by Nancy Stiles
Enjoy the warm weather this weekend and whet your appetite for Mardi Gras with a Soulard restaurant crawl. Check out the future home of 21st Amendment at the Centennial Beer Festival or watch us (hopefully) beat the Canadians in Olympic hockey. Whatever you prefer, we've got you covered. Check out our food-related recommendations after the jump.
Friday (Feb. 21):
It may have warmed up from below-zero temperatures, but it's still not spring. Stay toasted on the rooftop bar at Three Sixty. There will be fire pits, adult hot chocolate and of course, s'mores. Even better? An ice cocktail luge and alocholic snow cones. The normal menu is also available, plus a DJ all night. From 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Cover is $10 beginning at 10 p.m.
Check out the future home of 21st Amendment: The Brewer's Bar at this beer festival curated by Moulin's director of operations, Jason Arnold. More than 80 beers will be available for tastings -- that's a lot of ground to cover! Breweries include Main & Mill, Alpha Brewery, 4 Hands, 2nd Shift, Boulevard, Charleville, Ferguson, Kirkwood Station, Six Row and lots, lots more. There are several rounds of tastings beginning Friday at 6 p.m., so check out the full schedule here. Tickets start at $26, available here.
Llwyelyn's is opening the bar and kitchen at 10 a.m. so you can watch the U.S. Olympic hockey team (include TJ Oshie) take on Canada at 11. Get $1 off all American craft beers, plus $5 specials like a chicken sandwich with chips or a chips and pretzel basket with cheese. Admission is free (U-S-A chant required).
Ashley Kempf of Salume Beddu put together a citrusy, tangy menu for a girls-only demonstration. You'll have grapefruit fennel prosciutto salad, tagliatelle with lemon herb sauce, roasted asparagus with preserved lemons and pine nuts, roasted mushrooms with capers and garlic, caramelized oranges over ice cream and an Italian Greyhound, a pomelo Pellegrino gin cocktail. From 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 per person, available here.
Get your Mardi Gras on for a good cause. The evening benefits Minds Eye, a nonprofit that provides reading services for the blind and print disabled. For the eleventh annual Soiree, hosted by KSDK's Mike Roberts, enjoy live music, cocktails, Cajun-inspired dinner and dessert and silent and live auctions. From 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are $85 per person, available here.
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Saturday (Feb. 22):
"We can tell just by looking at you -- you're woefully underprepared for March 1 Mardi Gras debauchery. Blame it on the Olympics, the phases of the moon, the weather, the boss -- doesn't matter. You need to get your party pants on, and fast. Fortunately, this weekend's Taste of Soulard should help you laissez les bons temps rouler. Essentially a freestyle pub crawl, this eating-and-drinking extravaganza offers a sampling of some of the sights and sounds and sips and such that will be flowing like hurricanes (the drinks, not the weather events) through the neighborhood's streets during the big event next weekend. To take full advantage of the Taste's tastes, purchase a $25 ticket booklet, good for six food samples and one Southern Comfort drink, and head on down to Soulard from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (February 22 and 23). Booklets are available at participating establishments -- which include Hammerstone's (2028 South Ninth Street) and Molly's in Soulard (816 Geyer Avenue) Find out more information, including a full list of what's on the menu, here."
Get ready for Mardi Gras -- known in Brazil as Carnaval -- in a different way: a pre-Carnavalesca! Enjoy feijoada, black beans with meat and sausage, and caipirinhas (Brazil's national cocktail!) and live music from a samba band. From noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
The St. Louis chapter of the U.S. Bartenders' Guild will go head-to-head in this speed cocktail competition. First watch the professionals duke it out, then amateurs will compete with a bartending coach to create their own recipe. The evening benefits the SSM Hospice and Home Care Foundation. Enjoy light appetizers and food and drink samples from local restaurants. From 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $40, available here.
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.
Sunday (Feb. 23):
At this fundraiser for Stray Rescue of St. Louis, area restaurants will compete for the title of best chili using Ferguson Brewing Company beer. Competing restaurants include 3 Monkeys, Stacked Burger Bar, Cugino's, Cork Wine Bar and more. From 3 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 or $25 with a donation of a can of dog food. Includes chili, beer, soda and wine.