Get out this weekend and take advantage of the last few days of the 4th annual Clayton Restaurant Week, which wraps up Sunday, Jan. 27. The establishments participating this year include: Alexander’s Restaurant; Araka; Bar Napoli; Barcelona; Bocci Bar: Cardwell’s; Coastal Bistro & Bar; The Crossing; Crushed Red; J. Buck’s; Jimmy's On The Park; Mad Tomato; Oceano Bistro; Remy’s Kitchen & Wine Bar; Roxane; Ruth's Chris Steak House; and Tani Sushi Bistro. Participating restaurants are offering a special three-course dinner promotion for a fixed price of $25 per person, plus tax and tip. Guests also have the option of adding a $5 ‘Extra Helping’ donation to their dining bill to support Operation Food Search. More details are available at claytonrestaurantweek.net.
Join the L’Ecole Culinaire Academy for Culinary Development for a culinary tour of Tuscany with chef/sommelier CLAUDIO PIANTINI. The trip is billed as a Culinary Immersion Experience and will feature regional cooking lessons. Those interested should enroll by Feb. 1 for the trip, which runs May 31 to June 7. All of the details, as well as an online registration form, can be found at lecoleacademy.com/tuscany.
Cini, a new fast-casual concept, has opened its doors at 374 S. Grand Blvd. The name is short for arancini, an Italian rice ball popular with street vendors in that country, though the menu also includes a variety of Italian fare. A second location in Ladue’s Colonial Marketplace already is in the works.
It's been announced that Neopolitan pizza purveyor The Good Pie is relocating later this year from its current Midtown location to new digs in the U-City Loop at 6665 Delmar Blvd., the same building that houses The Ginger Bistro.
Speaking of The Loop, mac and cheese favorite Cheese-ology is now open for business seven days a week to feed your cheesy cravings!
The Caramel House has debuted a new flavor, Naked Turtle, featuring Missouri roasted pecans. The confections are available at Schnucks, Straub's, Riverbend Restaurant (where it's the house flavor), Missouri Botanical Garden, and online at TheCaramelHouse.com.
Anheuser-Busch InBev introduced a new brew to the market this week: Budweiser Black Crown features a little higher alcohol content along with more body, color and hoppiness than traditional Bud. Look for a big commercial push during the Superbowl.