This Week's Dish: Dave Rook Moves To Oceano Bistro, Stone Soup Cottage Hosts Wild Game Dinner, Schnucks Des Peres Sells Truffles

By Molly Rippinger
In Food

Last week, Dave Rook officially announced plans to take on the role of executive chef at Oceano Bistro in Chesterfield. As reported by St. Louis Magazine, Rook formerly worked with his brother, Mike Rook, at Empire Deli + Pizza on Washington Avenue with plans to open an adjacent diner, called King Louie’s, in the spring. The move should be a homecoming of sorts considering Rook worked in the Oceano space back when it was the home of Aqua Vin and Crazy Fish16125 Chesterfield Pkwy W., Chesterfield, 636.536.9404. ‎

Image courtesy of Stone Soup Cottage

Image courtesy of Stone Soup Cottage

Carnivores can eat their fill of exotic animals at Stone Soup Cottage’s wild game dinner on Jan. 30. Between the smoked frog leg chowder served with a pistachio croquette or the venison Wellington with wild black trumpet mushrooms, Chef Carl McConnell’s five courses with wine pairings should certainly intrigue an adventurous eater. Reservations are $150 per person. 5809 Highway N, Cottleville, MO, 636.244.2233.

Element is also getting in on the popular wine dinners with their first collaboration on Feb. 3. The six-course meal features what ALIVE writer Amy De La Hunt considered “unmistakable international and regional influences” in her review of Element last December. Guests can look forward to unique dishes like the second course venison crudo with quail egg yolk or the fourth course pork grillades with cheese grits and stewed tomato. Each course will be paired with Owen Roe varietals from the Pacific Northwest – ranging from their Rhone-style blend to award-winning Ex Umbris Syrah. Matt Rice, the winery’s national sales manager, will be attending the event in order to explain each pairing and to answer any questions regarding Owen Roe family of wines. Reservations are required prior to Jan. 30 and dinner is $90 per person. 1419 Carroll St., Soulard, 314.241.1674.

Look for Schnucks Des Peres to be stocking one highly sought-after ingredient, the Urbani Italian winter truffle, on Jan. 23 beginning at noon. Supplies are limited so foodies eager to shave truffles over their risottos, pastas and scrambled eggs should be prompt. The expensive little fungi will be sold for $1.79 per gram. 12332 Manchester Rd., Des Peres. 

Though spring may seem far off as St. Louis gets ready for another cold snap this week, EarthDance Organic Farm School recently announced they will offer a garden apprenticeship for those looking to test their green thumbs next season. All aspects of farming are covered during the May – September sessions, giving students a true grasp on the elements of growing. Applications for full apprenticeships or more information on individual classes can be found on their website. 233 S. Dade Ave., Ferguson. 

Even in the restaurant world, birthdays are always a big deal and tonight Sidney Street Café celebrates their 10th year by hosting quite the party. Just for tonight, chef/owner Kevin Nashan has invited 10 of his favorite chef friends to come cook at Sidney Street. While some names might be familiar because of their St. Louis restaurants, such as Josh Galliano of The Libertine or Gerard Craft of Niche Restaurant Group, others will ring a bell for their national notoriety.

Those coming to town specifically for this event are Sean Brock of McCrady’s & Husk in Charleston, S.C., and Husk Nashville in Nashville; Kelly English of Restaurant Iris and Second Line in Memphis; Matthew Jennings of Farmstead in Providence, R.I.; Randy Lewis from San Francisco; Mike Sheerin of Cicchetti in Chicago; Pat Sheerin of Trencherman in Chicago; John Shields from Washington, D.C.; and Michael Sullivan of Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tenn.

Tickets for this evening are sold out, but reservations for future dinners at Sidney Street are being accepted. 2000 Sidney St., Benton Park, 314.771.5777

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