Mango Celebrates Peruvian Independence Day with Special Menu This Weekend

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Nectarine Chicano | Jessica Lees

Mango Peruvian Cuisine (1101 Lucas Avenue; 314-621-9993) is celebrating 193 years of Peruvian independence from Spain with a three-day fete.

Owner and chef Jorge Calvo created a special three-course dinner menu that will be offered Saturday, July 26, through Monday, July 28.

"This event for the Calvo family will be their way of celebrating this national holiday with their family and friends," says marketing manager Jessica Lees. "There's actually a pretty large Peruvian population in St. Louis, and our menu of traditional dishes and familiar street food will make them feel right at home."

See also: The 5 Best Menus at Downtown Restaurant Week 2014

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Iron Barley's Tomato Fest Pays Homage to the Versatile Vegetable

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       Tomatoes really are the best. | Garry Knight

Iron Barley (5510 Virginia Avenue; 314-351-4500) is holding its ninth annual Tomato Fest Sunday, August 11, to benefit Lift for Life Gym. In addition to lots of tomatoes (duh), this year's festival also features a new event: a bloody-mary contest.

See also:
- Photos: Making the World's Longest BLT at Iron Barley, 8.9.09
- Iron Barley Makes the World's Largest BLT. Again.
- The Eight Bars With the Best Beer Selections in St. Louis: 2013


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Pig Out and Shop Till You Drop at Schlafly Pork Shop

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Schalfly Pork Shop 2012 | Image via Schalfly
Saturday-morning garage-sale hunting is always great fun. Saturday-morning garage-sale hunting followed by a pig roast is awesome.

On Saturday, May 25, Schlafly Tap Room (2100 Locust Street; 314-241-2337) will host its annual Pork Shop: A Dowtown BBQ and Garage Sale. Also, there will be beer. A roast pig, beer and a multitude of obsolete VHS tapes and grandma's costume jewelry.

Get excited.

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St. Jacob Strawberry Festival and Berry Bicycle Ride This Saturday

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Pedal on down to St. Jacob, Illinois, on Sunday, May 19, for the 28th annual St. Jacob Strawberry Festival and Berry Bicycle Ride.

The Berry Bicycle Ride will kick off the event at 7:30 a.m. at St. Jacob Township Park. There are four trail routes for riders with different skill levels (super short, short, medium and long) on mostly flat terrain. The ride will end at the strawberry festival with strawberry shortcake for all the riders. Wouldn't want all those calories you burned to go to waste!

The Strawberry Festival and Berry Bicycle Ride is run by the United Church of Christ and features all manner of strawberry treats prepared by members of the church. It starts at 10 a.m. and the fun continues until 4 p.m.

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Eat Up at Taste of Maplewood Festival Saturday

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Maplewood Chamber of Commerce
Maplewood is a hip, happenin' and, of course, delicious neighborhood full of unique restaurants and shops. The town is celebrating all things yummy this Saturday, May 18 at the 5th annual Taste of Maplewood Street Festival.

One block of Sutton Boulevard between Manchester and Hazel will cease to be a road and instead become a foodie paradise, with vendors offering samples and live music and entertainment. Gut Check spoke to Nick Bettger at the Maplewood Chamber of Commerce who gave us more details about the event.

Check out what restaurants are going to be there after the jump!

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- Riding Out the Rapture at Taste of Maplewood
- Sideshow: Taste of Maplewood 2009

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Chow Down at the Second Annual Taste of U. City

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The logo for Taste of U. City 2013.
University City is packed with topnotch restaurants, and you can get a sampling from some of the best at Taste of U. City this Thursday, May 9.

Hosted by the chamber of commerce at the Heman Park Community Center (Vernon and Pennsylvania avenues, University City; 314-505-8617), Taste of U. City celebrates the food of the eclectic neighborhood with food and drink samples from more than 30 area restaurants and specialty food stores. Proceeds from the event, co-sponsored by Fifth/Third Bank will support Operation Food Search, which helps fill food pantries across greater St. Louis.

Find out if your favorite U. City restaurant will be there after the jump!

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Broadway Oyster Bar Invites You to Suck It at Crawfish Fest This Weekend

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The mighty mud bug is the star of this month's food festival at Broadway Oyster Bar (736 South Broadway; 314-621-8811), and chef Brad Hagen is pulling out all the stops (and all the crawfish) to make this a feast worthy of the Big Easy.

Gut Check spoke with Broadway Oyster Bar's Mary Moramarco to get you all the deets about the upcoming crawdad jamboree.

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Songkran Festival 2013: Thai New Year Celebration in Photos

Songkran, the traditional Thai New Year, was celebrated this past weekend at Wat Phrasriratanaram (890 Lindsay Lane, Florissant; 314-839-3115).

The only Buddist temple in the St. Louis area, Wat Phrasriratanaram is home to a half-dozen monks. For Songkran, local Thai restaurants and families prepare dishes to raise money for the temple. This event is free and open to the public. There is also music, meditation and traditional dancing.

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Crystal Rolfe
Pad Thai. (You know you want some.)


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Vin de Set Hosts Fifth Annual Oysters Five Ways Festival Sunday, March 10

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Vin de Set (2017 Chouteau Avenue; 314-241-8989) hosts its fifth annual Oysters Five Ways Festival at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 10. The restaurant has flown in 1,400 Penn Cove Pacific oysters, and head chef and general manager Ivy Magruder tells Gut Check he and his kitchen staff are armed and ready to shuck the night away.

Magruder says Vin de Set purposely bought only enough oysters to serve during Sunday's festival, so get 'em then or not at all.

"We got 'em in our back door [Thursday]," Magruder says. "They were in the water on Monday; it just doesn't get any cooler than that."

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- The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: March 8 to 10

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This Weekend at Schlafly Tap Room: Cod, Casks...and Plokkfiskur!

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A pan of the Schlafly Tap Room's plokkfiskur.
Gut Check has been pining for fish fry season, which begins this weekend, since at least last Easter. (Maybe longer -- we're of the disposition to start getting nostalgic for things even before they're over.) But we're going to have to postpone our first expedition to the Catholic school cafeterias and church basements of this fair city. That's because we've been waiting an entire year for the Schlafly Tap Room's (2100 Locust Street; 314-241-2337) annual Cod and Cask Festival (running this year 5 p.m. to midnight on Friday and 11 a.m. to midnight on Saturday) -- and our one chance this year to devour a plate of plokkfiskur.

What is plokkfiskur, you ask?

Why, it's the food of the gods. The Scandinavian gods, that is. In Valhalla, you can bet that Odin and Freya and Loki and all the rest get to eat this stuff every day.

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