Friday, June 3, 2011

Jazzoo and a host of weekend possibilities

Posted by on Fri, Jun 3, 2011 at 8:30 AM

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Break out your animal-print dress and your pith helmet. Jazzoo is here

again. The annual

Kansas City Zoo fundraiser is from 7:30 p.m. to

midnight tonight. More than 60 restaurants -- including Café

Roux, Fogo de Chao, Skies Restaurant & Lounge, and Tannin Wine Bar

& Kitchen -- dish up appetizers that you can munch on while walking

around the zoo at night. You can sip on wine from Les Bourgeois Winery,

beer from Boulevard, or cider from the Louisburg Cider Mill. Tickets

cost $175.

The blues and brews have always gone together. Now, it's just official.

Blues & Brewfest takes place on Saturday

at the Independence Events Center. The Brewfest portion is from 4 to 6

p.m. with samples from Becks, Shock Top and LandShark. The blues acts

hit the stage at 7 p.m. with Trampled Under Foot, Pat Travers Band and

Kenny Wayne Shepherd scheduled to play. Tickets cost $22.50-$110. The

most expensive tickets include access to the Brew U Academy VIP Lounge,

which has a free cheese and beer tasting (Stella Artois, Leffe and

Hoegaarden) from 6 to 8 p.m.

Downtown Days come to downtown Lee's Summit this weekend. The carnival/arts show/music show stretches over six blocks. And this year, they've added a barbecue competition -- Smokin' on the Summit -- on Friday and Saturday. The massive block party is from noon to 10 p.m. today, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Beer KC -- the folks behind McCoy's Public House, the Foundry and Beer Kitchen -- will be holding their first ever Kansas City Craft Beer Festival on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. The

event includes 19 different brewers, each of whom will be bringing a

"seasonal or year-round offering and one special beer." They'll be set

up in the parking lot of McCoy's (corner of Pennsylvania and Westport

Road). Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Foundry, McCoy's or Beer Kitchen. The event takes place rain or shine.


Got Milk? You will at the sixth annual Basehor Dairy Days (15940 Leavenworth Road, in Basehor). The festival, which honors the town's rich dairy history, will be held on Friday and Saturday. Admission is free.

Learn how to take your chocolate to the next level with master chocolatier Aaron Dearinger. He'll teach you how to make proper chocolate fondue and use chocolate in cocktails at his class, Entertaining With Chocolate, on Sunday at the Culinary Center of Kansas City. The class begins at 6 p.m. and costs $65.

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