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  • Porto do Sul

    Brazilian Steakhouse

  • Harvest Table

    with an array of hot and cold items

  • Traditional Brazilian Steakhouse fare

    full Churrascaria experience

  • Offers a menu in the bar area

    for those in the mood for a lighter meal

  • Newly renovated second private dining room

    for your groups of up to 140 guests

Lunch at Pierpont's

Lunch at Pierpont's 

If you haven't been to the Gridiron Glory Exhibition and you call yourself a football fan, get your fanny down NOW to Union Station. The Pro Football Hall of Fame, as part of its 50 year anniversary, is touring the largest traveling exhibition in its history and it's billed as "The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame." There are hundreds of artifacts, many exhibited for the first time, from the Hall of Fame's collection and for a few moments, you could maybe feel like Will Shields. To celebrate, Pierpont's is offering a $10 Gridiron Lunch Special which is a 12 hour short rib sandwich and side of fries, poblano coleslaw, and fried pickles on a potato bun. The exhibit leaves September 7th and so does this special. Don't drop the ball - go now!

30 West Pershing 
Kansas City, MO 64108 
Ph. (816) 221-5111 

Check out their menu here


Get your tickets now for The Bourbon Trail!

Walk The Bourbon Trail
To Smooth Flavor and Legendary Football

Thursday Aug. 27 | 5:00pm - 7:30pm | $40 per person

Come walk the Bourbon Trail and experience Hall of Fame Football on August 27th at Union Station. This one-of-a-kind event hosted by Union Station, Pierpont’s at Union Station and Sports Radio 810 WHB is one night only and will not be repeated.

The Gridiron Glory Bourbon Trail will feature six bourbon stations and food pairings, entry into Gridiron Glory the exhibition, one drink ticket (cash bar available), a customized tasting glass and autograph signings by Chiefs Football Ambassadors.

Learn about each featured bourbon from the experts. Taste the custom creations from Pierpont’s Executive Chef, Matt Barnes. Bourbons include:
  • Buffalo Trace
  • Eagle Rare 10-year
  • Blanton's
  • Colonel E.H. Taylor Rye
  • W.L. Weller Special Reserve 7-year
  • Bernheim Kentucky Wheated Whiskey

Walk among the most prized treasures of professional football – directly from the Canton, OH Pro Football Hall of Fame. Grab a friend and walk the Gridiron Glory Bourbon Trail on August 27th at Union Station.
  • Live Sports Radio 810 WHB Broadcast from event
  • Guest appearances by Chiefs Ambassadors, KC Wolf and Chiefs Cheerleaders
  • A Full Evening of Flavor, Football and Fun!


Beer of the Craft Variety by Chris Becicka

Beer of the Craft Variety

by Chris Becicka

We’re talking craft beer here, the now nearly ubiquitous beer whose popularity has soared. 

Regional craft breweries, microbreweries, and brew pubs (the total category) have really taken off from the mid-90s, rising from 537 to 3,464 in 2014. Hence, all the noise about them – it’s a battle out there. In Kansas City, beer aficionados are familiar with the huge variety of choices, from the local area to nationwide. In fact, a friend just showed me a picture of a restaurant’s menu in Beijing that was featuring Boulevard Beer. 
Biergarden at Grunauer

So what constitutes a craft beer? The Craft Brewers Association defines it as small (fewer than 6 million gallons annually), independent (less than 25% of it is owned or controlled by a bigger company who is not a craft brewer) and traditional (a majority of its total beverage alcohol volume in beers whose flavor derives from traditional or innovative brewing ingredients and their fermentation.) What it’s not: Bud Light or Coors or PBR.

The most common types of craft beers, like all beers, are ales and lagers. Ales are usually stronger in taste due to the fact they are fermented warmer and faster than lagers. That is also why they are more popular than lagers in brewpubs especially – they can be ready in about a week. Ales include brown ales, usually milder with coffee, caramel, or toffee flavors; pale ales are sharper and more bitter. This is the category that includes IPAs, India Pale Ale, so popular now. Porters are darker and “thicker,” and their cousins, stouts, are even darker and more viscous than porters. Ales are served at room temperature normally, unlike their colder counterparts. 

Those cold lagers are more trouble and take longer to make. They are made with bottom-fermenting yeast and brewed at colder temperatures – hence they take longer to make, weeks or months instead of days. They also tend to be somehow crisper or more mellow according to some. They are always served at a colder temperature, best at about 40 degrees. 

There are four broad categories of lagers. Pale lagers are, well, pale. Light. Highly carbonated, these beers are what most Americans consider to be mainstream. Pilsners are similar except they are usually more bitter and their taste more distinctive. Marzens, also called Oktoberfest beers, are more full bodied and usually amber or dark copper in color and taste more malty. Bocks are heartier still and are both hoppy (bitter) and malty (sweeter). 

 Of course, a craft beer devotee could add much more description to the above, and a certified or master cicerone – someone who has actually passed difficult tests in beer knowledge and serving – could just wax poetic explaining more than you could ever ask about all beers. Wesley Boston, Executive Chef at Sullivan’s and a certified cicerone (and sommelier) is an example of a passionate beer guy. “Beers are just as varied, just as complex, as wine,” he says. “But they’re less expensive and can be a lot more fun!” 

Craft beers are in front of the public in both smaller and larger ways. Events featuring beers now occur continually. There are regular tours, tap nights, brewery nights, and special city-wide events all the time. These include parties such as the Kansas City Craft Beer Week, Westport Summer Beer Festival, Boulevardia, or the City Market Beer Festival which just occurred. Coming up are the UNICO Microbrew Fest in Zona Rosa (August 15) or the September 5th Craft Beer Festival of the Lost Township (Raytown) or the High Plains Brewhoff in downtown Overland Park (September 19). Grünauer’s 6th annual Oktoberfest begins on September 25th and is overflowing with beer, food, and music. They offer not only local beers but also central European beers all the time, not just during the festival. 

Not only does Kansas City have its own established craft breweries (besides the ever expanding Boulevard, there are probably around 20), but we keep spawning new ones. Four or five have surfaced in the last year or so, and another is on its way to the east Crossroads. Developed by Ted Habiger (of Room 39 fame and a James Beard award semi-finalist in 2014) and partners, it’s called Brewery Emperial. Slated to open early in 2016, it will brew 12 beers, Americanized versions of classic European Beers and food will be gastropub(y) with a wood-fired grill. 
BD's Craft Beer Offerings

It’s also true that practically all of our restaurants have embraced both local and national craft beers. Besides the growing popularity of these beers, chefs have begun to recognize the pairing affinities possible with beer. 

Some restaurants like BD’s Mongolian Grill in Independence not only serve but truly highlight craft beers which certainly entice a certain clientele to visit frequently. For instance, BD’s has typically 50 craft beers on tap and 200 bottled beers in their Beer Library at to-go prices. Every two months they feature a craft beer brewery with giveaways and the rep there to answer questions. Their refillable Howlers and Growlers are a beer lover’s carry-out or in-restaurant liquid dream. 

Speaking of sometimes the most unexpected places have a large craft beer selection, besides BD’s we have to mention Hawg Jaw Que and Brew in Riverside. Currently they have over 20 microbrews and are looking at adding many more. One especially cool thing? If you go in and they don’t have your fav, they’ll order it for you. Can’t resist adding that they have all kinds of old fashioned sodas for the kids, too. 

Waldo Pizza in Lee’s Summit is another somewhat surprising craft beer hangar. Around 20 beers on tap are craft beers and another 40 or so in bottles are as well. Their Waldo location has even more bottled varieties, about 90 or so, and they sponsor a brewer of the month when the brewer comes in and hosts a special evening. Their staff is particularly knowledgeable about their beers, which is important to those who don’t know what to choose among so many. Pizza never tasted so good. We wonder if there is a particularly great beer to go with their homemade desserts, too. Places like Westside Local know they must appeal to beer drinkers with more than Bud Light. They emphasize local breweries with ten or 12 on tap and a varying selection of national beers. Cleaver and Cork has six craft beers on tap, and another 30+ in bottles – they recognize beer’s flexibility with both casual and upscale food. The Pig & Finch in Leawood expands their clientele every other month when they do a beer dinner, utilizing such brewers is Mother’s out of Springfield, Missouri or River North Brewing next door in Denver. 

Upscale restaurants are certainly not missing out on this trend. They all know they must offer a few craft beers, at least. Practically all of the beers at The American fit the definition of craft beers. At Sullivan’s Steakhouse, the aforementioned Wesley Boston, a Certified Cicerone®, admits that probably nothing gives him more pleasure than the three craft beer dinners the restaurant hosts every year. He stocks 8 – 15 staple craft beers and then continually supplements with a revolving list of beers, all reliably tasted. And Jax on the Plaza which serves mostly seafood, also has a number of craft beers which not surprisingly, as their cicerone/sommelier Rick Compton knows, pair well with fish. 

Even catering companies have been seeing requests for craft beer for all types of events. Brancato's Catering (they run Harvey's at Union Station) has been complying with this trend for some time at especially corporate events and weddings. People want food stations paired with craft beer. Others want tasting stations with flights of 3 ounce pours with four or five selections on a tray for each person. Laura Fleming, Brancato’s Event Coordinator, says that the evolution of craft beer and catering have been parallel over the last few years. Clients’ tastes for food, display, and beverages have elevated. Craft beers have become part of a total experience that people want for themselves and their guests.” 

Credit for the craft beer resurgence has been given to England in the 1970s (though small breweries in Europe have been around for centuries) but only in perhaps the last ten years in this country have they begun their phenomenal ascent. Kansas City reflects this burgeoning interest in high quality, locally produced beers and our restaurants definitely cater to the trend. That’s a good thing, for as Plato said, “He is a wise man who invented beer.” We add, “and who drinks beer.” Craft beer. 

What’s in a Name? 
Craft Beers by Category Microbrewery – produces fewer than 15,000 barrels a year with 75% of it sold off-site. 
Brewpub – a restaurant brewery that sells at least 25% of its beer on-site. 
Contract Brewing Company -- A business that hires another brewery to produce its beer or one which hires another brewery to produce additional beer 
Regional Craft Brewery -- an independent regional brewery with most of its volume in “traditional” or “innovative” beer(s). Emphasis is on quality, flavor, and brewing technique rather than number of gallons produced. 
Regional Brewery – annual beer production of between 15,000 and 6,000,000 barrels. 


Did You Know? 

Vermont ranks first in craft beer drinkers with 16.2 craft gallons per 100,000 21+ year olds. 
Missouri is #17 with 2.4 gallons and Kansas is #42 with .6 gallons. But in terms of number of breweries per capita, Missouri is #26 and Kansas #34. 


If I Drink Beer, Will I Get Fat? 

According to, typical calories are: 

12 ounce light beer: 103 

12 ounce regular beer: 153 

1.5 ounce 80 proof liquor: 97 

 6 ounce chocolate martini: 438 

8 ounce margarita: 453 

8 ounce Singapore sling: 230 

1 ounce wine: 25 (you do the math) 

So if you’re choosing between a craft beer or a chocolate martini, think thin and get the beer. What about you?


OKTOBERFEST 2015 9/25&9/26 – Music Lineup Announced

HAZELNUSS, America's "Premier Oktoberfest Band," will headline OKTOBERFESTAPALOOZA this year and we could not be more excited!  Hazelnuss will be performing at this year's Grünauer Oktoberfest both Friday and Saturday nights.  Based in Los Angeles, this band covers the globe at festival season and according to Peter Grünauer, they are "the best."  Oktoberfest 2015 is scheduled for September 25th and 26th.

4-6pm – Terry Bell and the Kool Kat Accordian Orchestra
6-7:30pm- from Los Angeles: HAZELNUSS
7:45-9pm – Betty Jo Simon and the Alpen Spielers
9:30-12am – from Los Angeles: HAZELNUSS
8-10pm Nuthatch 47
10-12am – HAZELNUSS

1 token

Brezn – Bavarian style pretzel with Liptauer Cheese
Bierradi – Liptauer cheese with local radishes
Gulaschsuppe – Spicy paprika soup with potatoes
Bier und Käse suppe – Smoked gouda and beer soup
Würstl mit brot – Bratwurst or Cheddar bratwurst on bun
Side Trio – Sauerkraut, Red Cabbage, and Potato Cucumber Salad
Streusselküchen – Streussel cake with peach compote
Bierocks – two ground beef, onion and cabbage filled pastries

2 tokens
Halbes Hendl – 1/2 of a rotisserie chicken, with choice of side
Würstl mit brot – Bratwurst or cheddar bratwurst on bun with side
Schweinebraten – Roasted Pork Shoulder with choice of side

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
We have a large free parking lot to the south of the building.  If that happens to be full, there is plenty of neighborhood parking
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please email
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
That will make everyone's life alot easier. 
How can I purchase food and Beer?
You can buy tokens in advance through eventbrite, or at the bar, or you can buy them at the event. 
What food and beer is available?
We will have a special menu for the event, and unfortuantely food from our dinner menu will only be avaialble in the dining room.  Please check the menu posted for full listings. 
Can I bring my own glass?
Sure, in fact we incourage you to bring a favorite stein.  We will also have steins available for $10 that you can keep.


NOW you must hurry, hurry, hurry to make your reservation!! By Friday. That's tomorrow!

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 Tuesday, August 11, 6 pm
Cleaver & Cork

Speaker: Charlie Arnot from the Center for Food Integrity
"Food Myths in the Media Today"

Charlie is the voice of food and consumer trends.  Research based, his talks are insightful, important, and entertaining.  You won't want to miss what he has to say.  Read about him and his organization here.

Drinks (your dime) and apps begin at 6 pm.  A three course dinner with choice of starter, entree, and dessert will follow with Mr. Arnot speaking at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $30 which includes tax and 15% gratuity; make your check to Les Dames KC or bring cash.  Park in the KCP&L Garage (on the south side) off 13th street for parking validated by Cleaver & Cork.

Email Jill Means or call her at 515.710.2667 by August 7th to tell her you are joining us. Do it NOW!



The Annual Kansas City Power & Light District's Summer Restaurant Week is back!
August 21st - 30, 2015 
Enjoy exclusive, specialty menus at more than ten participating restaurants!
Lunch menus are just $10-15 and dinner menus are just $25-30!

Bristol Seafood Grill
  • 51 E 14th Street
    Kansas City MO 64105
  • (816) 448-6007
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Cleaver & Cork

Drunken Fish Sushi Restaurant & Lounge

Dubliner, The
  • 170 East 14th Street
    Kansas City MO 64105
  • (816) 268-4700

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

Johnny's Tavern

McFadden's Sports Saloon

Pizza Bar
  • 1320 Grand Blvd
    Kansas City MO 64105
  • (816) 221-8466

Providence New American Kitchen

Tengo Sed Cantina


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