This Week's Dish: Guerrilla Street Food Truck Going Brick-And-Mortar, Sugarfire Offers Texas BBQ Tour, Dishcrawl Hosts Happy Hour
On the cusp of opening his newest restaurant, Element, Brian Hardesty has announced yet another highly anticipated venture: A brick-and-mortar home for his popular food truck, Guerrilla Street Food. He and partner Joel Crespo have launched an IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign aimed to fund the renovation and equipping of an existing (undisclosed) space in STL. A lofty goal of $115,000 has been set on the site, and, regardless of meeting the goal, any donations collected through the campaign will go toward the project. Once built, the restaurant will feature favorites from the truck as well as an expanded menu of excellent Filipino fare. Details, perks and donation opportunities, check out the IndieGoGo campaign.
To celebrate its first full year in business, Sugarfire Smoke House is holding a raffle with a first-prize award that would make any pitmaster’s dreams come true. Now through Oct. 3, visitors to the restaurant can purchase a $1 raffle ticket to enter into the giveaway. Winners will be announced on Oct. 4, coinciding with Sugarfire’s first birthday. First prize is a “Texas BBQ Tour” with the team from Sugarfire—chef Dave Molina, pitmaster Casey Jovick and owner Mike Johnson. The three-day trip to Austin, Texas, includes airfare, lodging at the iconic Austin Motel and visits to the city’s more notable barbecue joints, including Franklin Barbeque, The Salt Lick, Kreuz Market, Smitty’s Market, Black’s Barbeque, Stiles Switch, Snow’s BBQ and more. The second-place winner will receive a Big Green Egg (valued at $1,200), and subsequent prizes include free catering, gift cards and one-on-one lessons with the Sugarfire staff. 9200 Olive Blvd., Olivette, 314.997.2301
Congrats to Stone Hill Winery for garnering three impressive awards from The Missouri Wine and Grape Board for its 2011 Estate Bottled Norton: The 2013 Governor’s Cup, the C.V. Riley Award (for Best Norton) and the Best of Class award for a Dry Red Wine. This bottling is made from 100 percent estate-grown grapes and is aged for 12 months in French, Hungarian and American oak barrels. The Norton can be purchased through Stone Hill’s site.
The Crossing in Clayton is just one of over 100 restaurants nationwide participating in the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America Local Dish Challenge. Now through Oct. 31, The Crossing will donate $1 from each Rain Crow Ranch Berkshire Bone-in Pork Chop sold to the JBF Taste America Education Drive, which supports JBF educational programs. In addition, diners who order the dish are encouraged to post their photos of the chop to Instagram, using the hashtags #JBFTasteAmerica and #Clayton. The city with the most Instagram uploads by Oct. 31 will receive a $10,000 donation from JBF. The Crossing has chosen Operation Food Search’s Nutrition and Culinary Education Program as its selected charity. 7823 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.721.7375
Dishcrawl, the real-life social network for food enthusiasts, is launching a happy hour series where local foodies can meet up and dish about their favorite eats in the area. The first event will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at Mangia Italiano from 5-7pm. Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased through Dishcrawl. In addition, the St. Louis chapter of Dishcrawl has been entered in Battledish, a competition between chefs around the world competing for the title of “King of Battledish.” The competition will take place on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 2-6pm in the CWE. Six local chefs and bartenders will compete for a panel of celebrity media judges in the categories of Most Delicious, Most Creative, Best Modern, Best Cocktail and Most Authentic. Visit the website for chef and dish information about Battledish. Tickets are $15 per person and can also be purchased through Dishcrawl.