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Last Food Trucks of the Season in Frontier Park

Last Food Trucks of the Season in Frontier Park

Last Night of Music, Food Trucks, and Friends at Frontier Park

St. Louis, MO/October 15, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – What could be more fun than a beautiful fall day in the park? How about a beautiful fall evening in the park with friends, neighbors, live music, and more than a dozen food trucks offering everything from tacos and beer to barbecue and cake?  The series of summer events known simply as Food Trucks in Frontier Park is winding down with one final evening of frivolity and great food along the Missouri Riverfront.  The last event of the year is set for Tuesday, October 17th from 5–8:00 p.m.

Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets. Sit back, and enjoy live entertainment as you indulge in a variety of delicious food and beverage options.  Please note that some trucks may be cash only.  The food trucks participating in this final event of the season include:

Angie Burger – premium burgers and tots
Cheese Shack Food Truck – gourmet grilled cheese and deep-fried macaroni & cheese balls
Chris’ Smokehouse – slow-smoked beef brisket, pulled pork, pulled chicken, and ribs
Guerrilla Streetfood – Filipino classics featuring Midwest influences
Doughboy’s Wood Fired Pizza – traditional pizza, some made with ranch-based sauce
Lion’s Choice – roast beef sandwiches, natural-cut fries, and frozen custard
Sarah’s Cake Stop – luscious cupcakes, cookies, brownies, and gooey butter cake
STL BLT – creative BLTs (bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches) and fresh chips
The Sweet Divine – imaginative cupcakes and fresh whoopie pies
Thai Jasmine – pad thai, glass noodles, fried rice, and more
Twisted Tacos – gourmet fusion tacos and sides
Wayno’s Mobile International Cuisine – global cuisine, sandwiches,and sides
Wing Nut – jumbo split party wings, chicken tenders, loaded fries, and apps
Zia’s – toasted ravioli, house salad, and Italian favorites
Trailhead Brewing Co. – beer and American fare

Enjoy a live musical performance by Short Term Memory.  The six-member band is popular for their wide range of classic rock and pop hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and 2000s.  Their song list includes the Beatles, Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Tom Petty, Maroon 5, Green Day, Van Halen, Nirvana, the Beastie Boys, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Ramones, Billy Joel, U2, Led Zeppelin, Steve Miller and more.  You can learn more about Short Term Memory, including upcoming play dates on their Facebook page.

This last Food Truck event of the year at Frontier Park promises to be an evening of family fun in one of St. Charles’ most scenic parks along the Missouri River.  Keep in mind that outside alcoholic beverages and glass containers are prohibited, and coolers may be checked at the entrance.  Also, local laws prohibit bringing pets, other than service animals, to this event.  For more information about Food Trucks in Frontier Park visit the St. Charles Parks & Recreation website.

Event Information:

Food Trucks in Frontier Park
500 South Riverside Drive,
St. Charles, MO 63301
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
5–8:00 p.m.

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By Susan Smith-Harmon – published on STLRestaurant.News by St. Louis Media, LLC

Ghoulish Goodies with Olivino Tasting Bar

Ghoulish Goodies with Olivino Tasting Bar - STLRestaurant.News

Olivino is Bringing Halloween Fun to St. Charles

St. Charles, MO/October 11, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Halloween is a time of ghosts and goblins, scary stories, and trick-or-treat.  For some, this candy-laden holiday is their favorite.  It’s certainly a great excuse to have a party, and the terrific staff at Olivino Tasting Bar at 1650 Beale Street, Suite 167 in St. Charles is inviting you to join them for a special Halloween treat.

Ghoulish Goodies with Olivino Tasting Bar

Ghoulish Goodies with Olivino Tasting Bar

Ghoulish Goodies with Olivino is the Halloween party for anyone who’s planning to host their own Halloween fete.  That’s because it’s a special cooking demonstration where you will learn to make spooky and ghoulish goodies for your own upcoming Halloween party!  Tickets for the event Tuesday, October 17th at 6:00 p.m. are $5 each and they’re on sale now.

This event is a great chance to enjoy demonstrations and sample these unique treats that will wow your ghosts and guests!  The healthy and unique treats you’ll learn to make are suitable for all ages, and there will be some “gruesome” Sangria for adults!  Ticket includes plenty of samples of the ghoulish goodies, and you’ll go home with a recipe for each!

Olivino Tasting Bar specializes in bringing Ultra Premium extra virgin olive oils from around the world and balsamic vinegars from Modena, Italy to customers in the St. Charles/St. Louis area.  At Olivino, you are always invited to come, taste, and learn about these exquisite culinary essentials from a knowledgeable and helpful staff.  Complimentary tastings give Olivino customers the chance to explore their excellent selection of fine culinary ingredients, as well as a chance to learn more about these special oils and balsamics.

Beside the Ultra Premium extra virgin olive oils and fine balsamics, Olivino also carries gourmet food items and specialty items like seasoning rubs, salts, olives, and pastas.  There are also gifts from local vendors and artists, along with a variety of unique serving dishes.

Tickets for Ghoulish Goodies with Olivino are on sale now at olivinotastingbar.myshopify.com.

Event Information

Ghoulish Goodies with Olivino
Tuesday, October 17 at 6:00 p.m.

Olivino Tasting Bar
1650 Beale Street, Suite 167
Streets of St. Charles
Saint Charles, Missouri 63303
Phone: (636) 757-5455

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By Kara Savio – published on STLRestaurant.News by St. Louis Media, LLC

Brew in the Lou

Brew in the Lou

It began as a simple fundraiser for the Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA), but Brew in the Lou has grown into an annual festival celebrating locally produced beer, wine, and spirits. Now in its fifth year, the festival is returning to Francis Park on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 1–5:00 p.m. It will be the second year the LESA fundraiser brings beer, wine, spirits, food, and fun to the Lily Pond.

5th Annual Brew in the Lou Returns to Francis Park

5th Annual Brew in the Lou Returns to Francis Park

Brew in the Lou Showcasing Local Beer and Spirits

St. Louis, MO/October 1, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – It began as a simple fundraiser for the Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA), but Brew in the Lou has grown into an annual festival celebrating locally produced beer, wine, and spirits.  Now in its fifth year, the festival is returning to Francis Park on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 1–5:00 p.m.  It will be the second year the LESA fundraiser brings beer, wine, spirits, food, and fun to the Lily Pond.

As in the past, this year’s event promises to showcase local, regional, and national craft breweries and distilleries.  Forty-five brewers and spirit makers are participating this year.  That list includes old favorites as well as several newcomers.  New this year are Wellspent Brewing Company and Center Ice Brewery, both in St. Louis, as well as Steampunk Brew Works in Town and Country, Crown Valley Brewery of Ste. Genevieve, Stumpy’s Spirits and Distillery in Columbia, Illinois, J.Rieger & Co. in Kansas City, and Ballast Point Brewery of San Diego, Calif.  Some local favorites returning this year include Square One Brewery and Distillery, Old Bakery Beer Company, Kirkwood Station Brewing Co., Hopskeller Brewing Company, Missouri Beer Company, Stubborn German Brewing Co., Six Mile Bridge Beer, Charleville Brewing Company, Heavy Riff Brewing Company, O’Fallon Brewery, Excel Brewing Company, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, Granite City Food & Brewery, Shock Top Brewing Co., and Saint Louis Hop Shop.  The lineup also includes artisan beer and cider makers from Boston, Seattle, Chicago, Kansas City, Los Angeles, and more.

Brew in the Lou is certainly a great place to sample scores of craft beers and artisan spirits, but it’s also a celebration of great food.  Two dozen food vendors will be serving up everything from great pizza and barbecue to specialty snacks, delicious desserts, and even locally produced Ski Soda.  Old favorites like The Stellar Hog, Gobble Stop Smokehouse, Bootleggin’ BBQ, The Spotted Pig, and Nothing Bundt Cakes will be on hand.  And some new favorites will join in too, like Dogtown Pizza, Gallagher Brothers Pizza, Cronin’s Pretzels, Fallon’s Bar & Grill, and Noodles & Co.

Every year Brew in the Lou includes live music, and this year is no exception.  Festivalgoers will rock to the sounds of Nick Bifano & The Innocents, and get their Oom-pah on with the Deutschmeister Brass Band, a modern take on the traditional German brass band.  The festival will also feature art and craft vendors, the annual “People’s Choice” Home Brew Competition as, well as two fun food competitions dubbed “Battle of the Bratwurst” and the “Brew Chili Contest.”

One of the best parts of the Brew in the Lou festival is the all-inclusive wristband.  The $40 wristband ($50 day of the event) includes tastings of beer, spirits, wine, coffee, some great food, and a commemorative glass.  Wristbands can be purchased online at www.LESAstl.org or by calling (314) 200-0797. One of the other best parts: Brew in the Lou is a pet friendly event and your BFF (Best Furry Friend) gets in free.

Proceeds from the event benefit 35 LESA member schools serving 9,000 students.  Last year’s “Brew in the Lou” sold out for the first time in the event’s history and raised a record $91,000 for Lutheran schools in the St. Louis Metro Area.

Event Information:

5th Annual Brew in the Lou
October 14, 2017 1–5:00 p.m.
The Lily Pond at Francis Park
5399 Donovan Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63109

Lutheran Elementary School Association
314-200-0797
info@lesastl.org

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By Susan Smith-Harmon – published on STLRestaurant.News by St. Louis Media, LLC – affiliated with STL.News

Strauss Park Alive Festival Bringing 8 Weeks of Fun to Grand Center

Strauss Park Alive Festival Bringing 8 Weeks of Fun to Grand Center

Free Summer Fun & Great Food at Strauss Park Alive Festival

St. Louis, MO/June 25, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Have you been looking for fun and interesting ways to get out of the house and spend your summer days in the sunlight and fresh air?  If so, then you might want to mark your calendar!  Starting in early July and continuing through for the rest of summer, the Strauss Park Alive Festival at Grand Center promises to be an exciting arts festival in St. Louis this summer.

The festival at Strauss Park, 3534 Washington Ave., will have it all: public art (and local artist talks and guest painter sessions), live music (concerts and DJ collectives), community yoga, improv in the park, sand sculpting, and of course, great food!  Festival-goers can sample the wares of some of the city’s most popular food trucks, including the Nacho Pit, Sweet Divine’s Cupcake Truck, and Doughboy’s Wood Fired Pizza, as well as the many restaurants that call Grand Center home.

This is eight weeks of fun in the heart of the city.  Some festival highlights include the official Alive Kick-off Happy Hour w/ Hiro and Guest Painter Karen Jones on Wednesday, July 5th from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. (and each Wednesday evening throughout the festival), Tune and Trucks Tuesdays (live music and gourmet food trucks!), 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., and Chess in Strauss with the World Chess Hall of Fame each Monday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.  Every Saturday will bring live musical performances, and more.  And the best part, in my humble opinion—admission is free!

The festival’s schedule is as follows:

Week 1 (July 3 – 8)
July 3, Monday: Chess in Strauss w/ World Chess Hall of Fame (3:00 p.m.)
July 4, Tuesday: Tunes and (food) Trucks (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.), Improv in the Park (7-8:30 p.m.)
July 5, Wednesday: Alive Kick-off Happy Hour w/ Hiro and Guest Painter Karen Jones (4:30–6:30 p.m.)
July 6, Thursday: Dan Belcher, Sand Artist 1st piece. (2 days). Community Yoga (5–6:00 p.m.), Performance by Chris Ware (7:00 p.m.)
July 7, Friday: Soulition DJ collective in the Park (3:30–6:30 p.m.)
July 8, Saturday: Concert Series w/ Retro Boogie (Noon – 2:00 p.m.)

Week 2 (July 9 – 15)
July 9, Sunday: Chalk Mandalas in the Park w/ Sukanya Mani (Noon – 2:00 p.m.)
July 10, Monday: Chess in Strauss w/ World Chess Hall of Fame (3:00 p.m.)
July 11, Tuesday: Tunes and Trucks (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.), Improv in the Park (7–8:30 p.m.)
July 12, Wednesday: Hiro Happy Hour w/ Guest Painters (4:30–6:30 p.m.)
July 13, Thursday: Community Yoga (5–6:00 p.m.) Performance by The Midnight Company (Title & Deed, 7:00 p.m.)
July 14, Friday: Soulition DJ collective in the Park (3:30–6:30 p.m.)
July 15, Saturday: 3rd annual Park Jam (all day)

Week 3 (July 16 – 22)
July 16, Sunday: Melissa Allen, Aerialist (Noon – 2:00 p.m.)
July 17, Monday: Chess in Strauss w/ World Chess Hall of Fame (3:00 p.m.)
July 18, Tuesday: Tunes and Trucks (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.), Building Vanya (7-8:30 p.m.)
July 19, Wednesday: Hiro Happy Hour w/ Guest Painters (4:30–6:30 p.m.)
July 20, Thursday: Community Yoga (5-6 p.m.), StlFringe Press Preview (7:00 p.m.)
July 21, Friday: Soulition DJ collective in the Park (3:30–6:30 p.m.)
July 22, Saturday: Concert Series w/ Johnny Vancouver (Noon- 2:00 p.m.)

Week 4 (July 23 – 29)
July 23, Sunday: Campfire in Strauss Park (1p-9p TENTATIVE)
July 24, Monday: Chess in Strauss w/ World Chess Hall of Fame (3:00 p.m.)
July 25, Tuesday: Tunes and Trucks (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.), Improv in the Park (7-8:30 p.m.)
July 26, Wednesday: Hiro Happy Hour w/ Guest Painters (4:30–6:30 p.m.)
July 27, Thursday: Community Yoga (5-6 p.m.)
July 28, Friday: Soulition DJ collective in the Park (3:30–6:30 p.m.)
July 29, Saturday: Concert Series w/ NATO (Noon-2 p.m.)

Week 5 (July 30 – August 5)
July 30, Sunday: Bob Kramer’s Marionette Show in Strauss Park (noon-2 p.m.)
July 31, Monday: Chess in Strauss w/ World Chess Hall of Fame (3:00 p.m.)
Aug 1, Tuesday: Tunes and Trucks (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.), Improv in the Park (7-8:30 p.m.)
Aug 2, Wednesday: Hiro Happy Hour w/ Guest Painters (4:30–6:30 p.m.)
Aug 3, Thursday: Community Yoga (5-6:00 p.m.)
Aug 4, Friday: Soulition DJ collective in the Park (3:30–6:30 p.m.)
Aug 5, Saturday: Concert Series w/ Sweet n Low (Noon-2:00 p.m.)

Week 6 (August 6 – 12)
Aug 7, Monday: Chess in Strauss w/ World Chess Hall of Fame (3:00 p.m.)
Aug 8, Tuesday: Dan Belcher, Sand Sculpture #2, Tunes and Trucks (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.), Improv in the Park (7-8:30 p.m.)
Aug 9, Wednesday: Hiro Happy Hour w/ Guest Painters (4:30–6:30 p.m.)
Aug 10, Thursday: Community Yoga (5–6:00 p.m.), Performance by Chris Ware (7:00 p.m.)
Aug 11, Friday: Soulition DJ collective in the Park (3:30–6:30 p.m.)
Aug 12, Saturday: Concert Series w/ Retro boogie (Noon – 2:00 p.m.)

Week 7 (August 13 – 19)
Aug 13, Sunday: Chalk Mandalas with Sukanya Mani
Aug 14, Monday: Chess in Strauss w/ World Chess Hall of Fame (3:00 p.m.)
Aug 15, Tuesday: Tunes and Trucks (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.), Improv in the Park (7–8:30 p.m.)
Aug 16, Wednesday: Hiro Happy Hour w/ Guest Painters (4:30–6:30 p.m.)
Aug 17, Thursday: Community Yoga (5–6:00 p.m.), StlFringe opening Night/ Wellness Fair in Strauss Park (all day)
Aug 18, Friday: Soulition DJ collective in the Park (3:30 – 6:30 p.m.)
Aug 19, Saturday: StlFringe Family day in Strauss Park (all day), Cary Colman Jazz Trio (2–4:00 p.m.)

Week 8 (August 20 – 30)
Aug 20, Sunday: StlFringe in the Park
Aug 21, Monday: Eclipse Party, Chess in Strauss w/ World Chess Hall of Fame (3:00 p.m.)
Aug 22, Tuesday: Tunes and Trucks w/ musician Kristen Goodman (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.), Improv in the Park (7–8:30 p.m.)
Aug 23, Wednesday: Dan Beclher, Sand Sculpture #3 (Josephine Baker), Hiro Happy Hour w/ Guest Painters (4:30 – 6:30 p.m.)
Aug 24, Thursday: StlFringe in the Park (all day), Community Yoga (5–6:00 p.m.)
Aug 25, Friday: Soulition DJ collective in the Park (3:30 – 6:30 p.m.)
Aug 26, Saturday: Concert Series w/Johnny Vancouver (Noon – 2:00 p.m.)

Aug 27, Sunday: Melissa Allen (noon- 2:00 p.m.)
Aug 28, Monday: Chess in Strauss w/ World Chess Hall of Fame (3:00 p.m.)
Aug 29, Tuesday: Tunes and Trucks (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
Aug 30 Wednesday: Closing Happy Hour w/ Hiro and Guest Painters (4:30 – 6:30 p.m.)

So, if spending time in the community surrounded by free public art, free fun and live entertainment, and great food sounds like something you want to experience this summer, then the Strauss Park Alive Festival at Grand Center is for you.  More information about Strauss Park Alive and other events at Grand Center, visit the Grand Center Arts District website.

LouFest 2017 Will Bring Some Big Names to Forest Park

LouFest 2017 Will Bring Some Big Names to Forest Park

Weezer, Huey Lewis & the News Among LouFest 2017 Lineup

St. Louis, MO/May 14, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) LouFest 2017 – Summer music festivals have been a seasonal tradition in St. Louis for decades.  The city has offered residents everything from free symphony concerts in the park to day-long jam-fests that filled old Busch stadium.  LouFest continues in that tradition, with its eighth annual festival in Forest Park.  More than a concert, LouFest offers a two-day cultural experience bringing about 30 national acts to four stages, plus food, drink and more.  Listen Live Entertainment, which produces the festival has announced a partial lineup of acts who will play this year’s festival.

According to LouFest officials, the national acts headlining this year will include:

Weezer
Cage the Elephant
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
Huey Lewis and the News
Marian Hill
Lizzo
Lecrae
Robert Randolph and the Family Band
Hippo Campus
The Record Company
Rainbow Kitten Surprise
Mondo Cozmo
Noname
Future Thieves

As is the annual custom at LouFest, several popular local acts will also perform. The list of local performers includes:

Mvstermind
Jack Grelle
18 and Counting & the Only Ensemble
Beth Bombara
Mathias & the Pirates
Starwolf

Other names taking the stage include Ron Gallo, Jonny P, Harts, Jess Nolan, and Chris Bandi.  Additional acts will be announced May 30.  Festival organizers say they must hold off on naming them because of exclusivity clauses in some performers’ contracts.  There are also plans to honor St. Louis native Chuck Berry, who died in March.  Details will be made public at a later date, but officials say they plan their tribute to Berry will be something that lasts well beyond this summer’s festival.

LouFest 2017 will offer a lot more than music to festival goers.  The Market Square will showcase local artists.  The Nosh Pit celebrates St. Louis’ culinary excellence.  Festival organizers are still accepting applications from local restaurants and food vendors.  Also around the park, festival goers will find the Shock Top Beer Garden, featuring local and regional favorites from Faust and Shock Top to Goose Island Beer Company.  There will also be games and limited seating in the beer garden.  And the Cupcake Vineyards Truck will back this year, offering free samples and contests with a chance to win prizes.  Starbucks will be handing out samples of their coffee and protein doubleshot.  Whole Foods Market will team up with local makers, Perennial, to offer demonstrations on turning old t-shirts into reusable totes, festival headbands, and more.  There’s even a kids’ area.  LouKidz will offer family-friendly activities include music (daily performances by Robot+Bike), dancing, crafts, face painting and more from noon to 5:00 p.m. each day.

Unlike many of the summer concerts offered in St. Louis’ public venues, LouFest isn’t free.  Tickets went on sale at 9 a.m. Thursday.  A general admission ticket for the two-day event will set you back $95.  Kids 12 and under are admitted free with each paid adult.  One-day tickets will be available soon.  This year there are two tiers of VIP tickets.  The standard two-day VIP tickets are $350 and included shaded seating, complimentary food and drinks (including beer, wine, and specialty libations), reserved (air conditioned) restrooms, VIP parking (must purchase two VIP tickets), a VIP Lounge, and gourmet happy hour.  If that isn’t special enough, starting this year Platinum Tickets are available for $750.  The new Platinum Ticket includes a private lounge, private onstage viewing areas, complimentary catered meals and beverages, onsite concierge, and more.  Platinum Ticket holders will spend less time standing in line thanks to private entrances and exits.  Platinum VIP parking with shuttle service is also included.

This year’s LouFest at Forest Park will be Saturday and Sunday, September 9 – 10.  Festival gates open each day at 11:00 a.m. and close at 10:00 p.m.  For more information about this year’s event, including purchasing tickets and a list of what can be brought onto festival grounds and what can’t (no coolers), see the official LouFest 2017 website.  If you still have questions, contact info@loufest.com.

St Louis Microfest Brings Food, Fun & Lots of Beer to Forest Park

St Louis Microfest Brings Food, Fun & Lots of Beer to Forest Park

22nd Annual Beer Tasting to Benefit Lift for Life Gym – St Louis Microfest

St. Louis, MO/April 27, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) St Louis Microfest – It’s that season again! No, not spring—beer tasting season!  Time once again for one of St. Louis’ best beer festivals of the year, the 22nd Annual St. Louis Microfest.  The Gateway City has always been an important brewing hub, and it’s become a key locale for the craft beer and microbrewery industry.  The St, Louis Microfest showcases the best of the region’s’ artisan brewers as well as the finest offerings from breweries around the world.  This two-day festival draws thousands of visitors to Forest Park each spring to sample artisan beers crafted across the globe.  The 2017 event is set for Friday and Saturday, May 5 and 6, in the lower Muny parking lot and Theatre Drive.

Tickets are available for three tasting sessions, one Friday evening and two on Saturday.  Session 1 is Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Session II will be Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Session III is Saturday from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Each session will give festival goers the chance to sample international and craft beers created by breweries in St. Louis and elsewhere—more than 125 international and craft brewers in all.

A regular priced ticket admits one person to one of the three tasting sessions, including a commemorative tasting glass.  Festival goers will also have access to cooking demonstrations and brewing discussions in the Goose Island Demo Tent.  Some of the demo stage pairings include: Sam Adams & Mission Taco, Goose Island & West End Grill, O’Fallon Brewery & Southern, plus Urban Chestnut’s Research Brewery, Strange Donuts, and more.  The Shock Top Stage will feature live music throughout the festival.  Bogart’s Smokehouse, Mission Taco Joint, and The Damn Slow Food Fast will offer food for sale Friday evening and Saturday afternoon.  Although this is a beer fest, guests under 21 are permitted to enter the festival grounds.  Only those 21 and over can participate in the tasting.

A limited number of VIP tickets are also available. In addition to the regular activities, VIP admission includes unlimited two ounce tastings in a commemorative VIP glass.  VIPs will also be able to sample some limited releases, rare craft brews, and special releases not available with general admission.  Inside the climate-controlled VIP tent, there will also be a one-plate meal (lunch or dinner) created by Iron Barley’s masterful Chef Tom Coghill.  Friday night’s meal will feature a Cinco de Mayo inspired taco and nacho bar, with dessert provided by Locoz Tacoz.  Saturday is Derby Day, so there will be Bourbon sampling, plus mint juleps (provided by Glazers and Gas Light Square), and Burgoo, BBQ, and Hot Brown from Iron Barley.  Saturday night Strange Donuts will be along with two unique donuts to be paired with two unique brews.  Festivalgoers must be at least 21 years old to enter the VIP tent.

Bonus: Learn who’s the best home brewer in St. Louis, as the winner of the St. Louis Brews Microfest Homebrewing Competition will be announced at the STL Microfest Saturday afternoon.  Judging for the AHA and BJC home brewing competition will the the week before, April 29th, at the Kirkwood Community Center.  Three-hundred entries will be accepted this year, with a maximum of eight brews each.

The 22nd Annual St. Louis Microfest will benefit Lift for Life Gym.  The local nonprofit works with at-risk youth in St. Louis.  The organization uses weightlifting as a means to engage kids in after-school activities in order to keep them out of trouble, off drugs, and make sure they are not going hungry.

St. Louis Microfest is a rain or shine event.  No refunds will be given for any reason.  More information about this year’s festival can be found on the St. Louis Microfest website: http://stlmicrofest.org/.

KRIEGERS HOSTS HISTORIC UFC

KRIEGERS HOSTS HISTORIC UFC

Kriegers Hosts Historic UFC 205 Pay per View Competition – Madison Square Trip

BALLWIN, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) Kriegers Hosts Historic UFC – While the UFC is warming up for their first event in New York, a massive PPV at Madison Square Garden on November 12th, Krieger’s Sports Bar & Grill in Twin Oaks is warming up as one of the ONLY places around town where you’ll be able to watch it.  The historic UFC 205 card taking place will feature a main event bout between UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor.

Thirty-two year old, Alvarez, 5’9”, 155 lbs., will be looking to defend his belt for the first time while 28 year old, McGregor, 5’8”, 145 lbs. aka “The Notorious,” will be striving to become the first UFC fighter to ever hold two championship belts from two different UFC weight classes at the same time.

Eddie Alvarez (28-4) is coming off the biggest win of his career, scoring a TKO over Rafael dos Anjos to win the UFC lightweight belt at UFC Fight Night 90 back in July and will be trying to stand out when he meets McGregor at the center of the Octagon.

Don’t miss the big event at Your Hometown Krieger’s Sports Bar & Grill on Saturday night, November 12th, on Pay per View.  The main fight begins at 7:00 pm, but there’ll be FOOD AND DRINK SPECIAL’S throughout the day and evening of the fight.  Come out and join us for a night of excitement and fun… Krieger’s style!

The UFC 205 card includes:

Champ Eddie Alvarez vs. Champ Conor McGregor – for lightweight title

Champ Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen Thompson – for welterweight title

Champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz – for strawweight title

Yoel Romero vs. Chris Weidman

Donald Cerrone vs. Kelvin Gastelum

Michael Johnson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov

Raquel Pennington vs. Miesha Tate

Frankie Edgar vs. Jeremy Stephens

Rashad Evans vs. Tim Kennedy

Tim Boetsch vs. Rafael Natal

Thiago Alves vs. Jim Miller

Lyman Good vs. Belal Muhammad

Liz Carmouche vs. Katlyn Chookagian

Location:

Kriegers Sports Grill

1356 Big Bend Square Shop Center

Twin Oaks, MO

Phone: (636) 861-1618

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Thursday, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Friday & Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Sundays, 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

HALLOWEEN SWINGS AT THE CASA LOMA BALLROOM

CASA LOMA BALLROOM

Annual Dance Parties At Historic South City Club – Casa Loma Ballroom

ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) – Halloween fun can mean lots of different things to different people.  Some will spend the weekend screaming through the many local spook houses.  Other will dress up for trick-or-treat.  There will be house parties, pub parties, and haunted hayrides—all classic choices.  But for some, only something a little different will do.  For them, Halloween will take a step back in time, a rock step…two…three…four!  For these revelers, Halloween means swing dancing at the St. Louis Casa Loma Ballroom!

The ballroom at 3354 Iowa Street (at Cherokee) is practically a South City institution.  For nearly 90 years, the Casa Loma Ballroom has been bringing dance bands and dancers together on one of the largest floating floors in the Midwest.  The 5,000 square foot Maple-topped dance floor was installed after a fire destroyed the ballroom in 1940.  The wood covers a one-inch bed of rubber, which acts as a cushion, making it more comfortable to dance the night away.  And that’s just what people have been doing at the Casa Loma since 1927.  Some of the greatest names in Swing, Jazz, Rock ‘n Roll, and Rhythm & Blues have played there: Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, Bill Haley and the Comets.  The list spans generations, and so do the dancers!  Where else will you see 18-year-olds dancing alongside 80-year olds?

This year’s Halloween fun at the Casa Loma gets going Friday night, October 28, with a Halloween Swing Dance featuring Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers.  They’re Casa Loma favorites and also well known around town for their Hot Jazz Brunch every Sunday at Evangeline’s Bistro & Music House (512 N Euclid Ave, in the Central West End), and the Wednesday night BIG ‘B’ Jamborees at Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Ave, Maplewood).  The Casa Loma Swing Dance party will feature the authentic swing and jump blues stylings of Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers featuring Valerie Kirchhoff’s high energy vocals.  The party is open to all ages. Doors open at 7 p.m.  You can brush up on your Swing dancing (or be introduced to it) with a dance lesson from 7:30 – 8 p.m.  Then the band takes the stage and the party goes on until midnight.  There’s a costume contest with “fun prizes.” Admission is $10 per person.

If Swing isn’t really your thing, or you’re looking for something to do Saturday night, then Casa Loma’s big Halloween bash might be the ticket.  On October 29th, the Casa Loma Ballroom hosts its 89th Annual Halloween Costume Bash.  The music will fast forward a few decades when another St. Louis favorite, That 80’s Band takes the stage from 8 p.m. to Midnight.  Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $15 per person.  A pre-paid ticket gets you a reserved seat.  Since this is a “Costume Bash,” be sure to dress up.  There will be $500 in cash prizes for the best costumes.  The Casa Loma Cafe will also be open during the party.  There’s also plenty of parking on five safely-lit parking lots with attendants.

Contact Information:

St. Louis Casa Loma Ballroom
Owner: Patrick Brannon
3354 Iowa Street
St. Louis, MO 63118
(314) 664-8000

A STLRestaurant.News Exclusive Article by Susan Smith-Harmon (c) 2016

TROJAN PARK GRAND OPENING

Trojan Park

Free Food and Fun to Celebrate Great Rivers Greenway Project in Wellston – Trojan Park Grand Opening

WELLSTON, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) – It may take a village to raise a child, but it takes a larger community to turn a neglected, vacant field into a new city park.  After years of planning and months of construction, the new Trojan Park at Etzel Ave. and N. Skinker in Wellston is set to officially open with a festival full of free food and fun.

The grand opening of Trojan Park (6150 Etzel Avenue) will be Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to noon.  It’s free and open to the public.  There will be performances of music and dance, as well as a celebrity basketball game—and free food from local food trucks!

The one-acre Trojan Park borders St. Louis’ West End neighborhood.  The name was chosen to honor Wellston’s now-closed Eskridge High School.  Great Rivers Greenway may have spearheaded the project, but the citizens of Wellston had a hand in designing the park as a community gathering place.

There’s a lot to do in the new park.  There are some park features one might expect: three playgrounds, full-sized basketball and volleyball courts, and family pavilion.  But there’s also a splash plaza, butterfly gardens, along with fitness and creative play equipment for all ages.  The idea was to create a park that everyone could truly use and enjoy.

The new park is the result of a partnership between Great Rivers Greenway, the National Recreation and Park Association, Beyond Housing, St. Louis County, and the City of Wellston. Great Rivers Greenway, which served as project manager, secured the land and the design, and contributed to site preparation.  A $315,000 grant from the Municipal Park Grant Commission of St. Louis County also went to site preparation and construction costs.  The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) lined up donations from playground equipment and park amenity manufacturers from across the country.  They outfitted the park with donated playground and fitness equipment, bike racks, lighting, drinking fountains and more.

Both the City of Wellston and the St. Louis County Parks Department will have a hand in maintaining the park.

The new Trojan Park is part of the St. Vincent Greenway. When it’s complete, the Greenway will extend 7 miles from the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus all the way to Forest Park.  Get more information about the Trojan Park grand opening, the project and the St. Vincent Greenway at Great Rivers Greenway’s website: http://greatriversgreenway.org/TrojanPark/

Contact information:

Great Rivers Greenway
6174 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112
Phone: (314) 436-7009