> The leaves are turning, and so, too, are some local menus. BRIO Tuscan Grille is changing things up with a new fall menu featuring items such as the Citrus Garden Salad and Tuscan Harvest Salad, both of which spotlight fall flavors like apples and dried cranberries. BRIO also unveiled a new patio addition last month with 50 additional seats (and built-in heaters!) so you can enjoy the new menu outside…Nosh in Maplewood also has launched a revised seasonal fall bill of fare. The new menu includes a goat cheese and beet salad and the Orchard Melt sandwich, with sliced organic apple, havarti and celery pesto on pumpkin seed cranberry bread. In addition, the restaurant also is bowing a new dinner menu available after 4 p.m. with larger entrees, including gluten-free meatloaf.
> At The Ritz-Carlton, AZHAR MOHAMMAD has been tapped as the new executive chef. He’ll oversee the hotel’s two eateries: The Restaurant and The Grille, as well as banquet facilities and in-room dining. Most recently, Mohammad served as executive sous chef at the chain’s New Orleans property.
> Sunset 44 in Kirkwood has brought on TONY NGUYEN as executive chef. Nguyen, a native St. Louisan and CIA grad, is an alum of several area kitchens, including The Ritz-Carlton and Lumiere Place. He’s already started to make his presence known on the menu with delectables like braised lamb shanks and Berkshire braised pork buns, which take advantage of his Vietnamese heritage and classic French culinary training.
> Congrats to CWE favorite Terrene, which celebrated five years in business earlier this month!
> We told you awhile back that Nadoz Euro Bakery & Cafe at The Boulevard-St. Louis, across from the Galleria, was looking to expand into the former Cold Stone Creamery space next door. Well, it’s now confirmed. The new venture, Vino Nadoz, opens in December. The wine bar will have seating for 48 in a space with bamboo and recycled butcher block, courtesy of Space Architects. Look for a rotating wine selection and an assortment of small plates on the menu.
> Not only will Pi debut a location in Washington, D.C., next spring, but it has been announced that another mobile unit will be on the road there, too. Look for Pi Truck D.C. to hit the streets of the nation’s capital in early 2011.
> Head out to the third annual Pesto Festo, Saturday, Nov. 6, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Savoy, 119 S. Florissant Road in Ferguson. The event is a fundraiser for EarthDance FARMS, and promises plenty of good food and live entertainment. More info at pestofesto.org.