Stuff to do September 2014
Missouri Outdoor Gourmet Experience
Sept. 6 – noon to 6 p.m., Randall’s Wines and Spirits, 14201 Manchester Road, Manchester, 636.527.1002, shoprandalls.com
Get fancy in the forest with recipes learned and sampled at the Missouri Outdoor Gourmet Experience. Chefs from Annie Gunn’s Smokehouse, Cielo, LoRusso’s Cucina, Mike Shannon’s Steaks & Seafood and Truffles use camping equipment from Cabela’s to whip up rustic delights for sampling. You can also try lots of wines, spirits and beers and shop at a local farmers market. Proceeds go to the Missouri Conservation Department, and the freebies and giveaways abound.
Chuseok Korean Festival
Sept. 6 – noon to 7 p.m., McGrath Elementary School, 2350 St. Clair Ave., Brentwood, 314.681.6462, gateway-korea.org
Eat bulgogi, kimchee and sweet rice cakes known as song pyon at Chuseok, the first Korean harvest festival in STL. The Gateway Korea Foundation offers traditional Korean dishes for sale at the festival, as well as music, dance, folk games, kite making and taekwondo demonstrations.
St. Louis Craft Spirits & Cocktail Week
Sept. 13 to 21 – times and locations vary, 314.231.2537, squareonebrewery.com
The third annual St. Louis Craft Spirits & Cocktail Week is a bonanza of boozy fun, including the Classic Cocktail Party at Lafayette Park, Smoke ‘N Whiskey with a release of the new Soulard Island Rum at Gran Cru Cigars, Gin Night with Pinckney Bend and Spirits of St. Louis at Natasha’s Gin Room, tours at local distillers, an infusion class at Square One, the St. Louis Bartenders Guild’s Punch in the Park, a local liquor cocktail takeover at Mission Taco and “Spirited Dinners” at Juniper, Prasino, Square One and Fountain on Locust.
Heritage BBQ by Cochon 555
Sept. 14 – 5 to 7:30 p.m., Four Seasons Hotel - St. Louis, 999 N. Second St., St. Louis, cochon555.com
Jenny Cleveland and Eric Heath of Cleveland-Heath, Gian Colucci of Cielo, Patrick Connolly of Basso, Josh Galliano of The Libertine and Lou Rook of Annie Gunn’s Smokehouse will show off their skills at Heritage BBQ by Cochon 555. Each chef is given a 200-pound heritage breed pig to create six dishes at an all-you-can-eat party. Guests can also enjoy pop-up BBQ Traditions, where local chefs demonstrate barbecue styles from around the world. Also in store: rare beers and ales from Goose Island, a live butchering demonstration, a “Perfect Manhattan” bourbon bar and “Swine & Sweets” desserts by James Beard award-winner Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.
Taste of St. Louis
Sept. 19 – 4 to 10 p.m., Sept. 20 – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m, Sept. 21 – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Chesterfield Central Park and Amphitheater, Chesterfield, 314.524.2100, tastestl.com
Taste of St. Louis is heading west for three days of fun in Chesterfield. The 10th annual festival features appearances by Food Network celebrity chefs Tyler Florence and Duff Goldman, an Art & Wine Walk, the Stella Artois Chef Battle Royale, culinary demos, Kid City, live music by Big Head Todd & The Monsters and The Urge, and Sauce Magazine Restaurant Row, with more than 35 restaurants offering bite-size portions for sale this year.
Sept. 28 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Pere Marquette Lodge, 13653 Lodge Blvd., Grafton, Illinois, 618.786.2331, pmlodge.net
The pumpkin roll at the Apple Festival at Pere Marquette Lodge is no joke. If your pumpkin reaches the bottom of the hill first, you win a night’s stay at the lodge, perched on the Mississippi River bluffs. (You can BYOP, so maybe fill one with lead?) Other fun includes warm apple pie, an apple pie walk (it’s like a cake walk), hand-dipped caramel apples, tastings of apple wine, fresh produce, kids’ activities and live music.