• MILAN MANJENCICH just unveiled his Gourmet FoodWorks Deli at 8135 Clayton Road, the natural extension of Milan’s three-year-old corporate catering business, also called FoodWorks. Many will know Milan from the late Mike n Mins in Soulard, or from his social catering company, First Impressions. His favorite item on the lengthy breakfast and lunch menu is the Twisted BLT Deluxe, served on pretzel bread. The doors open at 7 a.m. every weekday, when cinnamon rolls and turnovers come hot out of the oven. Lunch and afternoon sweets service ends at 3 p.m. In a month or so, Milan plans to set up an omelet bar on the weekends as part of a la carte brunch.
• After shuttering the Dogtown location they operated for more than 20 years, father and son EDDIE and COBIE ARZOLA have announced plans to resurrect their popular Tex-Mex restaurant, Chuy Arzola’s. The new spot will be in Midtown, in the location formerly occupied by Joe Boccardi’s, right across the street from the SLU campus—and is planned to open in June.
• Happy B-Day to Mount Pleasant Winery, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary! Located in scenic Augusta, Mo., the winery is launching a full sandwich menu with things like chipotle chicken panini and burgers. There no longer will be a fee for band days (weekends from April 18 through Nov. 14), so check the lineup on the Mt. Pleasant Web site.
• If parody songs make you laugh as much as they do me, then set a date with a girlfriend or two to see Food Fight: A Musical Comedy for Waist Watchers at the Playhouse at Westport Plaza. With song titles like ‘If I Were a Size Two,’ this revue helps us make light of our weight consciousness. The show runs April 15 through May 24.
• CHANALA RUBENFELD intends for each child in her Cooking Classes for Kids to learn not just recipes but also the Jewish background of kosher cooking. For kids ages 5 to 11, the five, hour-long classes will be held at Chabad of Chesterfield, 1639 Clarkson Road, on Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. starting April 23. Mommies can join in or run errands. Sign-up at chabadofchesterfield.com.
• StL Food Subculture: Ever wonder what it would be like to photograph food? Well, it’s a lot harder than it looks! Top freelancer KATHERINE BISH ought to know. While she was not a foodie before her first food assignments in 2003, she has found her calling. Originally, she thought she was going to be a journalist when she went to college, but then she fell in love with the camera, and the rest is history. She says her favorite foods to photograph are extravagant, expensive entrees because they often show so much of the chef’s creativity. So what happens to the food once it is finished being styled and shot? Bish says sometimes wait staff descend upon it or she gets to share it with the chef. Not a bad perk!
• Be sure to read all of next week’s Ladue News Food Aficionado Special Section. It will have articles about cooking classes, local food producers, and more. There will be a feature on Dining Out for Life, the annual event to benefit Saint Louis Effort for AIDS. (Make your reservations now for the April 30 event at diningoutforlife.com/stlouis). And best of all, the winners of our LN Cheesecake Competition will be announced. As one of the judges, I can tell you they were all delicious! Winning recipes will be published.
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