Crushed Red Urban Bake & Chop Shop is partnering with Emmis Communications for the ‘Crushed Red Urban Crafted Throwdown.’ Four radio personalities have picked four new menu items, with each one given a two-week window to get as many people as possible to give their menu item a try. Fifteen percent of the sales from the item goes to a designated charity. The winning menu item wins a permanent place on Crushed Red’s menu, and the corresponding organization will continue to receive 15 percent of sales from that item for a full year from both Crushed Red locations (Clayton and Kirkwood). Visit and click on the ‘community’ tab for more details.

There are several restaurant closings to report. Brazilian eatery Brazikat in Clayton has shuttered, as has Tripel, the Belgian brasserie that opened just last year in Lafayette Square. And the kitchen at longtime Richmond Heights favorite Harvest served its last meal earlier this month.

In St. Charles, The Crossing at New Town opened its doors earlier this month within the area's New Town development. The eatery features a bistro style menu, along with wine and beer pairings. The Crossing Cottage, located at the restaurant, is a retail shop with fresh-baked bread, infused olive oil, gourmet perishables, gifts and baked goods, among other delectables.

Beer aficionados soon will have a new local brew to sample. Local micro-brewery Six Row Brewing Company and Lumière Place Casino & Hotels are partnering up to brew and sell Lumière Place Bases Loaded Hefeweizen, a specially made, traditional German-style beer. The beer will only be available at Six Row and Lumière Place, beginning next month.

Winery and event center Cedar Lake Cellars recently partnered with VB Chocolate Bar to introduce some new desserts that blend wines with handcrafted chocolates. The products will be sold at both Cedar Lake Cellars in Wright City, as well as VB Chocolate Bar in Cottleville. VB Chocolate Bar owner CONOR VANBUSKIRK, who also owns Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate in Florissant, St. Charles and St. Peters, designed the wine-based treats and concocted several chocolate barks that will pair with the extensive wine list.

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