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Ronnoco Coffee Tour & Cupping

Date: September 1st, 2011; By: Marion

  Vin de Set and PW Pizza managers were invited to Ronnocco for a tour and cupping on Wednesday, August 31st. Pamela and Stephen from PW and Sarah and Marion from Vin de Set attended and we all really enjoyed the experience. We were already proud of the coffee we serve at the restaurants  but the tour and cupping really made us appreciate the process and quality of the coffee.

  We were greeted in the Ronnoco lobby by Mark Guyol. He gave us the history of the company and told us a little about the pictures displayed. It was such a treat to see all of the pictures of the first delivery fleat and even packages from back before there was a fleat when deliveries were made by horse drawn buggies. Ronnoco is a family owned and operated business with pictures of the famliy in the lobby and the two oldest members (well above 80) are still in the office most days of  the week!

   Mark Guyol then led us through the warehouse that was quite impressive in size and explained to us that if production stopped and no more boxes of coffee were placed into the warehouse, it would be empty within a couple of days. This explanation was to show us how fresh the product is. So when we, five minutes away from Ronnoco, receive our coffee it is as fresh as just roasted within 2 days!

      We then were led to the roasting area. There were 3 large roasting machines that roast 500 lbs of coffee each. The roasters reach 400 degrees so you can imagine what the temperatures could be like but the workers in the roasting area seemed quite comfortable with air conditioning blowing over areas right where they stood. It’s always great to see how well the team members are treated at one of our vendors. It makes you even more proud and excited to work with them. Mark told us about how the custodian we passed during our tour just celebrated his 31st year with the company and also told us that the delivery person who delivers to our restaurants has been with Ronnoco for over 50 years!

  We learned so much about how meticulous Ronnoco is about thier product and bean selection. Every bean is sampled and roasted by the cupper blindly to ensure the best possible quality of the coffee bean before it is purchased from countries below the equator. We were able to experience an actual “cupping” process. Cupping is one of the coffee tasting techniques used by cuppers to evaluate coffee aroma and the flavor profile of a coffee. To understand the minor differences between coffee growing regions, it is important to taste coffee from around the world side-by-side.

   We sampled 5 different coffees. Or so we thought. 3 of them were actually the same but with different roasting times. The darkest roast is what is considered a Specialty coffee but does not mean it is more superior, it just means it roasted for longer. One of the coffees was the kind that you get at the grocery store already ground and mass produced and we all were able to tell that it was not of the highest quality while blind tasting. At the end of the tasting or cupping we were each presented a Coffee Cuppers Award for knowledge and interest of vintage coffees.

  We then gathered around a table to enjoy more delicious coffee and chatted with Mark Guyol. We had such a great conversation about different coffee qualities and learned a lot about the decaffeinating process. It was such a great time that none of us wanted to leave! We could have stayed there all day!

   You can learn a lot about Ronnoco from thier website but if I were you, I would call to see how you can experience the tour for yourself!

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http://www.ronnoco.com

 

New Additions to Vin de Set!

Date: August 3rd, 2011; By: Stacey

  We had a busy spring and beginning of Summer and a lot has happened! This blog entry is a little recap of some events you may have missed and to let you know of some new additions here at Vin de Set that we are very excited about! 

  Mother’s day was a huge hit and we were able to fit in the highest amount of reservations in Vin de Set history! The weather was perfect for outdoor dining and we offered two grand buffets for our guests celebrating this special holiday in appreciation to all mothers in the world! We had a large buffet in our cafe where you will see every Sunday’s Brunch and a long buffet outside on the deck which was covered with crisp-white tents.

  We celebrated our 5th Anniversary with a huge pork roast on a perfect Saturday afternoon in June. The event was open to the public, many regulars joined us and we even had contest winners from Y98 join us complimentary for calling in to the station.  Tony Cole, Kirby Jones and Ivy Magruder stayed awake all night long previously, roasting the hogs and man was it the best pork ever! We featured a fun dessert bacon bar that was a hit and also had live entertainment for our guests enjoying the BBQ.

        We had our annual 4th of July bash with a great turnout even though this holiday fell on a Monday. We offered more seating this year for firework viewing. We try different things for our guests each year in effort to find the best with everything we do but definitely try not to mess with a great thing when it’s found. The buffet spread for this event was amazing, located at Moulin’s Centennial Ballroom and coordinated by Moulin Events Executive Chef, Tony Cole. This buffet had everything you could ever want for an upscale pic nic for the 4th! Guests enjoyed a dessert buffet while watching the fireworks on the rooftop of Vin de Set, finishing the night dancing to Hudson and the Hoodoo Cats. We had a lot going on during this patio season and we hope you were able to join us and if not, hope you can next year! Now on to what’s new! 

      With the opening of PW Pizza came the time and need for a new Service Manager. It couldn’t have been better timing since we had the opportunity of meeting Sarah Thornton who was looking to expand her management experience. Sarah is a Certified Specialist of Wine and is Vin de Set’s Service Manager as of spring. She has a passion for hospitality and plans on owning a restaurant in the future. We look forward to sharing her journey as long as we can! Oh yeah, and she’s not going to be a Thornton for very much longer. She has a big wedding day coming up in October!

       We have also added another level for your rooftop enjoyment! We’re calling it the Upper Deck for now and it features 360 degrees of spectacular Saint Louis view. This area will allow us to be able to accommodate larger groups out on the deck, even on the weekends! Please call us to find out how your group can enjoy the Upper Deck! (314)241-8989.

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        We have a new Lunch menu item for all of you seafood lovers out there! We have a seafood fettucini with mussels, clams, langostinos, tomatoes, spinach and a white wine-garlic- butter sauce. Delicious! Also, per our guests request, we have added a Salmon entree to the Dinner menu. It is pan seared Salmon served over our brussels sprouts-onion-bacon slaw and drizzled with a parsley coulis.

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   The heat has been crazy this summer and we hope you are keeping cool and remember us for indoor dining too! We look forward to seeing you!

 

Andrew Spink’s moves

Date: April 5th, 2011; By: Marion

We told you a little about Vin de Set’s Food Runner, Andrew Spink and how he likes to “pop it”. Here’s a little video of his moves!

 

Vin de Set’s Sirloin Burger Recipe

Date: March 23rd, 2011; By: Marion

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Sirloin Burger (Serves Four)

 

2.5 lbs 80/20 ground beef

1 C Roquefort cheese

2 tbls Worcestershire

8 slice sourdough toasted

4 C  Roquefort béchamel

½ C sliced red onion

Seasoned flour

 

In large mixing bowl, mix together ground beef, Roquefort & Worcestershire.  Form into 10 oz. patties.

 

Grill hamburger to desired temperature.  Place burger on one piece of bread and put ¼ C béchamel on top.  On other piece of bread, put ¼ C béchamel.  Place under broiler until brown.  Slice in half.  Dredge onion in seasoned flour and fry.  Put fried onions on top of burger. Add a fried egg on top if you wish!

 

 

 

Seasoned Flour

 

4 C all-purpose flour

½ C cumin

½ C garlic granulated

½ C paprika

Salt & pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients thoroughly

 

Roquefort Bechemel

 

4 C milk

¼ lb butter

¼ lb flour

1 C Roquefort

 

 

Melt butter and add flour to make your roux. Bring milk to a boil, add roux and simmer for 5 minutes. Add cheese and salt and pepper to taste. 

 

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.

http://blues.nhl.com/v2/ext/14fund/about.html

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Jay Meyer Shows you how to make a fun drink for the Holidays

Date: December 8th, 2010; By: Marion

We at Vin de Set would like to share with you readers this Holiday Season! In this Blog entry, Bar Manager Jay Meyer shares his recipe for one of our “Fireside Cocktails” The Candy Cane. Make sure you check back regularly as we will be sharing other recipes of items from our menu or drink lists. Happy Holidays and cheers!

 

 

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