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.