Bridge Bread to Open Shop on Cherokee This Spring

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Courtesy of Bridge Bread
Bridge Bread's mini cinnamon rolls have drawn a following at area churches.
Bridge Bread will open its first retail store on Cherokee Street in the next month or two, founder Fred Domke confirmed to Gut Check yesterday.

The shop, at 2604 Cherokee, will sell the nonprofit baker's artisan bread, brioche dinner rolls, cinnamon rolls and what Domke calls its "coup de grace" -- its "4x Chocolate Rolls," which are studded with chocolate chips, filled with chocolate and topped with chocolate frosting. "They went from being a brand-new product to being our most popular product in three weeks," Domke says.

The new storefront, located at the base of the Nebula coworking space just west of Jefferson, won't be a bakery -- Bridge will continue to bake out of its kitchen on South Grand, and all the breads and treats will be sold prepackaged to keep things simple with the health department.

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Ices Plain & Fancy Debuts Ices for Dogs and Fresh Strawberry Specials

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"Sticky Charlie Doggie Ices" now available. | Photos by Mabel Suen

Since opening last July, Ices Plain & Fancy (2256 South 39th Street; 314-601-3604) has gradually grown its menu to suit the seasons. Its offerings started out as a simple list of silky, dense ice creams made to order using liquid nitrogen -- the perfect treat for summertime. Through fall and winter, warmth was provided by way of chili bowls and a long list of boozy frozen concoctions.

Spring for the shop means delights for an entirely new audience -- your four-legged friend. There's a new dog-friendly ice cream on offer, as well as Ices' continued commitment to incorporating high-quality fresh fruit in its specials.

See also: I Scream Cake's "I Scream Sammys": Artisan Ice Cream Between Vincent Van Doughnut Treats

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5 St. Louis Bakeries Offering Preorder Thanksgiving Pies

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Pies galore at Sugarfire Pie. | Mabel Suen

Turkey is the centerpiece of Thanksgiving dinner, but it just wouldn't be a holiday without some pie. The good news is, if you're not quite a master baker, there are plenty of St. Louis pastry chefs offering up holiday pies for preorder.

See also: Take Home a Gourmet Thanksgiving Feast from Cielo

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Hot Box Cookies Heads to St. Louis As Insomnia Cookies Adds a Second Location

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Hot Box in Columbia. | Google Street View

Late night cookie delivery is a favorite for Mizzou college students, thanks to Hot Box Cookies, which opened in Columbia in 2008. A similar concept, though this one's a chain, opened just last month in the Central West End -- Insomnia Cookies.

See also: Insomnia Cookies to Open in the Central West End

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Kaldi's Coffee and Kakao Chocolate Nominated for the Good Food Awards

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Beans at Kaldi's Coffee. | Jon Gitchoff

Two local shops, Kaldi's Coffee (700 DeMun Avenue, Clayton; 314-727-9955) and Kakao Chocolate (2301 South Jefferson Avenue; 314-771-2310), have been named finalists for the 2015 Good Food Awards. The awards celebrate socially and environmentally conscious products that are (duh) also delicious. Judges selected 206 finalists from all across the country.

See also: #61: Pumpkin Maple Latte at Kaldi's Coffee

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Nick Miller Talks the Future of Bissinger's and the Caramel Room

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Treats from Bissinger's. | Laura Miller

Nick Miller, formerly of Harvest (1059 South Big Bend Boulevard Richmond Heights), was recently announced as the new chef at the Caramel Room (1600 North Broadway), Bissinger's new event space. We talked to Miller about the Bissinger's legacy and moving on after Harvest.

See also: Harvest Closes June 15 After 18 Years

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Kakao Chocolate Clayton is Now Open

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Kakao South City. | Laura Ann Miller

If you're a chocoholic, Clayton just got a little sweeter. The new Kakao Chocolate is now open. It's the third location for the St. Louis chocolatier, which first opened on South Jefferson Avenue in 2008 and later expanded to Maplewood. The new Kakao is located in the Centene building at 7700 Forsyth along with Niche and Pastaria.

See also: Kakao Chocolate Sets Up Shop in Clayton

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North County Native Lia Weber Wins TLC's Next Great Baker

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Buddy Valestro and Lia Weber. | Courtesy Lia Weber

Florissant residents Lia Weber and Al Watson were announced last night as the winner of season four of TLC's reality competition show Next Great Baker. We talked to Weber about how hard it was to keep the secret, the joy of winning and what's next on the horizon.

See also: Watch St. Louis Chefs Compete on the Next Great Baker Finale Tonight

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Sugarfire Smokehouse to Open Sugarfire Pie

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The "Crack Pie" at Sugarfire Smokehouse.

Mike Johnson of Sugarfire Smokehouse (9200 Olive Boulevard, Olivette; 314-997-5301) is fresh off his Top Chef win at last weekend's Ultimate Burger Challenge, but he isn't slowing down. The barbecue master has just announced he'll be opening Sugarfire Pie. Before you object, may we remind you of Johnson's "Crack Pie"?

See also: Sugarfire Smokehouse's Crack Pie: A Gooey, Buttery Treat Perfect For the Fourth of July

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The Darkness Debuts at La Patisserie Chouquette

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Not scary, but delicious. | Mabel Suen

La Patisserie Chouquette (1626 Tower Grove Avenue; 314-932-7935) releases its latest creation today: the Darkness. It's a flaky chocolate croissant made with dark chocolate dough, 72 percent chocolate butter and pink Himalayan sea salt. It was originally set to debut on Saturday, July 19, but owner and pastry chef jokes that she had to move it up a day due to death threats.

See also: La Patisserie Chouquette Crafts Couture Cake Toppers

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