Pearl Tavern opens in Lee’s Summit, Bastille Day parties, and wine, beer, and cheese parties: KC’s food and drink events for July 9-15

Tuesday, July 10

Celebrate Bastille Day all week with Ça Va (4149 Pennsylvania Avenue), which is offering French food and specials starting tonight through Saturday. Each day offers a little something extra as well. On Tuesday, be among the first to try the Champagne Jacquesson 741. Wednesday’s special will be flights of champagne and crémants (a type of sparkling wine), and Thursday brings live jazz and no cover. On Friday, the bar is offering deep discounts in a cellar clearance event, and finally, on Saturday, join in for a “Midnight in Paris” toast at 5 p.m., so you can fete right along with the French.

Westport Cafe and Bar (419 Westport Road) is also creating dinner specials all week long in honor of Bastille Day. Special entrees will be $15 each day, and a three course prix fixe menu is available for $39, with wine pairings available for another $15.

Wednesday, July 11

The newest restaurant from Andy Lock, Domhnall Molloy, and chef Po Wang (Summit Grill, Boru Ramen, Lakewood Local, Third Street Social) opens at 3 p.m. today in Lee’s Summit. Pearl Tavern (1672 NW Chipman Road) focuses primarily on seafood, including dishes featuring yellowfin (ahi) tuna, sea bass, and king crab as well as fish from the Great Lakes and shrimp from the Gulf Coast. The restaurant also features a prominent oyster bar. Traditional American fare along the lines of what is offered at Summit Grill and Lakewood Local will be available as well. Also notable here: Kent Lock (formerly of McCormick and Schmick’s) has been brought on as executive chef.

Cinder Block Brewery (110 East 18th Avenue) is hosting a Thai buffet, complete with build-your-own rice bowls, Thai wings, and skewers in honor of the release of its new coconut Hefeweizen, brewed in collaboration with writer and beer aficionado Pete Dulin. The event runs from 4 to 7 pm.; there is no cover.

Corvino Supper Club and Tasting Room (1830 Walnut Street) is hosting the latest in its Raven’s Nest Winemaker Series dinner, featuring Dan Petroski of Larkmead Vineyards and Massican Winery in Napa Valley. Chef Michael Corvino’s summer-forward five-course menu includes dishes like summer squash with koji butter, roasted kale and black sesame, and sweet corn risotto with confit chicken wings and parmesan milk, among others. There will be wine pairings along with each course. The dinner is $111 per person (exclusive of gratuity). Make your reservations here.  

Wine connoiseur Joyce Angelos will be hosting a two-hour class and tasting event at Cellar Rat (1701 Baltimore Avenue) featuring wines from TerraVox. TerraVox (also located in Kansas City, Missouri), makes wine with heritage grapes native to the United States, and is the perfect wine with which to learn about wines made with Missouri grapes in the 18th and 19th centuries. The class is $40, not including tax; call 816-221-9463 for reservations.

Saturday, July 14

More Bastille Day celebrations:

From noon to 6 p.m., Californos (4124 Pennsylvania Road) is hosting a Bastille Day party featuring champagne and other French wines and food, in addition to live music and performances. Advance tickets are strongly recommended; purchase those for $5 via Eventbrite

One of the biggest annual celebrations of the French Revolution is at Le Fou Frog (400 East 5th Street). Call ahead (816-474-6060) for staggered seating times at 6 and 8 p.m. for the special Bastille Day party, which includes singing, theatrical performances, a séance and, of course, French food and drink.  

VegLife Kansas City is hosting a Bike and Brew Tour today, beginning at noon at the BLVD Tours and Rec Center (2534 Madison Avenue). The 3-4-hour ride covers nine “easy-ish” miles and includes stops at the Roasterie, Torn Label, Mud Pie, one to-be-determined location, and then a final stop back at the Boulevard Tours and Rec Center. The event is free, though you will need to bring cash or other forms of payment for anything you’d like to eat and/or drink. 

Sunday, July 15

Sample some of the country’s best cheeses at today’s American artisinal cheese and wine tasting at the Better Cheddar (604 West 48th Street). For $50, each guest gets to sample a wide variety of American cheeses, paired with wine and other snacks. The event runs from 7 to 9 p.m., and tickets are available via Eventbrite