Eat Outside the Box

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Two new businesses are adding a dash of spice to the concept of dining out


Sometimes, a traditional sit-down dinner just doesn’t cut it—especially for those foodies who think they’ve seen and tasted everything. Lucky for you, St. Louis is chock full of creative foodtrepreneurs coming up with new ways to bring culinary greatness to your taste buds.

Foodies on Foot
Founded by self-proclaimed food evangelist Beth Huch, St. Louis Culinary Tours offers walking tours of the area’s top foodie neighborhoods. Taste tourists visit multiple establishments, all within walking distance of one another, and meet the chefs and bartenders along the way to sample their creative offerings. The debut tour of Maplewood begins with craft cocktails at Vom Fass, including a tasting of oil and vinegar pairings (diners leave with a gift of their favorite combo), then moves on to Acero for a gourmet meal with chef Adam Knau, and wraps up with a nightcap next door at Water Street Cafe. Each tour is limited to 10 participants, and food preferences of all kinds are accommodated.

Similar tours are being planned for Downtown St. Louis, Clayton, Webster Groves, Central West End and Chaumette Winery, and Huch also offers private tours and gift certificates. A special holiday edition of the Maplewood tour in December will take place in the afternoon, focus more on cocktails and add additional stops to the lineup. For upcoming tour dates and cities, visit

Some Like it Haute
Don’t call it dinner theatre. Tenacious Eats, created by former Scottish Arms chef Liz Schuster and her partner Jake Alcorn, takes the dinner-and-a-movie concept to a whole new level. Fusing fine dining and feature films, the chefs prepare multi-course meals and cocktails in view of the audience during films screened at Meyer’s Grove. For instance, during the film “Short Order,” when osso bucco is served on screen, Schuster and Alcorn do the same for the live audience. Other times, the chosen dish is not a literal association but inspired by characters, locations or action depicted in the film.

Schuster calls the evening “funny and playful,” and customers are already eating it up. “I’ve seen people lick their plates,” she says. Screenings are planned for the first two Tuesdays in December. Films under consideration are “Like Water For Chocolate,” featuring a local chocolatier, and “Braveheart,” served with traditional Scottish food like rabbit haggis. For more information, including upcoming films and screening dates, visit programs.



Vom Fass


Water Street




Photo credit: Matt Strom

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