Stuff to do: February 2016
You’ve Been Murdered, Charlie Brown
Feb. 5 – 6 to 9 p.m., Little Hills Winery & Restaurant, 501 S. Main St., St. Charles, 636.946.9339, littlehillswinery.com
The beloved comic strip character has met his end. Can you solve the crime in just three courses? Start with a Caesar salad, then enjoy a main course of roasted chicken with wheat berry pilaf and grilled asparagus. A sweet finale of chocolate roulade and Chantilly cream will finish the meal at this dinner and whodunit. Tickets available online.
Maple Sugar Festival
Feb. 6 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Rockwoods Reservation, 2751 Glencoe Road, Wildwood, 636.458.2236, mcd.mo.gov/node/32161
Bring the family and learn about Missouri’s tradition of maple syrup. Explore tapped trees and watch as the liquid gold is collected. See how early American settlers boiled down sap and compare that to more modern methods. Sample the finished sticky syrup, pure maple sugar or maple syrup on shaved ice, then ride that sugar high with grub from the Vincent Van Doughnut food truck, or opt for more savory fare from Pyro Pizza.
Ferguson Indoor Farmers Market
Feb. 20 – 9 a.m. to noon, St. Stephen’s Church, 33 N. Clay Ave., Ferguson, 314.521.0138, fergusonfarmersmarket.com
Farmers don’t hibernate, and neither should you. The indoor farmers market will be bustling with vendors and farmers like EarthDance Farms, Circle B Ranch and Great Harvest Bread Co. Stop by Just Omelets to dig into made-to-order breakfast and fuel up for a morning of farm-fresh shopping.
Untamed Hearts: An Intimate Valentine’s Day Dinner
Feb. 12 and 13 – 6:30 to 10 p.m., Saint Louis Zoo Lakeside Cafe, 1 Government Drive, St. Louis, 314.646.4897, stlzoo.org
Calling all lovebirds: Don your finest plumage and enjoy a four-course meal with your favorite snuggle bunny. A bottle of wine is included with your meal that begins with beet chips with thyme-balsamic goat cheese and is followed by a salad. Choose an entree of braised short ribs, crab-stuffed lobster or a roasted vegetable terrine, then finish with a raspberry and dark chocolate flourless torte. Learn about animal attraction and enjoy after-dinner dancing. Call for reservations.
Centennial Beer Festival
Feb. 26 – 6 to 9 p.m. and Feb. 27 – 2 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m., Moulin Events & Meetings, 2017 Chouteau Ave., St. Louis, centennialbeerfestival.com
Sample more than 200 beers from our own backyard and around the country as more than 80 breweries gather to show off their suds. Sip on brews from 25 local and regional players like Modern Brewery, Cathedral Square and Piney River, then check out offerings from out-of-towners like Oskar Blues, Firestone Walker and Boulevard Brewing. Vote for your favorite homebrew in Friday’s competition or spring for the VIP experience in the Malt House Cellar on Saturday. Tickets online and at the door.
Garland Wines Experience Wine Classes
Feb. 2, 9 and 16 – 7 to 9 p.m., Garland Wines, 11 S. Old Orchard Ave., Webster Groves, 314.961.9463, garlandwines.com
Spend three February nights sipping and learning about vino from around the world. Find out what makes German wines unique, sample domestic varieties from California and say, “Ooh la la!” to French wines. These classes are available individually or at a discounted rate when you RSVP for all three. Reservations available by phone.