Spring wine dinners at Affäre and Freshwater, Taco Week, spirits tastings, and more: KC’s food & drink events for March 18-24

Monday, March 18

It’s now officially The Pitch’s Taco Week! Get half off select tacos all week long at the following spots: the Ainsworth, Mission Taco Joint (both KC locations), Big Whiskey, Brew Lab, Charlie Hooper’s, Drunken Worm, EJ’s Urban Eatery, El Fogon, El Patron, Lew’s, Ted’s Cafe Escondido, Unforked, the Well and Mesob Restaurant. Did we say half off? Get more information, including about what tacos each restaurant is offering, right here.

City Barrel Brewing Company (1740 Holmes) is hosting its first Coolship party tonight. According to City Barrel, a “coolship is an open-top, flat fermentation vessel, traditionally used in Belgian brewing. A Coolship cools the wort by allowing it to be exposed to the open air, which has naturally occurring spontaneous yeast.” By being in the room when this cooling process occurs, attendees actually contribute to the beer. This is a ticketed event, and entry is $10 (this includes a beer). Snag your tickets here.

Wednesday, March 20

Fresh off his first James Beard Award nomination, chef Calvin Davis and his team at Freshwater (3711 Summit Street) are offering up a big, 10-course wine dinner featuring selections from Bien Nacido & Solomon Hills Estate Wines. Davis specializes in hyper-seasonal, locally sourced dishes, including fish, proteins, and other vegetables from Missouri and Kansas. The meal is $150 a person (exclusive of tax and gratuity); call 816-820-0296.

Get boozy with Boulevard Brewing Company‘s Barrel-Aged Happy Hour: Boilermaker Edition at the Boulevard Tours and Rec Center (2534 Madison Avenue). Guests will taste each barrel-aged boilermaker, along with the spirit that made it possible. The event runs from 6-7 pm, and tickets are $25 (not including taxes and fees). Learn more and pick up tickets via Peek.

Another option is to embrace spring with a rosé wine party at Affäre (1911 Main Street). Enjoy a five-course meal paired with different rosés from all over the world. Here are just the starters: tuna poke with avocado and a sesame crisp, asparagus with horsradish cream and black forest ham rolls, and crispy veal fries with an herb aioli. Beef Bourguignonne, grilled Spanish mackerel and pheasant fricasee are also on the menu. Tickets are $65 (exclusive of tax and tip) — get yours here

Friday, March 22

From 6-8 p.m. tonight, visit the great cocktail supply shop and Amaro bar, Mitch e Amaro (306 Armour Road) for a free Bozal Mezcal tasting. Samples of several different varieties of Bozal will be available, and Mitch e Amaro will also have cocktails on special. No tickets are required for this event. If you like mezcal, don’t sleep on this — Bozal is good stuff (and pricey!).

Enjoy seven tasting pours of Prisoner Wines at tonight’s wine tasting at Pierpont’s at Union Station (30 West Pershing Road). Show up any time between 5 and 7 p.m  to sample each of the following wines: Blindfold, Snitch, Saldo, The Prisoner, Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon, Wild Horse Cabernet Sauvignon, and Simi Cabernet Sauvignon. The tasting is $20, and if you choose to stay for dinner afterwards, you’ll receive $20 off your meal. Tickets are available via Pierponts’ website.

Sunday, March 24

Sample some of the country’s best cheeses at today’s Wine & Cheese 101 class at the Better Cheddar (604 West 48th Street). For $50, each guest gets to sample a wide variety of cheeses, paired with wine and other snacks. The event runs from 7 to 9 p.m., and tickets are available via Eventbrite