But, of course, Cotswold isn't the only cheese that can make people so happy; all cheeses are able to bring forth at least a smile and an "mmm" belly-rub. See for yourself at this year's Cheesefest, held at the River Bottom Saloon (112 Sidney Street; 314-776-5929) on Saturday, November 5. During this cheese-tastic party, which benefits the Shriners Hospital for Children, you're bound to see many stomachs patted and mouths smiling and eating (and some people, like Ms. Day, downright cackling!), what with all the cheese activities on hand. You've got your cheese tastings (natch), a silent auction (presumably to win more cheese), wine sampling (to clear your palate between cheese nibbles), music (which may or may not be cheesy -- just kidding!), a "Just Say Cheese" photo booth and more, including mice races.
Admission to the evening of cheese costs $25 in advance ($30 at the door), and the event runs from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. To get your tickets before all the mice and/or Double Gloucester devotees buy them up, call 314-446-2025 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. -- Ms. Day