Sound Bites

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It turns out wine may not be as highfalutin as many believe.

Wine has only been part of American culture for the last 30 years, sommelier Patricia Wamhoff said, while in Europe it’s part of everyday consumption. More people are looking at wine as a hobby, sommelier Andrey Ivanov said. “It’s very accessible nowadays.”

So we put these experts to the test:

Do you look down at a $5 bottle of wine?

Ligaya Figueras

St. Louis currently boasts about 15 Vietnamese restaurants, but that wasn't the case when Qui Tran’s family opened Mai Lee, one of St. Louis' first Vietnamese restaurants, in 1985. On this month’s Sound Bites segment in partnership with Sauce Magazine, we talked about the Vietnamese dining scene with Ligaya Figueras, executive editor of Sauce Magazine, and Qui Tran of Mai Lee.

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It’s not breakfast. It’s not lunch. Somehow it’s both and all the more delicious for it. No one knows for sure when brunch first began, but the first record of the word in print comes from an 1895 article in a British magazine called Hunter’s Weekly. Some link the origins of brunch to the upper-crust British tradition of hunter’s luncheons. Others say it comes from the Catholic practice of fasting until after mass.  From Great Britain, brunch made its way to the United States .

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In our monthly Sound Bites segment in partnership with Sauce Magazine, host Steve Potter spoke with the magazine’s executive editor Ligaya Figueras and art director Meera Nagarajan about what is up-and-coming in the St. Louis food scene.

Among the highlights of the conversation were what restaurants have good patios, what’s new at the Loop, and two barbecue restaurants set to open soon. Also covered were hit lists of restaurants that focus on being healthy and places that are kid friendly.

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In our monthly Sound Bites segment in partnership with Sauce Magazine, host Steve Potter spoke with the magazine’s executive editor Ligaya Figueras and two local chefs whose work takes them outside of the restaurant: nutrition specialist for the St. Louis Cardinals Simon Lusky and SSM DePaul Health Center sous chef Kore Wilbert. Lusky also is co-owner Athlete Eats, a small business that started out cooking for pro athletes in the off-season and now includes a restaurant on Cherokee Street.

Jonathan Gayman.

In our monthly Sound Bites segment in partnership with Sauce Magazine, host Steve Potter spoke with the magazine’s executive editor Ligaya Figueras and local restaurateurs Chris Sommers and Mike Randolph about finding a good recipe for a successful restaurant.

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In our monthly Sound Bites segment in partnership with Sauce Magazine, host Steve Potter discussed the production and sale of local foods in St. Louis with Sauce Magazine executive editor Ligaya Figueras, Fair Shares CCSA co-founder Sara Hale and Fields Foods co-founder Jeffrey Randol.

Carmen Troesser

In our monthly Sound Bites segment in partnership with Sauce Magazine, managing editor Julie Cohen gave an overview of the six up-and-comers the publication chose for its annual “Ones to Watch” feature.

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In our monthly Sound Bites segment in partnership with Sauce Magazine, executive editor Ligaya Figueras and food critics Michael Renner and Matt Berkley reviewed the standout St. Louis restaurants and bars of 2013.

Michael Renner writes “New and Notable” for Sauce, and Matt Berkley writes “Nightlife.” They maintain anonymity in order to accurately review the experience an average customer might have.

New Venues

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In our monthly Sound Bites segment in partnership with Sauce Magazine, host Steve Potter discussed the ins and outs of cooking the Thanksgiving meal with Five Bistro owner/chef Anthony Devoti, his mother Bonnie Devoti and Ligaya Figueras, executive editor of Sauce Magazine.

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