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From wet wipes to white linens, you can count me in. I believe life is short, so eat dessert first. I've been known to stalk a food truck or two and always carry a spare fork in my glove box. When it comes to food, Kansas City is my destination. Bon Appetit.

 

    Leavenworth: Hog Wild BBQ Contest
    Leavenworth, KS
    9/11/15 - 9/12/15

    Leavenworth's Hometown Welcome, Hog Wild BBQ Contest, People's Choice Tasting, Salsa Contest and more. This is a KCBS sanctioned event!
    Overland Park: Farmers' Market
    Overland Park, KS - Kansas
    4/18/15 - 11/21/15

    For more than 30 years, vendors have been providing farm-to-table food at the Downtown Overland Park Farmers' Market. The vendors offer customers a wide variety of products from farm, fresh produce, local foods and unique specialty items.
    Louisburg Cider Mill
    14730 Hwy K-68
    Louisburg, KS

    Established in 1977, Louisburg Cider Mill features a country store with their fresh apple cider, cider doughnuts, Lost Trail Sodas, jams, jellies, and other down home food products. Open year round.
    Clay County, Liberty: Hometown Holidays
    Liberty, MO
    11/26/16 - 11/26/16

    Have some holiday fun in Historic Downtown Liberty!
    Ophelia's Restaurant & Inn
    201 N. Main
    Independence, MO

    An upscale eclectic American bistro on the historic Square which serves creative seasonal fare for lunch and dinner, boasting a full wine list and outstanding Sunday brunch.
    Food Truck Frenzy
    Lenexa, KS
    9/25/15 - 9/25/15

    The second Food Truck Frenzy of 2015 is a lunch hour event at Lenexa City Center.
    Merriam: Turkey Creek Festival
    Merriam, KS
    5/21/16 - 5/21/16

    Merriam's annual Turkey Creek Festival features a 5K run/walk, pancake feed, live music, arts and crafts vendors, concessions, kid's play area, petting zoo and much more!
    High Noon Saloon & Brewery
    206 Choctaw Street
    Leavenworth, KS

    Casual dining located in a historic building. American fare and award winning microbrews in a historic setting. Family friendly, open seven days/week.
    Strawberry Hill Povitica
    7226 W Frontage Road
    Merriam, Kansas

    Made right here in Merriam, Strawberry Hill Povitica begins with a traditional sweet dough recipe, rolled into a paper thin "skin" and filled with the finest ingredients.
    Michael Smith
    1900 Main St.
    Kansas City, MO

    The 1999 James Beard Award winning chef Michael Smith presents New American cuisine in a warm and sexy downtown space that compliments his innovative use of local and seasonal ingredients.
    Black Dog Coffeehouse
    12815 W/ 87th Street Parkway
    Lenexa, KS

    Enjoy coffee from locally roasted beans, a full breakfast and lunch menu and one-of-a-kind toast provided by next door neighbor Ibis Bread Company. Black Dog features local artists' work and weekly music nights!
    Kansas City, KS: Italian Cooking Class at Strawberry Hill Museum
    Kansas City, KS
    3/25/17 - 3/25/17

    Learn how to make homemade meatballs and marinara sauce at Strawberry Hill Museum! Registration & pre-payments are required. Visit website for more information.
    City of Lansing's Independence Day Celebration
    Lansing, KS
    7/1/16 - 7/1/16

    Join us for the fireworks show at Kenneth W. Bernard Community Park in Lansing, KS. The celebration begins at 6 p.m. with inflatable rides for the children along with barbeque, ice cream, drinks, and more. The fireworks show begins at 9:30 p.m.
    Wines by Jennifer
    405 Main St.
    Parkville, MO

    Serving wine (and now beer and spirits, too!) lovers everywhere since 2003 from our picturesque location in historic downtown Parkville, MO, Wines by Jennifer has quickly become one of Kansas City's premiere entertainment destinations.
    Rock and Brews
    5701 W 135th St.
    Overland Park, KS

    Lively, family-friendly atmosphere serving casual American cuisine.
    Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway
    777 Hollywood Casino Blvd
    Kansas City, KS

    Discover 2,000 of the newest slot machines and 52 action-packed table games including a 12-table Poker Room. Enjoy delicious dining, great nightlife and the kind of star treatment you won't find anywhere else.
    Unforked
    7337 W 119th St
    Overland Park, KS

    Unforked exists to provide UNparalleled flavor, high quality ingredients and nutrient-packed options for diners (dine in, catered and drive-thru) in a quick service environment.
    We B Smokin
    32580 Airport Road
    Paola, KS

    Located at the Miami County Airport, enjoy your meal seated next to the large windows while small aircraft land and take off behind the restaurant.
    Clay County: Mardi Gras & Irish Festival
    Excelsior Springs, MO
    3/11/17 - 3/11/17

    Beer garden, live music, children's activities, a parade, and more!
    Extra Virgin
    1900 Main St.
    Kansas City, MO

    James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Smith opened Extra Virgin next to his namesake Crossroads restaurant. Featuring Mediterranean tapas and more than 300 kinds of wine.
    Zarda BBQ
    11931 W. 87th Street
    Lenexa, KS

    Over thirty years serving quality hickory smoked meats, famous Bar-B-Q beans and a variety of favorite family recipes.
    Guy & Mae’s
    119 Williams Street
    Williamsburg, KS

    Voted one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas for Cuisine for its mouth watering, tender ribs. Fill up a mason jar of cold beer and breathe the heavenly aroma of the bbq legend.
    V’s Italiano Ristorante
    10819 E U. S. 40 Highway
    Independence, MO

    This local landmark serves family recipes in the old world charm of grape arbors and a beautiful waterfall. Voted #1 for Best Italian Food by Open Table Diners of Kansas City.
    Mama Mia’s
    402 S 20th Street
    Leavenworth, KS

    Excellent Italian food, voted #1 Restaurant in town and #1 Best Steak, locally owned and operated. The back garden offers a peaceful atmosphere for an afternoon lunch or a romantic dinner.
    Leavenworth: Luau Family Fun Night
    Leavenworth, KS
    7/18/15 - 7/18/15

    Luau Family Fun Night-Food, hulas and Carousel rides!!Where else can a family get it all!! Hot dog combos, games, and riding a historic wooden carousel in downtown Historic Leavenworth's only C.W. Parker Carousel and Museum Luau Family Fun Night.
    Fritz's Railroad Restaurant
    250 N. 18th Street
    Kansas City, KS

    Visit Fritz's for the railroad atmosphere, and then stay for the burgers, meaty chili and homemade shakes.
    Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue
    101 W 22nd St.
    Kansas City, MO

    Barbecue is a way of life in KC, and Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue was chosen as the Favorite Barbecue Restaurant in the 2010 KC Visitors' Choice Awards for the fourth year in a row. Our recommendation? Start with the burnt ends.
    Kansas City, KS: Spaghetti Dinner at the Grinter Barn
    Kansas City, Kansas
    4/1/17 - 4/1/17

    Presented in cooperation with the Grinter Place Friends and Quilters, there will be a delicious spaghetti dinner with live entertainment from the Prairie Praise Band at Grinter Barn on Saturday, April 1st.
    Lenexa: Great Barbeque Battle
    Lenexa, KS
    6/26/15 - 6/27/15

    This two-day event, which includes children's activities and live music, attracts cookers from all over the country who compete over two days for the coveted title of Grand Champion of the Great Lenexa Barbeque Battle, Kansas State Champion.
    Kansas City, KS: Live Music at Mason Jar Brews & Burgers
    Kansas City, KS
    3/17/17 - 3/18/17

    It's a St. Patty's celebration and you're invited! Visit Mason Jar Brews & Burgers for food and drink specials like $3 Bud & Bud Lights and $5 Irish Car Bombs, along with live music by The Ronni Ward Band on Friday & Bob Harvey Band on Saturday.
    Local Life Third Fridays
    Overland Park, KS
    2/19/16 - 2/19/16

    An evening of arts and culture in downtown Overland Park with more than 20 shops and galleries open late offering unique entertainment and specials.
    Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen
    1859 Village West Parkway
    Kansas City, KS

    An authentic French Quarter cafe, Jazz brings the tastes, sights and sounds of New Orleans to Kansas City, Kansas. In addition to offering fine Cajun cuisine, Jazz offers live entertainment with blues, jazz and Dixieland music.
    Upper Crust Pie Bakery
    7943 Santa Fe Dr
    Overland Park, KS

    A small, neighborhood bakery made up of people who love to bake - and eat! Step inside and the aroma will you let you know - you found a slice of heaven.
    Hoot Owl Hill
    30750 Osawatomie Rd
    Paola, KS

    Go Glamping under the stars! Experience "Glamour Camping" in one of the bell tents complete with a comfortable bed and soft lighting or spend the night in one of the unique gypsy wagons. Enjoy campfires, good friends, great food and wine.
    The Big Biscuit
    16506 E. 40 Highway
    Independence, MO

    The star of both the breakfast and lunch menu are the giant fresh homemade biscuits. Lunch menu also includes, burgers, wraps, sandwiches, hot lunch plates, soups and salads.
    Clay County: Jazz on the Square
    Liberty, MO
    1/2/17 - 1/2/17

    Enjoy live Jazz at the historic Corbin Theatre in Downtown Liberty!
    El Salvadoreno
    7926 Santa Fe Dr
    Overland Park, KS

    Real Central American Food Made By Real Central American People
    Leavenworth: County Fair
    Tonganoxie, KS
    7/26/16 - 7/30/16

    4-H member animal/non-animal exhibits, booths, food, carnival rides, entertainment, parade, draft horse pull, tractor pull, demolition derby, mud run, kids competitions, fun. . oh yes, and Fair Food!!
    Yardhouse
    1863 Village West Parkway
    Kansas City, KS

    Great Food, Classic Rock and the World's Largest Selection of Draft Beer served in an upscale, casual setting make Yard House the premier destination for any occasion.
    Somerset Wine Trail
    29725 Somerset Rd
    Paola, KS

    The four wineries (Somerset Ridge, NightHawk, Middle Creek & White Wind Farms) of the Somerset Wine Trail each bring a signature style to their hand-produced, artisan wines from grape varieties specially selected for each vineyard and the region.
    Cafe Verona
    206 W. Lexington
    Independence, MO

    Cafe Verona welcomes diners with a larger than life mural of Botticelli's Venus arising from the sea. Dine on Mediterranean/Italian food, from paninis and pasta to poultry, seafood, antipasto and gourmet spirits.
    Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que
    3002 W. 47th Avenue
    Kansas City, KS

    Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que features award-winning barbeque and ribs that melt off the bone, reasonably priced and eclectically located in a gas station.
    Ottawa: Franklin County Fair & Rodeo
    Ottawa, KS
    7/16/15 - 7/19/15

    The Franklin County Fair and Rodeo turns 150 years old in 2015 and will have special activities to commemorate its rich history in Franklin County. This fair hosts a rodeo, demolition derby, 4-H animal judging, barbecue, carnival and more.
    The Tasteful Olive
    7945 Santa Fe Dr
    Overland Park, KS

    The Tasteful Olive is a unique olive oil and vinegar store where you can sample over 60 fresh unflavored, fused, and infused olive oils from around the world.
    Merriam: Farmer's Market 2016 Season
    Merriam, KS
    5/7/16 - 10/8/16

    Every Saturday, head over to Merriam for locally grown fruits and veggies, flower baskets, home-baked cookies and breads and hand-crafted artwork. Live entertainment throughout the season at this award-winning farmer's marketplace.
    The BBQ Shack
    1613 E. Peoria Street
    Paola, KS

    As Seen On Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives with Guy Fieri! The BBQ Shack is a step back in time with Andy, Barney, Opie and the gang.
    Clay County: Murder Mystery Dinner @ Belvoir Winery
    Liberty, MO
    1/20/17 - 1/20/17

    Belvoir Winery's January Murder Mystery Dinner is titled “Kill-A-Lot”. Enjoy a full meal, open bar, and killer show at this historic winery!
    AC Hotels by Marriott Kansas City Westport
    560 Westport Road
    Kansas City, MO

    At AC Hotels by Marriott, we offer more than just a key to your room - we offer a key to the city.
    Mama Resch's
    12635 Metcalf Avenue
    Overland Park, KS

    Mama Resch's is a gluten free bakery. They are allergen friendly and offer a vegan line as well. Welcome to the gluten-free revolution!
    Paulo and Bill Restaurant
    16501 Midland
    Shawnee, KS

    Paulo and Bill features Italian dishes that are original to their restaurant, as well as fresh seafood and hand cut steaks. They have a fine selection of wines as well as a variety of beers and cocktails. Happy Hour everyday from 3 to 6pm.
    Kansas City, KS: Cider Hill Apple Blossom Festival
    Kansas City, KS
    4/8/17 - 4/9/17

    Bring the whole family to Cider Hill Family Orchard for the 2nd Annual Apple Blossom Festival!
    El Potro Mexican Cafe & Cantina
    13035 Canaan Drive (I-70/K-7)
    Bonner Springs, Kansas

    El Potro Mexican Cafe & Cantina, meaning "The Colt", features a delicious array of Mexican cuisine made fresh daily. The food, service and prices are great - don't miss out on their mouth-watering delights! Conveniently located at I-70 Exit 224.
    Clinton’s Soda Fountain
    100 W. Maple Avenue
    Independence, MO

    Hop on a bar stool for a handmade cherry phosphate with a slice of history on the side. Harry Truman worked here sweeping floors and dusting counters for his first job.
    Perky's Cafe
    129 Oak Street
    Bonner Springs, KS

    Perky's Cafe is the newest dining addition to Downtown Bonner Springs serving breakfast, brunch and lunch six days a week!
    Clay County: Mardi Gras Murder Mystery
    Excelsior Springs, MO
    2/18/17 - 2/18/17

    Live the mystery with this exciting “whodunit” Mardi Gras themed dinner and play.
    Blue Stem
    900 Westport Rd.
    Kansas City, MO

    Award-winning Chef/Owners Colby & Megan Garrelts feature progressive American cuisine focusing on seasonal products, an ever-changing menu, and local ingredients. Full bar. Private dining available.
    Clay County, Excelsior: 2nd Friday in Downtown Excelsior
    Excelsior Springs, MO
    12/9/16 - 12/9/16

    Artists, musicians, shopping, and more!
    Lenexa: Chili Challenge
    Lenexa, KS
    10/16/15 - 10/17/15

    Each year approximately 190 teams complete in two divisions: Chili Appreciation Society International (C.A.S.I.) and Home Style Chili as well as salsa and hot wing contests.
    Shawnee Farmers' Market
    Shawnee , KS
    5/2/15 - 10/24/15

    The season's best bounty of home grown produce and homemade goods are ready for sale at the Farmers' Market.
    Lenexa: Spinach Festival
    Lenexa, KS
    9/12/15 - 9/12/15

    Celebrate Lenexa's 1930's heritage as "Spinach Capital of the World!"
    Magical Night: A Downtown Kearney Christmas
    Kearney, MO
    12/3/16 - 12/3/16

    Downtown Kearney turns into a winter wonderland for this holiday event!
    The Culinary Center of Kansas City
    7920 Santa Fe Dr
    Overland Park, Kansas

    Housed in a beautifully restored buggy barn built at the turn of the century, The Culinary Center of Kansas City in historic Downtown Overland Park, Kansas, offers 6500 square feet of uniquely designed event space and teaching kitchens
    Kansas City, KS: Apple Strudel Cooking Class at Strawberry Hill Museum
    Kansas City, KS
    4/1/17 - 4/1/17

    Visit Strawberry Hill Museum & learn about the history and proper preparation of this delicious, classic Austrian dessert.
    Food Truck Frenzy - Lenexa Civic Center Groundbreaking
    Lenexa, KS
    6/12/15 - 6/12/15

    This Food Truck Frenzy event is being held in conjunction with the Groundgreaking ceremony for the new Lenexa Civic Center.
    Overland Park: Annual Greek Festival
    Overland Park, KS
    6/12/15 - 6/14/15

    Experience Greek culture right in your backyard at the Annual Greek Festival. Eat well, dance and be Greek. Opa!
    Kansas City, KS: American Royal World Series of Barbecue
    Kansas City, KS
    10/26/16 - 10/30/16

    The American Royal is pleased to announce that the 2016 World Series of Barbecue® - the world's largest barbecue competition - will be held at The Kansas Speedway, October 26-30.
    Leavenworth: Leavenworth County Fair
    Tonganoxie, KS
    7/28/15 - 8/1/15

    Leavenworth County Fair a classic American experience! July 28-August 1st. Fun, games, pony rides, derbies, food, exhibits and more!
    Baan Thai Restaurant
    301 S 4th Street
    Leavenworth , KS

    Baan Thai Restaurant is beautiful restaurant serving authentic Thai food located in the historic downtown. The Restaurant has beautiful teak wood carving archways and serves wonderful authentic curries and a variety of Thai food.
    Beethoven's #9
    110 W. Peoria
    Paola, KS

    Serving up Eastern Kansas' finest German food. From Frickadellen to Jaeger Schnitzel, you can't go wrong with any of the traditional foods on the menu. Also offering daily specials and popular American cuisine. Open Thursday-Saturday.
    Casa Somerset Bed & Breakfast
    16315 W. 287th Street
    Paola, KS

    This warm Italian Villa sits on ten acres, nestled in the Somerset area, surrounded by a picturesque six acre lake. Minutes from all four wineries. Sit on the veranda sipping wine overlooking 500 grape vines.
    Merriam: Farmers & Food Trucks Wednesdays
    Merriam, KS - Kansas
    6/1/16 - 8/3/16

    Grab your co-workers, friends and family and come to the Merriam Marketplace at 5740 Merriam Drive for Farmers and Food Trucks the first Wednesday of June, July and August.
    Jack Stack Barbecue
    9520 Metcalf Ave
    Overland Park, KS

    Jack Stack, voted "Most Popular Restaurant in Kansas City" by the 2011 prestigious Zagat's Survey of America's Best Restaurants, is consistently voted by Zagat as the "Highest Rated BBQ" in the country.
    Hereford House
    17244 Midland Dr.
    Shawnee, KS

    Amazing hand cut, aged steaks, prime rib & seafood.
    Dark Horse Distillery
    11740 W. 86th
    Lenexa, KS

    Get a behind-the-scenes look at the world of handcrafted distilling with a tour of Dark Horse Distillery!
    Clay County: Excelsior Springs' Chocolate Tour
    Excelsior Springs, MO
    2/4/17 - 2/4/17

    Sample delicious chocolates while shopping through historic downtown Excelsior Springs!
    Papa Bob's Bar-B-Que
    11610 Kaw Drive
    Bonner Springs, KS

    Home of the ultimate "Destroyer" sandwich! Join the ranks who have tried their best to down this hefty BBQ sandwich. If that doesn't fit your taste, then wet your appetite with an array of other BBQ choices.
    Arthur Bryant's Barbeque
    1702 Village West Pkwy
    Kansas City, KS

    Slow-smoked barbecue with a combination of hickory and oak woods, mellowed to the peak of flavor, then splashed with Original or Rich & Spicy sauce.
    21st Annual Shawnee Great Grillers Blues & BBQ Contest
    Shawnee , KS
    9/25/15 - 9/26/15

    Great BBQ and fun for the entire family!
    Leavenworth: Mayor's Holiday Tree Lighting & Holiday Bazaar
    Leavenworth, KS - Kansas
    11/21/14 - 11/21/14

    Come to Haymarket Square where there will be a multitude of food and gift vendors. Then watch the Leavenworth Main Street Holiday Lighted Parade at 5:30 p.m. immediately followed by the tree lighting.
    The Rheinland Restaurant
    208 N. Main Street
    Independence, MO

    Experience a taste of Germany at this family-owned eatery, featuring weinerschnitzel, homemade apple strudel and a generous selection of imported German beers.
    Kansas City, KS: Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Strawberry Hill Museum
    Kansas City, KS
    4/8/17 - 4/8/17

    Bring the whole family to meet and eat with the Easter Bunny at Strawberry Hill Museum!
    Historic Independence Square
    Main, Lexington, Maple and Liberty Streets
    Independence, MO

    Surrounding the historic Jackson County Truman Courthouse. Shop at 15 specialty, antique, home furnishings and gift stores for one of a kind finds or those special gifts.
    Clay County: Let's Wine About Winter
    Liberty, MO
    2/18/17 - 2/18/17

    Don't miss this fun wine crawl through Historic Downtown Liberty!
    Red Fortune Chinese Restaurant
    117 Oak Street
    Bonner Springs, KS

    You are in for a treat at the Red Fortune Chinese Restaurant. Great food, great service and a pleasant atmosphere attracts the locals and a wide variety of visitors.
    Andre's Confiserie Suisse
    4929 W 119th St
    Overland Park, KS

    In addition to offering top of the line chocolates and pastries, Andre's also serves gourmet lunches. Come experience a 50 year old Kansas City tradition in fine dining.
    Clay County: New Year's Eve 2016
    North Kansas City, MO
    12/31/16 - 12/31/16

    This family friendly New Year's Eve celebration will feature fun games and activities and culminate in a balloon drop at 9:00 pm!
    Olathe: Downtown Food Truck Mania
    Olathe, KS
    6/24/16 - 6/24/16

    The Olathe Convention & Visitors Bureau is partnering with Downtown Olathe Fourth Fridays to bring you over 10 food trucks, Kids Fun Zone, live music, InstaFunKC photo booth, and even a Beautiful Beard Contest.
    Clay Couty: 1st Street Holiday Market
    Kearney, MO
    12/17/16 - 12/17/16

    Enjoy holiday shopping with local vendors in Downtown Kearney!
    Grand Street Cafe
    8815 Renner Road
    Lenexa, KS

    Located in Lenexa's growing City Center, Grand Street Cafe's second location offers simple, elegant and modern cuisine.
    Elsa's Ethiopian Restaurant
    8016 Santa Fe Dr
    Overland Park, KS

    Elsa's Ethiopian Restaurant is a family run local restaurant located in the middle of Downtown Overland Park.
    Merriam: Summer Sundays
    Merriam, KS
    5/15/16 - 5/15/16

    Sunday evening food truck event with live music and fun activities for the entire family.
    Pierpont's
    30 W Pershing Rd.
    Kansas City, MO

    Voted Favorite Steakhouse in the 2010 KC Visitors' Choice Awards, Pierpont's didn't invent the KC Strip, but it cooks it to perfection. Try one for yourself.
    Bonner Springs, KS: Brew-B-Que Kansas City
    Bonner Springs, KS
    5/20/17 - 5/20/17

    Two of Kansas City's favorite things - BBQ and Craft Beer - come together in this one-of-a-kind event!
    Clay County: Murder Mystery Dinner @ Belvoir Winery
    Liberty, MO
    1/21/17 - 1/21/17

    Belvoir Winery's January Murder Mystery Dinner is titled “Kill-A-Lot”. Enjoy a full meal, open bar, and killer show at this historic winery!