by Mabel Suen
This weekend, look forward to Tour D'Onut, the Francis Park Grub and Groove, a Sustainable Backyard Tour, Fiesta in Florissant and more. Bottoms up, everyone! The weekend awaits along with our suggestions, right after the jump.
Friday (June 21):
Third Friday Free Party @ Third Degree Glass Factory At this month's open house, get free ice cream tastings from Frostbite Gourmet Ice Cream, order tapas-style plates like watermelon salad and jerk chicken skewers, sip on mojitos, and enjoy entertainment such as fire spinning, live music and a classic car show. Admission is free. 6 to 10 p.m.
Around the World Wine Dinner @ Missouri Botanical Garden MoBot continues Around the World Wine Dinner series with a Chinatown San Francisco and Napa Valley wine theme. The four-course meal with wine pairings includes Kung Pao Chinese sausage and crawfish fried rice with duck egg, sticky sesame wings, cucumbers and chile. The meal costs $58 per person. Call 314-577-0200 for reservations. 6:30 p.m.
Saturday (June 22):
Shells and Whistles @ Kitchen Conservatory Chef Bernard Pilon of Norwood Hills Country Club hosts a hands-on class on shellfish. Make lobster bisque, scallops with sweet cream corn, shrimp sofritto, and lobster with grapefruit and hollandaise sauce. $60 per person. Register online via the Kitchen Conservatory website. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Grub and Groove @ Francis Park Try bites from Stellina Pasta, Russell's on Macklind, Onesto and more over live music and activities for the kids. Check out the Grub and Groove website to work up an appetite for summer grilled cheese, oatmeal stout cake, pulled pork nachos and more. Admission is free. 4:30 to 10 p.m.
Yappy Hour @ I Scream Cakes Bring the pooch and get half-price off of I Scream's doggy ice cream. Complimentary PBR and 10 percent off of regular scoops awaits for bidepal customers, along with door prizes! Admission is free. 5 to 7 p.m.
Sunday (June 23):
Tour D'Onut @ participating donut fryers This noncompetitive bicycle-driven doughnut crawl pays visits to World's Fair Doughnuts, Cafe Ventana, Strange Donuts, Cielo, and finally, City Garden for a cool-off party with food trucks, awards and more. Check out the Tour D'Onut tumblr for a map and schedule. Participation is free. 8 a.m.
Bloody Mary Bar @ Ritz Carlton Indulge in a signature bloody mary bar for $14 per drink. Create your own, or choose from house options such as the "Ritz-Carlton," with Stoli Elite Vodka, housemade tomato juice, trapani salt, basil and cucumber garnish and the "Brave" with Absolute Peppar Vodka, housemade tomato juice, hot sauce, habanero salt, cracked black pepper and a pickled jalapeno garnish. Every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fiesta in Florissant @ Knights of Columbus Besides all the tamales and empanadas you can eat, tons of cultural entertainment awaits to the tune of live Latino bands, folkloric dancers and arts and crafts. Saturday, June 22, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, June 23, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The Sustainable Backyard Tour @ participating local businesses This self-guided open-house style tour takes a look at forward-thinking residential backyards that focus on organic gardening, beekeeping, mushrooms, fruit and nut trees and more around St. Louis. Have a look at the stops via the Sustainable Backyard Tour website. Admission is free. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Kepi @ Old Rock House This traditional Georgian (Caucuses) celebration features a toasting party and poetry contest in which guests gather around a long table filled with food and drink. More information and reservation details available via the Old Rock House website. 5:30 p.m.