Iron Fork, the Riverfront Times' annual battle royale and feast, was held March 20 at Union Station in downtown St. Louis. Guests sampled dishes, desserts and drinks from nearly 40 area restaurants while watching cutthroat culinary competition. John Perkins of Juniper beat out Brian Coltrain of Element, Colleen Clawson of Standard Fare and last year's winner Ed Heath of Cleveland-Heath for the chef title. In the cocktail competition, Brittany Van Hook of Table Three triumphed over Chris Wheeler of Prasino, Keyan Still of Sanctuaria, Dustin Parres of Gamlin Whiskey House, and Keeley McGrew and Miles Ray of HandleBar.
Fashionistas were out in full force for the spring St. Louis Fashion Week finale at Union Station on April 25, 2014. Attendees checked out the latest looks from Novis, Harbison, Skif International, Viktor Luna and Devil City during the designers showcase before partying until the wee hours to music by local band Née and local DJs TrashTalk and BillyBrown during the after-party.
Beer and barbecue were the treats of the day at the Riverfront Times' first-ever Q & Brew in the Lou event. The sold-out tasting bonanza, held August 23 at Union Station, featured more than twenty breweries, plus barbecue from Sugarfire Smokehouse, the Precinct and Rib Shack. Local bands Dance Floor Riot and Old Capital Square Dance Club performed.
Allllllll aboard! St. Louis children of all ages are taking a fantasy journey to the North Pole on the Polar Express, which departs from Union Station throughout December. Based upon the book and film of the same name, the magical train ride features a helpful conductor, hot chocolate-dispensing waiters and a special visit from Santa Claus. Pajama-clad kids, nostalgic adults and date-night lovebirds alike also have the option of a dinner and dessert buffet in the majestic Grand Hall of the Union Station Hotel. More information about Polar Express tickets is available here.
The 9th Annual Riverfront Times Iron Fork featured hand-selected dishes from the best St. Louis restaurants including 222 Artisan Bakery, Athlete Eats, Anthoninos Taverna, Casa del Mar, Four Seasons - Cielo Restaurant, ClevelandHeath, Element, Evangeline's Bistro & Music House, Fork & Stix, The Fountain on Locust, Gooseberries, Grapeseed Stl, Grove East Provisions, Red Fox Baking & Catering, I Scream Cakes, Iron Barley, Juniper, Kakao Chocolate, Layla, Lona's Lil Eats, Mission Taco Joint, Mollys In Soulard, Onesto Pizza & Trattoria, Pappy's Smokehouse, Pastaria by Niche, Petra Restaurant, Pie Oh My, Quincy Street Bistro, Salume Beddu, scape, Seoul Taco, Sister Cities Cajun and BBQ, Strange Donuts, The Restaurant at The Cheshire, The Scottish Arms Restaurant & Bar, The Shaved Duck, Three Flags Tavern, Three Kings Public House and Trattoria Toscana. Guests also enjoyed cocktails from several of the highest-rated mixologists in town.