by Mabel Suen
Third Friday Party @ Third Degree Glass Factory Defrost from the freezing temperatures with hot glassblowing, Baileys coffee, hot chocolate, fire spinning, and small plates like loaded baked potato soup at this monthly open house event. Free. 6 to 10 p.m.
The Bluestem Cookbook dinner @ Niche Bring a big appetite for Midwestern eats and leave with a stomach full of fine dining and a personalized copy of Bluestem: The Cookbook. Limited reservations available for $115 per person, which includes the above. Call 314-773-7755 for reservations. 6 p.m.
Around the World Wine Dinner @ Missouri Botanical Garden This month's installment of globally influenced eats prepared by Catering St. Louis features tastes of Tuscany including wine pairings with menu items such as goat cheese polenta, ragu of wild boar, quail with handmade pinci pasta and more. This 21+ event costs $58 per seat. Call 314-577-0200 for reservations. 6:30 p.m.
Saturday (Jan. 21):
Cabin Fever @ Schlafly Bottleworks Grab a brew to escape the cold weather blues at this winter beer fest featuring more than 30 Schlafly styles including raspberry coffe stout, smoked porter, vanilla milk stout and many more. Tickets cost $25 in advance or $30 at the door and include a commemorative tasting glass and 18 two-ounce samples of Schlafly beers. Call 314-241-BEER ext. 2 for more information. Noon to 4 p.m.
Taste of SEA @ St. Elizabeth's Academy Get two drink tickets and samples to many local restaurants including Pappy's Smokehouse, Iron Barley, Mangia Italiano and more. $25 at the door. 5 to 8 p.m.
TEDxManhattan "Changing the Way We Eat" Live Simulcast @ Livestream.com/tedx This live broadcast discussion unites various regions while exploring sustainable eating and farming across the country. 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Sunday (Jan. 22):
Alton Restaurant Week @ select Alton restaurants For a look into dining options just across the river, check out the debut of Alton Restaurant Week starting this Sunday, Jan. 22 through Saturday, Jan. 28. Get fixed price meals at the rate of $10 for lunch and $25 for dinner. Grab some gumbo and skewered beef tenders from Bossanova Restaurant and Lounge, a panini lunch from State Street Market, a baby back plate from Rib City and more. For the full list of participating restaurants and their menus, check out Alton Restaurant Week online.
Magic Tree House Brunch @ The Magic House Bring the family out to enjoy brunch and a Magic Tree House exhibit. Make reservations on the Magic House Web site. $18 per person; $15 for Magic House members. 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. or 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Weekly Sunday Brunch buffet @ Bevo Mill Enjoy a wholesome brunch buffet featuring everything from breakfast to savories, lunch and desserts. Bottomless mimosas and a bottomless bloody mary bar are also available. $24.99 for adults; $12.99 for children ages 6 to 12; children 5 and under eat free. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 314-832-6776. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Art of Chocolate and Wine @ Robust Wine Bar Enjoy local artisan chocolates from Bissinger's, Companion Bakery, Kakao, The Chocolate Affair and many more from the region with various wine pairings. Tickets are $25 in advance in $30 at the door. Call 314-963-0033 for more information. 1 to 4 p.m.