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Food, wine opportunities abound in Kansas City this week

Deanna Brazil, wine director at Chaz on the Plaza
Deanna Brazil, wine director at Chaz on the Plaza

If you’re a lover of great local food and terrific, delicious and diverse wine, then I’ve got some great news for you.

I recently got wind of a couple of food and wine promotions in town this week and I thought I’d pass along the goods.

First up, we’re smack dab in the middle of the second annual Farm Fresh Week at all Bread and Butter Concepts restaurants around town. For those of you who don’t know, that’s Gram & Dun, Urban Table, BRGR Kitchen + Bar, Taco Republic, Ingredient True Eatery (Leawood) and Republica.

With more than 10 new local farms participating and Bread and Butter’s restaurants creating more than 15 menu items featuring those items (not to mention all the great local beer, wine, and spirits), this is a fantastic opportunity to check some of the best that Kansas City grows, brews, and ferments.

“We start the process for these menus about 6 to 8 weeks before the event, so we have lots of room to be nimble if product availability changes due to seasonality or freshness,” said Bradley Gilmore, executive chef at Gram & Dun and Republica.

It’s all about the best local food and drink Kansas City has to offer, he said.

“Really, we want our guests to experience really delicious fresh food and drink, and to know that they are spending their dollars locally to support local business,” he said.

There are far too many items and far too many restaurants making up Farm Fresh Week to even think about listing. If interested, and why wouldn’t you be, I’d suggest checking out the participating restaurants and their featured dishes here. Farm Fresh Week runs through Sunday.

You could easily slide to or from one of the Bread and Butter restaurants to the second event I’d like to make you aware of, a special exclusive tasting of Washington wines at Chaz on the Plaza.

The tasting is a fundraiser for the firefighters and residents affected by this summer’s raging wildfires in Washington state. It will be hosted by Chaz’s wine director Deanna Brazil, a woman who lived in Washington, has a passion for its wines and a desire to help those on the front lines of the fires.

“My original plans for this event was just do to a tasting of Washington wines as I host several different tastings throughout the year,” Brazil said. “But seeing the devastating effects of the wildfires posted all over Facebook and on the Internet, I wanted this tasting to have more of a purpose.”

The exclusive tasting of Washington wines will feature sparkling, white and red wines, including a 94- and 93-point wine as awarded by noted critic Robert Parker.

The event is 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Chaz on the Plaza. The cost is $35. Reservations are required and seating is limited. Call Chaz at 816-997-9272 to get in on the fun and help out a good cause.

“I would like my guests to experience the great wine that is made outside of California and see the diversity that Washington offers in terms of the varietals that can be grown there,” Brazil said.

So there you have it, more than a half dozen restaurants, a ton of local food, wine and spirits and some of the best wine the country offers. It’s all at our fingertips this week in Kansas City. Kansas City Chow Town indeed!

Dave Eckert is the producer and host of “Culinary Travels With Dave Eckert,” which aired on PBS-TV and Wealth TV for 12 seasons.

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