Learn How To Make Homemade Baby Food at Onesto

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If you've ever eaten baby food, first of all, we sincerely hope you've had a baby, and second, you know it usually doesn't taste very good.

Chef Brian Miller of Onesto Pizza & Trattoria (5401 Finkman Street; 314-802-8883) wants to change that perception by teaching people how to make their own baby food. Spring brings bushels of fresh veggies to out local farmers' markets, and Onesto wants to take advantage of that fresh produce to show people that baby food doesn't have to be tasteless goop.

Four of Onesto's staff members are currently pregnant, and the general manager, Sally Sciaroni just had a baby in December, so the timing seems perfect for a baby food class. Gut Check caught up with Sciaroni to get all the details.

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The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: May 10 to 12

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You, too, could be swimming in sauce this weekend at St. Charles Community College's Rhythm & Ribs event.
We hope you're thirsty this weekend. Read on for ways to quench that drinking curiosity with a wine festival, wine walk, beer-lesque, and bloody mary bar. Besides that, plenty of other drinking and dining options await. Read on for our suggestions.

Friday (May 10):

Rhythm & Ribs @ St. Charles Community College
Nosh on ribs, gourmet nachos and veggie burgers with cold beer to the soundtrack of a jazz ensemble, Smash Band and more. General admission costs $5 per person (tasting tickets sold separately), with beverage and food ticket packages available from $25 to $50. 6 p.m.


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The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: May 4 to 6

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It's Cinco de Mayo this weekend. And you know what that means.
Cinco de Mayo, Derby Day and First Friday are only a few of the excuses to get out and get your drink on this weekend. Besides that, rejoice over the bounty of a new farmers' market season in Tower Grove Park, celebrate Big Sky Cafe's 21st anniversary or take a tour or class this weekend. Details on all of the above and more await after the jump, dear food fanatics.

Friday (May 3):

First Friday @ Contemporary Art Museum
DJs Boogieman and Invisible Cola perform a set to accompany CAM's current exhibit. A cash bar and eats by Kitchen Kulture are available to fuel walks to other Grand Center arts organizations that also open to the public. Free. 5 to 9 p.m.

See also:
- Gut Check's Guide to Cinco de Mayo in St. Louis
- Cinco de Cherokee: An Updated Guide to Restaurants on Cherokee Street
- Derby Day Best Bets

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St. Louis Microfest Brings 100 Breweries to Forest Park This Weekend

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Volunteers sipping beers at 2010's St. Louis Microfest.
If you're looking for a reason to visit Forest Park this weekend, Gut Check has you covered -- there's going to be a festival, a festival of beer. The annual St. Louis Microfest hosts a massive collection of 100 craft breweries including local and national favorites beginning Friday, May 3, through Saturday, May 4. The two-day festival is broken up into three sessions, each with individual admission tickets: Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. ($30), Saturday afternoon from noon to 4 p.m. and Saturday evening from 6 to 10 p.m. ($34). Once inside, your ticket comes with a small tasting glass into which each brewery station will provide a two-ounce pour.

Always a fan of beer drinking in the park, Gut Check made some calls to learn more about this year's festival.

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Gut Check's Guide to Drinko Cinco de Mayo in St. Louis: 26 Food and Drink Specials

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Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina's taco platter, one of many options at its Cinco de Mayo celebration this weekend.
Whether you observe Drinko de Mayo, or its less quippy counterpart Cinco de Drinko, we all unite this Sunday, May 5, to drink fishbowl margaritas in the streets of St. Louis. It might not be a real national holiday in Mexico or America, but that doesn't halt our revelry, and in the spirit of al pastor and top-shelf tequila, Gut Check has rounded up our best bets for local Cinco de Mayo festivities.

See also:
- Cinco de Cherokee: An Updated Guide to Restaurants on Cherokee Street


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Derby Day Best Bets

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For the past 139 years, on the first Saturday in May, women have donned obnoxiously large hats and sipped mint juleps, men have bet their hard earned money, and three-year-old thoroughbreds have sped down a track in Louisville, Kentucky in an attempt to claim the biggest prize in horse racing.

The Kentucky Derby is called "the most exciting two minutes in sports," and we know you don't want to experience that excitement alone. We've rounded up the best Kentucky Derby events in St. Louis, so there's no excuse not to throw on your most summery dress or seersucker suit and get in on the fun.

On your mark, get set, GO!


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The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: April 26 to 28

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Mmm...sangria.
It's been a long week. Treat yourself. Two beer fests, a centennial wine tasting and a sangria tasting provide plenty of ways to wet that whistle. Read on for some recommendations of where to eat and (most importantly) drink this weekend.

See also:
-Sniff and Sip at Centennial Wine Expo Friday
-Hop Over to Two Beer Festivals This Weekend

Friday (Apr. 26):

Sangria and Cocktail Tasting @ Vom Fass
Taste a red and white sangria from Bodega de San Antonio to prep yourself for summer, along with some special cocktails using Vom Fass liquours. Free. 5 to 7:30 p.m.


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Sniff and Sip at Centennial Wine Expo Friday

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The old Centennial Malt House will soon be serving up alcohol of a different sort. This Friday, Moulin (2017 Chouteau Avenue; 314-241-4949) is hosting the first ever Centennial Wine Expo in the historic building.

This is the first year for the Centennial Wine Expo, which will feature more than 140 different types of wine from around the world. Fifteen local distributors are bringing in wines that are currently only available to restaurants or specialty wine shops for the tasting, which Scott Gaghan, Expo founder, hopes to make an annual event.

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Hop On Over to Two Beer Festivals This Weekend

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It seems that once spring arrives, it's time to bust out some brews. And we are so down with that.

This Saturday, April 27, Global Brew Tap House & Lounge (112 South Buchanan Street Suite 1, Edwardsville; 618-307-5858) will host the Edwardsville Spring Beer Festival and Ferguson Brewing Company (418 S. Florissant Road, Ferguson; 314-521-2220) will celebrate its second annual Brewfest.

The Edwardsville Spring Beer Festival will run from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. in Edwardsville City Park, and admission is free. Ferguson Brewfest will run from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m., so really you have no excuse not to attend both.

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The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: April 19 to 21

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The Bowled and the Beautiful chowder class - Sunday, Apr. 21 @ Kitchen Conservatory
Third Friday is here, which means Third Degree Glass Factory's Third Friday Free Party, an Around the World Wine Dinner at Missouri Botanical Gardens, and Trailnet's seasonal Bike to Breakfast. Read on for an array of ways to fill that plate this weekend.

See also:
-Bike to Work Tomorrow, Get Free Coffee and Breakfast On the Way!
-Saturday is Webster Groves Herb Society's Annual Herb Sale
-Broadway Oyster Bar Invites You to Suck It at Crawfish Fest This Weekend
-Celebrate The Sweet Divine's Grand Opening in Soulard Saturday

-Sample Craft Brews at Inaugural Belleville Ale Fest Saturday

Friday (Apr. 19):

Bike to Breakfast @ Downtown Bicycle Station & Kaldi's On Demun
Trailnet hosts this series of promotional events the third friday of every month from now through October to encourage bike travel. Show up on two wheels and get rewarded with free coffee and a mini scone. 7 to 9 a.m.

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