The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: August 16 to 18

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       Enjoy some more watermelon this summer | Steve Evans
  •        Enjoy some more watermelon this summer | Steve Evans

Third Fridays mean an open house with Third Degree Glass Factory, an Around the World Wine Dinner at Missouri Botanical Garden and German Night at the Bevo Mill. Learn more about these monthly events and more in our weekend recommendations.

Friday (Aug. 16):

Third Friday Free Party @ Third Degree Glass Factory Third Degree Glass Factory kisses summer goodbye with watermelon martinis, food trucks, plenty of art, performances by Union Avenue Opera and Rosewood Band, fire techs and small plates like smoked pulled pork sliders and tri-colored sweet pepper slaw. Admission is free. 6 to 10 p.m.

Around the World Wine Dinner @ Missouri Botanical Garden This week's dinner theme is India, so look forward to dishes like shrimp and vegetable pakora with chutneys, housemade paneer and tender lamb shoulder "nihari." Each course gets served with wine pairings. $58 per person. Call 314-577-0200 for reservations. 6:30 p.m.

Wine Dinner @ Soulard's Restaurant & Bar The special four-course meal features pairings such as lobster bisque with Boomtown Chardonnay and filet mignon with Dusted Valley Cabernet. $89.95 per person with proceeds to benefit the American Cancer Society. 6:30 p.m.

The Bevo Mill German Night @ Bevo Mill Enjoy authentic German food and beer, along with live music, sing alongs, games and prizes. $25+. 5 to 10 p.m. every third Friday of every month until Sept. 20.

Footless @ Bissell Mansion Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre Bissell presents the interactive comedy murder mystery Footless, a story with a mob mentality and plenty of dance scenes. Shows are available on Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. from now through October. The cost per seat is $52.95 per person and includes a four-course meal with entree options such as an eight-ounce New York strip and baked white fish with an almondine sauce. Call 314-533-9830 for reservations.

MABEL SUEN
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Saturday (Aug. 17):

Grow Your Own Garlic @ Schlafly Tap Room Schlafly gardener Jack Petrovic hosts his annual "Grow Your Own Garlic" event, a crash course in garlic including a thorough presentation, series of tastings and a question and answer session. Learn more about Jack and his garlic in this archived interview from 2011. Free. 7 p.m.

10-Year Anniversary Party @ The Drunken Fish Enjoy live music, Japanese cultural performances, DJs and, of course, sushi and other menu specials. Admission is free. 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Sunday (Aug. 18):

"Save the Best For Last" @ Kitchen Conservatory Take a hands-on class with pastry chef Bob Zugmaier of Sidney Street Cafe and learn how to prepare components of two of his signature summer desserts: roasted peaches with cornbread, white chocolate pudding, and a brown butter emulsion; and a berry dessert with vanilla bean custard, sponge cake, and herbal ice cream. $60 per person. Register online via the Kitchen Conservatory website. 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Wine, Whiskers and Wags @ Purina Farms Visitor's Center Cocktails, food and silent auctions to benefit the Franklin County Humane Society. $40/person or $375/table of ten. 5:30 p.m.

Pick-Your-Own Peaches @ Eckert's "Eckert's says they've got all-natural peaches that weigh almost a pound. Pick-your-own peaches are 99 cents per pound. Blackberries are also available for picking from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. while supplies last... Be sure to call Eckert's Harvest Hotline at 618-233-0513 before you go to get up-to-date information on what fruit is still available that day."

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