Soused—Vodka and BBQ! Coming July 8

Isn’t it about time that one of the hottest categories in food (BBQ) comes together with one of the hottest categories in drink (vodka)? Yes, it is.

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Capitalist Pig, located at the Mad Art Gallery, 2727 South 12th Street, just north of the A-B brewery, has a big event set for Wednesday, July 8, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Sowsed (get it?), a vodka-themed barbecue dinner featuring Cardinal Sin vodka from St. Louis Distillery, will infuse vodka into every aspect of the meal, from smoking to sauces.

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Among the menu items  for Sowsed from Capitalist Pig chef Ron Buechele:

  • Barrel-smoked pork and pear with lemon vodka compote. (Smoked over wood from the vodka aging barrels.)
  • Vodka braised smoked brisket with with roasted grapes, carrots and garlic and more (pictured below).

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  • Black bean salad with corn, hominy, red peppers and avocado in a vodka-lime cilantro vinaigrette.
  • Stuffed conchiglie with pork belly bacon and vodka arribiata sauce.
  • Drunken summer vegetables.
  • And… a vodka-infused dessert!

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Of course, the meal will be accompanied by a flight of Cardinal Sin vodka cocktails.

Hot jazz/swing band Miss Jubilee will provide live music.

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But wait, there’s more! Each diner age 21 and over will take home a 375mL bottle of Cardinal Sin Starka.

Cost of the dinner is 49/person and tickets may be purchased from BrownPaperTickets.com or by clicking HERE.

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One more thing: If you’ve never been to the Mad Art Gallery and Capitalist Pig, you should know that the building has a big sign out front that reads “Police.” It’s there for a reason. The building is the former Third District St. Louis Police Station.

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BPV Crawfish Fest Saturday (June 20)

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St. Louis’s Ballpark Village will host its 2nd annual Crawfish Fest on Saturday, June 20, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Budweiser Brew House. Two packages are available.

For $25, you get unlimited crawfish, jumbo shrimp, red potatoes, corn on the cob and smoked sausages plus $3 draft Abita Beer specials. (Abita is brewed about 30 miles north of New Orleans.)

For $50, you get all that PLUS early admission at 4:00 p.m, a commemorative Crawfish Fest t-shirt and glass and reserved seating in the Budweiser Brew House Garden.

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BPV will have a thousand pounds of crawfish to boil Saturday, so don’t be timid about going back for seconds.

The very cool North of the Quarter band will provide live music during the event.

For more info, go to stlballparkvillage.com.

Tequila Dinner at Cantina Laredo!

Cantina Laredo, the new Mexican restaurant in Clayton, is hosting a Tequila Dinner on Wednesday, June 17, 7:00 p.m.

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The three-course meal will feature three different Milagro brand tequilas, selected by Cantina Laredo chef Sean Scott to complement each course.

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Here’s the menu:

1st course: Choice of Ensalada de Mango or Sope de Brisket 

2nd course: Choice of Filet Pasilla served with potato confit and sautéed green beans or Sea Bass Oscar served with a chili lime sauce and asparagus.

3rd course (dessert): A special Dia y Noche flan (a “day and night” chocolate flan).

Cost for the dinner is 49.99. Advance reservations recommended. Call 314-725-2447.

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Cantina Laredo is located at 7710 Forsyth Boulevard in Clayton in the Centene complex.

Cantina Laredo will offer its tequila dinners four times each year: one per season and will feature a different tequila brand at each dinner.

Tequila!