There will be prizes tonight for the culinary winners who enter the recipe competition at the "Get Your Grow On!" Community Picnic and Potluck, held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Pavilion at Loose Park, 51st Street and Wornall; the event is part of this weekend's Urban Farms & Gardens Tour.
"We haven't gotten as many recipes as we would like so far," says volunteer Bonnie Winston, who encourages local cooks to bring their favorite dish (it needs to serve at least five people), plus a printed recipe and, maybe, a serving spoon, to the Loose Park Pavilion no later than 6 p.m. There's also a $10 entry fee.
The judges for tonight's event include Ethne Clark, editor in chief of Organic Gardening magazine; Gordon Roe, publisher of Tastebud magazine; and freelance writer Mary Pepitone, who authors the "Come Into My Kitchen" column in The Kansas City Star. The categories are Local Appetizer, Local Side Dish, Local Main Dish and Local Dessert. For more information about entering tonight's contest, contact Theresa Kelly at 913-961-9826.
The two co-sponsors of the event are the Garden Center Association of Greater Kansas City and Cultivate Kansas City.
The contest is only one component of tonight's festivities at Loose Park. The entire community is invited to bring dishes to share -- there will be a communal potluck table -- or their own picnic food.
"It's going to be a gorgeous night tonight," Winston says. "And the potluck will be a chance to taste interesting dishes and meet interesting people."