Filipino favorite Manila Bay Ihaw Ihaw turns two, a Spanish wine dinner at Bluestem, and more: KC’s food and drink events: October 8-14
Tuesday, October 9
Spanish wine enthusiasts, take note of tonight’s specialty dinner at Bluestem (900 Westport Road). Featuring wines from across Spain — including selections from Ameztoi, Avinyo, Do Ferreiro, Costers del Priorat, Remelluri and El Maistro Sierra — the meal promises to be as luxe as the wines with which it is paired. One sample course: rabbit bontifarra made with glazed kidney beans, eggplant, squash, and peppers, and served with a 2015 Pissarres from Costers del Priorat. The meal is $100 a person (does not include tax or gratuity); call 816-561-1101 or email email@example.com for reservations.
Over at YUM Bakery (104 East 43rd Street), they’re doing a dine-and-learn event tonight beginning at 7 p.m. The occasion centers on pate â choux, a versatile pastry dough used to make everything from profiteroles to churros and gougères. The course includes instruction and a demonstration as well as a three-course meal. The course is $60; tickets can be purchased via Yum’s website.
Thursday, October 11
Emily Farris of the Boozy Bungalow is guiding guests at BLVD Tours and Rec Center (2534 Madison Avenue) through a beer can-o-lantern craft session starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 and include supplies, a beer cocktail, and a pour from one of Boulevard’s taps. Tickets are available here.
Saturday, October 13
Whiskey brunch is back at The Rieger (1924 Main), but just for today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Get three courses for $29 (not including tax or gratuity), with specialty cocktails available featuring J. Rieger and Company spirits. Keep an eye on the restaurant’s Facebook page for menu updates, and reserve your seats via Tock.
TerraVox (Vox Vineyards, 19310 Northwest Farley Hampton Road) is inviting volunteers to come harvest grapes today starting at 8:30 a.m. This harvest, of wine king grapes, is 100 percent for the taking, meaning if you want to take the grapes home for just $1 per pound, this is your day. A complimentary lunch is offered for pickers at the end of the harvest. The event is free, but you do have to sign up; do so via Eventbrite.
Visit Kelly’s Westport Inn (500 Westport Road) to taste Tallgrass Brewing Company‘s Buffalo Sweat, 8-Bit, and Key Lime Pie one last time. Kelly’s stashed away five varieties of beer from Tallgrass (RIP), and will be selling it and pouring one out for Tallgrass today from 2 to 5 p.m. While it’s possible that Tallgrass may rise again, it’s just as likely that this is your last chance to enjoy its beer.
Move away from the Chardonnays and Pinot Grigios at tonight’s “Unusual White Wines” class at Cellar Rat Merchants (1701 Baltimore Avenue). The class includes tastings and a talk and is $40 a person (not including tax). Call 816-221-9463 for your seat.
Sunday, October 14
Filipino and fried chicken stop Manila Bay Ihaw Ihaw is celebrating its second year at 4800 Bannister Road. The restaurant is throwing a party today that includes a lavish brunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. You won’t want to miss owner Norma Thayer’s fried chicken, pancit, lumpia and halo halo (or her sweet, family-style hospitality). If you haven’t been in to Manila Bay yet, quit snoozing.
The fifth annual Swine and Wine benefit for Aids Walk Kansas City takes place today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Carriage House event space at the Levee Bar and Grill (16 West 43rd Street). The event includes a whole-hog cookout, and all proceeds benefit Aids Walk KC. Single tickets are $50, or you can get 2 tickets for $120, which includes a bottle of wine to take home. Learn more and get your tickets via Eventbrite.