> The Bakery in Clayton, right inside The Ritz-Carlton, is open for business. The full-service bakery features items prepared by the pastry staff at The Ritz, headed by executive pastry chef SIMONE FAURE, which are available for walk-in purchase. Open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week, it might just fill the void left by the beloved Lake Forest Bakery. They’ll even validate garage and valet parking!
> Congratulations to Salume Beddu! The local artisan salumi company is a finalist in the Charcuterie category of the first Good Food Awards, which recognizes outstanding American food producers and farmers. They made it to the final round on the strength of their coppa rossa, a cured pork shoulder. Other award categories include beer, cheese, coffee, chocolate, pickles and preserves. The winners will be honored in a ceremony in San Fransisco Jan. 14, hosted by food maven Alice Waters. The entire event was organized by hometowner Sarah Weiner (CHS ‘98).
> A warm welcome goes out to Fabrizio Schenardi, the new executive chef at the Four Seasons’ classy rooftop restaurant, CIELO. The Turin native has been fine-tuning a new menu, which has saved some of the old (the scrumptious daily risotto) and added plenty of new. A media tasting included lobster risotto, stuffed pork loin, lamb lollipops and dipping Caesar salad. Prices are new too, in an effort to edge the elegant restaurant from special occasion dining to “neighborhood spot.” Either way, the food is noteworthy!
> VegaDeli, the Chesterfield vegan restaurant, is opening a new location on the city’s Belt Avenue. Co-owner LEAH MENSEY (along with husband AJ) says they hope to open in March. The new eatery will offer catering, cooking classes and private dining.
> They’ll have another new neighbor when they open. Tavern of Fine Arts is coming soon to 313 Belt Ave. Co-owner MATHEW DANIELS says the tavern will feature wine, microbrews and classic cocktails, along with a menu of cheeses, sandwiches, cured meats and what he describes as “classic rustic fare.” The space will also serve as a venue for local classical musicians and a gallery rotating the work of local artists quarterly. If all goes well, look for a February or March opening. With Atlas Restaurant already just around the corner, the area is turning into a great foodie destination!
> St. Louis Wine Market & Tasting Room opened Nov. 22 at 164 Chesterfield Commons East. The venture, by owners JEFF BENDER, TOM BUSH and RICH STERKEL, aims to put the fun back in wine, Sterkel says. The 4,000-square-feet of space has a retail focus, but there’s also seating for about 35 in the small but comfortable tasting area, which features a custom oak table and a quartz-topped bar. In addition to wine, the store will offer high-end beer and spirits selections. There’s no kitchen, but patrons are welcome to bring in their own edibles. Perfect for an indoor picnic this winter!
> Cheese-ology, the macaroni and cheese specialty restaurant at 6602 Delmar Blvd. in the U. City Loop, is now offering a gluten-free version of all its menu items. Owner BILL COURTNEY says he wanted to offer something for everyone.