Love to report new places opening up: The Sweet Divine's new Soulard location at 1801 S. Ninth St. is now open for business. Likewise, Piccione Pastry at 6197 Delmar Blvd. in the U-City Loop is now up and running.
BRENDAN MARSDEN, owner of Modesto Tapas Bar & Restaurant, has announced a specially designed allergy-free menu and promotion to benefit the Asthma and Allergy Foundation, St. Louis Chapter (AAFA-STL). The special gluten-free, peanut-free and dairy-free menu will be available during the month of May, with a percentage of proceeds benefiting the families served by AAFA-STL. The allergy-free menu includes, among other delicacies, Serrano ham-wrapped asparagus with smoked Arbequina olive oil, grilled chicken and chorizo skewers with a cumin-honey glaze; and braised beef cheeks with red pepper marmalade.
We all know CLARA MOORE from her tenure as exec chef at Local Harvest Cafe & Catering and her turn as a contestant on the first season of Around The World in 80 Plates last year. Now, she's added author to her list of accomplishments. Moore has written a guidebook, Shop Like A Chef: A Food Lover's Guide to St. Louis Neighborhoods, which provides a quick way to navigate the area's many specialty grocery and culinary stores. This month, she's running a Kickstarter campaign (kickstarter.com) to raise some funds to defray some of the publishing costs. Look for the book to hit shelves this fall. (Editor’s note: Matt Sorrell is co-author of the book, which should hit shelves this fall.)
We mentioned a while back about Central Table Food Hall coming to the CWE. Well, the concept debuted May 1, at the corner of Euclid and Forest Park avenues. The sprawling space features a diverse selection of dining options, including a wine and craft beer bar; gourmet coffee, tea and chocolate shop; a deli with fresh salads, soups and sandwiches; a tapas restaurant; raw bar; a seasonal grill; and an artisan market with a carefully curated collection of products and prepared foods to-go. We're told the experience will evolve throughout the day from a go-to lunch spot during the day to a upscale casual dining experience with seated dinner service. The menus, as well as the market finds, will feature ingredients sourced from the finest local, regional and national purveyors and growers.
Yet another culinary tour service has launched in the Lou. Savor Saint Louis Food Tours offers three-hour food tasting and cultural walking tours of the Central West End. Check out savorsaintlouis.com to find out more details.