Published on : Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Cinder House, the wood-fired restaurant by James Beard Award winner Gerard Craft at Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis, introduces Cinder Bar, the new, casual dining and imbibing experience for guests and locals alike, conveniently located adjacent to Cinder House restaurant.
To celebrate the new Cinder Bar experience, Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis will host a happy hour celebration from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on Thursday, March 5, 2020 with a performance by acclaimed local artist Tonina Saputo from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.
Cinder House’s new Chef de Cuisine Josh Adams and Chef Craft collaborated to create a menu of shareable plates for Cinder Bar, while Bar Manager Jeffrey Ward introduces new cocktails and South American-inspired non-alcoholic beverages.
Inspired by a recent trip to São Paulo, Brazil this past fall, Chef Craft sought to create a casual bar environment that focuses on the food. “In Brazil, these little botecos are everywhere, which is a low key bar that serves cold beer and simple food. You stop by after work and have a beer and a few bites. I was instantly hooked. There is even a competition to see who has the best bar food in the country. I wanted to bring this experience back to Cinder Bar. I worked closely with Chef Josh to enhance some of the menu items and create a more authentic experience on the Cinder Bar menu.”
“We want guests and locals to have the opportunity to have a tiered dining experience with us. Grab a drink and a casual bite at the bar with friends, enjoy an intimate date night at Cinder House restaurant seated by the window with panoramic views of the city, or enjoy a truly special experience at Dia’s Room with a limited 10-seat tasting menu,” says Chef Craft.
New bar bites feature dishes such as: the piri piri chicken wings with a signature spicy piri piri sauce, coconut dressing and chili glaze; stuffed dates with bacon, chorizo and aji panca sauce; empanadas with a house made corn dough; and pastels, one of Brazil’s most popular street foods. The empanadas recipe highlights the traditions of both Colombia (for the dough) and Brazil. For the filling, pork shoulder is braised with Guaraná, a popular Brazilian soda, and placed in the smoker – as is the case for Brazilian asados, or Southern American barbecues. The empanadas are served with a pickled chili mignonette to balance out the savoury pork and add a bit of heat. The pastels are a family recipe from Craft’s Brazilian childhood nanny, Dia, the original inspiration for Cinder House and overall South American concept. They are a savoury fried pastry, filled with Chihuahua cheese, hearts of palm, mushrooms and shallots and served with a salsa verde.
Classic cocktails include a refreshing Caipirinha, Pisco Sour, and frothy Lemon Batida – made with Novo Fogo Cachaça, Velvet Falernum, lemon juice and coconut milk. La Branca, a classic South American cocktail made with Fernet-Branca, anejo tequila, lime and ginger beer, is one of Gerard Craft’s favourite cocktails on the new menu.
In addition to new food and drink options, Cinder Bar now offers happy hour specials from 4:00 to 6:30 pm, Sunday through Friday. Bar goers can enjoy a choice of the Cinder House burger or the grilled piri piri chicken sandwich paired with a draft beer or Caipirinha for USD 15. Cinder Bar also offers USD 4 draft beers, house wines and well drinks for happy hour.
New interior enhancements include an updated étagère, complete with globally-inspired cookbooks and travel books from Chef Craft. Photographs from his recent travels line the walls and further lend to a more relaxed atmosphere and casual environment.
Cinder Bar is located on the 8th floor of Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis, adjacent to Cinder House Restaurant, in the heart of downtown St. Louis.
About Tonina Saputo: Born in St. Louis and raised in San Diego, Tonina Saputo began her musical career at nine years old, classically training with the St. Louis Symphony and later attending master classes with Grammy award-winning bassist John Clayton. Listed as one of NPR’s Top 10 Artists of 2018, Tonina’s single “Historia De Un Amor” was one of Barack Obama’s Top Songs List of 2018.
Source:- Four Seasons Hotel & Resort