This Week's Dish: Local Harvest Reaches Fundraising Goal, Element Hosts Filipino Pop-Up, Piccione Teaches The 'Language Of Love'

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Newly redefined Local Harvest (now dubbed LHC) reached out to the community for financial help at the beginning of last week in an email explaining that immediate action was needed to save their grocery store and café. Owners Patrick Horine and Maddie Earnest had to raise $120,000 by Feb. 7, otherwise they would close their doors for good. Thanks to donations on an IndieGoGo page, gift card sales, long lines of customers and fundraisers held by other local businesses, the goal was met on Feb. 1. LHC is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 8pm and Saturday through Sunday from 8am to 3pm. 3137 Morganford Rd., Tower Grove, 314.772.8815.

Image by Molly Rippinger

Image by Molly Rippinger

Last week two St. Louis traditions received nods in national publications—Charlie Gitto’s toasted ravioli made the list for iconic foods in America and Kevin Nashan talked about his history as chef/owner of Sidney Street Cafe. Thrillist placed Charlie Gitto’s t-ravs on their annual list of 33 iconic American foods, which included everything from Arthur Bryant’s burnt ends in Kansas City to fried chicken and waffles at Roscoe’s in Los Angeles. Also, Nashan chatted with The Eater National about his 10-year anniversary with Sidney Street Café and his role in the St. Louis restaurant scene.

As we flip the calendars into February, be sure to make your reservations for two unique events happening this month. An Italian-Scottish fusion will happen on Feb. 17 when The Scottish Arms welcomes Mark Sanfilippo of Salume Beddu for a porkshop dinner focused on locally raised heritage breed pork. Reservations are $50 per person or $80 with wine and scotch pairings for each course. 8 South Sarah St., The Central West End, 314.353.3100. 

On Feb. 24, Executive Chef Brian Hardesty will park the Guerrilla Street Food truck at Element to serve an upscale Filipino dinner in lieu of the usual menu. Reservations for the six-course meal are required and space is limited. 1419 Carroll St., Lafayette Square, 314.241.1674.

For those looking to woo and wow their significant other on Valentine’s Day, consider taking Piccione Pastry’s “Language of Love” class. Every Wednesday night in February, Piccione’s is offering a free lesson in conversational Italian that will be inspired by a different region. Kaetlyn Macauley and Francesco Velocci of Gusto Gourmet Creamery will teach various romantic phrases while also giving a brief glimpse at the cultural traditions of the featured Italian city. Classes begin at 7:30pm. 6197 Delmar Ave.,The Loop, 314.932.1355.

Those worried about flying solo on Valentine’s can attend the “Sour” Hour Single Mixer at Olio where good company will be paired with a great collection of sour beers. The mixer begins at 6pm on Valentine’s Day. 1634 Tower Grove Ave., Tower Grove, 314.932.1088.

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