Food and Drink

June’s Can’t-Miss Dinners

Don’t wait to make a reservation for this month’s special dining opportunities.

Carnivores, rejoice. Dario Cecchini is in town this week for a meat lovers’ extravaganza at Michael Smith, and a few seats are still available for Wednesday and Thursday. Stop by the Crossroads for lunch on Thursday to enjoy an all-star meal with contributions from Michael Smith and Jasper Mirabile.

Get a taste of Seattle’s Chateau Ste. Michelle wines downtown at Bristol, where they will be paired with Green Dirt Farms cheese, poached lobster and other decadent dishes Wednesday. Then on Thursday, June 19, the Leawood location will be serving seared sea scallops, heirloom tomato and fresh mozzarella salad, char-crusted beef tenderloin and double chocolate mousse cake alongside Hess Wines from Napa Valley vineyards. The spectacular pairings won’t break the bank, costing just $69 per person. We’ll drink to that.

Score bonus points for coming up with a creative date at Pierponts’ June 7 Dinner & a Movie, which includes three courses, including beef short rib croquette with grilled sweet corn succotash followed by a showing of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Strangers on a Train” at the H&R Block City Stage Theatre.

Preservation Market is putting its spin on breakfast Sunday for the Founder’s Brewery Brunch. Those who are unafraid to start drinking beer at 10 a.m. can enjoy the Grand Rapids, Michigan-based brews paired with biscuits and red eye gravy, shirred eggs and fennel-brined hams and cinnamon rolls from Natasha Mulberry and Mott.

Eat local on Monday, June 9 at Jasper’s, where chef Jasper Mirabile is working closely with providers of delicious local foods to provide a unique dining experience. Featured foods include Shatto Dairy, Good Natured Family Farms, Pendleton’s asparagus and Tall Grass Beef.

Two of our favorite local Ryans are coming together for a delicious wine dinner. That would be Ryan Sciara of Underdog Wine Co. and Ryan Brazeal of Novel, whose June 11 collaboration sold out so quickly they’ve now added an encore dinner on Thursday, June 12.

The American’s spectacular 40th anniversary celebration continues with a June 17 legacy dinner. Executive chef Michael Corvino and pastry chef Nick Wesemann will be joined in the kitchen by Happy Gillis’s Josh Eans, Bluestem’s Andrew Longres, Alex Pope of Local Pig, Pigwich and Preservation Market and Brad Kilgore of the The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort’s J&G Grill for a six-course meal.

Boulevard brewmaster Steven Pauwels is heading to Story. for a beer dinner on Wednesday, June 18. We can’t wait to see how Food & Wine’s People’s Best New Chef Midwest pairs courses with five boulevard brews.

Cafe Trio is also looking to wine and dine Kansas Citians with its June 19 Under the Stars dinner on the lovely patio. The dinner’s five courses will be paired with wine from Oregon and Washington-based Owen Roe Vineyards & Winery. The meal is just one of the ways Café Trio is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month. On Mondays, 10 percent of each purchase goes to a local charity, while Thursdays feature a throwback dish from the restaurant’s decade in business.

Photo via Cafe Trio’s Facebook page.