This Week's Dish: Juniper & The Salted Pig Announced, Whiskey In The Winter Is Back, Crab Claw Fest At Scape

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Image courtesy of Juniper.

Image courtesy of Juniper.

Two new restaurant names were announced last week, giving shape to the next wave of much-anticipated 2013 eateries. The first is Juniper, the name of John Perkins’ first permanent, brick-and-mortar restaurant. Planned to replace the temporary restaurant series Perkins helmed at 360 N. Boyle in the CWE, Juniper will open on Oct. 16 and feature “southern cuisine and bottled cocktails inspired by southern classics,” according to an email sent out by Perkins last week. The second name announcement comes from Mike Del Pietro, who recently signed a lease on the former Frontenac Grills space at 731 S. Lindbergh. In its place, Del Pietro will open The Salted Pig in mid-December. The newest restaurant from the owner of Sugo’s, Babbo’s, Via Vino and Tavolo V will mark his first non-Italian venture, serving up fried chicken and smoked meats with Del Pietro’s winning combination of high quality at low price points.

Tuesday, Oct. 15: Make your reservation now to catch Florida stone crab during the Crab Claw Festival at Scape American Bistro. Through Nov. 15, chef Eric Kelly will import crab claws from the Florida Gulf Keys and serve them with lime and mustard aioli, as well as featured in a number of dishes announced periodically on the restaurant’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
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Sunday, Oct. 20: Head to Laumeier Sculpture Park for the 2013 Harvest Festival, where you’ll celebrate the best of autumn with  delicious eats from area restaurants, a farmers’ market featuring fresh local produce, arts and craft wares, family activities and live Bluegrass music. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for Laumeier Members, and children ages 10 and under free.

Saturday, Nov. 23: Whiskey In The Winter is back at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis At The Arch, offering an exclusive opportunity to sample over 200 whiskeys, including single malt and blended Scotch whiskies, bourbon, Irish, Tennessee, Canadian, Missouri, Japanese and other international whiskeys. Educational seminars will be available to attendees, as well as whiskey cocktails by local and visiting mixologists, a whiskey-inspired food menu and a “Golden Ticket” selection of prestigious rare whiskeys. Tickets (VIP, general admission and designated driver) can be purchased via the event website.

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