Stuff to do: April 2017
SqWires Fish Fry
April 7 and 14 – 4:30 to 8 p.m., SqWires Annex, 1415 S. 18th St., St. Louis, 314.865.3522, sqwires.com
Finish strong this fish fry season. SqWires’ fish fry menu offers entrees like fried or baked fish, fish sandwiches and fried shrimp with your choice of two sides like clam chowder, green beans, hush puppies or mac and cheese, along with a Hawaiian roll and dessert. Soda, beer, wine and a signature cocktail are available at the bar, and guests can dine in or carryout.
April 8 and 9 – noon to 2 p.m., Urban Chestnut Brewing Co., 3229 Washington Ave., St. Louis, 314.222.0143, urbanchestnut.com
Gorge on all-you-can-eat crawdaddies during UCBC’s traditional Cajun crawfish boil – and throw in some gumbo, to boot. UCBC brews a special batch of Urban Gold, a hop-forward session Pilsner, and pours other draft brews including Zwickel, Schnickelfritz, Dorfbier and Fantasyland. Tickets available online.
Bake & Gather
April 15 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Niche Food Group Commissary, 1013 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, nichestlgroup.com
Niche Food Group’s Mathew Rice gathers his fellow pastry chefs for a day of giving back. Purchase wrapped desserts and sharable treats created by the likes of Sardella and Pastaria’s Sarah Osborn, Element’s Tyler Davis, Sugaree Baking Co.’s Pat Rutherford-Pettine, Brasserie’s Elise Mensing, Reeds American Table’s Ashley Rouch and others. Proceeds support the International Institute of St. Louis and the American Civil Liberties Union.
April 23 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center, 13653 Lodge Blvd., Grafton, 618.786.2331, pmlodge.net
Learn how to safely forage for fungi at this annual mushroom lovers event. Experts share the secrets to identifying and selecting prime examples, then guide attendees on a morel hunt. It all ends with a contest for the smallest, largest and the most morels found, as well as food, drink and live music.
Global Brew Pet Trivia Night
April 25 – 7 to 10 p.m., Global Brew Tap House, 112 S. Buchanan St., Ste. 1, Edwardsville, 618.307.5858, globalbrew.com
Show adoptable pets some love by showing off your arcane trivia expertise and swigging a few craft beers. Donate supplies for bonus points (bleach, paper towels, dish soap and newspaper are among the most prized) and add your bid to silent auction prizes. A portion of the proceeds (plus $1 from every Lagunitas sold) is donated to Troy, Illinois shelter Partners 4 Pets.
Through May 18 – Peacemaker Lobster & Crab, 1831 Sidney St., St. Louis, 314.772.8858, peacemakerstl.com
Every two weeks, a top St. Louis-area chef makes a mark on the Peacemaker menu with a custom po’boy. Niche Food Group’s Gerard Craft took his turn in March with a fried mortadella po’boy; now Farmhaus’ Kevin Willmann, Público’s Mike Randolph, Vicia’s Michael Gallina and Companion’s Josh Galliano offer their tastiest creations on a bun. A portion of the po’boy sales supports the St. Louis Chefs Cycle team riding to benefit No Kid Hungry.