There's a VIP preview party with cocktails Saturday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15 in advance or $20 at the door.
Moderation can wait. Give yourself over to a night of indulgence Sunday at Room 39 in Mission Farms (10561 Mission, in Leawood). That's when the chefs reproduce the meal prepared by the Room 39 team at a dinner celebrating Midwest cuisine at the James Beard House in New York City. The menu includes head cheese on brioche, house-cured prosciutto rabbit loin, trout salad with Missouri caviar, chicken livers with bacon, herb and mustard lamb chops with Palmberg spinach, and a persimmon and chestnut doughnut with Bossa ice cream and Missouri honey. The dinner begins at 6 p.m. and costs $100. Wine pairings are included. Reservations are required. Call 913-648-7639 to reserve a seat.
Having a chef's full attention is a little like dating the most popular person in high school. You're all warm inside, and everybody around you is sneaking peeks to find out how you did it. Avenues Bistro (338 West 63rd Street) has a new chef's table starting at $75 per person (with an included wine pairing) that is available Wednesday through Saturday nights. Chefs Joe Birch and Mario Galan are on-call to make dishes for your table and pairing them with wines selected by Wine Director Timothy O'Neal. There's only one chef's table offered per evening. Call 816-333-5700 to make a reservation.
If you didn't get a chance to hold the Oscar statue as it made its way through town last week on its cross-country road trip, then you might as well enjoy the Oscars in style. On Sunday from 7 to 10 p.m., there's an Oscar watch party at Bistro 303 (303 Westport Road). Enjoy small bites, desserts and beer, wine and cocktails. Tickets cost $50 a person, and proceeds benefit Save, Inc.
The 52nd annual Western Farm Show rolls into town this weekend. The present and future of farming is on display today through Sunday at Hale Arena (1701 American Royal Court). The West Bottoms building will be filled with tractors and harvesters, and all kinds of equipment and materials needed to run a farm. The show also features three days of tractor pulls (yesterday, today and tomorrow). Tickets cost $8 at the door, and children younger than 3 get in free.
What have you got on tap for the weekend?