This week, Mestizo
, the JoCo restaurant and cantina that claims to represent the true cuisine and cultures of the Yucatán and Veracruz, celebrates its first anniversary. The secret of its success owes a lot to the celebrity chef behind it, Aarón Sánchez: the hombre famous for Centrico in New York City; one of People en Español
's "50 Most Beautiful People"; and the star of Food Network shows such as Heat Seekers
and The Next Iron Chef
. So it figures that the festivities (which kicked off Wednesday and end tonight) include an Aarón Sánchez look-alike contest. The grand-prize winner gets dinner for four at Mestizo; a signed copy of Sánchez's brand-new book, Simple Food, Big Flavor
; an unopened bottle of 1800 Coconut tequila; and a one-night stay at Aloft Leawood. So your mustache, inked biceps and custom Mozo Chef kicks are finally going to pay off. Get in the game at 5 p.m., then dance, drink and eat all night on the roof (5270 West 116th Place, Leawood). For details, see mestizoleawood.com
or call 913-752-9025.