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Big Chief brings food fresh from the backyard garden to the table

When Stephanie Mulholland, co-owner of the Historic Big Chief,decided to grow her business, she did so literally. Mulholland planted a garden behind the restaurant to save money and to add garden freshness to Big Chief’s menu. She calls gardening her second passion. “The thought came when I was doing invoicing and realized I had spent over $100 in fresh basil in one month. That’s when I decided I could grow my own basil for about $1,” Mulholland said. After two growing seasons Mulholland now plants five different types of basil along with an array of produce, from spring/summer crops such ...

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Taste of St. Louis serves as test for Wildwood resident’s ‘green’ generator

When the Budweiser Taste of St. Louis sets up for the first time in Chesterfield on Sept. 19, festival organizers will be counting on a 4- by 4-foot green generator to power the entire Art & Wine Walk area – 35 artist booths in a 150- by 300-foot space. The generator, known as the EverGreen, was developed by Wildwood resident Chuck Justus. He touts the generator’s benefits as low emission, compact and quiet. Mike Kociela, co-director of Budweiser Taste of St. Louis and longtime friend to Justus, said the upcoming festival will be a test for the EverGreen, but he’s ...

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Villa Farotto offers something for everyone

When Villa Farotto debuted in Chesterfield Valley 10 years ago its chef was given a few restrictions from Jim Parrott, patriarch of the original Farotto’s on Manchester. “Don’t mess with my pizza; don’t mess with my sauce, dressing or dough. Anything else is fair game,” Proprietor and Executive Chef Gerard LaRuffa recalls his father-in-law saying – and he took that advice to heart. When LaRuffa, his wife, Lisa, and brother-in-law, Jeff Parrott, designed their Chesterfield restaurant, the concept was mortared in red sauce – and culinary creativity. “If you would lift our restaurant up its core foundation would be Manchester’s ...

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Nadoz Bakery + Cafe serves up a full menu of healthy offerings + decadent treats

Inside Taubman Prestige Outlets in Chesterfield is a treat for all who love great food. Nadōz Bakery + Cafe, which has long satisfied customers at its Brentwood (The Boulevard-St. Louis) and Coronado Ballroom locations, opened quietly in February. Perhaps a little too quietly, says restaurant co-owner Kathy Becker. “Shoppers just happen upon us, but we’re really a convenient destination in Chesterfield Valley.” Located adjacent to the Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store and The Gap Factory Store, the restaurant offers easy access from the outlet mall’s parking lot and shares a covered outdoor dining area with its food court. So it’s ...

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Shamrocks Pub & Grill: Home to great food and good times

Shamrocks Pub & Grill is a place where the staff knows your name. The restaurant, located at 4177 Veterans Memorial Parkway in St. Peters, prides itself on superior customer service. “Our staff is very one-on-one with our customers,” said Kelly Dent, who owns Shamrocks Pub & Grill with her husband, Kyle, and her parents, Tom and Mary Durst. “We have a lot of regulars, and we care about their lives. They are not just a number. We build relationships with our customers.” Whether it’s a girls’ night out, dinner with the family or a retirement party, Shamrocks Pub and Grill ...

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Made from scratch is Bellacino’s Pizza & Grinders recipe for ‘deliciousness’

Any successful business demands a solid foundation. At Bellacino’s that foundation is built on dough – pizza and bread dough that is. “If you have a good base you can build on it. That’s one of our slogans,” said Valerie Worley, who with husband, Craig, continues to build success at their Town & Country Bellacino’s franchise. “Our foundation is our dough, which we make from scratch and bake fresh everyday. Other sandwich/pizza shops don’t bake from scratch anymore. Most get in frozen dough. We’re here at seven in the morning making our pizza and bread dough up fresh every day.” ...

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Top chefs to headline Taste of St. Louis – now in Chesterfield

A kick-off event for Taste of St. Louis gave those in attendance a taste of what’s to come when “the ultimate food experience” comes to the Chesterfield Amphitheater the weekend of Sept. 19-21. The event will open on Friday with “Tyler & Todd” Night featuring the Food Network’s Chef Tyler Florence flaunting his culinary talents and Big Head Todd and the Monsters providing the sounds. “Ace & The Urge” Night is slated for Saturday, when the Food Network’s “Ace of Cakes” Duff Goldman and The Urge, a local, high-energy band that’s been together most of the past 25 years, headline. ...

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Wing Ding to showcase local poultry-cooking talent

An upcoming chicken wing contest benefiting United Cerebral Palsy Heartland will put attendees’ taste buds to work. The 4th Annual St. Louis Wing Ding takes place from 6-9 p.m. on Aug. 21 at the Queeny Park Greensfelder Complex. Over 20 local restaurants will be putting their best wing forward for a panel of 25 celebrity judges, including West Newsmagazine’s managing editor Kate Uptergrove. Judges will test the merits of the wings through blind taste-tests in a variety of categories including hottest, dry rub, specialty and traditional. Most of the wings presented for the judges also will be available for Wing ...

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Smoothie King offers nutrition on the go for ‘everyone who loves a delicious drink’

Getting a healthy dose of fruits and vegetables is as easy as ordering a delicious, refreshing drink  at Smoothie King. “We are smoothies with a purpose,” said Cherry Villegas, co-owner of the Cottleville and O’Fallon Smoothie King locations. “We have a variety of smoothies to meet your needs. Whether you need to get toned, recover faster from a workout or get enough energy to keep up with your kids, we have a smoothie for you.” Smoothie King also offers smoothies to help customers build muscle or slim down. Customers can add a muscle builder, which contains 100 percent pure Creatine ...

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