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Founders of CWE Farm publish “A Gift Garden”

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“It’s best to take the picture while we’re harvesting,” Arthur Culbert said, as he and his wife Nancy were hurriedly picking the last of the summer’s bounty grown at the CWE Farm to benefit neighborhood food pantries. With the first frost in the forecast, there was little time to pose for photos the morning I visited to learn more about the couple’s new book, A Gift Garden. The illustrated book, which the Culberts have been working on for the past 2 years, was inspired by their experience working with all the 4th graders who have participated in the “Citizens Making a Difference” curriculum at New City School.

The book launch is scheduled for this Monday, December 10, at The Mahler Ballroom (more information follows).

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Photos above: Arthur Culbert and 4th grade students at New City School.

Arthur started the CWE Farm 8 years ago on a vacant lot in the 5000 block of Waterman (just west of Kingshighway). Over the past 7 growing seasons the farm has produced approximately 16,000 pounds of organic fruits and vegetables for food pantries at Trinity Episcopal Church and Second Presbyterian Church. Tying the farm’s mission to eliminate hunger in the community to a program for neighborhood school children where they learn where food comes from, how to plant and grow it for those less fortunate to enjoy, was a brilliant idea and what inspired the Culberts to write A Gift Garden.

“We hope that the book will inspire others and initiate a movement working together towards eliminating hunger,” said Nancy, who co-authored the book aimed at a 4th grade reading level and up. They were able to work almost every vocabulary word that New City School 4th graders learn into the story. Arthur added that Nancy brought a magical touch to the writing.

The Culberts, who have been married for 11 years, have backgrounds in the public health arena. Arthur was dean of a public health program in Boston for 31 years before moving to St. Louis 13 years ago, and Nancy recently retired after 16 years as the Director of Student Services at the College for Public Health & Social Justice at SLU.

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Central Reform Congregation and First Unitarian Church, which are neighbors of the CWE Farm, contribute vegetables from their own gardens to the CWE pantries as well. Together they have contributed an additional 1400 pounds of produce. Generous “alley” neighbors from Westminster Place have also joined the effort by contributing produce from their backyard gardens too.

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December 10, the date of the book launch, coincides with the 70th anniversary of first proclamation of the Universal Declaration of  Human Rights which in Article 25 declares that everyone has a right to food.

In A Gift Garden, 10-year-old Bea, described as a super hero, declares: “Every person has a right to food,” as she and her friends develop a project to help feed the hungry. The book’s characters decide to become citizens making a difference and work toward planning, building and growing a community gift garden.

Tickets for A Gift Garden Book Launch at The Mahler Ballroom, 4915 Washington, $25 (for soft cover book) to $35 (for hardcover edition), include a copy of the book, a CWE Farm signature drink, light hors d’oeuvres, and music. At 7 p.m. there will be a reading by the authors followed by a Q & A led by KMOV reporter Alexis Zotos. Tickets are available on Eventbrite here. A Gift Garden will be available soon at Left Bank Books.

CWE Farm is a non-profit organization. Proceeds from Monday’s book launch benefit Gift Garden Fresh Food Foundation.

Saturday’s 14th Annual Holiday on the Plaza & 9th Annual Window Walk in the CWE

The 2018 Holiday Season kicks off tomorrow with two outstanding events you won’t want to miss. Read on:

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Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Food and Drink For Children Services Shop News  Window Walk Maryland Plaza Holiday on the Plaza Euclid Shuffle CWE Scene   Experience the magic of the holidays at the Central West End’s annual Window Walk, now in its 9th year.

Window Walk is a month-long celebration highlighting the many wonderful attributes of the holidays in the CWE, with Holiday fun every Saturday in December. Visitors are invited to stroll amidst elegantly decorated windows while shopping at boutiques, enjoying seasonal libations and delicious meals at local restaurants.

When visitors come to the CWE this holiday season they can count on free two-hour parking at the Argyle Garage, located at 225 N Euclid Ave, and at 435 N. Euclid Ave. Parking Lot, just north of McPherson, (anytime Friday through Sunday). No validation is necessary—the two hours will be discounted upon leaving.

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Also The Euclid Shuffle, a five-passenger electric cab is providing free on-demand mobility service throughout the CWE. Visitors can use the service by hailing the cab, by calling 314-594-7216, or by requesting service via the “Electric Cab” App  (green eCAB icon, first one that pops up in app store). Visitors to the CWE can hop aboard The Euclid Shuffle and receive FREE rides to/from their destination in the neighborhood. The Euclid Shuffle will be available:

Thursdays & Fridays: 5-10 p.m., Saturdays: 1-10 p.m., and Sundays: 1-8 p.m.

West End Grill & Pub celebrates 10th anniversary

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Any time I mention The West End Grill & Pub, people have something wonderful to say about it. Whether it’s the outstanding mussels (which I’ve been told patrons insist NEVER be pulled from the menu), or the welcoming atmosphere at the bar, WEGAP has been a favorite neighborhood haunt since it’s debut 10 years ago.

Knowing two of the four owners, CWEnders William Roth and Neill Costello (the other two are Henry Arciniega and Benet Schaeffer), it was not surprising to learn they are celebrating their 10-year anniversary by hosting a Friendsgiving next Wednesday, November 21. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the event will benefit No Kid Hungry, a national nonprofit campaign working to solve problems of hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world.

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WEGAP’s Friendsgiving dinner menu includes roasted butternut squash salad, roasted fresh turkey with mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts-bacon stuffing, cranberry relish, and pumpkin pie for dessert. The cost is $39 per person ($10 will go to No Kid Hungry).

To reserve your seat at the table, please call 314-531-4607.

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The restaurant is open daily for lunch, dinner, and brunch on Sunday. (View the menu here). When I stopped in for lunch recently, I thoroughly enjoyed the delicious house-smoked trout niçoise salad, $10.95, shown above.

The West End Grill & Pub hosts weekly events including Trivia Night on Mondays from 7:30 to 9, Steak Night on Tuesdays where each week a different cut of beef is offered at a special price, wine specials on Wednesday, and Oyster Night on Thursdays from 4 to 7 at the bar.

The restaurant adjoins the Gaslight Theater which makes it a perfect place to enjoy dinner before an Actors’ Studio or Cabaret performance, and gather at the bar afterwards to raise a glass to the performers you just watched on stage.

Succeeding in the restaurant business is extremely difficult, but it appears West End Grill & Pub has found the secret sauce. Here’s to many more anniversaries.

West End Grill & Pub, 354 N. Boyle, Open Sun. 11 a.m. to midnight, Mon. to Sat., 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m., (314) 531-1607.