And this year, the Slurpees are bigger. Instead of a 7.11 ounce cup, you'll leave with a full 12 ounces of brain freeze. There's no purchase necessary and it's one free Slurpee per person between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Do you realize that every time you visit a McDonald's or a Houlihan's Restaurant & Bar or an Applebee's, you're seeing the ideas first generated by one man, Fred Harvey, who died over a century ago?
Harvey, one of Kansas City's first millionaires (his corporate offices were, after his death, in Union Station for many years, but he resided in Leavenworth), was the first restaurateur to incorporate high standards of service, cleanliness, and consistency of food served in his eating establishments. Harvey was also one of the first restaurateurs to use waitresses instead of male servers.
I will participate in a panel discussion tonight - with Steve Noll, the executive director of the Jackson County Historical Society, and cookbook author and former restaurateur Lou Jane Temple - at 6:30 p.m. at the National Archives, 400 West Pershing Road, in the Crossroads. The event is free.
And the list of what's on tap - 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat, Coffee Ale, Double-Wide IPA, Grainstorm Black Rye IPA, KC Pils (the brew formerly known as Pilsner), Nommo Dubbel, Reverb Imperial Pilsner, Rye-on-Rye, Saison-Brett, Tank 7, Tripel Julep and Zon - is worth the drive alone. There will also be bottles of Love Child No. 3 and take-home tulip glasses, as well as Boulevard/Sporting KC pint glasses.
Ikea tapped J.E. Dunn earlier this year to build the 359,000-square-foot building set to open in the fall of 2014. And back in January, The Pitch's Ben Palosaari delved into the failure of Merriam Village off Interstate 35 at Johnson Drive, what it took to lure the furniture maker to Kansas and the site's rebirth as an Ikea.
But the only way to beat the heat is to lean in to it with your taste buds and heat up your insides to the point where you're no longer worried about your outsides. Today, we're talking spicy. Be it barbecue sauce, salsa, ghost peppers or the curry chicken soup at Le Monde Bakery (308 Armour Road), what's the best spicy dish you've recently had in Kansas City?
KC RiverFest at Berkley Riverfront Park (south bank of the Missouri River between the Christopher S. Bond and Heart of America bridges). Gates open at 4 p.m. with free admission until 5 (then it costs $5, except for children 12 and younger, who get in free). The celebration has two stages of local music, including Antennas Up, Shades of Jade, Funk Syndicate, and Four Fried Chickens and a Coke. Fireworks begin at 10 p.m. See kcriverfest.com.
Jackson County's Fourth of July Celebration at Longview Lake, Shelter No. 13 (11100 View High Drive). Find carnival games and rides, a drop-in salute to veterans by Skydive KC, and a performance by country-rock band Blackjack Billy. Gates open at 6 p.m. Admission is free, but parking costs $5. See jacksongov.org.
Parkville holds a market on Wednesdays and Saturdays (from 7 a.m. until noon or sellout) through October. Crum's Heirlooms - a Bonner Springs farm run by Jim and Deb Crum that is often featured on the Bluestem and Starker's menus - are regulars at the Saturday market.
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