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Food Bites: Boot brunch, Festival of Food & Fun, Chefs Classic

A new Italian cafe in Westport now serves lemon ricotta pancakes, biscuits and gravy on weekends.

Eddie Kennison

Gibbs Road Community Farm in Wyandotte County is a model for Cultivate Kansas City.

Enjoy the ambiance of The American Restaurant while helping raise money for Harvesters at Sunday's Chefs Classic.

The new brunch menu at The Boot Ristorante in Westport includes tempting offerings such as Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with blueberries and sweet lemon butter.

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The Boot Ristorante, a modern Italian cafe that opened in February at 415 Westport Road, added brunch to its menu this month.

Lemon ricotta pancakes with blueberries, homemade biscuits and gravy, oyster mushroom frittatas and roasted grapefruit with Campari syrup are on the new brunch menu, which is available from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Each menu item comes with a complimentary Bellini, mimosa, Bloody Mary, coffee or soft drink.

Dig urban agriculture?

Cultivate Kansas City is teaming with Chipotle and the Kansas City Public Library to sponsor a free screening of “Breaking Through Concrete: Building an Urban Farm Revival,” 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. The documentary from author and ethno-biologist Edwin Marty details the explosion of the urban agriculture movement. Before the screening, there’s a 6 p.m. reception with local food and wine.

Top chefs cook for a cause

Three local chefs are teaming with three out-of-towners for the Chefs Classic, a fundraiser for the local Harvesters food bank.

Howard Hanna from Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange, Danica Pollard from Lidia’s Kansas City and Carl Thorne-Thomsen from Story in Prairie Village are partnering with William Bradley from Addison at the Grand Del Mar in San Diego, Susur Lee from Lee in Toronto and Matthias Merges from Yusho in Chicago to cook a multicourse meal with wine pairings. The decadent meal will be served 5:30 p.m. Sunday at The American Restaurant in Crown Center.

Tickets cost $250 each, $180 of which is tax deductible.

Now in its 16th year, the fundraiser has raised $850,000 since 1997. That’s enough to cover the cost of nearly 4.25 million meals. For more information, go to harvesters.org.

Former Chief at Festival of Food & Fun

Eddie Kennison, a former wide receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs, will be host of the Festival of Food & Fun, 5:30-8 p.m. Monday at Lenexa’s Lakeview Village retirement community. The festival, a fundraiser for the Alliance for Lupus Research, features beer and wine tastings, live music, silent and live auctions, and food from Michael Smith Restaurant, Capital Grille, Dodge City Distillery, Seasons 52, Christopher Elbow Artisanal Chocolates and Glacé Artisan Ice Cream, and more.

Though the festival’s at a retirement community, all ages are welcome. Tickets cost $25 in advance at eddiekennisonfoundation.com or $30 at the door.

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