After the holiday hustle and the wintry days of January subside, it will be time for a pick-me-up. Mark your calendars now for the Winter Escape in New Haven: Building the Bridge From Farm to Table, on Saturday, Feb. 15.

Sponsored by the Missouri Rhine Valley Association (MRVA), the daylong event in historic downtown New Haven will feature local artisans, foods, wines and spirits, and will culminate in a gala dinner at New Haven’s newest restaurant, the New Haven Grille and Levee Bar.

The day will begin with a train ride on Amtrak from either downtown St. Louis or Kirkwood to the Washington train station, where you will board a chartered coach for the drive to New Haven. (You can provide your own transportation to Washington, if preferred.)

Stops in New Haven will include tastings and local food pairings at Robller Winery and Second Shift Brewery, followed by a visit to the New Haven Historic Arts District along the Riverfront to meet the artisans and merchants of this quaint historic district.

Among the participating businesses are Pinckney Bend Distillery, Elizabeth’s, Astral Glass Studio & Gallery, Front Street Artisans Gallery, the historic Walt Theatre, Zia Gallery, Boat Paddle Ukulele Company, and the Riverfront Cultural Society. Each stop will feature local food and beverage pairings, along with shopping and meeting the artists. The John Colter Memorial and Visitors Center will be open.

The participating local food and beverage producers and artisans also will have booths with their wares for sale at a Winter Farmers Market at the Riverfront Cultural Society that afternoon.

The day culminates with a farm-to-table dinner at the New Haven Grille and Levee Bar, under the direction of chef Joe Leszko. After dinner, the group will return by coach to the Washington train station for departure home. For those who wish to make a weekend of it, the MRVA website will offer B&B suggestions.

If you’re looking for a wonderful gift for that special someone (or for yourself), consider giving tickets for this unique event. Early-bird pricing is good through Jan. 31. Tickets also are available for the dinner only.

For detailed information and a link to purchase tickets online, people can visit For more information, people may contact Tom Blatchford, of Cool Cow Cheese, at 573-437-2699 or

This event is the second in a series of farm-to-table events sponsored by MRVA. The first was in Hermann in September; the third will be in Washington on June 28.

Proceeds from the event will go to future MRVA programming.

The Missouri Rhine Valley Association is a non-profit organization whose mission is to market, preserve and enhance heritage, culture and tourism through agricultural products, foods, wines, arts, crafts and historic sites in the five-county area along the Missouri River, from Hermann to St. Charles.