Three Paris of the Plains events you should plan on attending



The five-year-old Greater Kansas City Bartending Competition has grown into the Paris of the Plains Cocktail Festival, a weeklong celebration of KC’s revitalized cocktail culture. Three can’t-miss events from the lineup:

* If you’ve seen any of that revitalization up close, you’ve recently had a drink made with bitters. But it’s a talented chef who can figure out how to work bitters into a four-course dinner. You’re in good hands with chef Howard Hanna, who co-owns the Rieger (1924 Main) with Ryan Maybee. The restaurant’s Angostura Bitters Dinner ($90) is from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday.

* “Horsefeathers” sounds like the name of a screwball comedy from a bygone era, but it’s actually a classic cocktail made with whiskey and ginger ale. Chris Conatser, who won the contest in 2008, is behind the bar to crank out that drink from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. the same evening at GrĂ¼nauer (101 West 22nd Street). Your $5 cover also gets you a Snuff Jazz performance.

* The namesake cocktail competition is Sunday at the Uptown Theater (3700 Broadway). What to expect: 12 mixologists competing onstage for a $1,000 purse. Conatser is a favorite, but nothing’s sure as long as the Farmhouse’s Arturo Vera-Felicie, who took home the crown in 2009, is in the house. In addition to the drink-shaking: a burlesque show and tasty bites from the Local Pig. Tickets ($25) include one drink token.

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