This Week's Dish: VISTA Ramen arrives on Cherokee, Lilly's Social House Shutters

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Cherokee Street’s newest dining destination, VISTA Ramen, opened its doors last week. The Asian-infused soups come from The Mud House’s Jeremy and Casey Miller with general manager Aaron Stovall as well as former Blood and Sand executive chef Chris Bork. As reported by Feast, expect to see a variety of bowls such as the signature VISTA ramen, a veggie ramen and other menu staples in a cozy atmosphere of repurposed furniture that overlooks the kitchen. 2609 Cherokee St., Cherokee, 314.797.8250

Photo courtesy of Butler's Pantry

Photo courtesy of Butler’s Pantry

Lilly’s Music & Social House closed its doors on Sunday, May 29. The Benton Park spot took over the Luvy Duvy’s location a year ago to serve as a place to celebrate women while offering handcrafted cocktails, a menu of small plates and pizza as well as live music. 2321 Arsenal, Benton Park

Starting Thursdays on June 2 through September, take your loved one for an evening of food and fun on the water at Forest Park for Moonlight Paddleboat Picnics. Your journey begins from the Boathouse while enjoying a picnic for two that will include two wraps, cheese, hummus, an appetizer plate, a caramel apple swan for dessert and even an extra special surprise for before or after your adventure. 6101 Government Drive, Forest Park, 314.367.2224

June 3: Join Jazz St. Louis for Donut Day in a celebration of everyone’s favorite breakfast treat. This Friday head to Jazz St. Louis’ Harold & Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz from 8-11am a free sampling of donuts from 15 local doughnut shops, beverages from Starbucks and Oberweis, live jazz and pose for a photo in a jazz and doughnut themed photo booth. 3536 Washington Ave., Grand Center

June 3-26: Shakespeare in the Park launches this Friday and there’s some great food that will be available by Butler’s Pantry. Grab a Shakespearean Epicurean, gourmet boxed dinners for two. Try a sandwich box that includes a portobello sandwich, grilled chicken breast sandwich with apples, Havarti and tarragon mayo and a Tenderloin sandwich with caramelized onions and creamed horseradish. Or go for a tapas dinner of artisan cheeses, charcuterie and flatbreads, Mediterranean spreads with seasonal vegetables, a lemon herb chicken skewer with pesto, a Caprese wrap and a Tenderloin Wrap. Each option comes with Italian cookies from The Loop’s Piccione Pastry. Shakespeare Glen, Forest Park

June 7: Tuesdays in June are going to be super tasty at The Dark Room . From 5-10pm, Tuesdays will be for Pasta & Pairings with a of bowl house made pasta by chef Sam Pretto along with a glass of wine paired by sommelier Denise Mueller for just $13. The first round will feature creamy fettuccine Florentine with Parmesan cream sauce and seasonal local vegetables paired with Italian Paolo Scavino Sorriso Langhe Bianco. Tunes will be provided from 8-10pm as well. 615 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center

June 11: Experience an evening of great eats at Graze in Grass: A Farm to Fork Experience at Marcoot Jersey Creamery. Celebrate spring with a feast made with local food ingredients sourced from Marcoot and other local farms prepared by Farmhaus Restaurant’s James Beard-nominated Kevin Willmann. For $65 per person, the evening includes the artisan meal, local wines, mircobrews and an interactive tour of the Marcoot’s family farming lifestyle. 526 Dudleyville Road, Greenville, Ill.

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