You’ve got a lot of different speed settings for the Fourth of July this year. Powell Gardens has its Booms & Blooms Festival tonight.From 3 to 7 p.m., you can sample the tasting station from the edible garden in the Heartland Harvest Garden. It’s $12 for adults, $5 children (5-12 years old). You can bring a picnic, but you have to buy your own beer and wine. KC Riverfest is from 4 to 11 p.m. at Berkley Riverfront Park. That’s where you go if you want to pop a lawn chair on your back and get a great view of some fireworks. Just a note, whether you’re drinking water, pop or beer, you’re drinking it from them. It’s the same deal with food. Admission is free from 4 to 5 p.m. and $5 after that.
Summer brings a bounty of new menus. Cafe Sebastienne in the Kemper Museum of Art has a new lunch menu served Tuesday through Saturday (11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.). There’s a BLT salad with Burger’s bacon, cucumbers, red onion and Carr Valley blue cheese dressing (you’re not still reading, are you?) and Chitara pasta (with olive tapenade, heirloom tomatoes, escarole and pecorino cheese). Don’t worry the Cafe Reuben hasn’t gone anywhere.
The American Restaurant (200 East 25th Street) doesn’t do lunch unless its First Friday and, guess what, it’s First Friday today. This is not a working lunch as wine bottles are 50 percent off. Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m., you can make a reservation by calling 816-545-8001.
There’s some new, New American in these parts. The Grille at Park Place (5270 W 116th Place, Leawood, Kansas) recently opened in the former Mestizo space. They’re dishing up deviled eggs with applewood smoked bacon, a wedge salad with Maytag bleu cheese, a flat iron steak with hand-cut fries and creme brulee. The rooftop patio (open 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 4 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday) has a menu of sharables (grilled brie, steamed mussels, parmesan truffle fries and cajun dusted blackened prime rib).