It's the last weekend before Christmas, which means it's time to panic about finding presents for your loved ones. Instead of fighting the crowds at the mall, check out these food-related events - with shopping opportunities. Because a basket of holiday treats = love.
Fresh off its appearance on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
(2601 Holmes) hosts an open-house Holiday Bazaar from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, December 20. Festivities include local artists selling their handcrafted works and Sherman Breneman of the Vinyl Market spinning records. The restaurant will offer pour-over coffee and espresso by Oddly Correct and a variety of baked goods.
The open house also celebrates Succotash's new extended hours, until 5 p.m. The full menu is served until 3; after that, food offerings change over to paninis and pastries, all accompanied by Oddly Correct drinks. The extended hours also include a DJ and board games, like Scrabble and Trivial Pursuit.
Drinking and shopping should really be more of a thing. Thankfully, BadSeed
's "Happy Holiday" Farmers Market Fiesta (1909 McGee) includes both. From 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, December 20, you can enjoy an Irish coffee bar with complimentary whiskey, freshly whipped organic cream and locally roasted coffee from Red-Headed Philosopher while browsing the array of meat, cheeses, breads, winter vegetables, jams and jellies, soaps, handmade crafts and more. Also, BadSeed's annual raffle - a farm basket filled with goodies from its vendors - takes place at 6 p.m.
Looking for a gift for that Europhile in your life? Grunauer
(101 West 22nd Street) has opened a Christmas Market featuring goodies from Austria. Pick up some Julius Meinl coffee, assorted cookies, Christmas chocolate figurines and beer steins. The market is open during the restaurant's regular business hours, and the Christmas items are there through the first week in January. Of course, no Christmas market is complete without gluhwein (hot mulled wine), which is available every day.
The Clock Tower Bakery & Café
(7911 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park) offers a delicious assortment of holiday treats, including kringles in five flavors (almond, apple, blueberry, cherry, raspberry), yule logs, holiday cakes, pumpkin loaves, gingerbread rounds (decorated with a powdered-sugar Christmas tree) and more. New at the bakery this year are the meringue cake, which consists of four layers with a raspberry filling, and the German chocolate cake.
There's just a short window to grab some holiday breads and sweets at the Great Harvest Bread Co.
(4002 West 83rd Street, Prairie Village). December 21-24, the bakery offers such items as cinnamon-roll trees, gingerbread, eggnog bread, holiday stollen, honey-wheat wreaths, rolls and more - perfect as hostess gifts or to add to the holiday table.
Finally, the New York Dawg Pound
(7702 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Overland Park) celebrates its third anniversary on Friday, December 20. Everything is one-third off from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Also, from now until Christmas, the restaurant is offering a 10 percent discount if you bring in a nonperishable can item for Harvesters. Two cans mean 20 percent off (limit two per order and not valid with other discounts or offers). Because this time of year is the season of giving.