> It’s been announced that Chef BRIAN HARDESTY has officially stepped down as executive chef at Terrene. Taking over the kitchen is Chef MICHAEL WARHOVER, formerly the sous chef at Terrene. Hardesty will be focusing on opening his new food truck, Guerilla Street Food, which he hopes to get rolling sometime later in the spring. Good luck to both!
> DAVID BAILEY is in the process of adding another restaurant to his stable of eateries, which includes Bailey’s Chocolate Bar, Rooster and Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar. Bailey tells us he’s taken the space at 920 Olive Street downtown, formerly City Gourmet. Part of the space will be used as a central kitchen for his other restaurants, and the rest will be the new restaurant. Bailey’s not releasing any details yet about his plans for the new place. We’ll keep you apprised.
> We’ve been waiting patiently, and now it’s official: Taste in the CWE is open for business! The eatery opened its doors to the public March 11. You’ll remember that Chef ADAM ALTNETHER, former exec chef at Braisserie By Niche, bought Taste from his old boss, GERARD CRAFT last fall, and has been prepping the new space at 4584 Laclede Ave., formerly Moxy Bistro (and right next door to Brasserie), to house it. We had the privilege of a sneak peek at both the space and the menus (food and cocktails) before the grand opening, and we can tell you, the new Taste is worth the wait!
> Dressels’ Public House in the CWE has a new sous chef. MIKE MILLER, who has worked in several notable area kitchens, including Niche and Monarch, joined the Dressels’ team earlier this month. Owner BEN DRESSEL says the addition of Miller is going to help facilitate the restaurant’s transition to full-fledged gastro-pub. Look for a new, even more locally-focused, menu to debut in April. Don’t worry, we’re told the homemade pretzel braid isn’t going anywhere!
> As part of its Good Gardening-Good Food 2011 program, Slow Food St. Louis will host two films at Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood on Monday, March 28, ‘A Farm For The Future,’ and ‘Farming With Nature.’ Show time begins at 7:15 p.m. in the Crown Room. Donations are appreciated.
> It was quite a sight to behold. On Saturday, March 5, 148 fans of Local Harvest Grocery formed a human ‘bucket brigade’ and moved the store’s inventory, piece by piece, from the old location at 3148 Morganford Road to the new store at 3108 Morganford. The task was accomplished in just under an hour, and the staff then proceeded to stock the shelves and open up to the public on Sunday, March 6. The new store, which comes in at around 2,000 square feet, is about three times the size of the old one!
> In case you didn’t already have it on your calendar, Monday, March 21, is National Ravioli Day. In honor of this auspicious event, BRAVO! Cucina Italiana in West County Center, and BRIO Tuscan Grille in Frontenac Plaza are offering half price ravioli entrees on that day. Call 432-4410 (BRIO) and 821-2562 (BRAVO!) for details and reservations. LN