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Relish January 2013

Chef Chris Lee Moves Downriver, To River City Casino

Until recently, Chef Chris Lee was the executive toque behind In Good Company, the culinary cartel that owns four very different area eateries. His creative chops gave us the decadent blue cheese/p... more »

Jan 31, 2013 4:23 PM Dining

Ask George: What Restaurants Do When a Customer is Unable to Pay

Ask George: What do restaurants do when a customer leaves his wallet at home and is unable to pay? Mitch K, St. Louis I can relate because it happened to me…and I left my wristwatch as collater... more »

Jan 31, 2013 4:23 PM Dining

Eco-Friendly Prasino Sets Opening Date of April 1

Chicago-based, eco-friendly restaurant prasino will celebrate its grand opening April 1 on the new Streets of St. Charles. Prasino will focus on what’s local and what’s natural.  Even its name c... more »

Jan 31, 2013 4:23 PM Dining

January's Ins, Outs, and Almosts

The latest restaurant openings, closings, and coming soons more »

Jan 31, 2013 4:23 PM Dining

Now On Deck: Mike Shannon’s Grill in Edwardsville

When SLM asked Pat Shannon and her son, Gary VanMatre, about Mike Shannon’s Grill, the family’s new restaurant coming to Edwardsville, they peppered us with responses: Why now and why Edwards... more »

Jan 31, 2013 4:23 PM Dining

Too flashy? The case for--and against--photographing food in restaurants

We’re guilty. You probably are, too, if you’re a regular reader of this blog. Owning a smartphone and liking food undoubtedly means you’ve posted at least one picture of a dish to Facebook, Instagr... more »

Jan 29, 2013 4:55 PM Dining

500 Pounds of Bacon: Is Just the Beginning at Baconfest St.Louis

We could make a joke about this. It would be so easy. So let’s not -- let’s just have the truth, sitting right there, out in the open, for all to read and absorb. Okay -- you ready? There will b... more »

Jan 28, 2013 3:25 PM Dining

Photo by Kevin A. Roberts

More Crushed Red: Second and Third Locations Coming Soon

If you haven't been to Crushed Red, here's how it works: You step into line, order a single serve pizza, request a salad--it's immediately chopped (see left), plated, and handed back to you--then p... more »

Jan 25, 2013 7:00 PM Dining

Been There? Kim Cheese in Chesterfield

Long our expert opinion it has been that little has so impoverished the St. Louis dining scene quite so tragically at the demise of Lucky House. Lucky House was the establishment in Maryland Height... more »

Jan 24, 2013 5:00 PM Dining

Chef's Table, Wine Table...that's one helluva table, at The Four Seasons' Cielo

It’s not a chef’s table. The dudes in the tallest (metaphorical) toques at the Four Seasons St. Louis want you to understand, they already have a chef’s table in the Cielo kitchen, and this isn’t... more »

Jan 24, 2013 4:35 PM Dining

The Ultimate Movie Snacks: Tenacious Eats Goes for Broke

On the memorable night when Chef Liz Schuster made an interactive feast for Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory , she concocted “fizzy lifting drinks” (house-made kombucha with mango puree and hou... more »

Jan 21, 2013 4:45 PM Dining

More on the Departure of Wil Fernandez-Cruz

We learned today that Chef Wil Frenandez-Cruz, the exec chef at the 10-week old The Restaurant at The Cheshire, has moved on. Details were sketchy and still are. We now know this, however, just... more »

Jan 17, 2013 5:00 PM Dining

Shine it on: Mad Buffalo Distillery Introduces Thunderbeast STORM Moonshine

Mad Buffalo Distillery is throwing a coming out party for its first product, the Thunderbeast STORM moonshine. The traditional whiskey moonshine is distilled at Shawnee Bend Farms in Union, Mo... more »

Jan 17, 2013 12:59 PM Dining

L'Ecole Culinaire Turns Up the Stove for 2013

The chefs and students at L’École Culinaire are working overtime this year to provide new opportunities for St. Louis residents. Even after three years, the Presentation Room Restaurant is still... more »

Jan 17, 2013 12:59 PM Dining

Ask George: Why Restaurants Fail

Dining editor George Mahe breaks down some of the telltale signs a restaurant may not succeed. more »

Jan 17, 2013 12:59 PM Dining

You say restaurants are too noisy? Speak up, we can't hear you.

The next time you visit a favorite restaurant, check the underside of the table. Not for gum but carpet. Securing carpet to tables is just one of many “secret” strategies for managing noise in rest... more »

Jan 17, 2013 12:59 PM Dining

Goodbye, Mister Lunch: Hello Again, Mr. Lampert’s BBQ

Larry Lampert wishes he had saved the big sign in the window of his former Fatman’s Barbeque shop in Olivette. The huge, all-caps sign read “CRISPY SNOOTS” and it definitely distracted drivers pass... more »

Jan 16, 2013 8:05 AM Dining

L'Ecole Culinaire Travels to Tuscany--You Can Go With Them

For the first time, L’ É cole Culinaire is opening up its Tuscany cooking trip to the public. The Italian cuisine program, which includes a week-long excursion to Tuscany, was previously limited ... more »

Jan 15, 2013 11:50 AM Dining

Four Winter Getaway Spots (and all with good food)

Last Friday on The Dave Glover Show , we mentioned four different winter getaway spots, all of them memorable dining destinations as well, and all within 90 minutes of St. Louis. Choose your direc... more »

Jan 14, 2013 1:00 PM Dining

Three Upcoming Dinner Events…all with a sense of humor

Three themed dinners coming in early 2013: the Devil's Picnic at Franco; Love to Hate Valentine's Day Dinner at entre event space; and Eat Your Heart Out at Mad Art Gallery more »

Jan 11, 2013 2:45 PM Dining