This Week's Dish: Fourth Of July Brunch At Bixby's, National Nods For The Libertine And Gamlin Whiskey House

By Molly Rippinger
In Food
Image courtesy of Eckert's

Image courtesy of Eckert’s

With the Fourth of July landing on a Friday this year, Bixby’s decided to bump up their usual Sunday brunch to cater to the crowds heading out to the holiday festivities in Forest Park. The buffet spread will include some of Bixby’s most popular brunch items, including their buttermilk biscuits topped with sausage gravy, mini waffles with fresh berries and a well-stocked omelet station. Brunch is $17.75 per adult, $12.50 per child and will be available from 7-10am, which allows guests plenty of time to catch the parade. For reservations, call 314.361.7313.

The Fourth of July usually marks the height of peach picking season around Eckert’s Country Store & Farms, but this year the farm has had to cancel pick-your-own peaches because many of the buds suffered damage during the harsh winter. Instead, flats of peaches are available for purchase at Eckert’s Belleville Country Store and St. Louis Farm Market.

The Libertine received national press earlier this month with a mention in the New York Post’s article, “8 summer cocktails with the most bizarre ingredients.” The ingredient worth the write-up was the green strawberry pickling liquid used in Serge’s Morning Girl cocktail. The drink combines Quivira Sauvignon Blanc, grapefruit juice, Aperol and a splash of the pickling brine before being shaken and garnished with a skewer of unripened strawberries.

Gamlin Whiskey House also enjoyed a national nod earlier this month when they were included in USA Today’s “10 can’t-miss whisky bars around the USA.” While Gamlin’s list of more than 270 whiskeys certainly placed them on the radar, it seems that the crown jewels of their collection – all five Pappy Van Winkles and the 1974 A.R. Hirsch Reserve – made them a sure contender on the national stage. USA Today also seemed impressed by Gamlin’s whiskey sommelier as well as the suggested whiskey pairings for specific menu items.

In other news, Gerard Craft’s award-winning and highly-acclaimed Niche has decided to pay it forward to the local food community by donating $5 from each chef’s tasting menu to benefit Slow Food Saint Louis – a non-profit working to promote good, clean and fair food. Slow Food is an international organization founded in 1989 in an effort to preserve the culinary traditions that make food an integral part of life.

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