Before December and 2017 fade into a distant memory, I would like to place our final spotlight of the year on the incredible Bixby’s Team. As you all know, for over 8 years we have had the pleasure of providing dining and catering services at the Missouri History Museum at our Bixby’s restaurant. From day #1 it was our goal to provide the History Museum’s visitors and our restaurant patrons with an unparalleled dining experience. It was not long before local critics took notice and national attention was placed on our amazing lunches and brunches. Awards over the years have included: being named one of the best museum restaurants by Travel + Leisure Magazine, St. Louis Magazine A-List Winner, OpenTable’s Diner’s Choice Winner, Alive Magazine Hot List Winner, recognition from Food Network and many more!
For years, the charge has been led by Bridget Bitza, our Vice President of Venue Sales, who developed a unique knack for identifying dedicated, hospitality-focused front & back of house team members. Bridget’s team, along with Chef Ray Wiley, (our newly named Venue Chef de Cuisine for Butler’s Pantry), have overseen countless unforgettable menus and creative cuisine with an emphasis on local that have had diners coming back time and time again. “Our team truly considers our client’s experiences as a top priority and always welcomes guests into our dining room with a warm smile, ” said Mrs. Bitza. The management team has been rounded out with veteran Cathy Mastrolia. Cathy began her career at Bixby’s as a part-time waiter moving up quickly to take the reins as our Front of House Manager. It was Cathy’s daily task to ensure that our team was ready to meet, deliver and exceed the requests of so many diners. Cathy and her crew excelled. Team members include Jackie, Rashon, Brenda, Jacob, Monique, Bobby, Kourtney, Tyrice, Cathy, Donell Grier, Keondre Smith, Dave Hedges, Aaron Busby, Dwain Giles, Tyrese, and Rachel Miller.
THANK YOU to our entire squad. YOU are the reason we’ve been so successful over the last eight years. Not only did we fulfill our original vision for the restaurant, but you exceeded all of my expectations. I am so grateful.
Cheers to you and Happy Holidays to all! See everyone in 2018.
Richard L. Nix, Jr.
Butler’s Pantry President
We are honored to be featured as one of the best museum restaurants in America by Guestofaguest.com! We’re thrilled to be among other museums in cities such as New York, Chicago, Seattle and New Orleans. Our restaurant is proud to feature local produce and an incredible dining experience in the heart of one of St. Louis’ iconic and award-winning destinations, Forest Park. Join us for lunch or Sunday brunch after exploring the Missouri History Museum or a stroll through Forest Park. Check out the full article here.
Museums all over the country appear to be competing to see who can have the best and most glamorous restaurant with the most famous chef, much to the benefit of museum patrons. Instead of the cellophane-wrapped stale ham sandwiches of previous years, they can now enjoy a spectacular spread from world-renowned chefs such as Wolfgang Puck, Abram Bissell, or Dani Volpi.
With the art from the surrounding galleries spilling onto their walls, museum restaurants are exceptionally beautiful venues for a light meal or a celebratory dinner. Most are accessible without entering the museum, although the hope is that people will come not only to eat, but also to enjoy a portion of art appreciation.
Bixby’s, Missouri History Museum, St. Louis
It says a lot about Bixby’s when the most popular brunch place is located in the Missouri History Museum. This modern, spacious restaurant has spectacular views of Forest Park and its sleek décor and historical exhibits make for a wonderful place for a lunch, dinner, or Sunday brunch.
The menu is focused on local produce and is seasonal and imaginative with clear local influences. Try the healthy winter vegetable tart with parsnip puree, quinoa, carrot, butternut squash, and sauce verte. The restaurant is a great venue for celebrations and parties, and it is so popular that reservations are necessary.
Bixby’s restaurant offers a weeklong luncheon special to treat your Administrative Professional and office staff. From April 24-28, receive free dessert with the purchase of each lunch entrée.
Be among the first to enjoy Bixby’s new spring menu, with locally-inspired salads, sandwiches and entrées to satisfy every appetite. Choose from lunch options like Smoked Salmon & Avocado Toast, Seared Tenderloin Salad, Pan Seared Rainbow Trout, and the California Rice Bowl to receive a delectable house-made dessert on Bixby’s!
“Administrative Professionals Day is one of the largest workplace celebrations; we are happy to provide a sweet treat to the hard-working staff who support businesses each day,” said Richard Nix Jr., President of Butler’s Pantry, operator of Bixby’s.
With the purchase of each salad, sandwich or lunch entrée, guests can select their favorite treat from Bixby’s new dessert menu: Clementine’s Ice Cream Trio, Flourless Chocolate Torte with berry compote and Gooey Butter Cake with chocolate ganache, malted chocolate crumble and berries. Desserts may vary. Free dessert is only valid April 24-28th with the purchase of lunch entrée, salad or sandwich.
Bixby’s is located on the second floor of the Missouri History Museum, and features panoramic views of Forest Park. To make a reservation for your staff, call 314-3617313 or visit bixbys-mohistory.com
While many restaurants offer views of a busy street or parking lot, others are felicitously situated such that the diner can feast on the panorama as readily as on the fare. We offer a variety of scenics, from lofty perches in tall buildings to lakeside tables in Forest Park to outfield seats at the ballpark. Naturally the scenic splendor is accompanied by some of the city’s best menus: to die for Italian, applause worthy French and seriously upgraded sports bar grub. Enjoy.
Inside the Missouri History Museum, with a bird’s eye view of Forest Park, the restaurant offers lunch dishes featuring local food products under the direction of a French Culinary Institute-minted chef.
Original article in wheretraveler.com. See the full article here.
The views of fresh blooms in Forest Park, from Bixby’s floor-to-ceiling windows, have inspired Bixby’s chefs to declare an early start to summer! Join the restaurant for extended operating hours, bottomless cocktail specials and a new à la carte brunch menu every Saturday and Sunday through Labor Day.
Savor the weekends with friends and family, sipping refreshing drinks and experiencing summer’s bounty. Now through Labor Day, Bixby’s will stay open until 3 p.m. From 1:30-3:00 p.m., the restaurant will offer bottomless mimosas, Bloody Mary’s and red and white sangria for $12 per adult.
Order lunch from the chef’s seasonal menu, featuring a variety of fresh salads, small plates, sandwiches and entrees made with local produce and products. On Sunday, enjoy Bixby’s award-winning Champagne Brunch offering heavy buffet selections, a seasonal benedict station and breakfast-and-lunch classics.
For those seeking Bixby’s award-winning brunch on Saturday, try the new à la carte brunch menu with abbreviated dishes from the popular Sunday brunch buffet:
Stuffed French Toast
Nutella, banana, strawberry, ricotta cheese, brioche, pistachio praline
Chicken and Waffles
Buttermilk fried chicken, Belgian waffles, bacon, chipotle syrup, honey butter
Local Farm Omelet
Selection of farm-fresh veggies and cheese – add bacon for $2.25
Traditional Eggs Benny
Two English muffins, poached eggs, Hollandaise, Canadian bacon
Bixby’s extended hours and bottomless cocktail specials/à la carte menu begin this Saturday and run every Saturday and Sunday through Labor Day. To reserve your table, please call 314.361.7313 or visit bixbys-mohistory.com.
Enjoy Easter Brunch with family & friends at Bixby’s on Sunday, April 16th. Dine on delicious dishes on our cold station, entree station, carving station & more while overlooking beautiful Forest Park.
Seatings at 10AM, 12PM and 2PM.
Adult – $38
Child (12 & under) – $16
Young Child (3 & under) – FREE
Champagne toast, coffee, milk, iced tea included. Additional beverages may be purchased.
Click here to view the menu.
What: Bixby’s Beer Dinner featuring legendary Griesedieck Brothers
When: Tuesday, March 28th, 6PM
Where: Bixby’s, on the 2nd floor of the Missouri History Museum
Come & enjoy cuisine uniquely prepared with Griesedieck Brothers beers. Enjoy snapshots of Griesedieck history from the Museum archives during cocktail hour. Bixby’s head chef will brief guests on the chef-curated beer pairings on the menu, while the Griesedieck brothers themselves chat about their brewery’s history & why they are so passionate about beer. $40 per guest (plus gratuity & tax). $10 gift certificate for MHM members for a future visit in lieu of discounts.
Reserve your seats before it’s completely booked: 314.361.7313
6:00 – 6:30 | Hors D’oeuvre Stations
Artisan Meat & Cheese Display
Butler’s Soft Pretzels
6:30 | Served Dinner
Spent Grain Bread Basket
1st Course: Grilled Shrimp Salad, paired with a Pilsner
2nd Course: Grilled Kolbasse & Bratwurst stuffed Pierogi, paired with a Bavarian Wheat
3rd Course: Grapefruit Cheesecake, paired with a Pale Ale
Bixby’s, located on the second floor of the Missouri History Museum, was recently named one of the Top Museum Restaurants in the country by Food Network. The network named only 17 restaurants located in art museums and cultural institutes across the country. Bixby’s is the only establishment from Missouri to make the list.
The article, “Top Museum Restaurants: Where the Fine Arts Meet the Finest Food” is featured on foodnetwork.com.
“What an honor to be named one of America’s Best Museum Restaurants by such an esteemed network,” said Richard Nix Jr., President of Butler’s Pantry, operator of Bixby’s. “Our dedicated team works hard to provide unique, locally sourced dishes on seasonal menus, with unparalleled service and views of Forest Park. To be recognized by the Food Network is confirmation of all that we do every day to enhance our visitors’ experience.”
Open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, Bixby’s is a distinctive lunch destination, where patrons enjoy inspired local cuisine, sweeping views of Forest Park and sleek and modern décor. The culinary theme “Dining with Local Influence” embraces the use of fresh seasonal ingredients and regional products. Bixby’s chefs use imagination and (seasonal) availability to develop rotating lunch menus with a unique twist. Bixby’s award-winning Champagne Brunch is available every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Guests have an opportunity to try the Top Museum Restaurant this Valentine’s Day, when Bixby’s hosts a three-course prix-fixe Sweethearts Lunch, February 11-14. Or, join Bixby’s and the Missouri History Museum on February 14th for a special after-hours romantic dinner and show. For more information or to reserve your table, visit bixbys-mohistory.com.
To see the full article, visit Food Network’s website. Bixby’s was also voted one of “America’s Best” museum restaurants by Travel + Leisure (2013) and was the only local restaurant featured on the 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America list by OpenTable (2014).