1831 Sidney Street's Farewell Dinner
Gerard and Suzie Craft came to St. Louis from Salt Lake City in 2005 and opened Niche at 1831 Sidney Street. They went on to give birth to two lovely daughters and three more restaurants, while Niche went on to be wildly successful.
On Wednesday evening October 17, Gerard and Suzie hosted a bittersweet last dinner at the Benton Park restaurant. Niche will reopen in November at its new home in Centene Plaza in Clayton, next door to Pastaria, the newest gem in Gerard's burgeoning restaurant empire.
Marlene and I were among the many Niche "regulars" to receive invitations to the farewell dinner. And while thunderstorms rolled through St. Louis and delayed the Cardinals playoff game, they did not deter the festivities in Benton Park.
Gerard welcomes Amy and
Executive chef Adam
Altnether takes a "night off" from Pastaria
Suzie (right) hosts
Gerard's mother Jamie (second from left) and father Bob (center)
A farewell dinner cannot be reviewed; it can only be celebrated. And celebrate we did. Each course was lovingly selected by Gerard from the many dishes he had prepared at Niche over the years; his "greatest hits" menu.
Dia's Cheese Bread; sorghum butter, salted cow's milk butter
has it that Dia was Gerard's nanny. Dia is not to be confused with
Deah, who played an integral role in Niche's early years.
served in an egg shell, with roasted mushrooms and bonito caviar,
started many a Niche meal.
Scallop; pork cracklings, sea bean aromatics, popcorn consommé
Vegetable Tart; fall harvest, flaky pastry, goat cheese
Reuben; gnocchi, corned beef, kraut
Gerard's deconstructed Reuben sandwich
Belly; Brussels sprouts, bacon ice cream
Citrus Rosemary Sorbet
of Beef; sous vide filet, watercress puree, gelée
Cotta; red pepper granita
Matty's Chocolate Cake; candy cane ice cream
you Mathew Rice!
As our meal drew to a close, Gerard humbly thanked us for celebrating with him and his Niche family. And we thanked him for Niche and Taste and Brasserie and Pastaria.
Gerard, a man of many
flavors and a humble few words
A toast to the past;
and to the future
Marlene and Jamie talked briefly about their little boys, Zachary and Gerard, who are friends. And then it was time to say goodbye to 1831 Sidney Street.
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