Congratulations are in order for chef DAVE ROOK, who has been named new executive chef at Oceano Bistro’s Chesterfield location at 16125 Chesterfield Parkway West. Most recently, he and his brother, MIKE, owned and operated Washington Avenue’s King Louie’s Empire Deli and Pizza. He's also served as executive chef at Copia and Crazy Fish, as well as being part-owner and chef of Aqua Vin. Rook is part of the well-known culinary Rook family, which includes dad LOU JR., meat cutter at Annie Gunn's, and brother LOU III, who serves as exec chef there.

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis is offering a new ‘Sunday All-Day Breakfast Spread,’ which replaces the hotel's traditional Sunday brunch. The new breakfast offering debuted last Sunday at The Restaurant. Served from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m., the ‘spread’ features a lavish display of breakfast favorites, including a hearty mix of fruits, cold offerings and hot dishes, an expanded array of bakery goodies, and made-to-order omelets, waffles, pancakes, and crepes.

Our local craft brewing scene continues to garner respect from heavy-hitters in the hops world. In a recent issue of USA Today, beer guru Joe Tucker of rated Perennial Artisan Ales as one of the 20 best brewpubs/tasting rooms for beer quality. Perennial was the only brewery in Missouri to get a nod. Congrats!

This weekend is a great time to get out and experience a new restaurant or revisit an old favorite. The fifth annual Clayton Restaurant Week runs through Sunday, Jan. 26. This year, 19 restaurants are participating, each offering a three-course dinner for a fixed $25 per guest. Patrons also have the option of adding a $5 ‘extra helping’ donation to their dining bill to benefit Operation Food Search. Last year, Clayton Restaurant Week raised more than $7,000 for the food pantry. Get details and a rundown of all of the participating eateries at

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