This Week’s Dish: Coma Coffee Debuts in Brentwood, Iron Barley hosts Tomato Fest

Award-winning pastry chef Nathaniel Reid has set up shop in Kirkwood. Nathaniel Reid Bakery celebrated its grand opening last week. Reid went to the highly acclaimed Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and received a degree from Mizzou. The pastry chef has previously held high-end pastry jobs in spots like the Ritz-Carlton Hotel of St. Louis and Norman Love Confections in Fort Myers, Florida. 11243 Manchester Road, Kirkwood

Photo courtesy of Piccione Pastry

Photo courtesy of Piccione Pastry

Get your caffeine fix at the newest local third-wave coffee spot, Coma Coffee. The new coffee roaster to town is located at University Tower in Brentwood on Aug. 1. Expect a coffee and cappuccino menu with a few signature items to try like the Coma, which is espresso with vanilla ice cream or for a fruity take, try Lyfe—pomegranate juice with a shot of espresso over ice. There’s also a variety of fresh pastries in the case to enjoy. 1034 South Brentwood Blvd., Brentwood

Piccione Pastry can now be added to your list of lunch spots Tuesday–Friday from 11am–6pm. The Italian pastry shop’s lunch options include a Caprese panini, six-cheese pizzette and house-made soups. The prices start at $6.75 for a lunch combo that includes half a pizzette and a cup of soup or side salad. 6197 Delmar Blvd., The Loop

After a 15-year run, Modesto Tapas Bar & Restaurant is going to be closing on Aug. 20. The restaurant is encouraging frequent diners to celebrate the restaurant by visiting before its final day of service as well as sharing their favorite stories and dishes throughout the years. 5257 Shaw Ave., The Hill

Aug. 11: If you like watching chefs faceoff on television, get a live-action taste with some of STL’s own challenge hosted by Webster Groves Farmers Market at Gazebo Park. This week, watch Jesse Mendica of Olive + Oak and Jason Tilford of Milagro Modern Mexican compete by cooking up a dish with a secret ingredient at 3:15pm. You’ll get to sample and vote to help choose the winner at 6pm. The winner will go on to compete in the finals on Oct. 8. 4 E. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves

Aug. 14: Celebrate all things tomato this Sunday at Iron Barley for its 12th annual Tomato Fest. From noon-6pm, walk the street of Virginia in front of the restaurant to feast on fresh tomato dishes, including BLTs, Margherita pizza and bloody marys. Be sure to take some local farmers’ heirloom tomatoes home as well as jewelry, art and more from the vendors. Proceeds from the event will benefit Lift For Life Gym. 5510 Virginia Ave., South City

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