Crestwood Plaza Goodbye Event

On Saturday, April 16, beginning at 11:00 a.m., 26 food trucks will assemble outside Crestwood Court on Watson Road. Later in the day there will be live music.

Click HERE for event details.

At some time soon, all the connected buildings will be demolished and a new development will arise on the site. Unfortunately, a number of things caused the demise of Crestwood Plaza. Among its shortcomings (which it managed to overcome for decades) was its lack of close proximity to an interstate highway.

I was thinking last night about all the time and money my family spent at Crestwood Plaza.

Lots of meals at Chevy’s (fish tacos and a couple of Negra Modelos was my usual order) and Pasta House Company (pasta con broccoli). A few muffins and such at the Breadco up at the Famous-Barr end of the mall. And the occasional snacks from the food court.

Birthday parties at Exhilarama. MDA telethons. Radio station events in the Dillard’s court. Lemony Snicket books at B. Dalton. Toys galore from KayBee. Goofy items from Everything’s A Dollar. My first reading glasses from Sears Optical.

Many clothing and shoe purchases throughout the mall. Our first flip phones from the Sprint kiosk. And while the AMC theater was not my favorite I saw several films there. My Big Fat Greek Wedding was the last one I recall seeing at Crestwood.

To all the folks who shopped or worked at Crestwood Plaza, Saturday offers one more time to reminisce.

 

 

 

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Hungry Girl in STL on April 20

Lisa Lillien AKA Hungry Girl returns to St. Louis on Wednesday, April 20, 7:00 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center. It’s a FREE appearance, but you need to obtain an advance ticket.

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Lisa will be in town for a Jewish Book Festival event and will be promoting her newest book Clean & Hungry. Important note: “Snacks will be served.”

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Here is my interview with Lisa recorded in fall of 2012 for the Food Talk STL radio show, just ahead of an appearance at a Dierberg’s store.

 

In the interview, Lisa mentions throwing out a first pitch at a Cardinals game. (Hmmm. There’s a day game against the Cubs at Busch Stadium on her appearance date. Maybe she could enjoy a repeat performance?)

For (free) tickets to see Lisa on 4/20 at the J, you can call 314-442-3299 OR you can send an email to mjkambal@jccstl.org OR you can stop by the box office at the JCC Arts and Education building. Location is 2 Millstone Campus Drive, St. Louis 63146.

For more info about Lisa at her Hungry Girl website, click HERE.

 

 

 

 

3/10 Fundraiser for Soccer Park

The A-B Biergarten is hosting a fundraiser Thursday, March 10, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., to support restoration efforts for World Wide Technology Soccer Park, following recent flood damage.

Tickets for the event are 50 dollars. Guests will enjoy a variety of food and beverages plus live music. Attendees can bid on a number of attractive items in the silent auction. To purchase tickets, click HERE.

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During the event, checks will be presented by officials from Anheuser-Busch and Grey Eagle Distributors to help support the cause.

The popular soccer venue’s convenient location, off I-44 just west of I-270, is close to the Meramec River whose high waters caused extensive damage to much of the facility. The photo below from stltoday.com shows the extent of recent flooding.

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Thursday’s event offers a perfect opportunity for the STL soccer community to provide needed help. The soccer park, which opened in 1982, has hosted soccer matches at all levels of play, as well as numerous other events. Almost everyone involved in the St. Louis soccer scene has played or attended games there.

For more information about World Wide Technology Soccer Park, click HERE.

The Anheuser-Busch Biergarten is located at 1200 Lynch Street, adjacent to the brewery.

 

Cards Spring Games on BPV TV

Ballpark Village has one humongous TV screen. It’s not only ginormous, it also has a bright, clear picture.

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For many of the Cardinals spring training games from Florida, four of Ballpark Village’s venues will be offering a $10 Burger + Beer special.

You can enjoy this deal at Budweiser Brew House, Cardinal Nation, Drunken Fish and Fox Sports Midwest Live! (FSML! is the area with the big TV.) For ten bucks, you get any menu burger plus a pint of domestic beer. (For Drunken Fish, you can substitute a bowl for a burger.)

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Also—tickets to regular season Cardinals games will be given away each day the special deal is offered!

Here is the schedule for the Burger and Beer $10 special (with Cardinals baseball on TV). All games begin at noon, except the March 30 game which begins at 11:00 a.m.

Sunday, March 6 vs Nationals

Monday, March 7 vs Mets

Wednesday, March 9 vs Marlins

Friday, March 11 vs Braves

Monday, March 14 vs Twins

Friday, March 18 vs Tigers

Sunday, March 20 vs Marlins

Monday, March 21 vs Redsox

Wednesday, March 23 vs Marlins

Saturday, March 26 vs Nationals

Sunday, March 27 (Easter Sunday) vs Marlins

Monday, March 28 vs Mets

Tuesday, March 29 vs Nationals

Wednesday, March 30 vs Marlins.

For info about the Ballpark Village Spring Training Special, click HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mardi Gras at the Biergarten

The Anheuser-Busch Biergarten is hosting a buffet breakfast on Saturday morning, February 6, 8:00 a.m. to noon, before the Soulard Mardi Gras parade.

After the parade, the Biergarten will have live music from North Of The Quarter, performing from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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During the Bud Light Grand Parade, which begins at 11:00 a.m., the A-B Tour Center will have its trolley (with a beer/burgers/baseball theme) in the parade.

The Biergarten will be serving $2 Bud Lights, Bloody Marys and Bud Light Mixxtails Hurricanes on Saturday. A special Mardi Gras themed menu is being offer through Tuesday, February 9, at the Biergarten featuring New Orleans style dishes such as Jambalaya, Apple Beignets and Shrimp Po’Boys.

The Biergarten is located at 1200 Lynch Street in St. Louis. If you’re going to visit on Saturday, February 6, your best bet for access is the Pestalozzi bridge over I-44.

Rockin’ At The Biergarten

The A-B Biergarten is hosting Bud Light Happy Hours on the next few Thursday evenings, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with Bud Light drafts and bottles for $2. Plus discount deals on appetizers.

And… live music! Here’s the lineup:

January  14 – Copper Creek Duo
January 21 – The UltraViolets
January 28 – Pure Nectar
February 4- Javier Mendoza
February 11- McCready & Co.

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This is a warm weather pic. In the winter, there’s a roof over the Biergarten.

The Biergarten is located at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery on the northeast corner of the campus, with free parking. Enter at 12th and Lynch.

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I can’t guarantee you’ll get to meet a Clydesdale (like I did at an event there last summer), but you never know…

Dine Inside A REAL Gingerbread House

Here’s cool Christmas thing for you and your family to do! Have dinner (or breakfast or lunch or just snacks) inside a real gingerbread house.

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The house is set up at River City Casino. It is outside the gaming area, so it is open to all ages.

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Take a peek inside the windows and you can see the table and chairs.

For a $25 donation to the Center for Hearing and Speech, you and your group (family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, etc.) can reserve the house for a 90 minute period. You can order the 3-course holiday menu listed below for $25/person. Or you can order from the Lewy’s Nine Cafe menu. (Click HERE for Lewy’s Nine information.)

To reserve a time for your group in the gingerbread house, please call 314-388-7623. Time slots are already getting filled up. (For information about the Center for Hearing and Speech, please click HERE.)

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The oddly-angled shot below shows some of the decorations on the ceiling of the house.

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The house was constructed by Pinnacle Entertainment employees who put their names on the gingerbread figures on the outside walls.

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On a recent visit to River City Casino, the 1904 Steak House and chef John Johnson introduced new Small Plates which include Braised Short Rib Sliders, Lobster Mac and Cheese, Pan Seared Scallops and Steak Tartar, among others. Of course, the regular menu is also available. Click HERE to learn more about the 1904 Steak House at River City.