Can you smell what downtown Overland Park is cooking? From 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, the Culinary Center of Kansas City (7920 Santa Fe Dr., in Overland Park) will be luring in hundreds of people by the nose. Its third annual Festival of Smoke is a free series of barbecue and smoking demonstrations and pork butt tastings (watch the school's barbecue instructors engage in some good-natured ribbing and competition). Barbecue, of course, is also available for purchase.
Everyone could use a bit of elegance in their life. Bluestem (900 Westport Road) delivers with its Saturday-afternoon tea with seatings at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Sip on tea and enjoy delicate pastries and tea sandwiches from pastry chef Megan Garrelts. The tea costs $25 per person ($10 for children under 10 years old). Make a reservation at 816-561-1101.
County Keepsakes (501 Main, in Belton) also has a Saturday-afternoon tea. The Belton tearoom will have seatings at 1 and 3 p.m., when tea-party attendees can nibble on sweet and savory items like cakes, cookies and mini sandwiches. The afternoon tea is $15 per person. Reservations are required. Call 816-348-7888.
You didn't take a limo in high school, so you might as well not start now. Bike Prom, BikeWalkKC's take on drinks and dancing is Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $15 in advance or $20 at the door, and they include food from Wilma's Real Good Food and New Belgium beers.
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