The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis will be hosting a Spring Coffee Dinner on Saturday, May 17. The event will feature Kaldi’s Coffees in all menu courses created by the culinary team of The Ritz, led by executive chef MELISSA LEE. There also will be a special appearance by Kaldi's own FRANK MCGINTY, along with paired coffee cocktails and Urban Chestnut Beers. The dinner begins at 6 p.m, with tickets priced at $150 per guest. The dinner is the first in an ongoing new series of seasonal dining events to be presented by the hotel. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities. Space is limited, and early reservations are recommended (call 719-1433 or email

Time certainly does flyit's already been a year since the folks at Piccione Pastry opened up in the Delmar Loop. The authentic Italian pastry shop marked its first anniversary this week; and to celebrate, they're offering a slew of discounts through this Sunday, April 27. They include mini birthday cake cannolis, mini-scoops of gelato and Italian sodas for $1 each; and breakfast focaccia and coffee, lunch combos and 1-pound boxes of Italian cookies for $4.22 each. There also will be a drawing where one lucky winner will receive a ‘Bakers Dozen Birthday Party.’ Simply take a photo in front of the pastry shop’s in-store banner and go to the Piccione Pastry Facebook page to enter. The winner will receive a party for 13 people.

St. Louis continues to get national recognition for its culinary scene. The latest accolades come courtesy of The Munchies: People's Choice Food Awards. Guerrilla Street Food won Best Food Truck, and Pappy's Smokehouse took Best BBQ in the online contest. Nominees were chosen by a panel of culinary celeb-types, led by TV foodie personality ANDREW ZIMMERN. As if that weren't enough, the GSF truck also made the Forbes list of the 25 Fantastic Food Trucks. Congrats to allyou makes us proud!

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