underWARE dinner parties take place once a month and alternate location. One chef is tasked with preparing a themed meal for about 15 people, who reimburse the chef for ingredients (less than $10 apiece). Everyone is encouraged to bring libations to share. To keep things fresh, diners are discouraged to attend two dinner parties in a row.
The dinner parties are reservation-only. Information on them can be found on flyers around St. Louis, in the underWAREs zine and below.
To RSVP, find your middle name:
A-L or no middle name: Call Geraldine, 708.323.6867
M-Z or interested chefs: Call Joseph, 708.256.0994
Like cooking? Like hosting? Give us a call!
Monday, January 16th 7pm Skinker-DeBaliviere
The first anniversary of underWAREs! Chef Andrew compiled a beautiful array of Mediterranean-themed dishes, with the help of Sous chef Rhonda, to the great pleasure of his 16 guests.
Thanks to our collectively chosen ice-breakers, we swapped favorite appliances (smaller than a bread box) as well as our recently dig-worthy tunes. Thanks to Alex Polta who took diligent notes. Below is the first ever underWAREs music mix. Please contact underwarestlouis [at] gmail.com with spelling corrections.
Florence and the Machine
Tallest Man on Earth
The Civil Wars
The Head and the Heart
The Bird and the Bee
Simon & Garfunkel
underWAREs #11 Sunday, November 6th 7pm Forest Park Southeast
Chef Eric served up a palate pleaser, with a variety of cocktail pairings alongside. The generous company of 24 strolled between courses, filling a long apartment with chatter and laughter.
Miso soup with pickled and unpickled radishes
Grilled broccoli next to mashed sweet potato-squash with a pear chutney
Korean lettuce leaf burritos with Szeuchwan pepper-spiced shredded roast pork
Poached caramel pears with whipped honey-vanilla yogurt and frozen caramel foam
underWAREs #10: Sunday October 23rd 7pm Webster Groves
For our tenth dinner party, Chef Jill prepared a Moroccan feast for 17 eager diners. We were seated on pillows on the floor around one long table:
Honey, saffron, clove hummus
Spiced tomato dip
Bacon-wrapped, gorgonzola-stuffed dates
Shaved cucumber salad with orange essence
Beef and apricot tagine
Stewed tomato lentils
Honey oranges with marscaponeAlmond crescent cookies
underWAREs #9 Saturday, September 17th 6:30pm Skinker DeBaliviere
This dinner was wonderful! Chef Ligaya treated us to:
Marcoot Creamery cheese platter
Olive assortment from an Olive Ovation
Farmer's Larder Kielbasa sausage
Pumpkin soup topped with crispy bacon, creme fraiche & chive blossom
Kale Duo: meatless kale pie with kale chips
Advocaat with cognac & whipped cream, served alongside Thai hot pepper-spiced pumpkin bread
underWAREs #8 Monday, August 29th 7:30pm $10
Thanks to Chef Blake for a delightful meal as well as all the diners for good company on one of our last hot evenings of the summer. Menu items included: Mexican cole slaw, tacos with both locally grown beef and vegetarian substitute meat, quesadillas, and homemade ice cream covered in chocolate mole sauce to top it all off. And lots of beer. Dinner ended with hugs all around, so we can put a check mark on making friends with strangers. Thanks again for all who participated!
underWAREs #7: Sunday July 24th 7:30p Feast de Colombia Bevo/Tower Grove South Neighborhood $10
A tribute to a departing Columbian friend & chef
The meal consisted of:
-Tossed salad with avocado & lemon dressing
-Traditional Columbian-style red beans
-Arepas (corn patties)
-Panela (an agua fresca prepared with piloncillo)
underWAREs #6: Saturday June 25th 7:30p Día de San Guillermo Southwest Gardens Neighborhood $15
On a pleasant and stormy night, 16 diners came together for family-style affair in the Southwest Gardens neighborhood. Complete with an extremely cute dog and distant lightning, guests came early and stayed late. Chefs Matt and Bart prepared home-brewed beer pairings with two of the four courses, including a Double IPA and Hi-Ho Cherry Stout.
Hummus & crackers
1: Gazpacho with Schlafly Hefeweizen
2: Four cheese pizza topped with mixed greens with home-brewed Double IPA
3: Grilled chicken rubbed with rosemary, garlic and sage with Fat Tire Abbey Ale
Chocolate truffles rolled in cinnamon & sprinkles with home-brewed Hi-Ho Cherry Stout
underWAREs #5: Sunday May 15th 7:00p Día de San Isidro Skinker-DeBaliviere Neighborhood
underWAREs #4: Sunday April 10th 7:00p Día de San Ezequiel Dutchtown
On Sunday April 10th, 16 hungry St. Louisians headed to Dutchtown for a beautiful dinner by Maude. Between numerous courses, they talked, laughed and kept cats off the table. It was a casual yet yummy affair.
Bagel crostini with pickled beets, cream cheese & kale
Baked butternut squash filled with spinach & topped with a quail egg
Yellow dog farm focaccia bread
Pea shoot & cream leaf lettuce with pink grapefruit in vinaigrette dressing
Shoulder ham bacon
Amish egg noodles with lamb in a mushroom cream sauce
Baked pears and apples with sorghum
underWAREs #3 Saturday, March 19th 7:30p Día de San José & The Full Moon
The third and largest underWAREs dinner party took place Saturday, March 19th. Chef Michelle prepared a bountiful feast complete with many sweet treats on the night of the SUPERMOON, in honor of San José
Beet & apple tartare with herb goat cheese
Seared flank steak on crostini with basil, quince tomato jam
Twice baked fingerling potatoes with aged gouda, balsamic reduction
Fresh herb and spinach-arugula salad with blood orange-clementine vinaigrette & pine nuts
Paprika-spiced chicken with pearl rice, roasted peppers, glazed onion relish
Strawberry-lime grenata with brandied cherries
Buñuelos (donut holes) with cinnamon sugar / honey / homemade strawberry jam