- About Benton Park
The annual St. Louis PrideFest is underway downtown near Soldiers Memorial. This year’s event will be marked by sadness and beefed up security. It was less than two weeks ago 49 people were murdered at a gay nightclub in Orlando.
Four days of top professional cycling are on tap for this Labor Day, as the St. Louis' longest standing competitive cycling event is set to kick off once again.
The TSG Realty Gateway Cup is the biggest and longest running professional and amature bike event in St. Louis. The beauty of the event is its true mix of professional races, including top teams and riders from across the nation, and events for the everyman, in which riders of all ages can try their hand at little competetion.
Yemanja Brasil Restaurante’s authentic Brazilian cuisine has gone mobile.
The Benton Park eatery debuted its new food truck, Brazil Express, about a month ago. The tropical-looking truck made its first major appearance at the Labor of Love Music Festival on Art Hill on July 28.
“It is a way to bring the taste of Brazil to the public and hopefully increase awareness of Yemanja Brasil Restaurant,” says owner Lemya Sidki.
The menu will feature a slew of ethnic eats such as empanadas, kabobs and traditional dishes like Feijoada de Ogum—black beans stewed with beef, sausage and pork ribs, served over rice—and Frango Rosé—chicken, mushrooms and corn in a rosa cream sauce over rice and topped with potato fries.
Carnival food doesn't exactly scream high-end. But at Table (1821 Cherokee Street, Benton Park, 314-449-1888), the chef's tasting menu manages to do just that. Last weekend, the reservation-only tasting menu, called The Table, debuted with a bevy of childhood carnival favorites, albeit with a twist.
Guests were greeted with snow cone cocktails. Other offerings included funnel cake, lavender rock candy, bourbon and bacon caramel corn, and cheese fries. "But really, really awesome cheese fries with pork belly," says Vires.
The Table was inspired by No Menu Mondays at Vires' other restaurant, the Home Wine Kitchen (7322 Manchester Road, Maplewood, 314-802-7676). The Table, available at Table on Friday and Saturday nights, does have a menu, but it's released the Wednesday before and changes each week. Vires says reservations are snapped up even before the fare is revealed.
Sidnet Street Cafe is looking for your vote!
Behold, the man of the hour, our pastry chef Robert Zugmaier! A vote for him is a vote for deliciousness. Head on over to Food & Wine's website and cast your vote for The People's Best New Pastry Chef: Central Region today!
WHEN: June 1, 2013
WHERE: Benton Park @ corner of Jefferson & Arsenal (across I-55 from Anheuser Busch)
FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY:
St. Louis' neighborhoods are gems in their own right: full of history, great people and, as far as Gut Check is concerned, fantastic food. Each week we'll take you into a specific neighborhood and point you in the direction of the best places to grab some bites.
Tlaloc Rivas sat in a circle with eight people and opened his binder. He took a deep breath and said, "'The New World,' part four."
With those words, the second day of rehearsals began March 28 for a unique play that will be performed under unique circumstances with a unique cast.
"The New World" will be performed April 27-29 at the intersection of Cherokee Avenue and California Street in the Benton Park Neighborhood.
Of the cast of 19 actors, only three are professionals. The rest are amateurs, most of whom live in the neighborhood. They lend authenticity to a play intended to reflect Cherokee Street with its varied ethnic groups and one-of-kind shops, Rivas said.
I was cruising the web and came across designer Christian Annyas who has assembled a gallery of "100 logos from American and Canadian railroad companies," dating from 1845 to 2000. They show a microcosm of a century and a half's worth of evolution in design sensibility, but they also show just how lovely and evocative many of the logos of these forgotten railroads once were.. The Frisco Railroad (1900) logo caught my eye.