LN first reported months ago that Chef LOU ROOK of Annie Gunn's is releasing his first-ever cookbook, Rook Cooks; Simplicity At Its Finest. Well, it’s finally here! The tome is available at the restaurant, as well as such area stores as Left Bank Books and Kitchen Conservatory, for $35.
Congrats to The Fountain On Locust, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year. The folks there are going to commemorate the milestone on Thursday, Feb. 21, with a Birthday Burlesque Party. No details yet, but check in at fountainonlocust.com for updates.
Saturday, Feb. 2, is National Ice Cream For Breakfast Day (seriously), and Serendipity in Webster Groves is taking full advantage by opening at 8 a.m. and offering special waffle sundaes all day. Customers who arrive in their PJs get a free Serendipity mug filled with coffee, tea or hot chocolate while supplies last.
Bixby's, on the second floor of the Missouri History Museum, is once again offering its Sweethearts Lunch starting today and running Monday through Saturday until Feb. 16, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The lunch includes a three-course prix fixe menu. Reservations can be made by calling 575-5658 or online at bixbys-mohistory.com.
Just last year, The Sweet Divine opened a retail space on South Kingshighway to augment its food truck business, but things have gotten so busy the business is already preparing to move to a larger space. The gourmet cupcake purveyor, which has been featured on Food Network's Cupcake Wars, will be moving into new digs at 1801 Ninth St. in Soulard sometime later this spring.
Roaming Hunger, America’s largest food truck locator and hub for all things street food, has launched a comprehensive food truck site exclusively for St. Louis. Mobile food fans can now track their favorite food trucks in real time, book catering events and receive mobile food truck alerts by going online at roaminghunger.com/stl.
DEIDRE PUJOLS, wife of former Cardinal Albert Pujols, has launched Pujols Kitchen Cookware, designed to reflect and enhance the original cookware used in the Dominican Republic and in Latin American homes. Profits from the cookware sales will be donated to families in poverty around the globe. For info, visit pujolskitchen.com.
O'Fallon Brewery has introduced a new spring seasonal, Rager Red Irish Ale. The new brew, described as medium-bodied with hints of caramel and toasted bread, is available in six-packs and kegs through mid-April.