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Oktoberfest in St. Louis: RFT’s Drunken Guide

12 hours 48 minutes ago

Although some American breweries won’t observe Oktoberfest until next month, true revelers know that those celebrations begin tomorrow across the pond. Yep, in Munich, Germany, Oktoberfest will be observed from Saturday, September 21 through Sunday, October 6.…
Liz Miller

For 35 Years, Hamishe Bahrami of Cafe Natasha Has Been Feeding St. Louisans

14 hours 46 minutes ago

Sitting inside Cafe Natasha (3200 South Grand Boulevard; 314-771-3411) on a recent sunny Tuesday morning, Hamishe Bahrami sips a mug of tea while sharing three decades of memories. We're here today to discuss the 35th anniversary of her lauded Persian restaurant, Cafe Natasha, alongside her daughter, Natasha.

The milestone will be celebrated on Tuesday, September 24, from 6 to 9 p.m. with a special dinner featuring favorite dishes from Cafe Natasha as well as best-sellers from The Little Kitchen, the first restaurant that Hamishe and her late husband, Behshid, opened in downtown St. Louis in 1983.…
Liz Miller

Sneak Peek: Grace Chicken + Fish to Debut Late-Night Service October 4

17 hours 48 minutes ago

Late nights in The Grove just got a lot tastier thanks to chef Rick Lewis.

On Friday, October 4, Lewis will debut the grand-opening service of Grace Chicken + Fish (4270 Manchester Avenue) from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m., operating out of a walk-up window connected to the chef's Grace Meat + Three.

Focused on grab-and-go late-night eats, Grace Chicken + Fish will offer five proteins — fried chicken tenders, wings, cornmeal-encrusted fried catfish, buttermilk fried shrimp and crispy tofu — with 10 signature sauces for dipping.

"You can mix and match any of the sauces with any of the proteins," Lewis says. "We wanted to fun it up for the people who have been out late and make it more than just, 'Here's a three-piece tender hot.'…
Liz Miller

Vaping-Related Death in St. Louis is First in Missouri, Health Department Says

1 day 6 hours ago
A Missouri man in his mid-40s died this week at Mercy Hospital in what health department officials say is the first vaping-related death recorded in the state.

The man, whose named wasn't released, had suffered increasingly bad respiratory problems since he began vaping, and his weakened lungs caused his heart to fail, officials say.

"This is an unfortunate case of a young man with no prior lung illness who started vaping because of chronic pain issues," Dr. Michael Plisco of Mercy Hospital said in a news release. "He started out with shortness of breath, and it rapidly progressed and deteriorated, developing into what is called acute respiratory distress syndrome.…
Doyle Murphy

Flyover Comedy Fest Brings Kyle Kinane, Sasheer Zamata, Jena Friedman and More in 2019

1 day 8 hours ago
Flyover Comedy Festival, St. Louis' homegrown celebration of comedians both local and national, has consistently grown with each year that's passed since it first debuted in 2017 — and this year's fest continues that upward trajectory, bringing nearly 100 performers to 30 events in the Grove over the course of just three days.

This year's fest will take place from November 7 to 9, with headliners Kyle Kinane, Joel Kim Booster, Sasheer Zamata, White Women improv, Jena Friedman and Kids These Days. Participating venues include the Improv Shop, the Ready Room, Handlebar and the Bootleg.

Kinane has performed on pretty much every late-night show there is in addition to hosting "The Boogie Monster" podcast and regularly appearing on Doug Benson's podcasts "Doug Loves Movies" and "Getting Doug with High."…
Daniel Hill

Heck Yes! You Can Now Buy Gioia's Hot Salami on a Dogtown Frozen Pizza

1 day 13 hours ago

There are few St. Louis foods more beloved than the hot salami sandwich at Gioia's Deli. But this legendary item has somehow just become even better because now you can get it on a Dogtown Frozen Pizza.

Run to Schnucks as soon as you can, because this new all-local collaboration just hit shelves.

In a video posted by Gioia’s Deli co-owner Alex Donley less than 24 hours ago, he teases the new release.…
Jaime Lees

David Burke Hosting Dinner Inspired by the Great Forest Park Balloon Race

1 day 17 hours ago

This weekend marks the Great Forest Park Balloon Race, and celebrity chef David Burke is more than rising to the occasion.

Saturday, September 21, Grand Tavern by David Burke (626 North Grand Boulevard, 314-405-3399) will host a four-course tasting dinner titled Up in the Sky inspired by the balloon race prepared by Burke and executive chef Robert Cantu at the private rooftop event space of the Angad Rooftop Terrace.…
Liz Miller

Fresh Fish, Seafood Dishes and More Dazzle at LemonShark Poke in Clayton

2 days 17 hours ago
At LemonShark Poke (33 North Central Avenue, 314-300-8890), which debuted in Clayton in late July, owner Lauren Adler takes great pride in serving the freshest fish and seafood possible. In fact, that's where the national fine-casual chain gets its name: Lemon sharks, which live off the coasts of North and South America as well as Africa, are thought to have more selective feeding behavior than other sharks.

"In nature, lemon sharks don't just eat whatever is in front of their face — they only eat fish of a certain maturity and nutritional value," Adler says.…
Liz Miller

Pretty Little Empire’s Justin Johnson Finds His Voice With New Solo EP

2 days 17 hours ago
After three albums, a few regional tours and countless local sets, the emotive rock quartet Pretty Little Empire quietly folded up shop a few years ago. There was no formal goodbye show and no bitter parting among bandmates, just the slow accretion of years, experiences and adult responsibilities that make twice-weekly practices and regular gigs more of a chore than a blessing.…
Christian Schaeffer

BoBQ Turns Up the Heat

2 days 17 hours ago
BoBQ's kimchi is perfection of the form — a generously sized portion of cabbage, fermented to the point that its flesh begins to break down so that it releases a wonderful, earthy funk. Through some feat of magic, the cabbage retains just enough of its crispness, even after it is saturated in a vibrant orange-red chili sauce that is spicy enough to tingle the tongue but balanced with the pungent brine to soften its punch.…
Cheryl Baehr

Tour the World of Gravois

2 days 17 hours ago
The problem for St. Louis historian Michael Allen is that he can't pop into a bar without someone asking him a question about the city's past. And present.…
Thomas Crone

Nearly 350 St. Louis Cops Named in Class Action Suit 2 Years After Police 'Kettle'

3 days 7 hours ago
A new class action lawsuit names nearly 350 St. Louis police officers, alleging they acted together to illegally arrest and abuse protesters and others during demonstrations that followed the 2017 acquittal of a white cop charged with murdering a black man.

Attorney Javad Khazaeli of Khazaeli Wyrsch says officers took "extraordinary measures" to hide their identities on the night of September 17, 2017 when police trapped more than 100 people in a downtown intersection.

Their names and badges hidden, officers in riot gear swooped in that night for mass arrests.…
Doyle Murphy
1 hour 52 minutes ago
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