Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Art of Eating and Drinking at the Prairie Village Art Fair - 2014 Edition

I may not be able to define art, but I know it when I see it. I also know a good time when it's staring me in the face and the Prairie Village Art Fair is just that. This annual event takes place this weekend and as it's practically in my backyard I thought I'd share some eating and drinking information to help make it worth your while.

Foodwise this art fair has come a long way. Not only do you have nationally acclaimed French bistro Cafe Provence (previous review) right in the middle of the action but add to that Story (2013 James Beard semi-finalist chef; Food & Wine magazine's 2013 winner for The People's Best New Chef: Midwest), Tavern in the Village (locals love this place), and STANDEES (bar/restaurant/movie theater).

This year it looks like sangria may actually outnumber baby strollers. I think everyone is selling their version of this wonderful summer drink. If you try a couple think about posting your favorite in the comments section at the bottom of this post.

Information below was provided by the establishments themselves (with a couple of comments added from me). Unless noted below, restaurants will be cash-only for outside, patio, and tent purchases.

Go-Cups: Each year The City of Prairie Village makes a special allowance for the art fair and allows attendees to carry adult beverages within the boundaries of the fair (thank you Ordinance #2273).


Cafe Provence
Outdoor specials will include Nadine's famous crepes (available Friday night and all day Saturday). I always go for the Complete (with ham, cheese, and egg) but if you have a sweet tooth don't pass up the dessert variety (strawberry, lemon, banana or Nutella). If you like sangria (who doesn't?) make sure you get a glass or two. Good stuff. Also available outside are beer, wine, water, and soda.

Inside (and in the outdoor seating area) Cafe Provence will feature their full menu.

New this year is cafe Provence's sister store - French Market. Located just around the corner (just past Euston's Hardware) French Market will be open 9-6:30 Saturday to offer cold drinks, sandwiches, salads, sweets, and shady respite from the art fair madness.

Don't miss Nadine's made-to-order crepes in front of Cafe Provence.

Tavern in the Village
As their restaurant is just outside the perimeter of the art fair, Tavern in the Village will have a tent set up within the fair itself. The restaurant of course will be open and offering the full menu.

Food offerings under the tent include:
  • Pulled Pork Tacos with salsa verde and crispy fried onions - $6
  • Honey Roasted Turkey Wraps with tarragon aioli, lettuce, tomato, sweet Peppadew relish - $6
  • Dill Pasta Salad made with a dill dressing, tomatoes, red onion, and cucumbers - $4
Beverages include:
  • Blueberry Vodka Lemonade (recommended) - $6
  • Tavern Mojitos (also great) - $6
  • Free State Copperhead Ale (tap) - $4
  • Boulevard Pilsner “KC Pils” (tap) - $4
  • Bud Light (16oz. bottle) - $5
  • Conquista Malbec - $5
  • Lindeman’s Bin 95 Sauvignon Blanc - $5
  • Coke, Sprite, Diet Coke, and Water - $2


Story is located right in the middle of the action and has a great patio for eating, drinking, and people watching. Their regular happy hour, brunch (10-2 Saturday and Sunday), and dinner menus will be available all weekend. Chef Thorne-Thomsen will also be offering a seasonal special: soft shell crabs - served fried crisp with potato salad and spring slaw.

Insider Tip: The soft shell crabs are delicious.

Bartender/mixologist Adam Hayes will be serving wine, sangria, beer, and cocktails to go all weekend long.
This is a photo of last year's soft shell crab from Story.
This year's may look a little different but tastes just as good.


This time last year STANDEES had just opened and was still finding its legs. This year they appear to be pulling out all the stops to make the art fair a hit.

In the Food Tent (in front of restaurant):
  • Cheese & Chile Queso - $6
  • Hot Dog Sliders (2) - $5
  • Burnt End Meatballs - $6
  • Mini Burgers (2) - $6
  • STANDEES Sangria - $5
  • STANDEES Shandy - $5
  • Bud Light - $3
  • Boulevard Wheat - $4
  • Clos du Bois Chardonnay -$7
  • Red Diamond Pinot Noir - $7
On the patio (near the clock tower):
STANDEES will have a small bar serving Sangria and Shandys (see above).
Insider Tip: There is patio seating here that feels like VIP seating when the bands perform. 

Convenience Bonus: Both the food/drink tent and the patio bar will accept credit/debit cards and/or cash.

In the Restaurant:
Happy hour prices all day during the art fair. That means it will be happy hour from 4:30-Close on Friday, from 11:00 AM to close on Saturday and from 11:00 AM - Close on Sunday.

Happy hour pricing includes:

  • $2.50 Domestic Bottles 
  • $3.50 Drafts, Imports & Domestic Craft Bottles (Excludes Boulevard Tank 7) 
  • $4 Well Cocktails 
  • $6 Wine
  • $5 Appetizers 
STANDEES Movie Popcorn will also be available from a sidewalk popcorn cart for $2.

These two apparently read my Prairie Village Art Fair guide last year's.
They obviously had a good time!

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