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Pieology Pizzeria Embarks on International Expansion with Entry Into Mexico City

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Pieology Pizzeria Embarks on International Expansion with Entry Into Mexico City

Pieology Pizzeria: Award-Winning Franchise Taps Mexican Partner to Meet Growing International Demand

August 19, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Pieology, the creator of personally-inspired pizzas, announces international expansion into Mexico.  The expansion will take place before the end of the year, with stores in the Polanco and San Jose de Insurgentes Sur areas of Mexico City.

“The pizza market is one of the largest in Mexico and consumers are demanding better quality, personalized offerings and new opportunities to expand their palate,” said Steve Kishi, VP of Franchise Development.  As the former VP of International Development for Carl’s Jr., Kishi oversaw the brand’s entry into Mexico and has been tasked with leading international relationships for Pieology’s newest endeavor.  “Pieology offers higher quality ingredients, customer service and a dining experience that we feel meets the Mexican consumer’s growing expectations.”

Franchise partner OPFRA S.A. de C.V., a Mexican holding company based in Mexico City, will operate the Pieology brand within the Mexican territory.  With development rights for the entire Republic of Mexico, OPFRA has committed to 47 new Pieology locations in the initial development phase, located in not only Mexico City, but the surrounding areas as well.

“The key to success in launching an international franchise is the selection of outstanding and successful business people as our franchisees,” said Kishi.  “We are excited to partner with the ownership group of OPFRA and their vast depth of professional business connections, especially in the real estate development sector.”

Owned by an established local Mexican family, OPFRA affiliates have diverse ownership of a premium supermarket chain along with several other retail and real estate businesses in Mexico, including many joint ventures and master franchise agreements with top American retail brands.  In addition to establishing a national infrastructure for Pieology, OPFRA looks forward to future expansion throughout the franchised restaurant sector.

Since 2011, Pieology has been dishing out delicious hand-crafted pizzas, growing from a simple idea to bring creativity back to pizza that now encompasses more than 100 stores across the nation with additional international expansion opportunities on the horizon.

About Pieology Pizzeria

Using only the freshest ingredients along with signature sauces and crusts, award-winning Pieology offers hand-crafted, personally-inspired pizzas in unlimited flavor combinations that are stone oven fired in six minutes or less.  Founded in 2011, Pieology was created from the simple idea to turn America’s most craveable food into an affordable and interactive experience.  Pieology’s mission is to inspire individual creativity in a positive atmosphere where guests can gather with family and friends, while enjoying their delicious pizza creations.  Along with providing great food and a memorable dining experience, Pieology is committed to making a positive difference in the communities it serves, one pie at a time.  Named the 2015 #1 Fastest Growing Chain by Technomic, Pieology is steadily expanding its U.S. footprint, with commitments throughout the country in various stages of development.  For more information, visit http://www.pieology.com, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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08/19/2017 |

The Writing is on the Wall: The Shack Breakfast & Lunch is a hit!

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The Writing is on the Wall: The Shack Breakfast & Lunch is a hit!

The Shack in Frontenac, MO – Breakfast & Lunch

FRONTENAC, MO/August 19, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) The Shack in Frontenac dazzles the pallet with intriguing dishes spiced with humor.  Plan on arriving a little early and before the stomach growling so you can enjoy scanning the menu where you’ll find amusing names such as the Witness Protection™omelet (avocado, mozzarella & tomato); the Gringo Killer™ Skillet (chorizo, onion, bell peppers, green chili salsa & Shack cheese); or the If Tim & Biebs Went to Prison Skillet (fried chicken breast on a biscuit smothered in gravy, sharp cheddar cheese & green onions) and Plates such as Ma…The Meatloaf (bacon-wrapped meatloaf stuffed with onions & peppers served over crispy hash browns & topped with homemade gravy and two sunny side eggs), or the Love Me Now Hate Me Later™ (breakfast burrito stuffed with scrambled eggs, tater tots, crushed Fritos & cheddar cheese nestled on a bed of chili smothered with Shack cheese and topped with green onion); or the Why The French Hate Us™ (Toasted Croissant stuffed with two sausage links, scrambled eggs, covered in Shack gravy and cheddar cheese); or the Do It Yourself Meg Ryan; or the Up The River Without a Paddle (Smoked salmon, thick cut bacon, lettuce, tomato & peppercorn aioli on a brioche bun); or the Cease & Desist (1/4 seared double stack burger, shredded lettuce, peppercorn aioli, bacon jam, white cheddar, tomato and red onion); or the Ta-Ta Tacos* (beer-battered panko-breaded tilapia, cabbage, salsa fresca, queso blanco, and avocado spread; and many more. * – Note: For each taco order sold, one dollar is donated to the TaTa Sisterhood organization, which provides financial and motivational support for women battling triple negative breast cancer.

There’s plenty of sweet love at the Shack Griddle with a variety of Belgian Waffles, Pancakes such as The King Lives (chocolate chips, bacon, banana & peanut butter drizzle); and French Toast Brioche such as the Merica (strawberries, blueberries, marscapoe honey glaze topped with whipped cream and powered sugar).

If you like your sandwiches hard pressed, you might enjoy a Panini, which they have several such as the Rubin, or Turkey Foccaia, and the Wicked Good Turkey to name a few.  Sides include Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Sweet Pot Tots, Fries, Homemade Chips, and more.

The Shack salads are huge and big enough for sharing.  Among their savory dressings, their white balsamic vinaigrette stands out and is absolutely fabulous.  For those sustaining healthier habits there are options such as egg white omelets, skillets, Avocado Focaccia, Granola & Fruit Parfaits, Fresh Fruit and more.

The Shack also specializes in Gluten Free cuisine with dedicated skillets and fryers when preparing all gluten free meals. The GF Menu includes omelets, skillets, pancakes (YES pancakes), chicken Strips & Buffalo chicken (breaded in-house with wheat free flour); a variety of Sammies served on gluten-free buns such as the S.O.B (chicken, bacon, tomato, jalapenos, avocado spread and pepper jack cheese), a Philly, and the Caprese to name a few. And don’t forget the yummy smoothies (which are non-fat and gluten free) such as “UR My Boy Blue (blueberry), Billy Bob’s Straw (strawberry) and Gone ‘Biebs” (banana).

As you’ll note during your visit, The Shack’s witty theme is tied into every aspect of the dining experience. The hipster barn vibe with re-purposed wood throughout, most of which are sharpie decorated with colorful autographs by happy patrons enhances the fun mood for enjoying breakfast or lunch with family, friends, colleagues, a date or perhaps a morning cocktail with a quick bite at the bar. Will that be a mimosa with your breakfast? Or how about one of these clever concoctions: Good Mooning (Blue moon, Amsterdam Peach, St. Germain, cranberry & orange juice) or a Meaty Mary (Zing Zang Tomato juice, Cucumber Vodka, Shack-seasoned rim bacon, cheese, that comes with a Beef Jerky Straw), or perhaps one of the Shack’s Cereal Killer Boozie Shakes such as: I Do What I Want (Coco puffs, Yogurt, Bailey’s & Frangelico), or Not That There’s Anything Wrong with That (Yogurt, Loopy Vodka, Froot Loops, strawberries & blueberries), and others to kick up the party.

The Shack is managed by the OG Hospitality Group (which also manages The Corner Pub and Grill, and the award wining 2011 Restaurant of the year, The Tavern Kitchen and Bar)

The Shack additional locations are in Valley Park and Chesterfield.

The Shack – Frontenac:
731 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63131
Phone: (314) 736-5900

Hours:
Breakfast: (7 days) 6:30am – 2pm
Lunch: (Mon-Sat) 11am – 2pm

The Shack – Valley Park:
13645 Big Bend Rd. Ste.105
St. Louis, MO 63122
(636) 529-1600

Hours:
Breakfast: (7 days) 7am – 2pm
Lunch: (Mon-Fri) 11am – 2pm

The Shack – Chesterfield:
14810 Clayton Rd.
Chesterfield, MO 63017
(636) 220-9367

Hours:
Breakfast: (7 days) 6:30am – 2pm
Lunch: (Mon-Sat) 11am – 2pm

www.shackstl.com

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08/19/2017 |

Nixta Makes Bon Appétit’s 10 Best New Restaurants List

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Nixta Makes Bon Appétit’s 10 Best New Restaurants List

Bon Appétit Picks Nixta as One of America’s 10 Hot New Restaurants

ST. LOUIS, MO/August 19, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – St. Louis’ favorite new Mexican restaurant is one of the best new restaurants in America.  That’s According to Bon Appétit, which named Nixta (1621 Tower Grove Ave.) one of The Best New Restaurants in America 2017.  This year’s “Hot 10” list includes ten restaurants from major foodie cities like New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and New Orleans.  Two restaurants from St. Louis, Nixta and Chef Michael Gallina’s Vicia had been among 50 finalists.  Nixta is the only restaurant in Missouri, and one of only three restaurants in the Midwest to make this year’s list. (Chicago’s Elske and Giant were the other two.)

Bon Appétit deputy editor Andrew Knowlton and senior projects editor Julia Kramer spent nearly a year traveling across the U.S., sampled food coast to coast.  They traveled a combined 35,000 miles and ate at hundreds of restaurants in 41 cities in researching their subjects to find this year’s winners.

Nixta, which opened last November, is part of chef-restaurateur Ben Poremba’s portfolio which includes Elaia, Olio, and another new restaurant last year, Parigi.  Nixta’s kitchen is led by executive chef Tello Carreon, who combines his childhood in Guanajuato, Mexico, his expert culinary skills, and fresh ingredients to create upscale, contemporary Mexican dishes like nowhere else.

In selecting Nixta to the Hot 10, the Bon Appétit editors lauded Carreon for his broad approach to Mexican cuisine, praising him for not limiting his dishes or choice of ingredients to just one region of Mexico. Of Carreon’s food, the magazine writes: “He makes deeply complex moles the way his grandmother taught him.  He fries mushroom-cheese flautas that could be the ultimate bar food.  He applies dots of rose water foam to a stunning ceviche of juicy, plump shrimp.”  But it’s the octopus at Nixta that especially got their attention.  It is the most popular dish on the Nixta menu for good reason. Bon Appetit’s Julia Kramer called it “a perfect specimen” and extolled its crispy tentacles, describing it as “tender and meaty,” and not too soft in the middle.

St. Louis diners already knew Nixta was an amazing dining experience.  It had already earned much local, critical acclaim, and Nixta had won a spot on our customer review-based Tapas & Small Plate Top 10 list in June.  The restaurant’s exquisite food is served in a cozy, colorful dining space.  Reservations are strongly recommended, since this place fills up fast.  If you’re there on a Friday or Saturday night, be sure to stick around past 10:00 p.m. when the restaurant transforms into Bar Limon, offering a late-night menu, cocktails made with plenty of Mezcal and premium tequila, plus live music and salsa dancing.  Nixta and Bar Limon have quickly become St. Louis favorites, and now the secret is out, thanks to Bon Appétit.

Contact Information:

Nixta
Owner: Ben Poremba (Bengelina)
Executive Chef: Tello Carreon
Botanical Heights
1621 Tower Grove Ave.
Saint Louis 63110
Phone: (314) 899-9000

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08/19/2017 |

3rd Annual Rock the Hops in Alton – Tickets Selling Fast

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3rd Annual Rock the Hops in Alton – Tickets Selling Fast

Rock the Hops in Alton Celebrates Music, Beer & Art

Alton, IL/August 18, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Alton will be sipping beer and rocking on Saturday, August 19th at the third annual Rock the Hops Festival.  The event celebrates music, beer, and art across multiple venues in the historic downtown Alton entertainment district.  Now in its third year, the event was dreamed up by Alton-natives and alternative-rockers Drew and Hope Mader.  The event doubled in size last year.  It’s added even more venues, acts, and craft brewers this year.

The Rock the Hops festival runs from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, and includes dozens of musical performances, scores of craft beers to sample, plus lots of vendor booths showcasing the work of local artists and artisans.  Venues participating in this year’s event include Bottle and Barrel, Chez Marilyn, Elijah P’s, Germania Brew House, Hops House at Argosy Casino, The Old Bakery Beer Company, and Tony’s.

There will be more than 40 styles of craft beer to sample.  The list of brewers participating in this year’s event includes several St. Louis area favorites like 4 Hands Brewing Company (St. Louis), 4204 Main Street Brewing Company (Belleville), Excel Bottling & Brewing Company (Breese), Big Muddy Brewing (Murphysboro), Grafton Winery & Brewhaus (Grafton), Gumbo Flats Brewery (Chesterfield), Peel Brewing Company (O’Fallon, IL), Recess Brewing (Edwardsville), The Old Bakery Beer Company (Alton), O’Fallon Brewery (Maryland Heights), Schlafly Beer (St. Louis), Urban Chestnut Brewing Co (St. Louis), and more.  Some Illinois craft brewers who might not be as well known in the Gateway City will also be there.  Look for Destihl Brewery of Normal and Champaign as well as St. Nicholas Brewing Co. of Du Quoin.  The list of out-of-town craft brewers includes Elysian Brewing (Seattle) and Golden Road Brewing (Los Angeles), with more labels signing on.

More than 29 local bands will perform throughout the festival, including the Mader’s Hope & Therapy, which is actually playing at Tony’s at 8:15, as the event winds down.  Some of the other local favorites at Rock and Hops include Seashine, The Trophy Mules, Prairie Rehab, The Fade, Pono AM, Hideous gentlemen, Catching the Westbound, MFG, Polyshades, Mayor Maynot, Orphan Welles, Bastard and the Crows, Floor Nine, Scribble, and The Bonbon Plot.

The Bonbon Plot performing earlier this year at Lighthouse Sounds (115 Market St, Alton) is among the bands lined up for Alton’s 2017 Rock the Hops festival Saturday, August 19.

In its first two years, the event sold out completely.  As of this writing, there are still General Admission tickets ($30) available through Brown Paper Tickets (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2989197).  But festival organizers say the event is likely to sell out again this year, and may do so well ahead of the 2:00 p.m. start time Saturday.

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08/18/2017 |

Red Robin Celebrates National Lemonade Day in Support of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

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The Gourmet Burger Authority™ to Serve Samples of Freckled Lemonade® and Raise Funds to Help Find a Cure for Childhood Cancer

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, CO/Aug.18, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Red Robin (RR) is standing by its tradition to support the fight against childhood cancer on National Lemonade Day.  This Sunday, Aug. 20, participating Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews® restaurants will host lemonade stands to serve guests free samples of its famous Freckled Lemonade and collect donations for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding better treatments and cures for all children with cancer.

“Red Robin is proud to support our charity partner Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and celebrate National Lemonade Day for a fifth consecutive year,” says Jonathan Muhtar, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Red Robin.  “It’s truly a day we look forward to each year, as we continue to support the fight against pediatric cancer and give back to families and children who need it the most.”

Freckled Lemonade is a refreshing blend of sweet strawberries and tangy Minute Maid® Lemonade.  The signature beverage with bottomless refills has been a Red Robin guest favorite for more than 20 years and is available in restaurants nationwide.  For a limited time, RR guests can also enjoy the new Freckled Lemonade Smoothie for a creamy twist on the guest favorite.

RR’s support for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation continues beyond National Lemonade Day.  The casual dining chain donates all Freckled Lemonade sales during the grand opening week of its new restaurant openings to the charity to help find a cure for all kids with cancer.  For more information about the partnership or to make a donation, visit www.redrobin.com/alsf, or contact your local Red Robin restaurant for lemonade stand hours of operation.

About Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (NASDAQ: RRGB)

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (www.redrobin.com), a casual dining restaurant chain founded in 1969 that operates through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Red Robin International, Inc., and under the trade name, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews, is the Gourmet Burger Authority™, famous for serving more than two dozen craveable, high-quality burgers with Bottomless Steak Fries® in a fun environment welcoming to guests of all ages.  At Red Robin, burgers are more than just something guests eat; they’re a bonding experience that brings together friends and families, kids and adults.  In addition to its many burger offerings, Red Robin serves a wide variety of salads, soups, appetizers, entrees, desserts and signature beverages. Red Robin offers a variety of options behind the bar, including its extensive selection of local and regional beers, and innovative adult beer shakes and cocktails, earning the restaurant a VIBE Vista Award for Best Beer Program in a Multi-Unit Chain Restaurant.  There are more than 550 Red Robin restaurants across the United States and Canada, including Red Robin Express® locations and those operating under franchise agreements.  Red Robin… YUMMM®!  Connect with Red Robin on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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08/18/2017 |

Stumpy’s Spirits Distillery—Making Farm-to-Table Spirits

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Stumpy’s Spirits Distillery—Making Farm-to-Table Spirits

Stumpy’s is a Family-Owned Whiskey Farm in Columbia, IL

Columbia, IL/August 15, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – We’re all familiar with the farm-to-table trend in restaurants and catering, but what about farm to bottle?  Would local sourcing, and growing their own ingredients entice you to try a fresh alcoholic beverage brand?  What if it gave you the chance to support another local business?  The folks at Stumpy’s Spirits Distillery, 1727 Centerville Road in Columbia, Illinois are hoping their grain-to-glass methods will do just that.  This Metro East distillery may be the perfect brand for anyone looking for a locally sourced product which packs a punch while maintaining its small-batch integrity.

Adam Stumpf founded his distillery in 2014, after developing a business plan during an entrepreneurship class while working toward his MBA at Washington University.  He started making his own beer back in his undergraduate days in Rolla, Mo.  He told the Belleville News-Democrat, “There’s literally nothing to do in Rolla other than school and beer.”  So, he took up brewing, eventually trying his hand at distillation.  He fell in love with the process, and founded the distillery on his family’s farm. This is a small-batch, craft distillery that aims to give customers a farm fresh, pure drinking experience.  This makes Stumpy’s Distillery a truly unique local business—they don’t just make the whiskey, they grow the grain and pump the water from the well to make it with.  So, when they say that they are locally sourced, they really mean it.

Stumpf says being able to source almost all their ingredients from their 8th generation family farm has allowed them to have absolute control of the quality of the ingredients they use.

Stumpy’s founder Adam Stumpf spoke with Fox 2’s John Pertzborn about what goes into making quality whiskey.

Stumpy’s is the first distillery in Columbia, Illinois since the repeal of Prohibition back in the 1930’s.  Before the alcohol ban was lifted, there was an illegal distillery named Old Monroe open on Main Street in Columbia.  Stumpf pays tribute to the old bootleggers by adopting the Old Monroe label for his whiskeys.  Stumpy’s has four labels on the market so far: Old Monroe Bourbon Whisky (single barrel wheated, 90 proof), three Old Monroe flavored whiskeys (Pecan Pie, Lemon Drop, and Honey—all 60 proof), Old Monroe White Whiskey (100 proof), and their very first product, Unbroken Vodka (80 proof).  And, the distillery has something else promising in the works—a new alcohol which Stumpf calls a “Midwestern version of a Scotch single malt” which he hopes to be releasing to the public in the near future.

Want to try a taste of what Stumpy’s has to offer?  Well, you can!  The company’s products are available at several area retailers, and served in a variety of local restaurants and bars.  Here’s a few:

Total Wine – Town & Country at 13887 Manchester Rd, Town and Country MO
Total Wine – Chesterfield at 1781 Clarkson Rd, Chesterfield MO
Friar Tuck – O’Fallon at 4629 Hwy K, O’Fallon MO

Friar Tuck – Crestwood at 9053 Watson Rd, Crestwood MO
Friar Tuck – Fenton at 792 Gravois Bluff Blvd, Fenton MO
Telegraph Liquors at 5661 Telegraph Road in St. Louis, MO
The Wine & Cheese Place – Creve Coeur at 457 N Ballas Rd, Creve Coeur MO
The Wine & Cheese Place – Clayton at 7435 Forsyth Blvd, St. Louis MO
Fallon’s Bar & Grill at 9200 Olive Blvd, Olivette MO
St. Louis Brewery (The Schlafly Tap Room) at 2100 Locust St, St. Louis MO
TwinOak Wood Fired Fare at 1201 Strassner, Brentwood MO
Wild Flower Restaurant & Catering at 4900 Laclede Ave, St. Louis MO
One Eyed Willie’s Pub & Grill at 2924 Telegraph Road in St. Louis, MO
Who Dat’s Southern Food at 123 South Main Street in Columbia, IL
Chateau La Vin at 119 S Main Street in Columbia, IL
J. Fires’ Market Bistro at 725 North Market Street in Waterloo, IL
Boxing Turtle Saloon at 1310 Dutch Hollow Road in Belleville, IL.

Stumpy’s products are also available online at http://stumpysspirits.com/

You can learn more about whiskey making by touring Stumpy’s Spirits Distillery.  There’s also an onsite tasting room, so you can actually sip a farm fresh alcoholic beverage at the farm where it was created.  Talk about knowing where your product comes from!  Distillery tours, tastings, full bottle sales, and merchandise are available Thursday – Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The 45-minute tours begin at 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 p.m.

Stumpy’s also hosts special events at the distillery, such as the spirits tasting and crawfish boil (a collaboration with Geaux Cajun) back in June.  Next month they’re hosting their first painting party.  Reservations are being accepted for the Pour.  Sip.  Paint.  Party!  On Wednesday, August 16 (6:30 p.m.)  Seating is limited.  As the business continues to grow, more fresh, fun events will be held Stumpy’s Spirits Distillery.  In the meantime, Adam Stumpf and his family are busy growing wheat, barley, and rye, and making farm fresh whiskey (and bourbon and vodka) from grain to glass.

Contact Information:

Stumpy’s Spirits Distillery
Owner: Adam Stumpf
1727 Centerville Road
Columbia, IL 62236
Phone: (618) 281-7733

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By Katie Smith

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08/15/2017 |

Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria to Host August Giveback Tuesday Event Benefiting National Council of Jewish Women

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Katie's Pizza and Pasta Osteria to Host August Giveback Tuesday Event Benefiting National Council of Jewish Women

ST. LOUIS, MO/August 12, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria in Rock Hill is proud to announce their upcoming Giveback Tuesday event, which will benefit the National Council of Jewish Women. The event is slated for Tues., August 22.

Every month, Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria features a local nonprofit charity and donates 100 percent of the earned proceeds from the entire day to the charity. Lunch, dinner, drinks, and carryout are all included. So far, Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria has donated more than $120,000 to local nonprofit organizations.

Funds raised from this Giveback Tuesday event will help support the National Council of Jewish Women and their annual Back to School! Store, which is a one-day event in which more than 1,300 pre-selected elementary school children walk through and choose brand new items from the organization’s pop-up store.

The money raised will help purchase clothing, backpacks filled with school supplies, coats and winter wear, shoes, and personal care items for more than 1,300 underserved children.

“We are honored to be part of Katie’s Giveback Tuesday program on August 22,” said Jennifer Scissors, a volunteer co-chair of National Council of Jewish Women’s Back to School! Store. “It’s so gratifying to see underprivileged children receive the clothing and supplies they need to start school with enthusiasm, positive self-esteem, and a readiness to learn at our Back to School! Store. We know this could not be possible without the help of local organizations and businesses like Katie’s.”

Founded in 1985, the National Council of Jewish Women works to improve the lives of women, children, and families throughout the Greater St. Louis region. The organization helps more than 9,000 people each year and partners with more than 45 social service agencies, churches, and community organizations to identify qualifying children from low-income families whose needs are not currently being met by existing services.

Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria is open every day at 11 a.m. and features Happy Hour specials from 3 to 5 p.m. and 9 to 10 p.m. Carry-outs are also available.

For more information or to make reservations, please call (314) 942-6555 or visit http://www.katiespizzaandpasta.com.

For more information about the National Council of Jewish Women, please visit http://www.ncjwstl.org.

Location:

Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria

9568 Manchester Road

St. Louis, Missouri 63119

Phone: (314) 942-6555

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08/13/2017 |

Explore an affordable All-You-Can-Eat Japanese Cuisine at Sushi AI

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Explore an affordable All-You-Can-Eat Japanese Cuisine at Sushi AI

Sushi AI, St. Charles, Missouri

ST. CHARLES, MO/August 12, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Sushi AI located in St. Charles creates an exotic yet casual dining atmosphere.  As you’re seated to your cozy table you’ll notice that you are surrounded by green bamboo floor to ceiling accents, which perfectly set the mood for your culinary adventure.  And you can enjoy exploring without blowing your budget with Sushi AI’s All-You-Can -Eat” lunch and dinner specials.  And for those who are true sushi connoisseurs, this is a pretty big deal as this type of dining can be quite costly, but not at Sushi AI!

One of the most enjoyable aspects of this type of food is the delicate and colorful presentation.  Legend has it that a truly great itamae-san or sushi chef should be able to create the nigirizushi or sushi in which all of the rice grains face the same direction.  At this restaurant, expect to see beautiful culinary art on your plate.

For fans who enjoy the traditional raw fresh fish rolls, sushi or sashimi, there’s a wide variety of rolls or hand rolls to chose from such as: Yellowtail, Spicy Tuna, Spicy Salmon, Philadelphia and Christmas roll and so many more.  Their sushi or sashimi menu features favorites such as White Tuna, Sweet Shrimp, Mackerel, Red clam, Octopus, Masago, Spicy Scallop, and Smoked Salmon, to name a few.

For those who prefer alternatives to the traditional Japanese sushi, Sushi AI has many fully cooked or vegetarian rolls such as: Cucumber, California, Honey, Shrimp Tempura, Yamaha, Boston, Jalapeno, Futo Maki and many more.  Fully cooked or sashimi menu items include Shrimp, Crab, and Avacado, to name a few.

Sushi AI Special Rolls include: Crazy Spicy Crab Roll, Sexy Girl Roll, Volcano Roll, Under Control Roll, Obama’s Choice Roll, Pink Lady Roll, World Series Roll, Yummie Roll and more.

Their menu also includes a selection of Hibachi items: Proteins (chicken, beef, shrimp and salmon) Hibachi Fried Rice &/or Lo Mein with vegetable &/or protein options.  The House Specialties feature several Teriyaki favorites such as Chicken Teriyaki and Tempura dishes such as Soft Shell Crab Tempura.  The Chef’s Specialties include General Tso’s Chicken, Sesame Chicken and Orange Chicken.

The menu boasts plenty of appetizers as well such as Crab Rangoon, Tempura (Vegetable, Shrimp or Soft Shell), Hamachi Kama Yaki, Endamame, Gyoza and more.  Several salads are available such as Seaweed Salad, Ika Salad and more.  Their Miso Soup is excellent and their fabulous pickled ginger is the perfect refreshing pallet cleanser.  And don’t forget to finish your culinary adventure with an exotic dessert such as Cheese Cake Tempura or Mochi or any of their interesting sweet tooth spins!

Sushi AI
2009 Zumbehl Rd
St Charles, MO 63303

(636) 949-8888 (Call for reservations)
On-line ordering for take out & local St. Charles delivery is also available.
http://sushiaistl63303.com

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: (10:30 AM – 10:00 PM)
Friday – Saturday: (10:30 AM – 10:30 PM
Sunday: (11:30 AM – 10:00 PM)

All You Can Eat Lunch Special $12.99 (10:30 AM – 3:00 PM)
All you Can Eat Dinner Special: $19.99
Tuesday Special: Buy One All-You-Can-Eat at Regular price & Get Second for 50% off!

There are additional Sushi AI locations in Clayton, Downtown St. Louis, Chesterfield Valley and O’Fallon

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The Sweet Divine Bakery Boutique & Coffee Bar Reopens

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The Sweet Divine Bakery Boutique & Coffee Bar Reopens

Renovated Soulard Bake Shop is Sweeter than Ever

St. Louis, MO/August 12, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – There’s good news for lovers of fresh baked goods (and fans of comeback stories).  Ten months after an electrical fire gutted the Sweet Divine Bakery Boutique & Coffee Bar, the Soulard-based bakery at 1801 South 9th Street is back in business!  The bake shop, most known for their cupcakes, reopened on August 3rd, and business has never been better.

The local favorite went up in flames last October due to a malfunctioning compressor under a refrigerator.  Determined not to let the tragedy kill their local business, owners Jenna and Jason Siebert, temporarily relocated after they were forced to close the shop following the fire.  Luckily, the Sieberts were welcomed with open arms into McArthur’s Bakery Café, utilizing their bakery as a temporary work space and base for The Sweet Divine while they got back on their feet.  The couple also worked out of their food truck, Georgie, using social media to announce their daily locations to the public.  Over the past ten months, the team took advantage of the fresh start by remodeling their original location to their liking—now it’s time for all that hard work to pay off.

Designed by Jenna and Jason, The Sweet Divine’s new storefront has an extensive white brick interior that includes ample natural lighting and a new public restroom (upstairs).  The new space offers a more open concept, inviting customers to be a part of the Sweet Divine experience.  The new layout offers a view of the bakers working in the back and frosting in the front—as soon as you step through the shop’s door, your eyes are drawn to the delectable creations being made there.  The new space comfortably seats about 21 guests, with storefront seating options including high-top seating and bar seats by the decorating table.  There is also a large (and very comfy looking), vintage style pink couch in the corner underneath the shop’s Instagram-worthy, decorative light-up letters which spell “CAKE” hanging from the white exposed brick wall.

Along with the new design, The Sweet Divine is also revamping their menu.  The bake shop is adding items: bringing back croissants, even more cupcake selections, and special treats like chocolate truffles.  Lead pastry chef Tim Kutterer is also working on gluten-free donuts and blueberry muffins.  Coffee drinks from Park Avenue Coffee are also now available to pair with the pastries.  The store is also selling fresh flowers, so customers who buy cakes to-go can have something special to accompany them.  What could be more romantic than greeting your sweetie with scrumptious cupcakes for two and a blossoming bouquet?

The Sieberts hope to draw in breakfast fans with the shop’s new early morning hours.  The Sweet Divine is now open Tuesday – Thursday from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday – Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The shop is closed on Mondays.

The Sweet Divine Bakery Boutique & Coffee Bar has really risen from the ashes as what may be the new ultimate cupcake and chill location.  The Soulard bakery is back in business offering sweet relief for your sweet tooth—after all, they do make luscious cupcakes.

Contact Information:

The Sweet Divine Boutique Bakery & Coffee Bar

Owner: Jenna and Jason Siebert

Soulard

1801 South 9th Street

St. Louis, MO 63104

Phone: (314) 942-2900

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By Katie Smith

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The Top 10 Iced Coffee Spots in St. Louis

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The Top 10 Iced Coffee Spots in St. Louis

Where to Beat St. Louis Heat with Chilled Java – Top 10 Iced Coffee Spots in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO/August 12, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – When I first tried iced coffee, I’ll admit that I was skeptical.  The dark, rich mug of black coffee I had been drinking since high school was perfect just they way it was.  It was reliably delicious and invigorating, fortifying me for the day ahead and the perfect afternoon pick-me-up—except when it’s really hot out, like July or August in St. Louis.  How would I get an afternoon caffeine hit that’s cold and effective?  Enter iced coffee.  Whether cold brewed with a splash of milk, double-strong hot brewed over ice, or a creamy, espresso-based frappe, a chilled cuppa joe is the perfect warm weather refresher.

This summer has been a warm one in St. Louis and many of us have reached for an iced coffee for relief.  This cold elixir has become so popular in recent years, it’s available in every coffee shop, many restaurants—including fast food joints, and even bottled on grocery store shelves.  So who makes the best iced coffee in St. Louis?  We turned to customer reviews to find out where to go for the best iced coffee in town.  Topping the list is Coma Coffee Roasters in Richmond Heights.  The cafe inside the University Club Tower opened just about a year ago (August 2016). In a relatively short time, this office-building coffee shop has drawn in caffeine-craving customers who rave about all of the coffee and espresso drinks, but most especially, their cold brews.  Coma Coffee is serious about cold brew and they’re out to prove it’s top tier.  They took second place in this year’s Cold Brew Competition at Coffee Fest Chicago.  This is seriously good iced coffee.

Everyplace on our Top 10 Iced Coffee list offers a selection tasty, frosty, delicious iced coffee drinks in a unique environment.  No wonder customers love them! Just in time to help you breeze through the dog days of summer, here are St. Louis’ Top 10 Iced Coffee Makers:

1. Coma Coffee Roasters (4.70 stars/56 reviews) Richmond Heights, 1034 South Brentwood Blvd, Richmond Heights, MO 63117, (314) 250-1042.
2. Comet Coffee & Microbakery (4.65 stars/259 reviews) Cheltenham, 5708 Oakland Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 932-7770.
3. Kitchen House Coffee (4.63 stars/60 reviews) Compton Heights, 3149 Shenandoah Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 732-0009.
4. Gelato Di Riso (4.60 stars/153 reviews) The Hill, 5204 Wilson Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 664-8488.
5. Washington Avenue Post (4.55 stars/65 reviews) Downtown, 1312 Washington Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63103, (314) 588-0545.
6. Union Loafers Cafe and Bread Bakery (4.55 stars/174 reviews) McRee Town, 1629 Tower Grove Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 833-6111.
7. Park Avenue Coffee – The Hill (4.52 stars/130 reviews) Southwest Garden, 5105 Columbia Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63139, (314) 717-1900.
8. Pint Size Bakery & Coffee (4.52 stars/176 reviews) Lindenwood Park, 3133 Watson Road, Saint Louis, MO 63139, (314) 645-7142.
9. 2Schae Cafe (4.41 stars/193 reviews) DeBaliviere Place, 275 Union Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63108, (314) 361-5333.
10. RISE Coffee House (4.41 stars/149 reviews) Forest Park Southeast, 4180 Manchester Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 405-8171.

Some of St. Louis’ newer establishments are quickly becoming favorites.  These spots each offer a unique environment in which to sip really excellent iced coffee.  Their high marks translate into enthusiastic recommendations from customers, but they don’t yet have enough reviews (minimum 50) to make the top 10 list.  So, to these iced coffee purveyors, we offer Honorable mentions:

La Cosecha Coffee Roasters (4.57 stars/28 reviews) Maplewood, 7360 Manchester Road, Maplewood, MO 63143, (314) 440-0337. One of Maplewood’s many synergistic businesses, La Cosecha shares space with Great Harvest Bread Co.  They offer their own roasted Fair Trade beans, and beverages made with them.  Their Flash Brewed iced coffee is rich, yet well balanced, making it the perfect summertime pick-me-up.
Cursed Bikes & Coffee (4.65 stars/17 reviews) University City, 7401 Pershing Ave, University City, MO 63130, (314) 601-3136.  This full-service bike and coffee shop opened in May.  The little coffee bar offers big flavor using locally roasted Dubuque Coffee beans.  Bike over for a caramel frappe or one of their exquisite cold brews.
Comet Croissanterie and Creamery (4.55 stars/22 reviews) Kirkwood, 640 West Woodbine Ave, Kirkwood, MO 63122, (314) 394-1033.  This is Comet Coffee’s morning-operated bakery, specializing in croissants and espresso-based drinks—all of which can be made iced.  A fresh croissant and iced cappuccino with a shot of their homemade Tahitian vanilla syrup is a great way to start a summer day.

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