Restaurant Week kicks off tomorrow — make reservations now!


Restaurant Week, the popular fundraising event presented by US Foods, kicks off tomorrow — Friday, January 16 — and runs through Sunday, January 25. More than 150 local restaurants are participating in the 10-day event, which has three charitable beneficiaries this year: BoysGrow, the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired, and Cultivate Kansas City. The Kansas City Regional Destination Development Foundation and the Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association Education Foundation will receive a portion of the proceeds as well.

Each participating restaurant offers a special, multicourse lunch menu (priced at $15) and/or a $33 dinner menu. Reservations are highly recommended.

For the full list of restaurants participating in Restaurant Week 2015, click here. Some of our favorite participating restaurants include:

Renee Kelly’s Harvest (12401 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, 913-631-4100) still has some late reservations for Saturday. It will be offering both the $15 lunch special and the $33 dinner special through January 25. The lunch choices will include a choice of soup or Sweet and Simple salad, a choice of chicken confit potpie, the 8-ounce burger with house-cured pork belly and sweet-potato fries, or sweet-potato gnocchi. The lunch option also includes a choice of dessert.

Chef-owner Renee Kelly says the $33 dinner choices also include soup or Sweet and Simple Salad and a choice of duck and chicken cassoulet, short ribs with a savory bread pudding, or house-made pasta with chicken and kale in a lemon cream sauce. 

Affare (1911 Main, 816-298-6182) still has reservations open during the weekend and during the rest of Restaurant Week. The $15 lunch menu features a choice of soup or salad, a choice of bison bratwurst or Affare pasta with house-smoked salmon, and a choice of apple strudel or red beet chocolate cake.

The $33 dinner option features a choice of liver pate or lentil soup, a choice of the Affare pasta with house-smoked salmon or smoked bison sauerbraten, and a choice of apple strudel or red beet chocolate cake.

Barrel 31 (400 West 31st Street, 816-569-3801) is offering a special dinner menu during Restaurant Week. The $33 three-course dinner menu can also be enhanced with an additional course for $5. Dinner choices include a starter (a choice of pub nachos, deviled oysters, or soup or salad), an entree (short rib, duck fat fried chicken, or shrimp and grits) and/or dessert. The restaurant is booked on Friday, January 16, but reservations are still available for Saturday night and through the rest of Restaurant Week.

Collection (1532 Grand, 816-471-7111) will not be offering the Restaurant Week menu on Friday, January 16th (the venue is closed for a private party), but will offer both a featured $15 lunch and a $33 dinner menu starting Saturday, January 17. Reservations are still available.

The lunch options will include a choice of starter (a lettuce salad with gouda, cashews and vinaigrette, or Tuscan fries or clam chowder) and a choice of main course: the lettuce salad with cold chicken, the house burger, or Spanish macaroni and cheese.

The dinner choices include a choice of starter (salad, short rib croquettes or clam chowder) and entree (baked rigatoni, lamb shepherd’s pie, or shrimp and grits) and dessert (a chocolate cake with salted caramel ice cream or raspberry cake with lemon curd and basil cream).

Extra Virgin (1900 Main, 816-842-2205) is booked Friday, January 16, and Saturday, January 17, but is taking reservations for the week of Monday, January 19. The menu is the same for both the $15 lunch menu and the $33 dinner menu, but the lunch menu offers one choice each from two sections and the dinner menu offers two choices from two sections.

Starter choices include a shrimp bisque, homemade ricotta with grilled bread, or lamb and golden raisin empanadas. Dinner choices include braised beef raviolini or tuna ceviche. Desserts are available, too.

Michael Smith (1900 Main, 816-842-2202) is booked Friday, January 16, and Saturday, January 17, but is taking reservations for the week of Monday, January 19. Michael Smith does not serve lunch, but the three-course $33 dinner option — with wine pairings for an additional $17 — includes a choice of starter (salad, soup or braised duck ragu), entree (pork roast, Campo Lindo Farm chicken breast, or broiled Lake Superior white fish) and dessert (German chocolate cake or lemon meringue pie).

Categories: Dining, Food & Drink