Cassy Vires

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    November 7, 2014

    The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: November 7 to 9

    It doesn't feel like November quite yet, and we're not complaining. Plus, the beer festivals are still going strong! Get out of the house this weekend for Budweiser's Brew Fest, a chili cookoff, or even a fairy-tale tea party. Continue on for our food-related recommendations. See also: Thrillist Na ... More >>

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    October 2, 2014

    The 10 Best Food Instagrams in St. Louis This Week: September 23-30

    We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Instagram was practically made for pictures of food. Gut Check has rounded up our favorite foodie accounts in St. Louis, but there are so many cool photos every week, we wanted to share what St. Louis' best chefs, bartenders and eaters are Instagramming. ... More >>

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    October 1, 2014

    Women Chefs of St. Louis Talk About Whether Gender Matters in the Kitchen [Q&A]

    Following the release of its "Gods of Food" issue last November, TIME found itself in hot water. Not a single female chef made the list of tastemakers or placed on its lineage chart of culinary influencers. When pressed about it, TIME's former news editor Howard Chua-Eoan explained it to Eater this ... More >>

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    September 12, 2014

    #66: Home Wine Kitchen's Shortbread Sea-Salt Biscuits

    Narrowing down a favorite brunch item at Home Wine Kitchen (7322 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-802-7676) is like choosing a favorite child. Red wine braised pork belly versus crab-covered poached eggs? It's just not fair. See Also: Cassy Vires, RFT's Best Chef Winner, on Foam, Fried Chicken and H ... More >>

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    August 1, 2014

    Juniper, Home Wine Kitchen and More Launch Tour de Poulet

    As if you needed another excuse to eat fried chicken, chef John Perkins of Juniper (360 North Boyle Avenue; 314-329-7696) has dreamed up the Tour de Poulet. It's a program for the month of August that spotlights some of the best fried chicken dishes in the city. Plus, there's something in it for you ... More >>

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    June 18, 2014

    Home Wine Kitchen Celebrates Three-Year Anniversary with One-Time-Only Menu

    Home Wine Kitchen (7322 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-802-7676) amazingly (and somewhat frustratingly) changes its menu every week. If you liked something, too bad -- it's gone. Except for one week of the year. For the third year in a row, chef Cassy Vires and her husband and business partner Josh ... More >>

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    June 6, 2014

    The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: June 6 to 8

    Don't let the rain keep you from enjoying this weekend. Many events are for a good cause, like Feast in the Field, and others are just plain good. Try some eats from culinary students or a multi-course dinner form the best chefs in St. Louis. Let us help you plan your weekend -- check out our food-r ... More >>

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    May 5, 2014

    Chef Chat: Jason Tilford Turns Corn into Masa and Water into Wine

    Chef Jason Tilford is not one to rest on his laurels. The owner and chef's burgeoning food empire -- Mission Taco Joint, Milagro Modern Mexican, Tortillatia, Barrister's -- certainly keeps him on his toes, but Tilford is always pushing toward the next thing. Not only is he busy getting ready for the ... More >>

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    April 15, 2014

    The Best Easter Brunches in St. Louis: 2014

    Easter Sunday is like the mack daddy of all brunches. We we were kids, it was all about the Easter egg hunt. Now it's waffles, bacon and lots of mimosas. It's also a time for many to get together with family, and brunch is an after-church tradition. There are lots of choices for your holiday brunch, ... More >>

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    March 24, 2014

    Cassy Vires, Ben Poremba Up for Food & Wine's Best New Chef: Midwest

    Every year, Food & Wine names ten chefs from across the country as the best up-and-comers in the culinary world. There are ten nominees from the Midwest region, and two of them are from right here in St. Louis. See also: Gerard Craft, Kevin Nashan James Beard Award Foundation Finalists

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    March 18, 2014

    The Chefs of Iron Fork 2014: Brian Coltrain, Element

    Iron Fork 2014 is only days away, and one of the best parts (besides all that food) is the chef competition. Four local chefs at the top of their game will cook their hearts out live, onstage, with a mystery ingredient. Only one will be declared the winner. Last year, Ed Heath of Cleveland-Heath to ... More >>

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    March 11, 2014

    Giovanni's on the Hill, Il Bel Lago Sued for Tip Pooling

    In what seems to be a concerning trend, two more St. Louis restaurants are being sued for tip pooling, just like Home Wine Kitchen and Table. This time, one Larry Payne is suing Carmelo and Frank Gabriele, owners of Giovanni's on the Hill and Il Bel Lago for illegal tip pooling. See also: Home Wine ... More >>

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    March 7, 2014

    Cassy Vires Announces Critically-Acclaimed Table Will Close March 9

    Some surprising news from chef Cassy Vires yesterday afternoon -- her much-lauded Cherokee Street restaurant Table (1821 Cherokee Street; 314-449-1888) is closing its doors. Vires announced drastic changes to its communal dining philosophy back in January, but specifically said the restaurant was ... More >>

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    February 26, 2014

    Home Wine Kitchen and Table Face Lawsuit from Former Employees

    Two former employees of Table and Home Wine Kitchen have filed a lawsuit against owners Cassy Vires and Josh Renbarger, the husband-and-wife team who own both restaurants. Christina Renick and Davina Hernandez are alleging illegal tip pooling which cost them wages. See also: Cassy Vires, RFT's Best ... More >>

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    January 3, 2014

    Cassy Vires on the Changes at Table in 2014

    Table (1821 Cherokee Street; 314-449-1888) was one of our favorite restaurant openings of the year, and it earned Cassy Vires our pick for the Best Chef of 2013. The concept of her second restaurant focused around communal dining, which certainly took some people off guard. In her review, our critic ... More >>

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    December 31, 2013

    2013 Openings & Closings: A Year in St. Louis Restaurants

    Is it really 2014 already? It was a banner year for the St. Louis dining scene. A number of acclaimed chefs opened up new spots, like Josh Galliano, Cassy Vires and John Perkins. Many beloved spots closed, too, but we suppose that's just the way it goes. It's inevitable that we missed some things, s ... More >>

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    November 27, 2013

    Local Chefs Answer: How Are You Spending Thanksgiving?

    Thanksgiving is a holiday that celebrates food like no other. And that, in our opinion, makes it the best. There are no presents to be bought, lights to be strung or menorahs to be lit (well, except this year). The focus is strictly on food, wine, family and friends. In honor of this most special of ... More >>

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    November 22, 2013

    Where to Eat Out on Thanksgiving in St. Louis

    Thanksgiving is all about the food, but for some people, it's about going out to eat, not spending the day elbow-deep in a greasy oven. Or maybe you're not going to be with your family this year, but you still want that delicious turkey. Behold, our handy-dandy guide to eating Thanksgiving dinner at ... More >>

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    November 1, 2013

    The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: November 1 to 3

    There are plenty of events this weekend to cure that Halloween hangover. Support local charities or enjoy the last Clayton Farmers' Market of the season. Continue for our food-related recommendations after the jump. See also: The Libertine Goes Gatsby for Halloween

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    October 22, 2013

    Table Reinvents Vegetarian with Faux Escargot and Cauliflowers Empanadas

    The Veggielante is on a mission to spread the word about places to order good, meatless grub. Check out this week's pick. Destination: Table (1821 Cherokee Street; 314-449-1888) Neighborhood: Benton Park Cuisine: Communal tapas Overview: Josh Renbarger and Cassy Vires recently opened Table, fulf ... More >>

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    October 22, 2013

    Chef Cassy Vires Cooks with Goose Island Beers (RECIPES)

    Gut Check loves knocking back a few beers, but we hadn't really considered saving any to cook with. White wine sauce? No problem. Beer bread, though? We're going to need some guidance. Luckily, our 2013 Best Chef winner Cassy Vires teamed up with Goose Island during its St. Louis Migration Invasion ... More >>

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    September 27, 2013

    Cassy Vires, RFT's Best Chef Winner, on Foam, Fried Chicken and Her Killer Pastry Chef

    By now, we all know the obvious about chef Cassy Vires. She has made lightning strike twice with her two restaurants, Maplewood's Home Wine Kitchen (7322 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-802-7676) and Table (1821 Cherokee Street; 314-449-1888) in Benton Park. She is a master of refined rustic cuisine ... More >>

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    September 19, 2013

    The Art of Food Brings St. Louis' Top Chefs Together for Slow Food St. Louis

    Slow Food St. Louis does a lot to promote sustainable, local food in the area -- unfortunately, nonprofits tend to be strapped for cash. That's why the annual fundraiser is so important; it provides funds for things like biodiversity microgrants and educational programs. On the bright side, Slow Foo ... More >>

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    September 5, 2013
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    August 22, 2013

    Home Wine Kitchen Pairs With Chaumette Winery

    Home Wine Kitchen (7322 Manchester Road; 314-802-7676) is hosting a six-course wine dinner tonight, August 22, in collaboration with Chaumette Winery in Ste. Genevieve. The Maplewood restaurant, known for its delicious burger as much as its ever-changing menu, was even featured in Bon Appetit last m ... More >>

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    April 24, 2013

    From Michael Ruhlman to Mom: The Favorite Cookbooks of St. Louis Chefs

    Chef's Choice is Gut Check's regular profile and interview, with recipe, of a St. Louis chef. From time to time we'll present several chefs' answers to one of our regular questions. This week: What is your favorite cookbook? Shopped for a cookbook lately? So many beautiful choices. So many expensiv ... More >>

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    April 16, 2013

    Maplewood: An Updated Guide to Restaurants on Manchester, from Big Bend to the City Limits

    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. Maplewood crams a lot of life into a ... More >>

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    April 5, 2013

    Home Wine Kitchen's Fried Chicken: One of 100 St. Louis Dishes You Must Eat Right Now

    The Gut Check One Hundred is our accounting of the 100 dishes in St. Louis that you must eat right now. These are the best dishes at the newest restaurants and the newest dishes at the best restaurants. These are the 100 dishes that define St. Louis dining in 2013. Our list culminates this fall when ... More >>

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    March 21, 2013

    St. Louis Doesn't Have Food & Wine Magazine's "People's Best New Chef"

    For the third consecutive year Food & Wine asked readers to vote for the "People's Best New Chef". Last year, Josh Galliano -- formerly of Monarch, now of the soon-to-open Libertine -- won for the Midwest. This year, the area had two chefs represented among the ten finalists in that category: Cassy ... More >>

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    March 11, 2013

    Home Wine Kitchen's Vires, Tavern Kitchen & Bar's Haifely Up for Food & Wine Magazine's "People's Best New Chef" Honor

    Cassy Vires of Home Wine Kitchen (7322 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-802-7676) and Justin Haifley of the Tavern Kitchen & Bar (2961 Dougherty Ferry Road, Valley Park; 314-825-0600) are two of the ten chefs in the running for the Midwest category of Food & Wine magazine's "People's Best New Chef" a ... More >>

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    December 17, 2012

    Home Wine Kitchen Owners To Open New Restaurant on Cherokee Street

    On Friday, Home Wine Kitchen (7322 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-802-7676) owners Cassy Vires and and Josh Renbarger announced plans to open a new restaurant named Table at 1821 Cherokee Street, the space formerly occupied by the Stable. Gut Check spoke to Vires this morning, who says Table will ... More >>

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    September 28, 2012

    RFT vs. Our Readers: Best Burger

    As we celebrate the Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis 2012, Gut Check is asking you, dear readers, to settle the disagreements between our picks and our readers' poll. This should be a good one. Our pick for "Best Burger" is Cassy Vires' Home Wine Kitchen (7322 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-802- ... More >>

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    May 9, 2012

    It's National Hamburger Month: Celebrate At the Five Best Burger Joints in St. Louis

    May is National Hamburger Month, which means if you need Gut Check, we'll be celebrating this fake 30-day holiday at our favorite burger joints in St. Louis. Though White Castle doesn't make the cut for this list, they do get an honorable mention for not only tipping us off to this four-week burger ... More >>

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    April 3, 2012

    The Five Best Brunch Restaurants in St. Louis

    Selecting Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis 2011 was no picnic. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this Gut Check series, we are chewing our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. To see hundreds more winners and finalists a ... More >>

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    March 23, 2012

    Iron Fork 2012: The Winners and the Hangover

    Gut Check has a headache, we can't hear very well out of our left ear, and our favorite white dress shirt is stained with all of the major food groups and a fair amount of booze. Yup. Iron Fork 2012 was a success.

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    March 16, 2012

    Iron Fork 2012 Is One Week Away!

    Oh, hello. Ian here on behalf of Gut Check. You know, we often use exclamation points in our headlines -- usually ironically or sarcastically or because our finger slipped and we're too lazy to fix the typo. In this case, however, we really are excited. Next Thursday, March 22, is our annual Iron F ... More >>

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    March 12, 2012

    Josh Galliano Voted Food & Wine "People's Best New Chef" for Midwest

    First, the bad news: As previously announced, Monarch (7401 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-644-3995) closed after service on Saturday, March 10. Now, the good news: Monarch executive chef Josh Galliano was voted Food & Wine magazine's "People's Best New Chef" for the Midwest region. The voting too ... More >>

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    March 5, 2012

    Josh Galliano, Cassy Vires Nominated for Food & Wine "The People's Best New Chef" Honor

    Once again, Food & Wine wants you, person who likes food and restaurants and voting for things online, to choose "The People's Best New Chef." A total of 100 chefs nationwide have been nominated for the honor, which coincides with the magazine's annual (undemocratic) selection of the ten "Best New C ... More >>

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    December 29, 2011
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    December 26, 2011

    Top Ten Dishes 2011 #5: The Burger at Home Wine Kitchen

    I'm counting down my ten favorite dishes from the restaurants that I reviewed in 2011. The top dish will be revealed on Tuesday, December 27, and look for a slideshow featuring most of the winners on Wednesday, December 28.​One of the few mainstays on chef-owner Cassy Vires' ever-changing menu, th ... More >>

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    December 22, 2011

    Cassy Vires of Home Wine Kitchen: Recipe for Crustless Buttermilk Pie

    This is part three of Stephen Fairbanks' Chef's Choice profile of Cassy Vires of Home Wine Kitchen. Part one can be found here. Part two, a Q&A with Vires, is published here. Stephen FairbanksCrustless Buttermilk pie with lemon creme anglaise and lemon zest. ​Cassy Vires, chef-owner of Home W ... More >>

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    December 21, 2011

    Cassy Vires of Home Wine Kitchen, Part 2

    This is part two of Stephen Fairbanks' Chef's Choice profile of Cassy Vires of Home Wine Kitchen. Part one can be found here. Part three, a recipe from Vires, will be posted Thursday. Jennifer SilverbergChef/owner Cassy Vires in the cheese case.​ Did your family cook when you were a child? N ... More >>

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    December 20, 2011

    Cassy Vires of Home Wine Kitchen

    This is part one of Stephen Fairbanks' Chef's Choice profile of Cassy Vires of Home Wine Kitchen. Part two, a Q&A, will be posted tomorrow, and part three, a recipe from Vires, will be posted on Thursday. Jennifer SilverbergHusband-and-wife owners of Home Wine Kitchen, Josh Renbarger and Chef Cassy ... More >>

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    October 31, 2011

    Post of the Month: The Five Best New Restaurants in St. Louis

    Gut Check is constantly working to bring the latest food news to our readers. As a result, we do a lot of blogging. In an effort to draw attention to great posts that may have otherwise been lost in the blogosphere (and to recognize our hard-working writers), we present Post of the Month.Selecting t ... More >>

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    September 22, 2011
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    September 20, 2011

    Review Preview: Home Wine Kitchen

    Jennifer SilverbergHusband and wife owners of Home Wine Kitchen, Josh Renbarger and Cassy Vires.​This week, in the final review before this year's Best of St. Louis issue, I visit Home Wine Kitchen (7322 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-802-7676).You might never get to try the salad that I had a fe ... More >>

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    September 20, 2011

    Review Preview: Home Wine Kitchen

    This week, in the final review before this year's Best of St. Louis issue, I visit Home Wine Kitchen (7322 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-802-7676).You might never get to try the salad that I had a few weeks ago at Home Wine Kitchen. Which is a shame. This was a damn good salad, simple but elegant: ... More >>

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    July 1, 2011

    June 2011 Openings & Closings

    ​June continued a run of busy months for openings in the St. Louis area, but several big-name closings dominated the news: Terrene and Delmar Loop mainstay Brandt's Café. (Del Taco has also closed, though that was big news for other reasons.)Openings included Home Wine Kitchen from chef Cassy ... More >>

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    June 7, 2011

    A Taste of Home Wine Kitchen

    Amanda WoytusHome Wine Kitchen replaced Nosh. ​The product of chef Cassy Vires, formerly of Ernesto's Wine Bar (2730 McNair Avenue; 314-664-4511) and contributor to Feast, and her husband, Josh Renbarger, Home Wine Kitchen (7322 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-802-7676) is the newest eatery to ... More >>

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    April 27, 2011

    Nosh in Maplewood Closed, New Restaurant Opening

    Jennifer SilverbergThe Nosh space in Maplewood, soon to become Home Wine Kitchen​The Maplewood restaurant Nosh has closed after less than a year in business. Its storefront at 7322 Manchester Road is mostly cleared out, and the phone number has been disconnected. I reviewed Nosh just six months ag ... More >>

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