As a recertified five-star member of the Green Dining Alliance since 2018 in the areas of water conservation, awareness an2018d education, energy conservation, recycling & waste reduction, and sourcing, we don't just talk the talk.
We do it by:
For us, it IS easy being green.
It is a new year and a new Big Sky Cafe indeed! The beginning of a new year can bring a time of reflection and it certainly does for me this year.
You may have heard that Tim has allowed me the opportunity to continue on with one of the Greatest Restaurants I’ve ever known. This change is bitter-sweet for me. It is, of course, exciting and a little scary (in a good way), but it also marks a big personal change.
Going forward, those original goals stand strong. We endeavor to make a little money to allow us to continue in our efforts to enjoy our work with each other and our guests while we offer something significant to our community. Big Sky Cafe will develop and stay relevant as we move into the future just as we have in the past. I am extremely proud of what we are. The plans for tomorrow are for us to make new friends and keep the friends we have now happy to come back and see us.
Thank you to our guests for all of your support through thick and thin, and thank you to all of the terrific people I work with for being part of this great team. Most of all, thank you, Tim, for the lessons, much of my experience, and this opportunity.
Big Sky Cafe Owner & Chef
Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a great holiday. I was able to take a little extra time for my family to come together in Colorado, where my oldest daughter Montana lives, the namesake for this restaurant. Montana is the Big Sky state after all.
I have worked in the restaurant business for 45 years and had my own restaurants since 1988 when Blue Water Grill opened on Hampton Avenue. We’ve always tried to make a little money (so we could stay in business), enjoy our work (we spend a lot of time with each other), and make a contribution that we could be proud of to St Louis and the hospitality industry here.
As for me, I’ll still be dropping by for a meal from time to time. I love the menu that is always evolving at Big Sky Cafe. There’s a dedicated group of professionals working there that I’ve grown very fond of. I’m gonna miss seeing them if I don’t visit.
Beyond that, there are gardens to tend to and places to see. Maybe we’ll talk about it when I see you at Big Sky Cafe.
Thank you. Our customers have been the most interesting and generous people I've known over the years. And I promise you, I have never taken that for granted.
It's a "we" thing.
We're celebrating Earth Day and our 29th birthday
Just purchase a designated bottle of sustainable wine in the restaurant or for curbside service, and we will donate 29% to our adopted cause, charity:water.
Not interested in buying a bottle? You can drop your spare change in the wine bottle by our front door or donate directly to the cause here. For all donations made (wine or direct), we match them by 20%!
Since 2009, Big Sky Cafe has been committed to the cause by raising enough money to help over 550 people in need. Previous "Wine Into Water" events have gone directly to fund water projects in Uganda and Mali and we can't wait to see who we will help this time!
It only takes $40 to supply clean water for one person's lifetime. And all you have to do is drink wine to do good.
As per the new St. Louis County restrictions effective Tuesday, indoor dining is not available. As the weather permits, outdoor dining will remain open on the front patio and the covered wine garden for lunch and dinner service. We will now be open on Sundays in hopes to regain lost income due to the shutdown. And as it has been since March, our Farm to Curbside menu is also available Tuesday-Sunday.
Since the pandemic started, it has been economically challenging with the significant loss of income and the increased expenses of keeping the restaurant safe for our staff and guests. Our self-imposed procedures go beyond temperature-taking of staff and contact tracing, but also include air filtration equipment, sanitizing sprays, touch-less faucets, outdoor heating equipment, windbreaks, etc. But we’ve gone the extra mile to exceed staff and guest expectations because that’s the way we think our business succeeds under any circumstance, pandemic or not. Dominic, the staff, and I have been so appreciative of your support that has been crucial to our survival, and we will continue to do our best to carry on.
Since March of this year, the recommendations from the beginning have been 1. Keep your distance. 2. Wash your hands. 3. Wear a mask. I believe that these practices continue to be the best defense we have in fighting this pandemic. Closing the restaurant to inside dining will be in vain if people don’t practice what the professionals have prescribed since the beginning.
At the end of the day, my strongest concern is for the doctors, nurses, and first responders. They are the ones we count on when we do get sick. They have the most to lose and seem to complain the least. Please remember them today and when giving thanks at your smaller-than-usual Thanksgiving celebrations.
Wishing you a happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving,
Due to overwhelming demand, we are no longer taking Thanksgiving pre-orders.
Thank you so much for your support!
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2. Make sure your pick up date is correct
Don't feel like making it?
Though we have caramel sauce at Big Sky year-round, this is the time of year when it becomes the most popular. Our caramel sauce recipe is a simple one with only four ingredients and four steps, and since we make it often, you would think it is breeze for us! But like many things in the kitchen, you can go from a long period of waiting for the right moment to a very short period of just right that can be immediately followed by an evident and demoralizing “missed it!”. Most of the people I’ve worked with in a kitchen over the years have had at least one caramel incident. I know that I have found myself with a pot of black molten sugar more than once!
Here are some tips for the perfect caramel sauce:
It is not my intention to make something simple appear over complicated and I definitely don’t want to deter anyone from making this recipe, it really is easy to do right. Just passing on some of the mistakes that I’ve learned not to make over time, -rest assured there’ll be more.
The top 10 reasons why you should order Family Style meals:
10. Most dishes serve 4-6 people - have you seen how much your family eats?
9. You can wear your sweats while ordering online.
8. You can wear your sweats during contactless pick up.
7. You can wear your sweats while eating dinner.
6. Seasonal, local and sustainable. Just in a bigger package.
5. Family movie night - no need to juggle reservations or movie times.
3. Perfect for passing off as your own food at the next social distance party or picnic.
2. Pot Roast Xs 6.
1. No. More. Meal. Planning!
After having an employee test positive for COVID-19, we took extra precautions and closed down July 28th-August 3rd to sanitize, test employees and regroup.
Now we're ready to open again, but we are going to ease into it. Starting Tuesday August 4th, we will be open for curbside pick up only Tuesday-Saturday 12-8 pm.
Much like the world, our situation changes daily! We hope to get back into the swing of things very soon, so be sure to join our mailing list so that you can stay up to date with the changes!