Holiday parties, a foodie festival, and more food and drink events to get you through the week
Where to eat and imbibe, December 9–15.
Monday, December 9
Certified Sommelier Tony Gatti will be on hand tonight for a four-course meal at Ragazza Food and Wine (4301 Main Street). Each course, prepared by chef Tina Warford and her team, will be paired with a unique selection of California wines. The meal begins at 6:30 p.m. (with a cocktail hour beforehand) and is $75 a person, not including tax or gratuity. Reserve your seat here.
Tuesday, December 10
At the River Market location of Betty Rae’s Ice Cream (412 Delaware Street) today, all proceeds will benefit Cultivate KC, an organization that works to ensure access to fresh, healthy food for everyone in the Kansas City community.
Wednesday, December 11
Out in Lawrence, Lawrence Beer Company (826 Pennsylvania Street) releases its newest wine, the LFK Cabernet Sauvignon, joining its LFK Malbec. Lawrence Beer Company’s wines are created by Argentinian winemaker Pablo Durigutti in collaboration with LFK Press. Stop in to the brewery between 4 and 11 p.m. for wine by the glass and bottle specials, as well as food specials to commemorate the release.
Thursday, December 12
From 5 to 8 p.m., stop by the Littlest Bake Shop (645 East 58th Street) for the vegan bakery’s holiday party. Vegan chili, cinnamon rolls, and of course, cakes and cupcakes will be available, as well as live music from John Ulvang.
Saturday, December 14
Learn cookie decorating from one of the city’s best today at Rye Plaza (4646 J.C. Nichols Parkway). Pastry chef Keara Masson will lead a group in cookie decorating techniques during a class that runs from 2 to 3:30 p.m. A dozen cookies, decorating supplies, icing, and other specialty toppings are included, as well as non-alcoholic drinks and a special winter cocktail. Tickets are $50 and available here.
Bluestem (900 Westport Road) is hosting its annual holiday high tea today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Expect savory bites and exquisite pastries created by Bluestem’s renowned talent, along with an assortment of loose-leaf teas. The pre-holiday tradition is $42 for adults, or $17 for children 10 and younger. Call 816-561-1110 for reservations.
Many of the city’s best-known brands, including Borgman’s Dairy, Restless Spirits Distilling Company, Crane Brewing Company, Cowtown Mini Donuts, Torn Label Brewing Company are represented at today’s Kansas City Foodie Fest, held at iWerx in North Kansas City (1520 Clay Street). From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., stop by the fest to sample wares from these companies and and purchase gifts (for others or yourself). Advance tickets are $15 and available via Eventbrite, or at the door for $20.
Sullivan’s Steakhouse (4501 West 119th Street) is hosting a multi-course dinner paired with wines from the Prisoner Wine Company. The meal, which begins at 7 p.m., features dishes like butternut squash with Nueske’s bacon, cipollini onions, shiitake mushrooms, and roasted garlic (paired with the Snitch Chardonnay), as well as a Snake River Farms wagyu strip with chorizo-potato hash, charred scallions, and gorgonzola garlic butter (paired with the Prisoner Red Blend). The meal is $100 a person, not including tax and gratuity. Secure your spot via Sullivans’ website.
Sunday, December 15
Julep (4141 Pennsylvania Avenue) is all decked out for the holidays, and today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Westport bar is offering a special Sippin’ Santa brunch to go along with its specialty cocktail menu. The event is kid-friendly, and will feature an appearance at 11 a.m. by Santa.