Now that is a headline which stopped me in my tracks! We lived outside Okawville (in Venedy) back in the day when Dale was the pastor at St. Salvator and the headline had me mentally ticking off places where this man could have been a chef. I couldn't come up with any place except maybe the Original Mineral Springs Hotel, but that didn't seem likely. Now that we're in Clayton I find this doubly interesting. So maybe read the actual story?
Executive Chef, Josh Galliano is cheffing at the new Clayton restaurant, The Libertine (7927 Forsyth Blvd), but he lives in Okawville and makes the drive each day. Now that's a drive. He is orginally from New Orleans, got hit by Hurricane Katrina which had him leaving there and moving to his wife's hometown-Okawville.
The Libertine proprietors Nick and Audra Luedde wanted to create a menu that Josh calls "accessible for people who are interested in food ... and doesn't break everybody's budget." "A Neighborhood Eatery". He came up with a number of unusual meals, the Diner Burger, with molasses bacon, caramelized onions, house-made "Cheese Whiz," served on a bacon-studded bun with french fries ($10). Or, go for the Coffee Brined Pork Chop, with roasted broccoli, "smashed" new potatoes and stout pan jus for $12.
Plus he's having some fun with pigs' tails. Eh hem. He orders The LIbertine's meat from Wennemans in St. Libory. Nice to know Clayton can have some good Southern Illinois menu items. And, if you make a reservation with a 618 area code, he'll come out to meet you because he likes Illinois people.
The Libertine has a website with a gallery of photos so you can take a look before you go.