Archive for May, 2011

Kitchen Insiders

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Cheff Todd Lough discusses his favorite menu item with Laura Graesser from the Ladue News.

by laura graesser

Since Bixby’s opened at the Missouri History Museum in March 2010, the smoked salmon has been a fixture on the menu. Flown in from Scotland, the Shetland salmon is cured, smoked and sliced in-house, then served in a classic nicoise salad with local greens, kalamata olives, hardboiled egg, French green beans, radish, red potatoes and a roasted shallot vinaigrette.

“I’m just a fishmonger from Florida and I love fresh fish, “Chef Todd Lough says. “Using the refined artisan technique and making it from scratch from a whole salmon is a much better product than what you can buy commercially.”

On Sundays, the smoked salmon also is available at brunch with bagels, cream cheese and traditional condiments, like capers, onion and chopped egg.

Original story written in the Ladue News

Cafe Madeleine Remains Open for Business

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Hail Damages Buildings at Tower Grove Park

ST. LOUIS (KMOX)-While most of the St. Louis area escaped serious damage as yesterday’s storms roared through, the Palm House at south St. Louis’ Tower Grove Park was not so lucky.

Park Director John Karel tells KMOX that 26 panes of glass on the Palm House roof were either cracked or broken by hail. He says some of  the hail stones were larger than golf balls.

Karel watched the damage being done from the director’s residence behind the Palm House, “”I could hear a faint ‘pop’ as each pane broke. It was like watching some sort of newsreel, very strange. I felt helpless.”

Karel says damage to the greenhouse behind the Palm House and the Plant House, was even worse. It’s estimated 80 panes were broken there.

The damage comes before a busy weekend for the park and the Palm House. Karel says the house is scheduled to host five wedding events, including rehearsals, weddings and receptions.  Plus there’s the weekly Sunday brunch and Monday’s Memorial Day concert.

He says American Door, Glass and Mirror has made the Palm House a priority. Crews were at the park early Thursday morning. They will use plywood and plastic to make temporary repairs, then return next week to replace the glass.

Karel says they expect to have the preliminary repairs completed by noon Friday, so the weekend’s events can go on as scheduled.

He says a damage estimate has not been completed yet. The park does have insurance, but Karel says it has a “large deductible”.

ALIVE Magazine Hot List

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

By Amy De La Hunt , May 25, 2011

Bixby’s is honored to be a part of ALIVE Magazine’s 2011 Hot List.  Recognized as one of St. Louis’ Best-Kept Secrets.

Best Unexpected Dining Spot: Bixby’s
For an institution dedicated to preserving the past, the History Museum is certainly placing itself in the present of the city. Most patrons would be hard-pressed to name the restaurant inside, but Bixby’s is worth discovering. Open for lunch six days a week and brunch on Sundays, it features local ingredients in modern dishes overlooking a lovely landscape.

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May Raves

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

“Our celebration was a great success in large part to the delicious food you all provided. Every detail was perfect and I had leftovers to send home with my guests. Everyone was delighted!”

Villa Duchesne Oak Hill School Buffet, May 24, 2011

“Our event was excellent…as always!”

50th Anniversary of Father John at Annunziata Catholic Church, May 22, 2011


Oh my gosh!!! I can’t thank you enough. What a fantastic reception. You really went above and beyond…

I am only sorry I am just now writing this. I should have written this first thing Monday morning, but honestly I just now feel like I have my head back on my shoulders. You did sooooo much for us. There are sneak peak pictures out on Facebook and it is a testimonial to how wonderful everything was. You and Annette, together, well I just don’t know how to express my appreciation!!!! When you see these pictures – wow! Butler’s Pantry and Tower Grove has to be the best venue in the city of St. Louis. If you need any testimonials or recommendations EVER, please…please let us know! We will be happy to do whatever.

This email just does not seem like enough of a thank you…but THANK YOU!!!!!”

Pat Bueltmann, Wedding, May 21, 2011

“Dear Butler’s Pantry Staff!

Thank you so much for another successful party at our house yesterday! The guests raved about the food – it was all delicious! Thank you for your professionalism and NO RAIN too!”

Ahn-Chun and Paul Min, Graduation Party, May 20, 2011

“My guests are still raving about the quality of the food and service. Thank You!!”

Sims wedding at the Piper Palm House, May 20, 2011

“As always your food is divine!”

Ladies Luncheon, May 19, 2011

“Bridget and Bill were very professional. We cannot thank you enough for making the evening so wonderful. We will use you again and refer your company! Thank you!

Margaret Garvin, May 14, 2011

“The staff did a great job and the food was delicious!”

Deloitte Cocktail Party, May 12, 2011

“[Butler's Pantry] was absolutely outstanding!! Really great to work with, and went above and beyond. Thanks!”

Big Brothers Big Sisters Kentucky Derby Party, May 7, 2011

“I loved being a guest at at my own dinner party &  your staff enabled me to visit & enjoy my guests…”

Private Dinner Party, May 5, 2011

Butler’s Pantry Staff With Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales!

Monday, May 23rd, 2011



Feedback – Misourri History Museum

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Thinking about having your wedding reception at The Missouri History Museum?  Read this great review from The Knot’s

“Spring Wedding at the History Museum:  The History Museum is striking upon entrance. The building and front room, is what drew me to this venue to have my reception. We rented the front room, but were basically given the entire bottom level of the building. I could not have been happier with how everything turned out. The lighting, tall pillars, life size replica of the Spirit of St. Louis, and the giant monument of Thomas Jefferson all bring a regal feel to the room while also working together to make the room very aesthetically pleasing for events such as a wedding reception. The service was top notch, and I would recommend this venue to anyone looking to have an elegant, carefree wedding close to the city located in Forest Park. The fountain out front makes for amazing picture as well!”

-Michelle Myers
Wedding Reception in The Grand Hall, April 30, 2011

Café Madeleine Updates Menu

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Despite the increase of food costs, Café Madeleine has actively maintained a high quality of food and service at affordable prices. These attributes contributed to the restaurant’s continual recognition as one of St. Louis’ prime brunch locations. However, after two years of upholding fixed menu prices, a 25 cent increase has been instituted to continue providing the excellence that patrons have grown accustomed to.

Check out the new menu above!


2011 St. Louis Children’s Hospital Tabletop Event

Monday, May 16th, 2011


For the fourth consecutive year Butler’s Pantry and the Rebel Florist partnered to create a distinctive place setting for the annual St. Louis Children’s Hospital Tabletop Event. Joining more than 50 of St. Louis’ premium vendors, Butler’s Pantry transformed tables at the Ritz Carlton Hotel into an ancient atmosphere, drawing inspiration from the Missour History Museum’s upcoming exhibit “Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age.”


A pair of four foot centerpieces accented with orange and purple flowers, luscious green foliage, smooth rocks, Himalayan sea-salt candles, and driftwood of various sizes adorned the table. White linens draped the seating space creating structures reminiscent of the frame of pre-historic creatures.



Each place setting included a magnifying glass and shadow box with genuine fossils, live plants, and information on the ancient artifacts. Guests dined from wooden flatware and amber glasses, while using utensils with wooden handles; handmade napkins completed the archaic atmosphere.

As in the past, this year’s event was held on April and raised more than $100,000.

Great Recipes for Local Produce

Monday, May 9th, 2011
May 9, 2011

Spring is rapidly slipping into summer. It’s time to pay attention to produce. Greg Ziengenfuss from Butler’s Pantry is the executive chef and vice president of operations. He has great tips for what you can do with fresh local produce.


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