This Week's Dish: New Chefs At Wild Horse Grill And Winslow's Home, Tenacious Eats Hosts Iron Kids 3, Kitchen Kulture Wraps Up Preservation Dinner Series

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Image courtesy of Wild Horse Grill.

Image courtesy of Wild Horse Grill.

Wild Horse Grill turns 13 this year and is celebrating a new executive chef and an extensive renovation. Chef Ray Carpenter will take the helm at the Chesterfield restaurant, having worked previously at Niche and Prime 1000 Steakhouse. Carpenter has completely overhauled the dinner menu at Wild Horse Grill, shifting its focus to emphasize local area producers and employ more modern cooking techniques. Notable menu additions include smoked bacon shrimp over whipped cornbread, cherry wood-smoked duck, caramelized porcini mushroom gnocchi and a 16-ounce pork chop stuffed with prosciutto and asiago cheese. The restaurant is also seeing updates to its facilities that include hand-crafted tables, new booth seating and various patio improvements.
101 Chesterfield Towne Center, Chesterfield, 636.532.8750,

Another announcement in the way of new executive chefs comes from Winslow’s Home. Back in August, we reported that chef Cary McDowell had left Winslow’s Home to join the Euclid Hospitality Group, parent company of Pi Pizzeria and Gringo. News comes from Winslow’s Home owner Ann Sheehan Lipton that Wilifrin Fernandez-Cruz will take on the role of executive chef at her popular University City eatery and general store starting mid-October. Fernandez-Cruz came to St. Louis from New York City in 2012 to help open The Restaurant at The Cheshire. Currently, he oversees operations of Ibby’s at Washington University. Sheehan stated in a press release, “Wil’s experience is deeply rooted in a market-driven menu which will allow us to broaden the integration of seasonal ingredients from our farm as well as other local and regional purveyors. His leadership couldn’t come at a better time as our our new kitchen and private dining expansion are close to completion.”
7213 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314.725.7559,

Tenacious Eats has a very special event planned for the Oct. 10 installment of its dinner-and-a-movie dining concept. Head to the Thaxton Speakeasy on Thursday, Oct. 10 from 5:30-10pm for Iron Kids 3, a kids-inspired cooking competition to benefit Discovering Options.  Nine courses prepared by a variety of local chefs will be paired with cocktails from nine area mixologists during a screening of “The Princess And The Frog,” which also serves as inspiration for the evening’s meal. Discovering Options helps at-risk children avoid drug use and other self-destructive behaviors through individual, school-based student support and comprehensive after-school programming that encourages family involvement.

It’s your last chance to check out Kitchen Kulture’s Preservation Dinner series at The Fortune Teller Bar. On Monday, Oct. 7, guests will enjoy “Vinagre,” the third and final installment of the preserved-foods-based dinner series. The menu features sunomono salad with shrimp, mushroom dashi and udon, miso-roasted black bass and ponzu, and soy caramel. Tickets are $75 per person for four courses with cocktail pairings. Reservations are available by calling 314.277.3881.

And speaking of last chances, be sure you head to agrarian during its final week in service. As if John Perkins’ creative and sumptuous vegetable dishes aren’t tempting enough, the temporary restaurant is offering three courses for $30, including anything on the menu. You’ll also find $3 cocktail specials every night. Get it before it’s gone!

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