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Apr 29, 2016
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Stuff to do: April 2016

Dumpling Making and Dim Sum Beer Brunch
April 2 – 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Lu Lu Seafood & Dim Sum, 8224 Olive Blvd., University City, 314.606.9048, luluseafoodrestaurant.com
Watch the master dumpling and dim sum chefs at Lu Lu’s craft their intricate jiaozhi, then try your hand at filling and folding the perfect dumpling. Afterward, feast on an unlimited dim sum brunch of dumplings, pot stickers, salad and more. Alton brewery Old Bakery Beer will bring its brews over the river to pair with the traditional Chinese brunch. Register online for this monthly series at dabble.co.

Cigar and Wine Dinner
April 16 – 7 p.m., Chandler Hill Vineyards, 596 Defiance Road, Defiance, 636.798.2675, chandlerhillvineyards.com
Pack your Zippo and head for the hills as Chandler Hill Vineyards hosts a cigar dinner. Wine pairings accompany the four-course affair that features a charcuterie and cheese board paired with a merlot; a prime rib main course with a twice-baked potato, au jus and horseradish with a cabernet sauvignon; and a decadent ending of cognac, gooey butter cake and cheesecake. The featured cigars will be AJ Fernandez New World and Nub Cameroon 358. Reservations available by phone or online.

Vegetable Gardening 101
April 21 – 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 N. Woodlawn Ave., Kirkwood, 314.965.3070, sugarcreekgardens.com
Be your own farm-to-table kitchen and grow your veggies at home. Learn how to put that green thumb to use at Sugar Creek Gardens’ free class discussing what and when to plant. Get the lowdown on sun exposure, soil health, watering, pest control and more. No yard? Apartment and condo dwellers can get in on the action with container gardening. Fresh salsa and salad, here you come.

2016 Pizza Prowl & More
April 23 – 9 a.m. to noon, Edwardsville High School, 6161 Center Grove Road, Edwardsville, 618.514.5588, pizzaprowl.net
You be the judge at this year’s Pizza Prowl & More. Pick up your ballot at Edwardsville High School and visit 20 Edwardsville and Glen Carbon restaurants like Peel Wood Fired Pizza, Andria’s Countryside Restaurant, Wang Gang, Catrina’s, Gulf Shores, Mike Shannon’s Grill and more. Sample the fare, then rate visual appeal, ingredients and overall taste. Turn in your ballots at Edwardsville High School, then stick around and bid in the live auction. Proceeds benefit the Glen-Ed Pantry and the Edwardsville High School marching band.

Annual Herb Sale
April 30 – 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., First Congregational Church, 10 W. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, wgherbs.org
Ready, set, grow at the Webster Groves Herb Society’s annual sale. Browse locally grown thyme, basil, peppers, heirloom tomatoes, lavender, rosemary and more. With more than 12,000 plants to choose from, there’s bound to be something perfect for any vegetable, herb or flower garden. Pick up native Missouri flora like black elderberry or wild passion flower. All purchases are tax-free and a portion of the sales benefit scholarships to students studying plant sciences.

Progressive Pavilion Party
April 30 – 6 to 10 p.m., Tower Grove Park, 4256 Magnolia Ave., St. Louis, 314.771.4424, Facebook: Tower Grove Park
Hop from one historic pavilion in Tower Grove Park to the next and sample beer and food from some of the city’s most iconic restaurants. Starting at the Turkish Pavilion and ending at the Music Stand, stroll through the park and enjoy live music and food from The Dam, The Fountain on Locust, SweetArt and more. Thirst-quenching suds from Earthbound Beer, The Civil Life Brewing Co., Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. and more are featured, along with coffee from Park Avenue Coffee and Gelateria Del Leone. Tickets available online.


Check out the events we are sponsoring...

Maplewood Street Food Tour

May 6 – 6 to 9 p.m.
Participating Maplewood locations

Check out the savory food scene in Maplewood. Take a self-guided tour of 14 different restaurants as they serve dishes that best represent their offerings. Enjoy food and beverage samples from Schlafly Bottleworks, Vom Fass, The Crow’s Nest, Boogaloo and more. Tickets are $25 and available at participating locations.

Urbanaire 2016

May 7 – 6 p.m.
St. Louis Union Station Hotel, 1820 Market St., St. Louis

Promote equality for all at Promo’s Urbanaire 2016. The annual fundraiser for the LGBT advocacy organization features appetizers from more than 20 St. Louis restaurants including Eleven Eleven Mississippi, Steve’s Hot Dogs and more, as well as desserts, cocktails, live entertainment and silent auction events. Tickets available online.

Laumeier Art Fair

May 6 to 8
Laumeier Sculpture Park, 12580 Rott Road, Sunset Hills

Spend Mother’s Day exploring the arts at the 29th annual Laumeier Art Fair. The sculpture park hosts 150 artists, as well as participating restaurants like Capitalist Pig, Mission Taco and Pyro Pizza. Local beer and wine will also be served. Tickets available online or at the park.

Wine and Dine with Sauce

May 13 – 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Dierbergs, 1081 Lindemann Road, Des Peres,

Join us at Dierbergs in Des Peres for a taste of Sauce Magazine. Managing editor Heather Hughes, art director Meera Nagarajan and contributing writer Glenn Bardgett will demonstrate recipes from the pages of Sauce along with beverage pairings. Reservations online; seating is limited.

Food Truck Friday

May 13 - 4 to 8 p.m.
Tower Grove Park, 4256 Magnolia Ave., St. Louis

Unpack the picnic blanket, grab the dog leash and head to Tower Grove Park for the season’s first Food Truck Friday. Check out perennial favorites like Cha Cha Chow, Seoul Taco and Fire & Ice Cream Truck, as well as newcomers like Angie Burger, Farmtruk and Slide Piece. Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. and 4 Hands Brewing Co. pull pints, and The Porch in Soulard offers wine this year, while Letters to Memphis rocks the evening away.

Tower Grove Farmers Market

Saturdays – 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.,
Tower Grove Park, 4256 Magnolia Ave., St. Louis

Spring produce returns to the Tower Grove Farmers Market. Get there early to enjoy free yoga and qi gong classes before stocking up from favorite vendors like Three Rivers Community Farm and Urban Buds and try something new from first-timers like Nutty Bites, Dierks Farms, Red Guitar Bread and Scratch Brewing, which sells beer bread, soda and produce.

Cheers to 35 Years

Through May 31
participating locations

Operation Food Search is extending its Cheers to 35 Years celebration through May 31. Purchase a glass of “OFS Wine” at a participating restaurant. Take a selfie enjoying your selection, then post it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with @OpFoodSearch or @SauceMag and #Cheersto35Years. A portion of the wine sale benefits OFS, and you’re entered in a drawing for a case of wine. A full list of participating restaurants and retailers is available online.

Central West End Cocktail Party

June 4 – 5 to 10 p.m.
Euclid Avenue between Maryland and McPherson avenues, St. Louis

It’s believed that the first recorded cocktail party took place in 1917 in the Central West End. Raise a glass to history at the Central West End Cocktail Party. Guests enjoy live music, street performers and Dr. Dan the Pancake Man while they sip drinks from more than 10 CWE restaurants including El Burro Loco, Sub Zero Vodka Bar and Gamlin Whiskey House. Stick around to watch the final round of professional and amateur cocktail competitions and see who takes the boozy first prize.

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