Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day, and anti-Valentine’s Day: KC’s food and drink events for February 11-17

Monday, February 11

Those who aren’t exactly fans of Valentine’s Day should consider heading over to the ‘Love Stinks, Let’s Drink’ anti-Valentine’s party at Zocalo (620 West 48th Street). The event, which runs from 4-8 p.m., will feature games, drink specials, and a photo booth.

Tuesday, February 12

A four-course beer dinner paired with beer from Bell’s Brewery is on tap tonight at Hopcat (401 Westport Road). Grab a date or a friend and snack on seared tuna with a balsamic shallot reduction (paired with Hopslam), corn chowder with chili oil (Bear Hug) and a pecan-crusted chicken pesto dish (Two-Hearted), among others. There is also the option to wrap up your dinner with a box of chocolates from Andre’s Confiserie Suisse. The dinner is $35 a person (not including tax or tip), and tickets are available via Eventbrite.

Another option for a four-course meal is at The Restaurant at 1900 (1900 Shawnee Mission Parkway). Chef Linda Duerr, along with chefs Jon Ponzer and Andy McCormick, are offering dishes including coca de caballas with smoked mackerel, grilled focaccia, pickles and greens, as well as
lamb ribs with fermented black beans, sticky rice and sweet sausage, and other dishes. Cocktails by Laura Wagner, and wine, too. The dinner is $65 a person (without tax or tip) and is currently fully booked, but there are often cancellations. Call 913-730-1900 to check.

Thursday, February 14

There are no shortage of Valentine’s Day options out there (oh god, so many). Here, we’ve selected a handful of great, local, *and* affordable options that could also work with friends if that’s your style this year.

BKS Artisan Ales (633 East 63rd Street) is serving four-ounce pours of six of its beers paired with sweets from Heirloom Bakery & Hearth. It’s a good-sized serving for two at just $25. Pick up advance tickets here.

Enjoy a three-course meal from chef Carlos Falcon at Jarocho South (13135 State Line Road). For $35 a person, Falcon and his team are preparing a three-course menu that includes a scallop aguachile criollo, coconut soup with shrimp and saffron, and a seared duck breast with lobster, cabbage purée, and a pea-and-mint salsa. Call 816-492-7118 for reservations.

At Chicken N Pickle (1761 Burlington Street), they’re pairing flights of Boulevard beer with unique bites. Among the offerings: sweet and spicy glazed pork belly with the Calling, and creme brulee with fresh raspberry paired with Chocolate Ale. Tickets are $25 a person, and are available here.

Leslie Knope would surely approve of the Galentine’s Day party at McLain’s Market (10695 Roe Avenue). The event takes place from 7 – 9 p.m., and includes a waffle bar (perfect), other breakfast treats (donut holes, parfairs, avocado toast), and mimosas. Guests can also make flower crowns, decorate cookies, and more. Tickets are $55 (fees not included) and can be purchased via Eventbrite.

Also from 7-9 p.m., Crow’s Coffee Waldo (7440 Washington Street) will be the site of a Valentine’s Day pop-up cocktail party, with drinks from Emily Farris (The Boozy Bungalow) and music spun by the Grisly Hand’s Lauren Krum. No advance tickets are necessary.

Prime rib, almon pappilote, or cauliflower steak are on the Valentines Day menu at EJ’s Urban Eatery (1414 West 9th Street). Each $30 reservation includes a three-course meal and two drink tickets. Call 816-491-8262 to reserve your spot.

At Tannin (1526 Walnut Street), customers can customize their own four-course menu, with such selections as ribeye with baked fingerling potatoes and charred pearl onions, espresso-crusted salmon with a poached pear sauce, and linguica sausage with a white bean puree. Charcuterie, seasonal soup, polenta, salads, and more are also available. The meal is $75 a person (excluding tax and gratuity), with wine pairings available for an extra charge. Call 816-842-2660 for reservations.

Another four-course option is available at Tavernonna (106 West 12th Street). During “Valentine’s in Verona,” guests will start with a seafood dish with oysters, shrimp, smoked mussels, and crab, before moving on to a braised beef cheek risotto. Morel-stuffed quail with polenta and a foie gras sugo anchors the menu, and tiramisu finishes it off. The meal is $45 a person, with additional wine pairings also available. Make your reservation via Open Table

Saturday, February 16

KC Bier Company  (310 West 79th Street) celebrates its five-year anniversary today from 1-5 p.m. Twenty-four unique beers will be available, as well as festival food including Bavarian pretzels, bratwurst, bier cheese suppe, and gulasch, in addition to regular menu items. There is a $10 entry fee that includes a seven-ounce glass and five beer tokens; more information, including the list of beers that will be available, is here.