Stuff to do March 2014
Food for Thought
Dates and times vary, St. Louis Public Library branches, slpl.org
Food for Thought is a citywide celebration of cooking, food and books happening throughout the month at every St. Louis Public Library branch. Events include a grilling tutorial, foodie film screenings, a “chat” with a live chicken, author talks, book discussions, interactive kids’ cooking days, and presentations discussing homebrewed beer, fancy olive oil, Cuban food and much more. March 7 is exceptionally sweet; that’s when a library fundraiser, A Taste of Fiction, challenges some of the city’s most accomplished pastry chefs to create literary-themed showpieces at Central Library. Tickets available online.
Pi Birthday Celebration
March 10 to 15, all full-service Pi locations, restaurantpi.com
President Obama’s favorite pizzeria, Pi, celebrates its sixth anniversary with a slate of offers and activities. Kicking off March 10, all full-service Pi locations’ menus celebrate the week with a birthday cake dessert and debut two birthday pizzas: a Mexican-inspired thin-crust pie and a deep-dish with meaty mushroom “steaks” and spinach dip. On March 12, anyone who purchases a draft beer goes home with a commemorative pint glass, and on March 13, the restaurants offer a one-day $5 dine-in menu. But Pi Day (3.14 – get it?) is where it’s at. Diners with March 14 birthdays get a free large pizza, and you should start practicing now for a pi memorization contest (3.1415926yadayadayada). Check out loads more specials and prize drawings online.
Tower Grove Farmers Market Winter Market
March 8 - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., City Garden Montessori Charter School, 1618 Tower Grove Ave., St. Louis, 314.772.3899, tgmarket.org
An indoor farmers market may look funny, but it sure tastes good. The mighty Tower Grove FM offers its final indoor winter market, featuring goodies from Black Bear Bakery, Doggie Wanna Cookie?, Kuva Coffee, Marcoot Jersey Creamery, Might As Well Ranch, Missouri Grass Fed Beef, Naked Bacon, Silent Oaks Farm and Windy Lake Farm. Lulu’s Local Eatery food truck will also be parked outside to serve up vegetarian fare.
Spring Pruning at Edg-Clif Farms & Vineyard
March 15,16, 22 and 23, Edg-Clif Farms & Vineyard, 10035 Edg-Clif Drive, Potosi, Mo., 573.438.4741, edg-clif.com
Remember the days of yore when the whole village came together to help with the town harvest? Neither do we. But we’ll still pull on our work gloves and check out the volunteer spring pruning event at Potosi’s Edg-Clif Winery. Learn how to prune grapevines with your buds, then help in the fields. Lunch is provided, and your hard work is rewarded with a winetasting. As a winery volunteer (officially dubbed a “Grape Friend”) you’ll learn about winemaking and receive discounts and invites to special events.
St. Patrick’s Day at John D. McGurk’s
March 17, John D. McGurk’s, 1200 Russell Blvd., St. Louis, 314.776.8309, mcgurks.com
Behold the madness that is March 17 at the sprawling Irish pub, John D. McGurk’s. All six bars at the venerable watering hole will be awash in green-garbed guys and gals for St. Patty’s Day. Live music from Irish musicians will fill the air, and an Irish menu that includes corned beef and cabbage, bangers and mash, Guinness (beef) and Irish (lamb) stews, fish-n-chips, Reubens and more. And look for Lucky the Irish bartender, who will share stories of the motherland while he passes you a pint.
History of Chocolate Class
March 18 – 7 to 9 p.m., Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd., 314.577.5100, mobot.org
Chocolate addicts have something in common with the ancient Olmecs, Aztecs and Mayans, according to Brian Pelletier, owner of Kakao Chocolate. He and former Missouri Botanical Garden educator Kim Petzing teach a class on the history of chocolate. Students will learn about civilizations that revered the cocoa bean, how Europeans co-opted chocolate and how cocoa beans are processed. The many samples doled out in class include single-origin chocolates, and pupils get take-home bags, too. Online registration required.