Just as evidence that Frank and I occasionally go out sans kiddos (those two goofballs are happy to ditch us in favor of mac and cheese and cartoons), I thought I’d share a quick post of an awesome dinner out that Frank and I had last weekend.
When we signed up for our first dinner with Überdine, I had no idea what to expect. And that’s the intent. The deal with this pop-up restaurant concept is that you get an email about the theme of an upcoming event, pay to reserve your seat (it’s on a first-come basis) and that’s it.
Until a few days before the event, you have no idea where the dinner will be held. Until we actually sat down to dinner, we had no idea what we’d be eating (though ours had a smoky “barbecue” theme! It was a bit of a challenge for my Type-A-ish personality. But the surprise paid off big time.
We arrived in downtown Kansas City, followed directions that were emailed to us, and ended up on a roof top field with an open box car in the center.
Ridiculous, right? It was quite possibly the most creative place I’ve ever had dinner.
And certain posed a prep challenge for chef Joe Shirley and his small team (take that Top Chef).
Though you would NEVER have guessed that this was at all challenging – the entire six course meal with drink pairings was smooth sailing. It started with this cocktail made with whiskey, apple, ginger and kale. Tangy, slightly sweet and gorgeously green.
The food was elegant and creative and we shared it with just 20 other diners.
The theme of the dinner was barbecue, but had lots of twists. Though the start of dinner was quite literal. A perfectly smoked fall-off-the-bone rib. (I could have had 10 of these, but was glad to have room for what followed.)
Then came this beautiful plate. We poured sorrel soup over goat cheese panna cotta, pear, sorrel leaves. Everything took on this smoky, earthly flavor when mixed together. And served with a sour beer. I can’t get enough of sour beers this fall!
The “bacon” course was smoked pork belly with creamed corn, creamy kale and jalapeño. (At this point it got dark…and the photos got tricky.)
Smoked Ahi Tuna with pickled plums, radish, cucumber and a dreamy slightly sweet and sour sauce at the bottom.
And then a return to a more literal barbecue dinner – super tender sliced brisket with baked beans and creamy slaw.
Oh and smoked cheesecake! But at that point it was far too dark to even try to snap a photo. 😉
If you are in Kansas City or are planning a trip and like this sort of upscale, fun dining experience, it’s worth getting on their mailing list at UberdineKC.com and get notifications about upcoming events.