Ten Best Food Events This Weekend: February 3-February 5

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Friday (Feb. 3):

Missouri Organic Association organic food workshops @ St. Louis Union Station Marriott
Catch the last couple of days of this annual conference geared toward urban and suburan farms and gardeners, gardener wannabes and foodies, featuring plenty of workshops ranging from consumer health to vegetable gardening. $95 for single day registration. Friday, Feb. 3 and Saturday, Feb. 4. Check out the full schedule and register on the Missouri Organic Web site.

Mardi Gras Wine & Beer Tasting @ St. Louis City Hall
Try 50 varietels of premiere vintners, beer and whiskey tastings along with four food sampling tickets at this Mardi Gras event. $40 at the door. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Saturday (Feb. 4):

National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day @ Serendipity Homemade Ice Cream
Serendipity serves up breakfast-inspired ice cream treats all day. Show up in pajamas and get a free coffee mug with coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Prizes are awarded at 3 p.m. for "best jammies." 8 a.m.

Sweetie Pay Day @ downtown Mascoutah, IL
Pie-lovers can sample free flaky pastries from participating businesses and then vote on favorites. Participants who try at least half the pies also get a chance to win a Mascoutah prize basket. Free. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Crystal Cajun Cook-Off @ St. Louis City Hall Rotunda
This annual Mardi Gras event pits ten professional and ten amateur chefs in their respective categories against each other for the title of the best Cajun/Creole dish. Show up to see the showdown and grab four tickets to sample some Cajun plates from a local catering company. Unlimited samples of Bud Light, Southern Comfort hurricanes and soft drinks are also available. $35. Purchase tickets here. Noon to 4 p.m.

Tapas of the World @ Mount Pleasant Estates
Executive chef Dana Liljquist prepares a tapas buffet featuring tastes from all over the globe such as spicy chicken empanadas from Spain, california rolls from Japan and Swedish meatballs. $20 per person - includes a glass of wine. Call 636-482-9463 for reservations. 12 to 4 p.m.

Sunday (Feb. 5):

Sunday Funday Brunch @ Harvest
Harvest kicks off a brand new brunch menu featuring plenty of items "from the sea" and "from the fields." Check out the Harvest brunch menu online and make reservations by calling 314-645-3522. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pastaria Preview Dinner @ Niche
Get a sneak peek at Gerard Craft's concept for his new restaurant by checking out this family-style meal featuring the likes of roasted beet salad with goat cheese, walnut and green apple; pappardelle with pork ragu; brick chicken with seasonal bread salad; bourbon tiramisu and more. The meal is $35 per person. Call 314-773-7755 for reservations.

Superbowl Special @ Big Daddy's on the Landing
Enjoy an open bar and food buffet before and after kick-off, attendance prizes and raffles, all while enjoying the game on a 10 foot by 10 foot high definition projector screen. $25 per person.

El Bulli: Cooking in Progress @ Tivoli Theatre
Catch a screening of this film about renowned Spanish chef Ferran Adrià and his innovative process behind his menu making process. Showtimes available Friday, Saturday and Sunday. General tickets cost $9. Check the Landmark Theatre's Web site for showtimes.


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