St. Louis chef (and FEAST contributor) Angela Komis has put a lot of irons in the fire on the St. Louis food scene in recent months – and that's just how she likes it.
First, Komis and her husband, chef Jeremy Bowman, launched Salt & Pepper Chef Services over the summer as a joint venture. (“He's the 'Pepper' to my 'Salt' in this operation,” Komis quipped.)
Shortly after, Komis accepted an offer to take over kitchen manager duties at Local Harvest Cafe & Catering's new grocery/cafe in Kirkwood, tentatively set to open Wed., Oct. 17, at 12309 Old Big Bend Road in the space formerly occupied by McDonnell’s Market.
“As a chef you have to be able to kind of put out a lot of fires at once,” Komis says. “You have to be able to multitask. It (the food business) is kind of like that.”
As if that weren't enough, Salt & Pepper is quickly morphing from the mom-and-pop catering operation Komis and Bowman originally envisioned to a broad-reaching, multi-faceted food and consulting business. “It was a happy accident, actually, with us just trying to make it. We thought, 'We know this business as well as anybody. We can do this on our own.'”
Soon after the first catering jobs started rolling in, Komis was tapped by Nellie Glenn's to revamp the Irish pub's menu, an experience that opened doors for several other juicy restaurant consulting gigs. The two branched out their catering to include personal chef services and recently started offering gourmet handcrafted apples, pears and pretzels that are beautiful to look at as they are indulgent to eat.
While her husband focuses on Salt & Pepper, Komis is ramping up for the Local Harvest debut. Most of the menu at the Kirkwood cafe will replicate what diners at the Downtown and Tower Grove locations already enjoy, with a couple exceptions.
“There will be a few special things with the new location that Clara (Moore, chef and general manager) are working on right now,” Komis says. “Farm-to-table has always been my passion – I've always tried to implement it in my work – so it's exciting for me to around this all the time.”
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