The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: November 15 to 17

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       Check out Mad Tomato's Vito Racanelli Jr. at the Chef Battle Royale. | Jennifer Silverberg

No, it's not snowing yet, but we've got plenty of events to keep you warm, busy and full this weekend. Take one for the team and eat a cupcake for St. Louis Children's Hospital, or enjoy two of the greatest things ever (beer and barbecue) at Capitalist Pig's Hop and Hog Festival. Check out our food-related recommendations after the jump.

See also: Sump Coffee Hosts Pop-Up Brunch with Lulu's Local Eatery

Friday (Nov. 15)

Sips in the City @ Schnucks Culinaria

Enjoy two complimentary drinks and light appetizers at this happy hour benefitting the St. Patrick Center at Schnucks Culinaria Downtown (315 North Ninth Street; 314-436-7694). $5 suggested donation. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Chef Battle Royale @ Hollywood Casino

Three former Taste of St. Louis Chef Battle Royale champions are teaming up for this. They'll cook a meal for 170 guests using beer as an ingredient. An Anheuser-Busch brewmaster will also be on hand to explain beer pairings. The chefs are 2008 champion Vito Racanelli Jr. of Mad Tomato, 2010 champion Jack W. MacMurray III of Schneithorst's, and 2011 champion Wes Johnson formerly of The Scottish Arms, Shaved Duck, Eclipse, and Salt. Tickets are $40 and available here. 7:30 p.m.

Bridging the Gap @ Plush

The Bridge's annual fundraiser will include the popular Wine Ring Toss again this year. Enjoy silent and live auctions, food and drink and more. Tickets $55 at the door. 5:30 p.m.

Shop Like a Chef Book Signing @ Schlafly Bottleworks

Chef Clara Moore signs copies of her book, Shop Like A Chef: A Food Lover's Guide to St. Louis Neighborhoods at the Locally Grown Literature event. Proceeds go toward the Book House's new Maplewood location. Admission is $15, which includes two Schlafly beers. From 8 to 11 p.m. Call 314-968-4491 or e-mail info@bookhousestl.com to RSVP.

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Produce, produce, produce! | Zach Garrison

Soulard Farmers' Market @ Soulard Farmers' Market

"Soulard Farmers' Market is still going strong and is without a doubt the largest and most eclectic market in the region -- you can buy everything from a sack of apples to a new pair of sunglasses. This is truly an iconic spot...The days and hours of operation are a bit confusing: Wednesday through Saturday, the Grand Hall, or the central inside shops, are open, along with a smattering of outside vendors (varies daily), from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the afternoon hours usually offering the best options."

A Christmas Killing: The Murder of Ebenezer Scrooge @ Bissell Mansion Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre

Bissell presents its annual Christmas show, the interactive murder-mystery A Christmas Killing. Shows take place on Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. from now through December. The cost per seat is $52.95 per person and includes a four-course meal with entree options such as an eight-ounce New York strip and baked white fish with an almondine sauce. Call 314-533-9830 for reservations.

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