St. Louis' latest BBQ joint, Adam's Smokehouse, has opened its doors at 2819 Watson Road in Clifton Heights. The new eatery is a collaboration between FRANK VINCIGUERRA and MIKE IRELAND, who both worked for several years at Pappy's Smokehouse before venturing out on their own. In fact, the restaurant takes its name from ADAM GAFFNEY, a fellow Pappy's employee who passed away last year.

Chef JOHN PERKINS, famous for his underground and pop-up restaurants, has switched gears a bit with his recently opened ‘permanent’ eatery, Juniper. The restaurant is located at 360 N. Boyle Ave. in the Central West End, in the same space as Perkin's pop-up space and catering concern, Entre. Though the pop-ups are no more, Perkins will continue to operate Entre's catering biz. Look for Juniper to feature traditional Southern fare. Dishes include the Bread Basket, Bibb lettuce salad, the country ham plate, and the chicken and waffles. Check out the current menu and make reservations at

Look for a change of menu at Layla, located at 4137 Manchester Road in The Grove. Formerly a mainly Lebanese restaurant, Layla is now focused on Middle Eastern fusion cuisine. The new menu was developed by chef-owner JASON SPARKS, along with consultant SAM TAHA and chef ELIZABETH SCHUSTER of Tenacious Eats. To give you an idea of what's in store for diners, Layla's new motto is ‘Pitza, Shawarma and Shakes.’ We have it on good authority that the Falafel Burger is a must-try!

Learn how to bake holiday cookies like a pro on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Crepes Etc. in the CWE. Pastry chef for both Crepes Etc. and neighboring restaurant Scape, COLLEEN JOHNSTON, will teach the timeless techniques necessary to whip up the perfect holiday cookies in the pastry and exhibition kitchen shared by both restaurants, including sugar "cut-out" cookies, raspberry-hazelnut linzer cookies, chocolate chi cookies, French macaroons, snicker doodles and pecan snowballs. Cost is $40 per guest. Reserve your space by calling 361-7227 or e-mail

Congrats to Perennial Artisan Ales! The uber-popular local craft brewery recently celebrated its second anniversary. Cheers!

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