It’s Negroni Week in KC (plus other food and drink events for June 24-30)
Monday, June 24
The sixth annual Negroni Week kicks off today at bars all over the country. During this weeklong celebration of the classic cocktail, participating bars and restaurants offer the Negroni while collecting funds for charity. In other words: enjoy one of the world’s great drinks while supporting worthy causes. Participating KC venues this year include Swordfish Tom’s, Waldo Thai, Novel, Manifesto, Webster House, The Campground, The Monarch Bar, Bluestem, Jax Fish & Oyster House, Nick & Jake’s, Rye, Dodson’s Bar & Commons, The Restaurant at 1900, Port Fonda, Alamo Drafthouse, Kobi Q, and Afterword Tavern & Shelves. Learn more about Negroni week and its beneficiaries here.
Third Street Social (123 SE 3rd Street, Lee’s Summit) is celebrating its third anniversary today with all-day happy hour, plus giveaways throughout the day, including a $200 gift card giveaway, eligible for diners in the store at 6 p.m.
Tuesday, June 25
Southern Fried Vegan lands tonight at Torn Label Brewing Company (1708 Campbell Street) and will be selling its rich, comfort-food menu of plant-based dishes, which includes items like Fried Chickun, BBQ, Mac N Cheeze, Jambalaya, Cajun Corn, Beer-Cheeze Battered Beyond Burgers, and Totchos. Torn Label will be serving vegan beers to go along with the food. The event begins at 4 p.m.
Hogshead Kansas City (4743 Pennsylvania Avenue) is hosting a three-course beer dinner beginning at 6 p.m. featuring beers from Crane Brewing Company. One sample course: smoked pork tenderloin will be served with buttered turnips, turnip green and heirloom tomato gazpacho, yogurt, and grilled okra, along with Crane’s Farmhouse IPA. The meal is $40 a person, not including tax or gratuity. Tickets are available via Tock.
Wednesday, June 26
Head to Dodson’s Bar & Commons (7438 Wornall Road) tonight from 6-9 p.m. for a unique pop-up featuring chef Carlos Falcon of Jarocho Pescado y Mariscos. Falcon will be preparing Veracruzan-style seafood dishes, which will be paired with beers from Dogfish Head Brewing Company. This event is first-come, first-served; no tickets are required.
James Beard Award-winning chef Celina Tio will be at Blue Bird Bistro (1700 Summit Street) from 5:30-7:30 hosting a knife skills seminar. Enjoy wine and appetizers while chef Tio demonstrates proper sharpening techniques and knife skills, as well as her technique on deboning a chicken. Guests can also bring a knife for Ambrosi Brothers Cutlery to professionally sharpen (included with ticket price). The event benefits Les Dames d’Escoffier. Tickets are $36, and can be purchased here.
Thursday, June 27
Head back to Blue Bird Bistro (1700 Summit Street) for a four-course wine dinner featuring wines from Bodkin Wines and plates from chef Shanita McAfee Bryant (Magnolia’s on the Move). The dinner will be hosted by Chris Christensen, head winemaker for Bodkin and one of the few African-American winemakers in the country. The meal is $75 a person (not includig tax or gratuity). Call 913-638-3338 for reservations.
Learn how to make cinnamon rolls from Keara Masson, the pastry chef at Rye Plaza (4646 JC Nichols Parkway). The class is $65 per couple and includes the cooking demonstration, non-alcoholic drinks, plus a dozen mini cinnamon rolls and frosting to finish at home. Pick up tickets here.
Friday, June 28
Head in to Mitch y Amaro (306 Armour Road) from 6 to 9 p.m. for a free Green Bitters cocktail tasting. Green Bitters is a local cocktail bitters brand that uses local, organic ingredients in its blends.