Food science for kids Food Briefs

January 20, 2014 

When: 6-8 p.m. Thursday

Where: Eckert's Country Store classroom, Illinois 15 and Green Mount Road, Belleville

Cost: $30

Reservations: Required to 618-233-0513 or eckerts.com

Features: Guest chef is Carol Schlitt. Learn how to use fresh, unprocessed ingredients to create delicious dinners in 30 minutes or less. Taste Tuscan Rosemary Chicken Thighs, Kung Pao Pork over Sesame Noodles, Pecan Crusted Baked Salmon, a one-pot pasta dinner and Super Easy Sour Cream Bars.

Kitchen Science: Time to Ask Why!

What: Kids Cooking Class for ages 5-12

When: 1-3 p.m. Saturday

Where: Eckert's Country Store classroom, Illinois 15 and Green Mount Road, Belleville

Cost: $20; parents free.

Reservations: Required to 618-233-0513 or eckerts.com

Features: Why do fruits turn brown? Why do we have to add baking soda to some foods? These are just a few of the questions that will be answered in this kitchen science class. Have fun cooking and learning how science happens every day in your home kitchen.

Hands On: Cook in Our Kitchen

When: 6-8 p.m. Jan. 30

Where: Eckert's Country Store classroom, Illinois 15 and Green Mount Road, Belleville

Cost: $30

Reservations: Required to 618-233-0513 or eckerts.com

Features: A hands-on experience cooking up a delicious meal. You will create a Crostini Appetizer, Nicoise Salad, Pesto Stuffed Chicken Breast and a mini fruit pie for dessert.

Fifth Annual Clayton Restaurant Week

When: Jan. 20-26

Where: 19 restaurants in Clayton, Mo

Cost: $25

Reservations: Highly recommended. No ticket necessary. Visit to one of the restaurants and select from a three-course dinner menu for $25 per person, plus tip and tax.

Features: Go to claytonrestaurantweek.com to see more information and a list of participating restaurants and their special menus, including The Libertine, Bar Napoli, Cardwell's, The Crossing and Barcelona.

Extra help: When paying your CRW check, you can add an extra helping -- a $5 donation -- that will go to Operation Food Search, which provides nutritious food to the hungry in the bi-state community.

Relocated eatery gets top marks

St. Louis Magazine picked Agostino's Restaurant in Fairview Heights as the top Italian restaurant that offers " Hill-Style Dining in the Burbs."

The magazine's February 2014 issue chose 50 restaurants for The Best Italian Dining in St. Louis, dividing them into categories, from Wallet Watchers to Rav It Up.

Here's what the magazine said about Agostino's: "'Mama' Rosa Gabriele, the matriarch of arguably the most storied family in St. Louis' Italian restaurant history, not only oversees her family's operations at Agostino's in Fairview Heights, Ill., but also continues to bake bread and do prep work. The younger generations of the Gabriele family need only to maintain the high standards of their elders, exemplified by timeless classics like penne alla Norma, agnolotti ripieno di aragosta (lobster-stuffed ravioli), and Linguinette Maremonte (a dish that Rosa's late husband, Agostino, created in 1965)."

Agostino's is at 130 Ludwig Dr. (next to Red Lobster), 618-394-1800, agostinoscatering.com.

Bella Milano, with locations in O'Fallon and Edwardsville, came in second place, with Mungo's coming in fourth out of five picks.

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