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St Louis, MO: Clayton on the Park--Good reasonably nearby restaurants for a company dinner that should be more fun than stuffy

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Hi all,
I'm planning a meeting for 9 on a Tuesday night in February in Clayton/St. Louis, and am looking for some suggestions for interesting/fun restaurants in the area...ideally reasonably close, though not necessarily within walking distance, of Clayton on the Park. Though this is a business dinner the group is pretty informal, so they are hoping for not only good food and drinks, but perhaps some sort of entertainment too. I was looking into the murder mystery dinner option at the Lemp Mansion, but unfortunately our group is too small to warrant a private show. Does anyone have any suggestions of local dining establishments that fit the bill? Something along the lines of a jazz club, or some sort of interactive place with great food would be excellent. We might be able to get our entertainment elsewhere, so if you know of a place that has great food but doesn't necessarily fill the "entertainment" request then I'd still love to hear about it.

Also, I just scanned the board for past suggestions in the area, and here is what I found. Let me know if any of these sound like viable options for this type of meeting:

1. Remy
2. Cafe Napoli
3. The Crossing
4. Pomme
5. Cardwells
6. Harvest
7. Mira/Roxane
8. Mihalis
9. King Louie.

Thanks in advance

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  1. Remy, probably excellent for what you want, but no entertainment.

    Mihalis, great steaks but pricey. Live jazz on weekends, not sure about Tuesday night.

    King Louie. I may have to recuse myself since I have recommended these guys so often. Nah, they're great.

    Finale. Live music, not sure about the food. It walks like a duck, it quacks like a duck, not sure if it tastes like a duck.

    Check out Joe Bonwich's reviews on the Post-Dispatch he can point you in the right direction.

    1. Does belly dancing rank as entertainment for this crowd? Momo's on North and South (North of Delmar)has a fun eclectic atmosphere and some good Greek type food. I love the baked fetta and the lamb chops. The idea is to get multiple little plates and share. The bartender is very good BTW. There are so things that they fry that are not what I love about that region's food but for the most part the food is good, fresh and interestingly flavored. There is belly dancing pretty frequently- call and ask. They have good small nooks that are fun for groups.

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      1. re: stlSarah

        Thanks for the suggestion. I looked at the website, and while it seems like a fun place I worry that perhaps the bellydancing is a little too "fun" and could possibly get us in trouble should someone in the group become uncomfortable with the idea of half-naked women. Thanks, though!

      2. There is also Savor which has live music and magic shows. The food is good. It's in the Central West End, not Clayton but it might fit the bill.

        http://www.saucemagazine.com/website....

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        1. re: shannoninstlouis

          Is Savor any good post Kirk? I never made it there when he was there as I'd heard mixed things, and they've only gotten more mixed since he's left.

          1. re: bobzemuda

            I've only been there for drinks post-Kirk.
            When he was still cheffing (is that a word?) I wasn't all that thrilled with the food, but I seem to be in the minority with that opinion among my friends.

        2. I'm biased because he's a good friend, but Tony Dahl is chef at Finale, and he is serving up good food. It's no reinvention of the wheel, but it's good tasting food cooked and served correctly.

          1. Okay, new idea...does anyone know anything about the Kitchen Conservatory, and the interactive cooking classes they offer? My manager suggested that perhaps the group would enjoy taking a class at Viking and then eating the results, but it looks like they'll likely be sold out for the night we need. The Kitchen Conservatory looks really promising, but there's only so much you can tell from a website...

            www.kitchenconservatory.com

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            1. re: Laura D.

              An unqualified endorsement from a local food pro (me) for Kitchen Conservatory. The owner's name is Anne Cori -- call her and tell her what your idea is and see if she can accommodate you that evening.

              1. re: bonwich

                I've just tried calling the numbers listed on the website (both toll-free and local) and both are coming up as disconnected. Hopefully they are just having phone problems and haven't gone out of business, though it would be just my luck! I'll keep trying, and will ask for Anne should I get through.

                1. re: Laura D.

                  Laura D.,
                  I just checked our brand-new yellow pages--the # listed is 314-862-2665. We had an ice storm here last weekend, and while Clayton was not hit badly, I tried to reach some one yesterday and also got a "disconnected" message. Service might be a bit messed up.
                  My daughter took a teen pastry class at the Kitchen Conservatory last summer and loved it.
                  Good luck, p.j.

                  1. re: p.j.

                    Thanks PJ...that's the number I called but perhaps the lines are still down due to the ice storm. I will definitely keep trying as this seems like something the group would love.

                    Thanks again!

              2. re: Laura D.

                You could also call Whole Foods. The chef (Marc Felix) that runs the cooking school is charming and although I haven't personally taken a class from him, it has a good reputation. They do private functions.

                1. re: shannoninstlouis

                  Just heard back from Kitchen Conservatory...turns out that they were having phone problems which is why their line was coming up as disconnected. The bad news is that they are likely booked for the evening I need. Besides Whole Foods, who I'll be contacting, does anyone else have any suggestions for food/activities similar to those I mentioned in my other posts? Thanks SO much for all of the help!

              3. A local grocery chain, Dierbergs, also has a cooking school. I think they have 4 or 5 schools scattered around the metro area, each one is located in a grocery store.
                http://www.dierbergs.com/dierbergs.co...

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                1. re: shannoninstlouis

                  Thanks Shannon...I'll give them a ring. I was all set to book at Whole Foods, but unfortunately Chef Marc will be in L.A. during our meeting, and thus can't accomodate the group. Thanks again for the suggestion.