A mac ‘n cheese festival, New Orleans comes to KC, and more food and drink this week
Where to eat and drink in KC, October 14-21.
Thursday, October 17
Chef Rachel Rinas from Karbon (one of the restaurants inside Parlor) will be popping up today from 4-8 p.m. at Big Rip Brewing Company (216 East 9th Avenue). She’ll be serving up her unique Turkish-Mexican fusion cuisine, which on this occasion means lamb tacos, vegan tacos, feta and walnut dip and harissa guacamole.
Friday, October 18
Kind Food KC celebrates its grand opening today from 4-8pm at the Iron District (1599 Iron Street) in North Kansas City. The restaurant, which specializes in vegan, plant-based foods, is a first for North Kansas City. It’s also one of the first restaurants to open in the new Iron District shipping container food and retail park. Look for chopped salads and wraps, nachos, curries, and more.
Saturday, October 19
The James Beard Award-winning chef Ryan Prewitt will be on hand tonight at Jax Fish & Oyster Bar (4814 Roanoke Parkway) for a unique New Orleans pop-up highlighting sustainable gulf seafood. Prewitt and the team from Jax will be preparing a family-style specialty menu with dishes from Prewitt’s New Orleans restaurant Pêche Seafood Grill (itself also a Beard award winner for Best Restaurant: South). There are two options for the evening: the big, specialty meal (two large courses with multiple dishes apiece and a welcome cocktail), or NOLA-style à la carte dishes and Abita beer specials at the bar. Tickets for the big meal are $125 (including tax and gratuity). Learn more and get your tickets via Tock.
Carb lovers will want to take note of the Mac ‘n Cheese Festival at Berkley Riverfront Park (1298 East Riverfront Road). This 21+ event includes unlimited mac ‘n cheese samples and bottomless drinks. Food vendors include, but are not limited to: Wings Cafe, Strip’s Chicken, Pinstripes, and Beignet. Tickets start at $50; learn more and pick up tickets here.
Shatto Milk Company (9406 N Highway 33, Osborn) is hosting a Family Day at the Farm to celebrate its 16th year in business today from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Among other activities, you can pet some baby calves, sample Shatto products, and watch cheese being made. The event is free to the public.
Out in Lawrence, the Bourgeois Pig (6 East 9th Street) is having another go at its 25-year anniversary party after its first attempt was rained out in June. The Big Pig is a street festival featuring live music, lots of food, and of course, coffee and drink. Food and refreshments will be available from Apothecary Food Truck, Mass St. Fish House, Leeway Franks, Lark a Fare, G’s Jamaican Cuisine, Repetition Coffee, and the Pig. Musical artists performing during the event include the Whiffs and Arthur Dodge & the Horsefeathers, among others. The party is free and runs from 2 p.m. to midnight. There is also a special agave spirits tasting with Adam Clary from Standard Beverage Corporation; those tickets are $30 and available here.
More booze! Dozens of breweries, wineries and distilleries are participating in this year’s Brew at the Zoo and Wine Too at the Kansas City Zoo (6800 Zoo Drive). For $50 (or $40 if you are a Friends of the Zoo member), you’ll get beverage samples and two drink tickets, in addition to benefiting the zoo’s conservation efforts here and abroad. Additional drink tickets and eats from participating food trucks will be available for purchase. Get those tickets in advance here.
City Barrel Brewing Company (1740 Holmes Road) is hosting a “Super Sour” Day all day today. It includes brand new, limited-edition releases like the Foundation, a golden sour ale aged in Missouri White Oak Foeders (peach, apricot notes) and the Cerveza Conspiracy, a collaboration beer made with Stockyards Brewing Company‘s Cerveza Royale and lots of funky yeast.