After a bit of a search, Central Table Food Hall in the CWE finally has a new executive chef: DARNELL DEVINE. A CIA grad, Devine most recently was at the Everglades Club in West Palm Beach, Fla. He replaces chef NICK MARTINKOVIC, who left earlier this year to become exec chef at Blood & Sand.
In other CWE chef news, it's been announced that chef ERIC KELLY has left his position as exec chef at Scape. His former sous chef, JOE EVERETT, has stepped up to fill the position.
KELLY SPENCER, owner of boutique catering concern The Social Affair, has finally realized her brick-and-mortar dreams by opening The Station. The new place, housed in a renovated gas station at 2232 Thurman Ave. in the Shaw neighborhood, is an event space, as well as a gourmet market. Spencer also will be hosting a variety of classes and dinners at the space.
A new exhibit detailing the effects of Prohibition has opened at the Missouri History Museum. American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition will run through Aug. 17, and features a wide variety of artifacts and interactive activities. Get all the details at mohistory.org.
Some expansions to report: The folks at super popular donut purveyor Strange Donuts have announced they'll be opening a second location in Kirkwood to augment their original Maplewood store. The new place will be located at 107 1/2 Argonne Drive and should open sometime mid-summer. Sauce on the Side, which specializes in custom calzones, has announced via Facebook that its second location will be bowing in the next month or so at 7810 Forsyth in Clayton, in the space that used to be Einstein's Bagels. Gamlin Whiskey House just recently opened in the CWE and it's already growing. The restaurant/whiskey bar has opened up the new Barrel Room in what was formerly Green Bean next door to the main restaurant. The additional space can hold up to 70 guests and effectively doubles the size of the venue.
Congrats to CARYN DUGAN, aka STLVegGirl. Her new line of vegan food products is now available at Hanneke's Westwood Catering in Glendale.