Huge congratulations to chefs GERARD CRAFT and KEVIN NASHAN, who have both been chosen as finalists for the James Beard Foundation Awards Best Chef: Midwest. Craft and Nashan, along with KEVIN WILLMANN of Farmhaus, BEN POREMBA of Elaia & Olio and JOSH GALLIANO of The Libertine were all named semifinalists for the award last month. Winners will be revealed at a gala in NYC in May. We'd like to thank all of the folks who represented St. Louis this year--well done!

21st Amendment: The Brewer's Bar, the new watering hole from PAUL and WENDY HAMILTON, is now open in the same historic building that houses Vin de Set, PW Pizza, Moulin Events and Grand Petite Market. The bar boasts some 50 beers on draft and more than 80 by the bottle, with a focus on local craft brews. There will be a small menu of bar snacks, and the entire menu from PW Pizza also will be available.

Speaking of beer, the St. Louis location of Craft Beer Cellar is scheduled to open next month at 8113 Maryland Ave. in Clayton. The brew-centric store will stock more than 1,000 bottles of some of the best craft beers going. Future plans include tastings and educational programs.

The folks behind Three Kings Public House in the Delmar Loop have announced they'll be opening a second location in Des Peres in the former home of Mosaic.

Pastaria has once again gained national acclaim. The Clayton eatery was recently included as part of's 38 Essential Pizzerias. Congrats!

Now that the weather is finally cooperating, the food trucks will be out in force, and yet another one will be joining their ranks. Maplewood's Pie Oh My has debuted hit the road in its new four-wheeled . Fans can keep track of where the mobile baked goods store is at via Facebook at