Stuff to do March 2015
St. Cecelia’s Mexican Fish Fry
Fridays through March – 4:30 to 8 p.m., St. Cecelia Parish, 906 Eichelberger St., St. Louis, 314.351.1318, stceceliaparishstl.org
It’s a regular Lenten hullabaloo at St. Cecelia’s Mexican Fish Fry. One of the most festive fish fries in town offers its popular chiles rellenos, fried cheese quesadillas, tostadas, salmon, cod, fried shrimp, mac-n-cheese, tortilla chips with pico de gallo, tamales, Mexican desserts, lemonade, margaritas and Mexican singing and dancing. Arrive early to avoid big lines, or purchase reservations online. (That’s right – reservations for a church fish fry. Go and you’ll understand.)
C for Cannabis with Tenacious Eats
March 7 and 21 – 6:30 p.m., Food Outreach, 3117 Olive St., St. Louis, 314.605.3684, tenaciouseats.com
A portion of the proceeds from Tenacious Eats’ March screenings benefit the C for Cannabis legalization campaign, and the films fit the theme like a one-hitter in a dugout. Chef Liz Schuster will make gourmet five-course meals paired with key scenes in Dazed and Confused on March 7 and The Big Lebowski on March 21. The latter event features a Walter Sobchak impersonator. As always, costumes are encouraged.
Downtown Chili Cook-off
March 20 – 5 to 10 p.m., Christ Church Cathedral, 1201 Locust St., St. Louis, Facebook: Downtown St. Louis Restaurant and Bar Association
More than 20 restaurants will compete at the second annual Downtown Chili Cook-off, sponsored by the Downtown St. Louis Restaurant and Bar Association. The bacchanal of beans and burps also includes live music and games. Ten bucks ($5 if you’re a kid) gets you all the samples you can handle.
The Unofficial Downton Abbey Tea
March 10, 18 and 25 – 10 a.m. to noon, Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, 314.577.5100, mobot.org
The snooty blue bloods on Downton Abbey like to chill with a few finger sandwiches and share a bit of ripping good gossip. Re-create their teatime at MOBOT’s Unofficial Downton Abbey Tea. Jane Muscroft of Queen’s Cuisine demonstrates how to prepare finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream, pasties and desserts in the Edwardian-English style. You may partake of the goodies – provided your manners are proper.
March 28 – 2 to 6 p.m., 4 Hands Brewing Co., 1220 S. Eighth St.,
St. Louis, 314.436.1559, lupulincarnival.com
Lupulin is an oil found in hops, and the annual Lupulin Carnival at 4 Hands is a blowout celebration of the stuff. Sample hoppy beers from 50 other breweries from near and far and be among the first to try 4 Hands’ seasonal War Hammer Imperial IPA, which debuts that day. Grain Brewing, Cigar City, Odell, Solemn Oath Brewery, Toppling Goliath and dozens more will pour their fare under the big top. Sip and savor with circus acts, live music and food trucks. Benefits from carnival games go to HOPE for Young Adults with Cancer. Tickets available online.
March 28 and 29, Stone Hill Winery and Hermannhof Winery, Hermann, 573.486.2744, visithermann.com
Crank it out, sausage boy! Nearly every kind of wurst a German has devised is available for munching at Hermann’s annual Wurstfest. The weather may be chilly, but the freshly smoked and grilled sausage and local beer and wine will keep you warm. After checking out the sausage-making demos and contests, you’ll want to take in the live music and dancing – and bring a camera for the Weiner Dog Derby on Sunday.