This Week’s Dish: Vincent Van Doughnut Throws Down on the Cooking Channel, Let Them Eat Art Returns to Maplewood

By Heather Riske
In Food

The Cooking Channel’s Doughnut Showdown “takes the donut to epicurean heights.” Vincent Van Doughnut’s Vincent Marsden had a chance to experience that when he competed on the first episode of the season, which airs Friday, July 11. The program is similar in nature to The Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, and pits three of the best donut makers in the country against each other for $10,000. Vincent Van Doughnut is hosting a viewing party for the episode at the Urban Chestnut Grove Brewery and Bierhall on July 11. The show starts at 9pm, but guests are advised to arrive early. 4465 Manchester Ave., The Grove, 314.222.0143

Vincent Van Doughnut's anise mascarpone orange-topped doughnut with melted jelly bean topping from the Doughnut Showdown. Photo courtesy of The Cooking Channel.

Vincent Van Doughnut’s anise mascarpone orange-topped doughnut with melted jelly bean topping from the Doughnut Showdown. Photo courtesy of The Cooking Channel.

St. Louis chef Eric Brenner has announced plans to leave Alumni Saint Louis to dedicate his time to FitFuel365 in Des Peres. FitFuel365 offers a line of healthy grab-and-go meal options, all of which are gluten-free, under 500 calories, and under $10. Before Alumni, Brenner helped found BOLD Organics, a company that sells gluten- and dairy-free frozen organic pizzas in grocery stores.

Let Them Eat Art, Maplewood’s tribute to Bastille Day, returns for its 9th installment on July 11. The event features a self-guided tour through historic downtown Maplewood, including demonstrations from more than 35 artists, live music, dream interpretations and tarot card reading. Food offerings will include French-inspired treats from Pie Oh My!, Gooey Butter and French Toast fritters from Strange Donuts, chocolate tastings from Kakao, boozy push pops from Water Street, potato chorizo tacos from The Crow’s Nest and more.

Kevin Nashan’s highly awaited Peacemaker, slated to open in August, has gained more national nods, landing on Eater’s Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings of Summer 2014. Nashan says the menu is inspired by the “Acadian tie between Northeastern and Louisiana cuisines,” and dishes will include his own personal takes on chowder, gumbos, lobster rolls, and fried oyster Po’Boys.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House is celebrating its 5th anniversary with $5 drinks specials for the entire month of July at their downtown location. 315 Chestnut St., Downtown, 314.259.3200

St. Louisan Steve Young is gaining national attention from TIME, Esquire and Mashable, among others, for his SYNEK Draft System. SYNEK serves any beer you like fresh from a tap in your own home. Young launched a Kickstarter for the project on July 1, and it’s already raised more than $300,000. The goal was $250,000 by July 24.

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