First Friday eats, a Fox and Pearl pop-up at Lucky Boys, and more: KC’s food and drink events for July 30-August 5


Tuesday, July 31

Fried green tomatoes with chermoula mayo, pulled pork tacos, veggie tacos with shishito peppers and ash salsa, and more is on the menu during Fox & Pearl’s pop-up at Lucky Boys (1615 Genessee Street), which runs from 5 p.m. to close. Fox & Pearl is the new project from Hank Charcuterie’s chef Vaughn Good, and is expected to open sometime this fall. Now’s a good opportunity for a preview.  

Fans of Boulevard Brewing Company‘s Smokestack Series should head to Barley’s Kitchen & Tap (11924 W 119th Street) today, beginning at 11 a.m.; the restaurant and tap room will be releasing several Boulevard offerings that it has been cellaring for the past few years, including a 2012 Stingo, 2014 Bourbon Barrel Quad, and 2013 and 2014 Terra Incognito, a collaboration with Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. Available while their supply lasts.

Cellar Rat Wine Merchants (1701 Baltimore Avenue) is hosting legendary New Zealand winemaker Kim Crawford, who is debuting a new label, Loveblock. Crawford sold his namesake label 10 years ago and has been under a non-compete clause ever since; in the meantime, he has cultivated a new vineyard in the Marlborough region. The meet-and-greet/tasting runs from 5 to 7 p.m. 

Over at Hopcat (401 Westport Road), guests can sample a beer dinner paired with a series of Belgian beers. A couple of sample courses: a Flemish beef and beer carbonnade paired with Rodenbach Classic, and a Belgian waffle sundae paired with Monk’s Cafe. The dinner is $30 a person; call 816-656-3439 to check on availability. 

Friday, August 3

Novel (1927 McGee Street) is opening for a rare lunch service today from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and is serving a specialty menu of items you will definitely not find during a regular dinner service. Among the items available: fresh heirloom tomato ceviche in a citrus-soy marinade with popcorn, lime- and jalapeno-marinated calamari served with green chickpeas on a bed of bitter lettuce, a braised pork belly banh mi, and tagliatelle with meatballs and marinara, among other dishes. Walk-ins are welcome.

Q39, Parker at the Fontaine, Fiorella’s Jack Stack BBQ, Gus’ Fried Chicken, Parkway Social Kitchen, and many more are among the restaurants featured during the two-day Kansas City Taste Festival, taking place today and tomorrow at Union Station (30 West Pershing Road). Guests have the opportunity to attend cooking demonstrations, listen to live music, and sample food from about 30 restaurants (including those aforementioned). Tickets range from $20 for general admission (food samples are available if you purchase additional tasting tickets), or $125, which includes 30 tasting tickets and early admission. Learn more and purchase tickets via the festival’s website

During First Friday festivities, Tannin Wine Bar & Kitchen (1526 Walnut Street) will be offering a menu of small bites for customers that are making the rounds. Arancini, tacos and more are all available for under $10. Also, keep an eye out for pork tenderloin sandwiches, snacks, and specialty drinks from the Rieger, available in that restaurant’s parking lot (1924 Main Street).

Bier Station (120 East Gregory Boulevard) is tipping its cap to Brooklyn with an all-day happy hour featuring beers from the Brooklyn Brewery, including Bel Aire Sour, Brooklyn Lager, Summer Ale, Sorachi Ace, and Defender IPA. New York-style hot dogs will also be on special. The event runs from 3 p.m. to close. 

Saturday, August 4

The Royals may be hot garbage this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still tailgate. From 1 to 5 p.m. this afternoon, enjoy barbecue including smoked baby back ribs, burnt ends, pulled pork, and more, plus sides at Ruins Pub (1715 Main Street). Cinder Block Brewery beers will be available at happy hour prices as well. Each $15 ticket includes the buffet, one beer, and a raffle ticket for Royals swag. Tickets are available via Eventbrite.

Sunday, August 5

Chef and Great American Baking Show contestant JC Gregg will be hosting a sous vide brunch course at Olive Tree KC (7044 West 105th Street) today from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Gregg will demonstrate how to cook beef tenderloin and poached eggs using a sous vide machine, as well as how to make perfect English muffins. Once the demo is complete, Gregg will be serving the meal to attendees, along with mimosas. Tickets are $55 and are available via Olive Tree’s website.