Wined & Dined

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 ...

Pachamamas to help celebrate customer's 100th birthday before it closes

Joanna Hlavacek

For the last five years, Topeka resident Betty Jane Moore has celebrated her birthday with dinner at her favorite restaurant: [Pachamamas][1] in downtown Lawrence. This year, she's turning 100, and though the big day officially falls on Feb. 24, Moore and her family have scheduled reservations at Pachamamas for Saturday. ...

Port Fonda officially coming to Lawrence

Joanna Hlavacek

After [months of speculation][1], it's finally official: Port Fonda is coming to Lawrence. The popular Mexican eatery has generated [quite the buzz][2] since turning a food truck into a restaurant two and a half years ago in Kansas City's Westport neighborhood. Now, Port Fonda will expand into Kansas with a ...

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Boulevard brings back Chocolate Ale

Joanna Hlavacek

Back by popular demand, Boulevard Brewing Co. is re-releasing its limited-edition Chocolate Ale this month. A collaboration between K.C. chocolatier Christopher Elbow and Boulevard brewmaster Steven Pauwels, the [exotic brew][1] incorporates nibs of, or crushed, roasted cocoa beans. Originally intended as a one-time release back in 2011, Chocolate Ale has ...

Craft beer expo tickets go on sale Thursday

Joanna Hlavacek

**Update:** *Well, that was fast. Tickets for the expo sold out after just a few hours Thursday night, according to a post on the event's [Facebook page][1]. Downtown Lawrence Inc. [tweeted that 500 tickets were sold][2] in about a minute. Cheers to the lucky folks who snagged their tickets.* **Original ...

KC Restaurant Week gems to eat up while you still can

Joanna Hlavacek

As local foodies might already know, Kansas City Restaurant Week ends Sunday. This year's event features more than 150 KC-area restaurants, where customers can enjoy multi-course meals for $15 per lunch and $33 per dinner. Growing up, I split my childhood between Wichita and its larger, more cosmopolitan neighbor to ...

Culinary collective Lawrence Local Table to host first dinner event

Joanna Hlavacek

[Lawrence Local Table][1], a collective of area culinary professionals, is slated to serve up its first dining event, "The Cellar Supper," next month at 715 restaurant. Billed as a "celebration of Midwestern Winter Fare," it's the [first collaborative meal][2] from the group, which includes Vaughn Good and Juan Carlos Tovar-Ballagh ...

Chefs to host tribute to Pachamamas on Thursday

Joanna Hlavacek

"Soigne as Fudge," Pachamamas' [sold-out dinner][1] slated for Thursday evening, isn't farewell, promises Ken Baker. The event, billed as a "tribute to Pachamamas" comes on the heels of the announcement of the restaurant's likely closing. Last month, chef/owner Baker [told the Journal-World][2] he would close Pachamamas if a buyer isn't ...

Hank Charcuterie hosting free butchering demonstrations

Joanna Hlavacek

In case you’ve forgotten, that burger you’re eating came from a living, breathing animal. Obvious, we know, but in this day and age, when you can pick up a bag of precooked chicken tenders from the grocery store or chow down on paper-thin slices of turkey at Subway, it’s easy ...

Free State Brewing Co. owner reflects on success with induction into Kansas Restaurant Hall of Fame

Joanna Hlavacek

http://www.lawrence.com/photos/2014/nov/25/282677/ At first, Chuck Magerl was surprised to hear the news. The longtime owner of Free State Brewery Co., 636 Massachusetts St., is the newest member of the Kansas Restaurant Hall of Fame. “It was completely unexpected,” Magerl says, remembering the congratulatory phone call from Adam Mills, president of the ...

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