Proceeds from event on Saturday, February 20, to support St. Louis Children’s Hospital

For most people, opening a fifth restaurant puts enough on one’s plate. But not for chef/owner Gerard Craft of Niche Food Group. Just three weeks after his January 26 opening of Porano Pasta, at 634 Washington Ave., Craft will lend his new restaurant to a fundraiser for St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Ticket sales for the Saturday, February 20 event can be purchased online at The $50 admission price (for adults and children) gives you access to the restaurant any time between 5 and 10 p.m., hors d’oeuvres, a build-your-own pasta bowl, dessert and two drink tickets. This is a family-friendly restaurant and event, so kids are welcome to join!

Every tasty bite supports the special programs and services that help St. Louis Children’s Hospital do what’s right for kids, by funding its Joe Buck Imaging Center, palliative care program, pediatric neurocritical care program, Children’s Discovery Institute and more. 

For more information, please contact Rebecca Belanger at 314.286.0972 or[email protected]

About Chef Gerard Craft

 Chef Gerard Craft is the executive chef and owner of Niche Food Group in St. Louis, MO. As a Food & Wine Best New Chef, Food & Wine Innovator of the Year, and 2015 James Beard Foundation Award-winning Best Chef: Midwest and Inc. magazine Star Entrepreneur, Craft has been a pioneer for the Midwest dining scene. Craft opened his first restaurant, Niche, in 2005 at the age of 25 in the Benton Park neighborhood of St. Louis. Niche Food Group now includes four restaurants in St. Louis: creative cocktails at Taste by Niche (4584 Laclede, St. Louis, MO 63108), French bistro fare at Brasserie by Niche (4580 Laclede Ave., St. Louis, MO 63108), flagship restaurant, Niche and Italian concept, Pastaria, both located at 7734 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton, Missouri, 63105. Chef Craft recently opened his first fast casual Italian concept, Porano Pasta, this January in downtown St. Louis and will also open a second location for Pastaria in Nashville, TN this spring.