- Gerard Craft of Niche (7734 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton; 314-773-7755) will find out in a little over a week whether he is the James Beard Foundation's "Best Chef: Midwest" for 2013. Ahead of the gala awards ceremony in New York City on Monday, May 6, Craft and Kevin Nashan of Sidney Street Café (2000 Sidney Street; 314-771-5777), a semifinalist for the same award, will have an opportunity to showcase their skills for the citizens of the Big Apple.
Craft and Nashan will cook together on Thursday, May 2, at City Grit, a self-described "culinary salon" that hosts a continuing series of special dinners. Craft and Nashan will alternate courses for the event, which (should you happen to be in New York next week and be feeling homesick) costs $85 per person.
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- Central Table Food Hall (23 South Euclid Avenue), the 10,000-square-foot upscale food court and market in the Central West End, will open its doors next Wednesday, May 1. Central Table will have limited options for its first few days, with dinner service, its cafe and "grab-and-go" market items available, according to its press rep.
Central Table will be fully open, including breakfast, lunch and dinner service as well as its market, on Monday, May 6. Gut Check will have an in-depth First Look at Central Table next week
- Balaban's Wine Cellar & Tapas Bar (1772 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield; 636-449-6700) is introducing brunch service. The first service will be -- surprise, surprise -- Mother's Day, Sunday, May 12. Regular brunch hours will be every Sunday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Brunch will include a buffet line as well as omelet and carving stations.