The Grilled Cheese Festival, KC Bier Co.’s Oktoberfest, and more food and drink this week
KC's finest food and drink events, September 30–October 6, 2019.
Monday, September 30
Celebrating 21 (!) years in business tonight is Lidia’s Kansas City (101 West 22nd Street), and Lidia Bastianich herself will be in the house. Bastianich’s restaurant, just one of two outside New York, is offering a multi-course menu for $55 in honor of the anniversary, with wine pairings available for an additional $30 (tax and gratuity not included). Among your many options for the four-course menu: beef short ribs braised in Barolo, scallion mashed potatoes, and horseradish gremolata; gnocchi with duck guazzetto; and pork shank osso buco with barley risotto. Make reservations by calling 816-221-3722 or via the restaurant’s website.
Friday, October 4
Novel (1927 McGee Street) is opening for a First Friday lunch service (its only lunch service of the month) from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and is offering a specialty four-course lunch for $36 (drinks are available a la carte). Options include orecchiette with blue crab, zucchini, fresh corn, sweet peppers and herb butter; pan-roasted Alaskan halibut with tartar sauce, trout roe, dill, and preserved meyer lemon; and seared diver scallops with sweet potato puree, tamarind, palm sugar, lime, and Thai chili. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are encouraged.
If you haven’t yet had your fill of Oktoberfest parties, the big dog of them all, KC Oktoberfest, takes place this weekend at Crown Center (2450 Grand). This year, it’s being organized by KC Bier Company, and there’s a lot going on: German food (Bavarian sausages, pretzels, roasted chickens, and schweinshaxe), beer aplenty (KC Bier Co’s Festbier is the official brew of the fest), German and Alsatian wines, and German music. There will also be outdoor games (giant Connect Four, bags, etc.) available, as well as competitions like keg rolling, heavy hammer strikes, and stein hoisting. Carnival rides and even axe throwing will also be in the mix (though we suggest doing your axe throwing before you’ve had your beers). More tickets and information is available at via the event’s website. The fest runs Friday from 5–11 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Grilled cheese fans and aficionados alike should head to the Grilled Cheese Festival, which takes place today at Ilus Davis Park (901 Oak Street). Restaurants include Smitty’s Garage Burgers & Beer, the Wheel Barrel, TacoNaco KC, Black Dog Coffeehouse, Granite City Food & Brewery, and Longboards Wraps and Bowls. Each vendor will offer samples (1/4 of a sandwich) for $1.50-$3.00 apiece, depending on the type of sandwich, and attendees will vote on this year’s winner. Bounce houses, games, and face painting will be available for kids. Food, spirits from 1220 Spirits and Jameson, and beer from 4 Hands Brewing will be available for adults. Tickets start at $15 for adults, and part of the proceeds benefit the KC Parks Scholar Fund.
The Reserve at the Ambassador Hotel (1111 Grand Boulevard) is hosting a multi-course dinner featuring wines from Blackbird Vineyards, hosted by beloved wine maker Aaron Pott. Courses include pepita-crusted butternut squash paired with Aerena Chardonnay ’17, and walnut-encrusted Cornish game hen served alongside Blackbird Vineyards Arise ’14. The meal is $95 a person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Email email@example.com for reservations.
Saturday, October 5
Head to Limitless Brewing (9765 Widmer Road) at 5 p.m. tonight for its first-ever shrimp boil, featuring all-you-can-eat shrimp, sausage, and corn for $15, with beer from the brewery available for purchase. Only ticketed attendees will be able to enter; purchase your seats here.
Sunday, October 6
The fifth annual Vegtoberfest (Vegan Oktoberfest) takes place Saturday at English Landing Park (8701 Clark Avenue, Parkville). Enjoy vegan bratwursts, beer, and games at this family-friendly event, which runs from 3 to 8 p.m. There is no admission fee for the event; food and drink sales benefit Voice for Animals.