This Week's Dish: Urban Harvest STL Constructing St. Louis' First Rooftop Farm

By Katlyn Moncada
In Food

Feb. 28: Magnolia Café, which is on the ground floor of KDHX in its new Grand Center location, will be launching a brunch- and music-paired series this month. As reported by Feast, Brunch at the Stage will feature local music on The Stage, located in the back of the radio station’s locally-sourced cafe that is spearheaded by Black Bear Bakery founder Bobby Sweet. Brunch will be served every Saturday from 9am-2pm, with music from 10am-noon. 3524 Washington Ave., Grand Center, 314.925.7556

Photo courtesy of Mango Peruvian Cuisine

Photo courtesy of Mango Peruvian Cuisine

March 2015: Construction will soon be underway for the FOOD ROOF Farm by Urban Harvest STL. After developing St. Louis’ first Community Garden in 2011 that moved from ground to the deck of a parking garage, the venture was funded as one of the first projects through the Rally Saint Louis crowdsourcing program. The farm will be located Downtown on top of a three-story building on 14th and Convention Plaza. The 10,000-square-foot rooftop will also include an outdoor classroom as well as a place for community events. The FOOD ROOF Farm will not only grow crops, but also raise chickens, tend bees and demonstrate innovative approaches to urban agriculture like hydroponics and vertical farming. Construction is expected to finish by the end of the summer, with the first harvest coming in the fall.

April 2: The Riverfront Times 9th Annual Iron Fork is set for April 2 at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel Grand Ballrooms. Guests can enjoy cocktails and signature dishes served by 40 of St. Louis’ top restaurants including Athlete Eats, Cleveland-Heath, Juniper, Salume Beddu, Mission Taco Joint and many more. The event will also feature a chefs competition sponsored by Whole Foods Market. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the St. Louis Area Foodbank. Tickets start at $40 and are now available to purchase. 1820 Market St., Downtown, 314.421.6655

Spring 2015: Mango Peruvian Cuisine announced its upcoming relocation last week. The current Downtown location at 1101 Lucas Ave. will remain open while renovations are made to complete the new space just around the corner at 1001 Washington Ave. Mango’s new location—which housed Mosaic Tapas until 2013—will feature a large floor plan, patio and a private dining space complete with a full bar fit for a large array of vibrant events. “I will continue the loft-style environment and comfort we have established here in our new location.” says executive chef and proprietor Jorge Calvo in a statement. “I want our guests to feel like they are walking into the same Mango they have grown to love, just bigger and better.” 1001 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.621.9993

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