Foodies, mark your calendars. There's some pretty fun-sounding dining, beer and wine events coming up. Here goes:
Sept. 27: Terrebonne fish fry
The folks from Terrebonne Po' Boys and Desserts will be manning the fryer at Abe & Jake’s Catfish Fry to benefit Friends of the Kaw. The event starts at 6 p.m. Sept. 27 at Abe & Jake’s Landing, 8 E. Sixth St. A $10 cover gets you admission and food. The event will feature river inspired artwork, Kansas Riverkings artifacts and live music from the Brody Buster Band.
Oct. 3: British mixer
Brits, Queen Lizzy’s Catering and On the Rocks liquor store are teaming up on an event at the Castle Tea Room. Mixer, Mixer is set for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 3 in the courtyard at the Castle, 1307 Massachusetts St. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online here. British-y fare like scotch eggs and sausage is on the menu, to be washed down with British-y libations like gin, imported colas and ginger beer.
Oct. 5: Port Fonda hits the road
Port Fonda — one of Kansas City’s most buzzed-about restaurants right now — is bringing its edgy Mexican fare westward for a pregame tailgate at the Oread. The Port Fonda Tailgate is before the KU-Texas Tech football game Oct. 5. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Expect street-style Mexican food and drinks, Free State beer and DJ Ashton. Time TBD — check Port Fonda’s Facebook page for updates.
Oct. 17: Free State beer dinner
Pachamama's is planning a Free State beer dinner Oct. 17. Looks like the time hasn’t been set yet, but if you’re interested I suggest blocking off the evening and calling Pachamama's (841-0990) for reservations sooner rather than later — seats at Free State beer dinners go fast these days, and good food and good beer is sure to be had there. Cost is $75 per person.
Oct. 19: Feast of the Fields
Pachamama's chef Ken Baker is taking his culinary show on the road to prepare the farm-to-table meal for the next Feast of the Fields at River Creek Farms outside Manhattan. The dinner is set for 5 p.m. Oct. 19 inside the farm’s 1876 limestone barn. On Friday, there were still tickets left, which can be purchased online here for $100 per person.
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God save the queen ... and Scotch eggs and custard tarts!
Queen Lizzy’s the restaurant closed in December, but Scotch eggs and sausage rolls will once again be available when Queen Lizzy’s the catering service makes its public debut this weekend at Brits Big Lunch.
The event — celebrating the anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation — takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on the back patio of Brits, 929 Massachusetts St. In addition to the Scotch eggs and sausage rolls, Queen Lizzy’s will be selling Cornish pasties, chicken tikka, coronation chicken salad and cucumber sandwiches and strawberries and cream.
Another food component of the Big Lunch is a custard tart contest. Novice and expert cooks alike are invited to enter any size or variation of this classic British dessert. The entry fee is $10, which will be donated to Just Food, the Douglas County food bank. Entry forms are online at britsshop.com.
Other Anglophile-fun planned for the event: the Lawrence All-British Car Club’s rides on display in front of the store, a royal baby guessing game and an open invitation for all corgi owners to bring their dogs.
Royal geek-out moment: Check out the BBC’s June 2, 1953, “On This Day” feature on the coronation and all its opulence and fanfare — orbs, sceptres, jewels and everything! Also, for anyone who's still geeking out with me, here is the latest AP photo of mother-to-be Kate Duchess of Cambridge.
Some Lawrence folk from across the pond are collaborating to host Christmas dinner British-style — complete with figgy pudding and a visit from Father Christmas.
Queen Lizzy’s Fish and Chips Shop, 125 E. 10th St., and Brits, 929 Massachusetts St., have planned Traditional British Christmas Dinner events on two dates, Sunday and Dec. 16. For both events, doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner begins at 6 p.m. at Queen Lizzy’s. Tickets, which can be purchased at either business, are $38 for adults and $19 for children 15 and younger.
The figgy pudding, of course, is for dessert. Queen Lizzy’s chef and owner Matt Poulton, who is from England, said the traditional dish is made with raisins, currants and figs then drizzled with brandy butter. He added, "It's a delight."
Also on the menu is wine for adults, an appetizer of cherry and almond baked brie and a dinner of roast turkey, ham, Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes, honey roasted parsnips, almond roasted brussels sprouts, gravy, sage and onion stuffing, pigs in blankets (British style) and buttered carrots and peas.
Poulton said Tuesday that plenty of tickets remained for Sunday but only a few are still available for Dec. 16.
“I thought it would be fun for a lot of expatriates to come to, and something the locals might find enjoyable.” he said. “We don’t have Thanksgiving in the UK, so our big thing is Christmas.”