This Week's Dish: Niche to Invite Guest Chefs for Modern Midwest Dinner Series

By Katlyn Moncada
In Food

Executive chef Nate Hereford announced last week that Niche will begin hosting a new guest chef dinner series throughout the coming year. The Modern Midwest Dinner Series will invite acclaimed chefs from cities around the Midwest to cook alongside the team at Niche.

Photo courtesy of Niche

Photo courtesy of Niche

The first dinner will feature a five-course dinner with snacks from chef Ryan Santos of Please in Cincinnati, Ohio, this Thursday, Jan. 21 at 6:30pm. Hereford will work to develop the menu on-site with the guest chef with no preconceived notions other than a mutual desire to bring new inspiration to the kitchen.

“I’ve been given the opportunity to lead the charge at Niche, and our entire team has come to a collective agreement that 2016 is going to be our year to have fun again and continue to evolve the notions of fine dining. This series is a way for us to be excited by what we do,” Hereford said.

Tickets are $80 and reservations are recommended through OpenTable or by phone. 7734 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.773.7755

After 30 years in service, Mike Shannon’s Steaks and Seafood will be closing its downtown location to allow for more opportunities for the Mike Shannon’s Grill franchise. Mike Shannon’s Grill spots in Edwardsville and Lamber Airport will remain open with more on the way. The popular downtown location will continue to serve lunch, dinner and cocktails before closing on Jan. 30. 620 Market St., Downtown

Gioia’s Deli will be opening its second location Downtown in the former Sauce on the Side space on Pine with an opening set for April 1. The 2,000-square-foot space will seat around 40 people and be reminiscent to its flagship location on The Hill—including the popular “Word of the Week,” which is good for $1 off your sandwich as well as the Not-So-Secret Menu, available on the website. New menu items unique to the Downtown location will also be added and will be open Monday-Friday from 11am-4pm for dine-in, catering and pick-ups. 903 Pine St., Downtown

Jan. 18-24: This is the week to eat out at the fine dining establishments in Clayton. From the City of Clayton and Synergy Productions, Clayton Restaurant Week’s 15 participating restaurants are offering a special three-course dinner promotion for a fixed price of $25 per person. Also, take advantage of an opportunity to give back with a $5 “Extra Helping” to charity partner Operation Food Search, the largest distributor of free food in the bi-state area. View the full lineup of participating restaurants and menus at

Jan. 23: Foodies can curb sweet cravings at the 3rd Annual Sweet Tooth Tour. From noon-5pm, treat yourself on this self-guided tour of sweetness at 14 locations around Maplewood. Tickets are $18 and are available at participating locations in the neighborhood.

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