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Top cycling event returns to St. Louis

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 Takes to the Streets: Launches Brazil Express

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.

Table Debuts Weekly Chef's Tasting Menu

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.

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)

FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY:

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.

2nd Annual Reclaiming the 80's 5K Run, Walk & Stroll!

Annual 5 RunWHEN: May 19, 2012
WHERE: Benton Park @ corner of Jefferson & Arsenal (across I-55 from Anheuser Busch)

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.

'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.