This Week's Dish: STL's Simone Faure Heads To Next Round on Food Network Baking Competiton

By Kelsey Waananen
In Food

Last week The Purple Martin unveiled a new menu that reflects their new head chef’s Haitian background. The full summer menu is still being workshopped, but for now they’ve released a spring teaser, featuring wings cooked with a Caribbean spice blend and finished with a mango glaze and Haitian chicken, served with Haiti-style red beans and rice. 2800 Shenandoah Ave, Fox Park, 314.898.0011

Photo courtesy of Purple Martin

Photo courtesy of The Purple Martin

St. Louis Magazine reports that St. Louis is about to get its very own ramen house, Nami Ramen. Owner Jason Jan will open a fast-casual noodle house in Clayton some time in late summer. Look for 12 signature ramen bowls and the option to even build your own. 46 N. Central Ave, Clayton, namiramen.com

Last week OpenTable announced their Top 100 Hot Spots in America for 2015 list, which is based on the reviews submitted by OpenTable’s verified diners. Sub Zero Vodka Bar, which has placed on the list for the past three years, was the only Missouri restaurant to rank this year. 308 N. Euclid Ave, Central West End, 314.367.1200

April 26: La Patisserie Choquette’s Simone Faure started strong on last night’s Food Network Spring Baking Championship, where each baker stands to bring $50,000 home with a win. Faure finished in the top three of last night’s upside-down cake challenge and earned high praise from each of the judges, though Charm City Cakes’ Duff Goldman was especially taken with her French take on the classic dessert. Catch the next episode Sunday, May 3 at 8pm.

Athletes Eats will be a little different this summer. You can expect the food to remain the same, but Simon Lusky, team chef for the St. Louis Cardinals, has decided to rebrand his healthy eats restaurant on Cherokee Street as Revel Kitchen. The planned Athlete Eats food truck will now debut at the first Food Truck Friday of the season (May 8) as Revel Kitchen Food Truck. 2837 Cherokee St., Cherokee Street, 314.932.5566

May 2: Head down to Cherokee Street this weekend for the neighborhood’s annual Cinco De Mayo celebration. Twenty bands on three different stages will set the mood as you peruse the vendors, take your turn on the mechanical bull and take in all the authentic Mexican food and drink you can manage. Don’t miss the eclectic parade—featuring Elvis impersonators and Mexican wrestlers—which starts at 1:11pm and winds through Benton Park.

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