If You’re Gonna Sell Beer…

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If yours is a dining establishment that offers beer, make sure your servers know what the story is.

That means they should know what beers you have, which ones are on draft and which ones are in bottles. Even if your waiter/waitress is underage and another employee has to physically deliver the beer to your table, the server should have the proper info.

If your list is longer than just a handful, print it out. If it changes frequently, have your servers write it down. Also, if you’re out of a particular beer, your server should not have to go to the bar then come back to the table to tell a diner, “We’re out of….”

Even if your servers personally detest beer, they should have some idea of the nature of various beers. And with brewers offering multiple brews, they should have some familiarity with the styles and names.

I recently went to a restaurant which offers 7 or 8 beers on draft. Bud, Bud Light and a few craft beers. I checked at the bar before I sat down at a booth and knew which one I wanted. When I told the waitress the brew I desired, she asked, “Large or small?” I inquired, “What sizes are those?” She replied, “I don’t know. I just know the large is a dollar more.” Sigh.

Even if your restaurant is known for wine and/or cocktails, some of us may prefer a beer. If you’re going to sell beer to diners, please care enough to get it right. Thanks!

Newsy Notes from STL

The Dark Room is closing—temporarily!—as it moves to its new location. Final service at the current location on Grand will be Sunday (1/29).

The new location inside Grandel Theatre debuts on Wednesday, February 22 with a few changes. More details later.

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Valentine’s Day is on Tuesday, February 14. Cantina Laredo in Clayton is offering a Valentine’s Especialidad on February 11-14. Cost is 35/person for this 3-course meal (soup/salad, entrée, dessert).

Entrée choices include:

Camarones con Pasilla Mango Molé — Sautéed shrimp with spicy mango molé sauce.

Pollo Asada Tropical — A grilled chicken breast topped with Monterey Jack cheese and mango-avocado pico, served over two Monterey Jack cheese enchiladas with tomatillo sauce.

Filet Negro Peppercorn — Seven ounce Certified Angus Beef filet mignon topped with black peppercorn dijon sauce.

Cantina Laredo is located at 771o Forsyth. For reservations call 314-725-2447.

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The Ritz-Carlton St. Louis Grill restaurant has a 4-course (plus chocolate covered strawberries!) Valentine’s menu, available February 10, 11 and 14. Cost is 99/person.

Entrée choices at the Ritz Grill are Rack of Lamb with Grilled Asparagus, and a duo of Grilled Beef Tenderloin and Lemon/Fennel-Glazed Halibut.

Call the Ritz at (314-719-1433) for dining requests, or (800) 241-3333 for overnight packages.

BTW, the Ritz is also serving up a Valentine’s Chocolate Martini throughout February in its Lobby Lounge.

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The Biergarten at the A-B brewery is having a Food and Beer Pairing Dinner on Friday, February 10 at 6:30 p.m. Cost is 75/person. Click HERE for ticket info.

 

 

 

 

Freeze-Que At The Roadhouse

Most barbecue competitions occur in spring, summer and fall. How about one in the middle of winter?

Bill Kunz and company are hosting the 7th annual Freeze-Que this weekend at Highway 61 Roadhouse in Webster Groves. Hours are noon-5:00 p.m. on Saturday (1/28) and noon-4:00 p.m. on Sunday (1/29).

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The Freeze-Que offers a good opportunity for you to spend some time outdoors in the winter cold, enjoying delicious ribs from nearly 50 competitive teams! Full bar service will be available. And there will be live music both afternoons on the Roadhouse lot.

If you get too cold, you can always take refuge inside the Roadhouse. Weekend highs will struggle to hit 40 degrees, according to forecasts. Not frigid, but cool enough to appreciate winter. (The photo below is from a springtime event at the Roadhouse.)

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Proceeds from the Freeze-Que benefit the Carney’s Kids Foundation which provides funds to several worthy children’s organizations.

Highway 61 Roadhouse is located at 34 South Old Orchard Avenue in Webster Groves (63119).

 

 

 

 

 

Clementine Hooks Up with Piccione!

Piccione Pastry’s in the Delmar Loop has partnered with Clementine’s Creamery to offer Clementine’s gelato and sorbet. Are you ready for Piccione’s cannoli stuffed with Clementine’s gelato? Delizioso!

Piccione owner Richard Nix Jr. says, “An Italian pastry shop isn’t complete without authentic gelato and sorbet, and Tamara Keefe and the Clementine’s team create the perfect flavors.” That’s Clementine’s owner Tamara Keefe in the pic with Ricky Nix III.

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Piccione Pastry shop opened in spring 2013 at Skinker and Delmar, just west of the Pageant and features late night hours. Open until 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and until 11:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Clementine’s Naughty and Nice Creamery is located at 1637 S. 18th Street in the Lafayette Square neighborhood and also features late evening hours. Clementine’s is open until 10:00 p.m. Sunday thru Thursday and until 11:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

More info on their websites! Click HERE for Piccione Pastries. And HERE for Clementines.

And go HERE for an amazing pic of Piccione’s cannoli.

Landmark Hits Milestone

Pat’s in Dogtown has been there… forever. Well, longer than you can remember.

Actually, 75 years. The joint opened in 1942.

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Famous for being the starting point (or very near it) of the annual Dogtown St. Patrick’s Day parade, Pat’s, at Tamm and Oakland was founded by a real Irishman. Pat Connolly, native son of County Galway, called his establishment the Pat Connolly Tavern.

Following ownership changes over the decades and a period when the bar was known as McDermott’s, Pat’s is back in the family. And the official name is once again the Pat Connolly Tavern.

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The current owner is Joe Jovanovich, grandson of Pat Connolly. (That’s Pat in the photo.) In partnership with his mom, Jovanovich has updated things. The decor. And the menu.

However, you have to honor a classic: As it was in the beginning, so it is today that fried chicken is a menu staple. Along with a large selection of bar/grill food favorites, the beverage menu goes well beyond Bud and Bud Light. Along with Irish beers, the PCT offers classic cocktails.

If you haven’t been by in, oh, a decade or two, maybe it’s time to revisit a St. Louis landmark as the Pat Connolly Tavern celebrates its 75th anniversary. Check out their website by clicking HERE.

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Give STL Coffee This Christmas

For a few decades now, folks on the coasts have frequently referred (in a snarky manner) to the middle of the U.S. as “flyover country.” Following the recent election, many of those coastal dwellers (media types and others) have decided to pay closer attention to those of us in the Midwest. They would do well to take note of our area’s coffee roasters.

St. Louis’s Flyover Coffee offers subscriptions to monthly mailings of freshly roasted beans from some of the area’s top coffee companies. Memberships start at $19/month.

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Participating roasters include Blueprint, Stringbean, Kuva, La Cosecha, Art House, Kaldi’s, Shortwave, Parengo, Riley’s, Northwest, Oddly Correct and Community Coffee.

Got friends and family in New York, Boston, L.A., San Francisco or, yes, even Seattle, who love great coffee? You can send ’em one, two or three bags per month of St. Louis’s best via Flyover Coffee. (Of course, you can send Flyover Coffee to other locales, including elsewhere here in flyover land.)

Click HERE to get the full scoop and send some St. Louis love in the form of fresh coffee this Christmas.

 

Tomato Fest at Iron Barley

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Here’s some great family fun this Sunday!

Iron Barley’s 12 Annual Tomato Fest

WHEN: Sunday, August 14, Noon to 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: 5510 Virginia, St. Louis 63111

WHAT: A celebration of all things TOMATO! Bloody Marys. BLT sandwiches. Pizzas cooked on the smoker, topped with the season’s best tomatoes. Fresh tomatoes from local farmers. Tomato art.

LIVE MUSIC: From Pat Liston (of Mama’s Pride) and Sins of the Pioneers.

ALSO: A Bloody Mary making contest, open to all. Games and raffles. This is a free street party on Virginia Avenue in front of Iron Barley, just off I-55 in south St. Louis

PROCEEDS BENEFIT: Lift For Life Gym

Click HERE for more info.