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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Beer Kitchen will host beer and vegetarian dinner on Monday

Posted By on Wed, Sep 11, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Fresh vegetables and cold beer will be the combination at the Berr Kitchen #1 next Monday.
  • Fresh vegetables and cold beer will be the combination at the Beer Kitchen #1 next Monday.

Once a year, the Beer Kitchen #1 saloon and restaurant at 435 Westport Road in Westport hosts a dinner that pairs vegetarian dishes with beers selected by the Beer Kitchen's resident cicerone, Randyl Danner. This year's event, to be held Monday, September 16, will be the creation of Tim Touhy, the chef at McCoy's Public House, and Chad Miller, chef at Beer Kitchen #1, and will feature fresh produce from the organization New Roots for Refugees, a joint effort of Cultivate Kansas City and Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas City. A small portion of the proceeds from the meal - which is priced at $50 per person and includes tax and gratuity - will be donated to the New Roots for Refugees program.

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Village West WineFest and other weekend possibilities

Posted By on Fri, Sep 6, 2013 at 8:30 AM

The wines are waiting.
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  • The wines are waiting.
Couples that love wine and beer can circle Saturday on the calendar. That's the date of the seventh annual Village West WineFest. The event at Schlitterbahn (9400 State Ave., in Kansas City, Kansas) runs from 6 p.m. to midnight and features 200 wines, 100 beers, and food from more than two dozen Kansas City restaurants. Tickets cost $75.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Paradise Locker Meats is preparing for Paradise Palooza

Posted By on Tue, Sep 3, 2013 at 7:00 AM

This is paradise for carnivores.
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  • This is paradise for carnivores.
It's a good time to be a meat lover. Paradise Locker Meats (which The Pitch featured in a cover story this March) is celebrating its 10th anniversary at 405 W. Birch in Trimble, Missouri, on Saturday, September 7.

"I don't know exactly what's going to happen," Paradise owner Mario Fantasma says. "But I know everybody will eat well."

See how the sausage is made, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., when the butchers demonstrate breaking down a carcass and transforming it into links. After that, enjoy dishes from some of the region's most prominent chefs - Jonathan Justus, Michael Beard, Michael Foust, Howard Hanna, among them - who will be taking parts from a whole lamb and pig and turning them into something craveworthy between 12 and 3 p.m. A live band will be on hand for the final three hours, from 3 to 6 p.m., of the party.

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Friday, August 30, 2013

Kansas City Irish Fest and other weekend possibilities

Posted By on Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 7:28 AM

Theres whiskey and Boulevard beer tasting this weekend at Crown Center.
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  • There's whiskey and Boulevard beer tasting this weekend at Crown Center.
Good music and cold beer are great starts for any day. Find both at the Kansas City Irish Fest, which runs today through Sunday. There are whiskey tastings, Sheridan's custard, Scotch eggs, and plenty more to munch on as you walk through the craft booths and Irish cultural exhibits outside Crown Center (2450 Grand) while you're treated to a solid lineup of Irish bands for every speed of dancing. A weekend ticket costs $25 in advance, or a day pass is $10 in advance ($5 on Friday) or $15 at the gate.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Lidia Bastianich says Kansas City needed her restaurant

Posted By on Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Lidia Bastianich will celebrate her Kansas City success next week.
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  • Lidia Bastianich will celebrate her Kansas City success next week.

When Lidia's Kansas City opened in the Crossroads 15 years ago, there had never been a restaurant in the former railroad freight house (there are now three), and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich (the proprietor of Felidia, Becco, Esca and Del Posto restaurants in New York City) had never opened a location outside New York (she now has two).

"We were a little nervous at first," says Bastianich, who will be in Kansas City next week for her restaurant's anniversary event. "How do you manage a restaurant from a distance?"

Still, the challenge appealed to her: "We felt the Midwest was underserved by the kind of cuisine we had to offer," she says.

Kansas City has always had Italian restaurants, of course, dating back at least to the early 1900s. For the record: The longest-running Italian restaurants in the city are Cascone's Grill (started as a three-stool diner in 1933), Jasper's Restaurant and the Northland's Cascone's Restaurant (both opened in 1954).

Was Lidia's Kansas City really so different?

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Bacon-Fest and other weekend possibilities

Posted By on Fri, Aug 23, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Pig out this weekend.
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  • Pig out this weekend.
You need to make sure you get your daily dose of B vitamins. And at Bacon-Fest, the "B" can stand for beer, bands or bacon. The annual fundraiser for the Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City (3010 Main) returns Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. Admission is $40, which includes bacon in dishes ranging from appetizers to desserts; beer; a commemorative cup; and a T-shirt.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Rieger is holding a Perennial beer ice-cream social

Posted By on Thu, Aug 22, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Its blackberry ale and its going to be served with ice cream.
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  • It's blackberry ale and it's going to be served with ice cream.
We are in the golden age of the beer float. The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange (1924 Main) is hosting a Perennial Ice Cream Social next Tuesday, August 27, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For $17, you get three brews from the well-regarded St. Louis brewery (they just brought their Peach Berlinner Weiss to KC): Saison De Lis, Woodside Honey Tripel and Barry Rye. Each of those beers will be paired with an ice cream from Natasha's Mulberry & Mott (which creates desserts for the Rieger) and served as a flight. Reservations are recommended. Call 816-471-2177.

In other news on Main, the Rieger launched a new bar menu earlier this month, and the first thing on your to-eat list should be the "duck fat kettle corn." For those who tweet, Rieger chef and owner Howard Hanna is now on Twitter.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Lidia Bastianich will be in KC to celebrate her restaurant's 15th anniversary

Posted By on Wed, Aug 21, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Bastianichs latest book will be out in October.
  • Bastianich's latest book will be out in October.
Lidia Bastianich, the Italian grandmother you always wished you had, will be in town on Wednesday, September 4, for a celebration of her restaurant's 15th anniversary in the Freight House building. Bastianiach will host the four-course dinner at Lidia's (101 W. 22nd St.) that runs from 5 to 9 p.m. After the dinner is over, David George and A Crooked Mile will be playing in a tent outside.

The meal (full menu here) starts with antipasti: house-curred salumi, roasted peppers and fresh mozzarella. After that, you can have wild mushroom and barley soup, grilled octopus or crispy veal sweetbreads. The third course has the pasta-tasting menu (including risotto with Maine lobster), a roasted heritage pork loin stuffed with bourbon-soaked prunes, or veal osso bucco. Wrap up with Limoncello tiramisu, pumpkin budino or chocolate chestnut torta. The dinner is $60 per person (an additional wine pairing of Bastianich wines is $30). Call 816-221-3722 to make a reservation.

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Friday, August 16, 2013

Westport Movies in the Parking Lot and other weekend possibilities

Posted By on Fri, Aug 16, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Toast the end of summer with a beer float.
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  • Toast the end of summer with a beer float.
If you've got to plan a date this weekend, you're all set. This Sunday is Westport Movies in the Parking Lot. Head over to the lot behind Harry's Bar and Tables (501 Westport Road) for a night of eats and drinks and a trio of films: Waiting, Office Space and Pulp Fiction. The event starts at 8 p.m. and runs until 3 a.m. The movies are free.

Leave your house at 7 p.m. and stop by the Foundry for beer ice cream and beer floats. They're holding a Back to School Ice Cream Social with Bell's Kalamazoo Stout, Boulevard Harvest Dance, McCoy's Farmhouse, Stiegl Weisse and St. Louis Peche ice cream. The two flavors of beer float will be made with St. Louis Framboise and McCoy's Milk Stout.

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Sam Cassell will be live and in person at Lufti's on Friday

Posted By on Thu, Aug 15, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Its Cassell and catfish tomorrow at Luftis.
  • It's Cassell and catfish tomorrow at Lufti's.
Ever since the Sprint Center opened, diehard basketball fans usually get one shot at satisfying their National Basketball Association fix (the Miami Heat are slated to play the Charlotte Bobcats on October 11). But tomorrow, hoop heads can chat with Sam Cassell at Lufti's Fried Fish (3037 Main).

The three-time NBA champion, now an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards, will be there signing autographs and answering questions from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday. Cassell is in town to teach an All-Star Basketball Camp in Overland Park later that night. Lufti's opened on Main Street last July.

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