Categories: Restaurant News
|Sanctuaria’s patio is just around the corner. | Jennifer Silverberg
Sanctuaria (4198 Manchester Avenue; 314-535-9700) in the Grove has a curious growth in its backyard: a conservatory. The metal and glass structure has been under construction for a while, but is set to open in the next few weeks. The conservatory will provide ingredients for Sanctuaria’s mixology program.
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“Our long-term vision with that is to create an indoor garden space for our mixology division,” Sanctuaria co-owner Gurpreet Padda tells Gut Check. The conservatory was actually built in France in the nineteenth century and had to be sent to China to be restructured and then made its way to St. Louis. There’s also a gazebo, built in Belgium in the early 1900s that will be used for live music.
“It’s a 20 by 30 foot space — a 600 square foot space. Most of it will become an indoor garden for botanicals to be used in our mixology kitchen and some of it will be used as an event space in the back,” he says.
The surrounding patio grows edibles like heirloom tomatoes and berries for the restaurant; a mixture of wildflowers and sunflowers has been planted to create a little prairie.
“We knew as soon as we were able to get the extra land what we were going to do. it’s almost done; it feels good! These projects take forever,” Padda says. “We think it’ll be a very nice enhancement to the Grove. It’s not a modern building, so it kind of melded into that neighborhood. It’s a cool building, so people driving down the street and walking will welcome it.”
VIA THE VEGGIELANTE, RIVERFRONT TIMES
By Tara Mahadevan Tue., Jan. 28 2014 at 9:15 AM
| Veggie chorizo at Sanctuaria | Tara Mahadevan
The Veggielante is on a mission to spread the word about places to order good, meatless grub. Check out this week’s pick.
Destination: Sanctuaria (4198 Manchester Avenue; 314-535-9700)
Neighborhood: The Grove
Cuisine: “All Latin flavors”
| Sanctuaria | Tara Mahadevan
Overview: Sanctuaria’s Chef Wil Pelly has a passion for creating vegetarian and vegan dishes, seeing the task as a challenge.
The restaurant’s cuisine encompasses all Latin flavors, from Cuba to Spain to Mexico, and while vegetarian options are common in this cuisine, Pelly puts his own unique spin on them.
Sanctuaria’s spring and summer menus will be geared towards more vegan and vegetarian-friendly options, so be on the lookout for a new menu when it starts getting warm.
Highlights: Pelly’s vegetarian chorizo ($10) is not on the current menu, but when it is, it might fool you into thinking it’s actual meat.
Pelly uses a combination of black beans and carrots to create the “chorizo,” and serves it with rice, fried plantains and a curried broccoli purée. This dish is a playful twist on his mother’s classic Cuban recipe, and is also vegan and gluten-free. Look for it on the restaurant’s spring menu.
| Black bean stuffed piquillos at Sanctuaria | Tara Mahadevan
Pelly’s black bean stuffed piquillos ($8) is a traditional Spanish dish.
Five piquillo peppers are roasted and stuffed with black beans and mozzarella cheese, and topped with a chipotle vinaigrette. Though not vegan, the piquillos are gluten-free, and a filling and healthy option.
Another popular vegetarian dish is the black bean croquettes ($8) served over the restaurant’s homegrown vegetables.
New to Pelly’s spring menu will be pan-seared vegetarian tamales ($10): three vegetable-stuffed tamales, served with madeira onions and a passion fruit gel. Both are vegan.
POSTED ON AUGUST 30, 2013 9:12 AM
BY: BRANDI WILLS
Last weekend, local bartenders made a mass exodus across the state to Kansas City’s Paris of the Plains Cocktail Festival, where they indulged in educational seminars, high-stakes competitions and the occasional raucous reunion with fellow Midwest mixologists. We can’t speak for all the events of the weekend, but when it came to the cocktail competitions, our STL bartenders made us proud.
In a test of the ultimate bartending talents—who can make the best drinks the quickest—Justin Cardwell of BC’s Kitchen, Matt Obermark of The Agrarian, Jayne Pellegrino of Blood and Sand and Kyle Mathis of Taste brought home the grand prize from Midwest Melee, a competition that pitted the four against teams from Kansas City, Denver and Chicago.
And in the grand finale of the weekend’s festivities, The Paris of the Plains Bartending Competition, Sanctuaria‘s Mandi Kowalski tied for fan favorite with her creation, Her Majesty’s Pleasure.
“Some of the folks in KC described this drink as a delicate summertime mulled wine,” says Kowalski. “Despite its lovely magenta hue, it managed to win over many of the men in attendance at the competition. Judge and Master Sommelier Doug Frost summed up the drink by saying, ‘So rarely does her majesty’s pleasure also equate to his majesty’s pleasure.’”
Mandi shared the recipe for this crowd-pleasing concoction, so you can wow your friends with her award-winning cocktail.
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by Nate Hopper
We like to pair our teams with liquor, so on behalf of fans of St. Louis, who tied the series up last night, we called up Joe Duepner, bar manager for Sanctuaria—one of the city’s best cocktail spots, conveniently located not even ten minutes from Busch Stadium—to recommend a Cards drink for us. He landed on a version of the Southern Gentleman. Here’s his reasoning: “It’s red and white: the Cards colors. And the drink looks kind of like when somebody slides into home plate and there’s that mess with the white chalk and the dirt. It’s got all the fall ingredients in it—and fall is when the Cardinals do their best stuff. Plus, the sweetness of the cinnamon, and the velvet of the cream, and the bite of the habanero and the Buffalo Trace bourbon will either accentuate your win or remove the sting of your loss.” Works for us. Here’s how you make it:
Read more: A Cocktail for St. Louis Cardinals Fans – Esquire
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4198 Manchester Avenue
Saint Louis, MO 63110
Saint Louis, MO (August 5, 2013) – Sanctuaria, winner of the 2013 OPEN TABLE DINER’S CHOICE AWARD and recently named the BEST PLACE TO HANG OUT IN THE GROVE by the GO! Magazine and BEST LATE NIGHT MENU by Alive Magazine Hot List, was named as one of the TOP 55 BEST BOURBON BARS in America. The list, created by The Bourbon Review, was compiled through years of onsite research and the trusted opinions of the best minds in our industry. The list criteria was simple: the bar must showcase Bourbon in the proud manner it deserves, it must educate its patrons about Bourbon and either provide them with a superior selection, or a combination of great selection and a reputation for showcasing Bourbon in their cocktails. Five regions were selected for representation: Bourbon Country, Northeast, the South, Midwest and West. Of the 55 establishments selected, 7 were from the Midwest, 2 were from Missouri and Sanctuaria was the only bar named from Saint Louis.
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Sanctuaria’s Matt Seiter up for national writing award
Matt Seiter, bar manager and chief liquor officer at Sanctuaria in the Grove, is one of 10 finalists in the Best New Book category at the Spirited Awards at the 2013 Tales of the Cocktail.
Tales of the Cocktail is a festival held annually in New Orleans. The Spirited Awards, given in 17 categories, provide recognition to bartenders, bars, writers and cocktail experts. Awards will be announced July 20 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel New Orleans.
Seiter is nominated for “The Dive Bar of Cocktails Bars,” a look at the recipes for and the stories behind the Sanctuaria’s cocktail menu. The book is on sale for $24.99 at Sanctuaria, 4198 Manchester Avenue, or online at sanctuariastl.com.
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