This Week's Dish: Tour De Poulet Chicken Crawl Highlights Fried Chicken Dishes, Kopperman's Deli Switches Hands
Highlighting the best fried chicken in the city is the Tour de Poulet, a month-long chicken crawl moving through seven restaurants known for the dish. St. Louis Magazine reports that John Perkins, chef/owner of Juniper, said he came up with the idea when trying to figure out how to drive business in the traditionally slow month of August. On the Tour de Poulet, groups sample fried chicken at Home Wine Kitchen, Juniper, Element, Farmhaus, Quincy Street Bistro, Cleveland Heath and Three Flags Tavern. Three restaurants are offering the plate for lunch, three for dinner and one as an appetizer. Those who make it to all of the restaurants on the tour receive a free goodie from each restaurant.
Chris DiMercurio will helm Ben Poremba’s highly anticipated chicken and whiskey restaurant, Old Standard. DiMercurio has worked at Taste, Vino Nadoz and Element, and, more recently, has been working in Elaia‘s kitchen for the past few months with Poremba, Josh Charles, and Tudor Seserman. The restaurant is slated to open in mid-September. 1621 Tower Grove Ave., Botanical Heights
Kopperman’s Deli now has new owners. Brian Shearrer and Darin Jenkins of the Tower Grove South cafe Hartford Coffee Company have purchased the deli from longtime owner Sanford Rich. They announced the purchase in a Facebook post, noting that they’ve been looking for an expansion opportunity that was a good fit for more than two years. The Kopperman’s menu will remain largely the same. 386 N. Euclid Ave., Central West End, 314.361.0100
Sauce Magazine reports that River City Casino executive pastry chef Stephan Schubert was just named the National Winner in the American Culinary Federation’s 2014 Pastry Chef of the Year Award competition. The finals, held during the ACF National Convention from July 25 to 29 in Kansas City, consisted of a timed exhibition-style competition. This year’s competition was themed “The Wizard of Oz,” and Schubert won with a traditional éclair (topped with cherry mousse served along pistachio ice cream made from scratch and cardamom-flavored meringue), an all-chocolate showpiece and orange cookies with milk chocolate ganache and passion fruit jelly. In addition to the title, Schubert was also awarded $5,000.
Feast Magazine reports that Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Co. has partnered with Nashville-based Frothy Monkey on a new roasting company, Frothy Monkey Coffee Roasting Co. As an anchor tenant in Nashville’s INK building, Frothy Monkey Coffee Roasting Co. will have a training facility and cupping room, and will also feature full-service wholesale coffee support for local restaurants, cafes, grocery stores and gift shops serving the Nashville area.