If you are anything like me and have always dreamed of having dinner with Food Network celebrity chef, Aaron Sanchez, then your opportunity has arrived. Mestizo, Aaron's local restaurant, is turning 1. They will be throwing an anniversary celebration, running from November 7th through the 11th, highlighted by a dinner wtih Chef Aaron himself on Thursday the 8th. I find it hard to believe that a 5-course wine dinner, comprised of authentic Mexican dishes, with Chef Aaron could be anything less than amazing! For anyone who is interested: I have in my hot little hand (and pasted below) the event's press release:
Mestizo by Aarón Sánchez to Celebrate First Anniversary
New Menu Items to Debut during Multi-Day Event Hosted by Aarón Sánchez
LEAWOOD, KS. –Mestizo by Aarón Sánchez in Leawood’s Park Place will offer a little something for everyone to celebrate its first birthday in early November. Festivities will take place Wednesday, November 7, through Saturday, November 10. A multitude of dining specials and events will mark the milestone for this contemporary Mexican restaurant.
The celebration will kick-off on Wednesday, November 7, with the debut of a new menu which will feature seasonal items such as a citrus salad, braised pork cheeks, roast quail with chorizo cornbread and lamb enchiladas. On Thursday, November 8, a five-course wine dinner with Chef Aarón Sánchez will be held at Mestizo for $95 per person. Sánchez will customize a unique menu paired with specifically selected wines and explain the food to guests during the evening. Tickets are limited to 30 persons and reservations are required. Visit mestizoleawood.com for the full menu.
Thursday, November 8, and Friday, November 9, the restaurant will have lunch specials with half off select appetizers and $3 margaritas.
A very fun component of the festivities is an Aarón Sánchez look-alike contest to be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 10. Participants should make an advance reservation to participate. All participants will receive a $10 Mestizo gift card for use at a later date. Grand prize will be dinner for four at Mestizo; an autographed copy of the new cookbook by Aarón Sánchez, Simple Food, Big Flavor; a bottle of 1800 Coconut; and a one night stay at aLoft Hotel in Park Place in Leawood. Entrants must be 21 years of age or older to compete.
Additional activities on Saturday evening, November 10, include a rooftop dance party at Mestizo with live DJ and food and drink specials. Come celebrate under the stars with two fire pits and heat lamps.
Mestizo will also offer an a la carte brunch on Sunday, November 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bringing a new, fresh approach to Mexican food, Mestizo has a customized menu to highlight dishes authentic to the Yucatan, Pueblo or Veracruz regions of Mexico and to the ingredients that are indigenous to these areas. Through the masterful combination of these ingredients, Aarón Sánchez uses his classic culinary training to create recipes that define a menu of bold flavors and set a new standard in Mexican cuisine. Using only the freshest and sustainable ingredients, Aarón's food will delight guests and create an appreciation of the flavors of Mexico.
Reservations for the private dinner event on November 8 may be made my calling 913-752-9025 or visiting mestizoleawood.com.