> Chef BILL OSLOOND, executive chef at 1904 Steak House at River City Casino, is putting on a special grilling class exclusively for Ladue News readers Saturday, July 23, at the restaurant. The class will cover all of the fine points of cooking on a grill, and participants will get to try their hand at grilling a steak, two sides and dessert. Osloond knows a thing or two about cooking with fire: Before landing at 1904 in January, he worked in the kitchen at Kevin Costner’s Jake’s Fine Dining in South Dakota, served as the executive sous chef at Elway’s Steak House in Denver, and was executive chef at the Boulder Chophouse and Tavern in Boulder, Colo. For details, call 1904 manager Derrick Colquitt at 388-7630 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. LN also is giving away two sets of four admissions to the class on our Facebook page, facebook.com/laduenews, so go online and ‘like’ us for your chance to win!
> We told you recently that Mexican restaurant Las Brisas opened in the space adjacent to Starr’s in Richmond Heights. Well, the eatery has already shuttered, after barely a month in business. No word as to the exact reasons for this, though Starr’s owner BUD STARR says it was chef SERGIO ZEGAR’s call to close up shop. The good news is that Nosh, which recently left the Maplewood space now occupied by Home Wine Kitchen, is set to move in to the Starr’s space and start operations by mid-month.
> MASON DENTON is the new executive chef at Jim Fiala’s The Terrace View in City Garden. Dent replaces chef JONATHAN OLSON, who had a brief run heading the kitchen this spring. Most recently, Denton was sous chef at Pomme Cafe & Winebar in Clayton.
> Congratulations to Mount Pleasant Winery in Augusta, Mo.! The Beverage Testing Institute recently awarded medals to 14 Mount Pleasant wines, including a gold medal for the Mount Pleasant Estates NV Tawny Port, which scored 90 points. Eight Mount Pleasant wines received silver medals and five wines received bronze medals. Well done!
> The City of St. Louis is initiating a master planning study of Soulard Market and Park to see what can be done to upgrade the historic spot and keep it a viable destination for shoppers. To make this study happen, the city is asking the public to take an online survey at soulardmarketsurvey.com by July 5. The recommendations collected will be compiled in a master plan, due out early next year.