Wined & Dined

As morels spring up, so do restaurant specials

Joanna Hlavacek

http://twitter.com/715Restaurant/status/590635888780128256 It's springtime in northeast Kansas, and for the past few weeks, the Journal-World newsroom has been abuzz with talk of a very special fungus: the [morel mushroom][1]. Journal-World photographer and resident mushroom hunter Richard Gwin is particularly enthused, and every few days he'll show off iPhone snapshots of his ...

Sunrise Project fundraiser draws prominent local culinary talents

Joanna Hlavacek

Some of Lawrence's best and brightest culinary minds are coming together to raise money for the Sunrise Project. The [Lawrence organization][1], which garnered its nonprofit status earlier this year, aims to "provide education and community engagement around the intersection of food, the environment and social justice," according to its website. ...

Johnny's Tavern named most iconic bar in Kansas by Thrillist

Joanna Hlavacek

http://www.lawrence.com/photos/2015/apr/15/290116/ "Serving Up Tradition Since 1953." So reads the weather-worn, metal sign outside [Johnny's Tavern][1], the north Lawrence establishment that men's lifestyle website Thrillist recently named the most iconic bar in Kansas. Thrillist praised Johnny's, located across the river at 401 N. Second St., for its colorful history and ability ...

Customers eat up Torched Goodness creme brulee cart in downtown Lawrence

Joanna Hlavacek

http://www2.ljworld.com/photos/2015/apr/10/289877/ It's just past 3 p.m. Friday, and Eric Ireland, owner and operator of Torched Goodness creme brulee, has some bad news to deliver to a few customers who have just ambled up to his cart outside of Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St. After two hours on its first day ...

Mass Street Soda expanding to KC, celebrating anniversary with free soda

Joanna Hlavacek

http://www.lawrence.com/photos/2015/apr/03/289498/ Matt Baysinger and Lucas Thompson, the self-described ["soda dorks"][1] behind downtown Lawrence's Mass Street Soda, are taking their love of sweet, fizzy drinks to the Kansas City area. The space, located in the Legends outlet mall in Kansas City, Kan., will be directly under Dave and Buster's at 1847 ...

Taco Zone returns to Replay Lounge patio; storefront opening soon

Joanna Hlavacek

Looking for something to pair with that Shamrock Shake — or beer, if green dairy products aren’t your thing — during tomorrow’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities? The much-hyped Taco Zone has returned from its winter hiatus, and will offer up some decidedly non-Irish munchies at the Replay Lounge patio (946 ...

Merchants chef serving up food-beer pairings at That Dam Beer Event

Joanna Hlavacek

Listen up, beer lovers: We're going to let you in on a little secret. If you missed out on securing tickets to Friday's [That DAM Beer Event][1], you may still have another chance. There are still 10 to 15 tickets up for grabs at [Merchants Pub & Plate][2], 746 Massachusetts ...

Vote for your local food and entertainment favorites in Best of Lawrence

Joanna Hlavacek

What's the best burger in Lawrence? The best margarita? The best menu that's not on a menu? Now's your chance to make your voice heard. Voting for this year's [Best of Lawrence contest][1], sponsored by Lawrence.com, kicked off Sunday and will be open until March 31. Of course, voting's not ...

The Bourgeois Pig named one of the country's best college coffee shops by Travel + Leisure

Joanna Hlavacek

Is the [Bourgeois Pig][1] really “the best of both worlds?” Travel + Leisure seems to think so. The Pig, 6 E. Ninth St., is one of 14 establishments nationwide to make the magazine’s [list of greatest college coffee shops in America.][2] The in-no-particular-order lineup praised the Pig for offering “a ...

Pachamamas: The last supper

Sara Shepherd

I took an extra-long pause, may or may not have sighed out loud, and lifted my fork. A mouthful of smoked chocolate shortcake and a sip of port later, I’d had the last bite of the last course of my last meal at Pachamamas on Saturday night. After 15 years ...

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