Stuff to do April 2014
A Tasteful Affair
April 6 – 2 to 5:30 p.m., Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis, 999 N. Second St., St. Louis, 314.652.3663, foodoutreach.org
A Tasteful Affair is a St. Louis benefit that can overwhelm if you’re not careful. More than 40 area restaurants cook and plate specialties at tables spread throughout a ballroom at the luxe Four Seasons Hotel to help Food Outreach pay for vital services for the hungry. Eateries including Cleveland-Heath, Juniper, Katie’s Pizza & Pasta, Onesto Pizza & Trattoria, Tenacious Eats and Vernon’s BBQ are in the house. Take deep breaths – and small bites.
Angel’s Envy Bourbon Tasting Dinner
April 10 – 6:30 p.m., Glen Echo Country Club, 3401 Lucas and Hunt Road, Normandy, 314.669.1792, bourbonbanter.com
Local liquor blog Bourbon & Banter sponsors a bourbon tasting dinner with special guest Wes Henderson of Louisville Distilling Company, which makes Angel's Envy bourbon. Glen Echo Country Club chefs create dishes to be paired with whiskey samples of original Angel's Envy, Angel's Envy bourbon finished in port barrels, Angel's Envy cask-strength bourbon, and Angel's Envy rye finished in Caribbean rum casks. Henderson holds forth before each course, and attendees receive a handy Bourbon Flavor Wheel to help identify the aromas and flavors in each glass.
April 12 – 11 a.m., American Czech Educational Center, 4690 Lansdowne Ave., St. Louis, 314.752.8168, acec-stl.org
Lovers of kolacky line up each year to buy these pastries at the annual Czech Festival, where they’re sold in cheese, apricot and poppy seed varieties. Alongside these treats are duck and pork dishes, goulash, open-faced sandwiches, and dumplings with kraut and mashed potatoes. Don’t forget the Czech beer (pivo) and a baked goods booth and live music. Admission is free.
Breakfast for Bikers
April 18 - 7 to 9 a.m., Mississippi Mud Coffee Roasters at Art St. Louis, 1223 Pine St., St. Louis; Kaldi’s, 700 Demun Ave., Clayton, 314.436.1324, trailnet.org
Get into spring with a bike ride and a free Friday breakfast for cyclists. Pedal-power advocate Trailnet hosts the simultaneous rendezvous at two cafes: the original Kaldi’s on Demun and the fun Mississippi Mud Coffee Roasters inside Art St. Louis downtown. Simply cycle to either location to enjoy coffee, fresh scones and the mutual morning ride.
Dining Out for Life
April 24, participating restaurants, 314.645.6451, diningoutforlife.com/stlouis/restaurants
Nutella banana-nut muffins at Annie Moons Bakery, Chocolate Inebriation cake with cinnamon ice cream at Baileys’ Chocolate Bar, lump crab “beignets” with fontina cheese at Molly’s in Soulard, and the Moroccan potpie at The Fountain on Locust. With delightful dishes like these at more than 150 area restaurants participating in this year’s Dining Out for Life, on April 24, you might want to eat out for all three meals. A percentage of the restaurants’ till that day benefits Saint Louis Effort for AIDS. A full list of participating restaurants is available online.
“American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition”
April 26 to Aug. 17, Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, 314.746.4599, mohistory.org
If you like watching the HBO series “Boardwalk Empire,” you’ll get a kick out of “American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition,” a new traveling exhibition landing at the Missouri History Museum. Visitors can vicariously experience the horrors of the temperance movement and Prohibition, the relief of its repeal, and the long-term fallout of this experiment in enforced abstention. The interactive exhibition includes artifacts like an actual hatchet used to smash barrooms, flapper dresses, forbidden moonshine and homebrew equipment, Al Capone’s 1931 guilty verdict, and one of the first crates of Budweiser produced after the 1933 Beer Act. A re-created speakeasy includes lessons on how to dance the Charleston, and a video game where players become federal Prohibition agents chasing rumrunners.