With tax season almost upon us, Truffles in Ladue has decided to give its customers a break with a unique promotion. The restaurant has announced it'll be ‘Tax Free Till Tax Day,’ and pay all taxes that its customers usually are responsible for from March 1 until April 15. Hey, every little bit helps!

Mission Taco Joint, the new eatery from ADAM and JASON TILFORD of Milagro Modern Mexican and Tortillaria fame, is set to open in U. City later this month in the space formerly home to Delmar Lounge. We've been told that JOEL CLARK, who most recently was working the bar at Sanctuaria Wild Tapas, has been brought on as bar manager; while ALEX LAKIN, late of Salt in the CWE, has come onboard as GM.

KATIE LEE of Katie's Pizzeria is starting up a new venture, and she's looking to her many fans to help fund the project. Lee and fiance/business partner TED COLLIER have ramped up a Kickstarter campaign to raise capital for the new restaurant, Katie's Pizza & Pasta. The new place will feature an open kitchen, wood-burning oven and repurposed furniture as well as a 'green wall' to provide fresh herbs for the kitchen and bar. The menu will boast artisan Italian fare, including handmade pasta and cured meats. For more info, visit kickstarter.com.

The annual Schlafly Cod & Cask Festival will be held this weekend at the Schlafly Tap Room. Cod and cod-centric fare and plenty of cask-conditioned ales will be available from 5 p.m. until midnight on Friday, Feb. 15, and from 11 a.m. until midnight on Saturday, Feb. 16.

Congratulations to BRANDON KERNE and ANDREY IVANOV of Elaia & Olio. The pair of wine pros have advanced to the Midwest Regional Finals of the Guild of Sommeliers' TopNew Somm competition, which will take place March 18 in Chicago.

The Moonrise Hotel in the U. City Loop will be unveiling a new 2,100-square-foot event room, called the New Moon Room, in April. The space will be located on the roof of the hotel and have a total of 107 glass solar panels as a ceiling that will annually produce 33,000 kilowatt hours of energy. And of course, there'll be a spectacular view!

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