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Cocktails, Corsets and Cupcakes

Infused takes a look at Bixby's Above It All reception to complement the Underneath It All exhibit at the Missouri History Museum Through Aug. 28
 Cocktails, Corsets and Cupcakes

In INFUSED, a weekly column, Elizabeth J. Musgrave connects spirits, wine, and beer with culinary and creative arts.


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St. Louis’ award-winning Bixby's at the Missouri History Museum gets underneath it all with Above it All through Aug. 28, 2012. In conjunction with the museum's latest unique exhibit – one appropriately titled Underneath it All, presenting a timeline of historical lingerie and fashionable silhouettes – upscale eatery Bixby’s pours cocktails and presents its own exhibit of demi plates, hors d' oeuvres and desserts.

Although the museum's exhibit is open daily, Tuesdays are the hot night with the "Above it All" reception for fashionistas, girlfriends and trendy folks. From 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., the second floor will get racy with Bixby's Sous Chef Callaghan Carter's epicurean nibblers, including tomato-mozzarella antipasto plates, orzo primavera with grilled shrimp, watercress vichyssoise shooters, smoked paprika and citrus hummus with veggies, and summer squash flatbread with local goat cheese.

For dessert, nothing but cocktail cupcakes will do with tempting flavors like vanilla Champagne, strawberry daiquiri, citrus colada, and chocolate cosmo. Smart cocktails of infused summer spritzers, as well as a premium cash bar including Skinnygirl cocktails, will also be available during the event.


About the Exhibit


As a reflection of identity throughout the ages, clothing can be used to reflect one's status in society – or to rebel against it, in the case of the bra-burning era. Various efforts have been made using undergarments to highlight or create an illusion of perfection with the female body.

Underneath It All showcases these efforts through mannequins dressed in fashionable silhouettes of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, along with their coordinating “undressed” mannequins. The undressed mannequins display the undergarments needed to create that silhouette. From bustles to bullet bras, petticoats to panty hose, corsets to camisoles, Underneath It All tells the story of women’s progress in a changing society through fashion.

For Tuesday evening's Above it All event, purchase tickets ($20) and reserve a spot by visiting AboveitAll/ To reserve early and receive a unique gift bag, call Bixby's at 314-361-7313 or email

For viewing of the Underneath it All exhibit sans cocktails, visit for details, directions and hours. Underneath It All continues through Jan 27, 2013.


[IMAGES: Bixby's; Missouri History Museum]


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Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living columnist, travel writer, performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her newest column, Infused at and and as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC. Gotta Go is published on, in M magazine and these newspapers: South Sider Voice, Indiana Weekender, New Palestine Reporter, Pendleton Times Reporter and Fortville-McCordsville Reporter. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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