Stock Hill, Affäre and Torn Label are among the big names beating the heat: your food and drink events for July 17-23
Monday, July 17
Santa Fe Brewing Company comes to Blvd Tavern (320 Southwest Boulevard) tonight at 7 for a beer dinner. The five-course meal begins with house-made chili dogs served with the Freestyle Pilsner, followed by seared diver scallops with bacon and pea shoots in a carrot beurre blanc, paired with the Single Barrel Sour. The third course features a pan-roasted duck breast with foie-gras torchon, paired with the Autonomous Collective Double IPA (a new release), before a mushroom-encrusted beef tenderloin with white truffle–whipped potatoes, served with Santa Fe’s Nut Brown. Dessert is an espresso panna cotta with Nutella whipped cream, served alongside Java Stout. The dinner is $60 a person, exclusive of tax or gratuity; email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve seats.
Wednesday, July 19
There are two great wine dinners to choose from tonight. First, in the Crossroads, Affäre (1911 Main) is hosting a party featuring European wines. This five-course menu features several options per course — too many to get into in this space, but you can view the menu here (think “chanterelle pasta with braised bison osso buco.”) The dinner is $65 a person, not including tax and tip. Call 816-298-6182.
Over at Stock Hill (4800 Main), tonight’s dinner has been created around a selection of Charles Krug wines (Napa). The meal begins with a white-stone oyster, chawanmushi with lobster, puffed scallop and peekytoe crab served with mushrooms, cracker and scallion (2016 Sauvignon Blanc); it is followed by a risotto dish made with chicken dashi and yuzu, served with Campo Lindo chicken and a panko-fried veal sweetbread scallopini (2013 Chardonnay). Following the risotto is a dish of heritage pork–belly chashu with forbidden rice, hibiscus-poached pearl onions and wild plums (2015 Merlot). The star dish is a Koji-rubbed Wagyu beef striplon, served with marbled potatoes and squash with kombu butter (2015 Cabernet Sauvignon). Tempura-fried peaches with bing cherries and a sweet-corn ice cream will come out for dessert (2013 Generations, estate selection). The dinner is $95 a person before tax and tip; you can purchase tickets here.
If that’s not enough wine, there’s always wine Wednesday at Lidia’s Kansas City (101 West 22nd Street). Today you can sample a varieties of wine from the Veneto region, as well as Venetian-style tapas (Cicchetteria). Each $25 admission includes wine tastings, one full glass of wine and the tapas. You can make a reservation by calling 816-221-3722, though it is not required.
For something completely different, try out the ‘Fueling the Fight: Foraging and Food Conservation’ event at the National World War I Museum (2 Memorial Drive). Learn about the different ways that Americans and Europeans made use of foraging and gardening during wartime to feed their families. Tickets are $10 and include samples of jams and teas. Beer and wine are also available. Learn more and pick up your tickets here.
Thursday, July 20
If in Lawrence, head to Bon Bon (804 Pennsylvania Street) for a “Garden Party” starting at 4:30 p.m. featuring Free State Brewing Company’s Garden Party beer (one of the greatest summer beers to be found in the region), hors d’oeuvres made with produce from Bon Bon’s garden, garden G&Ts and more. No reservations are necessary; proceeds will benefit the Sexual Trauma & Abuse Care Center.
Tonight, Webster House (1644 Wyandotte Street) begins its series of Grower Appreciation Dinners. The dinner is Mexican-inspired, and celebrates Crum’s Heirlooms and Windhaven Farm. Enjoy pork belly and sweet-corn profiteroles with charred-tomato aioli with the bread service, followed by a serving of elotes (Mexican street corn) served with crisp beef tongue and pepper crema. Next: a serving of tamales stuffed with pork belly, curtido and pico. Dessert includes a grilled pound cake served with peaches, hyssop and fresh cheese. Drinks can be purchased separately. The dinner is $45 a person, not including tax and tip. Call 816-800-8821 for reservations.
Saturday, July 22
There are two anniversaries to celebrate tonight, including the third birthday of Restless Spirits Distilling (109 East 18th Avenue). Hang out from noon to 9 p.m. for drink specials, live music, food from the KC Pinoy food truck, giveaways every 15 minutes and a grand-prize drawing at 8 p.m.
Torn Label Brewing Company‘s tap room (1708 Campbell) turns two today. Open from noon to midnight, the tap room plans special releases, drink specials and surprises.
Should you need ice cream with your beer, head over to Crane Brewing Company‘s tap room (6515 Railroad Street, Raytown). Poppy’s Ice Cream will be on hand crafting beer floats and other special treats using Crane’s offerings. Not that you need another excuse to get out of the deathly heat and into Crane’s excellent tap room.