• The Stables, a microbre wery, distillery and pizzeria set to open in mid-May, will be housed in the stables of the old Lemp brewery at 1821 Cherokee St. Partners JESSE JONES and PAUL POINTER have outfitted the 150-seat interior with an 18-foot long tavern bar, gigantic crystal chandelier and a 10-foot tall fireplace reclaimed from the Joplin Mo., train station. In the kitchen will be chef AARON WHALEN making Neapolitan pizzas. (If you loved the pizzettas he made at Bastante, order the grilled specialty pizzas.) Jones will be brewing only lagers: “My goal is to produce award-winning beers, but there will be a tap handle for other local suds makers.” Corn liquor, aka white-collar moonshine, as well as vodka, rum and gin will be made in the distillery.
• Food Outreach’s 20th annual fund-raiser, A Tasteful Affair, will again be held in the Khorassan Ballroom at The Chase Park Plaza Sunday, April 20. More than 35 restaurants and caterers are participating in the food extravaganza, including Moxy, Vin de Set, Koko, Lo Russo’s, ~scape, Bryan Young and Patty Long. [Non-foodies should go for the extensive silent auction!] Since T.A.20 is an afternoon affair from 2 to 5 p.m., it has begat an official after-party called Leftovers. Held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Bar Italia, the fund-raising for Food Outreach, which provides meals for low-income men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS or cancer, continues with an ’80s-themed party. Go to www.foodoutreach.org for advance tickets; $50 for T.A.20 and $30 for Leftovers.
• Did you see the line out the door of the new Panchero’s Mexican Grill on March 27? More than 200 people showed up for Dollar Burrito Night. In less than two and a half hours, 485-plus burritos were served! Every tortilla was made fresh, too. NATE VAN LAERE and KEN MOHRE are the co-owners of the local extension of the Iowa-based company, located in the new Sappington Square shopping center.
• World traveler Robin Lynch, of Salt of the Earth fame, attended a three-day cooking class in Mexico with legendary cookbook author Diana Kennedy. Kennedy, called ‘The Julia Child of Mexican Cooking,’ has authored a dozen books on the topic. On April 18 and 19, Lynch is hosting St. Louis book signings for the reissue of Kennedy’s The Art of Mexican Cooking at Salt of the Earth. All cocina aficionados are welcome from 1 to 4 p.m. on April 18 at 1123 Locust St. and on April 19 at 8150 Big Bend Blvd. All refreshments will be prepared according to recipes from the cookbook!
• St. Louis is not the only city with a new Lumière. Über chef Daniel Boulud is set to take over the kitchen of Vancouver’s high-end French restaurant Lumière in August, but the name will stay the same. Disagreements with investors led to the November departure of Lumière’s founding chef Rob Feenie. Boulud will change Feenie’s, Rob’s other eatery, into a db bistro. With the addition of these two venues, Boulud will have 10 dining rooms spread across four cities. You can read all the menus at www.danielnyc.com and then call your travel agent!
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