Seafood at the zoo, KC’s best-known chefs celebrate Latin food and drink culture at Comida KC, and wine dinners at J. Gilberts and Michael Smith: this week’s restaurant events, April 17-23

Monday April 17

Indulge in a four-course wine dinner tonight at J. Gilbert’s (8901 Metcalf, Overland Park) featuring selections from Sonoma County’s Simi Wines. The meal includes a sea-scallops-and-shrimp ceviche, roasted pork belly with burrata salad, braised wagyu short ribs and a panna cotta, plus wine pairings. The dinner’s host is winemaker Susan Lueker. The dinner is $70 per person, not including tax or gratuity. Call 913-642-8070 to reserve a spot.

Wednesday, April 19

Michael Smith (1900 Main) is also treating its guests to a California wine dinner this week, centered on the wares of MTGA Winery, a boutique Napa operation. The courses: strawberry salad with peekytoe crab, wild-mushroom curgliones (a Sardinian style of ravioli), braised wild-boar stew with chickpeas and fava beans, and strawberry shortcake. The dinner is $80 a person, not counting tax and gratuity. Email or call 816-842-2202 for reservations.

Thursday, April 20

Go big tonight with Comida KC as it celebrates Latin food and drink culture at Union Station (30 West Pershing Road). To give you a sense of scale, participating chefs include guest chef Mario Pagan (Pagan and Sage restaurants, Puerto Rico) as well as Patrick Ryan (Port Fonda), Michael Smith (Michael Smith, Extra Virgin), Howard Hanna (the Rieger, Ça Va), Carmen Cabia (El Tenedor), Carlos Mortera (Avenues Bistro), Josh Eans (Happy Gillis, Columbus Park Ramen Shop) , Gerardo Espinosa (Café Europa) and more. Bar talent includes Andrew Olson (Bluestem), Brock Schulte (Liquid Minded Concepts, Monarch), Ryan Miller (Corvino), Laura Wagner (Aep) and Arturo Vera-Felice (Justus Drugstore), among others. The event is being promoted as a “world tour” of Latin flavors. A $175 GA ticket gets samples of the food and drink; up your ticket to $225 for VIP entry, which includes a champagne reception and a chance to meet the chefs. The event also includes entertainment and silent auctions; proceeds benefit the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City and the Kansas City Hispanic Collaborative. See Comida KC’s website for more details and to purchase tickets.  

Friday April 21

In what may be the only food-truck fair you’ll find in a historic cemetery, Union Hill is hosting Food Truck Friday today (227 East 28th Terrace). Pita for Good (from-scratch Mediterranean foods), KC Pinoy (Filipino food), Werner’s on Wheels (meats and sausages) and Coffee Cake KC (coffee cakes, dessert bars, coffee) will be on site from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

Saturday April 22

The Kansas City Zoo (6800 Zoo Drive) is hosting its annual tribute to sustainable seafood tonight from 6:30 to 9:30; for $45 (or $35 for zoo members), enjoy a range of small bites and cocktails at the Helzberg Penguin Plaza. Benefits from the event support the zoo’s penguins, sea lions and other animals. 

Raise a glass to Earth Day at Hopcat (401 Westport Road). Look for beers with the planet logo next to them on Hopcat’s extensive beer menu; $1 from each pint will go to support the Urban Farming Guys, a local nonprofit and urban agriculture and community advocacy organization.  

Chef Joe Shirley of Überdine (2700 Troost) is hosting a pop-up tonight deemed “wholey cow,” in which an entire cow will be broken down and served over a 14-course meal. Join for seatings at either 5 or 8 p.m.; tickets to the event are $110 a person, not including tax or gratuity. 

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