by Liz Miller
Sanctuaria (4198 Manchester Avenue; 314-535-9700) announced this week that its releasing a cocktail book penned by its acclaimed bar manager Matt Seiter titled The Dive Bar of Cocktails: How We Rewrote the Rules and Recipes One Cocktail at a Time. A book-release party titled "Cocktails by Candlelight" is scheduled to coincide with the restaurant's third anniversary on Monday, December 10, at 7 p.m. at Sanctuaria. The book's official release date is Tuesday, December 11.
Gut Check caught up with Seiter to find out what's inside the cocktail book and what to expect at Sanctuaria's upcoming shindig.
"There's over 150 recipes in the book," Seiter says. "Readers can expect all those recipes, how to make them and more. I give away (well, sell away) a majority of our housemade ingredient recipes, tips/tricks we use behind our bar daily, stories and anecdotes for all of our own creations and a bibliography for every classic cocktail on the menu."
As for the book-release party, Seiter says it will be a causal celebration with a focus on great food and drink under the theme Southside Backyard Party. Guests can expect coolers of beer, "backyard-style" cocktails, games and eats such as center-cut pork steaks topped with bourbon butterscotch glaze, mostaccioli with meat sauce, and smoked Gouda and more.
"Previous events we've held at Sanctuaria have been formal attire, a little 'higher class.' We've put a lot of time and effort into this project," Seiter says. "We want to celebrate the event, not work it. Besides, the title of the book is The Dive Bar of Cocktail Bars. Nothing about that says, 'Wear formal attire.' Also, I grew up on the south side. The most fun parties I've been to have been those backyard parties where everyone there doesn't care what you wear, drink or what your status is. They're just there to have a good time and enjoy each other's company, no matter the occasion. So that theme, as well as concept of the book, is me. Come celebrate with me, just wear clothes."
Tickets for the event are $45 for Sanctuaria Cocktail Club members and $50 for non-members and include food and drink. A preview of The Dive Bar of Cocktail Bars will be available at the party and it will be available for purchase the following day through Sanctuaria's website or at the restaurant. It retails for $24.99 before tax. An additional shipping charge is included for online orders.
Don't miss Gut Check's full Q&A with Seiter closer to the book's release date.