Halloween, Vincent Price, Tenacious Eats

I swear when I first skimmed the email with info about a Vincent Price food event, I read “recipes from the cookbook for the 5 corpses.” When you read that name in the subject line, you are prone to scary, creepy thoughts, I reckon.

Just 3 weeks before Halloween 2015, Vincent’s daughter Victoria Price will be back in her dad’s hometown (STL), promoting the 50th anniversary re-release of A Treasury of Great Recipes, a cookbook by Mary and Vincent Price.

A Treasury 50th book cover-page-001

The Vincent Price Tenacious Eats event is set for Saturday, October 10. Chef Liz Schuster will be whipping up recipes from the cookbook for the 5 courses. Each course (not corpse) is served with a creative cocktail. The film to be featured will be Theatre of Blood, starring Vincent Price.

Live music and cash bar at 6:30 p.m. The movie and the first course begin at 8:00 p.m. Cost is $75/person. Advance tickets may be purchased by clicking HERE. Location for the event is STL Banquet Center, 5700 Leona Avenue in South St. Louis (63116). Costumes are encouraged! (To learn more about Tenacious Eats, click HERE.)

Victoria Price will be at the Tenacious Eats event and will have copies of the cookbook available for purchase. The book, which features a lengthy historical preface by Victoria and an introduction by Wolfgang Puck, contains recipes and menus ranging from haute cuisine at Europe’s finest restaurants to Dodger Stadium hot dogs. Cost of the book is $50.


Victoria Price will be making other appearances in St. Louis during the weekend of October 9. Those will be announced soon. For more info about the book and Vincent Price, click HERE.

To get you in the mood for the Tenacious Eats event and Halloween season, take a moment to listen to Vincent Price’s voiceover session for his work on Michael Jackson’s classic Thriller.


Tenacious Eats: Dinner, Drinks and a Movie!


Chef Liz Schuster (above) loves movies. And she loves to cook. She combines her passions into unique presentations that combine movies with food and drink. Her Tenacious Eats events have been happening for about a year and a half. (Changes are coming, as detailed below.)

Empty theater

Her venue is Meyer’s Grove, on Manchester at the west end of The Grove neighborhood in St. Louis. (Above pic shows the room before it was filled. Photo below shows the room with people in it.) My wife and I recently enjoyed National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, along with food courses and cocktails matched to movie segments.

Tenacious Crown

The first course, shown below, was a tasty Midwestern Scotch Egg. It’s a boiled egg with sausage around it, plus cheddar grits and grape jelly BBQ sauce. This was paired with a Pumpkin Bloody Mary. Both were hard to beat, but there was much more to come.


The other courses were Christmas Cabbage Rolls, Hickory Smoked Pork Belly (my wife’s favorite), Turkey Pot Pie (below) and, for dessert, Eggnog Cheesecake.

pot pie

As I pondered the minor challenge of eating (and taking food pics) in the low light, I considered Liz and her two sidemen who were cooking (!) in the low light. They made it possible by wearing miner’s lamps on their heads.

Chefs in dark

Christmas Vacation is a movie that’s best watched in a group, whether it’s with your family at home, or with the sold-out crowd of 54 or so folks at Tenacious Eats.


If you go, be prepared for a leisurely evening. Emcee Jeremy started the party at 8:00 p.m. with giveaways of movie swag. With pauses to describe each course, plus an intermission and followup comments at the end, we left for home at around 11:00 p.m.

The next Tenacious Eats feature is Gremlins on Tuesday, December 17. Click HERE to order tickets. (Remember the 3 rules for Gremlins: no water, no bright lights and no food after midnight.)

The food is delicious, the booze is creative and the movies are winners. It’s a fun night out! Check out Tenacious Eats online by clicking HERE.