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Tea Time, A Drinking Circus & Other Weekend Possibilities

The chicken curry, rice and hummus at Kinzi Mediterranean Restaurant. The chicken curry, rice and hummus at Kinzi Mediterranean Restaurant. (Emily Woodring | Flatland)
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Hummus and pita and baklava and oh, why are we not yet eating? Kinzi Mediterranean Cuisine is open at 5329 Johnson Drive in Mission, Kansas. Get gyros, falafel, kabobs or curry. Kinzi is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Genovese is now the 1856 Bar and Grill (941 Massachusetts St., Lawrence, Kansas). The menu has house-made lobster ravioli; thick, thin and gluten-free crust pizza; street tacos and fried pickles with ranch dressing (this is the Midwest, after all). 1856 opens at 11 a.m. daily.

A drinkable circus is coming to town, Lenexa. Limitless Brewing Co. releases Circus, a Russian imperial stout (strong, inky beer), at noon on Saturday. They’ll also be serving popcorn and cotton candy.

Update your dance cards. A pair of new breweries are set to open this week. 3 Trails Brewing Co. (111 N. Main St.) opens today at 4 p.m. in Independence, Missouri, and City Barrel Brewing Co.’s grand opening is Friday.

The Guy Fieri experience arrives in Kansas City today. Guy Fieri’s Dive & Taco Joint (1333 Walnut St.) has its grand opening in the Power & Light District at 6 p.m. It’s all about tacos and margaritas from the “Diners, Dive-Ins, and Drives” celebrity TV chef.

Some say comfort food is what you need in winter, but the real ticket is a proper cup of comfort. KC Food Circle is hosting Tea 101 (1007 Swift St, North Kansas City, Missouri). The class ($15 for KCFC members, $25 for non-members) with Hugo Tea is from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday and includes tea cupping and tea to take home

The secret superpower of food stories — likely the reason you’re still reading here — is that they make readers hungry. Open Belly, a new podcast focused on telling the stories of immigrant chefs in Kansas City — is sponsoring Meet The Chef Behind The Story from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Lenexa Public Market (8750 Penrose Lane, Lenexa, Kansas).

The event features a meet and greet with chef Sohaila Humayon and podcast creator and host Danielle Lehman, a cooking demonstration and a preview of the episode featuring Sohaila’s Kitchen, which serves Indian and Pakistani cuisine.

The Green Book, a guide that enabled African Americans to know which establishments were welcoming during segregation and an inspiration for the 2018 movie of the same name, is the driving force behind a new stage production in Kansas City.

“The Green Book Wine Club Train Trip” is a journey through time on stage, written by Michelle T. Johnson.

In the play, Marie boards a train with four friends for a weekend away from Kansas City. She finds herself whisked into the 1940’s, where she stays at a boarding house mentioned in “The Green Book.” Marie, a librarian researching The Green Book, suddenly finds herself thrust back into the era of segregation.

There are performances tonight and Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. at the KC MeltingPot Theatre (3051 Penn Valley Drive). The play runs through Saturday, March 2.