Manifesto’s birthday party, a Thai New Year’s celebration at Aep, and more: this week’s restaurant events, April 10-16
Monday, April 10
Manifesto (1924 Main) turns eight years old today and is marking the occasion by bringing in guest bartender Ryan Rama, from Altamar Brands distributors. The bar is running $8 cocktail specials, with a margarita time-out shooter available from 5 to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, April 12
Venture up to Cinder Block Brewery (110 East 18th Avenue, North Kansas City) this evening from 4 to 9 p.m. for the release of this year’s Lusus Naturae (“freak of nature”), a tart, fermented farmhouse ale aged in wine barrels that features notes of apricot and peach.
Thursday, April 13
The annual Songkran festival in Thailand marks the beginning of the Buddhist new year. Celebrate this spirit of renewal at Aep (1815 West 39th Street), which will be offering specials beginning tonight and running throughout the weekend, including running its happy hour menu all day Thursday through Saturday. Chef Jakob Polaco and his team will also be offering a series of “train snacks,” akin to what you’d find while traveling through the country, as well as the opportunity to participate in water-gun fights on the rooftop, reminiscent of the water fights that traditionally mark Songkran.
Friday, April 14
Another birthday — this time for Stockyards Brewing Company (1600 Genessee Street), which turns one today. Tonight and tomorrow, check in for special beer tappings and live music (8 p.m. to midnight Friday, 1-5 p.m. Saturday), as well as a visit from the American Fusion food truck on Saturday afternoon.
Saturday, April 15
All winter we’ve been dreaming of fresh, local produce, and now the time is upon us: The Overland Park Farmer’s Market (7950 Marty) opens for the season this morning at 7 a.m. Expect food trucks and a handful of crafts people, as well as fresh-cut flowers and crops amenable to cooler weather: carrots, kale, kohlrabi, turnips, spinach, mushrooms, beets, etc.
Sunday, April 16
Easter: day (for some) of church, egg hunts and, best of all, big brunch. You can expect hearty offerings from any restaurant that typically does brunch, but the the one at Lidia’s Kansas City (101 West 22nd Street) is a standout. Offering a stacked $40 prix fixe ($16 for children), this should be a generous enough to ensure no more meals are needed for the day (or probably Monday, for that matter). Start with an artichoke-and-roasted-pepper frittata or a crab-and-scallion crostini, among four other selections. Then move on to your choice of main, including the pasta trio (cacio e pepe, pappardelle with short-rib ragu, farfalle with spring pesto), or a leg of lamb, rainbow trout, beef-and-pork cabbage rolls, roasted beef shank, and so on. And then there’s dessert. Call 816-221-3722 for reservations.