Location No. 2 of Mission Taco Joint is now open for business at 908 Lafayette Ave. in Soulard. The new spot features the same menu of hand-crafted, south-of-the-border fare as the original restaurant in the Delmar Loop.

Pork lovers looking for something to do this weekend, take notice: Baconfest, a celebration of ‘All Things Bacon,’ will take place on Saturday, Aug. 16, from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. at Soldier's Memorial downtown. The festival will include bacon-related treats from many of the area’s finest restaurants, but the highlight of the event promises to be the creation of a world-record 1,000-pound, 100-foot-long aptly named Hog Log. It will consist of 500 pounds of woven bacon, wrapped around another 500 pounds of ground Italian sausage, and all cooked in a custom-built, 102-foot-long grill, courtesy of the exec chefs from Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St. Charles and River City Casino & Hotel. Hog Log slices will be sold to the public during the festival, with all proceeds benefiting the USO of Missouri. Live music will be provided courtesy of Christina J, Lunar Levitation and Steve Ewing of The Urge.

Congrats to Pinckney Bend Distillery in New Haven, Missouri. The distillery recently competed in the International Wine and Spirit Competition held in London and took home a bronze medal for its American Gin, and a silver medal for its Rested American Whiskey. Well done!

Kudos also to Five Bistro on The Hill, which was recently honored by thrillist.com as having one of the 33 Best Burgers in America 2014: the very appropriately named The Burger.

Panorama at the Saint Louis Art Museum is launching a new dinner series, pairing different local breweries, chefs and wineries each month. The first event will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 27, featuring a special prix fixe menu from new executive chef IVY MAGRUDER, paired exclusively with Schlafly beers. Cost is $75 per person, which includes tax and gratuity. Seating is limited. Call 655-5490 for reservations.

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