Friday, March 9, 2012

St. Patrick's Day celebrations and other weekend possibilities

Posted By on Fri, Mar 9, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Get out your green.
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St. Patrick’s Day is a bit like Oktoberfest — the party is no longer really just for one day. But also like Oktoberfest, you wouldn’t have it any other way. Irishpalooza comes to Martin City on Sunday. The 25th annual parade begins at 2 p.m. at the State Line Point Shopping Center (Washington and 135th Street), and local weather forecaster Gary Lezak is this year’s grand marshal. The Kelihans play the post-parade party from 3:30 to 7 p.m. in the parking lot of Jess & Jim’s Steakhouse, where you can have a beer and some of their house-made corned beef and cabbage. The Shawnee St. Patrick’s Day Parade, in its 30th year, starts the same day (Sunday) at 1 p.m. and runs from Monrovia to Nieman on Johnson Drive.

But when it comes to eats, the one parade to attend might just be the Snake Saturday Parade on Saturday. The 28th annual Snake Saturday festivities in the Northland start at 11 a.m. with the parade beginning at 14th Street and Swift. If you’re not on a float waving, you can fill your hands with corn dogs, funnel cakes, caramel apples, sausages and peppers, and all of the state-fair food that is the best part of summer.

If you’ve given up meat for Lent, you can still eat very well in the Kansas City area. The Shields Manor Bistro (121 Main, in Platte City) has special Lenten items in March. In addition to the shrimp etoufee (a 150-year-old recipe), the restaurant has blackened wild Alaska salmon drizzled with citrus butter and served over creamy polenta. Just try and save some room for the apple or Platte County black bottom pie.

The key to a proper wine pairing isn’t the wine, and it isn't the food. It’s actually the spices used for the dish you’re serving. Learn how seasoning affects wine pairings at Wine & Spices, an Off the Vine class led by Aaron Meeker, at Sunlight Day Spa (7373 W. 107th St., in Overland Park) on Saturday. The tasting, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., is $15 for members or $20 for non-members. RSVPs are required; call 913-951-9660.

The Foundry (424 Westport Road) is holding a Meet the Brewers event from 4 to 6 p.m. with brewers from McCoy's, Boulevard, Free State, 75th Street Brewery, Tallgrass and Gordon Biersch. It's also a chance to meet Boulevard founder John McDonald, who is expected to attend. The free event includes samples from all of the local ale makers.

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