Industry Update


On a blustery January day in Cuba, Mo., a group of citizens gathered to honor another group of citizens whose ancestors thrived here before the United States were united. Members of the Osage Nation, led by Geoffrey M. Standing Bear, principal chief, were being honored with the installation of the sculpture of the Mother of the Osage family as part of the Osage Trail Legacy Monument Project.

The figures depicted in sculpture are positioned on the north side of Interstate 44, adjacent to the Cuba visitors center. This monument, the only one in Missouri to honor the Osage Nation, portrays an Osage family traveling west, out of Missouri along the original Trail of the Osage. Driven from their Missouri lands by a so-called “treaty” in 1825, this symbolic family sets their hopeful sights westward. This is the largest sculpture ever dedicated to the Osage Nation.

The statue was the brainchild of sculptor Glen Tutterrow. Aided by his son Curtis, the two have finished four of the group’s five steel figures, which are 35 feet tall, 20 feet wide, and stretch across 80 feet of ground. The monument’s height will allow it to be seen from the interstate by both eastbound and westbound traffic. A water feature is planned, along with lighting for the artwork to be visible at night. To complete the family, an Osage brave will be the last figure to be installed, sometime later in 2017.

Cuba is nationally known for murals on the walls of many businesses depicting historic events and brushes with fame as in the murals portraying aviator Amelia Earhardt and actress Betty Davis. Added to this growing collection will be the work of artist Norman Akers, who will paint an Osage-themed mural in Cuba’s historic uptown area in July of 2017. Cuba’s 12 Murals along historic U.S. Route 66—and now, the monument—are sure to draw visitors to the site and the town and provide a greater knowledge of the culture and history of the Osage, which will also be featured in exhibits at the History Museum on North Smith Street. (Editor’s Note: Joseph Clote, MM&E publisher, is a proud member of the Osage Nation.)


SLU logo 2Save the date for the upcoming Hospitality SLUnited event: Thursday, April 20, beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Wool Ballroom at Saint Louis University’s Busch Student Center. Hosted by SLU’s Hospitality Management Program, this is a unique opportunity to network with fellow hospitality professionals from many facets of the industry. The theme this year will be hospitality entrepreneurship and innovation.
The agenda includes a presentation by Amy Pham, a hospitality scholarship recipient, and SLUnited planning updates.
An industry panel and discussion starts at 4:30, with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 5:30, followed by a 6 p.m. roundtable and networking. A suggested $15 donation will help support the Hospitality Management Program through scholarships and industry- specific networking and educational events.
To register:
More info? Email: [email protected]



Parakeet Petes photoWhat the heck is “steampunk,” exactly? If uniquely wild and crazy is in your definition—with historical doo-dads, and a dose of period science fiction mixed in—Parakeet Pete’s SKY Deck in Branson, Mo., is where it’s at. It’s happened in December, where the eating, drinking and amusement spot’s Steampunk Balloon was site of a mannequin challenge. Descriptions of the costumes fail us. But the balloon does not: It rises nearly 200 feet in the air and comes back down after taking guests up yonder for a view of the town, lake and the Ozarks. Speaking of SKY, try a Zip & Sip event, a wine-tasting event accessible by waterfront zipline. Special farm-to-table dinners are to be slated as 2017 unfolds, and the SKY deck is where you’ll find the next steampunk-themed event. Visit for upcoming events (some of them charity benefits) and some pretty righteous photos.


Your meeting or event booked and held between now and April 21, 2017, at the Chase Park Plaza, a landmark hotel in the
Central West End neighborhood of St. Louis, could even get nicer…through the Enhance Your Meeting Experience promotion. Depending on the size of the occasion, planners will receive incentives by booking as few as 20 room nights at the Chase. Additional enhancements can be achieved at specific higher levels by booking more room nights, up to 500. Enhancements range from 10 VIP upgrades, to 10 percent off A/V rental, to one additional room per 30 contracted, to a complimentary cocktail reception. For more information, call the group sales department at 314.633.1006 or email [email protected]


Ices Plain and Fancy Abby

Sure you can get ice cream almost anywhere, but have you ever been to a rock ’n’ roll ice cream show? This is what happens when liquid nitrogen is poured over sweet, flavored cream in a big bowl. Not only do you make ice cream from the cream much faster than anyone could say Jack Frost, but you get a dramatic cloud of fog during the proceedings. What’s more, the resulting ice cream is pretty dang good!
“Flash churned” is smoother than the traditional slow method, and they do it custom, on the spot. Got fresh?! Boozy adult ice-cream cocktails are available, as are sorbets and non-dairy options. They’re only closed Mondays, and you can GPS them at 2256 S. 39th St., St. Louis, MO 63110 Call: 314.601.3604.
They take their show on the road, too! Email Sierra Neighbors: [email protected]

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