This Week's Dish: Q in the Lou Barbecue Festival Slated For September

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On Friday, Mayor Francis Slay and Pappy’s Smokehouse Mike Emerson teamed up to announce Q in the Lou, a barbecue festival coming to Downtown on Sept. 25-27. The festival will highlight barbecue right here in the Lou (Salt + Smoke, Pappy’s Smokehouse, Sugarfire Smokehouse) and bring in some outside experts (Memphis BBQ Co. from Tennessee, The Shed Barbecue and Blues Joint from Mississippi, Ubons Barbecue from Mississippi, The Salt Lick Bar-B-Cue from Texas, Dinosaur Bar-B-Cue from New York).

Photo courtesy of Salt + Smoke

Photo courtesy of Salt + Smoke

Produced by Downtown STL Inc. and Eximus Productions, the festival will be more than just sampling great barbecue; there will be educational seminars, competitions, local music and demos of a variety of tools used in good barbecue. Downtown,

Last week, Ben Poremba opened up about his newest project: Parigi (Italian for Paris), which will feature Italian dishes prepared using French techniques. According to Feast,  the restaurant will be located in Clayton on the Park residential building, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as room service to the high-rise residences. The restaurant is expected to open its doors in November. 8025 Bonhomme Ave., Clayton

June 20: Jen’s Splendid Ice Creams is once again open in the Central West End. After encountering listeria in the national chain’s production kitchen, the Central West End location closed as a precaution but opened again as of 5pm on Saturday. 389 N Euclid Ave., Central West, 314.367.1700

June 24: After being rained out last week, Feast in the Park braves the weather this week, taking up residence in Creve Coeur Park. Sample goods from Andrew’s Bayou Ribs, gourmet grilled cheese and soup truck The Meltdown, cheesesteak truck Steak Louie and more. Treats Unleashed will also be out in The Treat Truck with homemade goodies for your four-legged friends. 13236 Streetcar Dr., Maryland Heights

June 23: Tomorrow, head to Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria for Giveback Tuesday, an event where 100 percent of restaurant’s profits will benefit a selected charity. This week, from 11am-10pm, diners (even those doing carryout) will be helping to raise funds for St. Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness. 9568 Manchester Rd., Rock Hill, 314.942.6555

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