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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National Doughnut Day is Friday: Send a Done By Mail to Celebrate

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The "Bart's Revenge" doughnut. | Jon Gitchoff

We don't always celebrate fake holidays (OK, yes we do), but Friday is a doozy -- it's National Doughnut Day. Strange Donuts (2709 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood; 314-932-5851) is throwing a party to celebrate. But if you can't make it, you can actually send a doughnut hole from Strange in the mail.

See also: Game of Dones: A Blind Taste Test of 6 Doughnuts Including Reigning Champ Pharaoh

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Jilly's Ice Cream Bar Opens Today

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Laura Miller

Jilly's Cupcake Bar has a new sibling: Jilly's Ice Cream Bar (8509 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-954-1334). The ice-cream shop opens today, May 30, with a grand opening celebration on Monday. Owner Jill Segal announced plans for the ice-cream bar back in September with the hopes of being open last winter.

See also: Jilly's Cupcakes Unveils Ice Cream Bar Plans

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