Fall brings a bounty of new sensory sensations ripe for foodies and theater patrons to harvest. The fancy to the unfussy are staged to complement St. Louis’ new season of theatrical productions and October’s special events.
Café at Rep Café, operated by Llywelyn’s Catering, is the new culinary headliner at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, which made its debut last month during the season’s opener, “Evita.” To the delight of the hungry theater patron, Café at the Rep flips the lobby into a dining venue before each main-stage production.
Look for the themed specials that Llewelyn’s is featuring for each show such as Sweet Potato Enchiladas for “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” the current production. The Rep’s and Café at the Rep is now offering $10 Llewelyn’s gift certificates and 10% off a pair of tickets with dinner reservations for performances of “A Doll’s House, Part 2.” Just use promo code SAVE10.
Visitors to Grand Center could say The Fabulous Fox’s Curtain Call Lounge and Stage Left Grille, which flanks the Fox, has out-flanked the competition. Curtain Call Lounge is St. Louis’ first Champagne bar, with creative small plates and deserts. It’s also added a Marquee Buffet, with each buffet featuring foods inspired by the Fox’s current show. On the menu for the upcoming production of “Disney’s Aladdin” : couscous salad, minted cucumber yogurt and chicken shawarma.
Stage Left Grille, located on the north corner of the Fox, doesn’t upstage anyone. It doesn’t have to. Thanks to a solid menu featuring retro-inspired classics such as smashed burgers and sandwiches, and throwback shakes and malts. Toast the night with one of Stage Left’s seasonal signature show cocktails. My pick, the Love Never Dies cocktail, a mix of Jack Daniels, ginger beer and lemon slices over ice with clove candy swizzle stick.
October’s best dinner entertainment for those who enjoy a good scare should consider it at a haunted house. The Darkness, rated as America’s best haunted house, is offering a VIP party room to book for friends from 5 to 7 p.m.
The room is filled with games, horror-themed pinballs, a three-minute horror escape and horror movies. Guests can cater in their own food and drinks, and can make the menu as deliciously decadent or easy as they like as the favorite of the resident ghouls, “Fright Castles.” Each party includes speed passes for each guest, which takes them to the front of the line of The Hive Zombie Experience and The Darkness.
Another chilling experience for hungry ghost hunters is The Lemp Mansion, considered spook center by the St. Louis Paranormal Society. Take the ghost tour after one of the Lemp’s famous Sunday chicken dinners. Just one warning: Don’t be surprised if an unexpected guest “appears” table side.
Missouri Botanical Garden encourages guests to search out the paranormal while sampling spirited drinks and eats at its annual “Spirits in the Garden,” Oct. 26, from 6 to 9 p.m. Perhaps the spirit of Henry Shaw will walk among the visitors as they sample tastings from local distilleries, wineries and breweries. Evening entertainment includes local paranormal investigators, fortune tellers, music and a stilt-walking Frankenstein’s monster. Admission includes all activities and tastings. Food is available for purchase.