SqWires Creates Menu Using Locally-Sourced Ingredients

By Bethany Budde
SqWires Owner & Executive Chef

In June we make it official – Summer arrives with the rollicking enthusiasm of bar-b-que, holidays, tours, concerts, and baseball. One of the tastiest times of the year; we’ll indulge you with incredible fresh veggies and fruit, tempt you with the coolest summer cocktails; and turn you into the hottest host when you bring your guests to SqWires. We continue on our mission to raise people’s interest in the food we serve; where it comes from, how it is prepared and how it tastes.

What’s growing? At SqWires, we’re cooking with a dazzling array of vegetables, greens and herbs vying for attention. You can’t beat local ingredients – they taste great and are high in nutrition, fresh from farms and gardens throughout the Metropolitan area. Mouth-watering sauteed spinach, grilled asparagus, succulent strawberries and more appear on our list of daily specials.

We’re also cooking with live fire for roasting and smoking. It’s all in line with our philosophy of cooking with local ingredients. Our local farmers include Buttonwood of California, Mo: free range chicken & turkey, honey; Good Earth, Bonne Terre, Mo: cage free eggs; Rain Crow Ranch: grass fed beef; Windcrest Dairy, Trenton IL: yogurt; Kruse farms; Joanna Duley, Claverach farm, Eureka: pea shoots; Art Lehr: Columbia, IL: collard greens; Art Rothman, St. Louis Mo: horseradish; Eilerman Brothers Farm, Batchtown, Calhoun county, IL; Paul Krautman: popcorn; Thies Farm, St. Louis City: ozark forest mushrooms: wild mushrooms. Our local providers also include Companion Baking, St. Louis MO: breads; and Serendipity, Webster Groves MO: homemade sorbets and ice cream.

Every day is special at SqWires – Tuesday’s SqWare Plates are a weekly special selection of $5 taste treats to mix and match and share. Wednesday’s half-price bottle of wine with your entree is a super opportunity to try new whites, reds, and sparklers. Saturday and Sunday a la carte brunch is the perfect way to relax and celebrate with family and friends. Make your reservations and then sit back and enjoy. The Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar brings out your creative side as you accessorize your drinks with dozens of choices. And Friday night $1 fresh shucked oysters and steamed shrimp are the perfect end to a long week.

Let your summer essentials list include Tuesday thru Friday Happy Hours 4-7pm at SqWires with great prices on appetizers, beers, wine and cocktails. Listen to live music by local favorites on Thursday, Friday, Saturday nights and Sunday Brunch. Our list of local and craft beers include Schlafly, Urban Chestnut, Perennial, Civil Life, O’Fallon, Griesedieck, Cathedral Square, Six Row, 4 Hands, and Alpha.

Come visit SqWires in Historic Lafayette Square and remember us for your next special event in the Front Room or SqWires Annex. We offer you an experience you can only get here in the City. www.sqwires.com. 1415 South 18th Street, St. Louis, MO 63104. 314-865-3522.