by Mabel Suen
Friday (Nov. 2):
The Haunted Hunter @ Lemp Mansion Restaurant & Inn Enjoy a dinner of soup, salad, chicken with vegetable and potato, wine, dessert and coffee/tea over a murder mystery dinner show that tells a detective story focusing on the tale of Billy the Spook. $48.95 per person. Call 314-664-8024 for reservations. Every Friday and Saturday night through Nov. 10. 7 p.m.
Best of BOB Festival @ Broadway Oyster Bar Try out a number of specials featuring popular entrees from the past year including adobo oysters, soft-shell crab po' boys and crab stuffed prawns. Check out the entire menu of specials on the Broadway Oyster Bar website. Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3.
Vegan Appreciation Month Kick Off @ The Vine Mediterranean Cafe and Market For $11.99, feast on two skewers of grilled mixed vegetables with lubia (stewed green beans with tomatoes, onions and garlic), a side of cracked wheat with noodles, a choice of chickpea salad or foule, and pita bread. The first 50 customers to order the special entree get a free T-shirt that doubles as a coupon for 15 percent off any vegan dish throughout the month of November. Friday, Nov. 2 through Sunday, Nov. 4.
Saturday (Nov. 3):
One Jam Thing After Another @ Kitchen Conservatory During this demonstration class, learn how to make jams, jellies and nuts just in time for the holiday season. Can onion jam, fig jam, spiced honey walnuts and jalapeno jelly. $45 per person. Register online at the Kitchen Conservatory website. 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Winter Beach Bash Open House @ L'Ecole Culinaire Check out intricate fruit and food carvings, tour the campus and enjoy Hawaiian dishes. Free. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
EarthDance's Annual Farmers Formal @ College Hall, Washington University Enjoy a locavore feast by Bon Appétit Management Company, bid on over 100 items in a silent auction and sip on local libations. Tickets range between $20 to $75. 6 to 11 p.m.
Sunday (Nov. 4):
Cranksgiving 2012 @ Schlafly Bottleworks This fun food drive features a special cross-town bike ride. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saint Louis Originals Fall Frenzy @ Monarch Food, wine and craft beer from more than thirty Saint Louis Originals restaurants accompany live music and a silent auction. Tickets (available through Brown Paper Tickets) cost $75 each, with proceeds to benefit the ALS Association. 5 to 8 p.m.
Magnificent Missouri Dinner Series @ The Audobon Center at Riverlands The debut of this dinner series features a Native American dinner featuring fresh, local ingredients prepared by chef Josh Galliano. $100. 5:30 p.m.
85th Anniversary Celebration @ Bissinger's Handcrafted Chocolatier Celebrate 85 years of decadent chocolate treats all weekend by looking for special golden tickets in merchandise, taking advantage of special "1927" pricing and entering for a chance to win giveaway prizes. Friday, Nov. 2 through Sunday, Nov. 4.