This Week's Dish: Chef KT Ayers Takes Executive Chef Role at Schlafly Bottleworks

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Brasserie by Niche executive chef Nick Blue not only offers traditional French brasserie fare, but can serve a great burger. With Blue’s popular Brasserie Brats winter special held last year, his burger and some other favorites are going to be added to the mix for Cinq à Sept—which means “from five to seven” and is the Quebec-French term for a social gathering. From Sunday-Friday, guests can now enjoy deals at the Brasserie bar from 5-7pm. The specials will include items such as $5 cheeseburgers and $7 brats (which will rotate weekly) along with $4 house wine pours, $15 full carafe house wines and half-off draft beers. 4580 Laclede Ave., Central West End, 314.454.0600

Photo courtesy of Brasserie by Niche

Photo courtesy of Brasserie by Niche

Schlafly Beer announced last week that KT Ayers is the new executive chef at the Schlafly Bottleworks brewery/restaurant in Maplewood. With the brewery’s commitment to locally sourced ingredients, Ayers will continue to develop creative, yet simple pub-inspired fare.

“We have an amazing garden at the Bottleworks location so we’re already utilizing beets, carrots, spinach, herbs and garlic on the menu directly from our backyard,” says Ayers. “I’m looking forward to working with local farmers and artisans to incorporate more local meats, vinegars, beans and rice—ingredients that highlight the quality of the product by keeping things simple and delicious.” 7260 Southwest Ave., Maplewood, 314.241.2337

Cedar Lake Cellars recently introduced a new winter menu at its winery and event venue. Reminiscent of some childhood favorite dishes, guests can enjoy lunch items like the Cedar macaroni and cheese with black forest ham and butter-roasted bread crumbs or the grilled, roasted turkey and smoked gouda whole wheat wrap with merlot apple butter. For dinner, new additions include a grilled Irish meatloaf made with Guinness-soaked steel cut oats baked with Jamison whiskey gravy. 11008 Schreckengast Road, Wright City, Mo., 636.745.9500

Yo! Salsa Modern Latin Taqueria is now open in Wentzville in the Downtown Business District’s Village Center. Chef and operator John Lutgen delivers a twist on Latin flavors by incorporating them into non-traditional menu items such as the sauteed shrimp with roasted poblano grits. There are nine different taco varieties, appetizers and more. 2 W. Pearce Blvd., Wentzville, MO., 636.856.8444

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