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Au revoir Like Home (Comme a la Maison)

Nicki's Central West End Guide Food and Drink Shop News  Like Home Comme a la Maison Clemence Pereur

Nicki's Central West End Guide Food and Drink Shop News  Like Home Comme a la Maison Clemence Pereur

We were charmed when a young chef from Condé Sainte Libiaire in northern France chose to open a café at 3855 Lindell. Clemence Pereur, standing left, and her mother Christine, right (a pastry chef who moved here to help her daughter), delighted patrons with delicious homemade pastries—macrons and almond croissants, etc.—and dishes such as croque madame which drew French expats, who pronounced them “trés délicieux.” Two and 1/2 years later, Like Home, aka Comme à la Maison, has closed.

The unlikely, but nevertheless true, story of how Clemence found herself in  St. Louis in the first place has everything to do with the restaurant culture in France. Female chefs are not as valued as their male counterparts, so when Clemence was offered a job at the St. Louis Club in Clayton she accepted. Because she had never been to the States before, her father traveled with her to make sure the offer was on the up and up. She was lonely in the beginning, but by the time the job ended Clemence had fallen in love with St. Louis, and returned home to raise money to return to open a café of her own at Lindell and Vandeventer near the SLU campus and Grand Center.

Regrettably, Clemence and her mother packed up the end of July and sold the furniture and fixtures to someone who’s opening a restaurant in Ferguson. Word is that the Pereur family plans to open a cafe in a coastal town south of Paris.

There is a lot we will miss about Like Home—including the melodic “bonjour” when you walked in the door and, of course, those scrumptious pastries.

SOLD OUT: CWE Ideas Salon II: A French Bread Experience

 

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink  Melody Walker Like Home CWE Ideas Thought Salon Comme a la Maison

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink  Melody Walker Like Home CWE Ideas Thought Salon Comme a la Maison

April in Paris? Mais non, but we’re planning an event as close to Paris as we can get for our 2nd CWE Ideas Salon. Join us at the newly-opened Comme à la Maison (Like Home), 3855 Lindell at Vandeventer, for simply delicious French fare and a discussion on:

Everything you wanted to know about French bread and more, for instance:

Did you know that strains of yeast are passed down from generation to generation guaranteeing that the taste and quality of bread at each boulangerie is maintained?

CWEnder Melody Walker, who lived in Paris for 8 years (and has a serious love affair with French bakeries and patisseries), will lead the discussion with mother and daughter proprietors of Comme a la Maison, Clemence and Christine Pereur.

The event on Wednesday, April 19 from 6 to 8 pm, costs $20 and is limited to 20 people.

Click here for the menu and to RSVP

To learn more about our hosting venue, visit: www.likehomecommealamaison.com

Eric Hamblett of TechArtista and I, founders of CWE Ideas, look forward to seeing you there.