Temperatures are droppin’ low low low, but you can heat things up with this month’s food-focused events:
• Get a little crafty (homemade holiday presents, anyone?) at Culture Flock’s Candle Making and Beer Tasting Workshop next Tuesday. Learn how to make two hand-poured candles, and sip samples of Great Escape Beer Works’ brews while you channel your inner homesteading pilgrim.
• Get dressed to the nines and head to Progress on November 20 for Fancy Progress. This ~ritzy~ installment of the monthly tasting series starts with champagne and includes seven courses and just as many wine pairings.
• Springfield Craft Beer Collective’s Harvest Beer Festival is November 22—just in time for you to figure out which local brews will grace your Thanksgiving table. The inaugural event benefits Ozarks Food Harvest, so you can help local families have a bountiful Thanksgiving, too.
• Say cheese in the name of Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC) at its MO Mac & Cheese Fest, happening November 23 at Relics Event Center. The pastapalooza includes unlimited samples, music and judging, and proceeds benefit OACAC.
• Gobble up some grub while savoring a pint at Tie & Timber. Tuesday, November 26, the brewery is hosting a Friendsgiving Potluck. Bring a dish and your first round is on the house.
• On Thanksgiving day when the turkey is in the oven but your stomach is rumbling—and the thought of cooking one more meal makes you want to scream—treat yourself and the family to a Thanksgiving brunch at Level 2 Steakhouse. Featuring charcuterie, seafood, gourmet breakfast items and, of course, turkey, it’s a nice break from the standard T-day fare.
• According to my younger sister who is much hipper than I, the night before Thanksgiving is the night to hit the bars, so places are gonna be packed. If that sounds as horrible to you as it does to me, maybe Ocean Zen’s Wild Turkey Wednesday is more your speed. Sequel Dose is playing, and Ocean Zen is serving limited appetizers before the music.
• Alternatively, you can brave the chill and head to Farmers Park for Lights & Flights, benefiting Crosslines of Springfield. The holiday market includes live music, food trucks and whiskey flights to warm you from the inside out.
• As my officemates have repeatedly informed me, apparently Christmas Season™ starts the minute Thanksgiving is over—ugh. If you’re ready to get into the spirit right away, you can head to the Miracle on Walnut holiday pop-up happening inside Missouri Spirits starting November 28. The pop-up benefits Community Partnership of the Ozarks.