You know about my events, but I thought I would share with you some of the other projects I am involved in…

Steven Becker Fine Dining, who runs the two Nadoz Cafe locations, are opening a new wine bar next door to their Boulevard location in Brentwood. Vino Nadoz is scheduled to open later this fall. STLwinegirl is consulting on spacial design, interiors, staffing and menus. An exciting new development for this successful culinary business and I am thrilled to see the outcome!

Nosh St. Louis opened in Maplewood this summer and specializes in Mediterranean small plates and sandwiches. They have recently added new fall items as well as larger dinner entrees. With this, STLwinegirl is creating a new wine program for the restaurant including new glass pours, bottles and specials! Stay tuned…

And, of course, I am a contributing writer for Feast Magazine! I have my monthly print column “On the Shelf” as well as my weekly online exclusive column “Quite the Pair” – I also host the monthly wine tastings for the publication at different St. Louis Originals restaurants.

As you can see, STLwinegirl is more than just public and private events… industry consultation, sommelier services and freelance writing are a few of the other services provided.

Contact STLwinegirl if you need any assistance with your event, business, etc.


In Home Tasting 10.16.2009

October 17, 2009

Last night’s tasting was for a friend (and previous tasting attendee).
A group of friends settling in for an evening of
education and entertainment…. oh, and glorious food and wine.

Knowing the couple’s wine background, I tried to choose some familiar names and some unfamiliar varietals. Her husband loves Caymus Cab, so I went with their white. No one seemed to be too familiar with sparkling wines. For reds, I wanted to help show them the “Old World” of wine since they usually buy domestic… For foods, I chose items that I knew would be new to them as well as playing on some old favorites but adding a twist. I also threw in a little “Thanksgiving spirit” as the season calls for it!

Greek Goat Cheese Tartlet
Smoked Salmon with Cilantro-Chive Yogurt
NV Schramsberg Mirabelle Brut Rosè

Roasted Turkey with Brie Sauce
with Cranberry-Apple Compote
2007 Caymus Conundrum
Napa Valley, California

Spanish Chorizo-Manchego Corn Cake
2007 Ercavio Tempranillo Roble

Braised Lamb and Truffled Mushroom Risotto
2007 Carpineto Dogajolo Toscana Red
Tuscany, Italy

Pumpkin-Pecan Turtle Brownie
Warre’s Otima 10 Year Tawny Port

The excitement of the guests about the experience,
the foods and the wines was incredible.
Great feedback, wonderful questions, expansion of horizons.
All the reasons I do what I do.

In Case You Missed It…

October 5, 2009

As you may have heard, STLwinegirl was fortunate enough to be selected as a food judge for the final preliminary challenge for the Taste of St. Louis Top Chef Competition. The “cookoff” was filmed LIVE as part of the KSDK-Metromix Primetime Special on October 1st. The following clip is only a portion of the show, made specially for STLwinegirl viewers 🙂

Hope you enjoy and would love to hear any feedback! This was the first live taping for me… Was crazy, exciting, nerve-racking and FUN! Thank you to KSDK, Metromix, Dana Hendrickson, Chef Jonathan Kraft, Dominic, Chef Brian Hale and Chef Stephen Gonthram for an amazing experience!!!!

Provisions Gourment Market continues the
Food and Wine Pairing Series presented by STLwinegirl
with our fifth installment:
“Unbelievable Wines from Unlikely Places”
October 6, 2009

Black Bean and Corn Cake with Shrimp and Tomato-Garlic Vinaigrette
NV Gruet Rosé Sparkling
New Mexico

Chickpea and Vegetable Samosa
2007 Chateau Indage Chenin Blanc

Rustic Brazilian Beef Pastry
2006 Miolo Pinot Noir

Frikkadel Meatballs with Quinoa
2005 Golden Kaan Pinotage
South Africa

Canadian Brown Sugar Pie
2004 Konzelmann Late Harvest Gewürztraminer

We are officially SOLD OUT for this class, but look for
our next installment on Tuesday October 20 at 6:30pm

“Indigenous Grapes of Missouri”

We will be featuring the best of the best of our local
grape varietals from Missouri wineries
paired with a combination of infamous St. Louis dishes
and recipes featuring local products.
Book now to ensure space!

STLwinegirl on TV

September 30, 2009

Catch STLwinegirl on the Channel 5
KSDK MetroMix Primetime Special!

There will be a “Top Chef” style competition at this weekend’s
Taste of St. Louis festival. In true Top Chef fashion, there have
been some “elimation” challenges along the way,
working up to the final face-off this weekend. The final two chefs
hoping to gain a spot on the stage at the Taste will go head to head

on live television tomorrow evening.

There will be three judges tasting the food, including one chef
and… one STLwinegirl!
Yes, I have so fortunately been selected and asked to be
\one of the judges to appear on the special and give my

professional opinion on two of STL’s best chefs’ dishes.

Needless to say, I am ridiculously excited, a little nervous,

but 99% EXCITED!

I love this kind of stuff. I love to watch it. I love to be part of it.

So, Thursday October 1 at 7pm on KSDK Channel 5.
Steve Gontram, Harvest vs. Brian Hale, Chase Park Plaza

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for possible streaming.