money Then A Tax Deduction Cash Paid On The Spot Call Sam 314-302-2008 WE BUY VEHICLE'S Car's, Truck's. SUV's Highlines, Domestic, Import Sell your car for cash today Call 314-960-4175 MERCEDES CL600 COUPE 1998, V12, 62K miles, Black, All Options, Excellent Condition, orig $138,500 asking $17,900 firm. 636-561-0770 88

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HEALTHCARE SERVICES

RETIRE IN 24 MONTHS! Unique, Incredible Opportunity New Superfood Blend Go to website. Watch Videos Get on the waiting list now! http://www.124retireme.com Questions? 314-313-8237

PET FRANCHISE Owners of 2 Prime Kennel Franchise Territories. For Detailed Information and Locations of Businesses. parriottlynne@rocketmail.com

CATERERS / EVENT PLANNING PERSONAL CHEF OFFERING Catering Services for Small In Home Private Parties or Gatherings. Chef Paul Azkoul 314-607-9924 For creative menus and ideas go to:

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CLEANING SERVICES AUTOMOTIVE

FLOORING/TILE

POWER WASHING SAFELY Non Destructive to Glass & Screen Windows, Decks, Awnings, Gutters Siding and Paint. Chandeliers & Lighting Inside & Outside Drapery/Upholstery Cleaning Onsite Bright Cleaning Specialists Tom Novak, Owner 314-484-0128 ï Brightclean.net Fully Insured ï Free Estimates

Home Helpers is your #1 source affordable, dependable care for all ages by compassionate caregivers.

FOR THE HOME

Reglaze Your BathTub & Tile!

ï Back Splashes ï Sinks ï Colors Available & Free Estimates Contemporary Refinishing

Marc 314-520-0857

Affordable Cleaning for Any Budget

Housekeeping • Errands • Recuperative Care

AMAZING KITCHEN CABINET FINISHES Let us refinish your kitchen cabinet fronts with our elegant auto process Save money over replacements! 10% OFF NOW! Free estimates 636-537-1776

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HANDYMAN SERVICES LICENSED JOURNEYMAN ELECTRICIAN 30 years experience. Excellent references and trustworthy. I can take care of all of your electrical needs. $40.00 per hour. 25.00 service call. Larry 314-609-1015 I live in Ladue

COLLEGE DEGREED CAREGIVERS provide care and companionship. Why accept less? A competitively priced option. Care manager/clinical staff available. AAA screened/bonded. Preferred choice since 1987. StaffLink/Gretchen 314-477-3434

ALL AROUND HOME MAINTENANCE Carpentry, Electrical, Plumbing, Attic & Basement Cleaning, Hauling, Powerwashing, Gutter Cleaning & Repair. Insured. John 314-432-3232

VISITING ANGELS 24/7 Companion Care for Seniors. Personal Care, Meal Prep, Light Housekeeping & Peace of Mind. 314-569-9890

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RN Supervised • Bathing/Personal Care • Meal Preparation •

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HEALTHCARE SERVICES

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636-296-5050 Free Estimate

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J. Graves Exterior Cleaning LLC Roof Cleaning, Gutter Cleaning, Pressure Washing, Window Washing Fully Insured & Free Estimates Justin (314) 962-4220 www.jgravesexteriorcleaning.com

Driveway, Seal Coating, Paving & Concrete Co. 636-271-0599 314-731-0805

Mike Hug - Owner

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PRECISION REMODELING Since 1990 - Interior & Exterior We Are Here For All Your Home Improvement Needs & Repairs. Free Estimates! Fully Insured. Call Bob (314) 799-4633 or Jim (314) 799-4630

314-255-9545 GARDEN SERVICES Design ï Install ï Maintain Years of Experience Owner and Operator Jim 314-497-2120 Specializing in Perennials & Annuals

JOHN'S SHORTCUTS Lawn Care & Grass Cutting Fertilization & Mulching Free Estimates 314-602-2757


PAINTING

Full Service, Insured, Affordable, and Experienced Dan 314-706-3201 WWW.stlouishousepainters.com PAINTER/PROFESSIONAL 26 Years of Experience. Interior/Exterior Painting. Deck, Dry Wall Repair, Wallpaper Removal. Free Estimates & Insured. 314-567-7957 or 314-629-7852 MOUNTJOY DESIGNS by Carey Johnson, Certified in Faux Finishing Techniques by Decorating Masters Institute. Call 314-966-6346 www.mountjoydesigns.net JC PAINTS Interior/Exterior Painting Reliable, Clean & Reasonable. Insured. Call John for a free estimate 314-703-2794

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4 GLAIZEVIEW ROAD Luxurious 4 bdrm/5.5 bath home on a 3.5 acre estate. JustAskBrianPasque 314-503-7510

(636) 274-1378 Insured

CHIMNEY SERVICES

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THE WELL BEHAVED PET.... For all your home training needs. New Puppy, Puppy Mill Rescue Dogs or Behavioral Problems. Call me, I can help. Laura @ 636-456-9993

SERVICES

GILLS

TREE SERVICE

GRASS ROOTS LAWNCARE Family Owned Business. Celebrating Ten Years of Exceptional Service Free Estimates 314-458-9560

MOST PERSONALIZED PET CARE SERVICE IN TOWN Dog Walking and Exercise Programs, In Home Dog Training, Housesitting, Grooming, and Pet Visits. Q Rescue Animal Training Available Q Insured, Bonded & PSI Member A limited liability company. 314-631-6738 info@allcrittercarestl.com

T&J TUCKPOINTING Specialize in Chimneys All Types of Brick Work Powerwashing & Other Odd Jobs. 25 Yrs. Exp., Free Estimates, Insured Jerry 314-220-3584

TREES TRIMMED & REMOVED

POND PLAY BY

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FRENCHTOWN RUG CLEANING ORIENTAL/AREA RUGS FREE PICK UP & DELIVERY (636) 949-0753 www.frenchtownrugcleaning.com

TUCKPOINTING

We Design and Install Fish Ponds, Waterfalls, Babbling Brooks and Plant Life In and Out of the Water.

TREES

WATER ART

RUGS

RELIABLE LAWN MOWING Will Beat Your Current Lawn Service by 10% Total Lawn Treatments and Lawn Maintenance. West County. 636-530-1998 or 314-591-2787 Calls Returned Promptly SHEARN LANDSCAPING

PET SERVICES

REGENTS PARK LONDON Modern 2 Bedroom Apartment. Convenient for Museums, Shopping, Theater. Wireless Internet Access. Highly Recommended. Call 314-569-2009

LAWN & GARDEN

314-772-0190 314-771-7622 FAX

20 Years in Business! 6 Consecutive Service Award Winner from '05-'10. Complete Tuckpointing and Spotpointing with Color Match. Chimney, Stone and Brick Repair, Waterproofing. Fully Insured. Prompt Free Estimates. A+ BBB rating. (314) 645-1387 Credit Cards Accepted Mirellituckpointing.com

STEVE GRESS TUCKPOINTING Solids and Spot Tuckpointing with Color Match. Stone Basement Restoration..... and More. Prompt Free Estimates. Insured. 314-645-8991 or 636-947-2133 Member BBB MC/Visa Accepted

WANTED

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CHINESE ANTIQUES I AM BUYING IVORY - JADE - VASES AND JARS ART - HANGING SCROLLS CLOISONNE - RARE PIECES PLEASE CALL FOR APPOINTMENT LADUE LOCATION 314-503-4847 COLLECTOR WISHES TO PURCHASE Gun Collections â Old and New Antiques of Any Type Fishing Tackle Call Steve Lapin 314-571-9427 GUNS WANTED Licensed Federal Firearms Dealer Top Price Paid ï Any Condition YOU COME TO US OR WE'LL COME TO YOU 636-233-4544 Ask For MARK I BUY POSTCARDS! Stereoviews, Old Photographs, Documents, Letterheads, Movie Photos, Advertising, World's Fair, Railroad, Military, Political, Nautical & More. Mike 314-524-9400

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puLL up a chair

curVY & STacKED chair WrITTen by Erin Callier

Reasonably priced and stylishly simple, the UV-protected Curvy & Stacked chair from twigs & MOSS is just like summer itself – relaxed, unfussy and beckoning you to enjoy a cool cocktail on the patio. $115 for one or $95 each with purchase of two or more; twigs & MOSS, 7715 Clayton Road, Clayton, 314.454.0447

For optimal late-summer dining, three local designers recommend outdoor tables to pair with this practical yet polished chair:

DuNe DiNiNg taBle

BamBoo Stick PeDeStal taBle

“The Dune Dining Table is a modern, mixed-material table, with a stainless-steel frame and a tempered-glass top perfect for seating up to six. Its modern lines allow it to be complemented by seating options of various shapes and materials while bringing indoor styling outdoors.”

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“The textured bamboo base of this table matches the sleek design of the contemporary chair, and the glass top allows the base to be the focal point. This table complements either a contemporary or transitional design and will make your porch or patio a true extension of your living space.”

PhiliPPe Starck for DeDoN PlaY BiStro taBle

“This playful bistro table is sized for two on the terrace or four on the deck or patio. It pairs perfectly with the curvy lines of the molded chair. With a porcelain top and polypropylene base, shown in chalk and platinum, this unique and versatile table was designed by Philippe Starck.”

Frank Hasper, Crate & Barrel

Diane Fogerty, Savvy Surroundings

Dana Romeis, Fibercations

$764.15; Crate & Barrel, 1 The Boulevard, Richmond Heights, crateandbarrel.com

$1,140; Savvy Surroundings, 9753 Clayton Road, Ladue, savvysurroundingsdesign.com

36-inch table, $1,190; 24-inch table, $840; Fibercations, 7713 Clayton Road, Clayton, 314.721.9237

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Missouri's #1 Automotive Group There Can Only Be One #1 Source, bureau of Missouri Automotive registration 2010.

MISSOURI'S #1 INFINITI RETAILER* WITH MISSOURI'S LARGEST INVENTORY

G25 SEDAN, G37 SEDAN, G37 COUPE, G37 CONVERTIBLE, EX35, FX35, FX50, M37, M56, QX56

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2011 INFINITI QX56 "WHERE PRICE SELLS CARS"

INFINITI West County

SALES - SERVICE - PARTS - COLLISION REPAIR

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“Serisa” belted dress, $159.

Call 1-800-345-5273 to find a Dillard’s store near you.

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