Blessing the Biscuit event at Peno Soul Food in Clayton

Spring has finally sprung. Tomorrow’s forecasted temp is 75. Also on the docket is an common (and likely memorable) selection for Sunday brunch.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Peno Soul Meals (7600 Wydown) in Clayton, four regional cooks will take part in an party whimsically termed Blessing the Biscuit.

The Again Tale

For the previous several many years, a handful of area chefs have competed in the Earth Food Championships. Dubbed “the world’s most significant meals struggle,” WFC is an intercontinental cooking competitors where chefs vie for a cash prize for most effective general dish in 10 categories (ideal burger, sandwich, seafood, dessert, and so forth.).  

The winners of each category move on to a ultimate level of competition, named The Ultimate Desk, which will be held at Lake Murray in South Carolina April 28–May 1. The winner receives $100,000 and the title of “Environment Meals Champion.” Mike Johnson (Sugarfire Smoke Household, Hello-Pointe Push-In, Rooster Out) received the burger class. Jack MacMurray III (The Bistro at Old Hickory Golf Club in St. Peters) received the bacon group (those stories here). Former co-employees and longtime close friends, the two chefs will be pitted against one a further at the function.

Tomorrow’s Blessing the Biscuit is a warm-up celebration and fundraiser for MacMurray’s staff (Johnson is out of the place at a barbecue function).

The Specifics

In the opposition, the chefs will be tasked with cooking extensive wide variety of food items. In the initially spherical, the components are biscuits, grits, and peaches. The 5 advancing chefs will have to equally hook and cook a fish from Lake Murray (each and every will be paired with a professional fisherman). Three cooks advance to the closing round, in which quail will be the featured merchandise. 

For Blessing the Biscuit, MacMurray suggests to count on a buffet with riffs on biscuits and grits–plus fish offerings–as he’s self-assured to make it to the following spherical. Helping with tomorrow’s event is Heidi Hamamura (Taberu), who put sixth in the world past calendar year in the seafood category. Juwan Rice, an up-and-coming neighborhood chef, and Peno operator Pepe Kehm will also support, and also be MacMurray’s sous cooks at the Lake Murray. Pepe Kehm, a self-proclaimed cafe “pirate,” calls himself a “Blackbeard Award Profitable Chef.” “You’ve heard of James Beard? I’m Blackbeard,” he quips. “Peno is my tiny pirate ship and the prepare is to preserve sailing,” he told SLM in this article in 2020. 

Nobody encourages an function fairly like Kehm does. “This Sunday. Palm Sunday,” he said on Peno’s Instagram. “He’s gonna riiiise. And so are the biscuits. See you on Sunday.”

The price tag for the occasion is $50 for each man or woman and includes a complementary glass of champagne. For reservations, connect with the cafe at 314-899-9699.