> ALEKSANDAR JOVANOVIC, former GM at SLeeK Steakhouse at Lumiere Place, has been tapped as the GM and sommelier at Truffles. He replaces John Cain, who moved over to Annie Gunn’s earlier this year. Truffles executive chef JOHN GRIFFITHS has also told us that the first round of improvements to the dining room, including a custom service table, should be completed in the next month or so.
> Adobe Reds Southwestern Bar & Grill is set to open May 16, at 3108 Olive St. in Midtown Alley. The new eatery has a menu of south-of-the-border flavors, and owner TOM QUINLAN tells us there will be plenty of off-menu specials, as well. The location is the former home of The U, which closed earlier this year.
> Plaza Frontenac is welcoming two new dining establishments into the fold later this year. National chain eatery BrickTop’s will debut a new location on the Clayton Road side of the mall by year’s end, and our own St. Louis Bread Co. will be opening a new location, about 4,000 square feet, in the same basic area sometime late this summer.
> The annual Taste of Maplewood festival is slated for Saturday, May 21, from noon until 9 p.m, all along Sutton Blvd., just south of Manchester Road in downtown Maplewood. Food from Schlafly Bottleworks, Monarch, The Post Sports Bar & Grill, Boogaloo and The Wood, among others, will be available, as well as live music and plenty of other entertainment and retail deals. For a full event breakdown, go to maplewood-chamber.com.
> The annual Brew and Q World Pork Steak Championships at Schlafly Bottleworks is scheduled for Friday, May 27, and Saturday, May 28. Celebrate the Memorial Day weekend with plenty of beer, BBQ and live music. The highlight of the event is the amateur BBQ competition on Saturday, with $500 and bragging rights as World Pork Steak Champion going to the winner. Event info available at schlafly.com.
> The farmer’s market season has kicked off, and visitors to the venerable Clayton Farmer’s Market will notice a few changes this year: The market is now located on the Brown Shoe parking lot, which offers more shade. And there’s also a new seating area, dubbed Dine-At-The-Market Cafe, where folks can eat and listen to live music. We’ve also been told that there will be some new attractions at the market to be announced soon, in addition to all of the usual fine produce and meats. We’ll keep you appraised. The market is open Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. through November 5.