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Relish May 2011

Bryan Young, former owner of Catering Plus, has joined Steven Becker Fine Dining (SBFD) as a Catering Sales and Business Development Manager.  Those who remember the Balaban's of old will remember ... Read more

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More on the "French Press" party, celebrating coffee art in custom posters Read more

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The following is accurate as of a late-May press date and will be published in the July 2011 SLM. Recent Closings: Fond: 106 N. Main, Edwardsville, IL, April 9 Nosh: 7322 Manchester, April 23 Halls F... Read more

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There had been rumors that Smashburger was looking for a site in St. Louis. Credit the reader in the Eat at Joe's forum who confirmed it. According to Smash's website, the area's first unit will o... Read more

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Skip Steele, head pitmaster at Pappy's Smokehouse and co-owner of Bogart's Smokehouse , somehow finds time to compete in the occasional national BBQ competition, the granddaddy of which is the Mem... Read more

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As Relish has been known to attend a special event dinner or two, when asked for input regarding how to plan such a dinner, we were at no loss for words. What resulted was Food Wine Design , a s... Read more

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There is a magical place where bikini-clad waitresses stumble from a sleazy bar at 3 a.m. and, just across the street, bakers are making chocolate donuts. Is this some sort of urban Brigadoon, or is i... Read more

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Dave Murray says that Saturday morning might be a little soggy, but it hasn't discouraged the organizers of the annual Taste of Maplewood Street Festival . Relish has been informed that there will be... Read more

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The Test Kitchen had its inaugural dinner in St. Louis back in December and Relish was fortunate enough to get a seat at that table. Of the eight or so “underground” dinners we’ve attended, this one ... Read more

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“I’ve been a corporate chef, a country club chef, and a restaurant chef,” says Chef Jonathan Kraft, “and at this point, I want to do it my way.” His way is to turn part of the expansive, two-story A... Read more

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Photograph by Kevin A. Roberts

A stand-out pork shoulder dish with Mexican flair Read more

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Guy Fieri admits being a frustrated, wannabe rock star. But he can’t sing and he doesn’t play any instruments. Lucky for him, celebrity chefs are the new rock stars. “I don’t play guitar; I play the g... Read more

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The city's oldest family-operated restaurant is closing its doors after 113 years in business. The St. Louis Business Journal reports today that Michael and Nancy Beffa, third generation owners of ... Read more

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In the same way that Eat Drink Man Woman makes you crave authentic Chinese food, and Babette's Feast can make you want to attempt caviar on fresh blinis or "quails in their coffins," Chocolat ca... Read more

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By my count, seven restaurants opened this week (see list below). As a former restaurant owner, this both excites and scares the hell out of me. There's nothing like the rush of a restaurant full of r... Read more

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Yes, now West County has a Restaurant Week, too.  The 1st Annual West County Restaurant Week is next week, from May 16-22. WCRW follows the same 3 courses for $25 prix-fixe format as other Restauran... Read more

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One of the rites of Spring for many StL Countians is the opening of the Kirkwood Farmers' Market . Grab-and-go food had always been handled by two out-buildings: on the NW corner, Cafe Manila has b... Read more

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Deep in a dark basement researchers bustle about the secret lab, until, one night their years of experimenting stop: This is it! We’ve found it! We’re done!! Activate the Klaxon sirens! Turn the nucle... Read more

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BlackFinn American Grille has signed a lease in the St Louis Galleria for the space formerly occupied by Mark Shale. BlackFinn Saloon opened in New York City in 1994; when the St. Louis unit opens,... Read more

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Last week, when Relish caught sight of The Wine Bike at Gerard Tsutakawa's sculpture unveiling at Clayton's Crescent Plaza, we couldn't get enough of it--or enough wine from it. One of many party... Read more

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