The KC Nanobrew and Westport Beer Festivals pour Saturday, Gather and Grow to raise funds for Boys Grow, plus wine dinners, block parties and more food and drink events: June 19-25
Monday, June 19
Chef Ross Maddux, formerly of the Rieger, is coming to Ça Va (4149 Pennsylvania) tonight for a one-off “special club” dinner, inspired by the chef’s world travels. The four courses include nettle sformatino with fresh Green Dirt Farms cheese and black truffle; grilled sardines with salsa verde, preserved lemon and chili; a summer cassoulet with frog-leg confit, rabbit sausage, escargot and roasted vegetables; and a dessert of baked cream. Each course comes paired with European wine. The dinner is $75 a person, plus tax and tip. Email email@example.com for reservations.
Tuesday, June 20
2017 Pitch Golden Fork winner chef Bryant Wigger is hosting a “Wine and Swine” dinner tonight at Tavernonna (106 West 12th Street, in Hotel Phillips) in honor of the solstice. The dinner features five courses plus Italian wine pairings: house-smoked suckling ham with watermelon, heirloom tomato and avocado; testa in carrozza with pickled peach, watercress and peach mostarda; suckling-pig porchetta with fennel, black pepper and porcini carpaccio; cocoa fagottini with smoked gorgonzola and sweet pickled cherries; and an almond tart with summer plum and burnt-caramel gelato. The dinner is $95 a person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Call 816-346-4410 for reservations.
Tom’s Town (1701 Main) is hosting a release party for its newest whiskey, the Machine No. 2., today from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Your $25 ticket (available here) includes a signed bottle of the Machine No., 2, a distiller’s talk, a tasting, cocktails and appetizers.
Friday, June 23
The Bourgeois Pig (6 East Ninth Street, Lawrence) is hosting a big block party from 4 to 11 p.m. today. “The Big Pig” features music from Heidi Lynn Gluck and CS Luxem and DJs from Love Garden, as well as food and drink from a variety of Lawrence’s best: Free State, the Waffle Iron, Leeway Frank’s, Ad Astra food truck, Fine Thyme Foods, Repetition Coffee, Decade Coffee and more.
Perennial Artisan Ales is hosting a happy hour tonight from 4 to 7 at Bier Station (120 East Gregory Boulevard) to celebrate the release the first beer of its new Brett series — its name is, simply, Owen. Also on tap from Perennial: Hommel Bier, Funky Wit, 17 and Saison De Lis.
Saturday, June 24
Two very different beer festivals to choose from today. The KC Nanobrew Festival is from 2 to 6 p.m. at Berkley Riverfront Park (1298 East Riverfront Drive). Dozens of local brewers will converge in the park to offer guests and friends more than 200 beers to sample; live music and food trucks will also be on hand. Designated drivers get in free; otherwise admission is $35 and includes unlimited pours and a $5 voucher for food. Tickets and more information can be found at the festival’s website.
The Westport Beer Festival runs from 5 to 9 p.m. outside McCoy’s Public House (4057 Pennsylvania). Thirty-five breweries and distilleries will be represented, many of them local: Crane, KC Bier Co., Boulevard, Torn Label, McCoy’s, Martin City and more will be slinging beers alongside out-of-state brewers including Dogfish Head, Oskar Blues, Goose Island, Brewery Ommegang and many more. Members of Sporting KC will also be on hand. Tickets are $35 and benefit AidsWalkKC. They are available here, along with more information.
Also today is the first VegFest at the City Market (20 East Fifth Street), a full day celebrating plant-based diets. The day’s events include an early morning jog and yoga, food samples, a beer garden, presentations on the benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle, and much more. See more information on the event’s facebook page.
Sunday, June 25
Urbana, a pop-up summer street festival, returns to the Power & Light District (14th Street between Main and Walnut) today from 5 to 8 p.m. for a “Rosé All Day” street party. The street will be blocked off to traffic, and ticket holders will be given a “passport” for cocktail servings (most of them full-size) from a variety of vendors, including still rosé from Bristol Seafood Grill, sparkling rosé from the Garment District Boutique, rosé rum punch from the Chesterfield, frosé at Elements Bar, and a rosé Paloma from Cleaver & Cork. Food from Betty Rae’s Ice Cream, Bristol Seafood Grill and Leinenkugel’s will be available for purchase, and a variety of entertainment is scheduled. Passports are $25 and can be purchased in advance here, or on site.
Chef Ted Habiger (Room 39, Brewery Emperial, Sasha’s Bakery) will be behind the grill tonight at the annual Gather and Grow fundraising dinner at the Boys Grow farm (9301 East 147th Street). Habiger will be preparing the main feast, with chefs Howard Hanna (the Rieger) and John Smith (the Jacobson) also participating. Brewery Emperial will be supplying beer, Liquid Minded Concepts will be crafting cocktails, and wines are supplied by Owen Roe. Julia Haile performs. Tickets are $125 and can be purchased here.