The American’s new First Friday lunch & other weekend possibilities

A tasting menu dish with radishes, watercress, pumpernickel, agrumato and creme fraiche.

A tasting menu dish with radishes, watercress, pumpernickel, agrumato and creme fraiche.

If you’re looking to dip your toe into the culinary waters of The American’s (200 East 25th Street) dining room, this is the day to do it. Today, The American introduces a new First Friday four-course tasting ($65) menu and a three-course prix fixe menu ($40). The menus [see them here], which replace the Lost Lunch series, run the gamut from to a cauliflower-miso soup with a poached egg and pickled peppers to ganache toffee. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. and they take reservations (call 816-545-8001) until 2 p.m.

If you haven’t been recently, The Pitch delved into the stylings of executive chef Michael Corvino and pastry chef Nick Wesemann for this week’s review and a local food blog, Hunter S Fishback, dived into the tasting menu (click through for the droolworthy photos).

Can’t make it during lunch today? Make it a point to stop by the lounge (even if you don’t stay for dinner). There’s a piece of Fervere bread topped with lardo, butter, sea salt and carmelized hazelnuts that will leave you saying ‘Sweet Julia Child,’ and Paige Unger, formerly of Extra Virgin, is the mixologist in charge now. The American is open from Tuesday through Saturday and the lounge opens at 4 p.m.

It’s Stout Week at the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium (101 E 13th Street). Tonight, they’re tapping Perennial’s 2013 Abraxas, 2014 Sump and 17. On Saturday night, they’ll be tapping Firestone Walker’s 2014 releases of Parabola and Velvet Mirkin. All of the tappings begin at 7 p.m.

The Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964,is currently at the Wyandotte County Museum (631 N 126th Street, Bonner Springs, Kansas). The exhibit looks a period of two decades wherein braceros (contract workers) from Mexico were hired by American farmers as part of a government-sanctioned guest worker program. The bilingual exhibit uses photographs and oral histories to tell the story of the braceros. It runs through through Sunday, November 16.

Boulevard’s Silver Anniversary Ale will start popping up around town this weekend. Boulevard and the Odell Brewing Co. — it’s collaboration partner on the American Strong Ale — will be celebrating with a Saturday pub crawl through Westport.

Eclectics Gallery (7015 Oak) is holding a cookbook release party Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feast on Earth will be a holiday shopping party with recipe samples and the 2014 edition of the cookbooks, which features 80 recipes on handmade pages from 10 of the gallery’s member artists.

The Crown Center Ice Terrace opens today. There’s free hot chocolate, coffee and skating from 6 to 9 a.m. this morning.

[Images via Facebook: The American]

Jonathan Bender

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