This Week’s Dish: Tomato Explosion Hits 70+ St. Louis Restaurants, Feast Your Eyes Pairs Art Exhibitions And Food

By Heather Riske
In Food

More than 70 restaurants across the city are participating in the Tomato Explosion fundraiser for Operation Food Search, which runs through the rest of the month. Each restaurant—including Boogaloo, the Boathouse in Forest Park, Dressel’s Public House, Pastaria and Small Batch, just to name a few—is designated a specific tomato-themed dish. A portion of the proceeds are then donated to Operation Food Search.

Feast Your Eyes. Photo courtesy of Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

Feast Your Eyes. Photo courtesy of Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

Herbie’s Vintage 72 has announced they’re partnering with bicycle-delivery service The Food Pedaler to launch Herbie’s Box Lunch Company on Monday, July 14. They’ll deliver box lunches for $9 to $12 “from the Loop to Grand Center and every place in between.” 405 N. Euclid, Central West End, 314.769.9595

Chef Katie Lee of Katie’s Pizza & Pasta and the Contemporary Art Museum are hosting Feast Your Eyes on Tuesday, July 15 at 6:30pm. The event features a tour of the museum followed by a meal inspired by Katharina Fritsch’s exhibition “Postcards.” The “Italian Vacation” meal includes five courses including crostini, black spaghetti with lobster and bistecca alla fiorentina. 3750 Washington Blvd., Downtown, 314.535.4660

Sauce magazine reports that former Cleveland-Heath cook Jimmy Hippchen took over as the executive chef at Ernesto’s Wine Bar in June. He’ll unveil a new menu on Tuesday, July 15 that will focus on food that marries well with wine, including Middle Eastern flatbread and his own take on shrimp and grits. 2730 McNair Ave., Benton Park, 314.664.4511

Entertainment venue Plush ended table service in late June to focus on snacks, such as wings, chicken and waffles, sliders and loaded nachos. 3224 Locust St., Downtown, 314.535.2686

L’Ecole Culinaire and Kaldi’s Coffee are teaming up to host a Coffee Dinner on Friday, July 18. They’ll serve six courses of dishes infused with coffee. Tickets are $40 and reservations for the innovative dinner can be made at 314.587.2433.

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