> Central Cafe & Bakery opened quietly last month at 331 N. Euclid in the CWE. Specializing in food with a Lebanese focus, the menu includes Middle Eastern delights like shawarma beef and chicken, along with appetizers, salads, sandwiches and fresh-baked breads. We’ve been told there will be some new menu items soon, as well as some other attractions, like live music and an outdoor fire pit. The new eatery seats about 40.
> St. Louis’ own Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Company is going Hollywood, at least for a little while. It’s been announced that the company is going to be the official provider of coffee for the 2011 Golden Globes Celebrity Suites, which is put on by GBK Productions. On Jan. 14 and 15, reps from Kaldi’s will be pouring their hand-brewed wares and handing out samples to celebrities prior to the big show on Jan. 16. Word is there’s going to be a special Golden Globes blend to commemorate the event. According to Kaldi’s FRANK MCGINTY, it could be available locally down the line, depending on how it goes over with the red carpet folks.
> Round 2 of JIM FIALA’S St. Louis Chef Wars, held Wednesday, Dec. 1, at The Crossing, saw Chef Nick Cox of The Terrace View edge out Chef Adam Gnau of Acero. Cox will take on Chef Ian Vest of The Crossing, who won round one, on Jan. 12 at Acero in Maplewood. The winner of that battle faces Fiala himself in February. Call Acero at 644-1790 for reservations. But Chef Wars isn’t all that’s happening in the world of Fiala Foods. The Terrace View is now serving an Italian food and wine bill of fare, featuring offerings similar to sister restaurant Acero. To celebrate the new direction, The Terrace View is hosting a ‘movie night’ Friday, Jan. 7, featuring food and wine inspired by that foodie cinema fave Big Night.
> AOL has announced the winner’s of its 2010 City’s Best competition in St. Louis. From Oct. 13 through Nov. 30, St. Louis citizens voted for their favorite local businesses in 21 categories. On the culinary side of the house, Tony’s won for Best Romantic Restaurant, Pirrone’s Pizzeria took Best Pizza and Charlie Gitto’s walked away with Best Italian Food. For you mixology fans, Absolutli Goosed took home the Best Cocktail crown. For a full list of winners, go to http://citysbest.com">citysbest.com.
> Congrats to downtown bar and noshery Lola, at 500 N. 14th St., which is celebrating its first anniversary this month!
> Need an ultra-last-minute gift idea? Well, Dierberg’s has released the follow-up to its Healthy cookbook. Dubbed Healthy Two, the tome features healthy (obviously), easy recipes, and is available at Dierberg’s locations or online, http://dierbergs.com">dierbergs.com.