At the center of the US Foods-sponsored event: the annual Gold Fork contest, in which six chefs work with a selection of mystery ingredients to produce a winning meal. I was one of the judges again this year, and - spoiler alert - you're looking at the winner. More after the jump.
If you're searching out drinking opportunities, #ACBW or #ACBWKC is a good place to start. After the jump is a series of events that are meant to celebrate craft brewers from here and across the country.
There's a garden tool freecycle (think take-a-penny, leave-a-penny but with garden tools), a cooking demonstration with wild edibles from the Farmhouse's Michael Foust at 11 a.m. and a chance to ask local farmers about what to plant and how to keep it alive.
The weather report for Saturday: rainy.
But Cathy Kolenda-Smith, the longtime chairwoman of the annual Polski Day in Kansas City, Kansas, isn't concerned. "It's my first rainy festival in 10 years," she says. "But I'm not worried about tomorrow. Some people wait all year for this festival."
Why not? It's hard to find Polish food in the Kansas City metro, so if you've been craving pierogi, golambki, sausage, and kolache pastries, the $12 dinner served from noon to 7 p.m. (or until the food runs out, which hasn't happened in years) should be something close to nirvana. The food, by the way, is served inside the church parish hall.
Several dozen craft breweries will be on hand, among them Kirkwood Station Brewing Co., High Noon Saloon and Brewery, and the Springfield Brewing Co. Tickets cost $25 in advance or $30 the day of the festival (though tickets usually sell out ahead of time).
Kerry Layton loved creme brulee - and music. The longtime associate at Kansas City's VPR Creative Group had also been a bass player before his death from leukemia at age 53 in 2007. Six years ago, Layton's former boss, Curtis Pickering, founder of VPR Creative Group, joined forces with restaurateur Kevin Timmons, co-owner of Wil Jenny's restaurant at 6700 West 135th Street in Leawood, to create a fund-raising event in Layton's honor. This Sunday, from 2 to 5 p.m., a group of local musicians will host a jam session at Wil Jenny's, and the restaurant will serve free creme brulee.
If you're eating breakfast at 12 Baltimore in the Hotel Phillips this morning, you're raising funds for Kansas City's Good Samaritan Project. That also goes for lunch or dinner at 27 other local restaurants, ranging from Hamburger Mary's in the Crossroads to Eden Alley Cafe on the Country Club Plaza. Today, from 6 a.m. until past midnight, 28 participating restaurants in the metro (see complete list below) have pledged at least 25 percent of the day's gross to the Good Samaritan Project, the city's oldest AIDS service organization.
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