Michael Smith’s Farina, the Boardroom, and pre-Valentine’s Day stuff: KC’s food and drink events for February 4-10

Monday, February 4

The city’s newest board-game-centric bar and restaurant, Boardroom Family Pub (8725 Metcalf Avenue), is holding its soft opening tonight from 4 to 11 p.m. Get in for $5 (the regular entrance fee) and enjoy access to hundreds of board games as well as food and drink for purchase. The Boardroom will offer pub fare, including burgers, sandwiches and salads, including vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian options. A full bar is also available. 

Jasper’s Restaurant (1201 West 103rd Street) is hosting a specialty “Winter in Italy” supper club dinner tonight beginning at 7 p.m. Chef Jasper Mirable is preparing a five-course dinner that includes roasted artichokes with wild mushrooms, a prosciutto and fontina-stuffed crepelle pasta, Sicilian chicken marsala, and more. The meal is $67.80 a person with drinks, taxes, and fees (though not tip). Reserve your seats here.

Tuesday, February 5

Chef Michael Smith’s latest effort, the Italian-leaning Farina, opens today at 19 West 19th Street, in the space formerly occupied by the Kemper Museum’s Crossroads location. Ten fresh pasta dishes will be offered every day, as well as seafood, steaks, chops. There is even an oyster bar, as well as a huge wine selection. The restaurant is open 5-10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Wednesday, February 6

Chef Matt Barnes of Pierponts (30 West Pershing Road) and winemaker Matt Crafton are presenting a five-course wine dinner tonight featuring selections from Chateau Motelena. On the menu: house-made peach-vanilla soda with local honeycomb (paired with Potter Valley Riesling), herb-crusted venison loin with brown butter sweet potatoes and elderberry (Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015), and fire-roasted leg of lamb with bolitas de queso and cactus pear (Zinfandel 2015), among others. The dinner is $125 a person, which includes tax and gratuity. Call 816-221-5111 or click here for reservations.

Thursday, February 7

McLain’s Bakery (201 East Gregory Boulevard) is hosting a Cake and Wine night, just in time for Valentine’s Day. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., sip on glasses of wine while you learn from the pros how to decorate a six-inch, two-layer cake. Each $85 ticket (available via Eventbrite), includes two glasses of wine, food, instruction, the cake, and a variety of decorations. 

Saturday, February 9

Defiance Brewing Company, Perennial Artisan Ales, Dogfish Head Brewing Company, and just about every local brewery you can think of will be represented at today’s KC Brew Fest, which takes place from noon to 4 p.m. at Union Station (30 West Pershing Road). Forty breweries will be on site, as well as food trucks and other vendors. Tickets are $40 for general admission, or $50 for early entry, which includes rare beer pours from participating breweries.

Seven Swans Creperie (currently located inside the warehouse at 1815 Charlotte Street) is putting on a crêpes and cookies Valentine’s Day party from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Get a free mimosa with any purchase of a crêpe. Cookies from Sweet Ideas will also be available.

Get over to Brookside Wine & Spirits (600 East 63rd Street) for a free “Sweetheart Tasting” from 2 – 6 p.m. that features Four Roses bourbon, wine, and Christopher Elbow Chocolates. I don’t know anyone who could be mad at this. The chocolates and booze will be available for purchase.

Sunday, February 10

People who like cheese with their chocolate should pick up tickets for today’s tasting at Better Cheddar (604 West 48th Street), which runs from 7 to 9 p.m. A variety of specialty and imported cheeses, chocolates, wine and accompaniments are on offer for $50 a pop. Tickets available here.