Congrats to CHUCK FRIEDHOFF, the newly appointed chef de cuisine at Butler’s Pantry. Friedhoff has served in a variety of kitchens around town, including handling the executive chef and food-and-beverage manager duties at Persimmon Woods Golf Club, and serving as executive chef at J. Buck’s in Clayton.

Piccione Pastry is now open at 9 a.m., six days a week, including Sundays. The Italian pastry emporium also will be offering half-price cannoli every Tuesday from 8 to 9 p.m. through the end of October.

The Crossing in Clayton has joined more than 100 restaurants nationwide in the James Beard Foundation's (JBF) Taste America Local Dish Challenge. Through Oct. 31, The Crossing is featuring its Rain Crow Ranch Berkshire Bone-in Pork Chop, and will donate $1 from each chop sold to the JBF Taste America Education Drive, which supports JBF educational programs. Diners at The Crossing who order the dish are encouraged to post photos to Instagram (#JBFTasteAmerica and #Clayton). The city with the most Instagram uploads at the end of the challenge will receive a $10,000 donation from JBF. The Crossing has chosen Operation Food Search as its selected beneficiary.

Wild Horse Grill is celebrating its 13th anniversary this year with a new executive chef and an extensive renovation. Chef RAY CARPENTER, who has worked in such fine establishments as Niche and Prime 1000 Steakhouse, has reworked Wild Horse’s dinner menu from the ground up, with an emphasis on local area producers, as well as the sous vide method of cooking. Some of the signature items on the new menu are smoked bacon shrimp over whipped cornbread, cherry wood smoked duck, caramelized porcini mushroom gnocchi, and a 16 oz. pork chop stuffed with prosciutto and asiago cheese. Updates at the restaurant include hand-crafted tables, new booth seating and various patio improvements.

The Caramel House has announced a new flavor for fall, ‘O'Pumpkin,’ a collaboration with O'Fallon Brewery with the brewer’s Pumpkin Beer infused into The Caramel House's famous caramel confection. It's available online (, or at select grocers.

Looks like Green Bean in the CWE has closed its doors. The popular eco-friendly eatery's last day of service was Sept. 6.

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