Keep it low key this weekend with a wine tasting, or go all out at the Loop's Ice Carnival. It might snow and then hit 50 degrees -- either way, there's something for you to eat, er, do. Check out our food-related recommendations after the jump.
Friday (Jan. 17):
Ionia Atlantic Imports is partnering with Vom Fass for a tasting of Greek beers. No RSVP necessary -- just stop by to learn about and taste the Mediterranean brews. From 5 to 7 p.m. Admission is free.
For a look into dining options just across the river, check out the debut of Alton Restaurant Week starting this Friday, January 17, through Sunday, January 26. Get fixed-price meals at sixteen restaurants at $10 for lunch and $25 for dinner. For the full list of participating restaurants and their menus, check out Alton Restaurant Week online.
As a kickoff to the ninth annual Loop Ice Carnival, Moonrise Hotel hosts Snow Ball. $30 admission includes two drink tickets for cool cocktails, an hors d'oeuvres buffet, live music and some surprises in store. Tickets are available here or at the door. 7 to 11 p.m.
This Loop Ice Carnival event is open to the public. 4 Hands Brewery will be taking over the taps at Eclipse Restaurant. Warm up with the 2012 Bona Fide Imperial Stout, 2013 Bona Fide Imperial Stout, Volume 1, Eclipse's exclusive Raspberry Milk Stout, Beyond the Bricks, and the Peanut Butter Milk Stout. Admission is free. 5 p.m.
Try local, regional and international honeys in addition to wines from Augusta Winery and eats from the Culinary Institute. You'll also learn about how weather and locale affect the taste of honey and wine. There will be a silent auction to raise money for the St. Louis Beekepers. Suggested donation of $10 at the door. RSVP by e-mail or on Facebook. From 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Local Harvest Cafe, now to be known as LHC, is relaunching his weekend with its new concept, "All About the C." The new cafe will have housemade cultured eats like kefir, kimchi and sauerkraut. The C also stands for comfort food, like pulled pork, roasted chicken and "vegan" spaghetti and meatballs. There is a new juice menu as well. Come check out the new space from 4 to 8 p.m.
Continue for the rest of the weekend.
Saturday (Jan. 18):
One of St. Louis' best food/drink blogs is celebrating its sixth anniversary. Your ticket nets beer samples and a special commemorative glass. Guerilla Street Food will also be posted up outside. Tickets are $30 for general admission and $40 for VIP, available here. From 6 to 10 p.m.
Sunday (Jan. 19):
Enjoy a free technique class for adults at the Williams Sonoma inside Chesterfield Mall. Learn to create fruit and vegetable juices at home. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is free.
Learn to cook several kinds of chili with your significant other (and wash it down with some refreshing beer). You'll make roasted corn and jalapeño dip with fresh tortilla chips, Carolina pulled pork chili, Cincinnati chili with spaghetti, "real" Texas chili (without beans) and root beer sorbet. Registration is $125 per couple, available here. From 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Every Sunday night you can enjoy a feast of local produce and meats at Chaumette Winery in Ste. Genevieve. This week, it's chicken noodle soup, winter greens with simple vinaigrette, pan-fried Meyer Farm Berkshire pork chops, mac & cheese, stewed greens and Meyer Farm Stonie's prepared Berkshire bacon. $18 per person, $7.45 for kids twelve and under. Call 573-747-1000 for reservations. From 5 to 8 p.m.