Local mobile donut purveyor Vincent Van Doughnut won big on the recent season premiere of Cooking Channel's Donut Wars earlier this month. Owner BRIAN MARSDEN and his pastry chef assistant, JAMIE HARDESTY, took home first-place honors and a cool $10,000. Their winning confections over three rounds were The Bellagio, featuring a caramel pastry creme filling with chocolate ganache glaze and hazelnut caramel crunch; The Venetian, with a ricotta pastry cream filling and a lemon glaze with pistachios and tarragon; and The Flamingo, a maraschino cherry cake donut with a maraschino cherry glaze and silver nonpareils. Congrats!

Katie's Pizza & Pasta in Rock Hill is starting a new monthly charity initiative, Giving Back Tuesdays. On the fourth Tuesday of each month, the eatery will be giving 100 percent of its proceeds for the entire day to a local charity. The initiative kicks off on Tuesday, July 29, benefiting Operation Food Search.

Gamlin Whiskey House is hosting a unique tasting event that allows guests to sample and hand-select a single barrel of whiskey. Knob Creek’s CRAIG WEITER will lead a one-of-a-kind three-course whiskey dinner on Thursday, Aug. 7, where diners can sip from three single barrels and help brothers DEREK and LUCAS GAMLIN choose the sixth single barrel to be served at their restaurant. Bottles of the single barrel whiskey will be available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Gateway Area Chapter of the National MS Society.

The St. Louis Occasional Barbecue Society (known among area BBQ fans as the SLOBS) will hold a competition this Sunday, July 27, at Keetons Double Play, 4944 Christy Blvd. in St. Louis. For a $25 contribution, guests can sample ribs from each competing team, with proceeds being split between Lift For Life Gym and City Seniors. Restaurants fielding teams at the event include BBQ ASAP, Iron Barley, The Famous Bar, PM BBQ, Colorado Bob's, Hendricks BBQ, Highway 61 Roadhouse, Dylan's Sports Bar, Kilderkins and Keetons. More event info is available at slobsbbq.com.