The BBQ for Beard lets you sample goodies from some 40 -- yep, 40 -- of the top chefs in the area. At 40 bucks a ticket, that's only a buck a chef. Half of the money raised locally goes to the scholarship fund for the St. Louis Friends of James Beard, and the other half goes to the James Beard Foundation in New York for support of the James Beard House and a national scholarship fund.
You must buy tickets in advance to get in; you can score them by calling Mount Pleasant at 636-482-WINE or 800-467-WINE. Mount Pleasant is located about 18 miles south of the I-70/Highway 94 exit in St. Charles.