by Nancy Stiles
Despite the snow last weekend, it's not going to be too freezing the next few days -- so get out and enjoy it. (Plus, you'll also holed up with the family next weekend.) We're most excited about all the whiskey-related events surrounding Whiskey in the Winter. We can't think of a better way to warm up. Continue on for our food-related recommendations.
Friday (Nov. 21):
Gamlin Whiskey House often hosts dinner with out-of-town whiskey experts, but it's not every day we get a whiskey legend in town. Fred Noe, Jim Beam's grandson, will be on hand tonight for the four-course dinner with special cocktails and whiskey tastings. You can also buy Jim Beam products signed by Noe, as well as Gamlin's own Knob Creek Single Barrel Bourbon, which he helped create. Check out the full menu here. From 8 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $125 per person, available here.
The second edition of Ivy Magruder's Art at the Table is a collaboration with Juniper's John Perkins. Tour the galleries after some cocktails and appetizers. The sit-down dinner is four courses, each paired with a Southern-inspired cocktail. Start with chicken and dumplings made with chicken roulade with sweet potato gnocchi in a smoked chicken-lemongrass broth. Next is farro fried rice with succotash and country ham chips. The main course is sweet-tea-braised pork loin with corn and pepper chowchow and seafood purloo. For dessert, there will be a Huguenot torte with salted-caramel buttermilk ice cream and benne seed wafers. From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $55 per person; call 314-655-5490.
Paint a, yes, charming Christmas scene tonight with a side of wine. If your painting turns out well enough, you might even want to use it as a Christmas gift. But, hey, no judgement if you're more concerned about the wine than the art. From 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $45; register here.
Saturday (Nov. 22):
The third annual Whiskey in the Winter festival is finally here. Warm yourself up with more than 250 whiskies from all over the country (and the world), as well as the six Golden Ticket rare whiskey tastings. Bartenders from your favorite St. Louis restaurants including Juniper, Cielo, Element, Old Standard and more will be creating whiskey cocktails. Events start at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are sold out, but you can win a pair here.
It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas in downtown Kirkwood. It won't be too cold this weekend, so enjoy your walk around the historic district. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the Kirkwood Train Station, and there will be cookies and hot chocolate. The Kirkwood Farmers' Market has Christmas treats, plus pie samples, regional sausage, honey and more. From 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Stop by today for several tastings. You can meet master taster Marianne Woodford from 4 to 6 p.m., sample a selection of Old Monkey Moonshine from 1 to 5 p.m., or try St. Louis' own Cardinal Sin vodka from 1 to 4 p.m. There will also be Jim Beam Signature Series tastings from 1 to 4 p.m., cocktails made with Fireball whiskey from 1 to 4 p.m., and a selection of Wagner Family Wines from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Find a full list of tastings here.
Beer blog STL Hops is celebrating seven years as the savviest beer geeks in town. Come celebrate at Urban Chestnut with more than three dozen beers on tap, including O'Fallon, 2nd Shift, Goose Island, Deschutes and more. Guerrilla Street Food and Completely Sauced will also be there. Proceeds benefit Stray Rescue and St. Louis Bulldog Rescue. From 5 to 10 p.m. Tickets start at $30, available here.