Friday, November 9, 2012

Diwali and other weekend possibilities

Posted By on Fri, Nov 9, 2012 at 7:45 AM

Diwali is this weekend.
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  • Diwali is this weekend.
Diwali, the festival of lights, starts at 4:15 p.m. Saturday at KU Medical Center's Student Center (3901 Rainbow). The annual free celebration put on by the school's Indian Association features Bollywood dance performances, henna tattoos and a $6 authentic Indian buffet.

British Faire is this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Charles Ferruzza had all the details earlier this week.

Have you ever looked at a sushi chef and thought, I could do that? You can learn how at Sushi 101, a class taught by the chefs at RA Sushi (11638 Ash, Leawood), on Sunday. The class begins at 2 p.m. and includes a sushi-rolling lesson, nonalcoholic drink, sushi rolls, nigiri, edamame, miso soup, and a card good for a free lunch on your next visit to RA. The class costs $35. Reservations are required. Call 913-850-6260 to save a spot.

Think you look like celebrity chef Aaron Sanchez? You can find out when you stand next to him at the Aaron Sanchez look-alike contest at Mestizo (5270 W. 116th St., Leawood) Saturday at 5 p.m. If it turns out that you don't look anything like him, don't worry. Every contestant walks away with a $10 gift card. The grand-prize winner gets a photo with Sanchez, a signed cookbook, dinner for four, a bottle of 1800 Coconut, and a one-night stay at the Aloft in Leawood (which is just stumbling distance away in Park Place). The contest is at the end of a few days of festivities celebrating Sanchez's year-old restaurant.

With a focus on local food and décor (a lot of reclaimed wood), Providence New American Kitchen opened last month in the Hilton President Hotel (1329 Baltimore). The Drum Room Lounge also got a new look and a daily happy-hour menu from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Stop in then and stuff yourself on $4 small plates of barbecue-glazed pork belly, hush puppies with grits and cucumber slaw, ahi tuna tacos, potato pierogi, meat loaf sliders, or salt and vinegar fries. Boulevard Pilsner drafts are $3, and a Pomegranitini is $5.

What have you got on tap for your weekend?

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