Stuff to do January 2015
Loop Ice Carnival
Jan. 16 – 7 p.m., Jan. 17 – 11 a.m., The Loop, University City, 314.727.8000, visittheloop.com/icecarnival
Forever the man with the plan, Joe Edwards battles the January cold with the annual Loop Ice Carnival. Stroll down Delmar Boulevard on Saturday and enjoy outdoor activities like a frigid prize drawing (reach in for an ice cube with chocolate or money frozen inside), complimentary hot chocolate and s’mores, ice-carving demos and frozen turkey bowling. Also look for synchronized hula hoopers, human dog sled races, an ice slide, people in penguin costumes and food and drink specials in Loop bars and restaurants. It all kicks off Friday night at the Snow Ball in the Moonrise Hotel with an appetizer buffet and the crowning of the Ice King and Queen.
Alton Restaurant Week
Jan. 16 to 25, locations vary, Alton, Illinois, altonrestaurantweek.com
Alton, take the mic. Alton Restaurant Week returns with prix fixe $10 lunches and $25 dinners at 16 spots across the Mississippi River, including the Bossanova Restaurant and Lounge, Castelli’s Restaurant at 225, Gentelin’s on Broadway, My Just Desserts and some Grafton/Brighton-area restaurants. A full list of participating restaurants is available online.
Ashton Cigars and George Dickel Night
Jan. 20 – 7 to 10 p.m., Rack House West Winery, 5065 N. Highway N, Cottleville, 636.244.0574, rackhouse.westwinery.com
Winter is a great time to hole up with whiskey and cigars. Bring some buds and meet new ones at Cottleville’s refined Rack House West Winery. Brand reps from Ashton Cigars and George Dickel Tennessee Whisky will share their luxury goods and knowledge. Tickets include a surf-and-turf buffet and several whiskey-and-cigar pairing choices.
Oyster and Crab Leg Fest
Jan. 23 – 6 p.m., Jan. 24 – 1 p.m., Broadway Oyster Bar, 736 S. Broadway, 314.621.8811, broadwayoysterbar.com
Winter is a perfect time for Gulf and Eastern seaboard oysters, and that’s when the B.O.B. hosts a weekend celebration of the bivalves (and crustaceans, too). The special menu includes a dozen specials like oyster stew, po’boys, oysters on the half-shell prepared every which way, plus all regular menu fare.
Dierbergs Kids in the Kitchen
Dates, times and locations vary, 636.812.1331, dierbergs.com/school
The best part about the kids’ cooking classes at Dierbergs Schools of Cooking? Somebody else cleans up the mess. Bond with Junior at parent-child cooking classes in January while you eat Garden Safari vegetable soup at Play With Your Food. Whip up Quarterback Quesadillas at the Super Bowl Party class, or enjoy Snowboard French Toast Sticks at the Snow Bunny Brunch. Classes are appropriate for kids from pre-K through eighth grade.
Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Factory Tours
Mon. to Fri. – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sat. - 9 a.m. to noon, Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Factory, 5025 Pattison Ave., St. Louis, 314.338.3501, chocolatechocolate.com
Allow new year resolve to melt into a soft truffle of capitulation at free Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate factory tours every half hour. You’ll see chocolate tempered in massive copper pots, sweet centers enrobed in molten chocolate, a blizzard of marshmallow and pates de fruits and other confectionary processes. After you inhale your free sample, browse the capacious outlet store. Call ahead for reservations to avoid a busload of tourists.