New Head Chef Cassy Vires Revamps Juniper Menu

By Katlyn Moncada
In Food

After closing Benton Park’s Table and Maplewood’s Home Wine Kitchen last year, chef Cassy Vires has found a new home to showcase her culinary craft at Juniper.

Fried chicken for Juniper's Monday Meat and Three.

Fried chicken for one of Juniper’s Monday Meat and Three dinner. Photo courtesy of Juniper

Vires kicked off the new year as the new head chef at the popular Southern fare spot in Central West End and began offering a newly inspired menu to the table last week. Those familiar with her cooking will recognize Vires’ famous sea salt shortbread biscuits in the bread basket, but will also find her imprint on new dishes such as Country Captain, a low-country classic of quail, Carolina gold rice and curry. The dish dates back to the early 1800s when Charleston was the spice capital of our young country.

More new offerings include a seafood muddle, a seafood stew for two presented in antique cast iron dutch ovens with potato, fennel, carrot, jalapeño, bacon, duck egg and smoked paprika. Check out the rest of the menu online.

The restaurant is also celebrating with its newest Knob Creek. Aged for 10 years and 11 months, the single barrel-aged bourbon is bottled at 120 proof, but is “surprisingly smooth,” according to a release, with notes of bruleed peach and toffee.

For those needing to make plans for Valentine’s Day, Juniper wants to make your evening special with a prix fix menu that will be offered Thursday, Feb. 12-Saturday, Feb. 14. On the menu for the evening will be four-course meals for $55. If you’re wanting dinner and a show, there’s a combo package that includes the meal and a ticket to the Gaslight Theater’s performance of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf” at 8pm Friday or Saturday for $80. Make your reservations between 5-6:45pm—and make sure when making a reservation online to note you will be attending the show in the comment box during the reservation process.

360 N. Boyle, Central West End, 314.329.7696


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