Food Pairings

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2014

    First Look: Pairings Wine & Dessert Bar Offers Upscale Dining Options in Des Peres

    Earlier this year, Des Peres got its first wine bar: Pairings Wine & Dessert Bar (1131 Colonnade Center; 314-821-5455), and Gut Check stopped in to try it out for lunch. For starters, the wine list offers about fifty red and white varietals by the cup or bottle. After choosing a glass, guests can se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2014

    Tidbits: Pairings Wine Bar and Zoup! Now Open

    We've got two under-the-radar openings for you this week: Pairings Wine & Dessert Bar (1131 Colonnade Center; 314-821-5455) is now open as well as Zoup! (810 North New Ballas Road; 314-792-6060) in Creve Coeur. We spoke to both owners a few months ago to get the scoop. See also: Pairings Wine & Des ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    The 13 Most Overcooked Food Trends of 2013

    Here are thirteen food trends that have become ubiquitous and shed the sheen of novelty -- now they're just dull and sometimes annoying, in spite of an exciting debut. (To keep things interesting, we've included a few food trends we hope continue into 2014 and beyond. See if you can identify which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2013

    Pairings Wine & Dessert Bar Bringing Fine Dining to Des Peres

    Des Peres is getting its first wine bar next month. Pairings Wine & Dessert Bar is under construction at the former site of Jilly's Cupcakes A-Go-Go at 1131 Colonnade Center, as first reported by Feast. Owner Dave Pollmann actually ran the Jilly's outpost until it shut down earlier this year. Pollma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    APA Beer Dinner Highlights Flavor and Nuance with Neil Witte

    After attending the American Protective Association's (APA) 90th anniversary beer dinner this past Thursday (August 8), Gut Check walked away perfectly sated but also educated: It turns out beer is far more complicated than we ever imagined -- and that's a good thing. See also: - Scape's APA Benef ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2013

    Stone Soup Cottage Hosts a Week of Special Dinners Before Making its Move to a New and Improved Location

    Chances are, you probably haven't experienced true "farm-to-fork" dining unless you've eaten at a place like Stone Soup Cottage (5525 Oak Street) that gets its produce from a farm that's less than a minute away. In September, the Cottleville dinner destination with a small dining room but big person ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2013

    Scape's APA Benefit Dinner Shows Beer Can Be Just As Classy As Wine

    The Animal Protective Association (APA) of Missouri is pulling a off a remarkable feat: combining man's best friend with man's favorite beverage. Thursday, August 8, from 7 - 10 p.m. at Scape (48 Maryland Plaza; 314-361-7227) in the Central West End, the APA90 Fancy Feast, a celebration of the organ ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 13, 2013
  • Blogs

    June 6, 2013

    Kerne and Ortmann Kick Glass at Randall's Sommelier Showdown [PHOTOS]

    For local oenophiles, the third installment of Randall's Wines & Spirits Sommelier Showdown at Cielo in the Four Seasons promised to be a slugfest. In one corner stood Brandon Kerne, one of the skilled sommeliers at twin eateries Elaia and Olio in Tower Grove. Opposite him was Angela Ortmann, better ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2013

    It's Deschutes Base Camp Week in St. Louis!

    It's freakin' beer mania here in St. Louis this week! Deschutes Brewery is in town from Portland, Oregon, and they're partnering with various bars and restaurants in town to bring you a plethora of beer-related activities and events. The festivities, which Deschutes calls Base Camp for Fanatics, o ... More >>

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    May 2, 2013
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    March 20, 2013

    Schlafly Tap Room Hosts Beer & Cupcake Pairing

    Wine and cheese. Sake and sushi. Champagne and caviar. Beer and...cupcakes? Yeah, we're not so sure about that one, but Schlafly seems to think it works. The Schlafly Tap Room (2100 Locust Street; 314-241-2337) is hosting a Beer & Cupcake Pairing on Thursday, March 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. See Also: - ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    Wine and Cheese Place Celebrates Creve Coeur Expansion with Beer, Wine and Spirits Tastings

    Here at Gut Check, we love a free drink, and this weekend The Wine and Cheese Place has got us covered. In celebration of the expansion of its Creve Coeur location (457 New Ballas Road; 314-989-0020), the Wine and Cheese Place will host two tastings -- a beer and spirits tasting on Friday and a win ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 16, 2012
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    August 2, 2012
  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    Ten Best Food Events This Weekend: July 20-22

    Friday (July 20): Belgian Beer & Mussel Mania @ Schlafly Tap Room Fill up on freshly flown in coldwater mussels paired with ales. Belgian waffles and live music sweeten the delicious deal. Admission is free. Friday, July 20 from 5 p.m. to midnight and Saturday, July 21 from 11 a.m. to midnight. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    Tidbits: Farmhaus Nose-to-Tail Dinner, Niche Lobster Rolls

    - Farmhaus (3257 Ivanhoe Avenue; 314-647-3800) has announced a special "Nose-to-Tail" dinner on Tuesday, August 21. Chef de cuisine Andrew Jennrich is putting together the dinner's tasting menu, which will feature locally raised pork. Among the dishes promised by general manager Eric Scholle are pig ... More >>

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    May 3, 2012
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    April 20, 2012

    Ten Best Food Events This Weekend: April 20-23

    Friday (Apr. 20): Around the World Wine Dinner @ Missouri Botanical Garden Chefs from Catering St. Louis create a menu focusing on France: The Rhone Valley. The four-course meal with hors d'oeuvres and wine pairings includes menu items such as braised beef shank in red wine-olive-currant reductio ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 29, 2012
  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    Ten Best Food Events This Weekend: January 20-January 23

    Third Friday Party @ Third Degree Glass Factory Defrost from the freezing temperatures with hot glassblowing, Baileys coffee, hot chocolate, fire spinning, and small plates like loaded baked potato soup at this monthly open house event. Free. 6 to 10 p.m. The Bluestem Cookbook dinner @ Niche Bring ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    Jackyl Guitarist's Beer Rides Into St. Louis

    The Wine and Cheese PlaceJesse James is coming to St. Louis. In beer form.​ Any guy who calls himself Jesse James has got to be a badass, right? (Or a dumbass, if you don't particularly respect bank robbers, murderers, high-end motorcycle moguls and adulterers) Jesse James Dupree, the vocal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    Mayans, Beer Chocolate: What a Combo!

    Deborah Hylandwhat could possibly go better with an exhibition of Mayan art and artifacts than Mayan-inspired chocolates by Kakao? How 'bout Kakao's Mayan-inspired chocolates paired with beer from Maplewood neighbor Schlafly?​To celebrate its exhibition, Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2009

    Justin Timberlake Tequila Now Available!

    A couple of months ago Gut Check reported that pop icon Justin Timberlake is releasing his own tequila, 901. (The name is the area code for Memphis, his hometown.) Earlier today, Paul from the Wine and Cheese Place left a comment on that post to announce that the store has received a shipment of 901 ... More >>

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    December 3, 2008

    Study Session

    Bottoms up!

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2008

    Review Preview: Mia Rosa

    A preview of this week's review of Mia Rosa, the new Italian restaurant in Forest Park Southeast.

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    August 13, 2008
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    April 2, 2008
  • Blogs

    March 3, 2008

    A Few Sips of Wine

    Gut Check doesn't cover wine as much as I'd like -- our interests are broad, but our budget is modest -- but here are a couple of recent wine-related articles you might find interesting. The Wall Street Journal critiques the wine pairings on the tasting menus at New York City's best high-end restau ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 24, 2004

    Hot Chocolate

    Bailey's Chocolate Bar is naughty -- in a nice way

  • Dining

    December 5, 2001

    Head of the Glass

    The Wine Merchant offers courses to budding oenophiles

  • Dining

    September 12, 2001

    Side Dish

    C'est fromage as the cheese craze reaches St. Louis