Urban farm fundraisers all over town

Caenan Castle in Shawnee

This week is full of events leading up to Sunday’s Tour of Urban Farms (more about that tomorrow). Tonight at 7 p.m., All Souls Church at 4501 Walnut presents a free screening of the documentary Mad City Chickens, about people who raise chickens (sometimes illegally) in the city.

And even if you can’t attend the different classes and lectures throughout the week, you can still help by dining out tonight as part of the Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture fundraiser “Eat Out Local and Eat Out Responsibly.”

At Eden Alley Cafe, Blue Bird Bistro and the Chipotle on 39th Street (from 5-8 p.m.), a portion of all proceeds help support KCUAA and the Urban Farms and Garden Tour.

On the Kansas side, Renee Kelly’s at Caenan Castle offers a special five-course menu and donates a portion of its proceeds as well. Britney Beach said participating in the benefit was a natural fit. “We get all of our ingredients from local vendors … we use them so much that we just had to be involved in some way.”

It’s tough to miss the castle, which is more than 100 years old and listed on the Kansas Historical Register. It was built by a Belgium immigrant Remi Caenan who, legend has it, carried all the limestone himself. (His nine kids probably helped.) It has a patio, cellar and a grand staircase, not to mention it’s a freaking castle in the middle of Johnson County!

The dinner there tonight — which will be served from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. — features an appetizer of cucumber carpaccio with watermelon, feta and balsamic, a sweet pea vichyssoise soup, trout with chevre lemon ravioli for the entree and a berry brioche topped with grilled peaches and ginger caramel and served with gelato. The dinner is paired with wine and costs $65 per person; call 913-631-4100 for reservations.

Categories: Dining, Food & Drink