> Slow Food St. Louis and Farm To Family Naturally are sponsoring The Good, the Big & the Ugly: Tomato Contest & Tasting Saturday, July 31, at Sappington Farmer’s Market, 8400 Watson Road. In addition to the main master competition, look for local mixologists TED KILGORE of Taste by Niche, NATE SELSOR of Monarch Restaurant
and MATT SEITER of Sanctuaria to mix it up in a cocktail contest, where they’ll come up with tomato-inspired libations. Speaking of Slow Food St. Louis, its annual benefit, The Art of Food, will be held Saturday, July 24, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Mad Art Gallery, 2712 S. 12th St. There will be a silent auction of food-themed artwork and other culinary delights. For details, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
> Eovaldi’s Deli & Catering on The Hill has opened a new location at 1740 S. Brentwood Blvd., where it shares space with DD’s Irish Pub and Karaoke. The new place features much of the same great Italian fare available at the original. Co-owner DENNY MCKAY wants everyone to know the place will be closed the week of July 19 for a family vacation, but will re-open July 26.
> Look for Deer Creek Coffee to open next month at 9820 Clayton Road in Ladue, which until this past February was home to a Starbucks location. Owner RICK WILLIAMS, longtime co-owner of Ladue Pharmacy next door, says he’ll be serving up java from specialty roaster Alterra. And just like at his pharmacy, Williams will offer house charge accounts to customers.
> Take a drive out I-70 and check out the new Unkorked Wine Garden, which bowed last month at 205 E. Allen St. in Wentzville. Co-owner SHEILA STEWART says they have a variety of wines foreign and domestic and a menu of sandwiches, salads and other small plates. There’s seating for 40 inside and another 80 on the patio.
> Looking for something for the kids to do this summer other than the same old daycamp? Whole Foods Market is having another session of its Whole Kitchen Camp July 26 through 30 at the Town & Country store. The camp introduces budding chefs ages 9 to 12 to cuisines from around the world and develops cooking skills. More info at wholefoodsmarket.com.
> The St. Louis Public Library and the St. Louis Area Foodbank have brought back the Food For Fines program. All this month, adults can bring in canned goods to any library location and whittle down their overdue bills. Each donated item takes $1 off the fine total. There’s a $25 limit, and cans can only be applied to fines, not to bills for lost or damaged library materials. Last year the program netted 13,265 pounds of food! That’s a lot of overdue books@#%*!