Halloween events, your last chance to eat at Chubby’s, plus Lidia Bastianich is in town to celebrate 20 years in the Crossroads: KC’s food and drink events for October 29-November 5

Monday, October 29

Pitch Best of KC winner and happiest place in KC Bar K (501 Berkley Parkway) is hosting what might be the city’s greatest Halloween Party today from 6 to 10 p.m. Dog owners are encouraged to dress their pets up and bring them in, plus there will be drink and food specials, a haunted house, trick-or-treating and a costume contest (for both pups and their people). 

Tuesday, October 30

It’s hard to believe that it was 20 years ago that Lidia Bastianich opened Lidia’s Kansas City (101 West 22nd Street) in the freighthouse building in the Crossroads. At the time the building (now home to Jack Stack Barbecue, Grünauer and Lidia’s) was vacant like so many other buildings in the neighborhood, with standing water pooled inside and trees growing out of the roof. Yet Bastianich, who was also considering locations for a restaurant at the Plaza and in Overland Park, saw the neighborhood’s potential, and took a risk that ultimately paid off in spades. Tonight, the restaurant celebrates the anniversary with a dinner service hosted by Bastianich herself. The meal will highlight favorite dishes from the past 20 years, in a multicourse format. Seatings are available from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Visit the restaurant’s website for reservations or call 816-221-3722.

Wednesday, October 31

Out in Lawrence, take a special haunted Halloween tour of the gardens at Bon Bon (804 Pennsylvania Avenue). Admission is free with a suggested donation to the Lawrence Humane Society, and includes the garden haunted house, treats and hot apple cider. Dogs are welcome.

Novel (1927 McGee Street) is also hosting a “Hallo-wine” dinner tonight between 5:30 and 9 p.m. A special four-course menu (including pairings) is available during multiple seatings for $35 a person, not including tax or tip. Among the courses: bacon wrapped dried apples and horseradish on a steamed bun (paired with a “blood boo-lini”), a smoked eggplant tart
with yogurt, sesame seeds and jalapeño (paired with a California Grenache), plus much more. Call 816-221-0785 for reservations.

Wednesday night/early morning Thursday is also your last chance for some Chubby’s on Broadway (3752 Broadway Road), as the restaurant is set to close its doors for good at 6 a.m. Thursday morning. 

Thursday, November 1

If you’re out past 10 p.m. Thursday, stop by Tannin Wine Bar & Kitchen (1526 Walnut Street) for a free wine tasting session with Steve Morgan, representing the Sorting Table. On the menu: Tiberio Trebbiano 2016
, Domaine de Montcy Cheverny Rouge 2016, Snowden Cabernet Sauvignon “The Ranch” 2015, Pre Semele Sancerre 2017 and Triennes Rose 2017. 

Also Thursday evening: enjoy carnitas tacos and Modelo beer specials, as well as rum punch and special sangria offerings at tonight’s Dia de los Muertos party at La Bodega (703 Southwest Boulevard and 4311 West 119th Street, Leawood). Make reservations via La Bodega’s website.  

Saturday, November 3

Another big anniversary comes with another big event: this time it’s Family Day at Shatto Farm (9406 N Highway 33, Osborn), in honor of Shatto’s 15th Anniversary. Take in the cheese-making process, tour the farm, pet some baby calves, take a hay ride and sample Shatto cheese, milk, butter and ice cream.The event is free and runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

The Waffle Iron is popping up Saturday morning at the Roasterie Factory Cafe (1204 West 27th Street) for “Whiskey and Wafflles.” Enjoy some of Sam Dodson’s artful waffles, topped with everything from seasonal to fruit to maple-jerk glazed chicken wings,  to which you can add for a shot of Jameson if you like (must be 21 with ID to drink). The event runs from 10 a.m. to noon.

Sunday, November 4

Head back out to Lawrence for Beers of the Kaw 2018 at Abe & Jake’s Landing (8 East 6th Street). The event features beer brewed along the banks of the Kansas River, with all proceeds benefiting the non-profit Friends of the Kaw organization. Each $25 ticket gets you samples, plus entry. Participating breweries include Blind Tiger Brewery, Blue Skye Brewery, Boulevard Brewing Company, Free State Brewing Company, Happy Basset Brewing Co., Kansas Territory Brewing Co., KC Bier Co., Lawrence Beer Co., Lb Brewing Co., Little Apple Brewing Company, Norsemen Brewing Company, Yankee Tank Brewing Company and Wakarusa Brewing Co. Get your tickets here