Sidney Street Cafe
2000 Sidney Street
St. Louis, MO 63104
April 16, 2012
HOST VENUE Sidney Street Café
Sidney Street Café is located in a century old store front building in historic Benton Park. The atmosphere is informally elegant, graced with exposed brick walls, gleaming hardwood floors, and the nationally recognized cuisine of Chef Owner Kevin Nashan.
The antique bar offers cocktails and a complete casual dining experience, while the dining rooms compliment business meetings, special occasions, or a romantic evening out. We hope you join us, so we can become your special place in St.Louis.
GUEST CELEBRITY CHEF Michael Sullivan
RESTAURANT Blackberry Farm TN
Michael Sullivan is the Charcutier (or Butcher) at Blackberry Farm. He creates sausages from foothills ingredients, while his salami deploys local muscadine wine, sorghum and spice berries. Michael learned about the importance of passion from his father, a baker who was overjoyed to wake before dawn and never lost his excitement for how each day's yeast was different from the previous day's.
Sullivan assumed that the joy he took in preaching and caretaking meant that he was born to minister. By his early thirties, he left the church, moved his family to upstate New York and attended the Culinary Institute of America while continuing to work full-time at restaurants, then apprenticed himself to sausage makers who, like he, experienced their work as pork art and a form of living history.
"I am all about heritage, tradition; I go back into time rather than forward to learn," he says. "I butcher every ounce that I use. It is my responsibility. I hand tie my sausages with hemp in the old Italian way; it grips the casing better. I mix my meats with my hands in order to put a little touch of myself with it, so that people taste the human touch, not some cold, stainless steel machine." Michael has worked in the kitchens at Blackberry Farm since 2004, and specifically with our meat curing program since 2007
GUEST CELEBRITY CHEF Martin Rios
RESTAURANT Martin, Santa Fe NM
When Chef Martín Rios and his wife, Jennifer, began planning a restaurant of their own they envisioned a comfortable place where people from the community and Santa Fe's many visitors could enjoy Chef Rios' award-winning progressive American cuisine in a refined and pleasing atmosphere. Long-time Santa Feans with a commitment to the community - Martín volunteers with Cooking with Kids and Jennifer is president of The Horse Shelter - the couple wanted Martín's much-lauded gastronomy to be accessible not only to well-heeled tourists but to their friends and family. They wanted their guests to feel like they didn’t have to wait for a special occasion to enjoy Martín's cooking art.
Restaurant Martín is the embodiment of that vision and the realization of a 20-year dream. Located close to downtown but next to a well-established Santa Fe neighborhood, Restaurant Martín is easily accessible to Chef Rios' local fans and the many visitors who tour Historic downtown Santa Fe.
Chef Rios, a native of Guadalajara, Mexico, grew up in Santa Fe and started in the restaurant business as a 17-year-old dishwasher, eventually working his way to executive chef at several restaurants and hotels. Chef Rios received his formal training at the Culinary Institute of America and supplemented that with experience and training in some of the world’s most honored restaurants and with well-known culinary masters. His passion for food has taken him around the world in pursuit of culinary innovation, creativity and cooking experience.
Chef Rios has been repeatedly honored for his innovative and pleasing combinations of flavors, colors and presentation. His unique style emphasizes fresh, local produce and organic meats and poultry, and reflects not only Southwestern and Asian influences but also his classical training in French technique. Featured in the 2008 season of Iron Chef America, Rios is the only New Mexico chef to have won the Robert Mondavi Culinary Award of Excellence. When Rios was chef at the Old House Restaurant at the Eldorado Hotel, Zagat's Restaurant Survey listed the restaurant as the best dining experience in New Mexico and one of the best restaurants in the United States and the restaurant was awarded both the AAA Four-Diamond Award and the Mobil Four-Star Award. Chef Rios has been name Chef of the Year by the City of Santa Fe and has been named Chef of the Year twice each by the State of New Mexico and the New Mexico Lodging Association. He has also been named a Celebrated Chef for the National Pork Council and was featured in the Bon Appetit Magazine cover story "The American Restaurant: Our Favorite Places."
GUEST CELEBRITY CHEF Gerard Craft
RESTAURANT Niche, St Louis MO
Gerard Craft hails from Washington, D.C. A college dropout, he got his first kitchen job washing dishes at a Salt Lake City pool hall named Fat's Bar & Grill and soon became addicted to restaurant life. Craft went on to cook at Bistro Toujours in Park City, UT, at the Ryland Inn in Whitehouse Station, NJ, and at Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles before deciding to open his own restaurant in a midwestern city he'd never visited. With backing from his parents and brother, he was 25 when he bought a boarded-up building in the Benton Park neighborhood of St. Louis and opened niche
in the fall of 2005. In 2008, he was named a Food & Wine Best New Chef
and was the only chef named to Inc. magazine's roster of “star entrepreneurs”
under 30 years old. The following year, he became a James Beard Best Chef-Midwest Finalist
. Craft also extended the niche brand in 2009, opening Taste by niche
, a modern speakeasy, and Brasserie by niche
, a classic French eatery. The restaurants source their menus through relationships with more than 100 area farmers. Craft and his wife, Susan, have two daughters.
GUEST CELEBRITY CHEF Debbie Gold
RESTAURANT The American Restaurant, Kansas City MO
A James Beard Award winner and four-time nominee, Debbie Gold has led Kansas City's The American Restaurant to national recognition as its executive chef. Initially studying restaurant management at the University of Illinois, Gold received her professional culinary training at L'Ecole Hoteliere de Tain L'Hermitage in France. After apprenticing for two years at Michelin-starred restaurants across that country, she returned to Chicago to hold positions at such reputable venues as Charlie Trotter's, Everest, and Mirador. Although Gold took a hiatus to begin her successful restaurant venture 40 Sardines, she returned to The American Restaurant as the executive chef to once more lead the locale to a host of honors, including consistent AAA Four Diamond and Mobil Travel Guide Four Star ratings.
GUEST CELEBRITY CHEF Alex Lee
RESTAURANT Glen Oaks Country Club, Long Island NY
A particular childhood event inspired Alex Lee to pursue his interest in cuisine. At a ten course seafood banquet at a relative's restaurant in San Francisco's Chinatown, Alex, then only thirteen, found himself writing down descriptions of every course, eager not to let the textures and flavors slip away. Alex has fond memories of his grandmother's delicious Cantonese cuisine, through which he grew to associate wonderful food with important occasions and family celebrations.
Alex began cooking at the age of seventeen while still a student. He embarked upon a professional cooking career in 1986 at La Colombe d'Or in New York City. From 1989 to 1991 he worked under Chef Daniel Boulud at the renowned four-star Le Cirque. Thereafter Alex took some time to travel throughout Europe apprenticing in kitchens in Italy, Spain and France, where he was especially impressed by the deep respect accorded professional chefs. After spending a year at Alain Ducasse's Louis XV in Monte Carlo, Alex returned for the opening of DANIEL where he was Chef de Cuisine from 2010.
Alex's cuisine is greatly inspired by his passion for gardening. He grows as many as 30 varieties of herbs and heirloom vegetables of his own and especially enjoys dealing with local growers, visiting them regularly at the city's green markets. After 15 years of cooking, Alex 's contribution to DANIEL's cuisine is characterized by a contemporary French approach with respect for tradition and classic techniques prepared in harmony with the bounty of the seasons. Above all, Alex enjoyed creating new dishes together with Daniel in a spontaneous and unpredictable fashion that brings them both great fun and satisfaction in the kitchen.
Chef Alex is now the Executive Chef at Glen Oaks Country Club in Long Island NY.
GUEST CELEBRITY CHEF Josh Galliano
RESTAURANT Monarch, St Louis MO
Josh Galliano is the executive chef at Monarch restaurant in St. Louis. Growing up in Southern Louisiana, Josh developed an appreciation for both city and country life. As a child, life was always a culinary adventure waiting to happen – from fishing for large-mouth bass or picking muscadines to brunch and races at the local Fairgrounds or maybe a local strawberry festival.
It was during college at Louisiana State University that Josh started cooking professionally. He went on to study at Le Cordon Bleu in London and worked at the Michelin starred restaurants Roussillon and the Connaught Hotel. Josh returned to the States and worked at Commander's Palace then Brennan's, Restaurant Daniel and An American Place.
These days, at Monarch, Josh brings together all of his years of education. He has two distinct menus highlighting the disparate and connected worlds that he grew up in - in Louisiana and around the world. By cooking casual, Southern fare in one part of the restaurant and modern American in the other, Josh can satisfy his loves of straightforward cuisine balanced by the creativity of using the products of the land through invigorating food.
GUEST CELEBRITY CHEF Kevin Willmann
RESTAURANT Farmhaus, St Louis MO
Born into a farming family in Greenville, Illinois and self-taught in the culinary arts down South in the Florida panhandle, Chef Kevin Willmann has a community approach to his food. Specifically, his menus are mostly comprised of locally grown produce and he partners with local cheese makers, bakers and coffee roasters. Most of the daily menu items come from the bi-state area, while much of the seafood comes from the same Gulf Coast waters that Kevin enjoyed fishing as a young man. The cuisine is an edgy, refreshed take on Southern and Midwestern styles. We focus on memorable and intriguing small plates and tasting menus.
Since moving back to the St. Louis area six years ago, Chef Kevin has manned the helm of some of St. Louis’ best restaurants and has taken those experiences to put a culinary concept together that blends a casual feel with a fine dining experience.
Chef Kevin was honored by Food & Wine magazine as a Best New Chefs of 2011
GUEST CELEBRITY CHEF John B. Shields
Executive Chef John B. Shields began his culinary training in the St. Louis area, attending culinary school and working in local restaurants. Shields then spent two years working as Sous Chef for the world-renowned Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago. Shields continued his career with Alinea as Sous Chef in 2005. Most recently, Shields was named a 2010 Best New Chef by Food & Wine magazine.
GUEST CELEBRITY CHEF Kelly English
RESTAURANT Restaurant Iris, Memphis TN
A 2009 Food & Wine Magazine “Best New Chef,” Chef Kelly English
is inspired by the familiar flavors from his childhood in southern
Louisiana and incorporates that inspiration into each dish he cooks.
English currently implements this inspiration for food and service in
his premier restaurant, Restaurant Iris in Memphis, Tennessee, and at
Kelly English Steakhouse at Harrah’s St. Louis Casino and Hotel in
St. Louis, Missouri.
Kelly English has had a great deal of success in a relatively short
career, resulting from his hard work and passion. After putting
himself through college at the University of Mississippi by working as
a cook in local kitchens, English decided to get serious about his
passion for food. He graduated from the prestigious Culinary
Institute of America at the top of his class, and studied both in Spain
and France. The majority of his culinary education, however, came
under the direction of award-winning celebrity Chef John Besh.
After many years training under Besh, English was ready to spread his
wings. He went to Memphis with hopes of opening his own restaurant and made that dream a reality with
the opening of Restaurant Iris in 2008. In February 2012, English was named Memphis’ “Prince of Porc”
in the national COCHON555 competition, earning him a seat at the 2012 Aspen Food & Wine Festival.
In 2010 English appeared on the Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate,” and earned the Memphis
Restaurant Association’s “Restaurateur of the Year” award. Also in 2010, he was named a James Beard
Award Semifinalist for Best Chef: Southeast. English has been featured in the popular cooking magazines
Everyday with Rachel Ray and Bon Appétit, the cookbook Wild Abundance, and has cooked alongside
Wolfgang Puck at the American Wine and Food Festival. English also serves on the Founder’s Council for
the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival.
Restaurant Iris, a charming French-Creole restaurant near the historic Overton Square of midtown
Memphis, has taken the Memphis dining scene by storm. Among its many accolades, Restaurant Iris has
received a four-star review from the Commercial Appeal and was voted Memphis’ “Best Restaurant” and
“Best Chef” three years in a row, and “Best Service” four years in a row by Memphis magazine readers. In
2011, 2010 and 2009, Memphis Flyer readers voted English and Restaurant Iris “Best Restaurant” and
“Best Chef.” Restaurant Iris was named “Editors Choice: Best Restaurant” by At Home Tennessee, “Best
Bet Outside of Louisiana” by Louisiana Life Magazine, and “Hot New Restaurant” by Delta Magazine.
At Kelly English Steakhouse, Chef English redefines traditional steakhouse fare by infusing his French-
Creole style into all his dishes, reinventing old favorites and introducing new ones. The steakhouse
continues his commitment from Restaurant Iris to use fresh and local ingredients whenever possible on all
GUEST CELEBRITY CHEF Randy Lewis
RESTAURANT Parish Eleven
Randy Lewis is a San Francisco chef currently working to open his newest restaurant, Parish Eleven. Parish Eleven will be a one-of-a-kind establishment to satisfy serious foodies, wine and artisanal cocktail enthusiasts as well as those desiring a warm neighborhood meeting point. The creative offerings are to be uniquely Soulful and Sustainable. As a native of New Orleans, Lewis' innate and developed talent has been an adept use of local ingredients. He masterfully integrates and transforms his native Southern bounty into delicious, unexpected creations. Lewis grew up and developed his style in one of the most celebrated American cooking havens- a special place where local acclaimed fare was often born from obstacles, poverty or displacement. After more than a decade in San Francisco, Lewis now will come full circle by offering food inspired by his homeland of the Deep South and realized with the bounty and products from local farms and artisans of the rich Bay Area region. Parish Eleven is to be his second true passion project bringing his old home to his new one. Lewis opened his first restaurant, Indigo, in his home town of New Orleans in 2001. Indigo was named “Best in New Orleans” and “Most Splurge-Worthy” by Bon Appétit Magazine. While operating Indigo he became an award-winning chef, Lewis was named one of America’s Top Ten Best New Chefs by Food & Wine Magazine.
Lewis trained at the acclaimed New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vermont. Lewis’ talents have been touted in numerous food/lifestyle publications and by inclusion in Food Network programming. Amongst a collection of acclaim, Lewis was recognized by the prestigious Food Arts Magazine as one of five ‘American Chefs re-defining America’s regional cuisine of the future'. After the success of Indigo, with the goal of increasing his knowledge of regional ingredients and cuisine beyond that of the South, Lewis was lured to California’s wine country where he pursued his interest in the art of wine and food pairing by serving as the Executive Chef and Culinary Director of multiple boutique wineries in Sonoma and Napa Counties. In addition to his roles in the wineries, Lewis pursued his love for the restaurant industry and opened two Sonoma County restaurants, Popina and Seven-O-Seven. His efforts in Sonoma County earned him a 3-STAR review from the San Francisco Chronicle’s Michael Bauer and a perfect 4-STAR review from Wine County’s Jeff Cox. While taking the helm at several other restaurants over the years in the Bay Area, his food has always been met with critical acclaim.
GUEST CELEBRITY CHEF Fabrizio Schenardi
RESTAURANT Cielo, Four Seasons Hotel, St Louis MO
“Traditional by foundation, modern by execution.”
That’s the philosophy of Cielo Executive Chef Fabrizio Schenardi, an award-winning culinarian with more than two decades’ experience preparing authentic Italian cuisine for some of the world’s finest restaurants. Schenardi joined Cielo in 2010 and his recipes have revolutionized both the menu and dining experience.
A native of Rivoli, Italy, Schenardi was classically trained in Italian and French cuisine and pastry at the Istituto Alberghiero Ravizza in Torino, Italy. Among the honors and rewards received over the years include:
Pelagia Trattoria, Among America’s Best Restaurants, 2008, 2009 and 2010 Zagat.
2009 and 2010 Florida Trend Golden Spoon awards.
Fabrizio Schenardi, Executive Chef of the Year/Renaissance Hotels & Resorts Worldwide 2007.
Best Hotel Dining, Bites of the Bay, Chris Sherman’s 100 Reasons to Eat Out, St. Petersburg Times and TBT, January 2007.
Best Local Dining Trends of 2005: PELAGIA Trattoria, St. Petersburg Times 2006
One of Florida’s 20 Best New Restaurants for 2005, Florida Trend Magazine 2005
2004’s 10 Most Memorable Meals” Tampa Tribune 2005
Ace Chef Award, Marriott Corporation Worldwide 2004
Honored as Manager of the Year, St. Regis Resort 2002
Senior Chef at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Los Angeles, a fine dining restaurant known for its innovative Italian-California cuisine.
Recognized by Bon Appetit Magazine, which designated Ferraro Restaurant at the Four Seasons Maui as the island’s “Best Restaurant”, 2000.
Pelagia Trattoria, Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza
St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort and Spa, Dana Point, California
Regent Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons, Los Angeles
Four Seasons Resort Maui
Hotel Europa, Rapallo, Italy
Mayflower Hotel, Washington, DC
Renaissance Jamaica Grand Hotel, Ocho Rios
Nikko Hotel, Essex House; REMI Restaurant, New York
Forte Village Hotel, Sardinia
Schenardi is fluent in Italian, French English and Spanish.
HOST CHEF Kevin Nashan
RESTAURANT Sidney Street Café, St Louis MO
Raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico where Kevin Nashan grew up working in his family’s restaurant La Tertulia, which was in business for 27 years. After graduating from St Louis University, he attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park New York. With plans to return to St. Louis, Kevin spent the next years traveling and working in restaurants around the world including, Commander’s Palace, Le Francais, Daniel, and Martin Berasategui. Kevin has been the chef/owner with his wife Mina of Sidney Street Café since 2003.