Chef STEVE GONTRAM'S long-awaited burger restaurant, 5 Star Burgers, is now open for business at 8125 Maryland Ave. in Clayton. In addition to beefy burgers, the menu includes some veg-centric sandwiches like the Veggie Burger and The Portabella Stack, plus a bevy of shakes and floats. We've received some reports from the field that the Sweet Potato Fries with Salted Maple Cream are not to be missed.

The Caramel House has launched its seventh flavor, Laumeier Lavender. The confection debuted at the recent Carts and Cocktails event at Laumeier Sculpture Park, and features local lavender buds. It'll be available at various retail locations, as well as at And for a limited time, a portion of the sales of the candy will benefit Laumeier Sculpture Park.

Kudos and congrats to BRIAN HARDESTY, JOEL CRESPO and their staff at Guerrilla Street Food. The popular food truck was featured on the Food Network show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives earlier this month. Area GSF fans celebrated with a viewing party at Atomic Cowboy in the Grove, which included a whole-roasted pig. Speaking of food trucks, Seoul Taco, home of the Korean BBQ taco, now has a brick-and-mortar location at 571 Melville Ave. in the U-City Loop.

Chef ANGELA KOMIS has been tapped to manage the kitchen at the brand-new Local Harvest Cafe & Catering, which just opened this week at 12309 Old Big Bend Road in Kirkwood.

We recently got word that CLAIRE ROBBERSON has left her post as executive pastry chef at Eclipse Restaurant at the Moonrise Hotel to make a move to Austin,Texas. Her former assistant pastry chef BETH HUGHES has stepped up to take over. Good luck to both chefs!

International Tap House has announced location No. 3 will be at 16S. Euclidin the CWE, and will open early next year. The space is the former home of the Loading Zone bar.

Just a few days left to take advantage of Ces & Judy's Catering's Dazzling & Delicious Days--13 Days of Giveaways social media contest. The 13-day contest began Oct. 10. One winner a day will be announced, and the prizes range from a Kate Spade tote, Coach sunglasses and other items from the likes of Apple, Nikon and Cuisinart, among others. Fans can register at the company's Facebook page.


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