A pie auction, a benefit featuring Lawrence’s best chefs, and more: KC’s food and drink events for August 20-26

Tuesday, August 21

Tonight at Port Fonda (4141 Pennsylvania Avenue), chef Patrick Ryan and his crew will be creating a coursed dinner highlighting Mezcal Vago, out of Oaxaca, Mexico. The meal (menu to be announced) is $65 a person; call 816-216-6462 for reservations.

Whiskeys from Union Horse Distilling Company will be highlighted tonight at Repeal 18th (1825 Buchanan). From 5 to 9 p.m., learn about Union Horse’s four whiskeys while enjoying snacks from chef Remy Ayesh’s kitchen. Tickets (which include a welcome cocktail as well as the whiskeys and snacks) are $32 for the event and are available for purchase via Tock

Wednesday, August 22

Up at Chicken N Pickle (1825 Burlington), a $20 ticket will get attendees two glasses of sangria and a variety of small, sharable plates. The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m.; tickets are available through Eventbrite

Thursday, August 23

Three of this busy Thursday’s events involve eating for a cause. First, support the Douglas County Food Bank with a Lawrence Chef’s Table meal at the Cider Gallery (810 Pennsylvania Street). The multi-course meal will feature food prepared by a wide range of Lawrence’s best culinary talent, including Ken Baker (Lawrence Beer Company), Lee Meisel (Leeway Frank’s), Simon Bates (Bon Bon), Jake Dodds (715), and many more. Chefs will prepare their signature dishes. Tickets are $125, and also include beer and wine. Visit this link for more information. 

Dog and cocktail lovers should head to Char Bar (4040 Pennsylvania Avenue) tonight from 5-11 p.m. Tito’s Vodka and Char Bar are hosting a “Yappy Hour” benefiting KC Pet Project. Enjoy complimentary Tito’s dog swag, specialty cocktails, and yard games. 

If an extravagant chef’s table in Lawrence requires too much time or effort, you can still eat out for a cause in Kansas City at Dolce Bakery (3930 West 69th Terrace). From 6 to 8 p.m., Dolce will be offering homemade, from-scratch cobbler served with ice cream from Glacé. Cobbler sales tonight will benefit No Kid Hungry, a charity devoted to eliminating child hunger. 

Another big one: five seasonal, summer courses created by chef Matt Barnes will highlight six varieties of rosé tonight at Pierpont’s (30 West Pershing Road). Seared Ahi Tuna with szechuan pepper will be served with short-cut long beans, heirloom tomato confit and crème rouge, and a seared hanger steak with a blueberry dry rub and a blue cheese-potato crumble, among other dishes. The meal is $125 per guest, and includes tax and gratuity. Visit Eventbrite for tickets. 

Another wine dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. at EJ’s Urban Eatery (1414 West 9th Street) and features selections from Fence Stile Winery. The dinner, created by chef John Cedric Smith, begins with a welcome glass of sangria, then moves through five courses, including homemade gnocchi with goat cheese fondue and summer squash and a coffee-cured duck prosciutto, among other selections. Call 816-491-8262 for reservations.

Enjoy a glass of Bordeaux with cassoulet made with duck confit and sausage at Westport Cafe and Bar (419 Westport Road). The meal, prepared by French chef David Barberat, is $20. Walk-ins are welcome.

Friday, August 24

Chef Sheila Lucero of Jax Fish House and Oyster Bar (4814 Roanoke Parkway) recently retured from a Hawaiian vacation, from which she has derived inspiration for a series of specials that she is offering the rest of this month on Thursdays through Sundays. Look for dishes featuring opah, tuna, spearfish, and more.

Saturday, August 25

The community-oriented food education program Sunrise Project, in Lawrence, is hosting its fourth-annual Pie Auction at Hobbs Park (702 East 11th Street). The event features yes, the auction of homemade pies, but also a community potluck and even individual slices of pie for purchase. The event is free and open to all.