by Mabel Suen
Friday (Feb. 10):
Cod & Cask Festival @ Schlafly Tap Room Try out several cod specialties including famous fish'n'chips and plokkfiskur, a traditional Icelandic dish made with shredded cod, mashed potatoes, Bearnaise sauce and cheese. Wash it all down with Schlafly cask-conditioned beers made with a method borrowed from early 20th century British pubs. Free. Friday, Feb. 10 from 5 p.m. to midnight and Saturday, Feb. 11 from 11 a.m. to midnight.
Aphrodisiac-inspired Valentine's Dinner @ Square One Brewery & Distillery Enjoy this special Valentine's menu available on Friday, Feb. 10, Saturday, Feb. 11 and Tuesday, Feb. 14. For a set price, enjoy four courses with options including achiote pork, duck wings, chocolate hazelnut cake and more, or just order some items a la carte. Call 314-231-2537 for reservations, and check out Square One's Facebook page for the full menu.
Saturday (Feb. 11):
Valentine's Family Day @ Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis This family-friendly event features plenty of hands-on activities and special prizes sponsored by Bissinger's Chocolates. Free. 1 to 4 p.m.
LOVEmeier: Share Your Love of Laumeier @ Laumeier Sculpture Park Themes of love and art come together in this special event featuring flavors such as Kakao chocolate, a wine and brandy tasting, hot cocoa, cider and s'mores. Other aspects of the evening include illuminated landscape and sculptures, poetry, a DJ and warm firepits. $35 for non-members, children 11 and under free with adult admission. 5 to 9 p.m.
Intro to Burgandy @ The Wine Merchant Ltd. Take a crash course introduction into this region for $30, including samplings of pinot noir, chardonnay and more. Call 314-863-6282 to register. 6 p.m.
Valentine's Snuggie Pub Crawl @ Bar Louie Get comfy in a snuggie and partake in free shots and drink specials all night. $20 per person or $30 for couples. All proceeds go to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 5 to 11 p.m.
Sunday (Feb. 12):
Run for the Chocolate @ Downtown St. Louis This 5k/1 mile fun run to benefit the Downtown Bicycle Station stretches from Laclede's Landing to Crown Candy Kitchen and back. Registration costs $30 per person and $50 per couple with plenty of sweet dessert-themed prizes in several categories. Register for Run for the Chocolate online. 9 a.m.
Valentine's Brunch @ Bevo Mill Enjoy a Valentine's themed brunch with over 40 items including three meat carving stations, a build-your-own omelet station, German specialties and more. The price per seat is $31.95 for adults, $15.95 for children ages 6-12, and free for children five and under. Call 314-832-6776 for reservations. Seatings available between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Southern Comfort Taste of Soulard @ Soulard neighborhood Try out samples from several Soulard restaurants including Bogart's, Soulard Coffee Garden, Hammerstone's and more during this two day tasting event. $25 for seven tasting tickets. See the full list of participating restaurants and order tickets on the official St. Louis Mardi Gras events Web site. Saturday, Feb. 11 and Sunday, Feb. 12. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
26th Annual Missouri Winefest @ Westport Plaza's Indoor Pavillion Enjoy wine from Artesian Springs Winery, Cedar Lake Cellars, St. James Winery and more. A $20 entrance fee includes a commemorative goblet, wine sampling and live entertainment from Tony Viviano. Proceeds go to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Saturday, Feb. 11 and Sunday, Feb. 12 from noon to 5 p.m