by Mabel Suen
Winter wages on -- embrace it by attending a frosty brewfest or St. Charles' Fete de Glace. Alternatively, you won't have to look far for ways to warm up. Try the Mardi Gras Wine, Beer & Whiskey Tasting or the Rep Theatre's annual Food and Wine Experience.
Friday (Jan. 25):
Mardi Gras Wine, Beer & Whiskey Tasting @ St. Louis City Hall Tickets, available via the official St. Louis Mardi Gras website, cost $35 per person and include four food tasting tickets in addition to access to AB-InBev beers, Jack Daniels family whiskeys and more. 6:30 to 10 p.m. Check out the Crystal Cajun Cook-Off the following day.
Clayton Restaurant Week @ participating Clayton restaurants Seventeen area restaurants offer a three-course meal for $25. It's the perfect opportunity to try out dishes like Maryland crab cakes at Coastal Bistro and Bar, brisket at The Crossing or lasagna Bolognese at Mad Tomato. Head to the Clayton Restaurant Week website for full menus. Now through Sunday, January 27.
St. Louis Food and Wine Experience @ Khorassan Ballroom in the Chase Park Plaza Hotel Peruse an open tasting of more than 700 wines. Admission costs $50 in advance and $60 at the door, benefiting the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Saturday, January 26, and Sunday, January 27, from Noon to 5 p.m.
Date Night For Couples: Authentic Mexican @ Kitchen Conservatory Grab a partner and learn how to make tostadas, fried plantains and more in this hands-on class. The cost is $125 per couple. Register online via the Kitchen Conservatory website. 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday (Jan. 26):
Winter Farmers Market @ Schlafly Bottleworks Choose from a selection of fresh produce, meat and cheese vendors, baked goods and more. Admission is free. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Frosty Brewfest @ Spokes Bar & Grill Get a taste of 18 regional breweries including Big Muddy, Rock Bridge and Civil Life. VIP admission with extra goodies costs $45; general admission is $20. 1 p.m. for VIP patrons, 2 p.m. for general admission.
Fete de Glace @ Main Street St. Charles More than a dozen ice carvers line two blocks with their live sculpting. Watch them work over available food and drink. Admission is free. 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
National Pie Day Celebration @ Pie Pantry in Belleville, Illinois Pie Pantry celebrates National Pie Day a few days late with a special unlimited pie buffet for $10 including twelve or more pies and a pie-baking contest.
Sunday (Jan. 27):
Kitchen Kulture Brunch @ Sump Coffee In this first of many collaborations, enjoy Sump coffee pairings with Pint Size Bakery sweet and savory pastries for around $8 an entree. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.