Tale to Table opens in former Larder & Cupboard space

Kakao Chocolate owner Brian Pelletier and Kate Hansan have opened Tale to Table in the former home of Larder & Cupboard at 7310 Manchester Road in Maplewood. Doors opened on Feb. 15, as reported by St. Louis Magazine. 


The shop offers local specialty products, vintage cookbooks and cooking classes taught by employees and local chefs. “We want to give people more confidence in the kitchen,” Pelletier said. 


Pelletier opened Larder & Cupboard in 2014; Cindy Higgerson took full ownership of the business in 2017. 


Pelletier said he and Hannan have had the idea for Tale to Table for a while, and they decided to move forward when the space became available in Maplewood. “Maplewood is foodie central,” he said. “There’s no way around that.”


Pelletier said classes are available for all levels, from “people who only know how to make toast” to more advanced skill sets. Interested participants can register online for classes like making hummus, pizzas and spice blends. 


“One of the classes we have scheduled right now is a pasta-making class,” Pelletier said. “When you’re done, we’ll be able to package it up for you and you can take it home and cook it right there.”


Tale to Table also has a large selection of vintage cookbooks for sale, and Pelletier is considering hosting cookbook clubs and swaps in the future.


“Even these old cookbooks that seem old still have great recipes in them,” he said. “Those are really great recipes to make cooking a lot more accessible to people. This is the stuff that our parents and grandparents did.”


Specialty goods on offer include locally made products like Made Fare Co. granola, SeedGeeks honey and Clean Plate Pantry sauces. Tale to Table will also sell specialty meats, cheese and Kakao Chocolate.


Erin Killion is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine.