This Week's Dish: Rick Lewis Plays 'Guy's Grocery Games,' Leaves Quincy Street Bistro for New Venture

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Local chef Rick Lewis was crowned champion of an episode of Food Network’s “Guy’s Grocery Games” Sunday night after facing off against three other James Beard-nominated chefs. After three rounds of cooking for the lineup of celebrity foodie judges, the Quincy Street Bistro chef walked away with $14,000 in winnings. In the episode, he told Fieri and the camera that the cash would help pay for a new car for his wife.

Photo courtesy of Food Network

Photo courtesy of Food Network

Also announced over the weekend by St. Louis Magazine, Lewis will be teaming up with Mike Emerson of Pappy’s Smokehouse to try their hands at the up-and-coming fried chicken scene in St. Louis. Lewis will be leaving his current position as chef-owner of Quincy Street Bistro to take on the new venture, called Southern, which will tentatively be opening this April in the space adjacent to Pappy’s. The 40-seat restaurant will be a fast-casual spot that will highlight classic Southern comfort food in an elevated fashion—which is a perfect combo for the cooking styles of Lewis and Emerson. As for Quincy Street, chef Chris Tirone will be taking the lead in the kitchen. Quincy Street Bistro, 6931 Gravois Ave., Princeton Heights, 314.353.1588; Southern, 3108 Olive St., Midtown

March 18: Bissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolatier will be teaming up with Anheuser-Busch in honor of Mayor Francis G. Slay’s 60th birthday this Wednesday. Held in the new Caramel Room at Bissinger’s, complimentary Brew Appétit culinary creations created by Bissinger’s executive chef Nick Miller will be paired alongside several award-wining beers described by 5th Generation Brewmaster George F. Reisch of Anheuser-Busch. A minimum donation of $50 per person is suggested. 1600 N. Broadway, Downtown, 314.615.2400

April 17: Cedar Lake Cellars is hosting its Wine and Dine monthly dinner featuring sweet white wines on Friday, April 17 from 6-9 pm. For $55 per person, the four-course meal includes items such as a baby spinach salad with fresh fruit, pecans covered with a peach Vignoles vinaigrette dressing paired with Cedar Lake Cellars’ Vignoles; and a spicy pork tenderloin in honey chipotle sauce and peaches accompanied by quinoa and couscous laced with agave nectar paired with Cedar Lake Cellars’ Pink Sunset. The final course rounds out the meal with a poached pear and raspberry custard paired with Cedar Lake Cellars’ M-OO-N Route. Reservations are recommended. 11008 Schreckengast Road, Wright City, Mo., 636.745.9500

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