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Up In Smoke.

I’m not sure if you have noticed, but we are crazy for smoking here at the Cafe.

We regularly have available smoked brisket, smoked pork shoulder (which becomes BBQ pulled pork), smoked trout, smoked chicken salad – all smoked in house with local meat by yours truly and mr. zeng.

We have been doing this for over six months now (not without our pitfalls) and we are getting quite good, if I don’t say so myself…Our meats are lovingly rubbed and smoked till they are moist and full of tons of flavor!

We use a small electric smoker, a big giant beast of a smoker, and a medium sized charcoal smoker that was the original smoker of Iron Barley‘s Tom Coghill – St. Louis’ master smoker himself.

Stop by and try one of our sandwiches that include our delicious, nutritious, and local house-smoked meats:

-the Cuban

-the Pulled Pork

-the Chicken Salad Sandwich

-the Brisket

and at brunch enjoy our Smoked Trout Bagel.

hope to see you there,


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Last year I was chosen to participate in companion breads “collaBREADtive” project.

Our time is coming soon – starting monday we will be serving “the best BLT” with companion’s whole wheat chive ciabattini – local bacon, local tomato, local greens, and house made pesto aioli!

we will also be selling the signature bread at the grocery, so you can try your hand at the best BTL, too.

Come by and try it, we are only selling it for a little over a month.

see you there,


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vegan treats.

I’ve been trying out lots of new specials at the cafe…some of them vegan.

Last night we served vegan street tacos, they looked like this:

the meat was season heart of palm…served with house made hot sauce and guacamole, rice and beans.

We are going to serve it again tonight – so come on by and try it out.

in good eating,



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post-thanksgiving brunch.

On Friday the 27th shake off your hang-over, your turkey daze, and your winter blues by letting Local Harvest serve you up a turkey-free brunch.

We will open at 8am and serve our delicious and local brunch from 9am – 2pm, serving all our regular favorites, as well as a few seasonal treats.

Maybe it will be nice enough to sit on our patio!

See you then.



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What is BeerBucha?

This is the true story of a happy accident, the result of which is now available EXCLUSIVELY at Local Harvest Cafe and Catering.

At 12:30am on 1/1/9 I watched my boyfriend’s brother-in-law pour our leftover contribution of Poema Cava (we use this at the Cafe in our mimosas) down the sink. RATS! But, as it was a family affair I thought it would be inappropriate to shout across the room for him to stop wasting our brut that we were planning to have with our black eyed peas and brunch. I spent the rest of the party trying to figure out just what we had in the fridge with which to celebrate in the privacy of our home in the morning. Luckily, family New Year’s Eve parties end early

The next day while the peas were cooking I took a grim inventory of the fridge. We had exactly two Miller High Lifes and one mango GT’s Kombucha, many flavors of which are available at both the Cafe and Grocery.

I recalled attending a brunch with friends several weeks prior during which we tried and enjoyed “beermosas”–the poor man’s mimosa, a combination of orange juice and lager. Those were surprisingly tasty.

As I peered in the fridge the mango kombucha orangely provided an instant color association with the beermosas, so i thought, “why not give it a try? Here we have the ‘champagne of beers’ and the naturally effervescent fermented goodness of kombucha…” “HEY, Honey,” I said. “How ’bout a miller-mango-mosa to ring in the New Year?” Needless to say, he was game.

The mango variety of GT’s Kombucha is particularly active. I believe this is because it is quite full of tropical fruit enzymes which mingle with the kombucha enzymes in an excitable way. All that enzyme goodness is just itching to get out of the bottle and into your digestive tract. It explodes. We’ve all seen it happen. And cleaned it off ourselves. And it can put a first-timer off, so Local Harvest only stocks it sporadically. It is a good idea to open it over a glass.

So I exploded some into a couple of glasses, added as much beer to each glass, and voila! beerbucha was invented. It was very fizzy and foamy. And it was quite tasty, too.

Since that first beerbucha it has become my drink of choice, and has endlessly piqued my friends’ curiosity. I have been experimenting with flavors and types of beers and ratios. I could go into great detail about all this, but it would be more fun for you to experiment on your own. If you have an adventurous spirit, if your friends only drink Stag beer and you just don’t like it, if you are a light-weight, if you crave some refreshment with your beer, if you’re a Belgian beer fan (which I’m not); whatever the reason, I encourage you to give it a try.

It did take a couple of months for folks to catch on, but the staff tried them at their last meeting and they are now being served at our Cafe, so you can try it in a safe environment…

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get your dinner delivered by bike!

on saturday nights, between 5 and 8pm, we are offering bicycle deliveries of all selections from our lunch and dinner menu at the cafe.

give us a call, order up some dinner, and get your food delivered via bicycle (the greenest transport method).

we deliver to the entire Tower Grove area – so call this saturday.


our menu is online – lunch and dinner.

(our dinner menu changes slightly every week, to keep up with the freshest things available – we also offer nightly special – call to inquire)

hope to hear from you,

orange bike

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Baetje Farms Goat Cheese–get it now!

baetjeA couple of weeks ago, very quietly, we started carrying Baetje Farms goat cheeses. Some varieties of these beautiful and delicious cheeses are even heart shaped which is perfect because they are so buttery that it will melt your heart.  The cheeses are award-winning and you can tell that with the first bite.  The flavor is a bit milder than other goat cheeses I’ve tried and I imagine that even folks who don’t typically like goat cheese, might convert if they tried Baetje cheeses.  I recently enjoyed the dill goat cheese  (the whole “heart” of cheese was covered in fresh dill) with some smoked salmon (also from LHG of course) and loved every bite of it.   We offer several varieties and it varies each week. 

The farmers take extra care with their goats. I found this on their website and thought it so lovely.

Our dairy goats receive an unlimited supply of filtered spring water to drink from a spring here at our farm. We also supplement their diet with organic herbal teas, (which they love warm esp. in the cold of winter). They receive daily: organic mineral supplements, locally grown alfalfa hay, browse pasture, and are fed an all natural antibiotic free whole grain ration that has been custom prepared to our specifications. We make sure in essence that our goats are receiving the correct amounts of protein, vitamins, minerals and other necessary nutrients. Our goats are free to choose what they prefer to do, whether it is to skip and run up a hill, lie under the shade of a tree, soak up some sunshine, or play with one of their herd mates. They are not in tie stalls or kept in confinement as are done on other dairies. Nor are they fed hormones to increase their milk production, nor are they on a constant stream of feed laden with antibiotics.

Hope to see you soon.



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