by Nancy Stiles
Get out and enjoy St. Louis this weekend y'all, because the weather forecast says no rain. We'll be taking full advantage and celebrating St. Louis' beer heritage, thanking our dads on Father's Day and putting in some quality time with our favorite food trucks. Check out our food-related recommendations after the jump.
Friday (June 13):
As you can imagine, the St. Louis Brewers Guild is full of people from the best breweries in St. Louis, so beer lovers won't want to miss this event. Twenty-three local breweries will be pouring their best along with six of St. Louis' home-brew clubs. Last year rain ended the festivities a little early, but this weekend's forecast calls for sun. Friday and Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets start at $35, available here.
One of the summer's best events is back for its June takeover of Tower Grove Park. Yes, the lines are long, but the food is totally worth it. Grab some friends and pick from trucks like Chop Shop, Guerrilla Street Food, Completely Sauced, Hot Aztec and lots more. Live music this week is from the Thin Dimes. From to 8 p.m. Admission is free.
Stock up on your favorite wines at Garland's annual sale -- and do some tasting, too. The tasting will feature the wines of Familglia Meschini. Stop by any time on Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
Grab a picnic basket and enjoy some outdoor fun in Webster Groves' Gazebo Park. The park's film and music series kicks off this weekend with the Paul Newman classic Cool Hand Luke. Serendipity Ice Cream and Garland Wines will be selling refreshments, or you can just order from the servers at Weber's Front Row, who will bring your food right to you. From 7 to 11 p.m. Admission is free.
Saturday (June 14):
Bring your bros and hop around Soulard to raise money for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. The starts out at D's Place at 11:30 a.m. to continues on to Hammerstone's, Molly's, 1860's Hardshell Cafe and Great Grizzly Bear. Your $20 ticket gets you free cover at all the bars, a St. Jude cup and bracelet, plus drink specials and a donation to St. Jude. Tickets must be purchased in advance, available here.
Can't make it to Food Truck Friday? Try again today in O'Fallon. Trucks scheduled to be there are Holy Crepe, Yo! Salsa, Zia's, My Big Fat Greek Truck, Steamroller Bagel & Deli, Wing "Nutz", StLouisianaQ, the Cheese Shack, Le Food Truck, Legghorns & Shakes and Rendezvous Café & Wine Bar. Diners are encourage to bring a blanket or chairs to enjoy the park. From 5 to 8 p.m. Admission is free.
Sunday (June 15):
Is your dad a total locavore? Then bring him to brunch at Local Harvest Cafe. The special Father's Day menu includes the "Ultimate Slinger" with grassfed beef patties, strawberry rhubarb vegan French toast, peanut butter and chocolate chip waffles, corned-beef hash, deluxe vegan nachos and "Bloody Beers." From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; call 314-772-8815 for reservations.
Get Dad out of the city for Chaumette's annual Father's Day feast. The extensive menu from chef Adam Lambay features Hinkebein Farm elk chili, grapevine-smoked barbecue beef, grilled chicken thighs with Huguenot Red glaze, hot smoked whole salmon, grilled potato salad, campfire beans, Southern-style cheesy grits, early locally farmed tomatoes, Chaumette's garden herbs and shaved red onion, early summer greens with chef's selection of dressings, baked ziti with parmesan and spicy tomatoes and black-pepper sugar snap peas. That's not even including dessert! There will be outdoor activities as well, plus live music. Tickets are $27.50 for adults at $12.95 for kids twelve and under. Call 573-747-1000 for reservations.
Some dads are fancy dads, so this dinner is for them. The Grill at the Ritz-Carlton is normally closed on Sundays, but it's opening up to feed those hungry fathers. The full menu will be available a la carte (apps and small plates start at $7, entrees start at $21 and desserts start at $9), followed by "special post-dinner dessert and cordials experience at the outdoor fountain area." Plus, dads will get a special gift! From 2 to 9 p.m. Call 314-863-6300 for reservations.
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