Negroni Week, beer dinners galore, and Craft KC: Kansas City food and drink events for June 4-11

Monday, June 4

Negroni Week officially kicks off today and runs through Sunday, June 10. For the unfamiliar, participating bars and restaurants offer their spin on this classic cocktail, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting charity (this year’s Kansas City beneficiary is the Newhouse Shelter, a haven for women and children escaping domestic violence). Participating bars include: Swordfish Tom’s, Cleaver & Cork, the Monarch Bar, Affäre, Novel, Lifted Spirits Distillery, Black Dirt, SoT, Bluestem, Rye (Plaza), Freshwater, Manifesto, the Rieger, Louie’s Wine Dive (KC location), Tavernonna, P.S. Speakeasy, Lidia’s Kansas City, Port Fonda, the Westside Local, BC Bistro, Il Lazzarone, Harry’s Bar and Tables, and Extra Virgin. For more information, visit the official Negroni Week website

Novel (1927 McGee Street) is opening for a rare Monday night service for a four-course Italian Lambrusco wine dinner featuring Medici Ermete sparkling wines. Medici owner Alberto Medici will be on hand to discuss his family’s wineries and the wines chosen for the evening. There are seatings at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. The dinner is $55 a person, not including tax or gratuity; call  816-221-0785 or via email info@novelkc.com for reservations. 

Tuesday, June 5

Get out on the patio for tonight’s beer dinner at Rock & Run Brewery (110 East Kansas Street, Liberty). The five-course dinner includes generous portions of grilled pork belly, hangar steak, grilled chicken thighs and more, and each course is paired with a Rock & Run beer. Tickets are $55 for non-members, not including tax or tip (members get $5 off). Get those tickets via Rock & Run’s website

Thursday, June 7

Chefs Bryan Sparks (Broadway Bistro) and Bryant Wigger (Tavernonna) are cooking off against each other tonight at the Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Gardens (4800 Rockhill Road) for Powell Gardens‘ and Cultivate KC‘s “Cooking out of the CSA” challenge, in which they will use produce from Powell Gardens’ CSA box. Visitors can watch the battle, taste samples and tour the Cultivate KC gardens and Giving Grove. The event runs from 4:30-6:30 p.m. No tickets are required.  

It’s a very busy night for beer events. First, 63rd Street in Brookside is coming out in force, as BKS Artisan Ales is teaming up with Heirloom Bakery and Hearth (401 East 63rd Street) for a progressive beer dinner. (This is a rare treat — BKS is only open Saturdays from 12–7 p.m. and Sundays from 1–5 p.m.) Start off with small bites and beers at BKS, then walk the half block down to Heirloom for the main course. Each ticket is $75 (not inclusive of ticket fees or gratuity); get them via Brown Paper Tickets

Another option is the Free State Brewing Company dinner at EJ’s Urban Eatery (1414 Ninth Street). A sample course: ahi tuna tartare
with fried green tomatoes in a soy chile vinaigrette, paired with Free State’s Copperhead Pale Ale. This one is $50 a person, not including tax or gratuity. Call 816-491-8262 or email info@ejsurbaneatery.com for reservations.

Up in North Kansas City, Cinder Block Brewing Company (110 East 18th Avenue) is hosting its first Backyard BBQ of the season. This inaugural barbecue is luau-themed, and the brewery is releasing a strawberry basil mead scale-up and putting on a Hawaiian buffet featuring Huli-Huli chicken, tropical slaw, and coconut rice. Advance tickets or reservations are not required. 

Fans of both crafts and beers can try the Craft KC at the Mulberry Room (1321 West 13th Street), which features unlimited beer tastings from local brewers, including Martin City, Crane, Stockyards, KC Bier Co., Boulebard, Torn Label and Cinder Block. Local crafters selling wares include Ocean & Sea
, the Modest Mallow, Green Bee KC Tea Towels, Boozy Botanicals, Beer Paws, Rare Hare Leather, Cultivate Handmade Goods, Crown & Heart, Whiskey and Bone, and more. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 for “last minuters,” and the event benefits the local chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Learn more and get your tickets here