◆ Just in time to honor the 78th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse has introduced a new cocktail program that pays homage to classic concoctions. Look for libations like The Moscow Mule, The Hemingway (thought to be the original version of the daiquiri), and The Manhattan East Side (a combination of the Manhattan and Whiskey Sour), as well as other creations—all with an emphasis on fresh juices and ingredients.
◆The Dewey’s Pizza location at 122 E. Lockwood Ave. in Webster Groves will be hosting a Jan. 23 fundraiser for The Mighty Oakes Heart Foundation, an organization that helps provide financial support to families affected by congenital heart defects. Local chefs GERARD CRAFT of Niche; KEVIN NASHAN of Sidney Street Cafe; CAREY MCDOWELL of Winslow’s Home; MIKE EMERSON of Pappy’s Smokehouse and TIM BRENNAN of Cravings will be contributing custom pizzas, and Siduri Wines and Novy Family vineyards will be supplying the vino. For more info, call 961-1000. All of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the foundation, and Dewey’s also will donate a portion of wine sales that night to the cause.
◆ Saint Louis Bread Company has officially put the winning sandwich from its fall Sandwich Showdown on the menu. The BLTT (Bacon, Lettuce Tomato with a Twist) will be available through the end of January, and a portion of each sale will go to St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
◆House of Savoy, the Italian restaurant located inside the Lumiere Place Casino and Hotel downtown, has closed its doors. According to the Lumiere folks, nothing has been tapped to occupy the space as of yet.
◆ It’s shaping up to be a happy new year for local beer fans. Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery officially will begin selling its Black Butte Porter and Mirror Pond Pale Ale in Missouri next week. Both brews will be available in 22-ounce bottles and on draft. Deschutes also will be bringing in a limited amount of The Stoic, Black Butte XXIII and The Abyss, as well as 22-ounce bottles of Hop Henge Experimental IPA. Six-packs of Mirror Pond, Black Butte Porter, Inversion IPA and Red Chair NWPA will be available later down the road.
◆ Want to learn all about the secret lives of bees? The Eastern Missouri Beekeepers Association will hold its annual beekeeping workshop on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 8:30 a.m until 4:30 p.m. at Maritz in Fenton. Go to easternmobeekeepers.com for more info.