Halloween parties, a new Korean spot in Waldo, and more food and drink to-do’s this week
Monday, October 28
Waldo officially welcomes its newest fast-casual restaurant today with the grand opening of Bibibop Asian Grill (505 West 75th Street). Located in the former home of Pizzeria Locale (RIP), Bibibop Asian Grill offers made-to-order bibimbap-style bowls, which you can customize with things like purple rice, Japchae, steak, tofu, sesame kale, and more. Starting at 11 a.m., the first 100 guests eat free, and 20 percent of all proceeds benefit the Orphan Justice Center.
If you’re still in Waldo, it’s also cake-and-wine night over at McLain’s Bakery (201 East Gregory Boulevard). Learn how to decorate a two-layer cake from a professional while enjoying a nice selection of wine. Each ticket to the class is $85, which includes two glasses of wine, small bites, cake, icing, and decorations. Call 816-523-9911 to check on availability.
Tuesday, October 29
Down at Voltaire (1617 Genessee Street), guests will be sampling rare wines with paired bites at tonight’s happy hour wine tasting, featuring wines from California’s Divergent Vine. Five unique wines along with one cider will be presented by Divergent Vine’s owner, Aaron Bryan, along with snacks prepared by Chef Wes Gartner. The event runs from 4–6 p.m. and costs $30. Pick up tickets here.
Wednesday, October 30
Summit Grill Waldo (520 West 75th Street) turns five today. Get in from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. for an all-day happy hour, along with giveaways and other food specials.
The resurrected J. Rieger & Co. brand also turns five today, and the crew is celebrating at the new J. Rieger and Co. distillery (2700 Guinotte Avenue). Draught cocktails ($5) and Heim beer (also $5) and birthday cake will be available all day long (9 a.m. to 10 p.m.).
Thursday, October 31
Novel (1927 McGee Street) is hosting its annual Hallo-wine dinner tonight. For $39 per person (not including tax or gratuity), enjoy four courses, paired wines, and an amuse. On the menu (among other dishes): polenta mezzalune with mascarpone, oyster mushrooms, truffle peel, and hazelnut crumb (paired with Montepulciano, ‘La Quercia,’ Abruzzo, IT 2016) and chicken confit with honeycrisp apple, pickled grapes, black walnut, and celery root puree (Pinot Noir, Savigny Les Beaune, Burgundy, FR 2015). Call 816-221-0785 to reserve your spot.
The Antler Room (2506 Holmes Road) is hosting a costume party tonight and offering special natural wines by the glass from Tag and Jug and Conduit wines. The best costumes will also take home prizes.
While most restaurants and bars already hosted their Halloween parties last Saturday, The Ship (1217 Union Avenue) saved its party pants for tonight. Get in for food and drink starting at 8 p.m. The party is free, and features music from Cinemaphonic (Stevie Cruz & Cyan Dawn).
Friday, November 1
Out in Lawrence, 1856 Bar and Grill (941 Massachusetts Street) is hosting a unique Dia de los Muertos dinner. Oaxacan tamales wrapped in banana leaves with turkey and mole negro, and homestyle pozole with pork and guajillo chiles are among the items on the menu. The meal comes with paired spirits and wine and is $55 a person or $100 per couple (not including tax or tip). Call 785-842-0300 for your spot.
Sunday, November 3
Drink loads of great Kansas beer and support the health of the Kansas River at today’s Beers of the Kaw Festival (8 East 6th Street). Participating breweries include 1524 Brewhouse, Blind Tiger Brewery, Defiance Brewing–Hays, Fields & Ivy Brewery, Free State Brewing Company, Happy Basset Brewing Co., Iron Rail, Kansas Territory Brewing Co., Lawrence Beer Co., Lost Way Brewery, Norsemen Brewing Company, and Yankee Tank Brewing Company, among others. Food will also be available for purchase from Terrebonne, the Bap, and Ta Co Food truck. Tickets are $25 and benefit Friends of the Kaw. Learn more and pick up tickets here.