This Week's Dish: Celebrate National Donut Day All Day With Jazz St. Louis, Strange Donuts

By Kelsey Waananen
In Food

June 5: There are many ways to celebrate National Donut Day and all of them are sweet! On Friday, you can start your salute to the beloved breakfast snack by heading to Jazz St. Louis’ new home, The Harold & Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz, from 7:30-11am. There you’ll be able to sample doughnuts from 15 local bakeries and wash it all down with milk from Oberweis and coffee from Mississippi Mud Coffee Roasters. And the perks don’t stop there at this free event. A doughnut tasting competition will also be held, as well as a Jazz at the Bistro ticket raffle and live music will be performed by Jazz St. Louis’ JazzU students. Find more information at Jazz St. Louis3536 Washington Ave., Grand Center, 314.571.6000

Photo courtesy of Strange Donuts

Photo courtesy of Strange Donuts

June 5: Keep the doughnut love flowing Friday night by heading to Strange Donuts’ celebration of all things “done.” From 6-10pm at the Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Plant, $10 grants you access to donuts from District Donuts, Union Square Donuts and Strange. Food from Sugarfire Smoke House, Mission Taco Joint and beers from 4 Hands Brewing Co. will also be onsite. The evening will feature an acoustic performance by Story of the Year as well as the Strange Cares 2015 Scholarship Presentation. More information is available online. 3983 Gratiot Ave., Forest Park Southeast

June 7: Slow Food STL is bringing the city its 10th Feast in the Field event on Sunday, June 7. The event is a way to honor La Vista’s CSA Farm and its effort to help feed St. Louis in a sustainable way, and what better way to celebrate that than with a night of great food? The evening will feature food from various prestigious St. Louis chefs from Cleveland-Heath, Guerrilla Street Food, The Libertine, Cocktails Are Go, Perennial Artisan Ales and more. Proceeds for the dinner will go toward Slow Food St. Louis’ micro-grants for farmers. For more information, visit Feast in the Field’s ticket page4350 Levis Lane, Godfrey, IL, 618.467.2104

June 8: Next Monday head to The Restaurant at The Cheshire to experience American dining at its finest. Enjoy five courses from Executive Chef Rex Hale, who will be interpreting recipes from pastry chef Megan Garrelts’ and chef Colby Garrelts’ new cookbook, called “Made in America.” The evening will feature wine pairings, a meet-and-greet with the chefs, a book signing and a Q&A session. Both Garrets have been nominated for James Beard Foundation Awards and in 2013 Colby received the award for Best Chef: Midwest. Both chefs are currently in Kansas City and work at Bluestem and Rye. Tickets are $85. The reception begins at 5:30pm, with the dinner to follow at 6pm. For more information, visit the Restaurant at the Cheshire online7036 Clayton Ave.,Richmond Heights, 314.932.7818

Yesterday. food blogger Scott Thomas, of the blog Grillin’ Fools, made his first stop and speaking engagement as a Pinterest ambassador. Feast reports that Thomas was selected as one of five food-focused bloggers in the country to speak around the country about how to become a successful blogger. His presentation at The Libertine Sunday evening explored what it takes to make a blog successful, the importance of photography and how to embrace self-promotion through social media. Thomas’ speaking tour will take him across the country, but he’ll return to The Lou three more times later this year.

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