The Pitch‘s KC Pizza Week kicks off, Messenger Coffee/Ibis Bakery opens downtown and more: your food and drink events: October 16-22

Monday, October 16

Pizza. There is no more perfect food. Even in its most humble, freezer-section form, it is still good. So there is much to celebrate from now through October 22, as The Pitch presents KC Pizza Week. All week, choose from specialty 10-inch (or larger) pizzas for just $8 at any of the following locations: il Lazzarone KC, Dewey’s Pizza KC, Pizzeria Locale, Joe’s Pizza – Buy the Slice, the Point Bar & Grill, KC Kitchen & Pizzeria, RecordBar, Homeslice Pizza and Pints, Artègo Pizza, and Grimaldi’s. It’s enough to cover every day and then some. Find more information on our event page here

The Rieger (1924 Main) is hosting its second farmer’s appreciation party on its Crossroads rooftop. Your $35 ticket gets you two drink tokens and hors d’oeuvres unique to the featured farmers. This time around, the featured farmers include Gail Fuller of G&L Whole Foods, Sarah Hoffman and Eliza Spertus of Green Dirt Farm, and Linda Hezel of Prairie Birthday Farms. Get your tickets here

For the first time since its opening (and from here on out), Corvino Supper Club & Tasting Room (1830 Walnut) is open on a Monday. What’s more, the restaurant is debuting its new happy hour, which will run from 3 to 6 p.m. every Monday through Saturday. The new happy hour menu includes, among other things, oysters, a rock shrimp tostada, onion rings, cocktails and combo drinks (one example: a can of Old Milwakee with a shot of Old Granddad bourbon). 

Wednesday, October 18

Fans of Martin City Brewing Company and Alchemy Coffee and Bake House in Lawrence should head to Bier Station (120 East Gregory Boulevard) starting at 4 p.m. today for the release of the Alchemy Coffee Stout. Brewers from Martin City will be on hand. In addition to the coffee stout, Bourbon Barrel Abbey, Apposite and Hardway IPA will also be available. 

Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant (4686 Broadway Boulevard) is hosting a guided wine tasting with Master Sommelier Emily Wines (Wines being one of just 149 people in the United States to earn this distinction). The “no snobs” educational event includes eight pours, plus appetizers. Tickets to the event are $20 (or $10 for wine club members) and can be purchased here

Friday, October 20

Restaurateurs Andy Lock and Domhall Molloy have been collaborating with Utah distiller High West Whiskey on a limited, single-barrel, private-label whiskey for Lock and Molloy’s restaurants. Tonight, enjoy complimentary samples of the fruits of this collaboration by visiting either Summit Grill location (520 West 75th Street, in Waldo, or 4835 Northeast Lakewood Way, in Lee’s Summit), as well as Third Street Social (123 Southeast Third Street) or Lakewood Local (811 Northeast Lakewood Boulevard). The whiskey, as well as High West’s other products, will later be sold at Summit Cellar and Spirits (815 Northeast Lakewood Boulevard). 

Saturday, October 21

Messenger Coffee and Ibis Bakery (1624 Grand Boulevard) is at last opening its downtown location, which features a coffee roasting facility, grain mill, bakery and events space today at 7 a.m. 

Beginning at noon, Double Shift Brewing Company (412 East 18th Street) will be releasing its Abby Royal beer, a hearty companion to its Sister Abby creation. Abby Royal was aged in Tom’s Town bourbon barrels for 10 months and has an ABV of 9.3%. It might even cure colds. 

Though we’re a bit light on details, CrossroadsKC Beer Fest is today at Crossroads KC at Grinder’s (417 East 18th Street). Twenty-four breweries will be doling out 70+ beers (exactly which breweries and beers is presumably forthcoming), and the evening features performances from Katy Guillen and the Girls, Dolewite, Gekko and Flannigan’s Right Hook. Tickets start at $28 and can be purchased via Ticketfly

Learn to make three craft cocktails from scratch during this Saturday’s cocktail class at Julep (4141 Pennsylvania Avenue). From 4 to 6 p.m., participants will receive hands-on tutoring in mixing these seasonal drinks (followed, of course, by drinking them), all while noshing on appetizers created by Julep’s chef Charles Barr. Your $53 ticket includes tax and gratuity and can be purchased here