> Salt, the highly anticipated new restaurant from chef WES JOHNSON, former chef de cuisine at Eclipse Restaurant in the Moonrise Hotel, officially opened its doors April 7 at 4356 Lindell Blvd. in the CWE. The menu features small plates, cheeses, charcuterie and other examples of farm-to-table goodness, plus great wine and cocktail selections.
> We’ve learned that chef IAN VEST has left Jim Fiala’s The Crossing in Clayton, and chef MATT ABESHOUSE has assumed control of the kitchen there.
> St. Louis Wing Company, the new offering from chef BOBBY TESSLER of the late Mia Rosa in The Grove, has finally opened at 9816 Manchester Road in Rock Hill.
> Looks like the Mad Tomato opening we told you about a couple of weeks ago has been changed. The new Italian restaurant from chef VITO RACANELLI JR. was to debut April 15. The new opening date is now April 28. Ribbon cutting ceremonies for the eatery, located at 8000 Carondelet Ave. in Clayton, kick off at 5:30 p.m., followed by an open house featuring samples of the farm-to-table menu, Italian wines and pastries courtesy of pastry chef Sally Sciaroni. Tickets are $30, with half of the proceeds going to Operation Food Search. For reservations, call 932-5733.
> L’Ecole Culinaire is hosting the second annual Taste of L’Ecole on Friday, April 29, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the school’s campus, 9811 South Forty Drive. Sample L’Ecole chefs’ signature dishes, enjoy live music and a silent auction. All proceeds support the Vatterott College scholarship foundation for local students.
> Ruth’s Chris Steak House recently kicked off a new program called Give Back Mondays. Purchase the Give Back menu item of the month and 10 percent will be donated to The Backstoppers Inc.
> Operation Food Search’s 30th Anniversary gala, “Where Hunger Meets Hope: Celebrating 30 Years,” will be held Saturday, May 14, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Edward Jones Corporate Headquarters, located at 12555 Manchester Road. Enjoy cocktails, creative food stations, an art auction and entertainment by Circus Harmony performers and Grammy-nominated recording artist Jeremy Davenport. For info, call 726-5355 or visit http://operationfoodsearch.org">operationfoodsearch.org.
> The 12th Annual Sunset at The Sheldon Wine Tasting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 25, from 6:30 p.m. until sunset on the Sheldon’s observation deck. Sample wines, enjoy a selection of appetizers and listen to live music, all while enjoying the spectacular view of the city at dusk. For reservations, call 533-9900.