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Food Bites: Boulevard’s new brew, Freebirds, Peanches

80-Acre Hoppy Wheat is the local brewery’s first year-round release since 2010

Boulevard's new year-round release 80-Acre.

Freebirds opened Thursday morning at 6029 Metcalf Ave., to the delight of a sizable crowd.

Freebirds opened Thursday morning at 6029 Metcalf Ave. One customer got a pork carnita bowl with sides.

Truman Medical Center is launching it's Mobile Market, a bus that will bring fresh food to Kansas City's "food desert" neighborhoods.

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Boulevard Brewing Co.’s’s newest beer, 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat, hits shelves in early August.

The fresh brew, which comes in six-packs, combines the hoppy aroma of an IPA with the grain-forward flavors of wheat beer. It’s the brewery’s first year-round beer release since Amber Ale debuted in mid-2010.

The brewer says 80-Acre Hoppy is lightly bitter, with lots of fresh, citrusy flavor. The beer has a light- to medium-gold color — sort of like a less-cloudy Unfiltered Wheat.


Freebirds lands in Mission

Freebirds World Burrito, a California-based chain specializing in customizable burritos made with fresh ingredients, has opened its first restaurant in the Kansas City metro.

The burrito joint, at 6029 Metcalf Ave. in Mission Crossing, opened two weeks ago. Two more locations are scheduled to open this fall: One in Lawrence and one at 554 Westport Road in the former Chili’s Grill & Bar space.

On the menu: made-from-scratch salsas, rice and beans, grass-fed beef, all-natural chicken, Boulevard beer and $4 margaritas with chipotle salt rims. For dessert, there are Pot Brownies, legally made in a black pot.

Joyce Smith contributed to this item.


WildCard Brewing launches

In other beer news, WildCard Brewing, a new company formed by a local home brewer and two friends, is tapping Facebook fans to pick its flagship beer at a launch party on Thursday.

WildCard’s Matthew Anderson said the brewery in Kansas City, Kan., has four slightly different recipes for amber lager, its flagship beer. Those who attend the brewery’s launch party — 6 to 10 p.m. at the Lenexa Conference Center, 11184 Lackman Road — get to taste each recipe and decide which one is best. The party is free, but because of the venue’s size, attendance is limited to 200.

For more info, go to wildcard34.com or check out WildCard Brewing’s Facebook page.


Peanches joins 39th Street’s restaurant row

Local comfort food is the star of the menu at Peanches Food & Wine, a new restaurant at 900 W. 39th St.

Pete Peterman, the restaurant’s owner and chef, is focusing on Missouri and Midwestern fare, putting a fresh spin on classic dishes such as catfish, pot roast and apple pie. The food menu changes often, but the bar menu is always about locally produced beer, wine and spirits.

Peanches is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday. For more info, go to peanches.com.


KC rolls out mobile store for fresh food

If you live or work downtown or in east Kansas City, keep an eye peeled for Healthy Harvest Mobile Market, a mobile food store that sells fruit and vegetables in areas without a lot of access to fresh food. The renovated bus — which resembles a giant ear of yellow corn — is a collaboration between Truman Medical Centers and the Hospital Hill Economic Development Corp.

  • 9-11 a.m. Tuesdays at the Jackson County Courthouse, 415 E. 12th St.

  • Noon-3 p.m. Tuesdays at the Lucile Bluford Public Library, 3050 Prospect Ave.

  • 4-6 p.m. Tuesdays at Boys & Girls Clubs, 43rd St. and Cleveland Ave.

  • 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursdays at Hillcrest Community Center, 10401 Hillcrest Road

  • 2-5 p.m. Thursdays at Southeast Community Center, 4201 E. 63rd St.

Diane Stafford contributed to this item.


Local chef on ‘Top Chef Masters’

KC’s Debbie Gold, executive chef at The American Restaurant, is a contestant on Season 4 of Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters,” which premieres at 9 p.m. Wednesday. The James Beard Award-winning chef previously appeared on the show’s second season in 2010.

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