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.


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


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.)



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


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

Gingerbread cookie

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.


The Gilded Table: Recipes and Table History from the Campbell House

Gilded coverThe Gilded Table, Recipes and Table History from the Campbell House is a new cookbook, filled with 178 recipes from the 19th century. It is also a book filled with history, including the story of prominent St. Louis couple Robert and Virginia Campbell who moved into the house in 1854. Among their dinner guests were Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman.

photo-436Suzanne Corbett (shown above with “General Grant”) is the author of The Gilded Table. She spent several years organizing and testing Virginia Campbell’s recipes which are reproduced in the book.

I spoke to Suzanne about the project in 2012 on the Food Talk STL radio show and chatted with her recently at an event at River City Casino. Here’s that conversation, which runs just over 4 minutes:

The Gilded Table features photos by Jim Corbett III of many of the food items as well as Campbell family furnishings and dishware, including china, crystal and sterling.

Campbell House ChickenThe Gilded Table is available at the Campbell House Museum for 32.95. The Campbell House is located at 1508 Locust in St. Louis.

missouri-st-louis-campbell-house-museumThe Campbell House is open to visitors from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sundays. Cost is 8.00/person. For more info, click HERE to go to the Campbell House website.