This Week's Dish: Kaldi's Coffee Roaster Wins First Place in Big Central Brewers Cup
Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Co. is celebrating a huge win after participating in this year’s Big Central regional coffee competition. David Fasman, barista at Kayak’s by Kaldi’s Coffee, received 5th place in the Barista competition and Tony Auger, roaster and quality assurance technician, took home 1st in the Brewers Cup for the South Central region. Last year, Auger took 2nd in regionals and 3rd in nationals. Forty-six baristas and 32 Brewers Cup competitors participated in the three-day competition at Uppercut Gym in Minneapolis. Auger will be moving on to compete in the nationals in February. Multiple locations, kaldiscoffee.com.
The locally famous McArthur’s Bakery recently transitioned to new owners. After 35 years in business, owner Randy McArthur has moved on and left the bakery in the hands of Live to Venture Holdings, owned by Scott and Sheila Rinaberger. The couple will continue to bring quality baked goods with the 50-year-old recipes, but will make some adjustments such as plan for newer lunch and breakfast menu items. Multiple locations, mcarthurs.com.
Brian Hardesty has stepped down as executive chef of Element. As reported by Sauce, the choice was made due to a “difference in vision.” Chef Brian Coltrain will be taking the reins as the new executive chef of Element while Hardesty will continue working with Guerrilla Street Food, the popular food truck serving local, fresh, Filipino-inspired dishes.
Nov. 21: Travel with chefs from Catering St. Louis this Friday at Missouri Botanical Garden for Around the World Wine Dinner. The four-course dinner is $58 and will be hosted by a wine expert featuring a regional menu following November’s theme—Old World and New World: Country French Cuisine and American Wines. Call 314.577.0200 to make reservations. 4344 Shaw Blvd., Tower Grove.