This Week's Dish: Lab 1500 And Sump Coffee Host Pop-Ups, Clayton's Annual 'Parties In The Park' Gears Up For First Happy Hour Of Spring

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On Friday, May 2, culinary collaborators John Perkins of Juniper, and Brains and Bacon’s Adam Hautly will host an underground dinner at Lab 1500, called Salon1500. For one night the entrepreneur center will be transformed into a pop-up concept consisting of a Southern-inspired three-course dinner. The evening will begin with pre-dinner cocktails crafted by Matt Sorrell of Cocktail Are Go while dishes will be paired with either beer or wine. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to be at the hub of St. Louis’ most creative thinkers and culinary talent. Dinner begins at 6pm. Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased online or by calling Brains and Bacon at 314.779.8329.

Image courtesy of Parties in the Park

Image courtesy of Parties in the Park

Now that springtime temperatures are here to stay, happy hour season is in full swing across St. Louis. While there are options galore between all of the rooftops and patios in town, no other happy hour has been around as long as Clayton’s annual Parties in the Park. Their 31st season kicks off on Wednesday, May 14 in downtown Clayton along the stretch of Central Avenue between Forsyth Boulevard and Maryland Avenue. Enjoy the free live music from Radiogram while sipping on half-price beers offered from 5pm to 5:30pm and sampling food available for purchase from area restaurants, such as BARcelona and The Wheelhouse. Even if you can’t make it out on May 14, be sure to mark your calendar for upcoming Parties in the Park this summer, which take place on the second Wednesday of each month through Sept. 10. Admittance to the happy hour is free with festivities beginning at 5pm and lasting until 8:30pm.

Another spot for seasonal specials worth mentioning is the new pre-game buffet at Paddy O’s sports bar. Now 2 hours and 15 minutes before each Cardinals home game, guests at Paddy O’s can dish out $35 and have access to a spread filled with favorite ballpark options including hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, slices of pizza, nachos and dessert items. The deal also includes an open bar serving beer, wine and cocktails until the first pitch and one drink to enjoy after the game. Pre-game buffet tickets are available online or at Paddy O’s the day of the game. 618 South 7th St., Downtown, 314.588.7313.

Come Saturday, May 31 the popular tofu startup, MOFU, will again join forces with fellow local favorite, Sump Coffee for their second pop-up ramen shop. Last year the menu had two ramen options—one with MOFU prepared two ways along with morels and stinging nettles, and another with pork belly and crispy pulled pork topped with collard greens and an egg. Drinks offered by Sump included iced Chemex pour-overs and barley tea. An order of ramen was $12 last year, but check back on The Dish for more information as it becomes available. 3700 S. Jefferson Ave., Benton Park, 917.412.5670.

As if we actually needed a specific day to celebrate doughnuts here in St. Louis (where lines for the most unique shop, Strange Donuts, commonly stretch down Sutton Boulevard in Maplewood), but if you’re one of the few who needs reminding, then be sure to mark your calendar for National Doughnut Day on Friday, June 6. Strange Donuts will be throwing a bash to celebrate along with Kuva Coffee at their roasting facility located at 5231-C Manchester Ave. Last year festivities kicked off at 7pm and included craft beer samples, live music and, of course, plenty of fresh doughnuts and coffee.

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