> Yet another eatery is coming to the CWE—on Euclid next door to Golden Grocer. It’ll be a Mediterranean-style cafe and bakery, with a name that’s still TBD…Red L Pizza opened this month in the old Mario’s Euro Café/Laduzzi space in Ladue. It’s a carryout-only pizzeria for lunch and dinner…Last week, DAVE MARTING opened the doors to his barbecue joint, Olive Street Smoke House, located at Castillon Arcade Plaza in the spot formerly occupied by Jamaica Irie Cuisine…OLIVER ‘BUD’ STARR has changed the name of the restaurant next to his wine and food shop on Big Bend. It’s no longer Bar Oliver; but Bistro at Starrs—a better reflection of its gourmet fare.
> Farm fodder: Yia Yia’s chef ROB UYEMURA trekked to Weldon Spring last week to visit the farm owned by RON and JOLENE BENNE of Benne’s Best Meat in St. Charles. Uyemura plans to use an acre of the farm to grow vegetables for his Chesterfield bistro…Kris and Stacey Larson of Riverbend Roots Farm in Alton now provide delivery service for members of their Community Supported Agriculture. For information, visit riverbendroots.com…A new farmers’ market may be coming to the Old Post Office Plaza downtown. PATRICK HORINE, co-owner of Local Harvest Grocery, Local Harvest Café and founder of the Tower Grove Farmers’ Market, has been tapped by Downtown St. Louis Partnership to organize and operate the warm-season market.
> Fire, Beer and Beads: International Chili Society is hosting its first ever Fire & Ice Chili Cook-off. A portion of the proceeds from the Jan. 30 event, which will be held at the Heart of St. Charles Banquet Center, will benefit St. Louis Food Bank. Find out more at stlchili.com…Put out the chili flames and celebrate St. Louis’ beer heritage at the St. Louis Centennial Beer Festival Jan. 29 to 31 at Moulin on Chouteau. Among the happenings is a Sunday brunch at Vin de Set followed by a ride on the pub bus to tour three local breweries and taste their suds. Visit moulinevents.com for details…St. John’s Mercy Foundation’s sixth annual Mardi Gras Masquerade fundraiser will take place Feb. 13 at the Chase Park Plaza. Proceeds provide patients with access to health services that they need but cannot afford. Last year, St. John’s Mercy Medical Center provided more than $25 million in charity care and benefits. Visit stjohnsmercy.org/foundation for more information…The Boathouse in Forest Park is readying for its sixth annual Beer on the Bayou. The Feb. 15 fete features hors d’oeuvres and beer samples followed by a three-course Cajun dinner with beer pairing, plus live entertainment by Zydeco Crawdaddys. Visit boathouseforestpark.com for details.
> Serendipity in Webster Groves is celebrating National ‘Ice Cream for Breakfast’ Day, Feb. 6. Owner Beckie Jacobs is offering specials on waffle sundaes all day, and those who come in pj’s get a free mug (with coffee, tea or hot chocolate).
> Local author ROSALIE FIORINO HARPOLE recently published her second cookbook, Rosalie Serving Country, with full-color photographs by St. Louisan Guillermo Gomez. Harpole will be at a book-signing Feb. 20 at the Barnes & Noble on Clarkson Road in Chesterfield.