On July 15, chef KEVIN NASHAN will be hosting a benefit dinner at his Sidney Street Cafe to benefit Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign, a national initiative to end childhood hunger. The dinner will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. and features an impressive line-up of local and regional chefs, including GERARD CRAFT of Craft Restaurants Ltd.; KEVIN WILLMANN of Farmhaus; Top Chef winner STEPHANIE IZARD of Chicago's Girl & Goat; JASON VINCENT of Nightwood in Chicago; and MICHAEL PALEY from Metropole in Cincinnati. Tickets are $150 and are available online at ce.strength.org.
Comings and goings: Melt, which announced earlier this year that it would move from its Carondelet neighborhood location, has officially opened its doors at 2712 Cherokee St. Meanwhile, it's been announced that the Growler's Pub location at 3811 S. Lindbergh Blvd. in Sunset Hills has shuttered after an 18-year run. In U. City, northern Thai cuisine specialists Fork & Stix has announced via Facebook that they'll be temporarily shutting down to remodel the kitchen. No word on how long it'll take or when the restaurant may be back online. We'll keep you posted.
Custom-crafted gourmet burgers are at the heart of a brand new concept that is now open at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in Concourse A. Grounded In St. Louis offers an upscale menu of burgers, sandwiches, salads and even breakfast. The menu is all made-to-order with custom burgers like the Cholula (hot sauce and pepper jack cheese), the Cubano (Cherrywood ham and Swiss cheese), or the Sunrise (cheddar, bacon and a sunny-side-up egg). Breakfast options include egg sandwiches, the Chix Deluxe (a grilled chicken breakfast sandwich), or yogurt, fruit and granola. The menu also features premium ice cream milkshakes with a variety of toppings.
Local tour company La Cocinera Cooks!, which conducts culinary and cultural excursions to Mexico, is hosting a trip to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, from Aug. 4 through Aug. 11. The trip features guest chef SILVIO CAMPOS, who appeared with chef RICK BAYLESS on PBS' Mexico, One Plate At A Time and served as the personal chef to the governor of the Mexican state of Yucatan. Guests will explore Yucatan and Mayan flavors and cooking techniques via hands-on classes. For further info and pricing, contact Carrie Houk at 517-5253, firstname.lastname@example.org.