This Week's Dish: Kitchen Kulture Serves Up Lunch At Sump Coffee, Collinsville Hosts International Horseradish Festival
After a successful spurt of pop-up brunches, Kitchen Kutlure – the local catering company with a reputation for having the tastiest samples at the Tower Grove Farmer’s Market – has officially teamed up with Sump Coffee to host a lunch service every Thursday from noon to 3pm. Just like the brunches, Kitchen Kulture sets up their tent and service station on Sump’s sidewalk and cooks up delicious dishes featuring local, seasonal produce. At the lunches, look for rotating riffs on street food, such as last week’s Banh Mi sandwiches made with barbecue pork pate or fried Mofu tofu. The sandwich sold for $8, while pickled papaya slaw or white summer kimchi sides were available for $3 and $2 each, respectively.
Raise your glass to the start of summer at St. Louis Uncorked – a celebration of great music, wine, beer and local eats held June 6-7 at Soliders’ Memorial in Downtown. During the weekend, enjoy six different sets on the main stage, including headliners Andy Grammer and A Great Big World. Be sure to taste some of the best wines from the region with free samples from wineries like Stone Hill, St. James, Crown Valley and more. Beer fans can also purchase local craft brews from Square One Brewery & Distillery, Kirkwood Station Brewing and O’Fallon Brewery. Area restaurants, such as Hiro Asian Kitchen and Tenacious Eats, will be on hand along with popular food trucks serving up delicious dishes for everyone at Uncorked. For more information, visit their website. General admission is free, but VIP tickets are also available.
Fans of the spicy, sinus-clearing kick of horseradish should mark their calendars this weekend for the International Horseradish Festival at Woodland Park in Collinsville, Illinois, June 6-8. As it turns out, southern Illinois produces 85 percent of the world’s horseradish, which is a root plant in the mustard family that’s harvested, grated and mixed with vinegar before being jarred. At the festival you’ll find a little horseradish around every corner – at the bloody mary contest, root toss game and even the “Little Miss Horseradish” pageant. Food vendors are all encouraged to incorporate the grated root into their dishes, so last year there were horseradish barbecue sauces, burgers and bruschettas. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit their website.
Sustainability is the name of the game at Feast in the Field, an annual showcase of St. Louis chefs collaborating to produce a multi-course dinner at Claverach Farm & Vineyard on June 8. Slow Food St. Louis began the event nine years ago as a way to celebrate the great culinary talent and high-quality produce from the region. Led by Cassy Vires, chef and owner of Home Wine Kitchen, the dinner will be produced by about a dozen chefs from award-winning area restaurants like Elaia & Olio, Sidney Street Cafe, Pastaria and The Libertine. All proceeds to the event benefit Slow Food St. Louis’ Educational Programming and Small Farm Micro Biodiversity Grant, which has provided farmers with more than $50,000 to promote the growth of heirloom produce and heritage breeds of animals. Due to its overwhelming popularity, Feast in the Field is sold out, but be sure to keep your eyes out next spring when tickets become available for the 2015 event.