Monday, June 2, 2014

Bixby's Offers Outdoor Communal Dining for Shakespeare Festival

Posted By on Mon, Jun 2, 2014 at 9:00 AM

click to enlarge Grilled Cornish hen with oven-roasted potatoes and leeks with black bean succotash. | Bixby's
  • Grilled Cornish hen with oven-roasted potatoes and leeks with black bean succotash. | Bixby's

The Shakespeare Festival is one of the best things about summer in St. Louis, an yd for the second year in a row, Bixby's (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-361-7313) is kicking it up a notch. The restaurant is offering upscale, outdoor communal dining reminiscent of the sixteenth century to go along with the productions of Henry IV and Henry V.

See also: Bixby's Debuts Refreshing Spring Menu

Strawberry trifle with ricotta pound cake, local strawberries and whipped cream. | Bixby's
  • Strawberry trifle with ricotta pound cake, local strawberries and whipped cream. | Bixby's

On Fridays and Saturdays for the festival's run, you can eat a Shakespearean-inspired menu with 25 of your closest friends or meet some new people.

"We developed these tables specifically for this purpose and decided we could serve 40 guests a really lavish, elegant meal outside before the show," director of marketing and development Maggie Eichwald tells us. "They [the festival] approached us and we were more than happy to participate and we hit the ground running. We tried to develop a menu that is pleasing to everybody -- that isn't so overly done and heavy for being outside in May and June and St. Louis."

The menu, which is served alongside family-style sides on heaving platters practically overflowing with food, includes a tomato trio, farro and arugula salad, Cornish game hen, grilled vegetables, grilled local sausages and a strawberry trifle.

Smoked yellow tomato gazpacho. | Bixby's
  • Smoked yellow tomato gazpacho. | Bixby's

"We would just love for people to come out and give the dining experience a try," Eichwald says.

Tickets are $50 each; you can reserve your seats in multiples of two here. You can also reserve the entire table, which seats 40 -- contact Andrea Fuhr at afuhr@sfstl.com. Shakespeare in the Park runs every night except Tuesdays until June 15.

Check out the full menu:

Bixby's Shakespeare Communal Dining Menu

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