prasino, St. Charles

prasino restaurant in St. Charles had an opening event Thursday evening.

(Lower case “p” is correct.)


I had a quick (3:12) chat with prasino’s executive chef Jared Case. Listen:

Click HERE for the prasino/St. Charles website.


Clara Moore and Matt Sorrell Have a Book On The Way!

Chef Clara Moore and food writer/cocktail consultant Matt Sorrell hosted an event Friday night (May 24) at Salt restaurant in the CWE. The party (which corresponded to the final three hours of their Kickstarter campaign) was to celebrate the successful Kickstarter effort they conducted to get their book published.

The book, Shop Like a Chef: A Food Lover’s Guide to St. Louis Neighborhoods, is expected to be published in October.

Clara and Matt

I spoke to Clara about the book. Click below to listen to our conversation. It runs 4:36.

Clara’s contact info, if you want to help fund the book:

My Food Talk STL interview with Clara from May 5, 2012 (runs 12:28):

Taste of Maplewood! Saturday, May 18!

This Saturday, the Maplewood Chamber of Commerce presents its annual Taste of Maplewood.

Among the folks providing food, drink and fun are: Acero, Airedale Antics, Boogaloo, The Crow’s Nest, Las Palmas, Maven, The Maya Café, Pie Oh My, Saratoga Lanes, Schlafly Bottleworks, Stellar Batik, The Post Sports Bar & Grill, Tiffany’s Diner, Turner Center, Strange Donuts, Vom Fass, and Water Street.

Taste logo

The Taste of Maplewood runs from noon to 9:00 p.m. Saturday, on Sutton Boulevard, just south of Manchester.

New this year is a competition among participants for the Best of the Taste of Maplewood! Awards will be presented in the following categories: Best Sweet Tooth, Best Unexpected Flavor, Best Cocktail and Best Taste of Maplewood. Celeb judges are Allyson Mace of Sauce Magazine, John Carney of The Big 550 KTRS and Maplewood Mayor, James White.

Crawdad and Shrimp Boil, Saturday

Our friends at Highway 61 Roadhouse in Webster Groves are holding their 5th annual Crawdad and Shrimp Boil on Saturday, May 11, beginning at noon.


Purchase crawfish and/or shrimp by the pound, enjoy Abita beer (special prices on their craft beers from Louisiana) and live music.

The Zydeco Crawdaddys play from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Willie and the Poorboys are on from 9:00 p.m. to midnight.

This Fais Do Do happens at 34 South Old Orchard Avenue in Webster Groves (63119).


New Moon

The Moonrise Hotel in the Loop introed its New Moon Room at an event last week. Moon Pies and other space related snacks were offered:


And Joe Edwards showed up in his cool spacesuit:

Joe Edwards

The New Moon Room is an indoor/outdoor event space atop the hotel. When it’s not being used for events, it’ll offer food (small plates) and beverages in the evening. Sunday brunch is coming soon to the New Moon Room.

And, in case you’ve never been inside the hotel’s Buddy Ebsen suite, here’s some Jed Clampett artwork that adorns the walls therein: A man named Jed

The Audacity of Hops

This new book tells the story of craft beer in the US in recent decades. There’s an article, taken from the book, in today’s Wall Street Journal about tax relief for brewers from the federal government, which helped spur the growth.


The title is very similar to that of a book by Barack Obama, so be careful when you download to your Kindle, Nook or iPad!

Dessert Flights

Got an email with a link to an article about dessert flights. Among several great pics with the article, this one is a standout.

CineBistro creme brulee trio - photo credit Grant Perry

Créme Brulée Trio from CineBistro (a movie house chain with food, like AMC West Olive or MX Movies) with photo credit to Grant Perry.