The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Week: March 30 to April 2

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Chef Jason Tilford at Iron Fork 2012. | Steve Truesdell
  • Chef Jason Tilford at Iron Fork 2012. | Steve Truesdell

It's finally here -- Iron Fork! If you didn't manage to snag a ticket, we've got some other yummy events for you this week. We hope to see you this Thursday at the Union Station Hotel, and we promise you'll leave with a full belly. Continue on for our food-related recommendations.

See also: Pappy's, Mission Taco, Pastaria and More in Final Iron Fork Lineup

Monday (Mar. 30):

Cupcake Temptations @ Kitchen Conservatory

Cupcakes have come a long way, and the sweets you'll make tonight with staff member Dawn Meyer would blow any bake sale away. Make pecan streusel-filled vanilla cupcakes with Grand Marnier buttercream, vanilla bean latte cupcakes with espresso filling and vanilla-espresso frosting, dark chocolate-red wine cupcakes with raspberry Chambord buttercream and Cherry Garcia cupcakes with chocolate chips and cherry cream cheese frosting. From 6 to 8:30 p.m. Class is $55 per person; register here.

Tuesday (Mar. 31):

A Cheese and Beer Tasting Experience @ Dierbergs Southroads

Learn to pair the perfect cheese with a variety of brews from O'Fallon Brewery. There are only six spots left, but the Dierbergs cheesemonger will host another class April 22 if you can't make it. From 6 to 7:30. Class is $18 per person; register here.

Wednesday (Apr. 1):

Schlafly Farmers' Market @ Schlafly Bottleworks

Yep, the outdoor farmers' market is back! Stop by for local and regional produce, cheese, sweets, meats, coffee, gifts and of course, beer. From 4 to 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Thursday (Apr. 2):

Iron Fork @ St. Louis Union Station Hotel

"The Riverfront Times 9th Annual Iron Fork event will take place on Thursday, April 2 at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel Grand Ballrooms. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the St. Louis Area Foodbank. This event has sold-out the past two years! Guests will enjoy cocktails, signature dishes from 40 hand-selected restaurants and a chef competition featuring some of the city's top culinary talents." From 6:30 to 10 p.m. More information at rftironfork.com.

Gut Check is always hungry for tips and feedback. E-mail the author at Nancy.Stiles@RiverfrontTimes.com.

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