This Week's Dish: All-Star Evening at J. Gilbert's Benefits the Pujols Family Foundation

By Heather Riske
In Food

As previously reported by ALIVE, three of the city’s top chefs are participating in the 2015-2016 Cruising with the Chefs tours. Gian Nicola Colucci, executive chef of the Four Seasons St. Louis, Josh Galliano of The Libertine, and Lou Rook of Annie Gunn’s will each host a weeklong luxury culinary cruise. On Tuesday, Sept. 23, Cruising with the Chefs will launch its 2015-16 cruises at an event benefiting Great Circle at the Four Seasons St. Louis. Each of the three featured chefs will prepare and serve three dishes representing the cuisine of their cruises’ destinations, for a total of nine courses with paired wines. Tickets are $95 per person and can be purchased online.

J. Gilbert's Wood-Fired Steaks and Seafood

Photo courtesy of J. Gilbert’s Wood-Fired Steaks and Seafood

Join local media, business and national sports personalities for an All-Star evening at J. Gilbert’s Wood-Fired Steaks & Seafood on Tuesday, Sept. 23 to benefit The Pujols Family Foundation. A happy hour kicks off the event from 4-7pm, and dinner will be served from 5-10pm. It’s the first year for the event, which will feature appearances from World Series Champions Jim Edmonds and Brad Thompson, along with Cardinals pitching coach Jason Simontacchi, former Cardinal Kyle McClellan and KMOX Sports Director Tom Ackerman. Reservations are required and can be made by calling J. Gilbert’s. 17 W. County Center, Des Peres, 314.965.4600

This weekend, the 15th annual Ferguson StreetFest kicks off in downtown Ferguson’s Victorian Plaza. On Friday, Sept. 26 from 4-11pm and on Saturday, Sept. 27 from noon-11pm, a wide variety of local food vendors will be available, as well as music from bands like Smash Band and Fat Pocket. They’ll also have crafts, a washers tournament, the Manly Man High Heel Race and a home brewing expo. The event is free. 20 S. Florissant Rd., Ferguson

The largest Hispanic celebration in the St. Louis area will be held in Soulard Park on Friday, Sept. 26 through Sunday, Sept. 28. The Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival features tons of foods and beverages from Latin America and South America including dishes from Mexico, Dominican Republic, Argentina, Belize and more. They’ll also have Hispanic folklore dancers, more than 50 booths and the Los Ninos Kids Corner with Dora the Explorer and Diego activities. Live Latino bands will play salsa, merengue, percussion, cumbia and bachata music and traditional folkloric dancers from Mexico, Bolivia and Colombia will perform and offer lessons. It’s a free event, and parking is available in the area, or fairgoers can ride to the Busch Stadium Metrolink and walk. Soulard Park, Soulard, 314.837.610

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