Roasting S’mores, watching the changing of the leaves, or even a hayride…fall provides a perfect opportunity for changes in our daily routine. With that in mind, we asked some of St. Louis’ cultural leaders about their ideas for the perfect autumn evening.

Lisa Melandri

Director, Contemporary Art Museum

“An excellent fall evening would find me exploring all the fantastic amenities of my new neighborhood, Tower Grove. My husband, Jordan, and I would start out strolling Tower Grove Park, taking in the turning leaves and autumnal colors (a rare sight to savor, as we are California transplants). Wandering into the Shaw neighborhood, we'd stop at Sasha's and relax in the garden with a good glass of wine. After that, we'd make our way to Local Harvest Cafe for one of their incredible seasonal dishes. We'd end the evening with a concert at the Luminary Center for the Arts.”

Paul Reuter

Executive Director, The Sheldon

“The important thing for me is to slow down and have time for conversation. So I enjoy dinner with friends at a restaurant like Café Provencal in Kirkwood, Café Natasha’s on South Grand, or Boogaloo’s in Maplewood. Or take a short trip to Montelle Winery in Augusta and watch the sun set while looking out over the beautiful Missouri River valley—especially great in the fall. Or dessert is always good—at places like The Fountain on Locust, Gelateria Del Leone on South Grand, or Cyrano’s in Webster Groves.”

Michael Uthoff

Artistic and Executive Director, Dance St. Louis

“On a perfect evening, Flor and I would arrange to have dinner at Niche or Herbie's and proceed to arrange a seating at a performance of Jazz at the Bistro. If nothing was going on, we would head downtown and experience some Blues on Broadway. Weather permitting, we would then head to the Central West End, where I would purchase a good cigar and she a glass of wine at Brennan's, sit outside and smoke surrounded by the comings and goings of pedestrians and Kevin Brennan and his crew.”

Steven Woolf

Artistic Director, The Repertory Theatre

“Fall is my favorite season. I like when it gets cooler and I love looking at the changing colors of the trees in Forest Park, which is my front lawn. It's perfect to watch all the season changes while sipping coffee, tea or hot apple cider.

“Dinner at Brasserie by Niche has the most amazing bread and butter to start, as well as some brilliant appetizers. I’m particularly fond of the chicken entrée—simply astounding. The desert menu changes, but all are brilliant. Then off to see a film at the Hi-Pointe—it’s a family-run operation and has a great ambience about it.”

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