Bay Boy turns one, Lawrence Beer Company hosts a KC-to-LFK run, and more: KC’s food and drink events for April 1-7

Tuesday, April 2

Bay Boy Specialty Sandwiches (4706 Holly Street) is celebrating one year in business by offering its much-loved (but rarely seen) Bay Boy burger on fabulous Dutch Crunch bread. (The regular menu will also be available.) Bay Boy is open from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Wednesday, April 3

Les Dames d’Escoffier and Slow Food Kansas City are collaborating on a “Grow, Cook, Give” event at Pryde’s Westport Kitchen (115 Westport Road), which benefits Kansas City Community Gardens. Check out cooking and gardening demonstrations, and sample a variety of food and drink. There’s a raffle as well; items include wine, cookware, and much more. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, and are available here.

Thursday, April 4

Sip cocktails while making a succulent planter at tonight’s Rooftop Patio Planting Party with Bent Hinge Trading Company (2934 Cherry Street). Each $60 ticket includes drinks, an 18″ planter, soil, succulents, and other materials, plus instruction.

Friday, April 5

Be among the first to try Boulevard Brewing Company’s newest beer, Easy Sport, a low-carb, bright “recreation” ale flavored with tangerine and sea salt. The launch party is at Chicken n Pickle (1761 Burlington Road), where from 4-7 p.m. you can get in on specially priced buckets of Easy Sport and try your hand at challenging the Boulevard team at some pickleball.

RE Emporium (Restoration Emporium) is getting into the spirit of First Fridays at its Crossroads location (1717 Washington Street) with free food and drink all weekend long. On Friday, stop by for coffee and cinnamon rolls. Saturday will bring mimosas and breakfast biscuits, and pancakes from MrEmporium will be available on Sunday.

Saturday, April 6

Head to The Roasterie (1204 West 27th Street) for Whiskey and Waffles, featuring Sam Dodda of The Waffle Iron. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., order from Dodda’s unique-to-the-event menu, which offers pairings with Restless Spirits Distilling whiskey. On Dodda’s menu today: a Brown Butter Whiskey Maple Waffle with bacon granola, Irish whipped cream, orange zest, and dark chocolate chunks; Whipped Honey Butter Waffle with aged oak barrel maple syrup, green apple, pears, and orange slices; and a Smoked Salmon Lox Waffle with Atlantic smoked salmon, whipped garlic horseradish cream cheese, everything bagel sprinkle, dill, and capers. Waffle plates run from $8-12.

Sunday, April 7

Participants in the 40-mile, KC-to-Lawrence Brew to Brew run — as well as those who are not torturing themselves — are invited to Lawrence Beer Company (826 Pennsylvania Street) for the Brew to Brew finish line party. LBC will be releasing its collaboration beer made with Stockyards Brewing Company and hosting food vendors including The Waffle Iron, The Burger Stand at The Casbah, Repetition Coffee, and Blend KC. The party runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you’re looking for the opposite experience of running 40 miles, head down to the Martin Event Space (13440 Holmes Road) for the Say Cheese Fest, which celebrates all things cheesy. Several restaurants (TBA) will compete to be the top cheesy dish. Each $25 ticket (available via Eventbrite) gets you one sample from each restaurant, plus a voting token. A cash bar will be available.