◆ Congrats to local landmark Tony’s. The eatery has been awarded the 2012 Forbes Four-Star Award. It’s the only four-star restaurant in St. Louis, and only one of two in the state, the other being The American Restaurant in Kansas City.
◆Clayton mainstay J. Buck’s has debuted its new seasonal dinner menu. In addition to old favorites, the new bill of fare features a wider selection of seafood and comfort food. We have our eye on Chef CHRIS HOLMDAHL’s coffee-rubbed grilled 16-ounce prime aged ribeye.
◆During December, each table that brings in a wrapped toy to Home Wine Kitchen in Maplewood will go home with a gift-wrapped bottle of wine. The toys will be donated to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. In addition, part of the proceeds from the sale of Chef Cassy’s Cranberry Chutney will go toward the purchase of gifts for children in need.
◆For that special someone on your holiday list, Cielo is offering a one-of-a-kind experience guaranteed to please. Chef FABRIZIO SCHENARDI has partnered with Moet & Chandon to create a most impressive holiday gift. Dubbed Champagne Wishes and Cielo Dreams Holiday Dinner, the feast for two features five delectable courses, paired with premium Champagnes. Cielo is only offering one of these dinners, at $1,000. Interested foodies should call food and beverage director STEPHEN WANCHA at 881-2101.
◆ The Wanderlust Pizza food truck (actually a converted Airstream trailer) is leaving the Lou for points West. Chef ERIK JACOBS has announced that he’s leaving later this month to set up shop in the San Fransisco area, where his wife has accepted a new position. The last day of service will be sometime late in the month, depending on when his supplies run out. Jacobs says his setup is pretty unique and stands out even on the West Coast, and he expects a smooth transition into the Bay Area food truck scene. One possibility he’s toying with is hooking up with some wineries that don’t have kitchens and need some fine wood-fired fare. Good luck, Chef!
◆ Frida’s Deli is scheduled to open early next year at 622 North and South Road in University City. The eatery will feature vegetarian, vegan and raw fare.
◆ Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Company and Patric Chocolate have partnered to produce a new line of coffee- based chocolate bars. The treats will be available at Kaldi’s cafes, Schnucks coffee bars and other regional retailers. The first two flavors, Cappuccino and Mocha, feature Kaldi’s Espresso 700 coffee.
◆ Look for Kreamwiches to hit the streets here early next year. The brainchild of GARY TRIPP (formerly of the Falafelwich and Big Balls food trucks), the unique ice cream sandwiches will be filled with Serendipity ice cream and will initially be available at Serendipity’s Webster Groves location.