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How good is your chili? If you want to find out, bring a pot down to the Kansas State Open Chili Cookoff Saturday in Overland Park. The cookoff is being held at VFW Post 846 (8804 Grant), with both homestyle and Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI) categories. It's $20 to enter your chili, which must be turned in by 1 p.m. for homestyle and 2 p.m. for the CASI category. If you just want to attend, organize ask for a $3 donation, which benefits the VFW.
Celebrate the reopening of Mike's Tavern (5424 Troost), which has a completely new interior and upscale pub fare. The new menu includes smoked sausage sandwiches and fish and chips. It's good to see the bar on Troost back in business.
The Pitch's Taste of KC comes to the Power & Light District on Sunday. Pizza and pierogi are among the choices from 23 restaurants. Tasting starts at 5 p.m., and the event is 21-and-older because beer and cocktails are part of the admission price -- you get three drink tickets. It's $35 in advance, $40 at the door.
Two words: pancake breakfast. The 25th annual Merriam Turkey Creek Festival is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Antioch Park (6501 Antioch Road) in Merriam. This one's all about being outside, with a petting zoo, arts and crafts, and paddle boats. Pancakes will be served from 7 to 11 a.m.
It's nice when your grill is warm, your beer is cold and baseball is
on the radio. It's even better when you're sitting in air conditioning,
watching the Royals on television, and someone delivers your burger to you. The
Hotel Phillips' 12 Baltimore launched its Burger, Beer and Baseball special last Sunday. Every Sunday night, the restaurant's signature 12B burger -- smoked
cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion on a brioche bun -- and a
Boulevard draft are $10. And there's a big-screen monitor in the bar,
so even if the game isn't that great, it will still be pretty to watch.
The 4th Annual LGBT Community Picnic is set for Sunday at Swope Park. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the free event includes hot dogs, chips, water and the chance to meet some new people.
The next installment in Powell Gardens' Barn Dinner Series is Sunday. Paris in Spring kicks off at 5 p.m. Powell Gardens' chef Nick Jonjevic has designed a five-course menu with French wine pairings to be enjoyed in the open air Missouri Barn. The menu includes an amuse with risotto, snails and spinach, as well as roasted leg of lamb with cauliflower-filled duchesse potatoes. The dinner is $70, and reservations are required.
Sunday is also your last day to get a half-price frappuccino from Starbucks during happy hour -- 3 to 5 p.m.
It's graduation time, but you can still fit in one last cram session. Boulevard Beer School comes to Barley's Brewhaus
(11924 West 119th Street in Overland Park) at 6 p.m. Monday, May 17, when one of Boulevard's brewers will walk you through the latest
beers. Tickets cost $8; call 913-663-4099.
[Image courtesy of Dunkin' Donuts]