Spirits fans, it's that time of year again: The third Whiskey In The Winter event will be held Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Hyatt St. Louis At The Arch downtown. The spirited celebration of all things whiskey will take place in the Hyatt's Grand Ballroom, and will be highlighted by a grand tasting featuring more than 250 whiskies from around the world. In addition, the evening will feature educational seminars by industry experts, including Jim Beam master distiller Fred Noe, Buffalo Trace master distiller Harlen Wheatley and Woodford Reserve master taster Marianne Barnes, as well as whiskey-inspired food stations, whiskey, and a 'Golden Ticket' selection of prestigious rare whiskeys. Tickets to the event and more info are available at whiskeyinthewinter.com.
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.
WIL FERNANDEZ-CRUZ has been tapped to be the new executive chef at Winslow's Home in University City. He replaces chef CARY MCDOWELL, who left recently to take a position with the Euclid Hospitality Group, which includes the Pi Pizzeria restaurants and the recently opened Gringo in the Central West End. Fernandez-Cruz came to St. Louis last year from NYC to be the executive chef at The Restaurant at the Cheshire Inn, and currently he's running the kitchen at Ibby's on Washington University's Danforth campus.
Collaborators Derrick Langeneckert of Alpha Brewing Company, Peter Cohen of Stringbean Coffee and Brian Pelletier of Kakao Chocolate
Stringbean Coffee collaborated with Alpha Brewing Company to create an exclusive ale and Kakao Chocolate to make multiple tasty treats.
The small Fenton-based Stringbean Coffee and the cow-to-cup Windcrest Dairy in Trenton, Ill., are among many local companies turning to collaboration for inspiration, promotion and expansion.
Fans of CRUSHED RED URBAN BAKE & CHOP SHOP, which opened last year in Clayton, soon will have two new locations to get their fix: The eatery is scheduled to open its second space in May at 140 S. Kirkwood Road in Kirkwood; while a third location should bow at 313 N. Euclid Ave. in the CWE later this summer, if all goes according to plan.
For those just not up to the chore of making a Turkey Day feast for the whole fam, Cielo Restaurant in the Four Seasons downtown has the answer: Chef FABRIZIO SCHENARDI and his crew are whipping up Thanksgiving dinner to-go. The dinners include delectable items like roasted Brussels sprouts, roasted sweet potato puree and a take on a holiday favorites, green bean casserole, as well as a whole roasted free-range turkey (brined for a full 48 hours before baking), and a choice of two pies from pastry chef PETER WHITLEY. The cost per dinner is $295 (excluding tax) and it feeds 10. Orders have to be received by Monday, Nov. 19, and can be made by calling 881-2105.
Peter Cohen, owner of Stringbean Coffee
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Once again, St. Louis has been recognized nationally for its culinary prowess. Chefs KEVIN NASHAN of Sidney Street Cafe; GERARD CRAFT of Niche; KEVIN WILLMANN of Farmhaus and JOSH GALLIANO of Monarch all have been named semi-finalists in the Best Chef: Midwest category of the 2012 James Beard Awards. And chef WES JOHNSON’s Salt in the CWE, which opened just last spring, is a semi-finalist for Best New Restaurant. Good luck to all!