Do you want to eat local but you aren't exactly sure what is local? Find out at the Eat Local! Expo 2011.
The Kansas City Food Circle's 13th annual exhibition of farmers is set for
Saturday at the Roger T. Sermon Community Center (Truman and Noland roads, in Independence) from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. On the following Saturday, the expo shifts to the Shawnee Civic Center (13817 Johnson Drive) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Admission is free. Local
producers will be on hand to sell produce, meat, dairy and eggs. You
also can purchase community-supported agriculture subscriptions or
seedlings for a home garden. Throughout the day, there will be
presentations on where to find local produce and how to store and cook it.
There's a Beaujolais showcase at Tannin Wine Bar and Kitchen (1526 Walnut) from 4 to 6 p.m. this Saturday and from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday. A Georges Duboeuf Julienas '09 and Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages '09 will be among the wines sampled. The tasting costs $5 (it's free for wine locker members).
Chicago isn't just about hot dogs. Discover one of the best parts of the Windy City when Goose Island's Paul DeVries is the guest at a Beer Kitchen brewmaster's dinner at 6:30 p.m. this Sunday. The menu includes Sofie Belgian-style farmhouse ale paired with lump crab and artichoke beignets and Pere Jacques (a Belgian-style Abbey ale) with hickory-smoked pork belly with roasted beet, faro and maytag blue cheese salad. The five-course meal is $60 per person ($110 for a couple) and includes tax and gratuity.
In the Shade of the Vine
returns for the fourth year to Zona Rosa from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday. The annual benefit for Concerned Care Inc. is a wine- and
food-tasting event with samples provided by 10 local wineries and 15 restaurants. Tickets are $50. Call 816-474-3026 to make a reservation.
The best part of collecting beer paraphernalia might just be all the
brews you have to drink as part of the hobby. Meet fellow collectors at
the Blue Springs Beer Can & Breweriana Show at the American Legion
Building (499 S. 7 Hwy., in Blue Springs) from 9
a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.