This Week's Dish: Half & Half, Peacemaker Lobster And Crab Co. Add New Meal Times

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Dec. 15: Head to The Zodiac Restaurant at Plaza Frontenac tonight to meet Kevin Garvin, Vice President of Neiman Marcus Food Services and author of the new “Neiman Marcus Cooks: Recipes for Beloved Classics and Updated Favorites.” From 5:30-7:30pm, SAUCE publisher Allyson Mace will start off the evening with a holiday toast and a sampling of items from the cookbook. Guests will also be able to get copies of the book signed by Garvin. RSVP by phone at 314.994.5053 or email 1701 S. Lindbergh Blvd., Frontenac, 314.994.5053

Photo courtesy of Peacemaker Lobster and Crab Co.

Photo courtesy of Peacemaker Lobster and Crab Co.

A couple of restaurants are expanding mealtime offerings. Last week, Peacemaker Lobster and Crab Co. began serving lunch. The new venture by Sidney Street Cafe’s Kevin Nashan will be offering the full menu (minus seafood boils), along with new lunch specials like half of a Peacemaker poorboy sandwich with a cup of gumbo or clam chowder. 1831 Sidney St., Benton Park, 314.772.8858

Starting tomorrow, Half & Half will begin serving dinner. The Clayton breakfast destination will offer its popular items, but will also add dishes such as fish an chips or pot roast to the menu. Cocktails and wines will also be added to the drinks menu. 8135 Maryland Ave., Clayton, 314.725.0719

In local chef news, after three years at Gerard Craft’s popular TasteMatt Daughaday is stepping down as chef with plans to open his own restaurant with sous chef Heather Stone taking his place. As reported by Feast, Elaia and Olio general manager and wine director Andrey Ivanov is leaving to join Daughaday’s new American brasserie venture, with plans to be open next summer. Unrelated to Ivanov’s departure, Olio manager John Fausz will also be leaving. The two restaurants’ general manager Kara Flaherty has been in the position since June, after Ivanov became wine director, and will now perform in a higher role. Bess Kretsinger will be serving as manager of Olio.

Ever plan vacations around dining destinations? Consider planning a culinary adventure by Cruising With The Chefs. With dates from 2015-2016, chefs will be embarking on trips across the seven seas to provide unique private dining experiences, classes and more. Three lucky St. Louis chefs are joining the cruises: Chef Josh Galliano of The Libertine will be making his way across Europe from Copenhagen to Stockholm, The Four Seasons executive chef Gian Nicola Colucci travels the South Pacific and Lou Rock from Chesterfield’s Annie Gunn’s will take guests from Barcelona to Rome for “Italian Impressions.” Guests that book trips by Dec. 31 will receive generous incentives.

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