Cassy Vires of Home Wine Kitchen, Table lands recipe in July Bon Appétit

Cassy Vires, owner and executive chef of Home Wine Kitchen in Maplewood and the brand-new Table in Benton Park, has contributed a recipe to the July issue of Bon Appétit magazine.

Vires is one of three chefs to provide a summer-friendly cantaloupe recipe on page 24 of the issue. Vires' recipe for a melon and prosciutto risotto is also available online.

Of the recipe, Vires tells Bon Appétit, "I like to take a classic pairing and turn it on its head."

Vires and husband Josh Renbarger opened their latest venture, the communal-dining Table, two weeks ago.

Vote for Food & Wine's The People's Best New Pastry Chef 2013!

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!


3rd Annual Reclaiming the 80's 5K Run, Walk & Stroll!

WHEN: June 1, 2013    

WHERE: Benton Park @ corner of Jefferson & Arsenal (across I-55 from Anheuser Busch)


An Updated Guide to Restaurants in the Benton Park Neighborhood of St. Louis

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.

The Bard comes to Gravois Park

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.

Looks Familiar

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.

Frisco Railroad (1900)

American Craft Brewing closes in Benton Park

Five months after an ownership and name change, Benton Park's American Craft Brewing & Distilling (1821 Cherokee Street) has closed permanently, owner Chris Hines confirmed today to the Post-Dispatch.

Niche chef Craft named finalist for James Beard award

Gerard CraftChef Gerard Craft, owner of Niche restaurant in St. Louis, has been named a finalist for “Best Chef: Midwest” in the James Beard Foundation Awards for 2012.

BPNA Meetings

Hello everyone! 

We have two important meetings coming up this week that we want to ensure that everyone is aware. 

'Knockout game' case shocked St. Louis, then fell apart

The police captain couldn't believe it. He had the Knockout King in his office.

It was September 2011, and police were struggling to get a handle on a series of vicious knockout assaults in south St. Louis. Groups of teens were cold-cocking older pedestrians at random. One was dead, several injured. Residents were alarmed, police baffled. It didn't make sense, such a cruel and cowardly crime.