Endangered Wolf Center Reopens for the Season with Wine and Cheese Howl Tonight Among Other Summer Events

       Wine and cheese? Awwooooo!! | Courtesy of PJ Harrison for Endangered Wolf Center
At one point, only five Mexican gray wolves and fourteen red wolves existed in the wild, says Steve Parker, director of operations at the nonprofit Endangered Wolf Center (6750 Tyson Valley Road; Eureka). Now, thanks to managed breeding and care facilities, those numbers have risen to 75 and 100 wolves, respectively -- and you can howl with some of them this summer! The Endangered Wolf Center reopens to the public after a couple months' closure for puppy season with a full calendar of food and fun.

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The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: June 14 to 16

       Get some free frozen yogurt this weekend! | Mabel Suen
This weekend, score some free frozen yogurt at Tutti Frutti's one year anniversary celebration, drink up at the St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival, peruse the fourth annual St. Louis Garlic Fest, treat Dad to some barbecue and more. Our recommendations await after the jump.

See also:
- What's On Tap at St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival
- 8 Best Ice Cream Spots in St. Louis
- An Updated Guide to the Grove

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The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: June 7 to 9

       Grab some Burger INK at Feast in the Park | Chrissy Wilmes
Summertime means food trucks, wine fests and farmers' markets. Ease into the season with a fun event this weekend. Choose from National Doughnut Day with Strange Donuts, St. Louis Uncorked at Soldiers Memorial Plaza, Foodology at Missouri Botanical Gardens and more. Recommendations await after the jump!

See also:
- Strange Donuts Delays Opening, Plans Nat'l Doughnut Day Party
- Soulard Market: Produce Galore -- Plus Bloody Marys and More
- Eleven Can't Miss Food Events in and Near St. Louis This Summer

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The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: May 31 to June 2

       The Horseradish Festival features a bloody mary contest | Mabel Suen
Plenty of festivals await this weekend including Thurman LoopFest, Festa Junina, IndiHop and the Shakespeare Festival. Work up an appetite and learn about all of them and more after the jump.

Friday (May 31):

Horseradish Festival @ Woodland Park
Entertainment includes live music, food booths, a horseradish recipe contest, a bloody mary contest and plenty of horseradish-centric fun and games like root toss, root golf and root sacking. Admission is free. The fest's hours are Friday, May 31 from 6 to 10 p.m., Saturday, June 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, June 2 from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

See also:
- RFT Quote Embellished for IndiHop Koozie

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The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Memorial Day Weekend: May 24 to 27

       Gyros and more at the St. Louis County Greek Fest | Wikimedia Commons
Food fests, barbecue and crawfish boils abound during this holiday weekend. If the smoky scent of grilled food doesn't getcha right off of the bat, consider hitting up some alternative events for eats including the St. Louis County Greek Fest and St. Louis African Arts Festival. Many ways to get barbecue in your belly and more await after the jump.

See also:
- Chef Clara Moore Exceeds Kickstarter Goal for Book Project, Hosts Party Friday, May 24 to Celebrate
Pig Out and Shop Till You Drop at Schlafly Pork Shop

Friday (May 24):

St. Louis County Greek Fest @ Assumption Greek Orthodox Church
"This fete honors all things Greek with plenty of eats -- gyros, pastitsio (beef-noodle casserole), spanakopita (spinach-feta pie), galatobouriko (a must-eat custardy dessert), you name it -- along with live music, church tours, a gift shop and more. Admission to the fest is free, as is parking, but food will cost you, of course... Held from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday (May 24 to 27)."

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Chef Clara Moore Exceeds Kickstarter Goal for Book Project, Hosts Party Friday, May 24 to Celebrate

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Chef Clara Moore
Last month Gut Check reported that chef Clara Moore, former executive chef and regional manager of local grocery and restaurant chain Local Harvest Cafe & Catering, had launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a cookbook and grocery guide with food writer Matt Sorrell.

As of this writing the project has exceeded its Kickstarter goal of $6,000 by $464, and to celebrate, the authors are hosting a "kick-down" party at Salt (4356 Lindell Boulevard; 314-932-5787) on Friday, May 24, from 7 to 10 p.m.

See also:
- Chef Clara Moore Writing Cookbook and Grocery Guide, Launching Kickstarter Campaign April 24

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The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: May 17 to 19

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MOFU Ramen Pop-Up @ Sump Coffee - Saturday, May 18
It finally feels like springtime, when all the foodies come out to play! There's so much edible excitement this weekend that we can barely contain ourselves. Expect a busy list of picks to choose for next few months now that we're officially out of that wintry slump. This weekend, check out Maifest at ITAP, Chinese Culture Days at MOBOT and the Taste of Edwardsville at SIUE, just to name a few. Details for all the food fun await right after the jump.

See also:
- Drink for a Good Cause at Circle of Concern Amazing Taste
- St. Jacob Strawberry Festival and Berry Bicycle Ride This Saturday
- Pigs and Pints Festival at Civil Life Brewing Company
- Eat Up at Taste of Maplewood Festival Saturday

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Drink for a Good Cause at Circle of Concern Amazing Taste

If ever you needed a good excuse to drink, this is probably it.

This Sunday, May 19, Circle of Concern, an organization that feeds the hungry and provides assistance to low-income families in western St. Louis County, will host an event it's calling Amazing Taste. At the event guests will be able to taste more than 600 unique wines, beers and spirits from at least 90 vendors partnered with Lukas Liquor Superstore.

Wine, beer, spirits and helping others. Call Gut Check philanthropic, 'cause we're in!

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Eat Up at Taste of Maplewood Festival Saturday

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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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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