Cheese slipper nights, Freestyle Poke in OP, Memorial Day parties, and more: KC’s food & drink events for May 20-26
Tuesday, May 21
Get out on that patio for the fourth annual Seafood Boil at Rye Leawood (10551 Mission Road). The boil features shrimp, crawfish, and the requisite veggies, plus summer desserts and sides. A cash bar will be available for your drink needs, and live music from the Ernest James Trio will fill the air. The dinner is $80, which includes the meal, tax, and gratuity; pick up tickets here.
The Dialogue Institute of Kansas City has organized a series of dinners around the city during this month of Ramadan (May 5-June 4). The meals take place throughout the city at a variety of types of locations and seek to encourage understanding about the Muslim holy month, during which fasting, prayer, reflection, and community are encouraged. Tonight’s fast-breaking dinner begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Westport Presbyterian Church (201 Westport Road). For a full calendar of dates and locations, click here.
Enjoy hands-on instruction as you learn about the basics of Pakistani cooking at tonight’s cooking class at Lenexa Public Market (8750 Penrose Lane). This class will be led by Sohaila Humayon of Sohalia’s Kitchen, a restaurant within Lenexa Public Market. The class will cover how to make tandoori chicken skewers and cooking with spices. Appetizers and dessert will be served, and there will be food to take home following the class, which costs $50. Pick up tickets via Eventbrite.
Thursday, May 23
Smokin’ Guns BBQ and Catering (1218 Swift Avenue) is hosting a barbecue-and-beer dinner tonight featuring beers from Odell Brewing Company. The paired dinner includes four courses and four beers (nice). On the menu: smoked baby back ribs, pork sliders, sides, deviled eggs, and banana pudding. The meal, which does not tax or gratuity, is $30 a person or $50 a couple. Call 816-221-2535 to secure your spot.
Celebrate National Chardonnay Day (yes, it’s a thing) today at J. Gilbert’s Wood-Fired Steaks and Seafood (8901 Metcalf Avenue) with a four-course paired wine dinner featuring wines from Wente Vineyards out of California. One sample course: a porcini-crusted veal chop will be served with roasted potato hash, red pepper, onion, and a rosemary glace de viande, paired with Murrieta’s “The Spur” Red Blend 2016. The meal is $69 a person (not including tax or gratuity); call 913-642-8070 to make a reservation.
Friday, May 24
Summer is here, and that means the return of cheese slipper nights to Kansas City. The events used to take place on Saturdays at Fervere, but following Fred Spompinato’s retirement in 2015, Chris Matsch (co-owner of Ibis Bakery) has taken on the tradition.There is a change of date and location for this year’s round of cheese slipper nights, however; they will now take place on Friday nights from 6:30-9 p.m. at Ibis Bakery at Messenger Cafe (1624 Grand Boulevard). Keep an eye on the event’s Facebook page for menu announcements, which will be made each Thursday.
Freestyle Poke Overland Park (7108 West 135th Street) is opening its doors to the public today. This is the second location in the KC area for the locally based business (the original is in the River Market). The fast-casual Freestyle Poke serves, yes, poke bowls, with an emphasis on ethically farmed, sustainable fish. Its menu was developed by Kealan O’Boyle, formerly of Mass Street Fish House and Raw Bar in Lawrence.
Sunday, May 26
Percheron, the rooftop bar at the Crossroads Hotel, is hosting a Memorial Day cookout all day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Get there for sweeping views of the Crossroads and downtown, plus yard beers, sausages, snacks, and bocce.
Afterword Tavern & Shelves (1834 Grand Boulevard) is hosting a one-off boozy brunch event featuring beers from Double Shift Brewing, cocktails from bar manager Vanessa Waters, Double Shift sample beers, and a menu from Afterword’s executive chef, Syd Montgomery, made with spent grains from the brewery. No reservations are necessary.