by Nancy Stiles
It doesn't feel like November quite yet, and we're not complaining. Plus, the beer festivals are still going strong! Get out of the house this weekend for Budweiser's Brew Fest, a chili cookoff, or even a fairy-tale tea party. Continue on for our food-related recommendations.
Friday (Nov. 7):
Veritas is truly a wine-lover's dream. If you haven't yet checked it out for yourself, take advantage of this weekend's holiday open house. There will be plenty of samples, gift ideas, lunch specials, hostess gifts, drink specials and more. Might as well get something to eat while you're at it! Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.
Chef Rex Hale (also of the Restaurant at the Cheshire) has paired with local purveyors for this fall tasting event. Sample cheeses, wines, beers, meats and produce, and buy the perfect holiday gifts for your friends and family. Participants include Salume Beddu, Marcoot Farms Dairy, Earth Dance Farms, Rain Crow Ranch, Baetje Farms, Ozark Forest Mushrooms, Augusta Vineyards, Montelle Vineyards, St. James Winery, Chaumette Vineyards and Winery, Ludwig Farmstead Creamery, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company and Big O Orange Liqueur. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $40 gets you unlimited wine, beer and food; tickets are available here.
Slow Food St. Louis is back with its annual fundraiser, featuring the best chefs in St. Louis. Proceeds will benefit the nonprofit's educational programs as well as its microgrants for small farms. Each small plate at the event will be paired with a local craft beer, wine or cocktail. Enjoy eats from Cassy Vires, Kevin Nashan, Kevin Willmann, Josh Galliano, Chris Dessens, Gerard Craft, Dave Bailey, Brian Pelletier, Mark Sanfilippo, John Perkins, Jamie Tochtrop, Chris Bolyard, Carl Hazel, Jason Tilford, Ed Heath, Mike Miller and Chris Meyer and Mary Boehne, plus Kalid's Coffee and Perennial Artisan Ales. See? We weren't joking -- it's seriously a who's who of the St. Louis dining scene. There will also be live music from the One Take Band. From 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $50 for members and $60 for non-members, available here.
Support the Hancock Place Elementary School and Lemay Chamber of Commerce at this tasting event. Try food, drink and desserts from local restaurants, bakeries and caterers. From 5 to 9 p.m. Admission is $10 each.
Saturday (Nov. 8):
Gateway Cupcake Run and Bottle Dash 5K @ Downtown St. Louis
If you hate running, maybe some cupcakes will motivate you. At the third annual run/walk, eat a cupcake at each station (roughly every kilometer) for a five-minute time deduction (or eat a mini cupcake for a two-minute deduction). First-place winners will get a twenty-person boxing-class party from Sweat Fitness with appetizers and drinks. Second and third place winners will get an in-home wine tasting from PRP Wine International for up to twelve people. There are also other races and competitions. The event benefits the Lift for Life Foundation. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration is $50 on race day.
Dine like royalty at this special event for your favorite little princes and princesses. Kids can enjoy a live production of Cinderella, meet and get autographs from Cinderella, the Prince and the fairy godmother. There will also be tea, apple juice and pastries. Kids will also get a special bejeweled crown to take home. There are seatings on Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 each.
"The Ballpark Village Brew Fest by Budweiser is all about beer, as the name implies. Guests can sample home-brewed beer made by seven local clubs and get schooled on how to make their own -- just in time for finding that winter hobby you'll need to stay sane when you're cooped up in the house. Live music, food trucks and photos with a Budweiser Clydesdale round out the festival. While all that's going on, judges will be determining which of those seven home-brew clubs have made the best American IPA. The Ballpark Village Brew Fest takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $35 to $75."
Join ALIVE magazine at this "carefully curated experience for the refined St. Louisan." There will be local vendors selling hand-crafted goods and services, plus, most importantly, a bourbon tasting from Knob Creek and appetizers from Element. From 6 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $15-$75, available here.
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