by Mabel Suen
Friday (Mar. 30):
Chocolate and Wine Tasting @ Vom Fass Indulge in the match made in heaven of alcohol and chocolate as Vom Fass presents pairing samples. Call 314-932-5262 for reservations. 5 to 7 p.m.
Cocktails & Clowns @ NEO on Locust Young Friends of St. Louis Children's Hospital hosts the 7th Annual Cocktails and Clowns benefit event. Ticket price includes beer, wine, Pearl Vodka and light appetizers. $40-50. 7 to 10 p.m.
Saturday (Mar. 31):
Winter Farmers Market @ Schlafly Bottleworks Get your groceries locally with everything from fresh produce to specialty baked goods. Get there early for to enjoy brunch menu items from the Schlafly Bottleworks bar until 11 a.m. Free admission. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Premier and Grand Cru Burgundy @ The Wine Merchant Ltd. Get a crash course in the best wines from France's Burgundy region including Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. $75. 6 p.m.
St. Louis SLAM Beer Tasting Fundraiser @ Malt House Cellar Sip and slurp up craft beers and appetizers to support the St. Louis SLAM women's tackle football team. $35-40. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Wine in the Sky @ Point of View Enjoy a evening of wine, appetizers, silent auctions and music to benefit Peter & Paul Community Services. $30. 6 to 9 p.m
Winter's End Party @ Maude's Market This celebration of springtime features samples of duck from Sassafras Valley Farm, folk music, a Stringbean Coffee tasting and roasting demonstration, a recipe swap, chicken petting pen, egg decorating and an egg hunt. RSVP for this free family-friendly, fun-filled event by calling 314-422-1141. Free. 1 to 4 p.m.
Sunday (Apr. 1):
Cafe Flora Brunch @ Missouri Botanical Garden The Spink Pavillion opens for spring and summer, offering a la carte brunch each Sunday through August. Visit the gardens and have a meal overlooking the Garden's central reflecting pools. Garden admission applies. Reservations recommended but not necessary. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Spring Picks Sampling Event @ Whole Foods Market - Town and Country Each department celebrates spring with samples from Easter and Passover menus and recipes. Free. 12 to 3 p.m.
Magnificent Macarons @ Kitchen Conservatory Learn how to make these airy, rich and delightful cookies in flavors like almond, vanilla and cocoa with fillings include passion fruit pastry cream, blood orange caramel and key lime curd during this hands-on class. $55 per person. Register online on the Kitchen Conservatory Web site. 1 to 3:30 p.m.