Guys come on, it's spring. Almost. It's still cold out, but that doesn't mean you can't fill your belly. There's lots to do this weekend. Continue on for our food-related recommendations.
Friday (Mar. 6):
Some of the best pastry chefs in St. Louis are creating sumptuous desserts based on books. It's a literary foodie's dream! The event benefits the St. Louis Public Library Foundation. Books include Alice in Wonderland, Faust,, To Kill a Mockingbird, A Game of Thrones and more. Chefs include Pastaria's Anne Croy, La Patisserie Choquette's Simone Faure, the Crepes, etc.'s Julie Wedele, Piccione Pastry's Sandia Hoorman and lots more. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday (Mar. 7):
"Edwardsville is quickly developing a culinary scene of its own. Find out what all the fuss is about at this fundraiser for Edwardsville Neighbors in Need. Try unlimited samples from Edwardsville anchors like Cleveland-Heath, Peel Wood Fire Pizza, Mike Shannon's Grill, Robust, Brevan's Patisserie and more. There will be beer and wine, of course, and live music from the Well Hungarians. Other fundraisers include raffles and auctions. From 7 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $75, available here."
"The faithful trees overhead and to each side of you are budding, you only need a light jacket on, and the path ahead runs long and rejuvenating through the new day. A spring breeze scented with awakening earth notes ripples your hair as you ride. What a peaceful easy feeling -- but you're dreaming. It's still wintertime. Still, spring is just up around the bend, so close in fact you can celebrate it today. Trailnet Beans, Bikes & Brews is the local organization's 2014 ride season's kickoff chili party and you're invited. The event runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight at T-REX on Washington Avenue. This potluck chili party features brand-new gear from local bike shops, live music and, yes, beer. Admission is $5 per person if you bring chili or other food to share; it's $10 if you only bring yourself, but children ten and younger get in free. Attendees are asked to make reservations at the website."
Sunday (Mar. 8):
Josh Galliano's famous fried chicken (seen in this month's issue of Food & Wine) is only available once a month, so you'd better be there. "The path to a glorious fried bird begins with a multi-day soak in a sweet-tea brine, then the chicken spends another day in some buttermilk. For breading, it gets a 50-50 mix of seasoning and flour that lends it an ever-so-slight heat. The result is a fried-chicken masterpiece -- tender, juicy meat, crunchy breading and mouthwatering, savory zip," we wrote, naming it the Best Fried Chicken of 2014. It's three courses, $30 per person. Call 314-862-2999 for reservations.
Vom Fass may be German, but the local owner Anita is actually Swiss. Join the team for a dinner celebrating raclette, "a cousin to fondue." Grilled meats, veggies and melted cheese plus wine (duh) will be served family style. From 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $65 per person; call 314-932-5262 for reservations.
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