Beer, wine and spirits dinners, Tour de Bier, Mother’s Day offerings and more: your food and drink events for May 8-14
Monday, May 8
Wash Monday away with a Tequila Ocho dinner tonight at 6:30 at Affäre (1911 Main Street). This five-course meal puts the noted tequila with an oyster amuse, followed by a nopales (cactus) salad, then a duo of halibut (in ceviche form and grilled). Cool it off with a watermelon granita, then sample a Buttonwood Farms chicken breast served with cilantro dumplings. A deconstructed margarita is offered for dessert. The dinner is $65, exclusive of tax or gratuity. Buy tickets here.
Tuesday, May 9
If a wine dinner is more to your taste, Tuesday’s 6 p.m. service at Jax Fish House and Oyster Bar (4814 Roanoke Parkway) features wines from the Joullian Vineyards in Carmel, California. This dinner starts with an ahi tuna tataki, followed by soft-shell crab served with burnt-lime creme fraiche. A lamb-belly agnolotti (pasta) is followed by a duck-leg confit served with gorgonzola gnocchi. A dessert of berries, beets, black chestnut and cocoa follows. This dinner is $125 a person, not including tax or gratuity. Call 816-437-7940 for reservations.
Wednesday, May 10
All day today and tomorrow, Whole Foods’ Lone Elm Tap Room (14615 West 119th Street, Olathe) is hosting a Martin City Brewing Company tap takeover. The brewer’s Robb Richmiller will be on hand with Radical Candor, Big Boy Imperial Stout, Sideway, Hardway IPA, Alchemy Coffee Stout and Belgian Abbey beers.
Webster House (1644 Wyandotte) is putting on a scotch-and-appetizers event on its patio. For $35, sample a variety of fine scotches, including Ardmore single malt, Bowmore 15-year Darkest single malt, Laphroaig Select single malt, and Hakushu 12-year single malt, with duck prosciutto, served with pea sprouts and cherry syrup, smoked short ribs with pickled onion and a foie gras torchon, and other starters. Call 816-800-8821 for reservations.
Saturday, May 13
Green Dirt Farm (19915 Mount Bethel Road, Weston) is hosting its second farm-to-table dinner of the season with a Boulevard Beer-paired meal prepared by certified cicerone Kyle Hopkins, of Boulevard. These specialty dinners feature fresh lamb and a variety of Green Dirt Farm’s cheeses, and are prepared on-site at GDF’s idyllic Weston sheep farm (not at the creamery, which is in town). Tickets are $200 a person and can be purchased here.
For something completely different, try the 16th annual Village Crawfish Festival, held at St. Pius X Catholic Church (5500 Woodson, Mission), benefiting the ReStart homeless shelter and its programs. The festival promises a New Orleans-style spread of boiled crawfish, sausage, red beans and rice, pulled pork, corn on the cob and more. Beer, wine, soda and water will also be available. More information and tickets can be found here.
Tannin Wine Bar & Kitchen (1526 Walnut) is also featuring a wine dinner tonight, with the French wines of Chateau Coupe Roses. The five-course meal begins with a strawberry-and-bibb-lettuce starter, followed by octopus served with parsnip purée. The meal moves on to a duck confit served with blackberry yogurt, followed by a Broadway Coffee–crusted elk loin. Manchego, served with a grilled-peach sorbet, concludes the meal. It’s $75 a person, including the wine but excluding tax and gratuity. Call 816-842-2660 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
Sunday, May 14
The first Tour de Bier takes place today. The event, organized by BikeWalkKC, features three cycling routes (17-, 35- and 50-mile options) and is marketed as a tour of current KC beer hot spots, history and other brewer arcana. A $50 advance registration (which can be completed here) includes a T-shirt, lunch and two beers at the end party, in addition to small samples along the way. Registration is $60 on site. The event benefits BikeWalkKC’s advocacy work.
Sunday is also Mother’s Day, if you have managed somehow to avoid the constant barrage of reminders on TV and social media. The usual suspects (Lidia’s Kansas City, Capital Grille, the Oak Room, Chaz on the Plaza, the Bristol) are offering Mother’s Day brunches, most of them buffets. A few slightly off-the-beaten-path options include:
Bluestem (900 Westport Road) is offering a Mother’s Day tea. This event is actually the day before (with seatings at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.) but would still make for a happy mom. For $30 a person (or $15 for children), enjoy a sampling of pastries, sandwiches and teas. Call 816-561-1101 for reservations.
Ça Va (4149 Pennsylvania) will have its regular mimosa bar open and will be offering a wider variety of brunch offerings than is typically here, including quiches and pastries, in addition to having the city’s best selection of bubbles. Call 816-255.3934 for reservations.
Krokstrom Klubb & Market (3601 Broadway) is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., serving a variety of food and drink specials with a focus on Mom. Who doesn’t want a smorgasbord, anyway?
Newport Grill (5501 West 135th Street, Overland Park) is offering a $28 brunch buffet today (a respectable price for a holiday in which the all-you-can-eat buffet costs seemingly go up $10 a year). It includes an omelet station, a carving bar, smoked seafood, biscuits and gravy — basically the works. Call 913-239-0807 for reservations.