This Week’s Dish: STL Chefs Are On The Move And Fall-Themed Fun For Beer Lovers

By Molly Rippinger
In Food

Two St. Louis chefs are settling into new kitchen homes this week—Brielle Fratellone at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis and Chris Vomund at Herbie’s Vintage 72. Prior to coming to St. Louis, Fratellone worked in bakeshops at various Florida resorts, such as The Breakers and The Everglades Club, but now she has already showcased her vast pastry skills in Clayton by creating a life-sized cake, named Lucy, that’s shaped like a bride in a gown. Vomund, on the other hand, is coming off a short stint at 1111 Mississippi after being executive chef of the now-closed The Nest in Frontenac. He will take the helm at Herbie’s this week, replacing Chris Ladley who has headed to Quincy Street Bistro and The Block.

Image courtesy of Schlafly Beer

Image courtesy of Schlafly Beer

‘Tis the season for all things pumpkin, so celebrate by sipping on beers featuring the flavors of fall at the St. Louis Brewers Guild Harvest Festival on Saturday, Nov. 1 from 1-5pm at Lafayette Park. The day will showcase the suds of nearly two-dozen breweries—including Schlafly Beer, Square One Brewery and Perennial Artisan Ales—and area food trucks will also be on hand for those who cannot survive on beer alone. Harvest Festival has also teamed up with Yoga Buzz to offer a one-hour session slated to begin at 11:45am, meaning all the yogis get first dibs a full 15 minutes before the other guests enter. Despite it being held on the day after Halloween, costumes are still encouraged with prizes being awarded to the best dressed. Tickets are available here and cost $35 per person for general admission and $42 per person plus Yoga Buzz session. 2101 Park Ave., Lafayette Square.

The team at Sanctuaria Wild Tapas is paying their respects to the last of their prized Elijah Craig Bourbons with two “Funeral of a Friend” dinners to be held on Saturday, Nov. 1 and Wednesday, Dec. 10. The rare whiskies will be honored with a three-course dinner paired with corresponding tastings and cocktails. At the end of the meal, guests will raise a final toast while watching one of the Elijah Craig barrels being burned during the “funeral pyre.” Reservations are $125 per person and can be purchased in advance. 4198 Manchester Ave., The Grove, 314.535.9700.

Raise a glass with some of the area’s best breweries at the Missouri Botanical Garden on Friday, Oct. 17 during the seventh annual Fest-of-Ale. The event is part of the Botanical Garden’s month-long “Spirits in the Garden” series, which showcases the products of local breweries and distilleries with fall-themed fun each Friday of the month. Guests at Fest-of-Ale will enjoy samples from 22 area breweries, appetizers and live music from 6-9pm. Tickets are still available and cost $35 per member, $45 per nonmember and $15 for designated drivers. All proceeds benefit the Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden and non-designated drivers receive a commemorative tasting glass. 4344 Shaw Blvd., Botanical Heights, 314.577.5100.

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