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Posted: Thursday, November 8, 2012 12:31 pm

Big congrats go out to Robust in Webster Groves and Copia Restaurant And Wine Garden downtown. The two vino-centric eateries made Open Table's Diners' Choice 2012 Most Notable Wine List Top 100. Way to represent the Lou!

Hard to believe, but Hank's Cheesecakes, that venerable dessert purveyor, is turning 25 this month. As a thank-you, anyone who comes in during the week of Nov, 12 to Nov. 17 to help celebrate will receive a free slice of cheesecake.

The Plum Women's Group will hold a cookie demo and book signing on Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at L’Ecole Culinaire. Author and pastry chef JULIA USHER will demonstrate her cookie-decorating skills, as well as sell and sign copies of her new cookbook. Tickets are $25 for Plum Group members, and $45 for non-members. Email info@theplumswomensgroup.com for more info.

We mentioned a while ago that Balaban's Wine Cellar & Tapas Bar had expanded its space. Now, the establishment is bolstering its staff, as well. Balaban's recently hired D. SCOTT PHILLIPS to be the new catering and banquet chef. Phillips is hardly a newcomer to the St. Louis dining scene: He worked as executive chef and kitchen manager at the much-missed Provisions Gourmet Market in Creve Coeur for eight years.

Nadoz Cafe & Catering at The Boulevard in Richmond Heights has introduced a new juice bar, serving five made-to-order blends to complement the restaurant's selection of crepes, quiches and sandwiches.

The Fountain On Locust has debuted its new winter menu, which includes some seasonal cocktails, as well as treats like the Spicy Carrot Cup and a new adult ice cream sauce, Caramelized Italian Oranges.

The first Missouri location of Zoup! Fresh Soup Company is now open at West County Center. The fast-casual concept features a menu of 12 rotating soups, including dairy-free and vegetarian options. And Vida, the new Mexican eatery we told you about this summer, has officially opened its doors in the Galleria. In addition to some fine south-of-the-border fare, the bar features some 120 different tequilas—one of the largest selections in the area.

Happy birthday to the St. Louis Bread Company café at Plaza Frontenac, which just marked its first year in business.

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