by Mabel Suen
Friday (Nov. 4):
Anne Byrn, The Cake Mix Doctor Samples and Signing @ Straub's Anne Byrn, an award-winning food writer and author of seven cookbooks including The Cake Mix Doctor and The Dinner Doctor, unveils her new line of cake mixes, which have a from-scratch taste and no artificial ingredients, for sampling. Free. On Friday, Nov. 4, Byrn will be at Straub's on Kingshighway from 4 to 7 p.m. On Saturday, Nov. 5, Byrn will be at Straub's on Forsyth from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Straub's on West Elm from 4 to 6 p.m.
"It's A Wonderful Death" Opening Night @ Bissell Mansion Restaurant & Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre The debut of this interactive parody of Frank Capra's "It's A Wonderful Life," is presented with a 4-course meal "to die for." Select from a list of entrees including New York strip steak, chicken Parmesan and more. Call 314-533-9830 for reservations. $52.95 per person. Tickets available for showtimes on Friday and Saturday from at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Saturday (Nov. 5):
Fall Grand Tasting @ The Wine Merchant Ltd. The Wine Merchant prepares a line-up of wine said to please the most discriminating palates and bargain hunters, too, including rare grower champagnes from importer Terry Theisse, new releases from importer Eric Solomon & European Cellars and more. $10 per person -- no reservations required. Noon to 4 p.m.
Feast Your Eyes @ Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis CAM's monthly program featuring creative, art-inspired tastings by a local chef, features Chef Chris Bork of Blood & Sand creating a tasting menu to coincide a current exhibition by David Noonan and Emily Wardill. Afterwards, stick around for an exhibition tour to see the connection between the culinary dishes you just savored and works by CAM's current exhibiting artists. Free. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
4th Annual Fall Fire Festival @ The Green Center Enjoy an evening of fire, food and fine drinks for fall season. This all-ages event features Aalim and Chuvani belly dancers, the STL Hoop Club and more. Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for children the day of the event and includes food and drink. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
CRUSH Charity Event @ Peabody Opera House Enjoy live music from The Instructors, view latest fashion trends, and enjoy drinks and food samplings while getting a glimpse of the Peabody's new designs. Call 314-845-3900 to purchase tickets in advance. $50 general admission. 6 to 10 p.m.
Sunday (Nov. 6):
Mad Hatter's Tea Party @ The Magic House Sip tea or apple juice, dine on assorted desserts, make a Mad Hatter hat to take home and enjoy a live production of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." $18 per person. Showtimes available Saturday, Nov. 5 and Sunday, Nov. 6 at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Fall Festival @ Sutter-Meyer House The Sutter-Meyer House (6826 Chamberlain Court) , self-proclaimed oldest building in University City, celebrates the season with the likes of free family fun including Dutch oven cooking demonstrations, sack and three-legged races, art activities, horseshoe toss and more. Visit this 19th Century time capsule for tours and to learn how kettle corn, apple cider and more were made back in the day. Free admission. 2 to 4 p.m.
Laird Family Wine Dinner @ McCormick & Schmicks Seafood Restaurant Get a load of chili glazed shrimp, pecan encrusted corvina with sweet potato cakes, braised short ribs and more paired with Laird Family Estate wine. $65 per person. Call 314-835-1300 for reservations. 7 to 9 p.m.
Freaky Muscato One-Year Anniversary Party @ Exo Rappers Murphy Lee and Kyjuan of St. Lunatics celebrate the one year anniversary of their sweet sparkling white wine, Freaky Muscato. Tickets are $20 per person and are available to individuals aged 21 or older. 8 p.m. to midnight.