Stuff to do April 2015
Missouri Mycological Society Forays
Dates and locations vary, momyco.org
It’s just $15 to become a member of the Missouri Mycological Society, and then you can join the expert-led forays (mushroom hunts) around the area and take home nature’s finest fungi. April is a big month for mushroom hunting, and MOMS has scheduled forays in Washington State Park (April 19), Pere Marquette State Park (April 25) and Springfield, Missouri for the annual Morel Madness hunt (April 10 to 12). Before embarking on these forays, you might also want to check out the 10 Common Poisonous Mushrooms of Missouri class at Babler State Park (April 4).
Bourbon & Bow Ties
April 18, Sasha’s on Shaw, 4069 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, 314.771.7274, sashaswinebar.com
It’s a two-fer: The Bourbon & Bow Ties party at Sasha’s on Shaw is a debut of the chillaxin’ spot’s new cocktail menu and a fundraiser for the nearby City Garden Montessori School. Look for libations featuring fortified wines, grape-based spirits and spirits aged in spent wine barrels. A Beam Suntory representative will share tastes of premium whiskeys, and guests can dip bottles of Maker’s Mark bourbon into liquid wax to create the brand’s signature look.
Webster Groves Herb Society Herb Sale
April 25 – 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., First Congregational Church of Webster Groves, 10 W. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, 314.739.9925, wgherbs.org
Spring is always in the air at the annual Webster Groves Herb Society Herb Sale. Dreams of thriving herb gardens come true when guests purchase varietals of basil, lavender, mint, thyme, rosemary, cilantro, chives, catnip and dill. Get your veggies started, too, with heirloom tomatoes, peppers, kale, artichokes and asparagus. A L’Ecole Culinaire chef and students will dole out food samples made with the herbs of the day. Plus, look for demonstrations and a gardening book sale.
Kids’ Classes at L’Ecole Culinaire
Dates vary, L’Ecole Culinaire, 9811 S. Forty Drive, Ladue, 314.587.2433, lecole.edu
Children ages 5 to 14 are welcome at the new kids’ classes at L’Ecole Culinaire. Upcoming classes include Cookies (April 25), Muffins (May 30) and Cinnamon Rolls (June 27). Students will learn the fundamentals of baking and how to be safe and have fun in the kitchen. Parents are encouraged to join the fun and play sous-chef to their kids.
April 25 and 26, times and locations vary, caffeinecrawl.com
A celebration of some of the city’s top cafes, the annual Caffeine Crawl is a tour with stops at a dozen coffee shops, including Benton Park Cafe, Chauvin Coffee, Comet Coffee, Kakao, Kaldi’s, Kayak’s, Northwest Coffee and Sump Coffee. Seven different tour options are offered, whether you take a chartered bus, your car or a bicycle. Each tour stop includes a short presentation by a cafe owner or employee, followed by chocolate or coffee samples. Saturday night’s climax is an After-Crawl Party at Blueprint Coffee.
Dining Out for Life
April 30, participating restaurants, 314.645.6451, diningoutforlife.com/stlouis/restaurants
Fried chicken at Miss Leon’s, the chocolate ice-cream martini at Baileys’ Chocolate Bar and meatloaf at Mathew’s Kitchen are but a few of the choices from the menus at more than 150 restaurants participating in this year’s Dining Out for Life. A percentage of the restaurants’ till from that day benefits Saint Louis Effort for AIDS, which helps prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS through education and provides support to people living with the disease.