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Thursday, March 15, 2012 / 9:00 AM

St. Louis Magazine and Lexus Announce the Five-Night Culinary Lineup for Food Wine Design 2012

March 15, 2012 – St. Louis Magazine is proud to announce the return of Food Wine Design, a weeklong dinner series that focuses on the city’s culinary and design talent. Food Wine Design, presented by Lexus, takes place Monday, May 14, through Friday, May 18, at Lumen Private Event Space (2201 Locust Street, St. Louis, Mo. 63103). Food Wine Design was introduced in June 2011 and the nearly sold-out dinner series raised more than $21,000 for local charities. This unforgettable dining experience offers food lovers a truly unique and memorable menu created by the city’s most celebrated chefs. Each evening’s theme features flavorful foods and wines, stunning tabletop designs, and an exclusive four-course menu.

Each dinner highlights two esteemed chefs from St. Louis’ best local restaurants, three tabletop designers, wine and beer pairings, a creative mixologist, a talented entertainer, and a charity partner that will receive a portion of the proceeds.

Monday, May 14: Top Chefs
Chef Pairing: Gerard Craft of Niche; Kevin Willmann of Farmhaus
Mixologist: TJ Vytlacil of Blood & Sand
Tabletop Designers: Jacob Laws and Sara Turner of CURE Design Group, Marci Marsh of Marci Marsh Design, and Janice Rohan of Park Avenue Design
Wine and Beer Pairings: Trinchero Family Estates and Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy
Entertainment: Ralph Butler
Charity Partner: Food Outreach

Tuesday, May 15: Farm to Table
Chef Pairing: Carl McConnell of Stone Soup Cottage; Cassy Vires of Home Wine Kitchen
Mixologist: Cory Cuff of Cielo
Tabletop Designers: Amie Corley of Amie Corley Interiors, Retta Leritz and Laura Murray of Hip & Gable Interiors, and Amena Zemora of Amena Zemora Designs
Wine and Beer Pairings: Treasury Wine Estates and Blue Moon Farmhouse Red Ale
Entertainment: Heather Matthews
Charity Partner: Camp Rainbow

Wednesday, May 16: A Night in Tuscany
Chef Pairing: Jim Fiala of Acero, The Crossing, and Liluma; John Griffiths of Truffles
Mixologist: Justin Cardwell of BC’s Kitchen
Tabletop Designers: Melinda Hagedorn of Interiors by Melinda, Jeanie Hood of Three French Hens, and Kimberly Reuther of DesignSpeak
Wine and Beer Pairings: Banfi Vintners and Peroni
Entertainment: Jim Stevens
Charity Partner: ALS Association St. Louis Regional Chapter

Thursday, May 17: The Spice is Right
Chef Pairing: Kelly English of Kelly English Steakhouse; Wes Johnson of Salt
Mixologists: Joel Clark and Matt Seiter of Sanctuaria
Tabletop Designers: Cary Baumann of Cary & Company, Diane Rosen of Diane Rosen Interiors, and Kim Taylor of Kim Taylor Interior Design
Wine and Beer Pairings: W.J. Deutsch & Sons and Killian’s Irish Red
Entertainment: Electric Soul
Charity Partner: American Cancer Society

Friday, May 18: Restaurants of the Year
Chef Pairing:
Justin Haifley of The Tavern Kitchen & Bar; Nick Miller of Harvest
Mixologist: Ted Kilgore of Taste
Tabletop Designers: Jay Eiler of Niche/The Lawrence Group, M. Joyce Mathis of MJM Design Company, and Marcia Moore of Marcia Moore Design
Wine and Beer Pairings: Moët Hennessy Wines and Kraftig Light
Entertainment: Kim Massie
Charity Partner: The Madison Foundation

Reservations are $85 per person or $800 per table of 10. Five-night passes for two are also available for a special price of $750. Ticket price includes a four-course dinner, cocktails, wine and beer pairings, a gift bag, and valet parking. A portion of the proceeds from each evening will benefit a local charity, as selected by the chef pairing. Space is limited. For more information or tickets, call 314.918.3033 or visit

St. Louis Magazine’s second annual Food Wine Design dinner series is presented by Lexus and sponsored by Banfi Vintners, Blue Moon, Fresh 102.5, Killian’s Irish Red, Kraftig Light, Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, Moët Hennessy Wines, Treasury Wine Estates, Trinchero Family Estates, Peroni, St. Louis AT HOME, Weinhardt Party Rentals, Wells Fargo Advisors, and W.J. Deutsch & Sons.

Food Wine Design was recently nominated for a City and Regional Magazine Association (CRMA) Award in the Community Service Project category. St. Louis Magazine is the smart, stylish, and sophisticated guide to St. Louis. Each month, the award-winning magazine brings readers revealing profiles, discerning dining and cultural guides, in-depth features, informed commentary, and authoritative best-of lists. Since 2004, St. Louis Magazine has earned a total of 12 City and Regional Magazine Association Awards.

For more information, click here or please contact Meghan Riley Fritsche at 314.494.6342 or



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