The Pitch‘s Best of Kansas City party happens October 5

Let’s make one thing clear about The Pitch’s Best of Kansas City Party, which happens Thursday, October 5, at the Madrid Theatre: It’s not an awards ceremony.

This isn’t some staid evening where you sit and listen to nominees and winners being named in each category, read on a stage by an MC reading a winding scroll made of newsprint (or, these days, a fancy high-gloss magazine sheet). Yes, many winners from the Food, Drink, Goods and Services, People and Places and other categories will be in attendance, but they’re just there to have fun like the other ticketholders. 

Think of the Best of Kansas City Party instead as a cool, low-key wedding reception with many of your favorite local faces (bartenders, tattoo artists, real estate agents, hair stylists, designers, etc.) on the guest list. The winners will be off-duty, standing in line with you to sample from the best of what 2017 had to offer (and maybe campaigning a little fory our Best of KC 2018 vote). Everybody gets something tonight. 

For example: help yourself to several helpings of the butternut-squash ravioli (with a sage-brown butter cream) and house-made carved Italian sausage from Brancato’s Catering. Or the burnt-end sliders from the Point, served with jalapeño coleslaw and beer-battered onion strings in a sweet and spicy BBQ sauce. Save room, though, for whatever you see from District Pour House and Kitchen, which won February’s Brunched Margarita Competition and August’s Margarita Wars and is surely about to deliver another trophy-worthy offering.

And there’s a sweet open bar, too: beers from Tallgrass Brewing, vodka from Tito’s and assorted fine spirits from Tom’s Town. Pinot’s Palette will have canvases set up, ready for your contribution to buzz-abetted collaborative art. Finally, Pretzel Addiction will make its case for “Best Pretzel” as a 2018 Best of KC category, and, of course, itself as the winner. Actually, the same could be said for “Best Party” and “Best of Kansas City Party.”

The Best of KC Party is sponsored by Topgolf and the American Jazz Museum. Tickets are $20 (GA) and $35 (VIP); doors open at 6 p.m. for VIP guests and 7 p.m. for GA.