Laci’s PhotoBooth preserves memories in the form of unlimited 2”x6” photos and digital galleries at weddings, birthday parties, and galas. A magnet for partygoers, the photo booth lures them into its portable studio to don novelty props as they pose for a photo, which is printed on the spot, archived on a CD, and collected in an online gallery. To further capture the spirit of an event, hosts can customize the photos with logos or messages—such as their name and the date of the event. Some of the booths boast VideoBooth technology, which not only snaps photos, but records video footage of attendees congratulating the newlyweds, wishing the guest of honor a happy birthday, or laying down a impenetrable alibi. A dutiful attendant accompanies every booth to set it up and stand by for the duration of the event to assist with pictures and props.
Pics-N-Poses’ private, 5'x5'x6' photo booths document memories at all types of events. Party goers can vamp with feather boas or Mardi Gras beads, or pose against optional customized color backgrounds,. 15 seconds later, photo strips appear printed with color or black and white images as well as the host's personalized text.
Nestled in the Silent Forest?a place rich with local legends and tall tales?Hidden Lake Winery and Banquet Center carves out a cozy spot among the canopy of trees. The rustic lodge plays host to tastings where folks sample a selection of the winery's award-winning, hand-crafted wines. Each of the varietals is made from locally-grown fruits and bottled on-site. On weekends, chefs craft dishes from a quaint menu to pair with the wines, such as artisanal flatbreads, spinach-artichoke dip, and crispy deep-fried ravioli. For folks who'd like to make a weekend of it, Hidden Lake opens up deluxe cabins complete with jacuzzis and fireplaces.
Show Me Photobooth lends a nostalgic air to any indoor or outdoor event, fueling instant immortalization through candid digital photographs that double as fun, unique favors. A snapshot-savvy attendant accompanies the 3'x4' curtained picture portal to each wedding, graduation, or mayoral inauguration, handling set-up and addressing any technical issues to ensure a smooth shoot. During the soiree, groups of up to 15 revelers can mug for an unlimited series of digital strips that print in color or black and white in just 10 seconds. Rental includes a CD of all images as well as free web hosting of all prints, and hosts may further customize prints to include event details such as a brand, a logo, or a short-hand version of a Shakespearean sonnet.
As you approach the ornate 1916 building now known as Bevo Mill, you may notice two storks on the chimney. They aren't pausing en route to deliver twins—the stone birds were added as a good luck symbol in the German and Dutch tradition. When August A. Busch Sr. of Anheuser-Busch commissioned the structure in the years leading up to World War I, he sought to bring Europe's Flemish architecture and culture back to his native St. Louis. The historical building eventually closed its doors to the public, but in 2009, it reopened as Bevo Mill, an elegant events center that welcomes weddings, corporate gatherings, and other large-scale happenings.
Visitors can still watch the 60-foot-wide aluminum blades of the original windmill spin, and admire the exterior stucco walls’ multicolored stones, each hand-picked by Mr. Busch from his home farm. Brass chandeliers illuminate the main dining area, where vaulted cathedral ceilings curve down into arches whose bases are guarded by stone-carved gnomes. Local artisans restored the Mill Room's painted tile murals and ornate wooden beams, and the Oak Room's artisan glass and art deco light fixtures were meticulously repaired or stolen from Jay Gatsby's mansion.
In the kitchen, chefs prepare refined event menus and samplings of hors d'oeuvres such as flaky feuilletes, glazed pot stickers, quiches, and quesadillas. Buffets feature dishes as diverse as grilled Norwegian salmon, chicken roulades, and seasonal vegetable medleys. On Sundays, chefs prepare a brunch buffet that features dozens of internationally inspired recipes such as hardwood smoked bacon, belgian waffles, potato pancakes, and Hungarian-style sausage. Once a month, Bevo Mill holds an authentic German night, complete with live music and a German buffet.
Onesto is Italian for "honest," so it's no surprise the owners of Onesto Pizza & Trattoria strive for transparency when it comes to their food. They proudly showcase the list of more than 10 local farms from which they gather their menu's organic and seasonal fruit and antibiotic- and hormone-free meat. They even reveal the secrets behind their wild-mushroom- and Gulf-shrimp-topped pizzas by letting diners watch as each pie is hand-tossed. Pasta, from the housemade fettuccine to the macaroni and cheese served with lobster in a cast-iron skillet, joins elaborate seasonal entrees such as pan-seared wild striped bass, accompanied by a pumpernickel-crusted saffron risotto cake and sautéed spinach and apples in a lemongrass-butter broth. In addition to sourcing its ingredients locally, Onesto strives to reduce its carbon footprint by recycling, serving to-go orders in compostable containers, and asking diners to take off their carbon shoes at the door so as not to leave a footprint.
The gourmet ingredients and eco-friendly attitude seem to overshadow the restaurant's decor, which the Riverfront Times describes as "unassuming … with no obvious flash or flair." But subdued is sometimes best, as the paper named Onesto's "simple" patio as Best Outdoor Dining of 2010, hailing it as "an escape from the hustle and bustle of other St. Louis restaurant patios."