Monthly Archives: March 2009

Charleville Beer Tasting

Monday, April 6, at 7:00 p.m.,  Local Harvest Cafe and Catering is hosting a beer tasting featuring Charleville beers.  You will sample four beers accompanied by four small plates (four small plates bearing delicious food pairings.)  Cost is $20.

Sign up at cafe or store.  See website below for information about the microbeers from Charleville Winery.


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100% Grass Fed Beef

grassLocal Harvest Grocery is excited to welcome Missouri Grass Fed Beef as a new vendor.  You’ll find that this  100% grass fed beef is comparably priced, delicious, locally produced and we believe better for the environment and the animal.  And, how great is it to be able to buy it right here in the City of St. Louis. No trip to the county is necessary. 

Please check out the information below to learn more about Missouri Grass Fed Beef.  Jeremy, one of the farmers  and owners, is very knowledgeable and a big believer in the importance of 100% grass fed beef, sustainable farming, and treating animals well.  

If you want to meet him yourself, he will be at the Maplewood Farmer’s Market this year. 

The meat arrives on March 26th so we hope to see you soon!



Our mission at Missouri Grass Fed Beef is simple:

>Treat our animals humanely and ethically
>Provide the highest quality grass fed beef in a reliable year round supply
>Enable small farms to continue their way of life while leaving the smallest footprint on the environment

We forbid any growth hormones, steroids, or antibiotics to be given to our cattle so that our customers can be assured of receiving pure, healthy beef the way nature intended.
The beef we sell has been born and raised on the same farm from start to finish.  They are processed at less than 1 year of age which results in the leanest, most tender grass fed beef available.  They have never been fed any grain or animal by-products(standard practice at commercial feed lots) and have only had grass, legumes, mother’s milk, and free choice minerals.
Our family has been in the cattle business since 1945 and we have seen many changes in farming and ranching throughout the decades.  One thing that has not changed is our commitment to the land and to our animals.  We keep our land healthy and productive by utilizing a rotational grazing system.  This insures that our cattle are taking in the highest quality protein. 


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for all the vegans.

we are introducing our new vegan slinger for brunch (saturday 8- 2, sunday 9 – 3)!

it is comprised of tasty roasted potatoes, Molly’s veggie burger, covered in our famous vegan chili, and topped with diced onions.

you can get that diner taste without the diner grease!

Molly’s veggie burger is also available during dinner hours (tuesday – saturday 5-9), served on toasted 5grain bread with housemade hummus, roasted galic aioli, pickles, mixed greens, and onions. (ask for it without aioli and it’s vegan).

come in and try our new stuff along with a delicious local beer – you can even have it on the patio while enjoying the great spring weather.

see you soon,


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chef’s tasting menu.

every saturday night we are offering a chef’s tasting menu (reservations required).

delve into 4 courses local culinary delights, prepared by yours truly – $40 vegetarian/vegan or $48 omnivore

this past week i grabbed a few things from the farmers’ market (the selection is still pretty slim) and whipped up a meal for three.

it went like this:

-a whole head of roasted garlic, served with crostini

-lightly sauteed pea shoots from Claverach, with blue cheese and chives

-brothy crowder pea stew with oyster mushrooms and cornmeal dumplings

-seared bison filet, served over sweet potato and parsnip mash, with freshly grated horseradish

call and make a reservation (314 772 8815) for our culinary adventure.


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New products–Mangia Pesto and Sauce

Craving the taste of Mangia but can’t be bothered to step out of your house. Well, next time you’re at Local Harvest I highly suggest you grab one of the new products we’re carrying from Mangia–Pesto and Pasta Sauce.  A few nights ago I enjoyed the pesto with some of the fresh Radiatorre from Mangia. It was sooo delicious.  The pesto was just right–not too oily and full of basil and garlic.  Made me think of summer time. 

Oh yeah, and don’t forget that we carry a variety of fresh pasta from Mangia and the selections change weekly.  A new one I had the other day was a beet fettuccine and it was delightful. The flavor was a little earthy and color was a nice light fuschia.  The pasta does not taste like beets which made my husband very happy.


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Photography exhibit at cafe…..

gotp21Hey folks-

We have a new show hanging at the cafe that you should check out. Here is some info below and a couple of images that hopefully pique your interest.



Showing at the Local Harvest Café from now until late May is the photographic work of St. Louis artist Daniel File.  The display is primarily from two series he has put together:  Tranche de Vie, which is a color series of image slices about food and water, and Ghosts of the Prairie, which is a black-and-white series of images about the disappearing small family farms of the Great Plains.


Viewers will find 21 images ranging from color-saturated ‘slices of life’ to moody, b&w images of family farms, evoking symbols of a society that values hard work, long-term goals, and strong family connections.  While the colorful images are a testament to our connection to the healthful food that sustains us, the b&w images remind us that our tangible connection to that source of food may be a way of life that is disappearing.  The show even follows you into the restroom where two more black-and-white prints await you. These explore the textures of the stark realities of a late harvest as well as a Missouri winter river bank.


Dan File has enjoyed successful careers in acting, theatrical design, and education, but his vision is most fundamentally expressed in his photography.  Dan’s photographic work has been seen in galleries in Illinois and Missouri and hangs in several commercial establishments. Recently he was commissioned to produce several architectural prints for the internationally renowned Kansas Cityarchitectural firm of HNTB.  His images are even featured as a “Structure Series” of architectural jigsaw puzzles by Publisher Services, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia.


All the hanging framed prints are for sale, and unframed prints can be purchased from the artist.


You can see the full range of his photography by visiting his website:


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Joe Pollack believes in us…

we were recently reviewed in Joe and Ann Pollack’s blog – i would say it was pretty good.

you can view it here.

we also got a nice little piece in St. Louis Magazine, on page 199. check it out.

and last, but not least, we have settled on a set menu for our dinner service, there may be a bit more tweaking, but this is generally how it will look. please stop by and sample some of our offerings.

Winter Dinner Menu

Savory Bread Pudding (served with hot pepper peach jam) – 4
Cheese & Antipasto Plate – 8
Hummus & Crostini – 4
Marinated Olives – 2

Small – 4     Large – 7
Winter Salad (roasted apples and dates served on mixed greens with goat cheese
& white wine vinaigrette
House Salad (mixed greens, house-pickled beets, goat cheese, pecans)


Green Plate Special – 8
Changes Daily

Rustic Puttanesca with Meatballs – 10
(classic Italian sauce of tomatoes, olives, onions, capers with carrots, locally grown lima beans, house-made meatballs using local pork & beef, served over locally grown rice)

Stockpot Special – 10
(house-smoked Missouri grass-fed brisket, with carrots, celery, onions, in a rich broth, served with roasted potato halves)

Open-faced Brisket Sandwich – 11
(house-smoked Missouri grass-fed brisket, served hot on a Companion roll with smoked Gouda cheese, with cole slaw & a cup of vegan chili)

Vegetarian Lasagna – 8
(fresh, locally-made lasagna sheets layered with spinach, zesty sauce, mozzarella & ricotta cheeses)

Chili with Toasted Cheese – 8
(house-made black bean chili topped with grated raw cheddar, onions, chiles, chili raita, served with 3 cheeses on toasted Companion bread)


Chocolate Cheesecake – 4


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