The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: September 6-8
Saturday (Sept. 7)
St. Louis Craft Spirits and Cocktails Week kicks off its second year with a booze-infused party in Lafayette Square Park (Park & Mississippi Avenues). Power Play Band will supply the live music from 6-9 p.m. Each of the distilleries will have a special cocktail on hand, including Spirits of St. Louis Distillery, Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling and Mad Buffalo Distillery. Admission is free, but drink tickets cost $2.50 each; one ticket gets you a small cocktail, two tickets a large one.
Fall means its apple-picking season, and the Kirkwood Farmers' Market (150 East Argonne Drive, Kirkwood; 314-822-0084) is celebrating the crisp autumn treat. There will be a variety of apples from several local farms, apple pie and apple cider, plus a cooking demonstration from Mike Ryan of Kirkwood Station Brewing Co. and live music from The Lulus. Admission is free. 9 a.m. to noon.
Did you score tickets to LouFest? There's more than just great music waiting for you at Forest Park (Highway 40 & Hampton Avenue). Ten St. Louis favorites are offering up choice menu items all weekend: Atomic Cowboy, Cleveland-Heath, Dressel's Pub, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, Kaldi's Coffee, Local Harvest Cafe, Magoo's Pizza, Mission Taco Joint, PM BBQ and Triumph Grill. You can check out the list of available items here. Tickets are $95 for a two-day pass, $55 for a Saturday or Sunday pass, available here.
The swanky dinner party kicks off the St. Louis branch of the United Way's fall campaign at the Yacht Club of St. Louis (105 Lake Village Drive, St. Charles; 636-250-3042). There will, of course, be wine, food, chocolate and live jazz from the Bosman Twins. Tickets are $70 ahead of time, and $80 at the door. Proceeds benefit the United Way. Buy tickets at www2.stl.unitedway.org/cwj2013 or call 636-939-3300. 6:30 p.m.
Sunday (Sept. 8)
The locally focused restaurant recently expanded for brunch, and it's the perfect weekend to try it out. There are small plates, like biscuits and buttered local peaches or local heirloom tomatoes and feta cheese with baby spinach and gremolata. Big Sky (47 South Old Orchard Avenue, Webster Groves; 314-962-5757) also has bigger stuff like blueberry pancakes with bacon from Geisert Farms or a mozzarella and heirloom tomato sandwich on grilled rye with sprouts from Claverach Farm and basil scallion mayonnaise. Plus, Veggie Boy Produce is providing all the eggs. Call 314-962-5757 for reservations. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.