Oktoberfest in St. Louis

OktoberfestOctober comes early at Companion! We’re teaming up with St. Louis favorites Schlafly Beer and Mandip for a celebration that’s as fun as it is tasty. From September 3rd to November 4th, visit your local Dierbergs, Straub’s and select Schnucks and pick up the perfect fall fare—warm from the oven Companion Bavarian Pretzels, fresh from the tap Schlafly beer and spicy sausage Mandip.

Be sure to pick up an exclusive coupon for $1 off your purchase of one Companion Pretzel 4-pack and one 12 oz. tub of Mandip (you must purchase both products to receive the discount).

But that’s not all. Join us for a unique tasting event at our Clayton cafe on October 6th from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. And follow us on Facebook to keep track of opportunities to win exclusive prizes! For more information, including recipes from Chef Andy White of The Schlafly Tap Room, click here.

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Win Tickets to The Lion King at the Fabulous Fox!

Back by popular demand, Disney’s The Lion King will proudly be returning to The Fabulous Fox Theatre for a limited run August 15th – September 2nd! Companion wants to give you a chance to experience this breathtaking hit musical. Enter to win a pair of tickets for the 8 pm show on August 16th by stopping by our cafes and Early Bird Outlet. Winners will be drawn at each location, so there will be three opportunities to win (and three more excuses to go to Companion). Entries are being accepted now and the winners will be selected on the evening of August 13th. One entry per person per visit. And while you’re at the show, be sure to stop by the concession stand for some sweet and delicious treats from Companion. Hakuna Matata!
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Companion Panzanella

A terrific summer salad that takes just minutes to put together and takes advantage of all the great offerings of summer in St. Louis. Made especially easy with our new Garlic Parmesan Bread Dipping Oil.
Ingredients:
2 cups Companion bread, cubed
2 cups summer varietal tomatoes, diced
½ cup cucumber, thinly sliced
½ cup red onion, thinly sliced
6 leaves basil, torn
½ cup Companion Garlic Parmesan Dipping Oil
pinch kosher salt
pinch cracked pepper
Preheat oven to 350. Lightly toast bread cubes, about 10 minutes. While bread is in the oven, prepare tomatoes, cucumber, red onion and basil and gently combine with the dipping oil in a mixing bowl. Remove bread, let cool slightly and then add to salad. Season with salt and pepper. Let stand, turning occasionally, for 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy with your favorite grilled meats or with soup for a simple summer meal.
Serves 4
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Companion’s Clam Chowder is the Catch of the Day

Dave Lowry, a contributing writer for St. Louis Magazine’s food blog Relish, wrote a glowing review of Companion and our New England Clam Chowder. As Lowry explains, clam chowder is serious food that is not easily mastered. Despite this steep challenge, Lowry was impressed by Companion’s take on the classic East Coast staple, especially appreciating the quality of our clam and our use of vegetables. Going a step further, he explains, “Companion’s chowder has the fabulously rich creamy broth that separates it from any kind of ordinary soup. The chowder here is like a spoonful of white silk on your tongue. Delectable it is. Low fat it most decidedly isn’t. What it also is, clearly, is a chowder that could easily hold its own, from Old Lyme to Old Orchard. No small feat.” To try our New England Clam Chowder for yourself, look for it on our list of daily soups and specials. To read the full review, click here.
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Companion Wins Two 2012 Louie Awards!

We’re so honored to receive two 2012 Louie Awards from the St. Louis chapter of the ISES (International Special Events Society). Companion has been named “Best Off Premise Catered Event Budget Under $200 per Person” and “Best Team” in this yearly celebration of excellence in special events! For a full list of winners click here. For information on using Companion’s award-winning catering at your next great event, click here.
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Companion on Fox 2 News

Check out the fun segment our Bread Master Josh Allen recently did with Fox 2 News’ Tim Ezell! He  shows off  a quick, easy, and above all, delicious recipe for Companion Slaw and Bratwurst that will be perfect for all of your Super Bowl XLVI festivities. Check out the recipe here and try it for yourself this Sunday!
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Pretzel Dipping Sauce Slaw & Bratwurst

Try this simple, delicious slaw…made with our Honey Mustard Pretzel Dipping Sauce. Perfect topping for a bratwurst on a pretzel, or as a side with a sandwich or picnic.

For more information about our dipping sauce, visit our Pretzel Dipping Sauce page. Watch Josh prepare the dish below!

Downloadable PDF of Pretzel Dipping Sauce Slaw & Bratwurst Recipe

Pretzel Dipping Sauce Slaw & Bratwurst Ingredients: Instructions In a large bowl, shred Granny Smith apple, and mix together with cabbage slaw. Pour in full jar of Honey Mustard Pretzel Dipping Sauce, and mix together until cabbage is coated with sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste. Grill bratwurst, and place on pretzel. Top with cabbage slaw and enjoy!
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Companion Celebrates the Art of Chocolate & Wine

Companion is excited to participate in the upcoming event, The Art of Chocolate & Wine: Inspire Your Desires! on Sunday, January 22 at Robust Wine Bar from 1-4 pm. Chocolate and Wine lovers will unite for the ultimate experience for the taste buds. You are invited to meet Companion as well as 9 other Missouri chocolate producers in an intimate walk-around reception. In addition, guests will taste over 15 wines, carefully selected to pair with the chocolates for intriguing and decadent combinations. Guests will also have the opportunity to purchase directly from the chocolate producers, pre-order gift baskets from Robust Wine Bar, and purchase glasses of wine as well as items from a small plates menu. Tickets cost $25 per person ($30 at the door) and a portion of all proceeds will be given to College Bound St. Louis, a nationally acclaimed philanthropy providing at-risk students the life skills, academic enrichment and social support needed to succeed in 4 year colleges. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
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Dessert Crostini on Show Me St. Louis

Check out Josh on Show Me St. Louis preparing his delicious Dessert Crostini with Wendy Erikson…and try the recipe below for your holiday entertaining! Download printable recipe Dessert Crostinidessert_crostini2 1 Companion French Baguette, cut into 3/8” slices 1 jar Nutella Mascarpone Whipped Cream (recipe follows) Dark Chocolate, for shaving Crostini: Place Baguette slices on a sheet pan and bake in a 325 degree oven until crisp, 30-45 minutes Mascarpone Whipped Cream: 1 cup heavy cream 2/3 cup powdered sugar 1 8 oz. package Mascarpone, softened 1 and 1/2 tsp Godiva Chocolate liqueur Whip heavy cream until soft peaks. Add powdered sugar and continue whipping until incorporated. Add softened mascarpone and liqueur and whip until desired consistency. Spread thin layer of Nutella on toasted Baguette. Pipe Mascarpone whipped cream on top. Shave dark chocolate to lightly cover. Enjoy.
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