Fox & Pearl and J. Rieger & Co. both unveil new spaces this week (plus more food and drink events for July 8–14)

Farina is hosting a wine dinner with celebrated winemaker Dan Petroski on Thursday night.
Zach Bauman

Thursday, July 11

Celebrated winemaker Dan Petroski (Larkmead Vineyards and Massican Winery) will be on hand at tonight’s specialty wine dinner at Farina (19 West 19th Street). Using Petroski’s wines as his inspiration, chef Michael Smith will present a six-course meal, with dishes including chicken-fried rabbit loin with prosciutto gravy, and a seafood salad with shrimp, mussels, octopus, crab, olive oil and calamansi. The meal is $150 a person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Email nancy@michaelsmithkc.com for your spot.

Pink Pony Farms (1009 Chestnut) is hosting a farm tour today from 3–8 p.m. Check out more than 25 varieties of vegetables, fruit, and nut trees that are cultivated on the farm. Tickets are $5, and payment can be made via the event’s Facebook page.

Learn about the battle against food insecurity in Kansas City while enjoying the Parlour private room at the Monarch Bar (4808 Roanoke Parkway). Every Thursday through August 29, Kanbe’s Markets, an organization that seeks to provide fresh and healthy food to KC”s food deserts, will be hosting a happy hour from 5 to 8 p.m. Founder Max Kaniger will be on hand to talk about Kanbe’s, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Kanbe’s Markets.

Courtesy J. Rieger and Co.

Friday, July 12

Two big, much-anticipated openings today. In the East Bottoms, the new J. Rieger and Co. Distillery at 2700 Guinotte makes its debut. This massive expansion greatly increases the distilling capacity of J. Rieger and Co. and also includes two bars. The Monarch Lounge is a casual, day-to-night, coffee-to-cocktails spot with a view overlooking the distillery floor. The Hey! Hey! Club is the showpiece bar, fashioned in the style of a jazz club (its name is a nod to the historic Hey! Hey! Club at 18th and Vine). There are lots of other amenities too, from an historic exhibit to a giant slide that runs from the second to the first floor.

And on the Westside, chef Vaughn Good’s Fox and Pearl opens in its new location at 2143 Summit Street. Good and his partner and wife, Kristine Hull, have been familiars on the scene since Good opened Hank Charcuterie in Lawrence about four years ago. Good and Hull’s new spot has a ton of potential: Fox & Pearl features Good’s reliable protein-centric dishes, pickles and fresh pastas, as well as a beautifully remodeled space, an open hearth in the kitchen, a curing room, a large and beautiful patio, and solid management, including Richard Garcia as GM and Katy Wade as bar manager.

Courtesy Cave Cultivated Creations

Saturday, July 13

Did you know that Kansas City has an underground mushroom farm? Neither did we. Cave Cultivated Creations (C3) operates out of the underground storage caves at Interstate Underground Warehouse (8201 East 23rd Street). Today from 3–4 p.m. C3 is hosting an underground farm tour. Bring your jacket down to the 55-degree caves and learn about how these unique fungi are cultivated right underneath our feet.

Sunday, July 14

Stop by Monarch Coffee (3550 Broadway Boulevard) any time between noon and 2 p.m. for a free coffee tasting. The team at Monarch will be providing cuppings of its new summer coffee varieties. The event is open to anyone, and no tickets are required.

Courtesy Lifted Spirits Distilling

Visit the Lifted Spirits Distillery Tasting Room (1734 Cherry Street) today between 4–5:30 p.m. for a free demonstration and tasting with Kansas City Community Gardens. Learn how to incorporate fresh herbs and vegetables into cocktails, syrups, and shrubs. Attendees will sample cocktails and are welcome to go on a tour of the distillery following the demonstration. Learn more here.

Chef Craig Howard (Howard’s Cafe and Grocery) is preparing a unique three-course meal at Amigoni Urban Winery (1505 Gennessee). Howard will be bringing in fresh produce from his farm for the event, and each dish will be paired with Amigoni’s local wine. Tickets for this event are $75 a person (excluding fees). Learn more and pick up your tickets via Eventbrite.

The Better Cheddar (604 West 48th Street) is hosting a Bastille Day-themed cheese and wine tasting today from 7–9 p.m. Sample a wide variety of French wines and cheeses for $50 a person. Call 816-561-8204 to reserve your spot.

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