Celebrating the Bard with 38 Eats – Shakespeare Festival St. Louis

Celebrating the Bard with 38 Eats – Shakespeare Festival St. Louis

STL Chefs Join Annual Shakespeare Festival

St. Louis, MO/April 08, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – St. Louis loves a good festival almost as much as the city loves the arts.  So it’s not really surprising how fast SHAKE 38, a celebration of Shakespeare’s 38 plays, has grown.  SHAKE 38 is the creation of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis.  What began in 2010 as a 38-hour performance by 200 artists is now a five-day event involving more than 1,500 artists and a dazzling array of events across the St. Louis area, designed for a variety of audiences.  This year, the annual Shakespeare festival runs April 19 – 23, and will include a new feature called “38 Eats.”

This unique celebration involves 38 restaurants across the city.  Their chefs are creating special dishes inspired by Shakespeare’s 38 plays.  The featured menu items will be available for purchase by guests throughout the five-day event at the participating restaurants.  Guests are encouraged to visit the participating restaurants to purchase the dishes.

Some of the restaurants participating in 38 Eats include:

Acero, 7266 Manchester Road in Maplewood. Executive Chef/Owner Jim Fiala and Chef Eric Gibbs are giving a nod to The Merchant of Venice with a classically Venetian dish of pea and risotto with fennel-infused salami.

Edibles and Essentials, 5815 Hampton Ave. in St. Louis Hills. Owner/chef Matthew B. Borchardt’s creation was inspired by Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors. Their 38 Eats dish is bacon wrapped meatloaf with potato cake, bacon gravy and spring vegetables.

Hendel’s, 599 St Denis Street in Old Town Florissant will honor Henry IV pt 2 with parmesan encrusted lamb chop with roasted red pepper bisque.  They’ll also feature a special wine: Writer’s Block Roussanne.

Olio, 1634 Tower Grove Ave. in St. Louis’ Botanical Heights neighborhood.  Chef Ben Grupe will pay homage to Titus Andronicus by creating an ancient Roman bread salad.

Some of the other restaurants participating include Kakao Chocolate, Crown Candy Kitchen, Atomic Cowboy, Aya Sofia, Salt + Smoke, Schlafly Bottleworks, and Winslow’s Home.  There are 38 restaurants in all. A complete list of participating restaurants, along with which of the Bard’s plays they’re honoring, is available at the Shakespeare Festival website: https://www.sfstl.com/in-the-streets/38-eats/.

This culinary event, “38 Eats” is part of the broader SHAKE 38, an around-the-clock urban experience highlighting Shakespeare’s entire canon in every neighborhood in St. Louis in 38 hours.  In 2012 the event expanded to five days.  Events are free and nearly all are open to the public.

Since its inception in 2001, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis has surpassed the one million mark in attendance through its work In the Schools, In the Streets and In the Park with more than 710,000 people attending the free main stage productions at Shakespeare Glen in Forest Park.

More Information:

Shakespeare Festival St. Louis

SHAKE 38 2017 Information: https://www.sfstl.com/in-the-streets/shake-38/

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