Tomato dinners and summer beer festivals: KC’s food and drink events for August 5-11
Monday, August 5
Because why not, it’s apparently National Oyster Day. If you’re in the mood to celebrate, head to Lee’s Summit and visit Pearl Tavern (1672 Northwest Chipman Road), where they’re serving $1 Delaware oysters all day long (11 a.m. to 11 p.m.). The event will also feature drink specials and giveaways.
Or: learn how to make both homemade ricotta and mozzarella cheeses from chef Dana Holland during tonight’s class at the Culinary Center of Kansas City (7920 Santa Fe Drive). During the demonstration and tasting, the fresh cheeses will be incorporated into dishes like ricotta strawberry bombolini and fried mozzarella sandwiches. The class is $65 a person, and tickets can be purchased via the Culinary Center of Kansas City’s website.
Tuesday, August 6
Chef Alex Staab of Chicken N Pickle (1761 Burlington Avenue) has created a special menu for tonight’s charity dinner featuring fresh tomatoes from Kurlbaum’s Heirlooms. The seven-course meal benefits Homes From The Heart, an organization committed to sustainable building and architecture in Central America and Haiti. The $95-per-seat meal includes dishes like pickled tomatoes with cucumber, goat cheese, lemon, and thyme; and roasted rack of lamb with mint and pistachios. Tickets and information are available via Eventbrite.
Thursday, August 8
Visit Dolce Bakery (3930 West 69th Terrace) starting at 6 p.m. for bar night. Pick up one-off chocolate chunk, bittersweet brownie, and snickerdoodle bars (those are not regularly available items), which you can take to go or top with a scoop of Christopher Elbow’s Glacé ice cream. Boulevard Brewing Company will also be on hand with beer samples.
Head to Martin City’s Somerset Wine and Cider Bar (311 West 135th Street) for the Heirloom Tomato Dinner and Wine Experience. “Tomato whisperer” James Worley will be partnering with chef Brett Atkinson of Indulge Catering for a four-course tomato dinner complete with wine pairings. The dinner is $50. Learn more and purchase tickets here.
Saturday, August 10
The 11th annual UNICO Microbrew Festival is today from 5–9 p.m. at Zona Rosa (8640 Dixon Avenue). UNICO, an Italian-American service organization, each year brings together brewers, makers, and crafters to raise money for its college fund and for local charities. Thirty breweries, most of them local, will be represented this year, including Mother’s Brewing Company, Big Rip Brewing Company, Martin City Brewing Company, KC Bier Co., and many more. Tickets are $25; more information and tickets are available via Eventbrite.
Thirteen food trucks will be on hand for the Crossroads Food Truck Festival at Crossroads KC (417 East 18th Street). Cheesy Street, the Waffler, Melt Box Ice Cream, Taste of Brazil and the Hungry Hatch are among the food trucks that will be present for the festival, which begins at 5 p.m. Live music, lawn games and face painting are also features of the event. Tickets start at $10; pick those up here.
Sunday, August 11
Bananas Foster French toast, chicken and waffles, and chicken fried steak with eggs are on the menu for brunch at Soiree Steak and Oyster House (1512 East 18th Street). Chef Anita Moore’s new New Orleans-inspired restaurant 18th and Vine recently debuted brunch service, which also includes live jazz from musician Chris Nickens. Brunch runs from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The music starts at noon.