Head to Monarch in Maplewood for the second annual Celebrate Life, Celebrate Local event on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 4 to 7 p.m. Indulge in some of the best beer, wine and chocolate our area has to offer, while helping out a great cause: SSM Hospice and Home Care Foundation. Tickets are $50, and can be obtained by calling 989-2775 or visiting ssmhospicefoundation.com.
More than 20 local breweries featuring more than 200 beers are in store for the sixth annual St. Louis Centennial Beer Festival, from Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 20 to 22, at Moulin Events & Meetings (the former Schnaider Brewery Malt House) at 2017 Choteau Ave. Thursday night features a 4Hands Brewing Co. Brewmaster Dinner; while beer-tasting will be held during Friday and Saturday sessions. For tickets, call 621-1996 or visit centennialbeerfestival.com.
On Thursday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 p.m., Cielo in the Four Seasons downtown will be hosting a unique four-course amaro dinner, which will feature the bitter Italian digestif Amaro Nonino in many of the dishes and accompanying cocktails. ELISABETTA NONINO, owner of the distillery, also will be in attendance. Cost is $65 per person, and reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at 881-2105.
Scape and Crepes Etc. in the CWE have welcomed a new member to the culinary team, pastry chef JULIE WELDELE. Most recently, Weldele was at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis, and also has worked at Sidney Street Cafe. We're told she'll be making her presence known on the dessert menu soon!
St. Louis fine-dining icon Tony's has once again garnered the AAA Four Diamond Award. Only 2.6 percent of the 29,000 AAA-rated restaurants made the cut for the award in 2014. In addition to the honor, the restaurant has completed its recent renovation project, which includes new flooring, lighting and an expanded bar area, courtesy of SPACE Architecture + Design.
Katie's Pizza & Pasta Osteria already is expanding service. The new Italian eatery in Rock Hill now offers Saturday and Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Longtime local Italian eatery Giuseppe's Ristorante has closed its dining room to focus on its catering business. The last day of service was lunch on Valentine’s Day. The company has plans to sell the existing building at 4141 S. Grand Blvd. and move to a new space that will better fit its plans for growth.