> Tower Grove East now boasts yet another fine restaurant. Mojo Tapas Restaurant & Bar, at 3117 S. Grand, had its soft opening in mid-April and its ‘official’ grand opening two weeks ago. The eatery is under the direction of chef/owner ERIC ERHARD, who you might remember from his stints at Harvest and Boogaloo, among many other local favorites. He says the house was full for the grand opening and “people were gushing” about the new space. We’ve had reports back from our Spicy Bits field agents (they’re everywhere!) that the sauces and kabobs are not to be missed. Much luck to Mojo!
> Look for an early July opening for Bistro 1130 at Town & Country Commons. Owner MIKKI JONES-MARANNE says the restaurant will feature French Mediterranean fare, with seating for 55 inside and room for another 16 to 20 outside. MARC FELIX, formerly of Red Moon, has been tapped as chef.
> Balaban’s Wine Cellar & Tapas Bar in West County and Bissinger’s Chocolate are teaming up to present a Chocolate & Wine class May 24 at the 1772 Clarkson Road location. Come by and learn the ins and outs of the grape and the cocoa bean.
> St. Louis-based Precision Foods has launched a new line of all-natural gourmet salsa and guacamole mixes called Mrs. Wages, available at Schnuck’s, Dierbergs, Shop ‘N Save and Straub’s. Just add a couple of tomatoes or an avocado or two and you’re set.
> Looking for something to do this afternoon? ARI WEINZWEIG, co-founder of the famed Zingerman’s Deli in Ann Arbor, Mich., will be signing his new tome Zingerman’s Guide to Better Bacon at the Straub’s Market in Clayton from noon until 2 p.m. In honor of the event, Straub’s bakery will debut its new cheese-bacon scone, made from a recipe in the book. Weinzweig is only there for the day, but the scone will be offered for the next couple of weeks, maybe longer if customers speak up!
> Maplewood’s Artisan Caffe, formerly Cooper Ella Cafe, has closed. No word yet on the future plans of owners JACKIE and STEVE SANDERS, but we wish them luck.
> Kudos to City Greens Produce! The local produce market, a community outreach program of Midtown Catholic Charities, recently won a $30,000 award. The prize money will go toward outfitting a ‘mobile-market’ truck designed to distribute fresh produce to area communities where folks don’t always have access to it.