Spring is finally here! Officially, we mean, and luckily we've got the weather to match. There are so many opportunities to get out and about this week. Learn beginning beekeeping or hit up Cantina Laredo's very first tequila dinner. Continue on for our food-related recommendations.
Monday (Mar. 23):
Jane Sueme of Isabees's Beekeeping Supplies and Scott Klein will teach you all you need to know to start beekeeping in this two-night class. They'll talk about honeybee biology and behavior, where to keep your hives, the equipment you'll need, how to install bees in your hive, seasonal hive management, disease and pest treatment, and honey, wax and bee harvesting. You'll also get a copy of Honey Bee Hobbyist: The Care and Keeping of Bees by Norman Gary. The class is 7 to 9 p.m. on March 23 and March 30. Class is $75 for both nights. Stop by Local Harvest or call 314-865-5260 to register.
Tuesday (Mar. 24):
Slow Tastes: Local Cheese Please! @ Larder & Cupboard
This cheese event is the second in Slow Food St. Louis' Slow Tastes series. You'll be sampling a range of fresh and aged cheese from Missouri and Illinois. From 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for Slow Food members, $15 for non-members, and they're available here.
Wednesday (Mar. 25):
We've been to our fair share of wine, whiskey and beer pairing dinners, but Cantina Laredo's tequila-focused meal is something new. Chef Sean Scott has developed a three-course menu, and each course is paired with a different El Mayor tequila. Start with your choice of seafood empanada or sun-dried-tomato chipotle soup. The second course is a choice of a a tomahawk pork chop with roasted mushrooms, chimichurri and blueberry burgundy sauce; or steak tampiqueño, a ten-ounce strip steak with crab enchilada, chile de árbol sauce and sesame ginger vegetables. Dessert is piña colada cake with vanilla ice cream and a pineapple rum sauce. Dinner is $49.99 per person. Reservations are required; call 314-725-2447.
Thursday (Mar. 26):
The Soulard Alliance is kicking off with a Creole-inspired event to raise the neighborhood's visibility. Miss Jubliee will be performing, and there will be shrimp and andouille skewers, jambalaya, chargrilled oysters, duck and shrimp gumbo, beef carpaccio and po'boys from Molly's in Soulard. From 6:30 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $25 for unlimited food and two drinks, $45 for unlimited food and four drinks, and $360 for a reserved table for eight, available here.
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