A Japanese pop-up at Krokstrom, Lidia’s turns 19, KC Bier Co.’s Oktoberfest kicks off Friday and more food and drink events
Monday, September 18
Krokstrom Klubb & Market (3601 Broadway) is welcoming chefs Kenzo and Michael Yoon from Bun Bros KC for a pop-up from 5 to 10 p.m. Among the evening’s options: koji-marinated fried chicken thighs, silver-dollar okonomiyaki, vegetable tempura, grilled cuttlefish, braised daikon with miso hollandaise, blistered shishito peppers and specialty cocktails. Prices range from $5 to $12 per dish.
Celebrating 19 years in business tonight is Lidia’s Kansas City (101 West 22nd Street), with Lidia Bastianich herself in the house. Her restaurant, just one of two outside New York, is offering a multi-course menu for $55 in honor of the anniversary, with wine pairings available for an additional $30 (tax and gratuity not included). Among your many options for the four-course menu: lobster arancini with potato crostata, red peppers and mozzarella; pappardelle with duck ragout; and a braised veal shank with saffron-barley risotto. Make reservations by calling 816-221-3722 or via the restaurant’s website.
And another impressive Monday option: the fifth annual I-70 Showdown at the Foundry (424 Westport Road), featuring beers from Boulevard, Uinta and Odell. For $60, including tax and excluding tip, get in on a four-course meal and several beer and cocktail pairings. Naturally, there will be flights of beer from each of the three participating breweries. To eat: a wild-mushroom salad, roasted-duck anglonotti, crispy pork cutlets with spaghetti squash, and apple strudel.
Tuesday, September 19
KC Food Circle is teaming up with chef Brandon Winn at Webster House (1644 Wyandotte) tonight from 6:30 to 9:30. Winn be presented with a basket of fresh produce (the contents of which are supposed to be a mystery) and will craft a meal from it while guests enjoy wine, mocktails or cocktails. Tickets range from $60 to $100 a person, depending on whether you are a member of KC food circle. Tickets and more information are available here.
Wednesday, September 20
Ice cream and stout lovers should consider a stop at Border Brewing Company (406 East 18th Street) tonight from 4 to 9. for chocolate-milk-stout floats, featuring Shatto ice cream. Flavors available include original, double chocolate, strawberries and cream, and neapolitan, plopped into Border’s rich chocolate-milk stout.
Friday, September 22
KC Bier Company (310 West 79th Street) kicks off its Oktoberfest today, and it runs through Sunday. Go for the festbier and stay for the food from Grunauer and Betty Rae’s Ice Cream. Dancing, music, silent auctions, contests and games will also take place throughout the weekend. Tonight the party runs from 4 to 10, Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The beer garden will be open from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.
Sunday, September 24
After a long, moving-related hiatus, brunch at Record Bar is back! From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., get in on chicken and waffles, chorizo biscuits and gravy or a smoked salmon bagel, for exampe, and visit the Bloody Mary bar.