The Parkville Microbrew Festival, Comida KC, and more: KC’s food and drink events for April 23-29
Monday, April 23
To celebrate its 15th anniversary at 1809 Westport Road, Cupini’s is offering an “Everything is $5” special. The Italian market and restaurant insists that everything really is $5 — from cake to pasta specials — so it may prove well worth a Monday visit. The special applies to dine-in and carryout orders.
Tuesday, April 24
Hopcat (401 Westport Road) is hosting Torn Label Brewing Company for a four-course beer dinner tonight, which includes an appearance from Torn Label’s Magic Magic IPA, brewed with raspberries and lemon peel. Among the food offerings: crab cakes with a lemon caper sauce, smoked chicken salad with fried goat cheese, and blackened pork chops with bacon-wrapped asparagus. The dinner, including beer pairings but not tax or tip, is $30. Get your tickets here.
Thursday, April 26
Head to Union Station (30 West Pershing Road) for the fifth annual Comida KC, a celebration of the cuisines of Latin America, Brazil, and Spain. Sample dishes from a number of notable KC chefs, including Carlos Falcon (Jarocho Pescado y Mariscos), Anakaren Ibarra (Happy Gillis), Howard Hanna (the Rieger), Kevin Nicholls (Parker at the Fontaine), Nate Feldmiller (Cafe Europa), Pablo Muñoz (Tannin Wine Bar), Patrick Ryan (Port Fonda), Carmen Cabia (El Tenedor), and more, as well as drinks from Jonathan Bush (Novel) and Kyle Bennett (the Monarch), among many others. The event benefits the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City (HCCGKC) and educational programs of the Greater Kansas City Hispanic Collaborative (GKCHC), the HCCGKC’s 501c3 sister organization. Tickets start at $175; more information can be found and tickets can be purchased via Comida KC’s website.
Friday, April 27
Following the dedication of the new West Bottoms sculpture, “Confluence” (pictured above), EJ’s Urban Eatery (1414 Ninth Street) is hosting a pig roast. Food will be available for $10 a plate, and a cash bar will be open to guests. The event begins at 5:30 p.m., and the Grisly Hand will perform from 7-9 p.m. The event benefits the Historic West Bottoms group.
Saturday, April 28
Enjoy rare brunch service today at the Rieger (1924 Main Street). A three-course menu, featuring Rieger gin cockails, is on offer for $29. Master distiller Tom Nichol will be on site to meet with guests and to sell the Rieger’s Dry Midwestern Gin. Reserve your seat via Tock.
The Parkville Microbrew Fest marks the beginning of the summer today at English Landing Park (8701 McAfee Road, Parkville). Sample beer from over 60 breweries, including Crooked Stave, Perennial Artisan Ales, Breckenridge Brewery, Farnham House, and many more. Food trucks from Stone Canyon Pizza Company, Magnolia’s on the Move, and Pullman BBQ, among others, will also be present. Tickets are $35 in advance, and $45 at the gate. For more information and to buy tickets, visit the festival’s website.
Visit the Oak Street Art Mansion (4343 Oak Street) for an “Art of Africa and South African Wines” event from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. A discussion of the mansion’s African art collection will precede a presentation of wines from Backsberg Estate Cellars, a fourth-generation estate winemaker out of South Africa. Each $25 ticket includes a welcome glass of wine, six tasting pours, and a cheese plate, in addition to information sessions from Dr. Roland Sabates and Backsberg Estate representative Simon Back. Tickets and more information can be found via Eventbrite.
From 12 – 5 p.m., visit KC Bier Company (310 West 79th Street) for “Maifest,” a celebration of Spring, which benefits Kansas City Community Gardens. The family-friendly event will feature a Maypole, a fairy costume contest, lots of Maibock, and even Betty Rae’s Ice Cream.
Sunday, April 29
The Monarch Bar (4808 Roanoke Parkway) is also hoping for Spring with a Bubbles on the Terrace patio party, which begins at 2 p.m. Bottles of champagne, including Veuve Clicquot, are buy one, get one half off all day. (This event was rescheduled from April 15).