Quick Bites: 8.12.20

feeding good
Local nonprofit GiftAMeal has shown it pays to give back. In partnership with Operation Food Search, the organization feeds those in need. To participate, just download a free mobile app and share photos of meals enjoyed at partner restaurants. After working with Bloom Café for 17 months, 424 customers shared photos, helping provide more than 1,400 meals. The program also was beneficial to the restaurant. GiftAMeal users spent 25% more per check, were 20% more likely to return and tipped 34% more.

a side of super
Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria has partnered with organic juice and bone broth company Beets & Bones to give St. Louis a healthy boost. A custom superfood juice blend is free to all customers, including curbside pickup, to help improve their immune systems. The specially designed drink includes Tuscan kale, Italian parsley, pear,orange, ginger, lemon and a vegan probiotic.

artful eats
Gerard Craft and Niche Food Group will be acting as culinary consultants for the Angad Arts Hotel’s dining and beverage programs. The hotel previously partnered with chef David Burke and his hospitality group ESquared, but the partnership dissolved earlier this year. Craft’s initial plans include helping navigate the COVID-19 crisis, reworking menus, and getting the Angad Rooftop Terrace and main restaurant Grand Tavern up
and running. 

in high spirits 
Congrats to Still 630! The distillery won gold medals for its Two Step Gin and The Last Rye Whiskey from the American Distilling Institute Judging of Craft Spirits, the oldest and largest competition dedicated to craft spirits. Both liquors were developed exclusively for The Last Hotel. … Fall’s coming early this year—at least at Schlafly Beer. The brewery has created Apple Pie Proper Cider, a spicy take on a traditional cider with the addition of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.

opens & closes
Farmers market fave Bijoux Handcrafted Chocolates is serving up sweets at 13014 Manchester Road in Des Peres, its first brick-and-mortar location. … Popular food truck Doggie Mac’s also has put down a foundation at 5622 S. Grand Blvd. … While it may sound like an oxymoron, Vegan Deli & Butcher is open at 524 S. Main St. in St. Charles. The restaurant offers sandwiches, coffee, pastries and more. …  Located at 1435 Salisbury St., Freddie G’s Chicken & Waffle specializes in, you guessed it, chicken and waffles. Along with putting creative twists on the classic pairing, the menu includes pastas, salads and sandwiches. … Perennial on Lockwood is open in Webster Groves at 216 W. Lockwood Ave. The collab between Perennial Artisan Ales and Olive + Oak offers 15 beer taps, wine and cocktails, and bar food favorites.