North Kansas City celebrates Snake Saturday, Chef Baldee’s Pizza debuts in the West Bottoms, and more: KC’s food and drink events for March 5-11

Monday, March 5

Tannin Wine Bar & Kitchen (1526 Walnut Street) is hosting a wine dinner tonight featuring Barolo wines. Italian winemakers Francesca Vaira (G. D. Vajra Estates) and Pietro Oddero (Poderi Oddero) will be on hand representing their labels for the four-course meal. A couple of sample courses: handmade pasta with a poached quail egg, peanuts, speck and butter sauce
(served with G. D. Vajra “Albe” Barolo Piedmont, Italy ‘13 and Luigi Baudana Barolo Serralunga) Piedmont, Italy ‘12); and beef cheeks with pepper jam, lentils, parsnips and shiitake mushrooms (Luigi Baudana “Baudana” Barolo, Piedmont, Italy ‘12). The dinner is $95 a person (not including tax or gratuity). Email or call 816-842-2660 for reservations. 

Tannin is also hosting an Oddero wine dinner Tuesday night, also for $95. Inquire about the event by emailing 

Wednesday, March 7

Visit the West Bottoms today for the launch of Chef Baldee’s Pizza, a food truck recently relocated from Springfield to Kansas City, and the first permanent tenant of Food Truck Central KC (100 South James Street). Chef Baldee’s Pizza sells New York-style foldable pizza by the slice for $5, or large 17″ pizzas for $25. 

Saturday, March 10

Today, North Kansas City celebrates Snake Saturday, a 35-year tradition that occurs each year on the Saturday prior to St. Patrick’s Day and may include a lady in a green bikini on a Harley. The parade is a convenient way to celebrate St. Patrick’s during years in which the holiday may inconveniently fall on a weekday — or, as is the case this year, people get to celebrate the holiday twice. There are a bunch of events planned for Snake Saturday. Among the venues celebrating the unique holiday:

  • Velo Garage and Tap House (1403 Swift Street) is opening its beer garden today and will be hosting Blarney the Giant Leprechaun for pictures. Enter into the beer garden from the alley. 
  • Big Rip Brewing Company (216 East 9th Avenue) will be opening at 8 a.m., tapping kegs and serving pancakes and sausage links for $5. Special-to-the-event beers including the Priest Mint Chocolate Milk Stout and the Cinnamon Roll Porter will also be available. 
  • Grain to Glass (1611 Swift Avenue) has a lot to offer today, including a Irish-style homebrew competition, a beer garden in which Irish ciders and beers and food for purchase will be available, including Irish coffee, scones, corned beef and cabbage, fries and brownies. The cover is $5 and includes one beer. 
  • Repeal 18th (1825 Buchanan) is opening at 8 a.m. and will have live music all day, as well as Irish-themed food and drink specials. 
  • Cinder Block Brewery (110 East 18th Avenue) will open at 9 a.m., and will be serving biscuits and gravy and smoked corned beef hash. At 11 a.m., Reuben egg rolls and brats will be available for lunch. Live music and Irish car bombs, Jameson and Irish Coffee will be available for purchase. Cover is $3; for $10 get a commemorative glass and a beer in addition to admission. 

Entirely unrelated to Snake Saturday, one of KCK’s finest establishments, the Mockingbird Lounge (204 Orchard Street), celebrates one year in business today. Enjoy a menu of specialty cocktails made with J. Rieger & Co. spirits as well as DJs on the patio. 

Sunday, March 11

Fans of opera should RSVP for Brunch and Rigoletto at Blue Bird Bistro (1700 Summit Street). Brunch, cocktails and a discussion of the opera will take place in the upstairs dining room prior to the matinee performance of Rigoletto at the Kauffman Center.