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Meet the Staff – Zoe Luke

Date: January 9th, 2013; By: Stacey

Meet the Staff
Zoe Luke – Service Manager, PW Pizza
Born in Newcastle, England, home of some pretty good football and beer, Zoe first worked in a restaurant at age 15. As part of a working internship from University of Northumbria she travelled to the USA for the first time at age 20 to work at the Jupiter Island Club, in Florida.

There she met her future husband Ryan who is a chef and originally from Southern Illinois. Soon after marraige, they opened a restaurant named Luke’s Shade Tree Cafe in Pinckneyville, IL. After several years they decided to relocate to St. Louis in April of 2011. Zoe joined PW Pizza as one of the opening team members and quickly moved up the ranks to management where she has been ever since. As far as we were able to confirm, Zoe is the only British born, pizza restaurant manager in the city of St. Louis.


Gift Baskets

Date: January 9th, 2013; By: Stacey

Gift Baskets
Looking for a gift that really represents you and accurately conveys your sentiments. Then, you’ll love our personalized gift baskets at Grand Petite Market. Our unique creations make a memorable holiday present, a thoughtful reward for your hardworking staff or a nice thank you for a valuable client. Our gift baskets send more than a message of care, they send the very finest products available and are sure to delight your special recipient.


Bluenote Event with a 1920s theme

Date: February 23rd, 2011; By: Marion

     Vin de Set and Eleven Eleven Mississippi represented the Saint Louis Originals in participation of the Saint Louis Blues 14 1920s Speakeasy themed event at the Scottrade center on Wednesday, February 16th. Paul, Wendy, Ivy, Jason and Stacey attended all decked out in their 1920s gear! The event featured Craps, Blackjack and Roulette with Saint Louis Blues players as the dealers, live entertainment provided by the Charles Glenn Group, live and silent auctions, raffle prizes, great food and cocktails. Along with all attendees time, Paul and Wendy donated food for the event and a Chef’s Tasting Dinner at Vin de Set for a party of 10 for the auction. From Vin de Set , Duck Cassoulet and Duck Confit with truffled mashed potatoes were served and from Eleven Eleven, Wild Boar Bolognese with aged goat cheese polenta.

    The Saint Louis Blues 14 is the charitable trust of the Saint Louis Blues with a mission to positively impact programs and services that promote health and wellness for the youth in Saint Louis. The trust was created in 1998 to honor former Blues Player Doug Wickenheiser, #14, who passed away after a long battle with cancer in early 1999. The Blues 14 fund focuses on four areas of giving, which include cancer care and awareness, health awareness, education and youth hockey development. Click on the link below for more information about this foundation.



There’s still time to make this Valentine’s Day memorable!

Date: February 10th, 2011; By: Marion

  So, winter has been pretty brutal this year. But weather doesn’t put life on hold. There has been so much to do with New Year’s, the Super Bowl and now Valentine’s! It can be stressful thinking and planning for the perfect holiday for your sweetheart! We like to give information about us and what we do instead of push things but this one just might be a “love, love relationship” kind of blog. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner but luckily, so are we! The Grand Petite Market specializes in wine, treats, sweets, salts, spices, gifts, kitchenware and culinary specialty items that are sure to excite your Valentine’s senses and satisfy their palette. If your sweetheart loves to cook things up at home this is the perfect one stop shop that has all boutique charm and nestled in arguably the most romantic neighborhood in the city.

    Here you can produce the perfect Valentine’s weekend. You can bundle up, walk around a beautiful park with your loved one, enjoy a fantastic dinner, swing over for a chocolate martini and end the evening at a Victorian Bed & Breakfast and then surprise your Valentine with a bundle of gifts like a bottle of French red wine, chocolates and raved about Wine Wipes (these remove red wine stains from her lips. She’ll love them!). It’s all right here in Lafayette Square and it’s not too late to make this the most memorable Valentine’s Day ever! 

When checking availability online, these B&Bs still had vacancies:  

*Get some gift ideas here:



Grand Petite Market Spices it Up

Date: August 25th, 2009; By: Stacey
Grand Petite Market Spices

Grand Petite Market Spices

Grand Petite Market is excited to launch our new Grand Petite Market website,
Our on-line store will feature our hand-blended spices and rubs made from our own recipes for unique flavors and gourmet salts.
Because of the popularity of our deliciously unique salts, spices and rubs, we’ve decided to make them available to those who cannot visit our brick-and-mortar location in St. Louis, Missouri.

Why buy spices online when they are so readily available at your local store? The answer is price and quality.  All spices are not created equal, there are many different quality levels. Now, you can have chef’s quality at  reasonable prices!

We know you’ll enjoy cooking with these savory delights as much as we do and they’ll certainly add new flavors to your favorite recipes.

Remember to stop by Grand Petite Market for all of your spice needs, 314-241-7799.


Grand Petite Market Featured Wine for September

Date: August 25th, 2009; By: Stacey

Schloss Vollrads 2005 Riesling

Schloss Vollrads 2005 Riesling

Schloss Vollrads 2005 Riesling $17.50

Paul, Wendy and her parents unexpectedly visited Schloss Vollrads in May as an optional shore excursion while on a Rhine River Cruise.  Once they arrived at the castle and saw the family crest they realized this was the same producer of a wine that they carry in the shop.  What a small world it is to travel around the globe and randomly find the producer of a wine selected by our Wine Director here in St. Louis.  One really cool tidbit is that in order to avoid cork taint, this wine is sealed with a Vino-Lok glass stopper, the very first winery to do so!

The viticultural history of Schloss Vollrads is inseparably linked with the name Greiffenclau. It is the family with the longest tradition of wine growing – not only in the Rheingau, but probably in the world. A document in the Mainz City Archives shows that on November 18, 1211, Ruthard Embricho and Heinrich Greiffenclau sold wines from their hometown, Winkel, to the St. Victor monastery in Mainz, Germany. Even in the Middle Ages Vollrads wines were a valuable commodity exported to towns along the Lower Rhine and in northern Germany. Then, as now, vines were cultivated on the south facing slopes along the Rhine River that still fan out in a semicircle around the Vollrads Palace. Today, this long tradition is enhanced by the most modern technical equipment and meticulous care in the cellars. The estate’s 125 acres of vineyards are planted exclusively with Riesling grapes, the finest white grape grown in Germany. In order to achieve the highest quality of wine possible, Schloss Vollrads cultivates Riesling grapes; controls yields through selective pruning; practices ecologically-oriented vineyard maintenance; harvests its grapes late and selectively, by hand; and allows its wines to develop with as little interference as possible. The cellar master strives to retain all the grapes’ natural aromas, minerals, and acids during vinification and to produce fruity Riesling wines that reflect their varietal character. Schloss Vollrads devotes special attention to producing dry and off-dry Riesling wines that are excellent with good food. The 1999 vintage was especially remarkable: for the first time in the estate’s long history, every quality level – from Qualitätswein (QbA) to Trockenbeerenauslese (TBA) and Eiswein – has been produced. The Schloss Vollrads team, headed up by Dr. Rowald Hepp, is particularly proud to have received the Award of Honor conferred by the State of Hessen.

100 % Riesling
Alcohol:  approx. 11 % by vol.
Total acidity:  approx. 7,4 g/l
Residual sugar: approx. 41,00 g/l
Sizes available: 750 ml


Grand Petite Market Featured Item

Date: June 5th, 2009; By: Stacey
Picnic Items
Picnic Items

Find everything you need for the perfect picnic at Grand Petite Market.

Picnics are fun! Keep it that way by packing the right things the right way to avoid messes! Picnic baskets or picnic backpacks are the ideal outdoor dining solution. Ready for any occasion, our bags will make your plans complete with full picnic service from one to four. Whether you’re going on a picnic or a concert in the park, we have what you need from cutting boards, wine glasses, napkins, corkscrews, blankets or cheese tins, sausages, crackers, to home-made bread and a nice wine selection.
Remember to stop by Grand Petite Market for all of your picnic needs, 314-241-7799.


Fingerling Potatoes

Date: May 3rd, 2009; By: Stacey


¼ lb.fingerlings split
Olive oil
¼ t Alaea Hawaiian Sea Salt
¼ t pepper

* Alaea Hawaiian Sea Salt has underlying earthy flavors that this Spring dish pop!  Alaea Hawaiian Sea Salt is available for purchase at Grand Petite Market  and online (LINK). 


Toss potato in oil with salt & pepper.  Place on sheet tray and roast until cooked.


Grilled Sea Scallops

Date: May 3rd, 2009; By: Stacey


4-6 each scallops depending on size
1 C spinach raw
4 each fingerling potatoes – split & roasted (keep under heat lamp)
8 each dried strawberries
1 ½ oz. grapefruit vinegar
¼ t Alaea Hawaiian Sea Salt
¼ t pepper

* Alaea Hawaiian Sea Salt has underlying earthy flavors that balances out the sweetness of the scallops and makes this Spring dish pop!  Alaea Hawaiian Sea Salt is available for purchase at Grand Petite Market  and online (LINK). 


Lightly sprinkle scallops w/ salt & pepper and grill.  In a salad bowl mix spinach, potatoes and 1 oz. grapefruit vinegar together.  Put salad in the middle of the plate.  Place scallops and strawberries around salad.  Drizzle ½ oz of grapefruit vinegar over scallops.


Grilled Lamb Chops

Date: May 3rd, 2009; By: Stacey


1 each 5 oz lamb chops
½ C cauliflower puree
2 T grain mustard glaze
4 each grilled scallions
¼ t Kala Namak Black Salt

* Kala Namak Black Salt has sulfur like characteristics that bring balance to the gamey flavor of the lamb chops. This salt is available for purchase at Grand Petite Market and online (link to store product). 

Grain Mustard Sauce
1 # brown sugar
1 C grain mustard
1 C water
Place in pot over medium heat until sugar melts.  Store in walk-in.

Cauliflower Puree
6 heads cauliflower
2 T saffron
Water to cover
1 # butter
Salt & pepper to taste


Clean cauliflower and put in pot.  Cover with water.  Add saffron and bring to a boil.  Boil until cauliflower is cooked.  Strain through the small die grater of the robot coupe.  Grate cauliflower and butter into fish plastic.  Mix with salt & white pepper.  Store in walk-in.

Grilled Scallions
Toss scallions in oil, salt & pepper.  Grill.  Let stand at room temperature.



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