St. Vincent Home for Children is sponsoring a benefit wine tasting on Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Sheet Metal Workers Local 36 facility at 2319 Choteau Ave.There will be a wide variety of wines available, courtesy of Show Me Vino, in conjunction with Missouri Beverage Company. Also on tap: live music from Jazz St. Louis All Stars, hors d'oeuvres from Russo's Catering and a silent auction. Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door, and can be purchased at

The Cup has announced a new cupcake creation, HOPE. The confection features sweet strawberry and vanilla cake marbled together and topped with vanilla buttercream and pink sprinkles. For every HOPE cupcake sold, 50 cents will go to Gateway To Hope in St. Louis, and Anderson Hospital in Edwardsville,Ill. Also on the topic of philanthropy, Art House Coffee is now available at Tiffany's Original Diner at 7402 Manchester Road in Maplewood, with a portion of sales donated to the Turner Center For The Arts. And St. Louis-based winemaker Nicholson Jones/Cellar Arts Winery is donating a portion of each bottle sold through the end of the year to the Humane Society of Missouri.

The ACF Culinary Team USA had a great showing at the 23rd Annual International Culinary Exhibition, aka the ‘Culinary Olympics,’ held in Erfurt,Germany, last month. The team—which finished in the top 10 with a medal count of two gold and five silver—boasted two local culinary pros, BEN GRUPE, sous chef at Old Warson Country Club, and KEVIN STORM, executive chef at Bellerive Country Club.     Whiskey In The Winter will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency At The Arch. This ‘spirited’ celebration will be highlighted by a grand tasting featuring more than 150 whiskies, including expressions of Scotch, bourbon, Irish,Tennessee, Canadian, Missouri and Japanese whiskies. There also will be seminars by industry experts, food stations, plus whiskey cocktails from a variety of local mixologists. Tickets are available at

A big congratulations to the folks at Mount Pleasant Estates in Augusta, Mo. Ten of their wines received top ratings and reviews from Wine Enthusiast magazine. The full list is available on the pub's website,, and in the buying guide portion of the November issue.

Mia Sorella, the new West County restaurant from the folks at Trattoria Marcella that recently opened at 14426 Clayton Road, is now doing lunch beginning at 11 a.m. Monday through Friday.