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Spicy Bits: Feb. 13, 2009 - Ladue News: Diversions

Spicy Bits: Feb. 13, 2009

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Posted: Thursday, February 12, 2009 12:00 am

•  If you have fond memories of fine dining at Fio’s La Fourchette in Clayton, clear you calendar for Feb. 28. That’s when chef  FIO ANTOGNINI will prepare culinary delights at a wine dinner at Chandler Hill Vineyards in Defiance, M0. 

•  Gather ‘round the marble slab in the kitchen of Winslow’s Home to learn how to make strawberry jam and fresh butter. Of course, the $45 class on Feb. 21 will include making honey wheat bread, so that there’s something to slather all that jam and butter on!  MARCIA MERMELSTEIN, Winslow’s Home Baker, will teach the hands-on class. Just being in this unique general store during after-hours would be a treat!

•  Bowood Farms Nursery in the Central West End is thinking ahead to spring planting season. The first of three classes in the Young Farmers Mini Series on vegetable gardening, scheduled for Feb. 25 from 6 to 8 p.m., is on Missouri Heirloom Seeds. JERE GETTLE, founder of Baxter Creek Heirloom Seeds, will give advice on tomato and pepper planting and tell stories about starting up his business. On March 14 from 2 to 4 p.m., BRETT PALMIER of Biver Farms, a familiar face from the Clayton Farmers Market, will focus on growing early greens like arugula, chard, kale and sweet lettuces. The last farmer in the series will be MAC CONDILL of Great Pumpkin Patch in Arthur, Ill.  He will speak March 28 about some of the 300 varieties of pumpkins, squash and gourds grown on his farm. All this education for the home gardener is free and open to the public. The nursery is located next to Café Osage at 4605 Olive St.

•  Make time to learn about wine with help from the St. Louis Wine Clinic. JENNIFER JOHNSON, a certified sommelier, leads the 90 minute sessions, each devoted to a different varietal grape.

•  The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Missouri came up with the perfect name for a great night of chocolate and wine for a good cause: Sweet Charity. Hosted at Morton’s in Clayton, the $35 per person fund-raiser on Feb. 20 includes the steakhouse’s signature hors d’oeuvres as well as chocolates from Lake Forest Confections and wines from Garco Wine Company. Lake Forest will construct and contribute a chocolate tower to the silent auction. The always-gracious Charlie Brennan of KMOX will emcee, leading everyone through a wine and chocolate pairing.

•  Speaking of good causes…St. Louis Community College Foundation hosted a deliciously romantic Evening with Chef Hubert Keller at the elegant Four Seasons St. Louis just in time for Valentine’s Day. The über chef prepared a luscious four-course meal with the help of chefs from the Four Seasons and St. Louis Community College’s Culinary Arts program. Proceeds will give students more opportunities to train for and work in the local hospitality scene.

Got something for Spicy Bits?  Write to Amy Peck Abraham at spicybits@laduenews.com.

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