Chef BRADLEY HOFFMANN, who most recently ran the kitchen at Salt in the CWE, will be assuming executive chef duties at Planter's House, the new eatery from TED and JAMIE KILGORE and TED CHARAK located in Lafayette Square. The restaurant is scheduled to open later this summer.

Caterer BRYAN YOUNG is back with a new venture, Bryan Events, specializing in full-service catering and event-planning. Check out his website,, for more details.

Last year, Mount Pleasant in Augusta, Mo., had an early harvest; and this year, wine lovers are reaping the rewards from it. The winery has developed a new red wine for its Estates line, an un-oaked chambourcin described as being light and dry with cherry notes. The wine will be available to purchase in local grocery stores, online at and at Mount Pleasant Estates winery.

Congratulations to KYLE MATHIS of Taste, who won the Bombay Sapphire/GQ Most Imaginative Bartender competition, held July 29, at Lumen Private Event Space downtown. Mathis' libation creation, Pattu Punch, took top honors among the 10 finalists. He'll go on to compete in Las Vegas for the national title. Well done!

Kudos to our neighbors in Kansas City. Their Boulevard Brewery was recently named one of the country's top 50 craft breweries by The Daily Meal.

On July 19, the Missouri Healthcare Association held its first annual Taste of Missouri Cook-Off fundraiser to support the Beauty is Ageless pageant and the Golden Age Games Senior Olympics. Chefs from 12 area senior communities were invited to bring their best for a head-to-head appetizer cook-off, and Delmar Gardens' culinarians won big. Delmar Gardens South/Garden Villas South executive chef SUSAN ROACH took first place her Asian chicken spring rolls with mango and pineapple salsa. Second place went to DREW KIEL, executive chef at Delmar Gardens Chesterfield/Chesterfield Villas, for his roasted duck and ricotta cheese ravioli with wild mushroom sauce.

Underground dining concern Demitasse will be holding its next pop-up event, Dinner In The Vineyard, Sept. 7 and 8, at Augusta Hills Vineyard. The dinner will feature a seven-course tasting menu paired with Missouri wines. Guests also will get the opportunity to meet vineyard owner Dr. BILL SADLER. Cost is $125 per person, and reservations can be made via e-mail at

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