•  The story of two friends and one acre of corn, the film King Corn tells how America’s food supply is driven by the heavily subsidized crop. Not shown in movie theaters, this indie documentary is being screened at 11 a.m. at the Missouri History Museum on Sunday, Dec. 7. Learning about genetically modified foods and powerful herbicides via the quasi-comedy will be a great lead into the Green Living Expo, also at the museum from noon to 5 p.m.  More than 20 vendors of locally produced, organic and/or environmentally conscious products or services will participate. Half a dozen will have edible samples, including Isabee’s Honey and Mound City Nuts.

•  JOHN RACANELLI’s favorite pizza on the menu of his just-opened restaurant, Racanelli’s Cucina, is called Eat Your Spinach. One of the wine flights of all-Coppola reds is called An Offer You Can’t Refuse. This fun, new pizzeria and bar fills the fully renovated Market in the Loop, seating 80 in the dining room, 40 at the bar and another 60 on the patio. Cucina chef KEVIN STHAIR is preparing everything from scratch: the sauce, the meatballs, the tapenade, etc. The menu lists 15 specialty pizzas, all 12 inches wide and baked on a stone deck, none with provel. John’s favorite has bacon and olive oil to go with the spinach and three cheeses on top: Romano, Parmesan and mozzarella. It’s open seven days a week for real New York-style pizza and family- style Italian food. You can tell John and his family grew up in da Bronx.

•  Restaurateur MUNSOK SO is aiming for the third week in December to unveil his new fusion tapas/vodka bar. With three Drunken Fish sushi restaurant/lounges spread across St. Louis, Munsok has chosen Westport Plaza for his newest venture: IceKitchen. The 5,500-square-foot space has a cool interior and a two-tiered patio. Signature martini flights and fine cocktails will stay cool on the unique ice bar. The small-plates menu, designed for sharing, blends American, Asian, Mediterranean and Latin flavors. IceKitchen will be open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, with live music on the weekends.

•  Bissinger’s, A Chocolate Experience in the Central West End has launched Christmas in a Flute…a champagne flute. Three cocktails and two desserts featuring PAMA pomegranate liqueur have been added to the menu. The New Year will bring even more chocolate cheer to the CWE when construction crews expand the chocolateria next door, and neighbor AG Jeans moves a few doors east into bigger digs.

•  Everyone knows that the Jewel Box in Forest Park has the best poinsettia show in St. Louis during the holiday season. What you don’t know is that a wonderful buffet brunch will be set up there from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Sunday in December. The extensive menu includes Belgian waffles, made-to-order omelets, carved prime rib, etc…yum, yum!  Call 367-1337, ext. 226, to make a reservation. The buffet costs $25 per adult. $15 per child age 6 to 12. It sounds perfect for an outing with grandkids.

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