The Ethnic Enrichment Festival, dinners at Green Dirt Farms and Powell Gardens, and more: KC’s food and drink events for August 12-18
Thursday, August 15
Visit story. (3931 West 69th Terrace) for a one-off taco night featuring house-made chips and salsa made with local, in-season tomatoes; avocado and sweet corn salad; and marinated, shredded pork or breaded and fried shrimp tacos.
The Thursday evening farmer’s market at Howard’s Cafe and Grocery (1708 Oak Street) tonight features house-made ice cream and a selection of fresh pies, including Philly style Chocolate, A la Mode Vanilla, Strawberry Sherbet, and Howard’s Chocolate Chip Cookies and Cream. The market features ultra-fresh produce from Howard’s Pendleton Heights farm, as well as compotes, house-made cheese, and fresh pasta, among other items. Dinner and house cocktails will also be available.
Friday, August 16
The 40th annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival begins today at Swope Park (Swope Parkway and East Meyer Boulevard). The event features crafts and dance, but we’re here for the food. Sample dishes from up to 60 different countries. The menu is actually staggering, but among the dozens upon dishes you can try, there is feijoada from Brazil, Ecuadoran shrimp ceviche, Kenyan sambusas, Nepalese saffron chicken, Serbian moussaka, Scottish cottage pie, Samoan loko moko, and so much more. Learn more and peek the menu here.
Lawrence’s Sandbar (17 East 8th Street) is turning a pretty remarkable 30 years old, and is celebrating by throwing a two-day block party. Head out both Friday and Saturday nights for a block-long beer garden and live music.
Saturday, August 17
Crane Brewing Company (6515 Railroad Street) is welcoming chef Anourom Thomson for a unique beer dinner in its tap room. Chef Thomson is making a Laotian-inspired meal, with featured dishes including sticky rice with bang bang sauce, Lao sliced beef striploin, and crispy lemongrass pork belly. Naturally, each course will be paired with Crane’s beers. The meal is $45 a person, which does not include fees or gratuity; pick up tickets here.
Sunday, August 18
Sit with Lifted Spirits’ master distiller Michael Stuckey during tonight’s “Ginatomy” tasting at Lifted Spirits Distilling (1734 Cherry Street). Sample ingredients that make up the building blocks of gin, then taste the distillery’s two gins side by side and in a variety of cocktails. Tickets are $20 a person. Learn more and buy tickets here.
Chef Kara Anderson is heading up a farm-to-table dinner tonight at Green Dirt Farm (1099 Welt Street, Weston). Chef Anderson (Cleaver & Cork, the Sundry, the Rieger) will be utilizing the farm’s much-loved line sheep’s milk cheeses, along with farm-raised lamb for the multi-course meal, which also includes wine pairings. The meal is $150 a person, and includes all fees. Pick up tickets via Green Dirt Farm’s website.
Out at Powell Gardens (1609 NW Highway 50), chef Michael Foust (the Farmhouse, Black Sheep & Market) will be preparing a multi-course meal utilizing produce from the Heartland Harvest Garden, along with locally sourced meat cooked over an open fire. Beers will be supplied by Michael Crane of Crane Brewing Company, who is also Powell Gardens’ current brewer-in-residence at the Gardens’ Fermentation Field. Tickets are $75 a person, and can be purchased via Powell Gardens’ website.