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about Stone Soup Cottage

Chef Carl McConnell and his wife, Nancy, searched for many years to find the perfect location to open their intimate fine dining restaurant. Nestled in the heart of historic Cottleville, Missouri, Stone Soup Cottage took root in 2009, and Carl and Nancy opened a door into a culinary world that very few diners are able to explore.


Stone Soup Cottage was open to the public only a few nights a week, offering a seven-course tasting menu and wine flights. Awarded 2010 Best Restaurant by St. Louis Magazine, Best New Restaurant by the St. Louis Post Dispatch in 2009, 2010 Top 5 Regional Restaurants in the United States by The Week Magazine, a 2016 James Beard Award Nominee for Best Service, and awarded Best Restaurant in St. Louis by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for 2017 and 2018, Stone Soup Cottage offered just one seating of up to 20 guests and one seasonal tasting menu a night. The prix fixe menu changed every month and offered an opportunity to embrace classically prepared European fare, focusing on the regions of southern France and northern Italy.


Once coined the hardest reservation to secure in the area, Stone Soup Cottage brought seasonal elegance, hospitality and fine, French inspired cuisine to guests night after night.

On September 20, 2013, Stone Soup Cottage relocated to the Wiese Farm, approximately 1 mile away from its original location. It was the next logical step for this farm to fork restaurant to be located on the very farm that supplies the majority of their produce. The McConnell's initially purchased 6.5 acres overlooking the fields and ponds. They now own over 33 acres.


The  restaurant now sits on the exact location where the Wiese Family barn stood. The original 1930's barn was carefully dismantled piece by piece and re-purposed in the new structure. It was important to utilize as much of the original barn into the new home of Stone Soup Cottage once it was learned the barn could not be saved.


Our last Chef's Tasting Dinner was served in June 2022.


We are pleased to announce in the Fall 2022 Stone Soup Cottage will be transitioning to Le Champ De Fleurs by Stone Soup Cottage. This 33- acre farm will feature acres of seasonal flowers and a respite for culinary health and wellness. A portion of the existing farm will house a non-for-profit agricultural cortex for
education and community food outreach.

The existing Cottage will transition into a one-of-a-kind luxury boutique private event venue perfect for weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, VIP corporate events and milestone celebrations hosting guests from 35-125.

Along with private events, we will host small group special experiences open to the public. These intimate boutique gatherings will focus on the bounty of the farm and highlight local and regional talent. Cooking and wine classes, intimate concerts and artisan events are just a few of the experiences to come. These will be ticketed events and limited in size.

We are now booking private events at the Cottage beginning September 15, 2022.Please contact Nancy McConnell for availability and further information.

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