A Taste of Fiction – A Must-Read, Must-Eat Event

St. Louis Public Library Foundation

For more information, contact:

John A. Koniak

Office: (314) 539-0305



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                      January 27, 2015




St. Louis, MO… The St. Louis Public Library Foundation is proud to bring back a unique fundraising event to kick off a month of culinary programming at the St. Louis Public Library.


A Taste of Fiction: A Must Read, Must Eat Event

Friday, March 6 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Central Library, 1301 Olive Street


Tickets for this mouthwatering event are available at $100 Patron and $50 Individuallevels and can be purchased online at:https://app.etapestry.com/cart/StLouisPublicLibrary/default/category.php?ref=896.0.622645297.

Cocktail attire is appropriate and complimentary valet parking will be provided. Proceeds from A Taste of Fiction will benefit the St. Louis Public Library’s culinary collection and culinary programming.

Guests will gather in the spectacular Central Library for food, drink, and literary delights as the region’s finest pastry chefs are challenged to interpret classic works of fiction in pastry. The result will be a collection of creations that fuse the culinary and literary arts—on display for guests to view and some interpretation “bites” for guests to taste.

Co-chaired by Erica Leisenring and Sally Nikolajevich, A Taste of Fiction will feature the following chefs:


  • Danielle Luisi - Annie Gunn’s
  • George Guthier - Long-time St. Louis Pastry Chef
  • Tim Brennan - Cravings
  • Julie Weldele - Crepes Etc. & Scape American Bistro
  • Casey Shiller - Baking and Pastry Arts for St. Louis Community College at Forest Park
  • Saul Juarez - Four Seasons St. Louis
  • Laura Barton and Melissa Cusumano - Jilly’s Cupcake Bar & Cafe
  • Jenny Bazzetta - Kakao Chocolate
  • Simone Faure - La Patisserie Chouquette
  • Amanda Pinkstaff - Le Cordon Bleu
  • Lia Weber and Martin Lopez - Made. by Lia
  • Anne Croy - Pastaria
  • Sandia Hoormann - Piccione Pastry
  • Stephan Schubert - River City Casino
  • Darlene Fahrig-Markovich - Schnucks Cooking School
  • Brielle Fratellone - The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis


A Taste of Fiction Raffle


A Taste of Fiction is Presented Through

Supporters of:

FIRST®  Championship, Monsanto and C.I.A.

Additional Support from:

Ulrike and Tom Schlafly

Novus International, Inc.

David Orthwein

Renaissance Financial

Ameren Missouri

Butler’s Pantry

Thomas and Sally Cohn, Ellenwood Fund of the Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation

Dr. William H. Danforth

Hope and Julian Edison


Alison and John Ferring

Ford Hotel Supply

Imo’s Pizza

Mona and Paul Knopp

Erica Leisenring and Bob Sears

Peasy and Andy Love

Jean-Paul and Isabelle Montupet

Sally and George Nikolajevich

Lily and David Ott

Pi Pizzeria

Joseph E. and Susan Rechter

Regions Bank

SAUCE Magazine

Joe and Annie Schlafly

Schlafly Beer

Michael and Carol Staenberg

Teg and Frank Stokes


Special thanks to BUDS Florist, Defiance Whiskey, Indian Creek Apiaries, Kakao Chocolate, Schlafly Beer, and the event committee.


For more information, visit slplfoundation.org/about/events/.


About the St. Louis Public Library

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About the St. Louis Public Library Foundation

Created in 1989, the Library Foundation supports the St. Louis Public Library’s programs and services through advocacy, fundraising, and building relationships with others who share a passion for the Library’s work. For more information or to learn how you can support the St. Louis Public Library, click here or call Liz Reeves at 314.340.2403.