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Welcome to Fio’s Culinary Adventures, and thank you for visiting.

From Private Chef Dinners, to Culinary Tours, Canyon Sunset Dining Adventures, and much more, we take our food pleasure very seriously!!

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Fio’s Culinary Adventures

If you are passionate about great food, this is where the adventure begins. We invite you to tease your culinary imagination, and consider the possibilities that fun gourmet cuisine can bring.

For the ultimate private dining event, please go to Private Dining.  After over forty years of professional cooking experience, twenty of those years as chef/owner of one of St. Louis’ best restaurants (see reviews), I have decided to share my expertise, and love for cooking, focusing my passion for unique culinary experiences. Whether you are looking for the ultimate in private dining in your home or at the location of your choice, we want to share in your future culinary journeys.  For more professional support, like restaurant consulting, or developing a private label line of sauces, or ready to eat meals, I guarantee a memorable culinary journey to its ultimate destination.

“In the true gastronomic sense, the culinary journey is the destination.”   Fio Antognini

Here are some recent comments from some of our very special clients;
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Fio and Lisa, what a wonderful culinary adventure we took last night…you continue to amaze us at your creativity. Again, thank you for a wonderful evening. Barb & Dave
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Fio and Lisa, many thanks for taking us on an amazing culinary journey. The evening surpassed our and our guests wildest expectations. Every detail was perfect–the food, the service, the ambiance. You two are the ones that taught us what fine dining is all about–combination of delicious food, good wines, seamless service and relaxed atmosphere. You have set the bar by which we measure all our experiences. It was so delightful to have you in our home and re-live our many Fio memories. Warmest regards, Sue
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This is the second year that Fio and Lisa have blessed dear friends at our house with an amazing culinary experience. 2013 was SO good–I did not think it possible to be better. Yesterday’s dinner for 14 was beyond words–”extraordinarily tremendously terrific” is (all jokes aside) an understatement but it is the best that I can do. The taste and aroma sensations are so pleasant that each mouthful takes me away. I forget every concern for that moment. As before–Fio and Lisa with teammates Melvin and Michelle are just the best.
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Fio and Lisa,

It was truly an incredible culinary journey! Such a special experience!

I look forward to retaining your talent and services again in the future! Hopefully not just for personal pleasure but also for our corporate clients.

In vino veritas!

Trish

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Dear Lisa and Fio,

Thank you both for your excellent creations and presentation of food and wine, and also the care with which you deliver the evening experience! Our friends enjoyed themselves so much, as did we. It is also nice to catch up with you! Many thanks,

June

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Thanks Fio and Lisa - it was amazing! We are still talking about our adventure with you!  We hope to book a special event with you again soon.  I was happy to be able to surprise my wife for her birthday.  Fio and Lisa, and staff Leo did everything I asked for and went above and beyond our expectations.  Food was beyond delicious. I give this 100 stars.  WHAT A CULINARY TREAT.  We had an incredible journey with you all, thanks again!  Richard
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Fio and Lisa,
Thank you so much for making this culinary adventure possible for us. It was a truly amazing and unique opportunity. We have never done any thing like this before and are still in awe of the whole experience. You guys are amazing!
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Dear Lisa and Fio, thank you so very much for the incredible culinary adventure you created for our family!!  We look forward to our “Fio Dinner” every year as a family favorite.  Every morsel of food was exquisite as always.  I was going to write down some favorite bites from the meal, but really everything was so good, I can’t pick and choose.  We excitedly await next year’s adventure.

“Everything was perfect and we felt so fortunate to be able to experience the evening.  Your talents are amazing and  passion for what you do is fantastic.”

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…”everything has been far beyond my imagination, and we have to thank you for this great experience. “…

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This awesome soufflé says it all! On July 5th Lisa and Fio arrived at our casita at Inn at Entrada to prepare one of the very best and most elegant meals we have ever experienced. My husband and I have lived in Europe, have traveled extensively and consider ourselves gourmands. The five course meal was impeccable from start to finish and the evening was perfect in every way. Lisa and Fio are delightful, the presentation was exquisite, and, of course, the tastes were incredible! We felt like the King and Queen of St. George! I should add that they left our kitchen spotless, not even a dish in the dishwasher! Plus, the extra food was labeled and left for us in the refrigerator, so we were able to reminisce with delight the next day.

Hi Lisa and Fio, our guests have departed but we will all forever remember the incredible evening you orchestrated for us! We sincerely appreciated all your efforts and especially want to thank you for fitting us into your busy schedule. The menu was amazing and, as always, the food was delicious and beautifully presented.  Many thanks.”

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…”Thank you for the wonderful dinner! I had the opportunity last year (2011) to dine at The Little Inn at Washington and Eleven Madison Place in NYC. Your dinner surpassed those experiences by a long way! Just made me realize just how good we had it here in St. Louis during your run here. Will try to make it to St. George but keep us in mind on one of your return visits.”…
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…”Dear Lisa & Fio, just a quick note to say a big “THANK YOU”! once again for what one of our guests called “the finest dinner party of his life”.  Thank you for being in our lives, and spoiling us like you do.”….

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“…..das fantastische Essen am exquisit gedeckten Tisch mit diesen aussergewöhnlich schönen Steinen. Herzlichen Dank an Euch für dieses Ereignis und einen besondern Dank an Fio und Lisa, die ruhig und meisterlich unsere Gaumen verwöhnten….. “

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Here’s a video of outdoor dining, indoor dining, and our culinary passion.

Here are a few more comments on food and more:

..”Fio and Lisa, Thank you very much for a wonderful meal and a wonderful evening.  We especially enjoyed the new flavors and finds that you bring!  Needless to say, we are enjoying the leftovers!”…
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Lisa and Fio, You are totally awesome and made us look like rock stars. The menu created a party in my mouth. We all had happy plates, and you get all the credit! “….

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….”Dear Lisa and Fio, “Thank you” just does not encompass all the feelings we have for the two of you after our week in Utah!  We had a wonderful time in every dimension because you gave so much of your time and energy and love to the six eager travelers that descended upon you …… We know why Fio’s mind was racing and all the lists were made – they covered every detail from hiking poles, to hot soup on the trail! ……  We have known for 35 years that Fio was a great chef, but to see “yesterday’s polenta become today’s soup” and “Tuesday’s elk leftovers become today’s puff pastry appetizers” in person was sheer joy.  We are blessed to know you both …….

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Here’s a video answering one of our client’s question about The Perfect Souffle.

By request, we’re also posting this video we made on how to easily seed a pomegranate.

This quote is from a recent Canyon Sunset Dining Adventure;

Dear Fio and Lisa~  WOW!  What a fabulous event!  We had an amazing time at dinner.  I cannot imagine a better way to celebrate my 50th.  I will remember it always.  Thank you for all the incredible details and all the love that went into everything you did for us.  We loved every minute of it!  Everything was first class!  We look forward to getting a chance to participate in another event with you some day.  We will be very proud to recommend you to friends.

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