Channel your inner Eleven this weekend and eat…all…the…waffles. Hammerhand Coffee (22 North Main St., Liberty, Missouri) is hosting a Pop-Up Waffle Shop with The Waffle Iron from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. We’re talking sweet and savory options.
The Ainsworth (11653 Ash St., Leawood, Kansas) opens today in the Park Place development. The claim to fame for The Ainsworth is a Mac & Cheese Burger — a smash-up of macaroni and cheese and a beef patty on a sesame seed bun. It’s a fork-and-knifer without question. This is the sixth location for The Ainsworth, which has three spots in New York City and a pair in New Jersey.
Betty Rae’s (7140 Wornall Road), the ice cream shop that will make you everything from boozy shakes to ice cream pies, returns from winter break on Friday. It’s closed Mondays and Tuesdays, but open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Want to know more about the current state of our food system? The Kansas City section of the Institute of Food Technologists is hosting a screening of “Food Evolution,” a documentary narrated by Neil DeGrasse Tyson that looks at the world of genetically modified organisms. KCIFT will put out pizza, popcorn and soda at 6 p.m. Friday, and the screening starts at 6:45 p.m.
Kansas City Restaurant Week kicks off Friday and runs through next Sunday, Jan. 21. It’s a showcase of area restaurants with pre-fixe lunch ($15) and dinner ($33) menus. Need advice on where to start? On Friday, Flatland will take a look at the eateries participating for the first time in the event.
Bier Station (120 E. Gregory Blvd.) celebrates its fifth anniversary this Saturday. The party kicks off at 11 a.m. and includes the release of Friendly Collusion, a Belgian stout collaboration with 4 Hands Brewing Company and Martin City Brewing Company.
Indulge your inner coffee nerd with Function Junction’s Culinary Test Drive: French Press Me. Between noon and 2 p.m. Saturday, you can stop by the Crown Center shop (2450 Grand Blvd.) for a demo on how to use a French press to make your morning Joe.
The Culinary Center of Kansas City (7920 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, Kansas) is hosting a Great British Baking Class at 5 p.m. Sunday. You’ll learn how to make choux (pastry dough) and chocolate pastry cream. Then you’ll be part of a team assembling cream puffs in the hopes of earning high marks from Jonathan Pye, the executive chef at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
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