Quick Bites: 6.5.19

something’s brewing
Avocado Leaf Tea recently launched with five 100-percent natural blends, all made from avocado tree leaves. The leaves, like the fruit, are known for their natural health benefits. These unique brews were created by husband and wife team and native St. Louisans Scott Wibbenmeyer and Sharon Colona, and the brand already has one win at the Global Tea Championship under its belt.

going to the dogs 
The Boathouse is helping four-legged friends go gourmet with a new menu specially designed for pooches. The offerings include burger patties, chicken breasts and even doggy ice cream. … For more fun with Fido, look to Urban Chestnut Brewing Company. The first and third Fridays of each month through September are Dog Day Fridays at its location in The Grove. Proceeds benefit local pet shelters and rescue groups.

high ranking
Major kudos to Nathaniel Reid Bakery! Not only was the acclaimed Kirkwood bakery a James Beard semifinalist this year, it was named one of the best bakeries in the U.S. by Yelp.

the big cheese 
Marcoot Jersey Creamery is partnering with Schnucks to bring its cheese to the StL. The family-owned dairy farm in Greenville, Illinois, raises registered Jersey cattle and ages its cheeses in a special underground cave modeled after the man-made Kaltbach caves in Switzerland. The cheeses available will include aged gouda, tipsy cheddar, and plain, garlic and Sriracha curds.

taking the helm 
Jai Kendall has been appointed the new executive chef of Pastaria. The St. Louis native previously spent five years cooking in Costa Rica, and after returning home last fall, she served as executive sous chef for Peel Wood Fired Pizza. … Ramon Cuffie is now executive chef at Herbie’s. A vetern of the local culinary scene, Cuffie most recently ran the kitchen of the now-shuttered Parigi.

opens & closes
Caryn Dugan, better known as STL Veg Girl, will open The Center for Plant-Based Living at 131 W. Jefferson Ave. in Kirkwood. It will offer services like cooking classes, private and group instruction, and lectures on health and nutrition. … Hiro Asia Kitchen stopped service after six years of operation at 1405 Washington Ave. Its sister restaurant, Hiro Poke Co., is still open at the One Metropolitan Square building downtown.