This summer, the Clayton Farmer’s Market has been hosting a series of cooking demos, where area chefs browse the market, pick out ingredients and come up with a dish to prepare. This Saturday, Aug. 18, chef CASSY VIRES of Home Wine Kitchen in Maplewood will be the featured culinarian. Stop by the market and see what Chef Cassy comes up with!

On Monday, Aug. 27, there will be a seven-course dinner held to benefit the Cameron Vennard Memorial Fund at Persimmon Woods Golf Club, 6401 Weldon Spring Road, in memory of the Kirkwood boy who was struck and killed by a train in May. Participating chefs include David Timney, Chuck Friedhoff, Lou Rook III, Jim Fiala, Michael Holmes, Josh Galliano, Christopher Desens, John Kennealy and Bill Cardwell. Tickets are $215. For reservations or more information, call Donna Eisenberg at 636-300-5713.

The swanky, new 75,000 square-foot Dierbergs location in Des Peres is now open. Located just east of I-270 on Manchester Road, the store features three levels, a parking garage and even an escalator dedicated to transporting customers’ grocery carts from the main level to the garage. Check out dierbergs. com for all the details on the new store.

Look for a new location of Randall’s Wine & Spirits to open later this month at 14201 Manchester Road, near the intersection of Highway 141. The store will have 11,000 square feet of space and feature tastings and other in-store events.

We’ve received word that ELIZABETH SCHUSTER is no longer executive chef at The Scottish Arms. No word yet on who’s stepping in to helm the kitchen. More as we learn it.

Other area management change-ups to report: SASA JARAMAZ has been named the new director of food and beverage at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis. Most recently, he was the assistant director of food and beverage at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. And GEOFF DILL has assumed the mantle of GM at the Clayton location of Ruth’s Chris Steak House.

Looks like Selam Ethiopian Restaurant, located at 549 Rosedale Ave. in the University City Loop area, has shuttered.

The 14th Annual Hop In The City beer fest will take place on Saturday, Sept. 15, at The Schlafly Tap Room downtown. Tickets are available only at the Tap Room, Schlafly Bottleworks and online at Each year, the event features a custom brew, and for 2012, the festival beer is Pumpkin Stout, a full-bodied black ale brewed with pumpkin and infused with pumpkin pie spices.There also will be plenty of live music and more than 40 other beers to sample.


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