New Year’s Day brunches, home brew classes and wine tastings: the week’s food and drink events for January 1-7


Monday, January 1

Our favorite spot to hit up on New Year’s Day is the Brick (1727 McGee Street), which is celebrating its “Hair of the Dog Day” for its 19th straight year. Beginning at 9 a.m., you can load up on the biscuits and gravy bar, $1 Bloody Marys, food specials including some with black-eyed peas, or items from its regular tried-and-true “Brickfast” menu. 

If the thought of shellfish doesn’t turn your hungover stomach, and you want to start off the year in high style, the bottomless crab brunch at Jax Fish House and Oyster Bar (4814 Roanoke Parkway) might be your answer. For $45 a person, inhale all the Dungeness and snow crab your heart desires, plus sides including beignets, grits and crispy potatoes. Bottomless Bloody Marys and mimosas are available for $12. Walk-ins are welcome (10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.), but call 816-437-7940 to secure a spot.

Parker at the Fontaine (901 West 48th Place, formerly Hotel Sorella) is taking advantage of the holiday to debut its new brunch menu, which it will offer every weekend from here on out (avocado smash plates, eggs benedict and breakfast burgers are among its offerings). Today’s brunch runs from noon to 3 p.m. and features live music and drink specials.  

Port Fonda (4141 Pennsylvania Road) is hosting a New Year’s party today beginning at 9 a.m. New Year’s Day food and drink specials will be available in addition to the Bloody Maria bar. 

On the more restorative side of things, Culinaria in Lawrence (512 East 9th Street) is offering a yoga, wine and chocolate event beginning at 7 p.m. For $15, an hour-long yoga session will be offered, followed by wine tasters, chocolate and treats. Tickets are available here

For anyone in the service industry that had to work New Year’s Eve, head to Up Down (101 Southwest Boulevard), for a “Service Industry New Year’s,” which will feature its own midnight champagne toast, in addition to top-shelf liquor specials and cheap beer.   

Also offering New Year’s Brunch: Lidia’s Kansas City, Gram and Dun, the Pressed Penny, the Oliver, Bistro 303, Ignite Wood-Fired Grill and Urban Table. 


Thursday, January 4

J. Gilbert’s (8901 Metcalf Avenue) is hosting a unique Riedel glass and wine demonstration tonight beginning at 6 p.m. (Riedel is a prominent name in wine glasses.) For $70 per person, attendees will sample four different wines and learn about the unique properties that each type of glassware imparts. Attendees will then each receive a four-piece glassware set from Riedel’s Veritas line ($138 retail). Call 913-642-8070 to reserve your spot. 

Saturday, January 6

Anyone looking to learn the ins-and-outs of home brewing should consider signing up for Grain to Glass‘ (1611 Swift Avenue) homebrewing for beginners class, which begins today at 4 p.m. The class, which includes samples demonstrating different techniques, covers the basics of brewing chemistry as well as the mechanics of sanitizing and bottling. The group will brew a five-gallon batch together. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased here

If you’d prefer wine with your North Kansas City outings, Chicken and Pickle (1761 Burlington) is changing it up with a wine night on its (heated) patio from 6 to 10 p.m. Go for the $5 selected wines, stay for the complimentary desserts.