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Posted: Thursday, June 5, 2014 12:00 pm

Fans of fine food and the works of The Bard will be pleased to find out that Bixby’s, located on the second floor of the Missouri History Museum, is partnering with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis for this year’s productions of Henry IV and Henry V. Bixby’s will host an intimate and elegant communal dining experience for five nights throughout the run of the show. Guests can make reservations to dine at a community table, under the stars, and enjoy a lavish full-course meal, focused on dining with local influence. This experience is limited to 40 guests per night. Tickets are $50 and include a reserved seat for the show; dinners begin at 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at sfstl.com

JANET SHULMAN of The Caramel House (thecaramelhouse.com) has been supplying her confections to numerous shops and stores around town for a while. Now, she has her own brick-and-mortar location at 9639 Olive Blvd. in Olivette, where fans can pick up her sweet treats. The store offers several exclusive flavors, including Voodoo, Voodoo Turtle, Coffee Pecan—which showcases local Stringbean Coffee—and Simply Salted. Hand-crafted caramel corn, caramel spoons to stir into warm beverages, sandwich cookies with caramel and marshmallow, and caramel dip also are available. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5.p.m. Monday through Saturday, and by appointment.

Owner DATRA HERZOG has announced that the historic space formally known as Malmasion, located in St. Albans, Mo., is now available to St. Louis area restaurateurs interested in leasing out the space on a long-term or short-term ‘pop-up’ basis. Originally built in 1843 as a barn, the main building was transformed and opened as a restaurant in 1928 named, appropriately, the Old Barn Inn. In 2013, Herzog purchased the main building and surrounding property and announced renovations and additions to include four cottages, an a la carte commercial kitchen renovation, a new banquet pavilion and catering kitchen. Herzog also is looking for a new restaurateur to operate the a la carte dining venue, which has indoor seating for 78 and the capacity to seat 100 more outdoors. Call (636) 458-0131 for more info.

We're pleased to report lots of new places to check out: Universal Food Market (universalstl.com) is set to open later this month at 4330 S. Broadway Ave. in South City. The specialty grocer will be focusing on unique international specialty items, along with fresh produce from local purveyors. Also coming soon is frozen dessert shop Ices Plain & Fancy (icesplainandfancy.com), which is set to open later this month at 2256 S. 39th St. And California-based Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop (rocketfizz.com) has opened its first St. Louis location at 6303 Delmar Blvd. in the Delmar Loop. The shop is chock-full of bottled sodas and candies from all over the country, plus an assortment of retro and novelty items. The St. Louis location of Craft Beer Cellar at 8113 Maryland Ave. in Clayton (craftbeercellar.com) opened to a huge crowd last month. The store features more than 1,000 different bottles and has an in-store tap system for sampling. Steve's Hot Dogs on The Hill has announced a second location in the works. The new place will be at 3459 Magnolia Ave. in the Tower Grove East neighborhood. The restaurant will be sharing space with the new incarnation of Tick Tock Tavern. And Snarf's Sandwiches has opened its third St. Louis-area location near the SLU campus. The fun sandwich shop, known for their oven-toasted subs, is now doing business at 374A S. Grand Blvd., in addition to locations in the Delmar Loop and Washington Avenue downtown. 

Along those same lines, there are some new food trucks hitting the road now and in the near future. Rise Coffee House (risecoffeestl.com) has announced it will debut a mobile caffeine machine sometime this fall, while Gioia's Deli put its new Hot Salami Truck in action late last month. Get the truck's schedule at gioasdeli.com or monitor its comings and goings via Twitter, @HotSalamiTruck, or on Facebook @Gioa's Deli.

The new spring menu, the first from new exec chef GIAN NICOLA COLUCCI, is now available at Cielo at Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis. Among the highlights: Octopus Carpaccio, Panzarotti (savory stuffed pastry) and housemade pasta and risotto. Also, be sure to check out all of the new vegan and vegetarian options now available on the menu. 

The first annual St. Louis World's Fare: Heritage Festival & Games will be held from Friday, Sept. 12, through Sunday, Sept. 14, in Forest Park. The all-green event will feature more than 30 local restaurants and caterers, culinary competitions with more than 50 area chefs competing, historical exhibitions, live music and art exhibits and more. The festival is free and open to the public. Get the lowdown on all of the happenings at stlworldsfare.com.

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