Ever wanted to open a donut shop? Ever eaten a donut? All you needed was to answer yes to one of those questions and you’re in for The Business of Donuts. The latest discussion from Square One Small Business Services and the Mid-Continent Public Library dives into what it takes to sling donuts in the Kansas City area. Former Kansas City Star food editor Jill Silva will talk to Donutology’s Andrew Cameron, Duck Donut’s Katie Doolittle-McNeil, and the family from Big Daddy Donuts at iWerx (1520 Clay St., North Kansas City, Missouri). The presentation runs from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and includes a donut and milk reception.
El Salvadoreno has relocated to 9860 W. 87th St. in Overland Park, Kansas. The Salvadoran restaurant was in downtown Overland Park for six years before moving to its new space near the Johnson County Public Library. Start with the pupusas, fried masa tortillas that can be stuffed with meat, cheese or beans, and then top it with heaps of curtido, a spicy, vinegar-based slaw made with chopped onions, carrots and cabbage.
Grinders has a new outpost in Lawrence, Kansas, at 733 New Hampshire St. The restaurant has Grinders’ staples (pizza slices and pies, like the Bengal Tiger with tandoori chicken and pesto, cheesesteaks, death wings made with house hot sauce), 32 taps, video games (including a glowing Skee-ball machine), a foosball table inside of a hollowed out Airstream, and an oversized sculpture of a woman in a bikini nicknamed “Chance.” Grinders LFK is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Ruby Jean’s Juicery opened its fifth area location, and it’s a grab-and-go juice stop inside the North Kansas City YMCA (1999 Iron St.). The new Ruby Jean’s is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3:30 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The Salo Series, a pop-up dinner series from chef Yana Gilbuena, arrives in Kansas City on Saturday. KC Pinoy’s Chrissy Nucum is collaborating with Gilbuena, who is from Ilolio, a city on the Philippine island of Panay, on a three-course Filipino meal. Each course will feature a dish from the Kapampangan and Ilonggo ethnolinguistic groups, presented on banana leaves. There will be boboto (Filipino-style tamales) and maja blanca (coconut milk pudding), inasal (barbecued chicken with lemongrass and ginger) and bibingka (sweet rice cakes). The dinner ($40) is from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Shaka Noodle Shack (414 Armour Road, North Kansas City, Missouri).
In weather that makes you want to melt, perhaps its fitting that The Friends of Shawnee Town are hosting an ice cream social from 2 to 3:30 p.m. this Saturday at Shawnee Town 1929 (11501 W. 57th St., Shawnee, Kansas). The ice cream will be made in throwback fashion by Churn of the Century, which uses a combustion engine from the early 20th century to power its ice cream maker.
Hopcat KC (401 Westport Road) is celebrating Belgian National Day this Saturday. The beer bar will have a host of Belgian brews on tap, including Brasserie Dupont’s Saison Dupont (delicious in summer) and Brouwerij St. Bernadus’ ABT 12. Hopcat will also be serving its fries with a blue cheese-black pepper aioli and pesto aioli.
Get ready to step up your potato salad game, as Kansas City’s Big Picnic is set from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday on the lawn of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (4525 Oak St.). The picnic, a joint effort from the museum and the city’s department of parks and recreation, has live music, puppet shows, art activities, yard games, food trucks, puppies and beer and wine for sale.
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