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Relish September 2012

September's Ins, Outs, and Almosts

The most recent report of restaurant comings and goings in St. Louis more »

Sep 30, 2012 8:35 PM Dining

Kebobs and Politics: The Boldness of Sweet Meat Stix

Driving along Adie Road in St. Ann, you'd be forgiven for thinking the Sweet Meat Stix kebob kitchen is an Obama campaign office. The front window is papered with prominent Obama campaign posters... more »

Sep 28, 2012 1:35 PM Dining

Robust Celebrates Five Years with "Greatest Hits" Menu

Never missing an opportunity to market its brand (and I mean that fondly as nobody does it better), all this week Robust has been ramping up to its fifth anniversary party, aka the Fab Five Birth... more »

Sep 27, 2012 11:55 AM Dining

Not Your Mother's Ice Cream: The "Leap of Taste" at Serendipity

You might not know this if you're not in the restaurant industry, but Webster Groves' celebrated Serendipity ice-cream shop supplies some pretty exotic flavors to restaurant accounts for use in t... more »

Sep 27, 2012 11:55 AM Dining

Taking the Plunge: The Ins and Outs of Dumpster Diving

Editor's Note: This is the second of three articles on today's farm and today's farmer. Part one was published in Relish  here . During our initial visit to YellowTree Farm , when we learned t... more »

Sep 27, 2012 11:55 AM Dining

Ask George: "Why do restaurants put paper in their windows during construction and prior to opening?"

Ask George : Why do restaurants put paper in their windows during construction and prior to opening?  Byron K, St. Louis That depends on whom you ask. Ask a general contractor and he might t... more »

Sep 27, 2012 11:55 AM Dining

Lamb's Tongue & Candy From the County Coroner

SLM Dining Critic Dave Lowry pays another visit to Cleveland-Heath in Edwardsville and runs into something unexpected. more »

Sep 25, 2012 4:05 PM Dining

Wash Your Hands, Mister! Chris LaRocca Keeps It Clean

At first we thought it was magic. We simply could not understand how the Clean Hands machines in the bathrooms at Crushed Red knew the difference between various employees. But they do know. T... more »

Sep 21, 2012 8:52 AM Dining

Going Dutchtown: Neighborhood Restaurants Celebrate Progress at "South Side Shindig"

Every two years, Mark Widmann opens up his spectacular home and event space, The Bluffs on Broadway , to host a benefit for the Downtown Dutchtown Business Association , aka "DT2." If you've neve... more »

Sep 20, 2012 10:05 AM Dining

Sandy Talley Pops Up Another Restaurant---at Sugar Creek Winery

Visit a local winery on a sunny autumn afternoon and many times you don't want that kind of day to end. But alas, you're brusquely informed that "the winery will be closing early" for yet another f... more »

Sep 20, 2012 9:20 AM Dining

Bon Appetit Management Co. Awarded Foodservice Contract at St. Louis Art Museum

It is now official: The foodservice vendor for the new and improved Saint Louis Art Museum will be Palo Alto-based Bon Appétit Management Co . In a release dated today, SLAM announced that Bo... more »

Sep 19, 2012 4:10 PM Dining

Sense and Sustainability at Yellow Tree Farm

Upon arriving at  YellowTree Farm  in Affton on a recent Thursday morning, we were greeted by Sam Ashlock, the farm’s intern who came on fulltime only a couple of days earlier, offering us a cluste... more »

Sep 19, 2012 1:25 PM Dining

Cooking Lean: SweetArt's Reine Bayoc Will Show You How

On a recent Easter holiday, SweetArt Bakeshop ’s owner Reine Bayoc hosted her extended family. True to her vegetarian lifestyle—superbly showcased at her shop—Bayoc prepared the feast without meat... more »

Sep 18, 2012 1:55 PM Dining

Fetch Ye Patch and Ye Parrot: T'marrah Be "Talk Like a Pirate Day"

Although it will be difficult, we resist the urge to report this news in pirate-speak, so we'll deliver it to you straight: tomorrow is the 10th anniversary of Talk Like a Pirate Day. Columnis... more »

Sep 18, 2012 11:50 AM Dining

Taking Ramen for A Ride at Sekisui on South Grand

The signs may not obvious yet, but they are there. The gradual greying of the sky and shifting winds means the coming of fall - and more importantly, soup season - in St. Louis. Soup to warm the bo... more »

Sep 17, 2012 4:00 PM Dining

Former Luciano's Space To Become Brazilian Steakhouse

Over the years, I've run into many dynamic and fascinating restaurateurs. Sam Barakat ranks right up there with the best of them.  The St. Louis native recently signed a lease for the 7074 SF sp... more »

Sep 15, 2012 8:25 AM Dining

Pasta House Co. Clayton Location Shutting Down After Three Weeks

It's not often a restaurant opens and closes this suddenly yet we've had two do so ( Root in Richmond Heights was the other ) in seven months. Rapid closure of this sort often often stems from some... more »

Sep 14, 2012 11:35 AM Dining

Forget the Pic-a-Nic Basket, Boo-Boo -- Just Head for the Food Trucks in the Park

Soon, baby, it will be cold outside. But the incipient winter will not stop the food trucks – especially the ones headed to the St. Louis County Parks. Flush with the success of Food Truck Tuesd... more »

Sep 14, 2012 10:24 AM Dining

Gerard Craft's Pastaria Is (Drum Roll, Please) Now Open For Business

Craft softly opens one of the most-anticipated restaurants of the year. more »

Sep 14, 2012 2:40 AM Dining

Joey Chestnut Breaks World Record for Chicken Wings: Andrew Mark Veety Was There

The Buffalo Wing Festival , an annual celebration thrown by The City of Good Neighbors, is held to honor the dish that anchors the appetizer section of bar menus across the United States. To be on... more »

Sep 13, 2012 1:16 PM Dining