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Sep 30, 2014
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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.

Apple Festival
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.


Check out the events we are sponsoring...

Sauce Magazine's Food Truck Friday

Fri., Oct. 3 – 3:30 to 7 p.m.
Sauce Magazine's Food Truck Friday

It’s your last chance this year to get your fix at Food Truck Friday. Find sangria, Earth Day St. Louis recycling stations, live music from Miss Jubilee, beer sales to benefit Lift for Life Gym and more. If you’re hungry and in a hurry, stop by the Sauce tent for a Speed Pass, which enables holders to use expedited lines for ordering. Come early and bring lawn chairs, blankets, kids and dogs.

Saint Louis Fashion Week

Oct. 9 to Oct. 18, times vary
Locations vary

Stalk the catwalk with fellow fashionistas at a plethora of events during Saint Louis Fashion Week. Dozens renowned designers will showcase their latest collections, including Yigal Azrouël, Timo Weiland and Tess Giberson. A daylong conference includes a panel discussion led by New York Fashion Week founder Fern Mallis and featuring Derek Blasberg, editor-at-large for Harper’s Bazaar. New this year: an emerging designer competition during which six local designers will present their collections for a chance to win $15,000. It all starts with a kickoff party Sept. 26. A full schedule of events and ticket information are available online.

Brew in the Lou

Oct. 18 – 1 to 5 p.m.
Koburg Hall at Concordia Seminary, 801 Seminary Place, Clayton

Beer, spirits, wine, coffee and food will be sampled liberally at the Brew in the Lou benefit. Vendors will offer treats by Anheuser-Busch In-Bev, Blue Moon, BBQ ASAP, Cathedral Square Brewery, Charleville Brewing, Excel Brewing, Gobble Stop Smokehouse, Heavy Riff, Kaldi’s Coffee, Menrath Wines, Morgan Street Brewery, Pinckney Bend Distillery, PRP Wine International, Stringbean Coffee Company, Swiss Meat & Sausage Company, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, Wood Hat Distillery and many more. Proceeds raised at this event for the Lutheran Elementary School Association will be matched 4-to-1 by grants. Tickets available online.

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 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
6655 Delmar Blvd., University City

Grab your tote bag each Saturday morning and stuff it with produce, meat, eggs, baked goods, pantry perks and more from local farmers and artisans. Recent vendors on rotation have included Eilerman Bros. Orchards, Elixir Farm, Midwest Lamb and all-natural popsicle peddler Native Pops.

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