• Napoli 2UE opens this week in West County at the intersection of 141 and Clayton Road. Those that love the Clayton spot, Cafe Napoli, will find the new venue to be more expansive in both size and menu. According to general manager KYE PIETOSO, the bar is bigger, and his brother, co-owner ANDE PIETOSO, described the dining space as comfortable bistro. While there will be more veal and fish dishes, the Town & Country kitchen can prepare anything that’s on the Clayton menu since executive chef JON BERGER has been cooking for the Pietosos for more than a decade. Open seven days a week, and with a private dining room that seats 20, the new restaurant is bound to be popular in no time.
• A Morning of Food & Fun is how the Jewish Book Festival describes the joint appearances of two cookbook duos. THE BRASS SISTERS, who star in the PBS show The Queens of Comfort Food, will introduce their new book, Heirloom Baking. From the UK come the authors of The Jewish Princess: Feasts & Festivals with Family and Friends by TRACIE FINE and GEORGIE TARN. The two bespectacled women in their 60s and the young, fashionable British brunettes will share stories and recipes, as well as samples. Expect to be entertained by their irreverent style and probably some chutzpah thrown in for good measure! The event on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 10:30 a.m. is free to those with series tickets; single tickets are $15. To purchase tickets, call the Festival Hotline at 442-3299.
• On Oct. 25, Charlotte’s Rib, the professional barbecue team from Ballwin, is competing in the 20th annual Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational Barbecue in Lynchburg, Tenn. Among the 64 U.S. teams are: the Arkansas Habitual Smokers and Wisconsin’s 2FatBikers BBQ, and among the 16 international teams are Germany’s Black Forest and Jamaica’s Sunset Beach Griller’s. Another exciting feature of the Invitational is Butt Bowling…yep, bowling with frozen Boston butts! If just reading this makes you crave barbecue, go on out to the team’s restaurant at 15467 Clayton Road and order up some of their award-winning pork ribs.
• Attorneys, paralegals, judges, legal secretaries and other readers of Missouri Lawyers Weekly have cast their ballots…and it was no surprise that Tony’s won Best Place for a High-Powered Dinner. For more than 40 years, Tony’s has been winning awards. Recently VINCENT BOMMARITO was fêted at a black-tie affair in New York City by MICHAEL and ARIANE BATTERBERRY, founders and publishers of Food & Wine. Vince was one of 20 restaurateurs honored at the celebration of 20 years of Silver Spoon Awards. He won his sterling spoon in 2002 for transforming Tony’s from a modest spaghetti house to one of the best fine dining locations in Missouri.
• Where does a famous French chef go for lunch in St. Louis when tired from signing books? The answer for JACQUES PEPIN was Revival. Three of the best chefs in our city prepared a ‘casual’ six-courser. GERARD CRAFT brought a scallop dish from Niche, and JOSH GALLIANO brought pumpkin chowder over from Monarch. Host CARY McDOWELL displayed his prowess with pork serving MO Pig Two Ways. Everybody loved Revival pastry chef CAROLYN DOWNS’ caramel apple dessert. Go to laduenews.com to see the complete (yummy!) menu. The chefs especially enjoyed talking with the man who’d been an inspiration to them from the start of their careers.
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