Steer & Beer is this weekend, Brown & Loe opens, 12 Baltimore to undergo renovation, and more restaurant news

Steer & Beer, The Pitch’s big event this weekend, focuses on two things that Kansas City knows well: burgers and suds.

On the beef end of the spectrum, guests will be well tended to by crews from Amerisports Pub (chef John Johnston), Dempsey’s Burger Pub in Westport, and the Flying Saucer. Johnston and his team are preparing a seared, peppered burger, with Thai-banana ketchup and caramelized onions, on a soft Hawaiian Roll ($5). From Dempsey’s, expect a slider-ization of the place’s Hot Hawaiian burger, which features a beef patty with pineapple-jalapeno chutney, applewood bacon, bibb lettuce and spicy sriracha aioli on a pretzel bun ($4). Still hungry? Grab some chips by the bag, a milkshake or a Coke. On offer from Flying Saucer are feta sliders, with beef patties, tomatoes and a balsamic-vinegar reduction ($3-5).

The much-anticipated Brown & Loe opened Tuesday at 429 Walnut, in the City Market. Owners Harry Murphy (of Harry’s Country Club) and Kate McGlaughlin (Murphy’s daughter) signed the lease for the space last year and at last received their liquor license late last week. Brown & Loe serves brunch, lunch and dinner, with a menu that emphasizes Midwestern and Southern comfort fare (designed by chef James Paul, formerly of Pierpont’s).

Sweet Siam Thai Bistro is moving to Westport, into the former Thai Place location at 4130 Pennsylvania. Sweet Siam had since 2012 been in a large shopping center at 87th Street and Quivira Road, making Lenexa a reliable place to find good American interpretations of Thai classics. The Westport location opens October 1.

“We’re going to be remodeling to an extent,” explains owner Michael Brillhart. “This [Westport] location just seems to be a better fit for us. In Lenexa, people just pass by.” Brillhart employs four Thai chefs from Bangkok, most with more than 10 years of experience. Brillhart and his chefs are still considering changes to the menu, but Brillhart has hinted at the additions of barbeque chicken and more noodle dishes.

Downtown’s Hotel Phillips (106 West 12th Street) was quietly purchased last year by Chicago developer Arbor Lodging Partners, fated to eventually become part of the Curio by Hilton chain. Late last week, the new owner announced that redevelopment of Hotel Phillips’ bar and restaurant, 12 Baltimore, will be helmed by DMK Partners, a Chicago restaurant group owned by David Morton and five-time James Beard Award nominee Michael Kornick. DMK’s other Chicago restaurants include DMK Burger Bar, Fish Bar, County Barbeque, and Graham Elliot Bistro.

Says Morton via a press release: “The dining experience we’re creating will have a timeless sensibility, but a comfortable and approachable feel. It will be a place to gather after work or celebrate with friends and family. With the spectacular Hotel Phillips as a backdrop, we can’t wait to introduce the concept to the people of Kansas City.” For now, 12 Baltimore remains open, with its replacement slated to open in 2017.

The Cincinnati-based chain Dewey’s Pizza is opening its first KC-area location on August 15 at 3615 West 95th Street, in Overland Park. Among the shop’s specialty pizzas are the Socrates’ Revenge (olive oil, minced garlic, a mozzarella-fontina blend, spinach, black olives, green olives, feta cheese, red onions, tomatoes) and the Dr. Dre (olive oil, mozzarella, green peppers, red onions, Amish chicken, bacon and jalapenos, with diced tomatoes and ranch dressing added after baking). Local beer and wine will be on offer.

This week’s food events:

Thursday, August 4Head to the National World War I Museum (100 West 26th Street) tonight for what may well be the only WWI-themed cooking competition in the world. Likely to be a bit more than just cans of beans, the cleverly named Operation War Fare features the cooking of food writer and Master Chef Australia star Dan Churchill, chef-owner of NYC restaurant Speedy Romeo Justin Bazdarich, Nic Bandelier of Grunauer, Ted Habiger of Room 39, and Renee Kelly of Renee Kelly’s Harvest. Tickets cost $15 and include a complimentary cocktail hour and light hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are available here.

Friday, August 5Jax Fish House and Oyster Bar (4184 Roanoke Parkway) is celebrating National Oyster Day with a pretty sweet (and briny) giveaway: The first 100 guests receive a free half-dozen Emersum oysters (limit one order per customer). The celebration begins when happy hour starts at 3 p.m., with the oysters first-come, first-served.

Saturday August 6Mesob Restaurant (3600 Broadway) is hosting a Caribbean-inspired music-and-dinner event tonight, featuring reggae from Jah Lion, as well as conch and cocktail specials. Go for the seafood paella, featuring fresh snapper, mussels, clams, shrimp, and conch, sautéed with sofrito in long-grain saffron- and coconut-infused bamboo rice. No tickets are necessary.

Enjoy wine, appetizers, butterflies and the twilight sky tonight at Powell Gardens (1609 Northwest U.S. Highway 50, Kingsville). The event takes place in part in the Powell Gardens butterfly conservatory, which features evening-blooming plants and a variety of exotic, colorful moths. The wines during the tasting, from 8 to 8:30 p.m., have been chosen by Doug Frost, one of four people worldwide to hold both Master of Wine and Master Sommelier titles. Entry is $30 for nonmembers, or $25 for members. Call 816-697-2600 for your reservation.

Get your pre-winter mead fix today at Grain to Glass (1611 Swift Ave, North KC). The Viking-friendly beverage will be on hand to sample, with a how-to-make-it demo offered by Todd Rock of Leaky Roof Meadery (Buffalo, Missouri). The event runs from 1 to 4 p.m.; no tickets are necessary.

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