Stuff to do May 2015
Triple Crown Series Throwdown
May 2 and 16, Sanctuaria, 4198 Manchester Road, St. Louis, 314.535.9700, sanctuariastl.com
Bartenders Matt Seiter and Matt Obermark have concocted a series of special cocktails to sip during watch parties for the biggest horse races of the year. Among the offerings, the Kentucky Derby party features mint juleps and chef Wil Pelly’s hot brown beignets. The Preakness party includes Triple Crown Punch and East Coast fried oyster sliders, and the Belmont Stakes party June 6 includes White Carnations (peach vodka, OJ, cream and club soda) and Pizza, Politically Incorrect (beer-battered NY-style pizza with spicy ranch dip).
Food Truck Friday
May 8 – 4 to 8 p.m., Tower Grove Park, 4256 Magnolia Ave., St. Louis, 314.772.8004, saucefoodtruckfriday.com
Sauce Food Truck Friday returns this month with more delicious food and fun. More than 20 food trucks plan to park it at Sauce Magazine’s first Food Truck Friday of the season, including favorites like Guerrilla Street Food and Seoul Taco and newcomers such as Rise Coffee Truck and Revel Kitchen. Grab local brews from Urban Chestnut and 4 Hands, and stop by the Sauce tent to purchase Speed Passes, which enable holders to use expedited lines for ordering. Come early, bring lawn chairs, blankets, kids and dogs, and rock out to the sounds of Letter to Memphis.
River Styx Literary Feast
May 8 – 7 p.m., Tavern of Fine Arts, 313 Belt Ave., St. Louis, 314.367.7549, riverstyx.org
The feast is edible and figurative at this annual benefit for local literary magazine River Styx. While author Lucinda Roy and live jazz musicians feed your mind, stuff your face at an ample buffet. Some offerings from Tavern of Fine Arts include spanakopita, hummus, tabbouleh, baba ghanoush, flatbreads and flourless chocolate cake. Look for literary-themed drink specials, too. Tickets available online.
Duck, Duck, Goose: Unsung Heroes Culinary Competition
May 18 – 6 p.m., Four Seasons Hotel-St. Louis, 999 N. Second St., St. Louis, 314.881.2105, cielostlouis.com
Sous chefs keep the culinary ships afloat, and these first mates will showcase their skills using Hudson Valley duck foie gras in a friendly competitive dinner. Participating sous chefs include Shimon Diamond and Saul Juarez of Cielo, Justin McMillen of Sidney Street Cafe, Ryan McDonald of Truffles, Josh Poletti of The Libertine and Alex Feldmeier of Brasserie. Andrew Jennrich of Annie Gunn’s will be on hand to demo duck butchery, and Cielo bartender Jorie Taylor will create duck-inspired cocktails. Tickets available online.
May 21 – 5 to 10 p.m., participating restaurants, South Grand Boulevard, St. Louis, 314.772.5750, southgrand.org
Choose from 22 restaurants representing 13 countries at this year’s International Dine Around on South Grand Boulevard. Wander down the street and indulge in different courses at Basil Spice Thai Cuisine, Baida Moroccan Restaurant, Gelateria Del Leone, Meskerem, LemonGrass, Cafe Natasha’s, Tree House and Rooster South Grand. Each ticket book gets you an appetizer, entree, dessert and drink, plus a wild card, at a different participating restaurant. Ticket book and menus available online.
May 30 – 1 to 7 p.m., The Grove and Cherokee Street, St. Louis, 314.535.5311, indihopstl.com
Fifty different beers and local coffee selections await your delectation at IndiHop. You can try them at 25 businesses in The Grove (including The Demo and Just John) and 25 on Cherokee Street (including Earthbound Beer and Saint Louis Hop Shop). A who’s who of area craft brewers provides the suds, IndiHop provides the shuttles to ferry drinkers from ’hood to ’hood, and a dozen local bands entertain along the route. Tickets available online.