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Wined & Dined

Toast to Lawrence’s post-raid rebirth with a cold glass of Free State's Phoenix Rising

Sara Shepherd

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2013/aug/21/260351/ Today marks the [150th anniversary of Quantrill’s raid on Lawrence][1], and thus a great afternoon or evening to toast to the city’s remarkable rebirth. Free State Brewing Co. has created the perfect beer for this — a special commemorative brew called Phoenix Rising, now on tap at the [brewpub][2]. ...

Food truck on the move: Blissful Bite now serving lunch downtown

Sara Shepherd

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2013/aug/09/259705/ The [Blissful Bite, Lawrence’s only active food truck][1], is getting more active. The bright yellow mobile kitchen is now serving lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the parking lot at 11th and Massachusetts streets. The truck rolled out the new lunch service last ...

Tasting notes: Organic wines at the Oread, Sicilian wines at Genovese and the Elvis Burger

Sara Shepherd

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2013/aug/09/259649/ There are two wine dinners next week in Lawrence. They’re both happening the same night, though, so you’ll have to choose — organic or Sicilian? Plus, Elvis (Burger) lives. **Thursday** Organic Wines of the World is the title of the [Oread][1]’s next quarterly wine dinner, planned Thursday at the ...

Shot and a beer by night, craft cocktail and chair massage by (Mon)day

Sara Shepherd

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2013/aug/05/259522/ Picture the [Jackpot Saloon][1], and “relaxing” and "refreshing" probably aren't the first words that jump to mind. On a busy night the downtown bar best known for its eclectic mix of live music is dark, crowded, sweaty and loud, and its signature $5 specials are flowing — that would ...

Flavors from Lawrence featured in newest issue of Saveur magazine

Sara Shepherd

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2013/jul/31/259323/ Flip past the glistening French apricot-almond tart, the write-up on a London cookbook author’s kitchen re-do and the tasting notes for German kölsch in the newest issue of Saveur magazine, and things start to look closer to home. Very close. Page 62: “Salad Social: Lawrence is the potluckiest town ...

Merc, 715 and Merchants Pub chefs to face off at Douglas County Fair

Sara Shepherd

http://www2.ljworld.com/photos/2012/aug/02/238703/ Wallace Cochran of [the Merc][1] will seek to defend his [Chefs Challenge champion title][2] Friday evening at the Douglas County Fair. This year’s cook-off will feature Cochran with Michael Beard of [715][3], 715 Massachusetts St., and T.K. Peterson of [Merchants Pub and Plate][4], scheduled to open in August at ...

Tasting notes: More palate teasers from Merchants, craft beer dinner, free sweet tea

Sara Shepherd

Here's a couple of food- and drink-tasting opportunities to be had this week in Lawrence. **Tonight** [La Parrilla][1] this week will play host to its second tasting event in the wine cellar beneath the restaurant’s new location, 724 Massachusetts St. A dinner featuring beer and food pairings is planned for ...

New breakfast restaurant The Roost now open, just in time for sidewalk sale

Sara Shepherd

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2013/jul/19/258708/ Talk about just in the nick of time. [The Roost][1] at 920 Massachusetts St. had its final city and fire department inspections Wednesday — sidewalk sale eve — and opened for breakfast this morning, owner Manda Jolly said. The restaurant is serving until 2 p.m. today and starts regular ...

Two Lawrence wine lists get awards from Wine Spectator

Sara Shepherd

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2013/jul/10/258323/ Wine Spectator included two Lawrence locations — both hotel restaurants — in its 2013 Restaurant Wine List Awards, announced this week. The winning wine lists — which the magazine says [“offer an interesting and diverse selection of 100 or more wines that are well-presented and thematically match the restaurant ...

Wining and dining diversions for July: 250 wines in one room, Manhattan beer, fancy meal with French wine

Sara Shepherd

Inevitably July will start acting like July any day now, and it’s going to get hot. A few adult-beverage and food-tasting events in the coming weeks promise to be refreshing diversions. Here’s what’s on tap. **Salute! Grand Tasting** Salute!, Lawrence’s annual wine and food tasting festival to benefit Cottonwood Inc., ...

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