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Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2014 12:00 pm

St. Louis-area chefs and restaurateurs are once again banding together to support the next wave of restoration and maintenance of Forest Park through Restaurants for Restoration. Starting Tuesday, April 1, select area restaurants will offer their patrons the opportunity to support Forest Park by purchasing designated wine selections on their wine lists. A portion of these sales will be donated to Forest Park Forever. The Restaurants for Restoration initiative was first launched in 2001 as a joint effort by Major Brands Premium Beverage Distributors and its supplier partners to build community awareness and raise funds for the major renovations the park has undergone in the past decade. A full list of participating restaurants can be found on Major Brands’ Facebook page, facebook.com/MajorBrandsMO.

It's been announced that the annual Budweiser Taste of St. Louis, now in its 10th year, will be held in Chesterfield this year at the city’s amphitheater and Central Park, from Sept. 19 through 21. Previously, the popular food fest has been held in downtown St. Louis near Soldier's Memorial. For more info, check out tastestl.com.

Local beer fans rejoice! Urban Chestnut Brewing Company's new brewing facility and tasting room is now open for business at 4465 Manchester Ave. in The Grove neighborhood.

March is Employee Appreciation Month, and to help celebrate, Piccione Pastry is offering a free 1-pound cookie box with every $25 delivery order on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Delivery of the shop’s signature sweet treats is available from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. For more information or to order, call 932-1355 or visit piccionepastry.com.

True Refrigeration has selected Chef BRYAN CARR of Pomme Restaurant in Clayton to prepare a special feast at the renowned James Beard House in New York City next this Wednesday, March 19. True’s corporate chef, VINCENT BRUNETTO, will accompany Carr as co-chef. The evening affair will help promote the company’s True Professional Series, an extensive line of award-winning residential under-counter refrigerators, refrigerator drawers, beverage dispensers and wine cabinets. The dinner will be held the night before the opening of the Architectural Digest Home Design Show 2014. Carr plans to offer a menu built around Midwestern cuisine, including Iowa pork, Indiana chicken, Great Lakes walleye, and Missouri bacon cured and smoked in-house by Pomme’s chef de cuisine, COURTLAND ATWOOD.

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