Soulard Alliance Celebrated Creole-Style for Inaugural Soiree

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Smoked, barbecued glazed Gulf shrimp, slow smoked with hickory and peet then glazed with housemade New Orleans-style barbecue sauce. | Nancy Stiles
  • Smoked, barbecued glazed Gulf shrimp, slow smoked with hickory and peet then glazed with housemade New Orleans-style barbecue sauce. | Nancy Stiles

The Soulard Alliance held its first-ever Soulard Soiree last week. It was an old-fashioned affair at the Franklin Room (816 Allen Avenue; 314-664-7706) complete with food from Molly's in Soulard (816 Geyer Avenue; 314-241-6200) and the musical styles of Miss Jubliee. The evening was intended to be part of an "integrated awareness campaign to help increase Soulard's visibility in the St. Louis community."

See also: Molly's in Soulard's New Executive Chef to Roll Out Po' Boy Menu May 1

"We look forward to kicking off our new campaign with a fun event to showcase what this organization is all about. In general, we are concerned with the trend of diminishing foot-traffic and visitors to our neighborhoods," Soulard Alliance co-chair Julie Price said in a statement. "Through our new campaign we hope to make more St. Louis residents understand how little time it takes to travel to Soulard, how friendly our resident and shop owners are in this truly safe and 'walkable neighborhood,' and how convenient it is to visit with our plentiful and free parking."

We consider Soulard one of St. Louis' best and most best-known neighborhoods, but we'll take any excuse to chow down on some Creole cuisine and dance the night away. To learn more about the Soulard Alliance, the neighborhood, upcoming events and more, check out the organization's website here.

Miss Jubilee performing at the Franklin Room. | Nancy Stiles
  • Miss Jubilee performing at the Franklin Room. | Nancy Stiles
Smoked goat cheese crostini with dried cherries, shallots, garlic, thyme and rosemary. | Nancy Stiles
  • Smoked goat cheese crostini with dried cherries, shallots, garlic, thyme and rosemary. | Nancy Stiles
Supporters dressed in Prohibition-era costumes. | Nancy Stiles
  • Supporters dressed in Prohibition-era costumes. | Nancy Stiles
Wenneman's Farms beef tenderloin poached in Creole butter then over-roasted. | Nancy Stiles
  • Wenneman's Farms beef tenderloin poached in Creole butter then over-roasted. | Nancy Stiles
A plate of Molly's offerings including Creole arancini, jambalaya, fried Brussels sprouts and more. | Nancy Stiles
  • A plate of Molly's offerings including Creole arancini, jambalaya, fried Brussels sprouts and more. | Nancy Stiles

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