by Nancy Stiles
There are festivals galore this weekend, and luckily, a few of them involve alcohol. iTap's fifth anniversary week is still going strong, and Schlafly's annual Cod and Cask festival begins Friday. You can relax with the new Sunday brunch at Gamlin Whiskey House or raise money for the arts at Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Take your pick! Check out our food-related recommendations after the jump.
Friday (February 7):
Sip on cask-conditioned ales and feast on beer-battered Icelandic cod and chips to your heart's content. Enjoy live music on Friday from the Red Headed Strangers and the Trophy Mules on Saturday. Admission is free. Friday, 5 p.m. to midnight and Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight.
They had us at comfort food. Broadway Oyster Bar's regular menu will be available, too, but how can you pass up Southern fried chicken, Cajun meatloaf and chicken and dumplings? There will be live music both days, featuring Greg Silsby, Aaron Kamm and the One Drops, All Roostered Up and Steven Roth Band. Check out the full festival menu here. Admission is free. Friday, 6 p.m. to close and Saturday, 1 p.m. to close.
Firkin is just another word for cask -- and there will be plenty on hand. Starting at 4 p.m., enjoy firkins from 2nd Shift, 4 Hands, Left Hand, New Holland, and Dragon's Milk. Admission is free.
Saturday (February 8):
The annual fundraiser features wines and microbrews from Grey Eagle Distributors and hors d'oeuvres from St. Louis Originals restaurants in the opera's rehearsal hall. There is also a silent auction, raffles and more. Proceeds benefit the opera's professional development program for emerging artists. Tickets are $85 per person, available here. From 6 to 8 p.m.
Due to the high demand of Indian dishes at Chaumette's restaurant, there will be a pop-up Indian restaurant in the barrel room every Saturday in February and March. You'll get a selection of 16 vegetarian and meat options with white basmati rice, crispy samosas, breads and chutney, and curries in spice levels from one to five. Check out the full menu here. Dinner is $20 per person; reservations required. Call 573-747-1000. 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Get a sampling of brews from 4 Hands with a beer-braised chicken slider and beer cheese soup. $15 per person. Reservations required; call 636-281-2233. From 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Continue for the rest of the weekend.
Sunday (February 9):
The whiskey paradise is introducing a brunch menu this weekend. There will be traditional stuff, like the Gamlin family recipe biscuits and gravy and new items like the BLT: a beer, bacon and bleu sandwich. Get bottomless mimosas for $20 or try the Bloody Ghost bloody mary or a whiskey bellini. Brunch is available from 10 am. to 4 p.m. Make a reservation at 314-875-9500.
Yemanja Brasil is hosting a four-course prix fixe dinner menu in honor of Yemanja, the Brazilian sea goddess. Selections include cocktail de camarao, rock shrimp in a tangy red cocktail sauce with diced avocado, onions, and cilantro; truta ala Amazonas, a rainbow trout encrusted with almonds served with a banana and pineapple risotto; plus churros do ricardo -- Brazilian doughnuts stuffed with Brazilian caramel sauce and served with a side of vanilla ice cream. Check out the full menu here. Dinner is $32 per person; reservations required. Call 314-771-7457.