It's three days of events for the North and South Central Regional Barista Competition, which runs Friday through Sunday. Baristas from across the Midwest will do battle at three free events over the weekend. It's the chance to see masters of the craft in action and enjoy a cup of java.
Take a break from the kitchen on Sunday and go to the Drop (409 East 31st Street). That's when the Martini Corner bistro has its prix fixe dinner for two from 5 to 10 p.m. You pick a starter (crab cakes, ceviche), salad (Caesar, ensalada verde), any four bruschettas or a small plate (smoked pork chop, lamb, scallops or center-cut ribeye). Add on dessert (milk and cookies, crème brûlée or pineapple-passion mousse cake) and a bottle of wine. The bill for dinner is just $60 per couple, which means you'll have money afterward if you decide to stay for cocktails.
School, at least for those 21 and older, should always begin with a cold beer. That's the idea behind Boulevard Beer School at Barley's Brewhaus (11924 West 119th Street, Overland Park) on Monday, January 21, at 6 p.m. Sample five different beers from the local brewery: Nommo, Rye on Rye, 80 Acre, Reverb Imperial Pilsner, and Irish Ale. Tickets cost $8 and must be purchased in advance; call 913-663-4099.
Team Coffee or Team Cocoa, what's it going to be? Declare your loyalty at the Battle of the Bean 5k on Saturday at 9 a.m. The race begins and ends at Foo's Fabulous Frozen Custard in Leawood. Refuel with Roasterie coffee and Christopher Elbow chocolate. It's $35 to register on the day of the race.
What have you got on tap for the weekend?