Stuff to do December 2014
Louisiana Purchase Exhibition Menu
Through April 19, 2015, Bixby’s at The Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, 314.361.7313, bixbys-mohistory.com
In conjunction with the Missouri History Museum’s new Louisiana Purchase exhibition, Bixby’s diners can enjoy a prix fixe meal of rustic Spanish- and French-inspired dishes that give a nod to our pioneer past. There’s duck rillette, bison chili, buttermilk-grilled turkey medallions and, for dessert, a persimmon-apple buckle with vanilla gelato. Lewis and Clark never had it this good. Reservations suggested.
Shaken, Not Stirred
Thursdays – 5 to 7:30 p.m., Ritz-Carlton St. Louis, 100 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton, 314.863.6300, ritzcarlton.com/stlouis
Meet the elite in the Ritz-Carlton lobby lounge for what the luxury hotel has dubbed “a celebration of martinis and mixology.” This weekly happy hour features a complimentary half-hour cocktail class, where you learn how to create your own mixers, simple syrups and aromatic bitters. Then look for special pricing on a rotating selection of martinis until 7:30 p.m.
Brothers Lazaroff Hanukkah Hullabaloo
Dec. 6 – 8 p.m., Create Space, 6323 Delmar Blvd., University City, brotherslazaroff.com
Latkes will be fried onstage and served free to all at the annual Hanukkah Hullabaloo – with applesauce or sour cream, of course. Area musicians Brothers Lazaroff sponsor the rockin’ affair at the newly opened local artisan marketplace, Create Space. Partyers can shop for gifts, dance to DJ Boogieman and enjoy a performance of a Hanukkah collaboration, “Eight Nights,” featuring the Brothers Lazaroff, Rabbi James Stone Goodman and members of the Funky Butt Brass Band. Besides the potato pancakes, the celebration will include food from Mission Taco, Lu Lu Seafood & Dim Sum and Rebel Roots caramel apples.
Dec. 6 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dec. 7 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Stone Hill Winery, 1110 Stone Hill Highway, Hermann, 573.486.2221,
Thirty vendors will sell artisanal foods, crafts, Christmas goods and, of course, wine at the annual Kristkindl Markt at Stone Hill Winery. Under the warmth of a heated pavilion, enjoy hot soup and mulled wine while you peruse offerings like bread from Hummingbird Kitchen, soup and dip mixes by Two Sisters Canning and meats by Hermann Wursthaus and Swiss Meat & Sausage, among other purveyors. Build the perfect gift with a Stone Hill customizable gift basket you can stuff with wine, ornaments, glasses and wine accessories. Substantial fare is available at the winery’s 1847 Vintage Restaurant, where popular dishes include pork schnitzel, shaved sauerbraten, Reubens and the Jager Special, an open-faced beef sandwich smothered in a red wine-mushroom sauce.
Webster Holiday Cookie Walk
Dec. 13 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Old Webster through Old Orchard, Webster Groves, explorewebstergroves.com
It’s a bit like Halloween in December when the Cookie Walk returns to Webster Groves. The holiday tradition means complimentary cookies – and their recipes – at various stores along Big Bend Boulevard and Gore and Lockwood avenues. The progressive shopping and dessert experience hits Cravings, Garland Wines, Provalo Deli, Yo My Goodness frozen yogurt and many other shops and restaurants in the 63119. Look for Webster Cookie Walk signs in the windows of participating shops.
New Year’s Eve Party at Steinberg Skating Rink
Dec. 31 – 10 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., Steinberg Skating Rink in Forest Park, St. Louis, 314.367.7465, steinbergskatingrink.com
Glide into 2015 at Steinberg Skating Rink’s annual New Year’s Eve party at Steinberg Skating Rink. Regular admission includes a midnight countdown with party favors, noisemakers and, of course, a nice long session of skating in a circle like ya just don’t care. Fuel up at the nighttime appetizer buffet, which includes hot wings, toasted ravioli, mac-n-cheese bites, corn fritters and mini tacos, as well as draft beer, wine, hot chocolate, soda and coffee.