If everything we ate and drank were locally produced, there would be little need for semi-trucks, preservatives, or storks adept at carrying swaddling cloths. Let a stork rest its beak with today’s Groupon to Veritas Gateway to Food and Wine in Chesterfield. Choose between two options:
- For $13, you get $30 worth of locally sourced, seasonally inspired fare from the dinner menu.
- For $6, you get $12 worth of fare from the lunch menu.
Veritas’s seasoned chef, a graduate of the prestigious New England Culinary Institute, creates seasonal dishes made from locally grown ingredients. An open kitchen and a counter that overlooks it keep cooking action in diners’ thoughts as they contemplate menus that change weekly to incorporate farmers' freshest offerings. For dinner (served Thursday through Saturday), Veritas recently offered braised Kobe beef osso buco with local cauliflower, beet chips, mixed greens, and herbs ($32), as well as pan sautéed black grouper with braised fall greens, sun-gold tomatoes, quinoa, pea sprouts, and lemon-tomato vinaigrette ($24). A remarkable amount of Veritas's items are made in-house, including condiments, jams, pastas, and ice creams. For lunch (served 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. six days a week), Veritas serves fare as light as a globe-trotting eccentric’s hot-air balloon: soups, salads, and flat-bread pizzas. Get over the mid-day hump with egg salad and olive tapenade on flaky croissants ($8) or sweet and spicy ham and cheese panini ($9).
Veritas has a list of truth-inducing wines available by the glass, and on Thursdays, there are complimentary tastings. Making a reservation, like wearing chain mail while wrestling a bear, is required.
Riverfront Times featured Veritas Gateway to Food and Wine and named it the Best Dining Concept in 2007. St. Louis Eats and Drinks With Joe and Ann Pollack also featured the establishment, and four Yelpers give it an average of four stars.