Benefits for Cultivate KC and hurricane Harvey, Festival of the Lost Township and other food and drink events this week

Tuesday, September 12:

Visit Boru Ramen (500 West 75th Street) today between 3 p.m. and midnight and your drink orders will benefit victims of hurricane Harvey in Texas. Half of all drink proceeds tonight go to the J.J. Watt Foundation, and Boru and Summit Grill owners Andy Lock and Domhnall Molloy will match all funds raised. The benefit was organized by Boru bartender and Houston native Eric Schmidt. 

Wednesday, September 13

Choose from two high-end wine dinners tonight centered on Italian wine. One is at Bluestem (900 Westport Road), where a coursed dinner is hosted by renowned vintners Robert Pighin (owner of Pighin) and Giacomo Bosciani (owner of Masi). The meal sets off with a shellfish risotto with saffron and tomato, followed by a course of grilled radicchio served with Asiago cheese, apples and hazelnut. House-made fettuccine with a heritage-duck ragu make up the third course, before a foie gras–stuffed quail with polenta in a mostarda agrodolce. The final savory course features venison with butter-roasted porcini mushrooms and huckleberry. Cheese with balsamic vinegar, pickled blueberries and grilled bread will be served for dessert. The meal is $100 a person, exclusive of tax or gratuity. Call 816-561-1101 for reservations. 

Your other option is at Stock Hill (4800 Main), which is toasting what it calls the icons of Italian wine: Medici, Michele Chiarlo, Cabreo Il Borgo and La Fuga. After a reception, the meal begins with what the menu calls “lasagna acting like pie of mushroom” (truffles, foie gras, egg yolk and sage). This meal is $115 a person (doesn’t include tax and tip); for tickets and the rest of the menu, look here

Thursday, September 14

A beer-paired dinner featuring Stockyard Brewing Company and Cinder Block Brewing takes place tonight at Conrad’s in Liberty (210 North State Route 291). Start off with a pan-seared scallop with polenta (paired with Stockyard’s Cerveza Royale), followed by an arugula-and-roasted-beet salad (Cinder Block English cherry cider). A reverse-seared coffee-crusted strip loin, served with thyme-butternut risotto and sautéed broccolini, serves as the main (Stockyard’s Fox Trotter Scottish), with a chocolate butter cake with IPA ice cream rounding out the meal for dessert (Cinder Block Pavers Porter). The meal is $45 a person, exclusive of tax and tip. Call 816-407-1717 for reservations. 

Saturday, September 16

One of KC’s best beer festivals, Crane Brewing Company’s Festival of the Lost Township, begins at noon today at the park at 62nd Street and Raytown Road in yes, Raytown. See the eventbrite page to purchase tickets. 

The 25th annual Waldo Fall Festival runs today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 75th and Wornall (primarily in the big CVS parking lot). There are lots of family-friendly sorts of things happening — a petting zoo, face painting, etc. — but if you’re in it for the food, there will be eight food trucks on hand. Madmans BBQ, Humdinger Drive-In, Jovito’s Back Alley Grinders, Jerusalem Café, Burritos Lagos, Monk’s Roast Beef, Polar Oasis and Betty Rae’s will all be there. 

Sunday, September 17

Cultivate KC — which does countless wonderful things for local commercial growers, refugee farmers and more — tonight hosts its annual Dig In benefit starting at 6:30 p.m. in the City Market (20 East Fifth Street). It is part auction, part dinner, part hang. Chefs preparing the meal tonight include Craig Howard (Howard’s Grocery), Joe West (Stock Hill),
Craig McAlister (KC Convention Center), David Friesen (Betty Rae’s) and the trainee chefs from Culinary Cornerstones. You can check out the menu here. Tickets start at $125 a person and can be purchased here