Coda closes, 1889 Pizza Napoletana nears its opening, plus Jazzoo

Coda, the bar, restaurant and live-music venue at the intersection of 18th and Broadway in the Crossroads, closed at the end of service Saturday, May 28. At press time, a call to its management had not been returned, but there has been a hint of financial worry around the place. Last fall, owner William Saunders started a GoFundMe campaign to help ease recent strain on the place. (There are also Facebook hints that Coda could re-open in a new location.) No word on what is to come for the building; the classic carriage house is a turn-of-the-century property in what is now a very prime location near the Kauffman Center.

At last, it looks like 1889 Pizza Napoletana in Kansas City, Kansas, is nearing its opening date. Craigslist and Facebook posts went up last week announcing that the wood-fired Neapolitan pizza restaurant is now hiring all positions, a sign that wood-fired snacks are due soon. The restaurant shares the Northwood Shopping Center with Gus’ Fried Chicken. The strip mall has been shuffling from its dollar- and thrift-store roots, in a bid to attract more upscale tenants. Longtime secondhand heaven Maj-R-Thrift will soon be moving out of the mall.

This week’s food events:
Thursday, June 2
J. Gilbert’s puts on a “Women in Wine” collaborative dinner featuring Jackson Family Wines paired with four courses. The dinner highlights the winery’s female winemakers.

Friday, June 3
Tonight the Roasterie holds its first “KC Food Truck Faceoff” outside its Westside facility, at 1204 West 27th Street. For $25, you can sample quarter-portion foods from seven KC food trucks, along with local beers and spirits. Participating food trucks include American Fusion, Boo Yah, Flossie Mae, Fungal Fusion, Greg-Co. BBQ, KC Pinoy, and Pita for Good. Sample drinks come from Cinder Block Brewery, Crane Brewing Co., J. Rieger & Co., Martin City Brewing Co., Restless Spirits Distilling, and Rock & Run Brewery.

Festa Italiana is marking its 10th year at Zona Rosa. In addition to “Walking Goombas” (which …  I don’t know), that means outdoor mass; lots of music; and samples of meatballs, lasagna and other Italian favorites from local cooks and chefs, including food from Garozzo’s.

Jazzoo, the Kansas City Zoo’s largest fundraiser, turns up the glitz tonight in honor of the zoo’s visiting koalas, on loan from the San Diego zoo. Ticketholders can sample a diverse range of food from KC restaurants, including El Porton, Gates BBQ, Taco Republic, Cosentino’s Catering and more, plus lots of booze from KC Bier Co., Boulevard, Duvel, Blue Moon and more. Tickets cost $175.

Saturday, June 4, and Sunday, June 5
Choose from two elegant, literal farm-to-table lamb dinners at Green Dirt Farm, in Weston. The Saturday dinner comes courtesy of chef Joe West (Kusshi restaurant), with Sunday’s prepared by chef Michael Faust of the Farmhouse. Anthony Bourdain taped a recent episode of his television show at the idyllic, hilly sheep farm, and it proved quite worthy of the effort. Tickets are $200 each and include all food and alcoholic drinks.

Tuesday, June 7
Hank Charcuterie owner Vaughn Good and Waffle Iron mastermind Sam Donnell bring their individual talents together for a fried-chicken-and-waffles event beginning at 11 a.m. at Hank Charcuterie in Lawrence.

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