This Week's Dish: SipSTL App Locates the Best Drinks in Town, Death In The Afternoon Adds Evening Hours
Dec. 10: The team at Sanctuaria Wild Tapas will pay their final respects to the last of Heaven Hill Distillery’s exclusive Elijah Carig Bourbon with the second “Funeral of a Friend” dinner this Wednesday. The rare whiskies will be paired with a three-course dinner before raising a toast as one of the Elijah Crag barrels burns in a “funeral pyre.” The cost is $125 per person and reservations are required. 4198 Manchester Ave., The Grove, 314.535.9700
Ever at a loss on where to find the best places to grab a drink near to your location? Thanks to SipSTL, a new app, St. Louis-based creative firm Grain gives viewers an interactive map that will display a curated list of local hotspots to drink. Whether you’re in the mood for wine, cocktails or even coffee and shakes, this app will conveniently locate whatever drink you fancy—and hopefully get you acquainted with some new favorite drinking destinations. As of right now, the app is offered free and only for iPhone.
Downtown’s popular Death in the Afternoon recently announced the restaurant will be expanding into the evening for dinner hours. The members-only Blood & Sand owners Adam Frager and TJ Vytlacil have gotten a great following for the Citygarden spot’s current weekday lunch and brunch weekend offerings, so it is expected to do well with the new addition of a limited dinner—which will include some of the popular lunch items—offered in a tasting room called Upper 90 Brewing Co. The small microbrewery is only big enough for one barrel at a time and will offer brews in addition, with plans to start in early 2015. 808 Chestnut St., Downtown, 314.621.3236
Speaking of Death in the Afternoon and Blood & Sand, executive chef Nick Martinkovic parted ways with the two restaurants in mid-November. As reported by Sauce, colleague David Rosenfield took over there while Martinkovic—who made a name for himself on the local scene in 2013 with the opening of Central Table Food Hall—will be planning his own new venture focused on healthy, in-home cooking classes.
Home Wine Kitchen brought on chef Chris DiMercurio in November. DiMercurio most recently worked at Ben Poremba’s newest eatery Old Standard as well as former spots like Niche and Element. 7322 Manchester Road, Maplewood, 314.802.7676