Ah Kansas City Restaurant Week, a tradition I love for several reasons.
- Proceeds go to local nonprofits — more than $2.7 million granted since 2010!
- The event supports our own local restaurant staff and chefs.
- It’s quite the fancy date night for busy parents who often don’t get many of those.
- The deals allow me to try restaurants at a higher price point than I might typically.
- It’s during my least favorite month of the year, so it brings excitement to get me through while savoring delectable eats!
In case this unique Kansas City event is news to you, here’s the rundown. Approximately 120 restaurants in the greater Kansas City area covering all types of cuisine are participating from January 8-17. There are specially designed menus at three price points offered during these dates: $15, $35, and $45. The $15 is for the lunch menu, $35 is for single person dinner menu, and $45 is for dinner for two. The beneficiaries are The Don Bosco Centers, Visit KC Foundation, and Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.
Naturally, I was rather fearful that #KCRW2021 was not going to be a thing, and at a time when we need it the most. By “we,” I mean all our citizens who are stressed to the max by the pandemic and also “we” as in Kansas City restaurants. I’ve been sadly astonished to witness some historically successful favorites close up shop this year. As such, Restaurant Week is a perfect time to come together to celebrate our strong community.
I’m so grateful that restaurants are tuning into creative ways to keep this KC tradition alive and thriving.
For my household, we are only participating in curbside, carryout, or delivered dining. Current regulations allow guests to pick up cocktails curbside or you can try out J. Rieger & Co.’s classic cocktail recipes at home. The large list of tempting tastes will be offered to patrons however you’re comfortable with participating.
Director of Operations for Jax Fish House, Adam Reed, is excited to rollout some attractive services this year:
“The biggest change with restaurant week this year is that the multi-course menu will be available for to-go via carryout and our very own delivery service. With Jax Fish House’s WeDeliver service, folks can order our restaurant menu online (or call-in orders) and our own foodservice trained, safe employees will deliver it to you for no additional cost. Unlike third party delivery service, we can also bring cocktails and wine. Another exciting thing about our Restaurant Week menu is that it’s really a showcase of who we are and what we do with sustainable seafood. Most of our fan favorite dishes are on our restaurant week menu, and you can upgrade to any dish on our menu for a small up-charge.”
We live in a city where you could probably try a different restaurant every single day of the year and still not get through all the options available.
Here’s how I like to decide where to go. I’m big on using the “notes” feature on my iPhone for many different things. It’s how my partner and I keep a running shared grocery list, a places-we-want-to-try list, and a kids gift ideas brainstorm list. So first, I will turn to my notes and see what participating establishments I have not yet had the honor of visiting. Next, I’ll check out the new and noteworthy participants’ menus. Then, I start another note of the places I’m interested in. Here, I write out the menu details so I can narrow it down to two choices with my partner. Yeah, it’s a process, but I’ve never claimed not to be a nerd.
I’m literally getting hungry now just thinking about it. Hurry #KCRW2021! I hope you’ll “join” me in this truly spectacular local event you can feel good about. It is a perfect way to come together as a community while we must stay apart. Follow Kansas City Restaurant Week on Facebook for more details and enticing photos of what’s in store.
Full tummies, full hearts, can’t lose.