by Mabel Suen
Friday (November 18):
Around the World Wine Dinner @ Missouri Botanical Gardens Chefs from Catering St. Louis will create a four-course regional menu featuring Portugal, pairing each course with a different wine from the same region. Enjoy roasted garlic-potato soup over a chorizo-kale fritter, chocolate rice pudding and more. $55 per person. Call 314-577-0200 for reservations. 6:30 p.m.
Third Friday Party @ Third Degree Glass Factory Society for Midwest Metalsmiths show and sell their work including jewelry of all kinds. Witness live glass-blowing, gobble up pumpkin martinis and tapas-style plates ranging from $2-8, enjoy live entertainment and more. Free admission. 6 to 10 p.m.
Saturday (November 19):
ArtFeast @ Crestwood Court This art and food truck event features visits with Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides, arts and crafts, and samples from a dozen food trucks including Sarah's Cake Stop, Seoul Taco, Wanderlust Pizza and more. Bring warm coats to donate to St. Patrick's Center if you have them. Free admission. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Maplewood Winter Farmers' Market @ Schlafly Bottleworks Outdoor farmers' markets have shuttered their stands for the season, but have no fear, the Schlafly Winter Market is here, and this year, they're serving brunch! Enjoy the first of many monthly winter markets inside Schlafly Bottleworks with the Bottleworks brunch menu during market hours. Vendors may include Marcoot Jersey Creamery, Ozark Forest Mushroom, Centennial Farms and many more. Get a helping of fresh vegetables, meat, cheese, baked goods and more, and get it indoors! Free admission. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Healthy Cooking with Locally Grown Ingredients @ Thomas Dunn Learning Center Learn how to cook apple and squash stew using local, seasonal ingredients. Head chef Michelle Blodget of Maude's Market demonstrates the simple soup while explaining the benefits of cooking with fresh, local produce. The cost for the class is $10. RSVP by calling 314-353-3050. 10 to 11 a.m.
Lydia House's Fifth Annual Gingerbread Contest Reception @ Plaza Frontenac Top chefs from throughout St. Louis compete with their interpretations of "Storybook Holiday Seasons" in edible, handmade house form. See the debut of these creations, make your own gingerbread creations, and visit Santa at the reception for the exhibit, which will be on display from Nov. 19 through Dec. 4 during regular mall hours. Free. 2 to 4 p.m.
Zootini 2011 @ The St. Louis Zoo's The Living World Enjoy creative cocktails, live entertainment by Fat Pocket and DJ Needles, a costume contest, raffle and game room at this 21-and-older event. The dress code is "upscale hip with an animal flare." Enjoy food from Sicily Streat, Sweet Divine and Guerilla Street food trucks. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door for non-members. Proceeds to benefit the Saint Louis Zoo. 8 p.m. to midnight.
Sunday (November 20):
Fair Trade Market @ Manchester United Methodist Church Get a head start on your Christmas list by shopping 2,500 square feet of Fair Trade certified clothing and accessories, coffee, chocolate, foodstuffs and much more while enjoying live cultural entertainment. Saturday, Nov. 19 and Sunday, Nov. 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Holiday Fare Wine Trail @ Hermann Wineries Enjoy a tasting menu of dishes such as crab and artichoke stuffed phyllo shells, pumpkin spice cookies and more paired with locally produced wines at seven different wineries along a scenic twenty-mile stretch including Adam Puchta Winery, Bias Winery and Dierberg Star Lane. Saturday, Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 20 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person and include a souvenir wine glass. Purchase them online or by calling 800-932-8687.
El Bulli: Cooking in Progress @ Landmark Tivoli Theatre View a screening of El Bulli: Cooking in Progress, a documentary film set in Spain portraying six months' worth of molecular-gastronomical research and development all toward a new, breathtaking menu. Observe the findings and prepare to drool. Tickets are $10-12. 3:30 p.m.