The Pitch‘s Burger Week starts slinging today, La Parilla serves up Nepalese food, Jowler Creek hosts a grape-harvesting party and more: your food and drink events, July 31–August 5

Monday, July 31

Five-dollar burgers are officially here! The Pitch‘s Burger Week begins today, which means that, from Lawrence to downtown and out to south KC, you can enjoy specialty burgers at Dempsey’s Westport, Unforked, Niecie’s Restaurant, Brick House, the J Bar, Green Room Burgers & Beer, Tanner’s Bar & Grill, Howard’s Grocery Café and Catering, Harvey’s at Union Station, Hank Charcuterie, Red Door Woodfired Grill, Chicken Mac-N-Cheese Express, Roni’s Pub and Kitchen, Tavernonna Kansas City, the Marriott Downtown and Ruins Pub. Check the Burger Week website to see what is available at each location. Burger week ends Sunday, August 6. 

After you snag your first $5 burger, head to Grain to Glass (10 Southwest Third Street, Lee’s Summit) for a beginner’s brewing class at 6:30 p.m. The two-hour class is $20 and covers techniques and equipment needed, as well as a full demonstration. Get your tickets here

Tuesday, August 1

In Lawrence, Ten (701 Massachusetts Street, in the Eldridge Hotel) holds a tasting tonight featuring four wines of Bordeaux, considered by many to be among the best wine-producing regions in the world. To go with the four wines are four dishes, including a scallop with blood orange, pickled ramps and a haricots verts salad; a crispy cracker with mushroom paté and Prima Donna cheese; seafood-and-chorizo paella; and a dish of slow-roasted beef with herbs de provence and duck-fat potatoes. For just the wine tasting, seats are $20, exclusive of tax and gratuity; include food for an additional $15 (kind of a steal). Call 785-749-1005 or email for reservations. 

Thursday, August 3

KC Food Circle is hosting a farm-to-table dinner tonight at the Homesteader Café (100 East Seventh Street). The group is bringing in a large basket of fresh, seasonal produce, and chef Jeremy Lane, who has no knowledge of the basket’s contents, will create a meal for guests while they enjoy cocktails and wine. Tickets, which include the meal and drinks, start at $60 for members and $75 for nonmembers. Tickets are available here.

Friday, August 4

Visit a pop-up lunch today from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Culinary Center of Kansas City (7920 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park), at which, for $12.95 a person, you can take out a meal of smoked spare ribs
, summer broccoli salad, papas munoz (garlic-roasted potatoes), bread and butter, and a summer fruit cobbler.

Back on Massachusetts Street in Lawrence, Friday at 7 p.m. La Parilla features a specialty meal centered on Nepalese dishes, created by chef Sushila Bhattachan (mother of La Parilla chef Subarna Bhattachan). The event will be held on the second floor of the restaurant. Tickets are $25 a person (or $45 a couple) and include the meal plus one glass of beer or wine (does not include tax or gratuity). Call 785-841-1110 for reservations.  

Saturday, August 5

Torn Label Brewing Company (1708 Campbell) releases its 31 Heroes beer in cans today, a specialty brew to honor 31 service members, many of them Navy SEALs and other members of Special Ops (some of whom were also local to the Kansas City area), who lost their lives in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan in 2011. Beginning at 1 p.m., the beer will be available in the taproom and brewery, with citywide distribution to follow. The Pie Hole food truck will be on hand at the taproom, and 31 Heroes swag will also be available for purchase. Part of the proceeds from the beer, food and merchandise will go to benefit the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, an organization that “provides college scholarships and educational counseling to the surviving children of Special Operations personnel killed in the line of duty.” Good beer for a good cause. 

If wine better suits your need, you can venture up to Jowler Creek Winery (16905 Jowler Creek Road, Platte City) for a grape-harvesting party. Help gather the season’s harvest, and then be rewarded with lunch and, of course, wine. Harvesting begins at 8 a.m. and runs until noon. Reserve your space by emailing

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