This Week's Dish: Pinckney Bend Whiskey Wins World Spirits Competition, Pop-up At Lab1500 Combines Culinary And Entrepreneurial Minds

By Molly Rippinger
In Food

Congratulations are in order for two local eateries, Pappy’s Smokehouse and Guerrilla Street Food, who won The Munchies: People’s Choice Food Awards. Pappy’s clinched the barbecue category, beating out four other establishments from across the country including the Kansas City institution, Arthur Bryant’s. Guerrilla Street Food also went up against tough competition in the best food truck category, having to trump trucks from New York City, Austin and Washington, D.C. The nominees were chosen by 41 experts throughout the restaurant industry, including St. Louis’ own Gerard Craft, while the winners were determined by a popular vote conducted through The Munchies’ website.

Image courtesy of Pinckney Bend Distillery

Image courtesy of Pinckney Bend Distillery

Yet another local establishment garnered a national award as Pinckney Bend Distillery clinched the double gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The winning spirit was Pinckney Bend’s Rested American Whiskey, which gets its unique flavor from an aging process in Missouri white oak barrels. This is Pinckney Bend’s 14th year distilling in New Haven, Mo. and their third time taking home a medal from the World Spirits Competition.

Local coffee roaster, Kaldi’s, has announced plans for a new 30,000-square-foot roasting facility at 3983 Gratiot St. The news came from Feast Magazine, along with other changes to commemorate the Kaldi’s 20th anniversary, including a rebranding of their current logo and expansion into Kansas City. This coming weekend, learn a little more about Kaldi’s by attending the third annual Caffeine Crawl, an event that takes participants on a tour of local coffee shops including Kaldi’s.

On May 2, two great culinary minds will team up with entrepreneurial center, Lab1500, for a creative pop-up concept called Saloon1500. John Perkins of Juniper and Adam Hautly of Brains and Bacon will be executing a three-course dinner that highlights seasonal ingredients from the area. The goal of Salon1500 is to facilitate a conversation between individuals who are passionate about food, business opportunities and bettering the local community. Dinner begins at 6pm and is $75 per person. 1500 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.779.8329.

Don’t miss the chance to expand your foodie education from the folks at Slow Food St. Louis, who are hosting SLOWednesday events to support local food traditions and also to raise awareness about issues surrounding sustainability. The events are held every second Wednesday of the month in the Crown Room at Schlafly Bottleworks and include everything from films to educational presentations and discussions about upcoming local food events. Catch the next SLOWednesday on May 14 when the short film “Seeds of Freedom” will be shown. Doors open at 7pm and a $5 donation to benefit the Slow Food Small Farm Micro Biodiversity Grant is suggested.

Lastly, be sure to mark your calendars for The Good Food Awards Roadshow, which will be making a stop in St. Louis this fall. As reported by Saint Louis Magazine, the roadshow will feature products from the Good Food Merchants Guild as well as those of the Good Food Awards winners. This past year, Kakao Chocolate and Hammons Black Walnuts both took home first place in their categories at the annual Good Food Awards in San Francisco. The specific date or location for the roadshow has yet to be released, but it will be held in November.

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