May 29, 2015

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the editor Thanks so much for the wonderful article (by Lisa Watson), Jazzy and the Velten Family. Made me cry—well, this whole trip has been very emotional. I have been so lucky to have had this opportunity. Your generous article (about my bike ride) got the word out for the Humane Society—so great. I was wondering if you could put a short thank-you to all of my supporters? Their generous support surpassed my goal of $10,000 for the Humane Society of Missouri—Spay It Forward Fund. Words cannot describe my journey, but my heart is filled with gratitude.

Gail Velten


Thank you for publishing the wonderful review last week. We can’t thank you enough for such amazing publicity.



Troy Imler General Manager, BrickTop’s


Congratulations to the folks at Schlafly: Their Kolsch won the Washington Post’s Beer Madness contest for Best American Craft Beer. The tournament-style competition featured brackets ala college basketball’s March Madness. The second-place finisher was Kansas City’s own Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale. Go, Missouri! The massive neon peacock sign outside Peacock Loop Diner in the Delmar Loop won first place in the international Signs of the Times competition. The 11-foot-wide, 1,800-pound sign has more than 680 feet of neon tubing, creating a peacock that fans out its neon feathers in sequence more than 200 times per hour. The sign was designed by Hope Edwards, based on a concept by Joe Edwards, with contributions from Kiku Obata & Co.; and was built by Piros Signs. Area catering concern Butler’s Pantry has been racking up the awards of late. The St. Louis Wedding Awards selected Butler’s Pantry as Caterer of the Year, while the International Special Events Society (ISES) presented Butler’s Pantry with its 2015 Louie Awards for Best Food Presentation, and Best Event Produced for a Non-Profit Organization (budget $75,000 and over). Congrats! KYLE MATHIS, bar manager at Taste in the CWE, had his cocktail creations Heart of Ruby and Surfboard Fizz written up in Wine Enthusiast. Well done! Kudos to St. Louis’ own Defiance Whiskey, which was recently awarded a bronze medal in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, and also took home a silver medal at the American Craft Spirits Association event in Austin. It’s been announced that The Wood Cask will be taking over the spot at 10332 Manchester Road in Kirkwood that used to be home to Eleven Mile House. Look for a debut sometime later this spring. The preliminary menu is available for perusal at Sad news to report from Benton Park: The popular Luvy Duvy’s Cafe has closed its doors.

ask your mom and dad.


Sample the Feast! PLAZA FRONTENAC IS HOME TO SOME FINE restaurants; and in recent years, several freestanding eateries have set up shop outside around the mall. The most recent of these is Bricktop’s. This national chain is known for upscale food and ambience—a perfect combo that fits in well with the other area restaurants. The interior of Bricktop’s evokes that of a highend steakhouse, with low lights, dark colors and spacious booths. It also sports an open kitchen, one of our favorite restaurant features. There also is a separate bustling bar area, complete with flatscreen TVs for those who want to pop in for drinks and to catch the game. We settled in with an order of the Tempura Shrimp ($14) and Deviled Eggs & Millionaire’s Bacon ($11). The shrimp portion was more than generous, and the plethora of golden popcorn shrimp nuggets were coated with a sweet-andsour sauce. We paired this dish with a glass of Whispering Angel rosé ($11), which brought out some of the flavors in that sauce, as well as cutting through the richness of the batter. The deviled eggs were fairly straight-ahead takes on the backyard picnic classic. The bacon was perfectly cooked, with just the right balance of crispiness and chewiness. The strips were coated with what tasted like a maple glaze of some sort—contrasting nicely with the rich creaminess of the whipped egg yolks. On to the mains for the evening: the Chilean Sea Bass ($30) and the entree-sized Palm Beach Salad

You don’t need Angie’s list …

($20). The bass is a hearty fillet, about 8 ounces or so, coated with a light panko crust. A ginger sauce gives this dish a sweet and tangy Asian flavor. The fish itself expertly was sauteed and literally melted in our mouths. We especially appreciated the preparation of the vegetables served alongside—they were expertly steamed to give them a bit of crunch without being soggy, and the flavors weren’t covered up with sauces or glazes and such. The salad was a fairly modest portion, perhaps to assuage the guilt of indulging in such a rich dish. Those who tend toward salads to cut back on calories, beware! This dish has a creamy layer of guacamole, followed by one of tender lump crab meat, then a third of tomatoes, all topped with egg and dressed with a poached shrimp remoulade— definitely one decadent salad! Service was uber-prompt. Our dishes were perfectly timed and we had at least four servers touch the table during our visit, so we never had to worry about getting lost in the shuffle. Because of Bricktop’s location outside the mall, there’s plenty of parking to be had, and the proximity to I-64 makes it easy to get to. Bricktop’s also offers lunch service, a good way to impress those important clients, as well as a Sunday brunch menu. Now that the weather seems to have finally switched to springtime temps, we imagine the spacious patio area will see plenty of action. 10342 Clayton Road, 567-6300,

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Bach Society





HE BACH SOCIETY OF SAINT Louis’ annual gala offered a taste of classical music and fine cuisine in the contemporary ambiance of Windows on Washington. The Radio Arts Foundation’s Kathy Lawton-Brown served as the evening’s mistress of ceremonies. Co-chairs for this year’s event were Lauren Brickler and Andrew Martin. The evening began with hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and a silent auction. Shortly thereafter, a sumptuous dinner was served, and guests were treated to musical entertainment by the Bach Society Chorus and the 2014-15 Young Artists.

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Women of Achievement

Daniel and Vi Steinmeyer, Linda and Paul Lee

Lauren Brickler, Andrew Martin, Melissa Payton


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Harley Smith, Veronica Hilyard


O R 6 O Y EA RS, WO M E N O F Achievement (WOA) has been recognizing and honoring St. Louis-area volunteers for their leadership and service. This year’s luncheon at The Ritz-Carlton marked the milestone by celebrating the Class of 2015, as well as previous WOA honorees, with a record 112 of them in attendance. A crowd of 827 attendees (another record) cheered on this year’s honorees, including Carol Bartle (Community Betterment), Lise Bernstein (Social Justice), Sara Burke (Cultural Enrichment), Maxine Clark (Educational Leadership), Betsy Douglass (Educational Empowerment), Dr. Ghazala Hayat (Multicultural Leadership), Lee Etta Hoskins (Youth Enrichment), Carol Loeb (Educational Philanthropy), Sheri Sherman (Humanitarian Concerns) and Pamela Talley (Community Advocacy). Among those on-hand to welcome guests were WOA president Nanci Bobrow, VP Joni Karandjeff, and luncheon co-chairs Karen Castellano and Pam Toder.

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On behalf of the Bach Society of St. Louis, I would like to thank you and Ladue News for the great coverage of our gala. As you know, it’s so important for not-for-profits to have the visibility in the community through your publication. Please share our gratitude with David Anderson for the story and photographs.

Sincerely, Linda Lee Chairman Resource Development Bach Society


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...The amazing coverage you provide in the Ladue News is priceless...With your support, we are able to continue to honor extraordinary women and their dedicated volunteer efforts that make our cities and neighborhoods better places to live and work...Thank you so much for all you do for us.

Sincerely, Nanci Bobrow President, Women of Achievement

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