Wishing you a Happy New Year – was last year so much fun, we just have to do it again? 2015 will no doubt bring new food trends – but we think that simple well made straight ahead food is timeless. Craft, skill, ingenuity combined with a certain amount of fun and love in terms of culinary preparation here at SqWires will always endure. We continue to believe that a balanced diet is a trend for everyone; and using locally grown vegetables that taste good as well as look good create the best food cravings. This winter we feature kale, cauliflower, root vegetables and brussels sprouts ( recognized as this year’s superfood) as delicious accompaniments to fresh seafood, free-range chicken, locally raised beef and pork. Come on in to SqWires for comfort that’s perfect for the season. Have a seat by the fire, warm up with a bowl soup – try our baked onion or special soup of the day.

For all you January-born-Capricorn-Aquarius who are said to love festive meals, our winter menu will satisfy and delight. Try Tom’s Seafood Chowder – gulf shrimp, fresh fish, crayfish and bacon simmered in hearty cream broth with potatoes, onion, julienne carrots and celery. Or a 10oz grilled strip steak with smashed red potatoes and creamed cabbage. Or butternut squash risotto infused with sage and crushed amaretto cookie – taste you can’t resist. And the best way to top off a festive meal? With our housemade warm bread pudding – each day adds a chef-selected ingredient: it might be indulgent white and dark chocolate; or caramel baked apple – each selection is sure to please…always topped with a scoop of rich ice cream.

And if you’re trying to restrain yourself just a bit in 2015, each Tuesday try SqWires SqWare Plates. Smaller plates of fabulous food created just for the evening. $5 each or 5 for $20 to share.

January Wednesdays, enjoy a half-price bottle of wine with your entree. In this new year, it’s an opportunity to try a new wine. Let us recommend something fun to accompany your meal.

This year, make family Thursdays a tradition with SqWires family style fried chicken dinner. Crispy chicken with all the fixings – creamy whipped potatoes and gravy, old fashioned green beans, slaw, mac and cheese, biscuits.

Fridays 5-7pm feature $1 fresh shucked oysters and steamed and chilled shrimp.

And each Tuesday-Friday, the hours between 4 and 7pm are sure to be happy with specially priced drinks and appetizers.

The new year weekends will be merry and bright for you and your friends when you visit to enjoy Saturday and Sunday Brunch 8am-3pm. All your brunch favorites plus the unending Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar – dozens of the perfect accessories for your perfect weekend drink.

One thing that won’t change in this new year is our devotion to fine locally grown and produced ingredients. With these top-quality choices, we plan our ever-changing seasonal menus to bring you all the delicious details.

Check you calendar and start planning your parties and events for 2015 and then visit our Front Room and Annex to choose the place you’ll like best for your guests. Call 314-865-3522 or email info@sqwires.com to plan an event to please all the people all the time.

This month, music at SqWires brings you Mayor Taylor, Tom Hall, Bill Murphy, Pierce Crask, Curt Landes on Thursday and Friday evenings and Sunday Brunch.