Get out your awls, Kansas City. This week is a belt-stretcher. Cookies & Beer returns for the second year (and like all sequels, it will be even more cookie-er and beer-er) this Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Bier Station. It’s cookies from Dolce Bakery and beers that the good folks at Bier Station have helped us tap to go with those cookies.
We’ll be putting together Maple Toasted Oatmeal cookies with Oskar Blues’ Old Chub Nitro Scotch Ale, a Chocolate Chunk Espresso cookie with Tallgrass Brewing Company’s Pub Ale, and a pretzel, cashew and chocolate cookie with Stiegl Radler. These combinations should light all the lights in your mouth. You can pre-order flights ($12) until tonight at midnight. After that, it’s like life — first come, first serve. Just a note, we’ll be shooting photos (some of which may very well end up in the Cookies & Beer cookbook, which will be out from Andrews McMeel this October). So, dress accordingly or feel free to politely decline.
Gram & Dun (600 Ward Parkway) is going whole hog this week. They snagged a pig from Templeton Rye’s Heritage Pork Project — an initiative started by the Iowa distillery to feed spent mash to 25 Duroc pigs. Think of it as whiskey-infused pork, only if the pork was actively involved in the infusion.
The Plaza restaurant will begin offering a four-course prix fixe menu today featuring the pig from Templeton. They’ve prepared the Duroc pork as head cheese, Kolbasz sausage, guanciale, dry aged chops and candied bacon for a flourless chocolate torte. The four courses are $30 ($50 with Templeton Rye cocktail pairings) or $8 for a singular course. And they’ll be serving the dishes until they run out.
The right cocktail is like a capella — beautiful harmony that you wish you were sharing with Anna Kendrick. The Seasoned Cooperative — a collaboration between Season + Square, The Campground, and Wood + Salt — is about helping you hit the right notes in a cocktail glass. Think of it as somewhere between happy hour, a cocktail party and a cocktail lesson.
On Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Season + Square (6205 Oak Street), you can get advice from mixologists, snag drink recipes and learn cocktail etiquette. There will be three signature cocktails — the Manhattan, Manhattan (Dark Horse Rye aged with Wood + Salt Manhattan wood chips, bonal, Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao, Angostura bitters and Campground bitters) and a Winter Smoked Margarita among them. Dark Horse Distillery, SD Strong Distilling and the Kansas City Canning Co. will be on hand to talk about whiskey, vodka and shrubs, respectively. Tickets ($30), which include drinks and snacks (salmon, roast beef, bread, cheese, popcorn and nuts), are required.[Cookie image via Facebook: Dolce, Cocktail image via The Campground]