◆ On Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., there will be a Farmer’s Winter Market, courtesy of the good folks who bring us the Clayton Farmer’s Market. The market will be held indoors at The Center of Clayton, 50 Gay Ave., and will feature the same great farm products, as well as other artisan products.

◆ Araka in Clayton has introduced its new Fall/Winter menu. The creative bill of fare from executive chef MICHAEL BURNAU and chef de cuisine RYAN COOPER features vegetarian dishes like pumpkin bisque (which also is gluten-free), roasted acorn squash and sponge cake.

◆ Downtown St. Louis denizens now have another quality culinary destination: Monty’s Sandwich Company opened Nov. 21 in the St. Louis Place Building downtown, where Gourmet To Go used to reside. The restaurant will be open Monday to Friday for breakfast and lunch, featuring bread from Companion and coffee courtesy of Kaldi’s. Look for lots of inhouse specialties, like cured bacon, corned beef and smoked pastrami and turkey. The Monty’s moniker is an homage to the 4th Earl of Sandwich, John Montagu.

◆ Soulard favorite Joanie’s Pizzeria has opened another location at 5441 Telegraph Road in Oakville, offering its premium pies to the residents of South County.

◆ Sad to say we’ve received word that Westport eatery Ice Kitchen has closed its doors, as has South City favorite Bittersweet Bakery and the Fenton location of Racanelli’s Pizza.

◆It’s been reported that Anheuser-Busch InBev is moving production of its Beck’s beer brand from Germany to St. Louis early next year. The premium brand sells approximately 500,000 cases a year on these shores, and has been doing pretty well saleswise. According to the company’s third quarter reports, the combined volume of its three global brands— Budweiser, Stella Artois and Beck’s—grew by 5.8 percent during the quarter. The company says the Beck’s recipe and ingredients will remain the same. There’s no word on the reasons behind the move, or whether it’ll result in more jobs locally, but the new brew is expected to significantly bump up production numbers here.

◆ Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Company will soon be introducing an old spirit to a new audience. The distillery’s Missouri Moonshine will be released at a special event on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 11 am until 6 p.m. at its location in Ste. Genevieve, Mo. The 100-proof white whiskey will be available in 750 mil bottles for $30, and the first 100 bottles will be signed by master distiller SCOTT ECKL at the event.

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