Ten Best Food Events This Weekend: December 9-11

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Saturday (December 10):

Holiday Open House @ Downtown Dutchtown Dutchtown merchants offer special deals on food, clothing, antiques, candy and more. Stop by Maude's Market for cookies and hot apple cider, shop for art and crafts and Urban Eats Café, and enter a contest for a chance to win a $50 cash prize. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Lunch with Santa @ PW Pizza Santa will be on hand to keep customers company during lunchtime. Grab a pizza, calzone or sandwich and snap a photo with jolly old St. Nick himself. 12 to 3 p.m.

Missouri Moonshine Release Party @ Crown Valley Winery Celebrate the first release of Crown Valley Missouri Moonshine with a hoe down featuring live music, food and, of course, fresh brews. Corn cob pipes come optionally. The cost is $10 per plate of food and $5 per moonshine tasting, with only 1,800 bottles available. Get 'em while they last! Call 573-756-9700 for details. 12 to 6 p.m.

Julia Usher's Ultimate Cookies @ Pudd'nHead Books Food journalist and pastry chef Julia Usher talks about her new book, Ultimate Cookies, while talking about various aspects of decorating using fondant, royal icing and more. Free. 2 p.m.

Bee-autiful Gifts class @ Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House Learn how to make soaps, lip balms and other gift items out of honey, pollen and royal jelly for handmade, unique and buzz-worthy gift giving this season. $30 per adult. Register by calling 314-577-5140. 2 to 4 p.m.

Say Cheese Wine Trail @ Hermann Wine Trail Sample wine and cheese pairings at seven wineries including OakGlenn and Hermannhof wineries along 20 scene miles of the Hermann Wine Trail. The event coincides Kristkindl Markt in the area. $30 -- includes souvenir wine glass. Purchase tickets by calling 800-932-8687. Saturday, Dec. 10 and Sunday, Dec. 11.

Winter Winemaker Diner @ Mount Pleasant Estates Executive chef Dana Liljequist prepares a meal including tomato basil and asparagus bisque and grilled beef tenderloin paired with wine and dessert. The evening concludes with holiday caroling. $90. Call 636-482-9463 for reservations. 6 to 10 p.m.

Sunday (December 11):

Turned Pepper/Salt Mill Making Class @ Kranzberg Arts Center Learn how to make your very own pepper or salt mill in this hands-on workshop with instructor Matt Keim. Demonstrate the ceramic spindle turning at the dinner table this season with a seasoned flourish and become a holiday hero! $92 plus a $25 materials and lab fee. Register by calling the Craft Alliance at 314-725-1177. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Barter Fest @ The Juice Box Attend this share and swap to ease your pocketbook this holiday season. Use that extra produce in the fridge or unwanted book on the shelf to turn your trash into traded treasure for another barterer. Enjoy a pot luck, live music, workshops and much more. Free. 2 to 5 p.m.

Decorative Cookies class @ Kitchen Conservatory Instructor Mary Ann Robinson helps participants bring beautiful holiday cookies to the table with this hands-on class, which includes everything from painted cookies to cutting out gingerbread. $45 per person. Register online. 5 to 7:30 p.m.

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