KC Local Week — a movement started this year by Karie Fahrenholz to get you to think and buy local — wraps up this weekend with a BBQ dinner prepared by chef Craig Howard at Howard’s Organic Fare and Vegetable Patch (900 E 21st Street). The Saturday barbecue ($20) is at 6 p.m. On Sunday, you can get a three-course brunch prepared by Howard at the Badseed Market (1909 McGee). Brunch begins at 10 a.m. and is $30. (FYI, it’s BYO vodka or champagne if you want to turn tomato or orange juice into a brunch cocktail).
Ever wanted to test your bacon limits? That’s what you can do at BaconFest — the annual fundraiser for the Rehabilitation Institute includes all the beer you can drink and all the bacon you can eat. This year’s festival is Saturday at Union Station from 2 to 5 p.m. Tickets (which include a cup, t-shirt) are $50 for general admission and $100 for VIP.
The Power & Light’s Restaurant Week — Dine Downtown — kicks off today and runs through Monday, September 1. Prix fixe lunch menus are $10-15 and dinner runs between $25-30. Check out the Bristol for lunch (pair lobster bisque with flank steak salad for surf and turf) and BRGR for dinner — a wedge salad, lobster grilled cheese and a grilled donut with maple bacon butter and vanilla glaze. Your meal at one of the 13 participating restaurants comes with a gift card good for a future visit.
The Ice Cream Social gets a modern update courtesy of The Foundry at McCoy’s (424 Westport Road). Their Back to School Beer Ice Cream Social features five beer-infused ice creams and starts Sunday at 6 p.m. Throw down $2 for a scoop of Crabtree Berliner Weisse with blackberries and sage, French Broad Porter with maple and coconut, Great Divide Belgian Yeti with black licorice and brownie chunks, Now Holland Envious with raspberries or Schlafly Quadruple with almond praline.
The Paris of the Plains Cocktail Festival is still going — it culminates Sunday night with a bartending competition on the stage of the Uptown Theater. Earlier this week, we published our guide to drinking your way across the event.
Call it Extreme Makeover: Restaurant Edition. Aixois Brasserie (1006 Walnut Street) will close Saturday to repair some damage to their floor. They apologized on Facebook for “any inconvenience the disruption of delicious food and wine within these walls.” They’ll be closed through Wednesday. The Iron Horse Restaurant (916 E Old 56 Highway, Olathe) is in the midst of a remodel. The Chinese restaurant known for its hand-pulled noodles is planning to re-open in a little over a week.[Image via Facebook: Howard’s Organic Fare and Vegetable Patch]