> Ruth’s Chris Steak House is partnering with Operation Food Search to support the hungry in St. Louis. For every $50 bottle of Mount Vedeer Cabernet Sauvignon the restaurant sells in November, it will donate $25 to Operation Food Search. The Cab is a well-balanced, full-bodied red that features dark blackberry and subtle spice notes, and the offer is good at both Ruth’s Chris locations. In addition, in an effort spearheaded by Bryan Cave, the legal community will gather Nov. 18 at both steakhouse locations to tip the scales of justice in support of Operation Food Search. The individual who makes the largest contribution to OFS will receive a premium wine basket!

> St. Louis dining patrons are top tippers, according to a recent survey released by Zagat. The Gateway City tied Philadelphia as the best tipping town in the U.S. On average, we leave a gratuity of 19.6 percent, squeaking past restaurant-goers in Denver and Charlotte (19.5 percent), Boston, Detroit, New Jersey, New Orleans and the entire state of Ohio (19.4 percent). So who are the penny-pinchers? Hawaii and Seattle (18.4 percent), followed by San Francisco (18.5 percent).

> Goodbyes and hellos: Pastry chef Mathew Rice has left Niche. So far, the talented Rice has lent a hand with the milkshake bar at Pi Squared Pizza in Kirkwood. However, as we go to press, Rice is staying mum about his plans. Farewell to Crepes in the City downtown. The crêperie shut its doors in late October. Hello again to Bevo Mill. The St. Louis landmark is reopening its doors to diners, serving Sunday brunch starting Nov. 8. The menu will feature a wide range of popular brunch fare, as well as traditional German dishes that recall the restaurant’s former life as a favorite for German eats. The restaurant was shuttered back in March and is now operated by L&M Catering. Milan Manjencich, co-owner of L&M, stated that starting in January, the newly renovated establishment will also be open on Friday evenings with events such as live blues and Motown, murder mysteries and dinner-and-a-movie nights.

> Don’t miss the Winemaker Simulcast Tasting, hosted by The Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton Nov. 12. The wonders of technology will enable two great winemakers, Margo Van Staaveren of Chateau St. Jean and Laurie Hook of Beringer Vineyards, to lead guests through a tasting of their wines and celebrate the release of the 2006 Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages and the 2005 Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. For a bargain $35, attendees can taste 16 different wines from some stellar cellars.

> Food Outreach will host its annual Music Fest Fundraiser Nov. 12 at Soulard Preservation Hall. Enjoy live music, an auction, and fare prepared by Bar Italia, Bryan Young Catering, Molly’s and Catering Plus, then head to the after party at Molly’s. Proceeds benefit low-income men, women and children living with cancer or HIV/AIDS. For tickets, call 652-FOOD or visit foodoutreach.org.

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