The Missouri History Museum is now offering a fun way for history buffs and barflies alike to gain an appreciation and a new perspective on the city’s fine public houses. The new initiative is called History On Tap: Pub Tours of St. Louis' Historic Neighborhoods. The first excursion led participants through Soulard. The next tour will focus on Dogtown and is scheduled for Wednesday, July 24. More info can be found at

Mystery Meet is now happening in St. Louis. The initiative started in Boston a few years back and has slowly spread nationwide. The idea is for like-minded foodies to meet up and try a new restaurant—but the exact location is announced only 24 hours in advance, underground-dinner style. Get the details at

Chef JOHN JOHNSON, regional executive chef for Pinnacle Entertainment Company and LN contributor, is one of only six chefs selected from 120 nationwide to receive the 2013 United Fresh Produce Excellence in Foodservice Award. He and others will be honored at the United Fresh Show in San Diego next month. Nominees were evaluated by a panel of industry leaders for their use of fresh produce in menu development, as well as use of protocols for correct storage and handling of produce. Congratulations, Chef!

Alumni Saint Louis, the new restaurant featuring the cuisine of chef ERIC BRENNER has officially opened at 200 North 13th St. downtown. The menu features Brenner's take on a bevy of St. Louis favorites, including gooey butter cake, t-ravs and the slinger.

Vin de Set has brought back its popular Fresh Fish Market. Every Thursday evening through the fall, diners can choose from five whole fresh fish, flown in fresh via Bob's Seafood, which will be grilled to order. The fish selections will be posted by 11 a.m. each Thursday on the restaurant's Facebook page.

Beginning on Mother's Day, May 12, Balaban's Wine Cellar & Tapas Bar will be open every Sunday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for brunch. The spread will feature a hot buffet, food stations and specialty drinks. Cost is $24 for adults, $10 for kids 12 and younger.

Cinco De Mayo is right around the corner, and Diablitos Cantina in Midtown is celebrating the entire weekend. From Friday, May 3, through Sunday, May 5, the restaurant will be running food and drink specials, along with games, giveaways and music.

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