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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Break More Bread with Help from Companion

Thanksgiving is right around the corner! This year, let Companion be a part of your special holiday celebration. Our Early Bird Outlet and our Cafes offer a variety of exclusive items sure to make your guests happy (and thankful)! Companion’s fresh, specialty holiday items available at the Early Bird Outlet as well as the Clayton and Ladue Café locations include:
  • Miche (a large celebration sourdough round)
  • Stuffing Bread (pre-cut and oven dried)
  • Chocolate cherry or pumpkin cranberry hearth bread
  • Soft dinner rolls (both white and wheat)
  • Crusty rolls
  • Gooey butter and cream cheese brownie rounds
  • Pumpkin ginger cheesecake
  • Handmade European pastries
  • Specialty Thanksgiving cookies
  • Breaded Bliss Gift Boxes (they’re the perfect gift to say “thanks”!)
Holiday hours for both the Clayton and Ladue Cafes will remain the same. Early Bird Outlet hours will be 7:00am – 12:00pm from November 22-November 27. All locations will be closed the day of Thanksgiving (Thursday, November 24). And don’t forget, the Early Bird Outlet offers everything by the pound at prices up to 35-40% below retail. If you’re feeding crowd, it’s the perfect place to get your breads and sweets! Let Companion take the guesswork out of your Thanksgiving feast. Stock up on goodies for your guests to gobble up this Turkey Day!
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Companion Affogato

Watch Josh Allen of Companion Bakery demo his delicious spin on Affogato! It is a perfect dessert with a splash of espresso! Try it for yourself and let us know what you think! Be sure to check out www.companionstl.com for the recipe and many more! Click here to download the recipe! Companion Affogato Ingredients: 4 – 1″ slices Companion Pain Beaucaire 3 tbsp butter, unsalted 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 tsp cinnamon pinch of salt salted caramel, vanilla or chocolate ice cream freshly brewed espresso Process: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove crusts from day-old bread slices and tear remaining bread into small pieces. In a mixing bowl, add bread pieces, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat and cook just until milk solids and turns brown. Pour browned butter into mixing bowl and toss to combine. Lay crouton mixture on a baking sheet lined with parchment and bake for 30-45 minutes, turning occasionally. Let cool and store in a sealed container. Croutons will keep for one week at room temperature or up to 3 months in the freezer. In a small bowl, generously sprinkle croutons over ice cream. Pour espresso over the top and serve immediately.
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Savory Bread Pudding with Apples & Butternut-Squash

Josh Allen, Companion Bread Guy, shows how to make a delicious Savory Bread Pudding with butternut squash and Granny Smith apples. Using Miller’s Five Grain bread, this dish is a great side for your next gathering. Enjoy! Click here to download the recipe! Savory Bread Pudding with Apples and Butternut-Squash Ingredients: 1 loaf Companion Miller’s Five Grain, thinly sliced 1 butternut squash 2 Granny Smith apples, cored and thinly sliced 4 tsp fresh Italian parsley 2 tsp each fresh sage & thyme 2 cloves garlic, rough chop 3 cups milk 2 cups heavy cream 4 eggs 3 tsp salt 1 tsp black pepper, ground 1 cup gruyere cheese, separated Process: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut squash in half, remove seeds, rub with butter or oil and place cut side down on a baking sheet. Roast in the oven for 1 hour or until squash is cooked through. Puree squash in a food processor with all of the ingredients except the bread, apples and half the cheese. Note: this step may need to be done in batches and depending on the size of the food processor. Grease a 9×13 inch baking tray with butter and layer bread and apples to the top of the dish. Pour the liquid over and press down with your hands to thoroughly soak everything. Let stand for 45 minutes or overnight (refrigerated) to absorb custard. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top. Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour. Remove foil, turn over to broil and finish baking until cheese melts and crispies form on the surface.
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