This Week's Dish: Fight AIDS by Dining Out for Life, Celebrate Piccione Pastry's Birthday

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In case you missed it, Pastaria is getting another home—in Nashville. Chef-owner Gerard Craft (Niche, Brasserie by Niche, Pastaria, Taste by Niche and Porano Pasta) announced last week that Mathew Rice will be the executive pastry chef for the new location arriving this summer. Rice is an accomplished pastry chef whose desserts once appeared at Craft’s first restaurant Niche in 2005. Originally from Asheville, North Carolina, Rice is returning to the South to create Pastaria Nashville’s pastry program, which he says will be ‘Southern’ Italian. 8 C1TY Blvd., Nashville, Tenn.

Birthday Cake Cannoli photo courtesy of Piccione Pastry

Birthday Cake Cannoli photo courtesy of Piccione Pastry

We already noted the spring flavors in the cocktail menu at Retreat Gatropub, and the new spring dinner menu is also now live. Take your pick of new items like the smoked-trout pasta—made with linguini by Cherokee Street’s Midwest Pasta Co.—heirloom tomatoes and crispy tomatoes. A caprese sandwich is also available and for the flatbread-lovers, try the new goat and arugula pesto. 6 N. Sarah St., Central West End

April 21: Take part in the 23nd annual Dining Out For Life with Vital VOICE Magazine at one of the many local participating restaurants like Hiro Asian Kitchen, Rooster, Pappy’s, Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria and more. These dining spots will be donating at least 25 percent of your check to help Saint Louis Effort for AIDS provide education on the prevention of HIV/AIDS and comprehensive support services for those affected by the disease.

April 22: Celebrate three years of pastries in the Delmar Loop this week with Piccione Pastry. The Italian pastry shop will sell their signature cannoli for $3, including flavors such as Gooey Butter, Marsala Black Cherry, the current seasonal flavor Cookies & Cream and even a limited edition birthday cake flavor to mark the occasion. While there, don’t forget to grab a party favor from the grab-bag with your purchase on Friday to win free items, discounts and more. 6197 Delmar Blvd., University City

April 23: Grab your family and friends for the first Food Truck Fest of the season at 4 Hands Brewing Co. Indulge in tasty items from some of your favorite food trucks like Gioia’s Deli, STL BLT, Seoul Taco, Pyro Pizza, I Scream Cakes and even shopping from Rack + Clutch. 1220 S. 8th St., Lasalle Park

May 7: Matthew Borchardt, chef-owner of Edibles & Essentials Cafe and Market, is celebrating the warmer weather with a patio kick-off party. The party will start at 3pm complete with a pig roast, drink specials and music by DJ Bill Reiter. 5815 Hampton Ave., St. Louis Hills

May 19: Mark your calendars for the 8th International Dine Around Taste of South Grand. From 5-10pm, taste your way through what the South Grand restaurants and bars have to offer whether it’s Vietnamese spring rolls or spicy Ethiopian lentils. Ticket books for the event are $30 or $35 and can be purchased the day of the event or online.

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