Paul and Wendy Hamilton put in a garden a few years ago to help provide good stuff for their restaurants, Eleven Eleven Mississippi, Vin de Set and PW Pizza. It has flourished, and this year, for three consecutive Fridays, they're offering tours and a prix fixe dinner afterwards.
I had a test run of the first menu, which was a fine salad, a riff on a Lyonnaise, with a mild arugula, soft-cooked egg and crisped-up guanciale, a take on a caprese salad with mozzarella, some wonderfully sweet grilled eggplant and mozzarella, and then roasted pork, porchetta style, with the traditional fennel notes, plopped on a potato puree and some mixed braised greens. It was a lovely meal, delicious and just the right spot between exotic and homey. Even a fairly conservative eater would have been thrilled with it. That's the menu tonight, if there are any spots left; you need a reservation (314-241-9999).
There are two more such evenings coming up on the next two Friday nights, one with lamb and another with pork. Here's where you can get the scoop: