> Congratulations to KEVIN WILLMANN, chef/owner of Farmhaus, for being selected as one of Food & Wine magazine’s 10 Best New Chefs for 2011!
> Bocci Bar debuted at 16 N. Central Ave. in Clayton on April 4. The new eatery, the latest from Barcelona Tapas owner FRANK SCHMITZ, is open for lunch and dinner and features modern Italian cuisine.
> Salume Beddu has expanded its hours and its services. As of Tuesday, April 5, the salumeria, located at 3467 S. Hampton Ave., is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. They’re also serving lunch, with a menu that includes a salsiccia sandwich dubbed ‘The Beast,’ among other pig-centric treats.
> Congrats to JOE MARROCCO of Kaldi’s, who won the South Central Regional Barista Competition, held April 1-3 at the Chase Park Plaza. He’ll go on to the national competition later this month in Houston, Texas.
> We told you a while ago that Vino Nadoz, the new wine bar concept from Steven Becker Fine Dining, would open in February at The Boulevard-Saint Louis. Well, it took a little longer than expected, but the 1,400-square-foot, 48-seat bistro is now open for business. The new restaurant features a wine list of more than 30 rotating selections, and a menu of small plates.
> Looks like Ichigo Modern Japanese Restaurant at 7443 Forsyth Blvd. in Clayton has closed. The eatery opened just last summer, in the space formerly home to Sekisui Pacific Rim. No word on the reason for the closure.
> St. Louis Microfest will be held May 6 to 8 at the Upper Muny Lot in Forest Park. Sample craft beers from the best breweries around, and help support Lift For Life Gym. For tickets and info, call 588-0007 or visit http://stlmicrofest.org">stlmicrofest.org.
> On Thursday, April 28, be part of the 18th annual Dining Out For Life to benefit Saint Louis Effort For AIDS. Dine at a participating restaurant and at least 25 percent of your bill will go to support local services for those affected by HIV and AIDS. For a list of restaurants, visit http://diningoutforlife.com/stlouis">diningoutforlife.com/stlouis.
> Bowood Farms, 4605 Olive Street in the CWE, is celebrating its fifth anniversary tomorrow, Saturday, April 16, with a day-long celebration from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. There’ll be birthday cake and other special events.