Wine and spring lunch Food Briefs

April 14, 2014 

What: Complimentary sampling of eight red wines, eight white, a champagne/sparkling wine and a port /dessert wine.

When: 1-5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Cheesekeeper, 6500 W. Main St., Belleville

Features: Chef and Sommelier Jonathan Waldrop Of Winesellers. All wines sampled are 15 percent off the regular price Saturday only.

Information: 618-398-7184 or

Savor Spring

What: Lunch & Learn

When: Noon to 1 p.m.Wednesday

Where: Eckert's Garden Country Store, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville

Cost: $15

Reservations: Required in advance to 618-233-0513 or

Features: Join the culinary staff for an observational lunch-time class to show you how to make simple yet robust dishes spotlighting some of the spring harvest's finest ingredients: Roasted Asparagus with Feta, Chicken Breast with Garlic Herb Butter and Eckert's Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce drizzled over frozen custard. Lunch portions will be served. Plus, after the cooking demonstration, take an herb tour in the Garden Center.

Filtered water relay

Tired of waiting for your filtered water to filter? the CamelBak Pitcher is a time- and space-saver. It filters water as fast as you can fill it from the tap -- 10 times faster than comparable filter pitchers.

The streamlined 10-cup jug also fits in most refrigerator doors. It pitcher filters water twice: once while filling the container, and again when pouring water out. The result is great-tasting water with chlorine and other chemical tastes removed. BPA-free and dishwasher safe, the pitchers are available in three colors: aqua, charcoal and purple. Available at Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Cost: $36.99.

One con to all the pros: It needs a new filter every four months, but that's still twice as long as other makes.

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