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Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2013 12:00 pm | Updated: 2:09 pm, Thu Mar 28, 2013.

Chill Cool Frozen Yogurt in Clayton will be celebrating its third anniversary on Friday, April 19. At 3:30 p.m. that day, Fredbird will make an appearance to hand out limited-edition Chill batting-helmet bowls with frozen yogurt purchases. The store also will present its third annual donation to Friends of Kids With Cancer during the celebration. By the way, Chill has some new spring flavors on the menu: Root Beer Float, Mango Sorbet and Pina Colada.

Big kudos are due to chef and restaurateur extraordinaire GERARD CRAFT. He's made it into the finals for the 2013 James Beard Awards Best Chef: Midwest, along with four other heartland chefs. He'll find out if he wins the whole thing on Monday, May 6, at an awards ceremony in NYC. On another Craft note, his latest eatery, Pastaria, was recently named one of the 10 best new restaurants in the country by the internationally renowned Gayot guide.

Cielo at The Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis has debuted its new wine room. The space features reclaimed materials from a church destroyed by a tornado. It'll fit about 30 or so guests to mingle (or 12 seated), and can be reserved by calling 881-2105. In other Cielo news, congrats to CORY CUFF, who has been promoted from assistant beverage manager to restaurant manager. The CIA grad also is a noted mixologist in his own right. Well done!

Chef and restaurateur JIM FIALA recently wowed diners during a private event for True Refrigeration of O'Fallon, Mo., at the James Beard House in NYC. Fiala was asked to do a similar dinner for True at the same venue last year. This time around, he was accompanied by chefs from two of his restaurants, MATT ABEHOUSE of The Crossing and ADAM GNAU of Acero.

Popular U. City vegetarian and vegan restaurant Frida's Deli has announced it will be expanding into the space next door. In addition to more seating--the current configuration only sits about 16-- there also is a ‘Frida's Farm’ garden space in the works. We'll keep you posted!

Melt, which opened last year in Carondelet, has announced it's moving to new digs at 2712 Cherokee Street. Look for an opening in May.

Russell's On Macklind, the latest project from RUSSEL PING of Russell's Cafe & Bakery in Fenton, officially opened its doors March 19 at 5400 Murdoch Ave. in South City. The spot features a bevy of breakfast and lunch items.

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