High culture was the theme of the last Vagabond pop-up restaurant created by chef Alex Pope and blogger and bon vivant Jenny Vergara - the sold-out March dinners were held at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and featured private tours of the museum's art treasures. When Pope and Vergara introduce Vagabond 5.0 on July 10, the culinary culture will be influenced more by P.T. Barnum than Pablo Picasso. The event - held Tuesday, July 10, through Friday, July 13 - will be a carnival-style supper presented under a "big-top tent" in the City Market, 20 East Fifth Street.
"We're really going for the feel of a summer fair," Vergara says. "We'll have a few midway games, circus-style performers, and Alex has created a menu of upscale versions of classic carnival favorites."
Vergara wants potential patrons to know that those paying the $70 per person ticket fee won't be handed a hot dog and a bag o' popcorn. Like the other four Vagabond dinners, Pope is going all out, creatively speaking, to offer an exciting, distinctive culinary experience.
True, there will be popcorn, but it will be tossed with shrimp and black truffles. The chipotle corn dogs - made in Pope's Local Pig butcher shop - will be coated with rosemary masa and served with tomatillo ketchup. Butter-poached fresh corn will be splasked with fresh Key lime juice and morita chile; the cheese curds are tempura-battered fresh mozzarella. There will be a barbecued pulled pork burger and, yes, freshly fried funnel cakes - bourbon funnel cakes - sprinkled with cardamom sugar and topped with cucumber ice cream and candied melon.
The food and French wines will be offered at individual serving stations under the tent. Because the food - and booze - are strictly designed for a grown-up audience, no one under 21 will be permitted at the event, which will operate each of the four nights from 6 to 10 p.m. For ticket information or to purchase tickets, go to Brown Paper Tickets by clicking here.