A farmer’s market at Howard’s Cafe, baby pools at Dodson’s, and more KC food and drink events for July 28-August 4


Tuesday, July 30 

Chef Joe West of the Savoy at 21c (219 West 9th Street) is hosting chef Ryan Williams  of Rye Leawood for a five-course collaboration dinner, part of a series the Savoy is calling “The New Midwest.” Each chef will present two courses (with drink pairings) with an opening canapes course presented by the Savoy’s chef de cuisine, Nick Vella. A couple of sample courses: pork belly served with squash blossoms in a tomato sofrito with a “dirty” turnip cake (Joe West), and a koji-aged striploin served with grilled brocolini and eggplant puree in a veal jus. The meal is $100 a person (not including tax or gratuity). Learn more and reserve your spot here. Future collaborations include Rick Mullins from Cafe Sebastienne, Spencer Knipper of Urban Table, and Kelly Conwell from Stock Hill.

Wednesday, July 31

Out in Lawrence, Lark a FareMass Street Fish House, and Veritas Wine Selections are teaming up at Lark a Fare (900 New Hampshire Street) for a “Nat-io Patio Party,” featuring natural sparkling Pét-Nat wines. Sample six different varieties of Pét-Nat while enjoying small plates from both eateries. Live music and bar games will also be available. The come-and-go event runs from 6–9 p.m. Tickets are $40 via Eventbrite, and include the meal and wines (but not Eventbrite fees).

Get in to Howard’s Cafe and Grocery on Thursday nights for a farmer’s market and dinner service combo featuring fresh produce and Howard’s much-loved burgers.

Thursday, August 1

Chef Craig Howard of Howard’s Cafe and Grocery (1708 Oak Street) recently started a Thursday evening market at his restaurant and grocery featuring produce from his own Pendleton Heights Farm, as well as pies, compotes, housemade cheese, herbed ricotta, and fresh pasta, among other items. Dinner and house cocktails will also be available. Choose from Howard’s much-loved burger and veggie burger, or opt for tempura-fried chanterelle mushrooms with garlic mayo. To drink: housemade peach bourbon and strawberry vodka, beer, or wine. Stop in between 5–7 p.m. to get in on this unique market, which is slated to run through October.

Celebrate National IPA Day at Hopcat (401 Westport Road). Seventeen special IPAs will be on tap for the hop-loving event, including Boulevard’s Space Camper, Bell’s Two Hearted, Defiance’s Logik, Free State Brewing Company’s Yakimaniac, Sweetwater’s 420 G-13 Strain, and many more.



The annual tomato dinner at Lidia’s Kansas City (101 West 22nd Street) takes place tonight from 6–9 p.m. This annual five-course dinner highlights tomatoes from local growers in the peak of their season. Among the offerings tonight are a yellowfin tuna tartare with tomato jam and pane carasau , and crown ravioli with burrata and lobster with sundried tomato and basil pesto. The meal is $60 a person (with $30 available wine pairings). Call 816-221-3722 to secure your spot.

Friday, August 2

Take a rare opportunity to learn how to make Tibetan food today at the Rime Buddhist Center and Institute of Tibetan Studies (700 West Penway Road). Ven. Geshe Tsewang Thinley will instruct a group on how to make Tibetan momos (steamed dumplings). The class is $30, and includes all materials to make and take your momos. Learn more and purchase tickets here.

Saturday, August 3

Culinary Center of Kansas City (7920 Santa Fe Drive) executive chef Jill Schmidt will be providing a free interactive between 9 a.m. and noon on knife skills and vegetable cleaning and cutting techniques. Guests can even come in and bring their own market vegetables for Schmidt to work on (and then you’ll take those veggies home).  No registration is necessary, and guests are welcome to dip in and out as they like.

Dodson’s Bar & Commons (7438 Wornall Road) is hosting Double Shift Brewing Company today from 4 p.m. to close for an all-out yard party, complete with plastic flamingos, astro turf and and baby pools. The brewers from Double Shift will actually be heading into the kitchen as well to prepare a special food menu for the event. They’ll also be tapping Double Shift’s Helles-Style Lager, Yard Beer, and Blood Orange Sour with Vanilla.


Sunday, August 4

Piropos (4141 North Mulberry Drive) is welcoming diners tonight for a multi-course specialty dinner featuring selections from Prisoner Wine Company. The meal features dishes including scallops with micro greens in mango salsa (paired with Blindfold White Blend 2017) and filet mignon with farmer’s market vegetables (Saldo Zinfandel 2016). The meal is $120 a person, including tax and gratuity. Learn more and pick up tickets here.

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