> Dang, has it really been 10 years? The Clayton Farmers Market, at Straub’s on Forsyth, opened for its 10th season last Saturday, May 22. The opening served to introduce new market master A.J. TRUJILLO to the Clayton faithful. Speaking of farmers markets, we told you a few weeks back about the new market opening in Webster Groves next month. Well, word has come down that another market is set to bow in June. The Carondelet Farmers Market will start Saturday, June 12 at 7701 S. Broadway and will be open 7 a.m. until noon on Saturdays through October. The market is part of the Carondelet Community Betterment Federation.
> Want to support a great cause and have a fab meal? Then get in on Dine Out For The Cure Thursday, June 10. Patronize your favorite participating restaurant and at least 25 percent of the proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Grants Program for breast cancer research. Great restaurants like Cardwell’s, Remy’s Kitchen & Wine Bar, Big Sky Cafe, Sugo’s Spaghetteria and Cicero’s are all involved. For a complete list, go to http://www.komenstlouis.org">www.komenstlouis.org.
> Panera Bread has introduced a great way for folks to give back. On May 16, the company re-launched its Clayton cafe at 10 S. Central Ave. as St. Louis Bread Co. Cares Community Cafe. It has no set prices, leaving diners to “share responsibility” and pay what they choose, with all profits going to local charities. Customers can even volunteer their time at the new cafe. According to Panera area director Don Hutcheson, if the idea takes off, the company hopes to have locations in other cities by the end of the year. Clayton was chosen as the pilot for the concept because it was one of the original Bread Co. spots 18 years ago. “It’s our gift back to the Clayton community,” he says. And so far things are going well. “A lot of cynical people are betting against it, but so far humanity is winning out.”
> Babbo’s Spaghetteria, the latest venture by restaurateur MICHAEL DEL PIETRO, is now open at 17402 Chesterfield Airport Road. Babbo’s menu is virtually identical to that at Del Pietro’s Sugo’s Spaghetteria in Frontenac. The big difference: only Neapolitan-style pizzas are available at Babbo’s, while Sugo’s has Neapolitan and Sicilian pies.
> STEVE MCINTYRE, co-owner of Balaban’s Wine Cellar & Tapas Bar in Chesterfield, is partnering with radio personality John Carney for ‘Word On Wine,’ a new segment on Carney’s Tuesday 8 p.m. KMOX broadcasts. Wine-related questions from listeners will be answered.
> The old Lake Forest Bakery building on Clayton Road at Bemiston is now a memory. After sitting vacant for several years, the building was demolished May 20 to make way for a nail salon—a sad day for Paradise Cake devotees.