This Week's Dish: Dishcrawl Heads To Maplewood & Hosts Cocktail Wars, Plus 3 Foodie Festivals You Can't Miss

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Image courtesy of Dishcrawl.

Image courtesy of Dishcrawl.

Dec. 4 and Dec. 10: Two great gastronomic events are coming up soon from Dishcrawl. This Wednesday is the Maplewood Dishcrawl, a neighborhood food tour including tastings at Water Street Grill, Tiffany’s Diner, The Crow’s Nest and Kakao Chocolate. Tickets are $45 per person.

Next Tuesday, be sure to head to Mad Art Gallery for Dishcrawl’s Cocktail Wars for your chance to vote on your favorite drink from five local mixologists and dine on delish dishes by chef Ron Buchele of Capitalist Pig Barbecue. Competing bartenders are: Stephanie DiCamillo from Mango and Cafe Eau; Tyler Baublitz from Eclipse; Kyle Harlan from Mission Taco Joint; Matthew J. Osmoe from Katie’s Pizza and Pasta; and Kevin Arndt from The Royale. Tickets are $10 per person for a night of food, drinks and fun.

Dec. 6-8: Prime your palate for this weekend’s Eat Drink Listen Festival, a three-day celebration and collaboration of original culinary and musical talents. The flagship show takes place Friday at 4 Hands Brewery, where NYC-based Trio TBD will perform while local mixologists Joel Clark, Matt Obermark, and Brandon Cavanagh improvise cocktails influenced by the music in real time. The $35 ticket includes a specially brewed beer from 4 Hands, four cocktails and light fare provided by Dave Bailey’s 5th Wheel.

On Saturday, head to 2720 Cherokee, where San Francisco-based sculptor Aran Jones, NYC-based trombonist David Whitwell and local sommelier Angela Ortmann create a feast for the senses.

Sunday offers multiple events, starting with brunch at Sump Coffee, where Master Barista Scott Carey will prepare harmonious pairings with Nate Hereford, Chef de Cuisine at Niche while Trio TBD performs.

In the afternoon, NYC-based double bassist Emilio Guarino and trombonists David Whitwell and Felix Del Tredici perform music never before heard in St. Louis, accompanied by a Firkin tasting from 4 Hands Brewery and food by Brennan’s at Blank Space on Cherokee Street.

The event culminates with a finale concert and local craft pizza made from scratch by Master Piezza at 2720 Cherokee. Weekend passes are available here and tickets to the finale can be found on

Saturday, Jan. 25: The 4th Annual Freeze-Que Barbecue Competition, sponsored by New Belgium Brewing Co., will be held this year at Highway 61 Roadhouse. Approximately 40 teams will compete for prizes and the honor of preparing some of the best off-season barbecue around. Guests will enjoy samples of all the teams’ entries as well as an opportunity to donate to the event’s benefitting charities, Rainbows for Kids and Operation BBQ Relief. Contact the restaurant for more details at 314.968.0061.

Friday, Feb 20-22: The St. Louis Centennial Beer Festival returns to Moulin Events and Meetings with over 200 beers from across metro St. Louis, the U.S. and the world. St. Louis area craft brewers set to pour at the Festival include Schlafly, Urban Chesnut, Six Row, Perennial, 4 Hands, Civil Life, O’Fallon, Cathedral Square, Crown Valley, 2nd Shift, Kirkwood Station, Charleville, Square One, Alpha, Side Project, Ferguson, Augusta and Exit 6. The festival begins with a Brewmaster Dinner on Thursday, Feb. 20 featuring beers from 4 Hands Brewing Company. Kevin Lemp and Will Johnston of 4 Hands will discuss the five beer courses to be paired with dishes created by Moulin’s executive chef Ryan Luke. Tasting sessions will be held on Friday, Feb. 21 and Saturday, Feb. 22. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, Dec. 10am at

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