Barbecue at Rye and other July 4 happenings, a wine-cellar dinner in Lawrence and more: your food and drink events, July 3-9

Tuesday, July 4

A couple of food- and drink-oriented alternatives to Riverfest are out there, including a dinner-and-fireworks combo at Rye (10551 Mission Road, Leawood). A $50 ticket (or $12 for kids, which does include tax and gratuity) get you a barbecue buffet spread prepared by chefs Colby Garrelts and John Brogan, as well as a ticket to view the Leawood city fireworks from a good vantage point next door at Mission 106. Drinks are not included. No tickets will be available at the door; purchase in advance here. The restaurant is also accepting regular reservations.

Big Rip Brewing Company (216 East Ninth Avenue, North Kansas City) is hosting a party beginning at 4 p.m. today. A $2 cover includes access to the brewery space, which has a great view of the Riverfest show, as well as live music. Hang Jaw Que and Brew barbecue will be available for purchase, as well as Big Rip’s 10 house-made beers and boozy root beer. More information is available here

For something a little (or a lot) more wallet-friendly, head to HopCat (401 Westport Road). Get a hot dog, crack fries with cheese sauce, and a PBR for $8, or sign up for the hot dog–eating contest at 5 p.m. First place will nab you a PBR mirror and a $50 gift card.

Thursday, July 6

If you are still in the mood for all-American summer treats, venture to Independence’s very cute Clinton’s Soda Fountain (100 West Maple Avenue) for dollar night. A buck buys you a vanilla sugar cone or a Polly’s Pop root beer. 

Friday, July 7

Kansas City Community Gardens (6917 Kensington Avenue) is hosting a workshop today from noon to 2 p.m. on growing and cooking with fresh herbs. The workshop includes tips on planting and maintaining, as well as preserving and cooking garden herbs. Food samples will be available. The class is free; register in advance here

Saturday, July 8

In Lawrence, La Parilla (724 Massachusetts Street) is opening up its wine cellar for a “2 Tables” private dinner, cooked by chef-restaurateurs Subarna Bhattachan, Alejandro Lule and Armando Paniagua (co-owners of La Parilla, Zen Zero and Genovese), with wine pairings designed by Steve Wilson and Jamie Routledge of City Wine Market. The six-course dinner features a range of tastes: grilled octopus with chipotle crème fraîche and guajillo chile agave nectar vinaigrette, tea-smoked duck breast, pan-roasted branzino and more. The dinner is $85 a person, with wine pairings available for an additional $35, tax and gratuity not included. More information and tickets are available at