The Bad News Cafe / Book Release Party - 07/31/2017 6:00 pm

We welcome our good friend Jerry Fisher to The Rieger for the launch of his first book "The Bad News Cafe." Jerry has long been considered family to us here at The Rieger and has been a dedicated supporter of the culinary scene in Kansas City for years.

We invite you to join us Monday, July 31st as we help the author release his book. Ticket price includes a copy of the book, as well as a steak soup that is described in the book, re-created by chef Howard Hanna. Drinks and additional copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.

Here's a little background about the author and his book:

Hunter S. Fatback (Jerry Fisher) is a first time author, and his novel The Bad News Cafe draws from his personal history growing up in Kansas City. The story takes place during one day in Topeka, as a restaurant famous for feeding people on the darkest days of their lives is prepped for that evening’s service. The rigors of the industry serve as a counterpoint to the demands of modern food culture, life experience is illustrated through movie references and favorite dishes from restaurants long gone, and dark humor intersects with personal tragedy in a way that attempts to answer the question…what makes food matter? Beyond all of the trends, media, expectations and choices- what is it about the sense memory from a single dish that makes it strong enough to explain life and death?

For tickets visit: or call 816.471.2177

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Farmers Appreciation Party - 07/24/2017 6:30 pm

Put a face to that name! We LOVE our farmers and producers that we regularly work with here at The Rieger and we would love for you to meet them!

Here's your chance, join us upstairs on the roof of The Rieger for a cocktail party featuring hors d'oeuvres unique to each producer, J. Rieger & Co. cocktails, wines from Vox, and great company.

For the inaugural event we welcome:

Deb and Jim Crum of Crum's Heirlooms
Neil Rudisill and Lisa Hummel of Woodland City KC
Mario and Teresa Fantasma of Paradise Locker Meats
Winifred Wright with Vox Vineyards

Tickets are $35 + tax and tip and includes two drink tokens. Visit the link to Tock or call 816.471.2177 to purchase tickets.

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Private Reception at The Rieger

Let us host your next event in our private dining room! The room can be set up in a variety of ways to accommodate your needs and we offer several different beverage and dining options.

Contact Becki Ford at: or 651.274.7198

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Black Sheep in the Shadow -/- SOLD OUT - 08/21/2017 10:30 am

At 1:06pm on Monday, August 21st complete darkness will fall upon Green Dirt Farm. As the moon passes between the earth and the sun a stunning celestial spectacle is revealed; shadows appear sharper, the air becomes cooler, strange colors paint the sky, and a canopy of stars emerges in the middle of the daytime. The total solar eclipse is best viewed along the “Path of Totality”. Green Dirt Farm sits directly on this path where we will bask in the shadow of the eclipse for a full two minutes and four seconds.
We believe that a phenomenon this incredibly rare and beautiful deserves a monumental celebration. We teamed up with our friends at The Rieger to bring you our largest and most anticipated event to date. . . Black Sheep in the Shadow. This spectacular day festival will feature live music by The Cowardly Lions, daring freakshow-style performances, an enticing meal of roasted pig and lamb from Howard Hanna and The Rieger, unique and varied vendors, and one of the greatest views of this once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse.
Tickets include your delicious meal prepared by Howard Hanna and the Rieger Team, eclipse viewing glasses, and the shuttle ride to the farm from the parking lots in Weston. Alcohol will be sold separately at this adult only event. Ticket holders will be emailed exact details in the coming weeks, including detailed directions for parking. Be sure to follow us on Facebook for even more announcements and surprises.
We can’t wait to see you at the farm for this stellar festival of astronomical proportions!

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