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Spicy Bits - Ladue News: Food & Dining

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Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2014 12:00 pm

Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis will be kicking off its Unsung Heroes Dinner Series on Monday, June 23, at 6 p.m. The dinner will feature six of St. Louis’ finest sous chefs, underutilized parts of a hog and products from local farmers. Participating sous chefs include SHIMON DIAMOND of Cielo Restaurant & Bar, JUSTIN MCMILLEN of Sidney Street Café, RYAN MCDONALD of Juniper, JOSH POLETTI of The Libertine, ALEX FELDMEIER of Brasserie, and SUMMER WRIGHT of Floreat Bakery. The opening cocktail reception will feature Cielo’s Four Roses Bourbon and a variety of local brews, and the dinner will incorporate plenty of fresh products from Jones Heritage and Such and Such Farm. Cost is $65 a person. To make a reservation, call 881-5759.

It's been announced that IVY MAGRUDER will be the next executive chef at the Panorama restaurant at the Saint Louis Art Museum, starting in mid-June. Over the past decade or so, Magruder has led the kitchens of Vin de Set, Eleven Eleven Mississippi and the Blue Water Grill. Most recently, he served as corporate executive chef for the Gamlin Restaurant Group, helping open both Gamlin Whiskey House and Taha'a Twisted Tiki, while also overseeing Sub Zero Vodka Bar and the company’s events and catering.

The Green Dining Alliance (GDA), a restaurant sustainability certification program of St. Louis Earth Day, has made it official: Maplewood has been named the organization's first Green Dining District. To get the designation, a business district or community must have 25 percent of its independent eateries GDA-certified. The GDA works with restaurants to reduce their environmental impact. Get more details at greendiningalliance.org. Congrats, Maplewood!

The latest food truck to debut on the local culinary scene is Que Sazon. The name means ‘what flavor’ in Spanish—pretty apropos since the truck will be specializing in tasty South American fare. The mobile eatery should be hitting the street early next month. Keep track of its whereabouts at quesazontruck.com.

As if you needed a reason to have a cannoli…Piccione Pastry is issuing a ‘Cannoli Call,’ offering half-price cannoli every Tuesday evening. A variety of flavors is available, including Gooey Butter, Chocolate Mint Brownie Chunk and Classic Italian, at the Delmar shop from 7 to 9 p.m.

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