This Week's Dish: With Food + Love Blogger Launching Pop-Up Series

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Local blogger Sherrie Castellano (With Food + Love) is planning to launch a new pop-up series that will highlight the seasonal produce of the St. Louis region. The East Coast transplant and vegetarian-friendly chef’s first event is called Late Spring and will be held on May 19 in Dogtown (the exact address will be given to attendees). The meal will be set outdoors with a heavily plant-focused menu with items such as a celery salad with sunny turmeric vinaigrette, risotto with spring vegetables and egg, and peppered balsamic strawberry pots. Drinks will also be served in this limited-space meal for $35.

Photo courtesy of Sherrie Castellano

Photo courtesy of Sherrie Castellano

Niche Food Group chef-owner Gerard Craft announced last week that Nick Blue will be taking over in his flagship STL dining spot, Niche, as executive chef. Blue is making the transition from his executive chef position at Craft’s Brasserie by Niche after executive chef Nate Hereford announced his departure for San Francisco this May. Brian Moxey—most recently seen leading in the kitchen at Perennial Artisan Ales and previous chef de cuisine of Pastaria—is returning Brasserie to serve as executive chef. 7734 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton

In all the shuffling going on with Niche, Perennial Artisan Ales will be making Kaleigh Brundick the new executive chef, as reported by Feast. Brundick is a self-taught chef that has worked her way up over the past several years with the South City brewery.

Sushi-lovers will be pleased to know BaiKu Sushi Lounge is making its return to the Hotel Ignacio on Tuesday, April 26. The Midtown restaurant and lounge closed in January due to renovations in the hotel and with its reopening, the sushi spot is introducing new executive sushi chef Eliott Harris to the kitchen. Harris is a St. Louis native that introduced CHOPSHOPSTL sushi food truck in 2011 and has been rolling sushi all over the world from San Francisco to the Dominican Republic. Head to BaiKu on May 21 for the official grand re-opening party. 3407 Olive St., Midtown

Beginning today, Mama Josephine’s in the Shaw neighborhood will be under new ownership. In an announcement from current chef and co-owner Mary Samuelson, the key will be handed over to recent business partner Antonio Ellis of Five Aces Bar-B-Que. The new name will be Five Aces Bar-B-Que and Southern Home Cooking. Look for Ellis’ ribs, pork steak, burgers and other house-smoked fare to be available daily. Samuelson said her mother’s famous Southern recipes will still be available and she’ll be in the kitchen and food truck every once in a while since she loves to cook. 4000 Shaw Blvd., Shaw

Also in new news for Shaw, David Bailey (of Baileys’ Restaurants) is bringing a second, smaller-scale Baileys’ Range to the neighborhood. The next project for Bailey will provide the restaurant’s already-popular burgers, fries and boozy shakes to an old gas station that will require about $400,000 in renovations to the property. 4175 Shaw Blvd., Shaw

As of April 20, Revel Kitchen has closed its original Cherokee Street location. Announced via Facebook last week, owners Simon and Angelica Lusky will also be terminating prepared meal services due to lack of kitchen space at the newer Brentwood location.

Late-night Columbia-based cookie destination Hot Box Cookies will be getting a second St. Louis location in downtown Clayton. It’s first STL location opened in Central West End last year. 9 N. Central Ave., Clayton

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