by Mabel Suen
It's been a long week. Treat yourself. Two beer fests, a centennial wine tasting and a sangria tasting provide plenty of ways to wet that whistle. Read on for some recommendations of where to eat and (most importantly) drink this weekend.
Friday (Apr. 26):
Sangria and Cocktail Tasting @ Vom Fass Taste a red and white sangria from Bodega de San Antonio to prep yourself for summer, along with some special cocktails using Vom Fass liquours. Free. 5 to 7:30 p.m.
11th Annual Herb Days Plant Sale @ Missouri Botanical Garden The St. Louis Herb Society strikes again with a selection of more than 100 varieties of herbs ranging in price from $2.75 to $4.50. Shop around and get tips from knowledgable volunteers. Admission is included with Garden admission. Friday, Apr. 26 and Saturday, Apr. 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Centennial Wine Expo @ The Moulin "This is the first year for the Centennial Wine Expo, which will feature more than 140 different types of wine from around the world. Fifteen local distributors are bringing in wines that are currently only available to restaurants or specialty wine shops for the tasting, which Scott Gaghan, Expo founder, hopes to make an annual event." Tickets cost $34.99. 6 to 9 p.m.
Five Star Lounge Luxury Auditoriums Launch @ St. Charles 18 Cine Wehrenberg Theatre's five-star concept expands to their St. Chuck location. Kick back in a heated leather recliner and have snacks like loaded baked potato chips and bacon cheeseburgers brought to your seat at the push of a button. Check out the Wehrenberg website for showtimes and tickets.
Saturday (Apr. 27):
Edwardsville Spring Beer Festival @ Edwardsville City Park "The festival is free, but you can buy beer tickets to taste beers from twenty different craft breweries from across the U.S. Local breweries will also have selections there, of course. Edwardsville restaurants Bella Milano, the Cup, Cleveland-Heath, Bigelo's Bistro, 222 Artisan Bakery and Craft Chophouse will provide food for the event, but make sure you have cash on hand for them." 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Butcher This! Fillet That! @ Whole Foods Market-Town and Country Watch as a half dozen craftspeople from Midwestern Whole Foods locations yield knives and compete for the titles of best butcher and fishmongrer based on speed, accuracy and aesthetics. Admission to spectate is free. 12 to 2 p.m.
Ferguson Brewfest @ Ferguson Brewing Company "Admission is $25, and that includes a souvenir tasting glass and samples from any of the breweries. Ferguson Brewing Company's restaurant will be serving its full menu inside, and there will be a tent outside with select items like Bavarian soft pretzels and pulled pork. Of course, all of Ferguson Brewing Company's beers will be available in the restaurant as well." 1 p.m. to 5 p.m
A Day in the Class: French Pastry & Girls Night Out: Oui, Oui Paris! @ Kitchen Conservatory Francophiles have two options to choose from. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., pastry chef Barry Marcus leads an intensive crash course on classic French pastries. The cost is $150 per person. From 6:30 to 9 p.m., a Kitchen Conservatory instructor demonstrates an open-face croque monsieur, baked truffle fries and more. The cost is $45 per person. Info on these classes and more available on the Kitchen Conservatory website.
Sunday (Apr. 28):
Greater St. Louis Book Fair @ West County Mall Shop this annual book fair and attempt to unearth a cookbook or two (or more than a few) while doing so. Friday, Apr. 26 and Saturday, Apr. 27 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Apr. 28 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
April Tasting Menu @ Oceano Bistro Try four courses for $25 with the last days of this month long special. Choose between options like jumbo lump crab cakes, seafood chowder and Australian lamb chops. Call 314-721-9400 for reservations.