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Wined & Dined

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., ...

A taste of what's on the menu for Merchants Pub and Plate (quail panzanella!)

Sara Shepherd

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2013/jul/01/257889/ Co-owners of the soon-to-come Merchants Pub and Plate, Philip Wilson and chef T.K. Peterson, were chatting up potential customers while whipping up appetizers Friday evening in the back room of the [Phoenix Gallery][1]. Final Friday-goers got to try two items expected to be on the menu at the new ...

Burger Stand lands on another nationwide 'best burger' list

Sara Shepherd

Lawrence isn’t one of the 21 big cities the website [Thrillist][1] usually writes about, but somebody on their staff has been here — and been very impressed with one of our burgers. The Burger Stand’s “Hamburg Burger” (which I'm pretty sure is one of their inventive specials, but not on ...

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