by Nancy Stiles
This weekend, support sustainability and local agriculture at The Art of Food or the Soulard Farmers Market. Travel to Argentina with the Botanical Garden or meet a Food Network star! Continue for our food-related recommendations.
Friday (Sept. 20):
"For ten Septembers, Dawn Karlovsky has taken dance to the people by performing site-specific pieces in public places during the lunch hour with Dine on Dance. The tradition continues at noon Friday, September 20, at Strauss Park (Grand Boulevard and Washington Avenue) and again at noon on Friday, September 27, at Market in the Loop (6655 Delmar Boulevard, University City). Site-specific in this instance means that the peculiarities of the environment are incorporated into the dances. So, that round, flat-topped cement platform in the middle of the Market in the Loop may become a temporary stage, a launch pad or kinetic scenery. Same goes for Strauss Park -- those trees and the fence are all in play. Guest choreographer/dancers joining Karlovsky & Company Dance this year include Hannahbeth Fischer, Janele Oros and Monica Newsam (who is known for her aerial dance magic; look out, trees). Admission to both performances is free. Visit www.karlovskydance.org for more information."
Sunny Anderson @ Schnucks
Sunny Anderson, the host of Cooking for Real and Home Made in America with Sunny Anderson has a new cookbook out, Sunny's Kitchen. Anderson's book focuses on quick recipes that use store-bought shortcuts and easy-to-find ingredients. She'll be signing cookbooks at Schnucks (12332 Manchester Road, Des Peres; 314-965-3094) at 2 p.m.
Slow Food St. Louis does a lot to promote sustainable, local food in the area -- unfortunately, nonprofits tend to be strapped for cash. That's why the annual fundraiser is so important; it provides funds for things like biodiversity microgrants and educational programs. On the bright side, Slow Food is bringing together fifteen of the city's top chefs to prepare a plethora of hors d'oeuvres using as many local ingredients as possible for The Art of Food at Lumen (2201 Locust Street; 314-241-5757). Chefs from Home Wine Kitchen, Sidney Street Cafe, The Libertine, Niche and more will be cooking, plus a silent auction and educational booths. Advance tickets available here until noon and also at the door. 6:30 p.m. Tickets from $25 to $65.
This month's wine dinner will take you to Argentina. Hors d'oeuvres are fugazza, followed by empanadas filled with potato, peas, olives and dates over a chicory salad with lemon juice and olive oil. Then it's grilled seasonal vegetables, white romesco, burrata and Tomato Bread. The third course is a mixed grill of chorizo, calf liver, scallops, creamed chard, chimichurri. And for dessert? Dulce de leche crepe with Candied Grapefruit. Dinner is $58 plus gratuity; call 314-577-0200 for reservations.
"Soulard Farmers' Market is still going strong and is without a doubt the largest and most eclectic market in the region -- you can buy everything from a sack of apples to a new pair of sunglasses. This is truly an iconic spot...The days and hours of operation are a bit confusing: Wednesday through Saturday, the Grand Hall, or the central inside shops, are open, along with a smattering of outside vendors (varies daily), from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the afternoon hours usually offering the best options."
Saturday (Sept. 21):
Morgan Street Brewery (721 North Second Street; 314-231-9970) is celebrating eighteen years in business not just with its own brew, but many many others -- this really is a brewfest! Admission gets you a commemorative mug and beers from Morgan Street, Urban Chestnut, 2nd Shift, Schlafly, Augusta, Alpha, Charleyville, Kraftig, Cathedral Square, O'Fallon, Crown Valley, Trail Head, Exit 6, 4 Hands, Ferguson, Sun King and Lohr Distributing. The brewfest is from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. followed by a party afterwards. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.
Civil Life Brewing Company (3714 Holt Avenue) has made quite a few waves since it launched two years ago. Help celebrate by drinking some of the delicious brew, of course! Door open at noon, and the very first Civil Life Oktoberfest 1 p.m., followed by the State of the Beer Union address at 3 p.m. Afterwards, Civil Life will unveil its second anniversary logo. Jon Bonham and Friends will play on the patio from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is free. Beer available for purchase -- but it's cash only!