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Apr 23, 2014
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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.

Czech Festival
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.


Check out the events we are sponsoring...

Saint Louis Fashion Week

April 23, 24 and 25
Various locations

ALIVE Magazine presents Saint Louis Fashion Week, featuring spring and summer lines from local and national designers. The three days of events include a spring fashion show at the Saint Louis Galleria, a summer and swimwear runway show featuring Viktor Luna, and designer Rebecca Minkoff makes an appearance at Saks Fifth Avenue. Tickets available online.

St. Louis Earth Day Festival

Sat., April 27 - 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Muny, Forest Park, St. Louis

This free event teaches festival-goers about sustainable products and services offered by local businesses and organizations and introduces area nonprofits that share the mission of Earth Day. Local musical acts and performance arts will be on hand, as well as hands-on educational activities. Local, organic and vegetarian dining options from diverse cuisines will also be available.

Microfest Beer Festival

Fri., May 2 - 6 to 10 p.m., to Sat., May 3 - Noon to 4 p.m.; 6 to 10 p.m.
Upper Muny parking lot, Forest Park, St. Louis

St. Louis Microfest attendees sample international and craft beers at three different sessions during the two-day festival. The weekend's events also include live music, silent auction, food, and live brewer and chef demonstrations. Profits from the event benefit Lift For Life Gym. Tickets available online.

Give STL Day

May 6 - Midnight to 11:59 p.m.

For 24 hours, one website lets St. Louisans donate to more than 500 St. Louis-area nonprofits, from those that fight disease and homelessness to those that celebrate the arts and education. People who donate on May 6 will be entered for prize drawings – as will the participating nonprofits. A complete list of organizations can be found online.


Sat., May 10 - 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.
St. Louis City Hall, 1200 Market St., St. Louis

Urbanaire, an annual party, raises funds and awareness for PROMO, a Missouri nonprofit that advocates for LGBT equality. The night includes a VIP reception featuring food from Harvest, Hiro Asian Kitchen, Sugarfire Smokehouse and many more, followed by an upscale party with a DJ and open bars. Tickets available online. The night includes a VIP reception featuring music, novelty acts and appetizers, followed by an upscale party with a DJ providing the dance beat, open bars, special late-night treats and more. Tickets will be available online March 21.

Art Fair at Laumeier

May 9 – 6 to 10 p.m.; May 10 – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; May 11 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
Laumeier Sculpture Park, 12580 Rott Road, Sunset Hills

This Mother’s Day weekend, 150 artists showcase their wares at Laumeier Sculpture Park. The culinary arts will also be on display with a tasting of Missouri wines, a presentation and tasting with Schlafly and a Sunday brunch by Whole Foods. Brunch tickets available online.

Tower Grove Picnic in the Park

June 1 – 4 to 7 p.m.
Tower Grove Park, St. Loui

Picnic with dozens of your closest friends on the grounds near the Piper Palm House and the Music Stand in Tower Grove Park. Live music, art exhibits, a petting zoo and other children’s activities keep attendees entertained while food trucks and beer vendors keep them satiated.

Schlafly Art Outside

Fri., Sept 4 to Sun., Sept. 6
Schlafly Bottleworks, 7260 Southwest Ave., Maplewood

The 11th annual Schlafly Art Outside is a three-day juried alternative art fair featuring work from more than 50 St. Louis-area artists at Schlafly Bottleworks.

Schlafly Farmers Market

Wednesdays through October – 4 to 7 p.m.,
Schlafly Bottleworks, 7260 Southwest Ave., Maplewood

Wednesday evenings, part of the Schlafly Bottleworks parking lot transforms into a farmers market brimming with meat, eggs, produce, herbs, baked goods and more. Dozens of vendors are on rotation, including Cool Cow Cheese, Ozark Forest Mushrooms and Black Bear Bakery. New this season: cooking demos by local chefs every third Wednesday of the month.

Midtown Farmers Market

Saturdays through November – 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
6655 Delmar Blvd., University City

The newest farmers market to hit the scene pops up at the historic Market in The Loop. Grab your tote bag each Saturday morning and grab produce, meat, eggs, baked goods, pantry perks and more from local farmers and artisans. Recent vendors on rotation have included Biver Farms, Stringbean Coffee, Red Fox Baking and Baetje Farms.

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