Pirate’s Bone is having a closing-party fundraiser, True Food Kitchen opens on the Plaza, and more: KC’s food and drink events for March 25-31
Monday, March 25
Meet Lidia Bastianich tonight at her restaurant, Lidia’s Kansas City (101 West 22nd Street), during a four-course meal honoring the paperback release of her memoir, My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family and Food. The dinner features some of Bastianich’s favorite meals from childhood, including gnocchi in guazzetto di anatra (potato dumplings with duck guazzetto) and stuffato di agnello, carrote e bisi, polenta (stewed lamb with carrots and peas, polenta). The meal is $55 per person, not including tax or gratuity. You can bring books for her to sign, and her memoir will also be available for purchase at the restaurant. Call 816-221-3722 or visit the restaurant’s website for reservations.
Also tonight, from 6-7 p.m. you can sample cheeses from Green Dirt Farm paired with beers from Casual Animal Brewing Company (1725 McGee Street). Each $40 ticket (available here) includes five beers and five unique cheeses, plus a guided tour through the tasting. Guests will also learn how to create great pairings at home.
Tuesday, March 26
The Pressed Penny Tavern (1511 Westport Road) is hosting a four-course beer dinner this evening featuring beers from Martin City Brewing Company. The dinner includes, among other dishes, a goat cheese croquette with shaved shallots, cinnamon, and smoked crème fraiche
(paired with Easy Way IPA) and veal medallions, blueberry demi-glace, roasted pearl onion and fennel puree (paired with Hop House Saison). The dinner is $50 (not including tip); get your tickets here.
Wednesday, March 27
True Food Kitchen, a nutrition-oriented restaurant whose philosophy, according to its website, is that “food should make you feel better, not worse,” opens its first Kansas City location today on the Plaza (4749 Pennsylvania). Based on the work of physician and doctor of integrative medicine, Andrew Weil (founder of the restaurant), True Food Kitchen focuses on using health-promoting, seasonal ingredients (superfoods, nuts, and vitamin-dense produce) in its dishes. The restaurant offers salads, pizza, bowls, sandwiches, and items like poke and edamame dumplings. Doors open at 11 a.m.
Thursday, March 28
If you’re out past 10 p.m. Thursday, stop by Tannin Wine Bar & Kitchen (1526 Walnut Street) for a free wine-tasting session with three unique French winemakers: Melanie Pfister from Domaine Pfister in Alsace, Francoise Ollier from Domaine Ollier-Taillefer in Faugeres, and Languedoc and Francoise Le Calvez of Chateau Coupe Roses in Minervois, Languedoc.
Friday, March 29
Zaid Consuegra, owner of the vegan cafe and coffee shop Pirate’s Bone (645 East 59th Street), is looking to move his business to the Crossroads so that he can expand into a full burger diner. Tonight, he’s hosting a closing fundraising party to mark the closure of his Brookside location and to defray the expenses of opening up on his new space. The party runs from 8-11 p.m., and each $50 ticket includes refreshments, hors d’ouevres and live music. You can purchase tickets as a perk through Pirate’s Bone’s Indiegogo campaign.
Saturday, March 30
KC Wineworks (1829 McGee) turns three years old today and is celebrating with an all-day party. The Crossroads spot will be serving up wine slushies and specialty ciders from its cellar.
Chefs Amante Domingo of The Russell and Keeyoung Kim of Sura Eats are coming together tonight for a collaboration dinner at The Russell (3141 Main Street). Their five-course specialty meal includes dishes like tuna tataki with daikon radish and a charred onion glaze, and a soy-marinated steak with perilla soybean glaze, plus Korean banchan (side dishes/condiments). Tickets for this dinner are $100 (or $125 with wine pairings), and gratuity is not included. Pick up your tickets via the Russell’s website.