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Relish July 2012

Nine Local Chefs Team Up to Host Fundraising Dinner for the Family of Cameron Vennard

On May, 30 of this year, 14-year-old Cameron Vennard (left) was struck and killed by an Amtrak train in Kirkwood. He was the son of Darryl Vennard and Sue Herrin Vennard, both long time personal fr... more »

Jul 31, 2012 11:45 AM Dining

SoCo's Gyros: We'd Drive There from NoCo

Outstanding gyros can be found at SoCo's Gyros in St. Louis' South County. more »

Jul 31, 2012 10:30 AM Dining

A Street We Could Live On: Water Street

Water Street in Maplewood is one of St. Louis' better under the radar restaurants. more »

Jul 28, 2012 9:05 AM Dining

Back to the Farmhouse: O’Fallon Lunch Spot Runs the Gamut From Corned Beef to Cupcakes

Ken Cobb’s perfect lunch is a meaty sandwich and a cupcake. The retiree and his wife Kathy are re-entering the workforce to open Farmhouse Sandwiches  in O’Fallon, Mo., on Aug.6. His plan: to sell... more »

Jul 27, 2012 1:25 PM Dining

Condolences--And Cheers--To You, Charlie Gitto, Sr.

Annie Russo Gitto, wife of Charlie Gitto, Sr, passes away at the age of 81. more »

Jul 26, 2012 9:30 AM Dining

Watch Out Subway: The Lamperts Are Back in the Sandwich Business

Larry Lampert is one of the more colorful--and emotive--guys on the local restaurant scene. Several years ago, it was Lampert who threw me out of his now-shuttered restaurant in Rock Hill, Larry... more »

Jul 25, 2012 9:45 AM Dining

You Eat 16 Heads, What Do You Get? A Gift Certificate to Saleem's and Your Wife's Regret

The Travel Channel was on hand July 21, 2012 at Saleem's West in St. Louis to witness Mark Hellige beating a 26 year old garlic-eating record: he ate 16 roasted heads of garlic in under 10 minutes, beating the previous record of 15. , set back in 1986. more »

Jul 24, 2012 4:50 PM Dining

July's Ins, Outs, and Almosts (Updated)

The most recent restaurant openings, closings, and "coming soon" announcements. more »

Jul 24, 2012 4:24 PM Dining

The Garlic Will Make You (Smell) Strong: Travel Channel to Invade Saleem’s West on Saturday

In 1986 a Washington University student casually strolled into the annual garlic-eating contest at Saleem’s, “Where Garlic is King,” and inhaled 15 entire roasted heads of garlic in seven minutes. ... more »

Jul 20, 2012 8:45 AM Dining

Thrill in Belleville: White Cottage Chills in the Heat

You’d think this broiling heat wave would boost the business at the summer ice-cream and concrete/custard shacks that dot the area, and to some extent, it does. And yet, explained Deirdre “Dede” Co... more »

Jul 19, 2012 12:35 PM Dining

Ask George: "Does it matter whether I leave a restaurant tip in cash or on a credit card?"

When I pay with a credit card at a restaurant, I usually try to tip in cash, as I always thought servers preferred it. Does "cash or credit" make any difference in the tip department? Please advis... more »

Jul 19, 2012 12:35 PM Dining

Mike Johnson and Carolyn Downs To Open BBQ Joint in Olivette

Mike Johnson (of Boogaloo) and Carolyn Downs (of Cyrano's) will open Sugarfire Smokehouse, adding some twists and turns to the exciting St. Louis BBQ scene. more »

Jul 18, 2012 10:40 AM Dining

Healthcare Reform and the Restaurant Industry (Part Two)

Editor's Note: This is part two of Jenny Agnew's two-part series. For part one, click here . Local chains, in particular, which employ thousands of people, may be affected the most by the act... more »

Jul 13, 2012 2:35 PM Dining

Chris Hoel Exits The French Laundry, Begins Second Career at Soutirage

His most recent Facebook post says it all: “Christopher Hoel is happy to fail instead of failing to be happy! Next year!” He is referring to the Court of Master Sommeliers' (CMS) exam he took in... more »

Jul 13, 2012 11:05 AM Dining

Give a Man a Bagel and You've Made a Customer for Life: In & Out Market Gets It

They say there's no such thing as a free lunch, but sometimes, if you get lucky, there might be a free breakfast. They call it "Free Bagel Friday," and it puts a smile on the faces of the customers... more »

Jul 12, 2012 4:40 PM Dining

Healthcare Reform and the Restaurant Industry (Part One)

Editor's Note: The following is part one of a two part series by Jenny Agnew on how President Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (better known as Obamacare) affects not only the wo... more »

Jul 12, 2012 4:30 PM Dining

Patric Chocolate Scores the Coveted "CandiCot" (Updated)

Could you swoon in helpless rapture for... an apricot? You could if it were one of John Driver's " CandyCots ." The Modesto, CA farmer traveled to the far reaches of Tajikistan to obtain stock to g... more »

Jul 11, 2012 5:10 PM Dining

Balaban’s Earns First Wine Spectator "Best of Award of Excellence"

Lofty news indeed. In a press release received this morning, it was announced that Balaban's Wine Cellar and Tapas Bar has earned its first Wine Spectator  Best of Award of Excellence . S... more »

Jul 11, 2012 7:05 AM Dining

Mama Carlie's BBQ Opens Downtown (At Long Last)

Honestly, we'd written off Mama Carlie's as a well-intentioned idea that remained just that. Relish learned--way back in November of 2010 --that a BBQ joint by that name would open in early 201... more »

Jul 10, 2012 12:40 PM Dining

Holy Calzone! “Sauce on the Side” Browning, Nearly Done

The Italians are in the house, and they’re taking the humble calzone to new heights. Business partners Dan Porzel, Ryan Mangialardo, and Brendon Maciariello (pictured left to right) are preparin... more »

Jul 10, 2012 10:58 AM Dining