Category Archives: In The Press

Proudly serving Stringbean Coffee!

We are proud to be serving Stringbean Coffee!  Local, Independent, Artisan, Fair Trade Pete started roasting coffee at home for his own consumption in March 2011, four months later Stringbean Coffee Company was started in the Summer 2011 and featured live roasts at local farmer’s markets and the demand continued to grow. Stringbean was originally Guitar Strings & Coffee Beans. The original plan was to incorporate the love of music with the love of coffee, selling vintage guitars and coffee. From the beginning the purpose was clear… produce a great coffee, be socially minded and have fun doing it, very

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10% OFF for Grand Center Patrons!

Support the Arts in Grand Center, and we reward you! See a show, GET 10% OFF*! It’s Easy! For any patron of the arts attending a performance in Grand Center, just show your ticket stub on the night of performance and get 10% off* your bill!   Whether it’s dinner n’ drinks before, or dessert n’ drinks after, we invite you to enjoy our elegant atmosphere and extraordinary culinary fare and save!   Honored Organizations: St. Louis Symphony The Fox Theatre The Contemporary Art Museum New Line Theatre Upstream Theatre The Black Rep Bach Society of St. Louis Chamber Music Society of St.

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Cafe Ventana’s Beignets Featured on RFT “Sugar High” Blog

Sugar High – Cafe Ventana’s Beignets, an Airy Sugar-Dusted Fritter to Go with a Cup of Joe By Mabel Suen Tue., May 6 2014 at 10:00 AM Welcome to Sugar High, a series devoted solely to spotlighting the best ways to sate a sweet tooth in St. Louis. We’ll sample the best the city has to offer at restaurants, bakeries and holes-in-the-wall, and provide some insight on how these confections are made along the way. An order of Cafe Ventana’s beignets. | Photos by Mabel Suen Cafe Ventana (3919 West Pine Boulevard; 314-531-7500), a self-proclaimed “bohemian bistro with a French Quarter feel,” offers the

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I don’t know, where do you want to go?

A shiny new cafe has opened next door to my esteemed University. Julie and I gathered there with a couple of our friends last weekend. Free wi-fi, of course. I give it good marks on its pastries, beverages, and overall decor, lower marks on its air conditioning (way too cold) and on its wooden chairs (too small and hard). Next time we’re bringing an extension cord and making ourselves comfy in the big easy chairs in the corner. Read full story here.  

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Kitchen Q&A: Christopher Lee

In a time when restaurants are closing faster than a screen door in a windstorm, Christopher Lee is opening two in the same year. What does he know that the rest of the cognoscenti don’t? How will he avoid becoming another ugly restaurant statistic? Is he a pie-eyed sophomore restaurateur with crazy dreams or a talented young chef with visionary ideas and a good investor? One look at the ultra-cozy side patio at his just opened New Orleans–themed Café Ventana suggests the latter. SLM sat down with him just to make sure. Read full story here.

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St. Louis Eats and Drinks With Joe and Ann Pollack

Café Ventana’s web site talks about it as having a French Quarter style. And that’s not just because beignets are available — oh yes, and excellent, too. Located on the first floor of an old house (although happily wheelchair accessible) just west of the St. Louis U. campus, it has an easy-going feel that fits well with its architectural charm. On the outside, in front, alongside and behind, there are separate seating areas. The warm, friendly dining room has tables and chairs, but also counters and arm chairs and a fireplace that offer relaxing options for the frantic and the

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The Food of Iron Fork

The Cuban wrap, with Cobb smoked ham and carnitas, grilled in a tomato wrap with gruyere cheese, dill pickle and dijon, from Café Ventana.

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Primary Colorful: Ian blisses out on beignets and other well-executed simple fare at Cafe Ventana

God knows Mondays don’t need any help in order to be a pain in the rear end, but on this particular Monday afternoon, my 401(k) is following the Dow down the drain, there are still four interminable, talking point-filled weeks till the election and I just forgot my debit card inside an ATM. Am I sitting in a dive bar, chasing my blues with whiskey, neat? In fact, I’m at Café Ventana, enjoying a few minutes of bliss — however fleeting — with a cup of strong black coffee and a plate of beignets. Read the full story here.

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Cafe Ventana voted Best Coffeehouse – 2011

RFT BEST OF ST. LOUIS 2011 FOOD & DRINK Best Coffeehouse Café Ventana Since the dawn of time, a successful coffeehouse has required two things: the ability to manage the pre-office morning rush, and beaucoup electrical outlets for layabouts to keep their laptops humming while they sip and loiter. Café Ventana succeeds on both counts and oh, so many more. Situated on the border where midtown gives way to the Central West End, the café adds a touch of artsy French style to an otherwise industrial stretch. Thanks to the patio and spacious annex, you’re guaranteed to have your pick of

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RFT: Best of St. Louis 2009 – Best Coffeehouse

BEST OF ST. LOUIS 2009 FOOD & DRINK Best Coffeehouse Café Ventana A coffeehouse should percolate more than just good coffee: Creativity, community and peace of mind are also essential ingredients in a winning brew. Café Ventana succeeds thanks to a beautiful space that feels just right whether you’re chatting with friends over cappuccino or wine, studying for final exams, reading the daily fishwrap or writing the latest revision of your Great American Novel. Add a menu that draws from the traditions of both Paris and New Orleans, and you could linger here all day, from a breakfast of coffee

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