Food and Drink

August’s Dining and Drinking Events

Mark your calendar and make your reservations for these can’t-miss foodie events.

Jack Stack is celebrating its 40th anniversary at the Martin City location with a special menu featuring dishes from 1974. From August 8-17, you can enjoy livers & gizzards, classic sides and much more.

The Rieger is hosting a French wine dinner on August 11 with Jennie Mass from Martine’s Wines, one of the country’s top importers of French wine. Make your reservation now, as spots at the dinner (featuring scallop crudo, braised goat ravioli, crispy pork shoulder and peach melba) are limited.

Who needs summer camp when you can go to beer camp? Beer Kitchen is toasting to Beer Camp Across America, the largest craft beer celebration in history, starting at 4 p.m. on August 11. While supplies last, you can enjoy full and half pours of Bell’s Maillard’s Odyssey, Bell’s Third Coast, and Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest.

Like eating local? Bread & Butter Concepts is hosting its own Go Local KC week from August 11-17. BRGR Kitchen + Bar, Taco Republic, Urban Table and Gram & Dun are serving specialty dishes showcasing fresh, locally produced ingredients. We can’t wait to try Urban Table’s Good Family pork with Providence Farms red okra and purple long bean succotash and an Amigoni red wine reduction and Taco Republic’s wood-fired Kurlbaum’s heirloom tomato tacos with Fahrmeier Farms sweet corn salsa, Green Dirt Farms sheep’s milk feta and Missing Ingredient pea shoots.

75th Street Brewery is legal! To celebrate its 21st year, head to Summer Beer Fest in the Alley on August 16. You’ll get unlimited beer from 75th Street as well as a host of other brewers, plus proceeds ($40 for VIP tickets, $30 general admission) benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City. Festivities last through August 24. Check out the full schedule online here.

Bluestem is tipping its hat to legendary chef Charlie Trotter on August 16 as part of Charlie Trotter Day, when restaurants across the country are encouraged to pay homage to Trotter and donate proceeds to the Trotter Project, which creates culinary arts programs and charitable initiatives. Expect to see (and smell and taste) dishes inspired by the chef.

It’s no surprise that Jasper Mirabile loves local food, and he’s putting it all on the table for Jasper’s annual Kurlbaum Heirloom Tomato Experience on August 18. The meal includes tableside mozzarella along with several tomato-filled courses and an heirloom tart for dessert. Check out other great upcoming tomato-centric dining events here.

The Paris of the Plains Cocktail Festival returns August 20-24 with loads of boozy events, including seminars and bartending competitions. One that we’re particularly excited about? The American’s “On the Town” dinner on August 20, where James Beard Award-winning mixologist and author Dale DeGroff takes guests through bar life in America from colonial times through the present day. The evening features cocktails and a menu inspired by the famed Rainbow Room.

Gram & Dun toasts to beer at its Tour de New Belgium dinner August 21. The five-course dinner will pair dishes with Fat Tire Amber Ale, Rampant Imperial IPA, Snapshot Wheat Beer and others.

Johnson County Community College is showcasing sustainable food with its Harvest Dinner on August 22. While the menu depends on the harvest, we have no doubt that it will be delicious after looking at the lineup of chefs: Alex Pope is making the entrée while Little Freshie owner Lindsay Laricks is preparing dessert. The $50 per person dinner benefits a scholarship for students pursuing sustainability research, internships and degrees.

The Power & Light District’s summer restaurant week, Dine Downtown, is back. From August 22 through September 1, you can enjoy exclusive menus priced between $10-15 and get a free gift card from ordering off of a Dine Downtown menu. Participating restaurants include BRGR, Tengo Sed Cantina and Bristol, just to name a few.

Taco lovers can take advantage of specials at Tengo Sed Cantina during P&L’s fall restaurant week. Photo via Tengo Sed Cantina’s Facebook page.