This Week's Dish: Taste of St. Louis Moves To Chesterfield, 700th Vodka At Sub Zero, Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Co. Goes Fair-Trade

By Molly Rippinger
In Food
Image courtesy of Taste of St. Louis

Image courtesy of Taste of St. Louis

A big move is in store for the 10th annual Budweiser Taste of St. Louis, which will make the jump from Downtown at Soldiers’ Memorial out to the Chesterfield Central Park and Amphitheater come this summer.

As reported by Ian Froeb at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, directors of the event explained that the relocation would allow more opportunities for growth. A press release suggested celebrity chefs from Food Network, Cooking Channel or Bravo could be using the amphitheater for cooking demonstrations. Restaurant row will also showcase a more diverse lineup with an increase of participants from St. Louis County, St. Charles County and beyond. Though the changes have caused quite a stir around town, the intent of Taste—according to their press release—is still, “giving everyone the opportunity to taste the best of what the region has to offer.” Taste of St. Louis will take place Sept. 19-21.

The brunch game is getting a little bigger around St. Louis with Hiro Asian Kitchen and Chaumette Winery adding the mid-morning meal later this month. At Hiro, look for a fusion of traditional American and Chinese flavors in dishes such as dim sum and fried chicken. Beginning on March 16, Chaumette will offer Sunday brunch with items like house-made pastries, Meyer Farm Berkshire pork sausage, quiche du jour along with weekly specials.

Wine lovers have lots to toast to this spring, beginning with the opportunity to help support our beloved Forest Park by simply sipping on specific wine selections at area restaurants. With each glass or bottle purchased, a portion of the sales will be donated to Forest Park Forever, a foundation firmly dedicated to maintaining all aspects of the park. The participating restaurants will be released later this month, though a few labels you can expect to see included are Estancia, Simi, Wild Horse and Kim Crawford.

Next, mark your calendars for a tasting of German wines at The Restaurant at The Cheshire on Wednesday, March 12. Wine maker Tilman Quiens from the Valckenberg Winery will be on hand to lead guests in a tasting of six special wines. The portfolio will include samplings of two rieslings, the JJ Prum Graach Himmelreich and Valckenberg Kesselstatt, as well as a rare pinot noir. Local cheeses and homemade sausages will be served along with the samples. Tickets are $12 per person. 7036 Clayton Ave., Clayton, 314.932.7818.

Acero will host another wine event on Wednesday, March 12, with a special dinner featuring the Italian wines of Matteo Correggia. The daughter of Matteo, Brigitta Correggia, will be at Acero to explain the process of winemaking and walk guests through each pairing. A beautiful five-course menu highlighting the culinary traditions of the Piedmont region of Italy will include dishes like pasta with a light veal ragù and braised beef cheeks with creamy polenta. 7266 Manchester Rd., Maplewood, 314.644.1790.

Vodka drinkers have reason to celebrate too because last month Sub Zero acquired their 700th bottle, which happened to be the one-time edition by Buffalo Trace called CLIX. Once they receive confirmation from the Guinness Book of World Records, Sub Zero could have the largest vodka collection in the world. Getting a taste of the 700th vodka won’t be cheap, with just a single ounce ringing in at $75. 308 N. Euclid Ave., Central West End, 314.367.1200.

Praise is in order for Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Co., which announced earlier this month that they are in the process of becoming a Fair Trade-certified business by sourcing their cocoa and cane sugar from more ethical suppliers in Africa and Belize. While the switch does not alter the quality or prices of their products, it does ensure that the farmers receive adequate compensation for their efforts, which makes the global market more sustainable as a whole. Look for the Fair Trade seal to soon be on all Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate products. 5025 Pattison Ave., The Hill, 314.338.3501. 

On a more somber note, a fire raged before dawn on Tuesday, March 4 at Clarksville Station at Overlook Farm. The damages destroyed the restaurant, though the inns are still intact and owner Nathalie Pettus says she will begin to rebuild as soon as possible.

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