Big congrats go out to MATT SEITER, bar manager at Sanctuaria Wild Tapas in The Grove. His book, The Dive Bar of Cocktail Bars, is one of 10 semi-finalists for Best New Book at the Spirited Awards at the 2013 Tales of The Cocktail, which will be held in July in New Orleans. The list of finalists for the category will be released next month. Good luck!

The St. Louis Occasional Barbecue Society (or S.L.O.B.S. as members like to be known) is holding its 5th Annual Rib-Off on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, at 2 p.m. at Iron Barley. For $25, guests get to sample ribs from all 20 competitors; and for an additional $15, they can imbibe in beer samples from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, Schlafly, Six Row, 4 Hands Brewing Company, The Civil Life Brewing Company and Kirkwood Station. Funds raised will be split between Lift For Life Gym and the Tunnels To Towers Foundation.

Tickets are going fast for this year's Feast In The Field, which will take place on Sunday, June 2, at Claverach Farm and Vineyard. This is the eighth year for this popular dinner, which benefits Slow Food St. Louis. Tickets and more info are available at

The 12 Bars of Clayton Summer Pub Crawl will take place on Saturday, June 15, from 7:30 p.m. until 1:30 a.m. Participants choose from three charities: Autism Speaks, Haven House and Hope For Young Adults With Cancer. A portion of each ticket sold will benefit one of the three organizations. Guests will be shuttled to and from the most popular watering holes in downtown Clayton to enjoy a bevy of drink specials. The last crawl, held in December 2012, raised more than $14,650. More info at

Tasting From The Garden at Queeny Park will be held on Thursday, June 13, from 4 to 8 p.m. Stroll through the beautiful Jarville Gardens at the park and get tips from expert gardeners, check out live demos and enjoy refreshments. Tickets are $10 per person and advanced registration is required. Call 615-8482 to get in on the action.

Clayton hotspot Pastaria is now offering breakfast and brunch service on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m until 2 p.m.

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