by Nancy Stiles
Back to the daily grind. It won't be as bad as you think though. Brasserie is launching a new brats and fries series, or go high-brow with a wine tasting. There's a little something for everyone to get you through the week. Continue on for our food-related recommendations.
Monday (Jan. 5):
Chef Vito Racanelli, Jr. of Mad Tomato will teach you to create some of the delicious dishes from his Clayton restaurant. You'll learn the secrets to his toasted ravioli, the signature mixed greens salad with Genoa salami and mozzarella and roasted peppers with basil roasted garlic vinaigrette, pappardelle pasta with pork rib ragù and truffle oil and pan-roasted salmon piccata. From 6 to 8:30 p.m. Registration is $60 per person; the class is currently sold out but you can call 314-862-2665 to be put on a waitlist.
Tuesday (Jan. 6):
Brasserie is starting a new weekly series featuring brats. There will be a different menu of bratwursts and fries from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday until May. This week, choose from a beer brat with whole grain mustard and sauerkraut, a Nduja brat with Salume Beddu Nduja and woodside honey mustard or a Qui Ban Mi brat with pickled vegetable slaw, cilantro and Srirarcha mayonnaise. All brats come with fries and are $7, or you can get a side of fries for $3. $4 Schlaflys and $2 sodas also available.
Wednesday (Jan. 7):
Major Brands is hosting a tasting complete with food pairings featuring Rodney Strong wines. You'll sample Chalk Hill chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, pinot noir, merlot and cabernet sauvignon. They'll be paired with asparagus with aioli and garden greens, cucumber, boursin and smoked salmon stacks and an upside down mushroom tartlet. From 6:30 to 8 p.m. RSVP is required; $25 per person with $5 off for wine club members. There will also be special bottle pricing at the tasting.
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