•  With a special guest in town from Mexico, COBY ARZOLA gathered some VIPs for a tequila tasting, complete with four-course luncheon, on the new patio of his Agave Mexican Table & Tequileria. After describing his family’s plantation in the highlands of Jalisco and how he hand-selects Blue Tequilana Weber plants, RODOLFO GONZÃLEZ detailed the distilling and aging process for 80 proof tequilas made by Tequila El Mayor, his distillery in Guadalajara. The clear, curvaceous bottles of Blanco, Reposado, and Añejo showed off the differences in color. Coby also announced that the new Chuy’s (to open in the old Boccardi’s space on Lindell) is on track for a soft opening on Cinco de Mayo and will be managed by the original Chuy’s restaurateur, dad EDDIE ARZOLA.

•  Brewing a Missouri Legend. That’s what it says on the silo at Crown Valley Brewing and Distilling Company in St. Genevieve. Opening its doors to the public May 2, the brewery serves fresh brews in the beer garden daily; check out the panoramic view from the 13326 State Route F location. Inside, at the copper-top tasting bar, try the American Blond Ale, traditional or raspberry wheat, Amber Lager or a hard cider while taking a close-up peek at the bottling line. Soon the Crown Valley distiller will be releasing different styles of spirits.

•  Speaking of spirits…The Stable held the grand opening of its micro-distillery last month with a raucous party to celebrate the release of its 85 Lashes Rum. Head down to 1821 Cherokee St. to try it straight or in a specialty cocktail. The Stable’s next spirit will be … grappa!

•  JOY CHRISTENSEN, owner of The Fountain on Locust, has announced that her ice cream parlor and restaurant is now open on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. To celebrate the new hours, she created a Sundays-only sundae!  The Strawberry Lemon Sunday Sundae is made with lemon sherbet, house-made strawberry sauce and hand-whipped cream for $5.  Doesn’t that sound like the perfect thing before a Sunday matinee at the Fox?

•  Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Company began selling its famous chocolate covered raspberries May 1. These special berries, about twice the size of average red raspberries, are hand-picked and shipped daily to St. Louis, courtesy of a California source in order to offer the scrumptious treats in time for Mother’s Day.

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