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Christine and I were invited to attend the St. Louis Magazine A-List party, which was a celebration for all the 2014 A-List winners in St. Louis. I am part of the crew for STL Up Late, St. Louis’ own late night show which won an A-List award (also a former performer for the Improv Shop, another A-List winner).

The party was packed with all sorts of interesting people and had live music, but the main reason to come was the food. All the A-List winners were there and they did not disappoint.

Strange Donuts Maple Bacon Done

Strange Donuts Maple Bacon Done

Of course, Strange Donuts was there and they brought their “A-Game” with their Maple Bacon Done and some of their other favorites. This thing was perfectly sweet and savory. Loved it.

Katie's Pizza & Pasta Osteria - Crostini

Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria – Crostini

Katie's Pizza & Pasta Osteria - Crostini (Mushroom)

Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria – Crostini (Mushroom)

Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria had these AMAZING crostinis with burrata. Loved these. I would have eaten more except I needed to try everything at the party.

Russo's Catering - Gnudi Nudy

Russo’s Catering – Gnudi Nudy

Russo’s Catering didn’t just have one dish but brought several, plus shots of Sgroppino! Their Gnudi Nudy, a risotto pasta ball dish with relish, was a definite favorite of ours.

Russo's Catering- Sliders

Russo’s Catering- Sliders

These sliders were amazing. Incredibly tender and juicy and full of amazing flavors.

Juniper - Buttermilk Biscuits with Country Ham & Jam

Juniper – Buttermilk Biscuits with Country Ham & Jam

Juniper brought these Biscuits with Country Ham & Jam. This was another dish I would have eaten more of but I needed to save room. Perfectly textured and again, a perfect balance of sweet and savory, with wonderful buttermilk biscuits to boot.

Gringo - Taco

Gringo – Taco

Gringo surprised me with their tacos. I had eaten there a long time ago and was not very impressed, but I had heard they went through a reformation of sorts and are really making some awesome stuff. Their tacos and their spicy watermelon gazpacho are evidence enough I need to pay them a revisit and bring my camera.

Cucina Pazzo - Meatballs Al Forno

Cucina Pazzo – Meatballs Al Forno

I actually had never heard much about Cucina Pazzo, but I really enjoyed their Meatballs Al Forno. A great mix of hearty flavors and these tender, juicy meatballs. I will have to check them out as well.

Vito's in the Valley - Pollo alla Florentina

Vito’s in the Valley – Pollo alla Florentina

This dish was very elegant, simple, but packed some serious flavor. Just like so many other dishes prior to this one, I could have eaten more of these.

Vernon's BBQ and Catering - Pulled Pork

Vernon’s BBQ and Catering – Pulled Pork

My absolute favorite of the night was Vernon’s BBQ and Catering and their pulled pork. It was simply the best pulled pork I had ever had. So good.

Vernon's BBQ and Catering - Ribs

Vernon’s BBQ and Catering – Ribs

I didn’t try any of the other BBQ they had as I needed to save some room for the other A-Listers, but I am sure it was incredible as well.

The Cup - Double Chocolate Cupcake

The Cup – Double Chocolate Cupcake

Best dessert goes to The Cup with those Double Chocolate Cupcakes of theirs. I was in heaven. So moist, so flavorful, so chocolately, but not too sweet. Just perfect.

Home Wine Kitchen - Shrimp & Grits

Home Wine Kitchen – Shrimp & Grits

We’ve never been to Home Wine Kitchen but we are going to go there as soon as possible. I’ve heard incredible things about it and these Shrimp & Grits are the proof. Amazing flavors and textures and the shrimp were perfectly cooked and seasoned. Wonderful.

Jax Cafe - Dumplings

Jax Cafe – Dumplings

Jax Cafe is another place I’ve never heard anything about, but I loved these dumplings. Spicy, and savory and melt in your mouth tender. So good.

Salume Beddu - Salami

Salume Beddu – Salami

I loved the salami from Salume Beddu. I wish they had something else served with it but even by itself the meat is wonderful.

Nathalie's - Bruschetta di Pommodoro

Nathalie’s – Bruschetta di Pommodoro

It’s not like any Bruschetta di Pommodoro I’ve ever had before (tell me if it’s not, I might have read the wrong sign), but this was another of my absolute favorites of the evening. So amazingly simple but so delicious.

Taco

Taco

Now comes the embarrassing part. I totally do not know who made these as I forgot to take notes for this one; however, it was just incredible. Terribly sorry to whomever worked so hard to bring this delicious treat to the A-List party, but I dropped the ball and didn’t take down the info. If someone could please let me know what dish this was and who made it I would be endlessly greatful.

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