ICMI: Itty Bitty News Bites
• They’re baa-aaaaaack! Pumpkin spice cannoli are finally here for a limited time at PIccolo, and my god you don’t want to miss this. It is practically a national holiday. These crunchy, creamy, dreamy desserts feature whipped mascarpone cannoli cream with seasonal spices, white chocolate chips and Ghiradelli caramel on top.
• Also for your sweet tooth: Askinosie Chocolate has released a brand new bar that’s packed with classic fruit-and-chocolate flavors with a hint of black pepper for a little complexity. The Fruit Punch Dark Chocolate Bar features freeze-dried strawberries and pineapple plus cocoa sourced from Mababu, Tanzania. We can’t wait to try this one.
• We don’t know much yet, but Trailer Perk Coffee is expanding to a brick-and-mortar that will include a drive-through. More to come as we learn more about this tasty little coffee trailer’s growth spurt!
• Oh hey, beer fans. There’s another brew-centric fall event happening this week just for you. Harvest Beerfest at The Old Glass Place takes place this Friday, October 14 from 7–10 p.m. with VIP admission at 6 p.m. The event is presented by Springfield Craft Beer Collective and features unlimited beer samples from local breweries (including Hold Fast Brewing, 4 by 4 Brewing Co., Banter Brewing, Great Escape Beerworks, Springfield Brewing Co., Show Me Brewing, Tie & Timber Beer Co., White River Brewing, Wire Road Brewing, and Mother’s Brewing Co.). Guests get a specially designed tasting glass and can listen to live music from Marcus Chatman. VIP tickets also get early entry into a VIP lounge area, light snacks and access to limited beer releases. Bonus: Proceeds benefit Ozarks Literacy Council.
• And finally, a cute little something is happening tomorrow night at Finley Farms. Guests can pop in for the come-and-go Stargazing & S’mores event from 7–9 p.m., where they can talk with astronomers from the Springfield Astronomical Society and peep the sky through high-powered telescopes. Stargazing and astronomer chatting are free, and you can purchase s’mores and seasonal drinks at The Workshop during the event.
• Another food-adjacent event reminder for you: Order Up! The Restaurants of Route 66 exhibit at the History Museum on the Square runs through November 6, so make sure you see it this month before it’s gone! The exhibit features all the foodie nostalgia and historical tidbits you can handle as it walks you through the food that hungry travelers would have eaten as they traversed the Mother Road through 417-land.