The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: April 5 to 7

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Strange Beers - Friday, Apr. 5 @ Perennial Artisan Ales - IMAGE VIA
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Warm weather means more excuses to leave the house in search of eats. Plenty of options await, depending on what food you're in the mood for. Participate in a pot luck, get a head start on that garden or check out some monthly menu specials. Click ahead for edible adventure ideas this weekend.

Friday (Apr. 5):

Chef's Table @ L'Ecole Culinaire During this casual first come, first served happy hour style event, order small plates for under $10 a pop to enjoy with A. Bommarito wines, local beers and spirits. 4 to 7:30 p.m.

Strange Beers @ Perennial Artisan Ales Sample new flavors from Strange Donuts including banana walnut and chocolate sea salt paired with featured Perennial beers such as a Belgian saison with chamomile and Black Walnut Dunkel. Admission and donut samples are free - 20% of beer sales go toward Strange Donuts' Kickstarter campaign. 5 p.m.

First Friday @ Contemporary Art Museum Enjoy art and live music from DJ Superconductor. A cash bar is available along with British pub fare prepared by Kitchen Kulture. Admission is free. 5 to 9 p.m.

Saturday (Apr. 6):

St. Louis Garden Blitz @ Missouri Botanical Garden The return of trees and assorted shades of green on the scene can only mean one thing - gardening season awaits! Not sure where to start? Get schooled during the event, "St. Louis Garden Blitz: Get to Know and Grow Your Food," to do just that. Topics include raised-bed gardening, mushrooms, herbal cocktails and more. Registration costs $60 per person. Call 314-577-9506 for details. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Fifth Birthday Party @ Onesto For this birthday celebration, "Onesto will be roasting a 180-pound pig on a spit in its back yard. But wait, there's more! The pig will be stuffed with a turkey, a chicken and a cornish hen. All this meat will be served up (free!) with sides like slaw, mac & cheese, beans and bread..." . 1 p.m.

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Cancer Sucks Pub Crawl @ participating Washington Ave. bars. Drink and dine for a good cause. Five bars including Flannery's and Side Bar offer food and drink specials to participants. Individual tickets cost $20 and can be purchased online via the official Cancer Sucks Pub Crawl website. 1 to 6 p.m.

Beans, Bikes and Brews @ Immaculate Conception Parish Hall Partake in a potluck party to celebrate Trailnet's unveiling of its 2013 group rides. Grab some bike gear and a beer over live music there - it's $5 if you bring a dish and $10 otherwise. Register online via the Trailnet website. 6 p.m.

Sunday (Apr. 7):

A Tasteful Affair @ Four Seasons Hotel Food Outreach celebrates its 25th birthday with an annual fundraiser. Sample tastings from forty restaurants and caterers. General admission costs $75 per person. 2 to 5 p.m.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame Cake Pops @ Kitchen Conservatory If baseball and cake pops are two things you like a lot, join instructor Julie Malloy for a hands on class that combines the two just in time for Cardinals season. $50 per person. Register online via the Kitchen Conservatory website. 4:30 to 7 p.m.

April tasting menu @ Oceano Bistro Try four courses for $25 with this month long special. Choose between options like jumbo lump crab cakes, seafood chowder and Australian lamb chops. Call 314-721-9400 for reservations.

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