Friday, February 8, 2013

KC Barbecue Tours and other weekend possibilities

Posted By on Fri, Feb 8, 2013 at 8:06 AM

Warm up with some barbecue.
  • Warm up with some barbecue.
The most frustrating thing about barbecue is that you typically get to try only one thing. Well, now you can go around the world (of barbecue) in just under four hours with KC Barbecue Tours. The new guided bus tour launches Friday at 11 a.m.

Owner and driver Karl Schemel says you won't leave hungry. And with stops at Arthur Bryant's, Woodyard and Gates, he's probably right. Tours will be offered at 11 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. (And in the spring, tours may also be offered on weekdays.) Tickets cost $65.

Cool beer, hot chili - two great winter warmers that taste great together. The Big Chill, the third annual strong beer and chili tasting at 75th Street Brewery (520 W. 75th St.), is set for Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. It's a chance for local brewers (Free State, Gordon Biersch, Schlafly and Boulevard, among them) to show off their beers and their ability with a crockpot. Bring a jacket because the event is held in the Alley, 75th Street's outdoor beer garden. Tickets cost $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Call 816-523-4677 to purchase a ticket.

Give in to your sweet tooth. The Webster House is hosting author Judith Fertig for a cinnamon roll demonstration at 10 a.m. Saturday. She'll talk about recipes from her book, I Love Cinnamon Rolls, and prepare a few as part of a morning brunch. The cost is $40. Call Kathy Done at 816-221-4713 (ext. 108) to make a reservation.

Wine and chocolate cure all ills. Together, they make happy people happier and sad people forget what had them upset in the first place. Discover bliss, for free, at a Wines and Chocolates tasting, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday night at Off the Vine (16076 Metcalf, in Overland Park). The wine shop is putting together pairings with chocolate, flavored with tart cherry, cranberry and orange from Best Regards Bakery.

Mardi Gras comes a bit early to Kansas City with the fifth annual Mardi Growl Maskgrrrade Ball. The benefit for the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation is set for Friday night, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., at the Ron Berg Event Space (1525 Grand). Masks are encouraged but not required at the ball that features Boulevard beer and desserts from Nellie's Sweets and Chocolate Expressions. Tickets cost $45 in advance or $50 at the door.

It's easy for Valentine's Day to get blown out of proportion. You focus on the flowers or the chocolate and suddenly forget about the person who is on the receiving end of your gifts. Slow things down at the Wine Barn Winery & Vineyard for its third annual Sweetheart Weekend (2850 N. 119th St., in Kansas City, Kansas), from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. You can enjoy a bit of conversation and focus on your Valentine with a candlelit wine and dessert tasting, which costs $10 per couple. Reservations are required. Call 913-721-5577 or e-mail info@winebarnwinery.com.

In the hands of an amateur, a plan to infuse liquor often ends with something the consistency and flavor of a bad Jell-O shot. Avoid ruining innocent liquor by taking the Infusion for Lovers: Beverage Lovers class conducted by Jason Burton, of the Lab, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday. The class is held at Snow & Co. (1815 Wyandotte) and covers how to infuse vodka and bourbon using ingredients you likely have in your own kitchen. The class costs $15, and an RSVP is required.

What have you got on tap for the weekend?

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