A Labor Day barbecue at Brewery Emperial, the Paris of the Plains Cocktail Festival and more of this week’s food and drink events
Monday, September 4
In its enviable Crossroads beer garden, Brewery Emperial (1829 Oak) is hosting a Labor Day barbecue, featuring Local Pig and Brewery Emperial beer brats, very good house-made short-rib hot dogs and the Emperial Burger. Chips or beans come on the side with each selection. There is, of course, beer as well. The party takes place from 3 to 11 p.m.
Tuesday, September 5
Whiskey fans should consider taking a cab up to Repeal 18th (1825 Buchanan Street) for a three-course dinner paired with George Remus whiskey cocktails. After the amuse, the dinner begins with a tart of camembert, fig and sweet onion, followed by a choice of either charred mackerel or a smoked rack of lamb and parsnip gratin. A salted-caramel-and-chocolate tart wraps up the meal. Tickets are $50 via eventbrite here.
Thursday, September 7
The annual Paris of the Plains (POP) Cocktail Festival kicks off today and runs through Sunday, September 10. The event includes seminars on various spirits, hospitality, business and more (including many parties). It largely caters to industry folks, but there’s plenty for regular booze enthusiasts to enjoy — for example. the Tiki Party and Pig Roast at Anton’s (1610 Main) at 6 tonight. For that, you have to have bought into the fest already. See popfestkc.com for more information.
Friday, September 8
The 56th annual Greek Festival takes place tonight at the Anunciation Greek Orthodox Church (12001 Wornall Road) from 6 to 10. Nosh on traditional Greek food and pastries, hear some ‘opa’s, watch some dancing, and go back and enjoy some more food. Admission is free.
Bier Station (120 East Gregory Boulevard) is hosting Odell Brewing Company tonight, starting at 4. The event benefits Cornerstones of Care, an organization that focuses support and care services for children and families. Expect bluegrass music, games and lots of Odell’s beer.
Saturday, September 9
Kansas City Community Gardens (KCCG) (6917 Kensington Avenue) tonight puts on its Gardens at Sunset fundraiser. Featuring food from Bluestem, Heirloom Bakery and Hearth, Pizzeria Locale, Local Pig, Blue Bird Bistro and more, plus drinks from Cinder Box Brewery, the event takes place in the idyllic Leanna Flandermeyer Children’s Beanstalk Garden. This is KCCG’s biggest benefit of the year — the organization provides material and practical gardening support to approximately 20,000 Kansas City families, enabling them to provide fresh, healthy food for their families. Tickets are $75 a person; purchase those and learn more about the event here.
The Midwest Tea Festival runs today and tomorrow at the Ararat Events Center (5100 Ararat Drive). Sample hundreds of varieties of teas from all over the midwest and the country as you learn about tea culture. Tickets are $13 for single-day admission, or $23 for two days. More information and tickets are available via the event’s website.