Q • I recently had the turkey salad sandwich at Café Osage. It was such an interesting update of a classic. The mashed potato was unexpected, but it tasted perfect. Could you get the recipe for me? — Rose Monzyk, St. Louis
A • Creamy mashed potatoes aren’t the only unexpected ingredient in the flavorful turkey salad from Café Osage. Half-moons of thinly sliced zucchini, cucumber and celery add color and texture. Grated Asiago cheese, fresh garlic, parsley, chives and tarragon provide pops of flavor while a dressing of mayonnaise, Dijon mustard and white wine vinegar binds this salad together.
“The inspiration was to put a special twist on a turkey salad sandwich,” chef Scott Davis says. “I get a heads-up from our farmer a few days ahead of time about what’s ready for harvest from Bowood Farms. That’s standard for farm-to-table restaurants like ours, so for this salad, we’ll use our green vegetables as they come in.”
What’s unusual about Bowood Farms is its location in close proximity to the restaurant, in the heart of the city, in the Central West End. The farm, which has been in operation since 2006, was one of the earliest urban farms to take root in St. Louis.
The Bowood Farms fields and hoop houses that surround this bright breakfast and lunch café provide an ever-changing selection of herbs and vegetables that chefs use at the cafe year-round.
The unusual farm complex, built in and around a motorcar repair factory, circa 1920, contains a unique gift shop. The selections, inspired by nature, include toys, games, jewelry and decorative home accents. A thriving nursery and plant shop bring customers even closer to the natural world.
Fresh cut sprigs of basil, spearmint, peppermint, rosemary and sage sit in glass containers on the bar, ready to perk up a cocktail. The kitchen staff snips herbs daily from the rooftop garden of the old factory. Fresh-cut flowers dot the tables. Overhead, lamps shades in swirling organic forms suggest flower shapes.
The soups, salads, entrees and side dishes all incorporate fresh, seasonal vegetables, most from the adjacent farm. In addition to the extensive cocktail and bar menu, the café serves coffees and lattes, herbal teas, smoothies, house-made sodas and freshly squeezed lemonade and orange juice as well as a fruit punch.
Cafe Osage (at Bowood Farms)
4605 Olive Street
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