Chef JACK MACMURRAY III has taken the position of executive chef at Schneithorst’s Restaurant & Bar. MacMurray recently announced the move on his Facebook page, adding, “Look for German-American favorites with my Jack Mac Twist.” MacMurray, formerly the executive chef at Sage in Soulard, has been consulting on a number of projects since leaving that post last year.

Balabans Wine Cellar & Tapas Bar will be expanding its space and operations this fall. The restaurant has secured adjacent space in the Dierbergs Marketplace for a new private event space and a wine room for dining as well as a new home for its Library of Wines. The new space will be open for bookings beginning Nov. 19, and will expand the restaurant by some 45 percent. We’re told the wine store, restaurant and deli will remain open during the renovations.

Thai 202 is now open seven days a week at 235 N. Euclid in the CWE, next to Big Sleep Books. Billed as ‘Advanced Thai Food,’ the new eatery boasts a variety of delectables, from pot stickers to curry dishes, and features dine-in, as well as take-out and delivery services.

Schlafly Beer and Urban Chestnut Brewing Company are teaming up for Oktoberfest St. Louis on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 23, from noon until 7 p.m. The event will take place at Urban Chestnut, 3229 Washington Ave., and will feature German food, music and, of course, plenty of beer. Steins are available for purchase for $4 in advance or $5 at the event, and $8 one-liter fills will be available. No tickets are required.

Stonehaus Farms Vineyard & Winery in Lee’s Summit, Mo., has won the 2012 Missouri Governor’s Cup for its Strother Ridge Vignoles Semi Sweet. The vino was chosen from a field of almost 300 wines. Nine judges from across the country conduct blind tastings to determine the winner of the Governor’s Cup, which recognizes the best wine in the state. Congratulations!

Mosaic Restaurants has updated the dinner, wine and cocktail offerings at its downtown and Des Peres locations. Highlights include hot and cold tapas, plus entree items of some favorite guest dishes, a streamlined wine list, a selection of reserve wines, and seasonal and classic cocktails, including one of our all-time favorites, The Last Word.


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