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photo courtesy of Washington Place resident

A deer sighting is not something you’d expect to witness on a residential street in the Central West End.  Recently however, neighbors on Washington Place near Lake Avenue woke up to this surprising scene.

After contacting the administration at Forest Park Forever, I was surprised to learn from Katie Stuckenschneider, Marketing and Digital Media Manager, that deer reside in Kennedy Forest (behind the Art Museum).  On the same day as this photograph was taken, there was a call for service reporting an injured deer in a McPherson alley, which isn’t a happy thought. Hopefully these creatures will sense that the grass is greener in Forest Park, otherwise we may have to consider deer-resistant plant materials, a fact of life for many county residents.

About 8 years ago wild turkeys were spotted (just after Thanksgiving by the way) picking through late fall gardens on Pershing Place, and then on McPherson Avenue east of Taylor. At the time they were a novelty—until they weren’t. When they eventually crossed (flew over) Kingshighway and headed to Westmoreland Place, most observers were delighted they had moved up to fancier pastures.

Sustainable Backyard Tour

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The 9th annual Sustainable Backyard Tour takes place all across the city and county this Sunday, June 23, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. This is a self-guided, free tour. If you’re looking for inspiration on how to make your garden more sustainable, there are 39 gardens to glean information from, so you’re bound to get some helpful tips.

Two of the gardens on the tour are in the CWE. The Central West End Farm, above and below, is located at 5057 Waterman (just west of Kingshighway). The Gift Garden, as it was recently designated, was spearheaded by CWE resident Arthur Culbert 9 years ago. Read more about it here.

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Another CWE site to visit is a shade garden on McPherson east of Taylor, above, designed by Yvonne Hamilton, whose landscape design business is called Beyond the Flower Pot. Register for the tour here.

CWE House Tour

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From left, 2019 House Tour volunteer Nancy Culbert, Central West End Association Executive Director Jess Campbell, and right, CWEA President Kate Walter, were photographed last Sunday afternoon on Kingsbury Place, the site of this year’s 44th annual CWEA House Tour.

Word from Kate Walter is that following a very successful Preview Party on Friday evening with 150 guests in attendance, the numbers were down a bit on Saturday as compared to 2017’s House Tour on Fullerton/Westminster Place.  Both the early morning rain and  the region-wide celebration of the St. Louis Blues Stanley Cup win were cited as reasons for the lower turnout.  The good news is that Sunday’s attendance more than made up for Saturday.

Look for information about The Central West End Association 2020 tour early next spring.

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Have you seen the terrific piece reporter Jeannette Cooperman wrote for StlMag.com about Left Bank Books as it celebrates 50 years in business? It’s full of fascinating information about the characters involved in the independent bookstore’s beginnings, some of the well-known authors who made appearances, and co-proprietors Kris Kleindienst, above, and Jarek Steele. Be sure to read it here.

On tap for the weekend

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The lot across from M.A.D.E. on Delmar (west of Kingshighway and east of Union) stands empty now but this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. the Delmar Maker District – St. Louis, MO, in conjunction with Third Degree Glass Factory and the The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum, is hosting a grassroots festival for 80 local makers, artists, designers, and entrepreneurs from across St. Louis.

There will be some fun hands-on maker activities that the whole family can be a part of too. There will be food trucks (Hot Dog Daddy & Catering, Bombay Food Junkies, Just 1 Taste Catering), and drinks from Juice Master and Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, as well as a Kids Corner by the Magic House.

Parking will be available on the street.

At projects + gallery on Saturday 

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Your cast-off is treasure for projects+gallery’s Garage Sale Saturday

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Apologies for the late notice but projects+gallery, 4733 McPherson, is hosting a benefit Garage Sale this Saturday and has put out a call to the St. Louis Community to bring surplus items to the gallery today through the end of day Friday. “Your trash is someone else’s treasure” has a nice ring to it, especially when the gallery makes it this easy. Drop your items off between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Saturday’s Garage Sale is the 2nd of 5 events planned for projects+gallery’s humorously titled summer vacation series, SBF ’91. (The first event, Carnival, took place last Saturday and the final event, Energy, occurs July 13.)

Proceeds from Saturday’s Garage Sale benefit Home Sweet Home, a local nonprofit that helps people who are transitioning out of homelessness furnish their first home.

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The photo above shows what had been collected as of Monday afternoon.  Garage Sale is a free event scheduled for noon to 5 p.m., with an early bird pre-sale (entry is $5 cash) that begins at 10 a.m.

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Another component of SBF ’91 is a collaboration with artist Edo Rosenblith, above, on a summertime mural project. Visit the gallery during business hours to watch Rosenblith’s progress, and while there, color in a page that will be incorporated into his work. There will be an opportunity to join in this Saturday as well.

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Artist Janey Stamm, above, shown in front of her fascinating mural, is also participating in the summer program.

Stop by Saturday to shop the sale for a good cause, grab a complimentary Stag beer, and a bite from the official Cardinal’s hot dog cart parked outside.

Garage Sale at projects+gallery, 4733 McPherson, Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 15.  Pre-sale begins at 10 a.m.

Picnic, the 3rd event in the SBF ’91 series, is scheduled for Thursday, June 20, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The menu features cold fried chicken and sides cooked by Ben Poremba of Olio, Elaia & Benevolent King.  There will be artisanal lemonade and great conversation of course. What there won’t be is a large number of tickets, so be sure to check the website and the gallery’s Facebook page to purchase tickets as soon as they go on sale.

STL Foodworks promoting culinary entrepreneurship to open in the CWE

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Construction crews are hurriedly transforming a building at 408 N. Sarah (1 1/2 blocks north of Lindell) that was for many years occupied by St. Louis Shade & Hardware into eight state-of-the-art certified commercial kitchens. STL Foodworks is slated to open the end of June.Nicki's Central West End Guide Food and Drink Services Shop News  STL Foodworks Ford Hotel Supply Christy Ford Schlafly Charlie Schlafly

The project got underway last fall when Christy Ford Schlafly, president of Ford Hotel Supply, and her son Charlie, vice president of the company, purchased the 11,000 s.f. building. Opening a certified commercial kitchen had been on their radar for many years. The location satisfied two important criteria: it had to be within the city limits and centrally located. Another plus for this space is that it’s roughly halfway between Schlafly’s home in the CWE and her family’s business, located at 2204 N. Broadway.

Ford Hotel Supply, founded by the Ford family in 1911, is the go-to source for commercial kitchen and bar equipment in the St. Louis area. Schlafly’s father, Bill Ford, and his twin brother, Jack, who worked for the company their entire lives, were born in the CWE, went to school here, and lived in the neighborhood too.

Over and over again, Schlafly was asked by clients where to find a certified commercial kitchen in the city. She said some churches offer their kitchens for rent, but there was nothing like what they’re creating at STL Foodworks. When I visited recently, I learned a lot about why a facility like this one is so vital to the culinary community. Food truck operators are required to cook in a fully-licensed certified kitchen in order to operate their businesses, caterers are always looking for kitchen space to rent, and people who have great ideas for food products need a commercial kitchen as well.

“The culinary entrepreneurs I’ve met have such passion,” Schlafly said. “Their enthusiasm is infectious and I love hearing about their ideas. We’re thrilled to finally be able to offer STL Foodworks as a midway point between testing recipes in their home kitchens and launching businesses.”

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Construction is moving quickly on four fully-equipped kitchens where eight chefs can operate at a time. Two of the kitchens are earmarked for single tenants, the other two rooms will each house three complete kitchens (one of those spaces is shown above). The idea behind having multiple kitchens in one space is to build a sense of community, which is important to Schlafly. Entrepreneurs will be able to bounce ideas off one another and perhaps collaborate on pop-ups to test their ideas on the public.

Kitchens can be rented for 1/2 day, full day, a week or a month. All bookings will be handled online, though an on-site manager will handle day-to-day operations.

The reception area will feature a refrigerator case and shelving so chefs and culinary entrepreneurs can sell their products to the public. The area will also have a small selection of kitchen tools for those renting kitchens, and I would imagine the general public could purchase those items too.

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Between the kitchen area and the refrigerator and freezer section, above, there is a dishwashing and “wear” washing area. Everyone is expected to clean up their kitchen area of course, though there will be someone available to step in if a caterer, for instance, is flying out the door to an assignment and can’t stop to tidy up.

Another item high on food professionals wish list is long-term rental of refrigerators, freezers (above), and dry storage, which will be available at STL Foodworks. The lower level will contain a packaging room with long tables so caterers and creators can wrap their goods. They can also store supplies there long term.

The second floor is being built out as a classroom with a separate computer area. Everyone who leases space at STL Foodworks must have a “ServSafe” certificate, which means you have taken a class in food and beverage safety. That class will be offered onsite. There will also be classes in recipe costing and scaling, and whatever else the community needs.

Schlafly said plans are still evolving, though it doesn’t seem like they will need to offer anything more to make STL Foodworks a  success.  “We’re making a huge investment here,” she said.  “We’re thrilled to be able to fill this vital need and offer this space to the talented culinary community here in St. Louis. It will be so rewarding to see what emerges from these kitchens.”

And won’t it be fun for the rest of us to stop by and see what’s in the refrigerator case?

STL Foodworks, 408 N. Sarah, opening around June 30. For more information, contact Christy Ford Schlafly at cschlafly@fordstl.com, or Charlie Schlafly, ckschafly@fordstl.com.