This Week’s Dish: Elaia and Olio Welcome Ben Grupe as Executive Chef, Melt on Cherokee Closes

By Katlyn Moncada
In Food

Ben Poremba’s highly praised Elaia and Olia restaurants are now under the guidance of local chef Ben Grupe, who was most recently seen cooking fare for the Soigné dinner series at the now-closed Stellina Pasta on The Hill. 1634 Tower Grove Ave., Botanical Heights,314.932.1088

Popular pig wings photo courtesy of Mathew's Kitchen

Popular pig wings photo courtesy of Mathew’s Kitchen

Fans of the sweet and savory waffle joint Melt will be sad to know the Cherokee hangout closed on June 6. Sister Cities Cajun and BBQ has held pop-up dinners in the space for some time and plans to have more hours there until their permanent location is completed. Check out Melt’s Facebook for info on a Meltown party. 2712 Cherokee St., Cherokee Business District

Mathew’s Kitchen also announced its closure for June 26. Owners Mathew and Maggie Unger said on social media that they will be planning mini-closing parties and to stay tuned for when those come along. 5625 Hampton Ave., St. Louis Hills, 314.351.1700

June 16: Celebrate National Cannoli Day with Piccione Pastry. On Thursday, pay $5 and get all the creamy mini cannolis you can handle in flavors ranging from the classic ricotta to gooey butter along with an Italian soda to wash it down. 6197 Delmar Blvd., The Loop

June 22: Join Vin de Set as it celebrate its 10-year anniversary with the Best of Tour de France at 6pm. Enjoy a five-course meal by executive chef Ryan Buettner with items such as truffle stuffed chicken, rosemary roasted leg of lamb and more paired with wines and beers from France. 2017 Chouteau Ave., Downtown

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