◆Chef JOHN GRIFFITHS of Truffles is bringing together a veritable who’s-who of local culinary talent for a great cause. Just Like Mom Used To Make will be held Nov. 2 at Truffles, and feature GERARD CRAFT and ADAM ALTNETHER of Taste By Niche; JOSH GALLIANO of Monarch; WES JOHNSON of Salt; BEN POREMBA of Salume Beddu; and KEVIN WILLMANN of Farmhaus. The chefs will be creating a six-course meal of foods inspired by their childhoods, paired with wines by Truffles’ wine director ALEKSANDER JOVANOVIC. Proceeds benefit the ALS Association and Hope Happens. For more info, or to purchase tickets, call 567-9100.
◆ Chef AMY ZUPANCI, who recently closed her popular restaurant, Fond, in Edwardsville, Ill., has assumed executive chef duties at Vino Nadoz. We’re told she’ll be bringing some of her Fond favorites to the menu in the near future.
◆ Chef TIM GRANDINETTI has left his post as executive chef at Overlook Farm, where he’d been running the kitchen for the past two years, to helm a new project outof- state. Grandinetti is chef/partner at Spring House Restaurant Kitchen & Bar, located in the former Bahnson House, a residence on a stretch of Fifth Street in downtown Winston-Salem, N.C., once known as ‘Millionaire’s Row.’ He tells us he’s been cultivating the venture for the past year, and now will be focusing all of his energy there for a February opening. Taking over the kitchen at Overlook is chef MIKE POLCYN.
◆ Upscale steakhouse chain J. Gilbert’s Wood- Fired Steaks & Seafood will open its latest restaurant at West County Center in Des Peres on Nov. 1. The St. Louis restaurant will be just the fifth one in the chain, which also has restaurants in Connecticut, Virginia, Kansas and Ohio. Along with steaks and seafood, the bar will feature signature cocktails made from whiskey aged in oak on the premises, and a wide selection of scotches and wines from around the world, including limited-release bottles and offerings from smaller vineyards. The new eatery features 10,000 square feet of space and seating for about 180, as well as a private wine room that seats 16.
◆ Maplewood’s Water Street Cafe is now open for lunch Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Check out the revised menu at waterstreetstl.com.
◆ EarthDance will be holding its inaugural Farmer’s Formal on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 6 to 11 p.m. at Washington University’s new College Hall. The event is a fundraiser to support EarthDance’s educational programming. The soiree will be catered by Bon Appetit, and we’re told appropriate attire is farm festive, with overalls optional! Tickets and info can be had at farmersformal.org.