The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: March 29 to 31

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Hoppy Easter, everyone!
At Iron Fork, we hope you ate all of the foods. Keep up the chowin' momentum this weekend. Get a French lunch prepared for you at the Kitchen Conservatory on Friday, pair wine with bocce thanks to Randall's on Saturday and choose from a wide variety of Easter brunch options on Sunday. Follow the bunny jump for our recommendations.

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The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: March 22 to 24

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Black Bear Bakery special Sunday brunch - Sunday, Mar. 24
Plenty of dining options abound this weekend from barbecue and Baconfest to classes on fruit trees and baked sweets. Eat to support a special cause or to support art. Take your pick -- just click through the jump for Gut Check's full list of recommendations.

Friday (Mar. 22):

Lenten Fish Fries @ Participating area establishments
Fish fry season continues on. Check out Gut Check's handy fish fry guide, complete with a handy map, to find your neighborhood's nearby fix.

33March show @ The Old Orchard Gallery
Check out an art opening featuring work by 33 artists along with a special demo, food from Crabcakes Creative and drinks including Schlafly goods. 5:30 to 10 p.m.

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St. Louis Baconfest Unloads A 500-Pound Hog Log On Kiener Plaza This Weekend

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Chef John Johnson (fourth from left) and staff with a 200-pound trial run of a hog log.
An introductory sentence on the first annual St. Louis Baconfest's website says it all: "Without bacon life would be sad, food would be boring and the birds would not chirp."

How our fine avian friends would actually react in the presence of so much pig remains questionable, but Baconfest president Matthew Willer is definitely spot on about the former statement -- any avid pork eater will find both happiness (or intrigue, at the very least) on a grand scale at this epic meat fest. How epic, exactly?

See also:
- St. Louisans Attempt to Set the World Record for "Largest Bacon Explosion"
- The Ex Cop Donut Shop: Keeping South County Safe for Bacon Doughnuts

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The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: March 15 to 18

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Get your corned beef and cabbage on this weekend!
Let someone else do the cooking for you over the next few days. Enjoy a special dinner prepared by a competent chef at spots like the Kitchen Conservatory, or get the full package of food plus entertainment over murder mysteries, variety shows and even glassblowing. Don't forget to enjoy Irish fare while it's plentiful, too. Read on for a few suggestions on where to eat this weekend.

Friday (Mar. 15):

Passover Menu Tasting @ Whole Foods Market Galleria
Sample Whole Foods' Passover entree, wine and dessert selections over live in-store music from klezmer musician Will Soll. Free. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

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If you fly 30,000 oysters in from the Pacific coast, they will come. We imagine those were the sort of thoughts the folks at Schlafly had when planning their first stout and oyster festival. Help them make their shellfish dreams come true but checking out their event and more this weekend.

Friday (Mar. 8):

Stout and Oyster Festival @ Schlafly Tap Room
Schlafy's biggest food and beer festival of the year yields thousands of oysters paired with Oatmeal Stout, Coffee Stout and Nitro Irish Stout. Admission is free. Friday, Mar. 8 from 5 p.m. to midnight and Saturday, Mar. 9 from 11 a.m. to midnight.

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Moonshine Tasting at Randall's on Saturday

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Forget wine tastings, scotch tastings, Jell-O shot tastings and the like.

There's gonna be a Thunderbeast Storm Moonshine tasting at Randall's Wine and Spirits (14201 Manchester Road, Manchester; 636-527-1002) from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday.


See also:
- Mad Buffalo Distillery Makes Moonshine Eco-Friendly
- Legal Moonshine Emerges from Copper Run Distillery in Walnut Shade

Gut Check is always hungry for more restaurant news. Feed us your tips.

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The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: March 1 to 3

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This weekend, get your fish fry on, feast your eyes during a collaborative Contemporary Art Museum tasting event and prepare for St. Patty's with Bixby's Irish-themed brunch specials. There's plenty more to sip and munch after the jump.

Friday (Mar. 1):

Smitten Kitchen Book Tour @ Left Bank Books
Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen fame discusses and signs copies of her book, available for purchase at the store. Read more about in this Q&A with Perelman, complete with book giveaway. Admission is free. 7 p.m.

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The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: February 22 to 24

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Well, that was a doozy. It's time to defrost. Warm yourself from the inside out this weekend with the likes of lovely liquids like booze and soup. Choose between events like the St. Louis Centennial Beer Festival, Sloup #32 and more. See this weekend's recommendations after the jump.

Friday (Feb. 22):

National Margarita Day @ Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina
Sip on margaritas sold for special prices ($4-$8). $1 from each margarita will be matched by Vida and donated to Habitat for Humanity.

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

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Celebrate a belated Valentine's Day this weekend or get a taste of fried fish at a local fry or Schlafly's Cod and Cask fest. Read on for more suggested events.

Friday (Feb. 15):

Fish Fry @ St. Stephen Church
Fish fry seasons kicks off this weekend with baked cod, fried jumbo shrimp, green beans and more. 4 to 7 p.m.

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

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I see bead people. The Mardi Gras party commences in Soulard this Saturday. A few related events get included in the following recommendations. Check out these lists of ten Mardi Gras food and drink specials and seven St. Louis bakeries offering Mardi Gras desserts for more. Click ahead to see what else is in store including annual events LOVEmeier and Run for The Chocolate.

Friday (Feb. 8):

Wine and Beer Tasting @ Sally S. Levy Opera Center
Chow down on food from Saint Louis Originals restaurants such as Companion, LoRusso's Cucina and SqWires, enjoy treats from Kakao Chocolate and wash it all down with a selection of 40 wines and beers. Tickets start at $75. Call 314-963-4223 for more information. 6 to 8 p.m.

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