The Weekly Dish: New Lunch Menus and Must-Attend Dinner Events

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St. Louis Craft Beer Week

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It’s Craft Beer Week in St. Louis! One of our favorite weeks of the year, you’ll find events all day long, every day until Aug. 4. Free and paid events are taking place around the city, from release parties and tap takeovers to beer pairing dinners and meet-and-greets with brewers. Check out the full listing of events at stlbeerweek.com.

The Block CWE began serving lunch on Mon., July 22. This second location for Webster Groves’ popular butcher-shop-themed eatery by Marc Del Pietro opened in February, in the former Terrene space, to the delight of city dwellers. Plenty of favorites abound on the lunch menu, such as the Block Salad and the Block Burger, as well as the lemon and feta ravioli with smoked shrimp, local asparagus and pistachio. There will be a daily butcher’s cut, and you can get the flank steak with sliced tomatoes and Maytag blue anytime. Lunch hours are Mon.-Fri. from 11am-2pm. Check out daily specials at facebook.com/theblockcentralwestend.
33 N. Sarah St., Central West End, 314.535.5100.

Last week was hot for the lunch scene, as Truffles unveiled a new lunch-time promotion on its social media pages: The $5 Lunch. The Ladue establishment is offering a rotating daily lunch special for only $5… but you have to mention that you saw it on their Facebook or Twitter pages. Past specials have included their Barbique Burger with fries and a cold glass of Schlafly Pale Ale; Gulf shrimp tacos with fries and Schlafly beer; and tuna wraps with Belgian White Shocktop. Check the restaurant’s social media pages daily for the menu of the day and the codeword you need to get it!
9202 Clayton Road, Ladue, 314.567.9100, todayattruffles.com

The Fox Theater kicked off its Summer Dinner series on Sat., July 27, with Dinner with the Stars: A Taste of Old Hollywood. Tom Heitman, a Sinatra Songbook specialist, performed an “Homage to Frank Sinatra,” and the menu included recipes from former Hollywood haunts Chasen’s, The Brown Derby, Ma Maison and Romanoff’s. If you missed the event, no worries. The second dinner will take place on Sat., Aug 24. Dinner with Josephine Baker: An Evening in Paris includes French-themed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a four-course dinner with wine pairings and live entertainment in the Grand Lobby of the Fabulous Fox Theatre. New York’s Cheryl Howard will perform as Josephine Baker, and some of the menu highlights include French 75s, blinis and caviar, lobster thermidor and bananas foster. Tickets are $300 per person and can be purchased by calling 314.535.2369.
527 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center, 314.535.2369.

Sandy Talley and Marie Jary, the creative culinary couple behind Demitasse—a series of underground and pop-up dinners around the St. Louis area since 2009—have announced their 2013 event, Dinner in the Vineyard. Talley, an architect by day, will construct a pavilion in the vineyards of Augusta Hills Winery, where the seven-course tasting menu, paired with Missouri wines, will take place. Menu details have not yet been released, but the dates are out: Sept. 14-15. Tickets are $125 per person, and seats fill up fast. Email demitasseunderground@gmail.com to reserve your seats.

The Celebrity Chef Tour is coming to St. Louis on Thu., Sept. 19, at Cielo at The Four Seasons St. Louis. The traveling dinner series combines local chefs with national names for a multi-course dinner that gives guests a rare opportunity to meet and mingle with the kitchen stars. Local talent includes Kevin Willmann of Farmhaus Restaurant, Kevin Nashan of Sidney Street Café, Lou Rook III of Annie Gunn’s, Jenny Cleveland and Eric Heath of Cleveland-Heath and Fabrizio Schenardi of Cielo. Visiting chefs are Jeffrey Wurtz of Le Cirque in New York City, Mark Richardson of Four Seasons San Francisco and Ethan Stowell of Ethan Stowell Restaurants in Seattle. Tickets are $160 per person and can be purchased here. There is also an option to attend a cocktail reception for participating chefs the night before. Tickets for the cocktail event are $65 and can be purchased by calling Cielo at 314.881.5800.
Cielo, Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis, 999 N. Second St., Downtown, 314.881.5800.

Mark your calenders now for Drunken Fish’s 10th anniversary party on Sat., Aug. 17. It will be held at the Central West End location, with live music starting at 4pm. But you don’t have to wait for the party to start celebrating. The restaurant will be serving a $10 menu starting on Aug. 8 to count down 10 days until the big night.
1 Maryland Plaza, Central West End, 314.367.4222.

Does it ever bum you out that Mardi Gras is only one day a year? Yeah, us too. That’s why we’re excited for Highway 61 Roadhouse’s “Halfway to Mardi Gras” party on Sat., Aug. 31. This all-day event will include live music, beads, hurricanes and plenty of Cajun food features. Plus live music from North of the Quarter and Aaron Griffin.
34 S. Old Orchard Ave., Webster Groves, 314.968.0061.

Olio was included in a bonappetit.com slideshow of “16 Cool Restaurants That Are (or Used to Be) Gas Stations.” From the article: “In 1937, this art deco Standard Oil Station was owned by a man named Mr. Kinworthy. Today, original subway tiles and salvaged brick serve as reminders of the restaurant’s former function. … Mr. Kinworthy’s children (now in their ’70s) regularly visit Olio—until recently, they lived in the house next door, which chef/owner Ben Poremba transformed into a separate 30-seat restaurant called Elaia.” Check out the post here and scroll to slide 7 to read the entire post.

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