The Bourgeois Pig turns 25, a rosé festival, and much more: KC’s food and drink events for June 17-23
Tuesday, June 18
Enjoy an extended happy hour tonight at Waldo Thai Place (8341 Wornall Road) featuring the renowned Italian bartender and entrepreneur Giancarlo Mancino, owner and founder of Mancino Vermouths. Mancino will be working alongside Waldo Thai bartenders Darrell Loo and Mari Matsumoto from 5-7 p.m. All cocktails, which will feature vermouths, Chinato, and aperitifs, will be $7, and happy hour plates will be available on the bar side throughout the event. No tickets required.
Wednesday, June 19
Lidia’s Kansas City (101 West 22nd Street) is hosting a mini rosé festival tonight from 6-8 p.m. Enjoy six varieties of rosé, along with paired appetizers and live music. The event is $45 a person (exclusive of tax and gratuity), and reservations are helpful but not required. To secure a spot, call 816-221-3722.
Friday, June 21
The American (200 East 25th Street) is offering a rare opportunity to watch and learn from executive chef Andrew Longres during a three-course demonstration dinner in its storied Crown Center location. Chef Longres will demonstrate prep and cooking techniques for two savory dishes — marinated tomatoes with goat cheese and basil and saffron vinaigrette; a slow-roasted bass with marinated zucchini and caponata-sstuffed squash blossoms — and one dessert. Guests will then eat those dishes along with paired wine selections. The event is $85 a person, including food, drink, tax, and gratuity. Call 816-245-7331 for reservations.
A pair of beer events mark this year’s summer solstice. First, there’s the Solstice Party at City Barrel Brewing Company (1740 Holmes Road). The brewery is releasing its newest kettle sour, named Sunshine!, and is throwing a tiki party to celebrate. Each specialty take-home tiki glass (beer included) is $10. Further east, Crane Brewing Company (6515 Railroad Street) is throwing its annual “Longest Day at the Taproom” event. From 2-10 p.m., a portion of all beer sales will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.
Sample lots of local wine, beer, and food in an idyllic small-town Kansas setting at Baldwin City’s Wine & Brew (715 High Street). Each $25 ticket includes two samples each from local wineries and breweries, including Smoky Hill Vineyards & Winery, BlueJacket Crossing Vineyard & Winery, Haven Pointe Winery, Wyldewood Cellars, White Tail Run Winery and Vineyard, Happy Basset Brewing Co, Wichita Brewing Co & Pizzeria, Wakarusa Brewing Company, Radius Brewing Company, and Not Lost Brewing. Several food trucks and live music will also be on hand. Snag tickets via Eventbrite.
Bluestem (900 Westport Road) is welcoming Suntory Brand Ambassador Damon McCracken for a five-course Japanese spirits dinner featuring Suntory Toki whiskey and several other spirits. The meal includes a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., with dinner following at 7 p.m. A couple of sample dishes: Faroe Island Salmon served with pickled fennel, lemongrass, miso, and horseradish; and
grilled ribeye served with koji, corn, bone marrow, kolrabi, snow peas, and a rice cracker in veal jus. The meal is $100 a person (not including tax and gratuity). Make your reservations via Tock.
Saturday, June 22
Out in Lawrence, the Bourgeois Pig (6 East 9th Street) is marking 25 years in business with the Big Pig, a street festival featuring live music, lots of food, and of course, coffee and drink. Food and refreshments will be available from Apothecary Food Truck, Mass St. Fish House, Leeway Franks, Lark a Fare, G’s Jamaican Cuisine, Repetition Coffee, and of course, the Pig. Musical artists performing during the event include Heidi Gluck and Arthur Dodge and the Horsefeathers, among others. The party is free and runs from 2 p.m. to midnight.
Head out to the Renaissance Festival Grounds (633 N 126th Street) for the annual Brew-B-Q food truck and craft beer festival. Barbecue food trucks battle it out for top honors while guests sample beers from a variety of local and national breweries. This year’s event features a Game of Thrones theme. Tickets are $35 for adults (and include unlimited beer), plus food is available for purchase. Tickets for designated drivers are $5. Pick up tickets here, and get more information, including about vendors, via the event’s Facebook page.