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.

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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.

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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.

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Valentine’s Day—One Of The Big Ones

V-day is huge for restaurants. This year it falls on a Saturday. Convenient for couples. But owners would prefer V-day happen on a weeknight, since tables are generally in greater demand on Saturdays anyway.

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Here’s what a few local restaurants have planned for Valentine’s 2014.

Panorama at the Art Museum is offering a special 3-course prix fixe dinner on Friday night, February 13, 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For $65 per couple, you can share an Aphrodisiac Menu For Two, created by chef Ivy Magruder:

Roasted Asparagus with avocado, arugula salad and basil honey vinaigrette

Rum and Coffee Marinated Filet with artichoke-tarragon risotto and butter-poached lobster

Double Chocolate Brownie Tart with raspberries and vanilla ice cream

Panorama will offer brunch on Valentine’s Day and Sunday, Feb. 15 from 10:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m. The view is spectacular! Call 314-655-5490 for reservations.

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The Ritz-Carlton in Clayton is featuring a Romance Menu on Friday and Saturday nights (February 13 and 14), 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in The Grill. It’s priced at $99/person. (They’ll also have a la carte items available.)

The Ritz has an overnight stay package that includes deluxe accommodations, dinner for two, breakfast for two, a “rose petal turndown” for $459. Available Friday and Saturday nights. Call 314-719-1433 for dining reservations or 800-241-3333 for the overnight package.

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Kemoll’s is hosting a Valentine’s Dinner and Dance on Saturday, February 14 up on the 42nd floor of the Met Square building.

Cost is $100/person which includes your meal, open bar, tip and parking. (Not to mention a nice view of the Arch!) Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m. Here’s the Kemoll’s V-day menu:

1st course: Caesar Salad with shaved parmesan, 5 cheese croutons, and grilled anchovies

2nd course: Farfalle Pasta tossed in a creamy wild mushroom alfredo and fries procuito

3rd course: Grilled Filet Mignon with garlic bourism and Tiger Shrimp sauteed in a roasted red pepper scampi butter served with balsamic marinated asparagus

4th course: Belgium Waffle Strawberry Shortcake topped with vanilla bourbon syrup glaze.

Call 314-421-0555 to make your reservation.

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Tenacious Eats, which matches a 5-course food and cocktail menu to a movie, is sold out for its Valentine’s Day presentation of When Harry Met Sally. But, at last check, tickets are available for Friday, February 13. For info visit TenaciousEats.com.

You should note that a Tenacious Eats dinner is not your usual formal dinner date. It’s not quite Rocky Horror at the Tiv, but it is a looser, more fun kind of night out. $65/person.

Whatever restaurant you may be thinking about for Valentine’s Day, it’s important to make your reservation soon.

Also, consider that Valentine’s Day means a bit of an adjustment for restaurants, since most V-day reservations are for parties of 2. (A normal Saturday may include several parties of 4 or 6.)

And now, to conclude this post and put you in a romantic state of mind for Valentine’s Day, here’s a classic love song from the Reverend Al Green!

Tenacious Eats: Dinner, Drinks and a Movie!

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.