Christmas came early to the CWE

Seriously!  How lucky are the residents of the Central West End (CWE)!?!  Gerard Craft opened Brasserie by Niche in the former Chez Leon space.  With Perry Hendrix at the helm of the stove, the CWE folks have just gotten themselves one heck of a neighborhood hotspot! Focusing on classic French bistro fare, you’ll never eat onion soup anywhere else.  Cassoulet, moules frites, French cheeses, country pate….and an amazing croque monsieur…coq au vin…you’ll feel like you are sitting in a Parisian bistro! With a nice beer and wine selection…Brasserie By Niche is one of my new favorite places to go. Lucky for me it’s a stone’s throw from the hospital…and after a long day caring for the masses…Brasserie is a welcome respite!

Next up: Pi!! Pi is close to opening its doors in their new CWE locale! That makes the third space opened by Chris Sommers! With the crazy success of his spot in the Delmar Loop..and the cult-like obsession cultivated at the Kirkwood spot he is about to dish out some of that crazy good cornmeal crust deep dish on the corner of Euclid and McPherson! And to make it even better Mathew Rice is going to be doing his ingenious desserts at the new CWE locale! His milkshake bar at the Kirkwood locale is a favorite already.  I suggest a Purple Cow or a chocolate malted milkshake if you make it out Kirkwood! The CWE spot is geared toward adults with a gorgeous reclaimed eco-friendly bar manned by Chad George!

So…no more complaining about the CWE not having anything new….get over to Brasserie (open NOW!) and Pi (slated to open to the public on Tuesday 12/ 15/09!)


From the Scoop on

Master mixologist Ted Kilgore will be moving from Monarch Restaurant to Niche Taste Bar, which is slated to open next month. “While I was not looking to make a move, the project is right up my alley,” Kilgore said. Details to follow. P

Wine Dinner at Niche



Classique Wines


An Australian Food & Wine Experience

Featuring the Wines of

Gemtree Vineyards, McLaren Vale

Michael Crosby, North American Sales Manager

Thursday, May 7th at 7:00 pm

First Course

Scharff Farm Asparagus with Crab, Ramp Vinaigrette,

Claverach Farm Poached Egg and Parmesan

Moonstone Albarino

Second Course

Pea Soup with Farrar Out Farm Pork Belly,

Morels and Preserved Lemon

Tadpole Shiraz


Fourth Course

Fruitland Farm Organic Ribeye, Cauliflower & Potato Purée,

Fava Beans, Roasted Garlic, Claverach Farm Red Verjus

Cadenzia Red Blend

60% Grenache, 20% Tempranillo, 20% Shiraz

Fifth Course

Dark Chocolate Pots de Crème

Uncut Shiraz

$75.00 per Person

excluding tax and tip

1831 Sidney Street

For Reservations or Questions Please Call:


Space is limited, credit card required for reservations.

Cancellation deadline – Tuesday, May 5th.

To learn more about these wines visit:

Three of St. Louis’ Finest are in the running for a James Beard nod…

The James Beard Foundation announced the semifinalists for its restaurant and chef awards. Three St. Louis chefs made the cut in the “Best Chef: Midwest” category: Gerard Craft of Niche, Josh Galliano of Monarch and Kevin Nashan of Sidney Street Cafe.

Five finalists will be announced on March 23rd….keep your fingers crossed.

Food and Wine: June Issue

**Photo by Jonathan Swegle

Be on the lookout for St. Louis’ favorite new pastry chef in the upcoming issue of F&W. That’s right, Mathew Rice will be the featured pastry chef for The Last Bite. Wonder what they will feature….some would say red velvet cake….some would say the kulfi….what dessert do you think they will feature?

Whatever it is, it will be delicious. Be sure to pick up June’s issue of Food and Wine and support our local chefs!!