This Week's Dish: RJ Chocolatier Debuts Hot Chocolate, Jack MacMurray Joins Joe Buck's Downtown, Lumiere Place Launches Themed Buffet Nights
RJ Chocolatier has transformed its passion for bean to bar chocolate into liquid form, and is now offering scratch-made artisan hot chocolate at its boutique in Chesterfield. Owner Rick Jordan imports 79 percent dark chocolate from the Upala region of Costa Rica specially for the drink, which he then blends with milk, cream and sugar in decadent proportions. The hot chocolate is $3 per cup in-store, or you can buy a package of pre-made hot chocolate mix to prepare yourself at home for $12.
Jack MacMurray III, known in the local food scene as “Jack Mac,” has joined the culinary team at Joe Buck’s Downtown. Among MacMurray’s most notable accomplishments are winning the Chef Battle Royale at Taste of St. Louis and the Crystal Cajun Cook-Off in Soulard, as well as launching his own line of spices and rubs under the Jack Mac name. He’s bringing that success to the table at Joe Buck’s, with some flavor-packed menu items, including an Eggs Benedict burger, basil hummus and deep-fried, panko-breaded bacon mac ‘n cheese balls.
Beginning last week, The Kitchen Buffet and Bistro, Lumière Place’s award-winning buffet, will feature a different theme each night for dinner. Every night of the week will feature 10 themed dishes to indulge in, plus all the usual buffet favorites on its eight food stations. The theme nights will be as follows throughout the week:
- Monday: Cajun/Creole Night includes crab cakes, remolaude, seafood gumbo and shrimp jambalaya
- Tuesday: Prime Rib Night
- Wednesday: Seafood Night includes lobster risotto, linguini clam sauce and oysters
- Thursday: Mexican Night features a build-your-own burrito, taco and quesadilla station, plus favorites like spiced pork tamale and empanadas
- Friday: Crab Legs Night
- Saturday: Steak and Shrimp Night
- Sunday: Asian Night includes fresh sushi, Peking duck, lo mein, crawfish, pho and beef and broccoli