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May 22, 2015
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Stuff to do May 2015

Triple Crown Series Throwdown
May 2 and 16, Sanctuaria, 4198 Manchester Road, St. Louis, 314.535.9700, sanctuariastl.com
Bartenders Matt Seiter and Matt Obermark have concocted a series of special cocktails to sip during watch parties for the biggest horse races of the year. Among the offerings, the Kentucky Derby party features mint juleps and chef Wil Pelly’s hot brown beignets. The Preakness party includes Triple Crown Punch and East Coast fried oyster sliders, and the Belmont Stakes party June 6 includes White Carnations (peach vodka, OJ, cream and club soda) and Pizza, Politically Incorrect (beer-battered NY-style pizza with spicy ranch dip).

Food Truck Friday
May 8 – 4 to 8 p.m., Tower Grove Park, 4256 Magnolia Ave., St. Louis, 314.772.8004, saucefoodtruckfriday.com
Sauce Food Truck Friday returns this month with more delicious food and fun. More than 20 food trucks plan to park it at Sauce Magazine’s first Food Truck Friday of the season, including favorites like Guerrilla Street Food and Seoul Taco and newcomers such as Rise Coffee Truck and Revel Kitchen. Grab local brews from Urban Chestnut and 4 Hands, and stop by the Sauce tent to purchase Speed Passes, which enable holders to use expedited lines for ordering. Come early, bring lawn chairs, blankets, kids and dogs, and rock out to the sounds of Letter to Memphis.

River Styx Literary Feast
May 8 – 7 p.m., Tavern of Fine Arts, 313 Belt Ave., St. Louis, 314.367.7549, riverstyx.org
The feast is edible and figurative at this annual benefit for local literary magazine River Styx. While author Lucinda Roy and live jazz musicians feed your mind, stuff your face at an ample buffet. Some offerings from Tavern of Fine Arts include spanakopita, hummus, tabbouleh, baba ghanoush, flatbreads and flourless chocolate cake. Look for literary-themed drink specials, too. Tickets available online.

Duck, Duck, Goose: Unsung Heroes Culinary Competition
May 18 – 6 p.m., Four Seasons Hotel-St. Louis, 999 N. Second St., St. Louis, 314.881.2105, cielostlouis.com
Sous chefs keep the culinary ships afloat, and these first mates will showcase their skills using Hudson Valley duck foie gras in a friendly competitive dinner. Participating sous chefs include Shimon Diamond and Saul Juarez of Cielo, Justin McMillen of Sidney Street Cafe, Ryan McDonald of Truffles, Josh Poletti of The Libertine and Alex Feldmeier of Brasserie. Andrew Jennrich of Annie Gunn’s will be on hand to demo duck butchery, and Cielo bartender Jorie Taylor will create duck-inspired cocktails. Tickets available online.

Dine Around 
May 21 – 5 to 10 p.m., participating restaurants, South Grand Boulevard, St. Louis, 314.772.5750, southgrand.org
Choose from 22 restaurants representing 13 countries at this year’s International Dine Around on South Grand Boulevard. Wander down the street and indulge in different courses at Basil Spice Thai Cuisine, Baida Moroccan Restaurant, Gelateria Del Leone, Meskerem, LemonGrass, Cafe Natasha’s, Tree House and Rooster South Grand. Each ticket book gets you an appetizer, entree, dessert and drink, plus a wild card, at a different participating restaurant. Ticket book and menus available online.

May 30 – 1 to 7 p.m., The Grove and Cherokee Street, St. Louis, 314.535.5311, indihopstl.com
Fifty different beers and local coffee selections await your delectation at IndiHop. You can try them at 25 businesses in The Grove (including The Demo and Just John) and 25 on Cherokee Street (including Earthbound Beer and Saint Louis Hop Shop). A who’s who of area craft brewers provides the suds, IndiHop provides the shuttles to ferry drinkers from ’hood to ’hood, and a dozen local bands entertain along the route. Tickets available online.



Check out the events we are sponsoring...

Schlafly Farmers Market

Wednesdays – 4 to 7 p.m.
Schlafly Bottleworks, 7260 Southwest Ave., Maplewood

Stop by the Schlafly Farmers Market on your way home from work Wednesdays and gather your local produce from longtime vendors like Eckenfels Farms and Riverbend Roots Farm and newcomers such as Seeds of Hope.

Picnic in the Park

May 31 – 4 to 7 p.m.
Tower Grove Park, 4256 Magnolia Ave., St. Louis

Grab your picnic blanket and join hundreds of your closest friends at Picnic in the Park. Get your grub from one of six mobile eateries, including Taco Truck STL, Guerrilla Street Food and Bombay Food Junkies. Tour an exhibition featuring works by local artists while sipping an Urban Chestnut brew and enjoy live music. Bring the kids, too: a petting zoo, face painting and balloon animals await.

Tower Grove Farmers Market

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

Strawberries, asparagus and even a few late-May tomatoes are ripe for the picking at Tower Grove Farmers Market. More than 60 vendors will sell everything from produce and meat to preserves and bread. Arrive early to join in a free yoga session before taking your pick of the produce.

Midtown Farmers Market

Saturdays – 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
6655 Delmar Blvd., University City

Spring is in full swing at the Midtown Farmers Market. Art House Coffee will keep you caffeinated while you gather produce from new vendors like Iron Hill Farm and Robinson Family Farms.

It’s My Own Damn Fault Food Truck Event

June 4 – noon to 8 p.m.
Hollywood Casino St. Louis, 7777 Casino Center Drive, Maryland Heights

Get the beach party started before the Jimmy Buffet concert at the Hollywood Casino parking lot with outdoors bars and 10 mobile eateries like Pie Oh My! and Gioia’s Deli, who will pull up at 3 p.m. Then get in the Margaritaville mood with tribute band Rock This Boat until 7 p.m.

Food Wine Design

June 1 to June 5
Lumen Private Event, 2201 Locust St., St. Louis

Join St. Louis Magazine for a Food Wine Design, a weeklong dinner series from June 1 to 5 that pairs 11 local celebrity chefs for five nights of four-course menus, fine wines, top-notch cocktails and the tabletop flair of local designers. Don't miss partnerships between Gerard Craft of Niche Food Group and Kevin Nashan of Sidney Street Cafe and The Peacemaker Lobster and Crab Co., Rick Lo Russo of LoRusso's Cucina and Giannicola Colucci of Cielo and more. Menus and ticket information available online.

Celebrity Chef Series

June 8 – 5:30 p.m.
The Restaurant at the Cheshire, 7036 Clayton Ave., St. Louis

The Restaurant at The Cheshire and Sauce welcome acclaimed chefs Colby and Megan Garrelts of Bluestem in Kansas City and Rye in Leawood, Kansas. The Garrelts will join Restaurant chef Rex Hale for a five-course wine dinner, and the duo will also discuss their new cookbook, Made in America, and sign copies available for purchase through Left Bank Books. Reservations available online.

Local Foods Challenge

June 1 to 30
Participating locations

Become a true locavore during the month-long Local Foods Challenge. Sign up online to take the challenge and track where you eat and which local farmers, coffee roasters and other businesses you patronize in June. Attend educational and festive events and learn where your food comes from and how restaurants like Ices Plain & Fancy, Juniper, Kitchen House Coffee and The Libertine source locally. Sign up online and get sweet perks like tote bags, beer glasses, party invitations and more. It all kicks off at a party May 27 at Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.

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