February 26, 2017 | 4-8pm
Brewery Emperial
1829 Oak Street
KCMO 64108


Brewery Emperial
J. Rieger
AAA Party Rental
Bergamot & Ivy
Seattle Fish Co.

Bring your krewe and come let the good times roll at Midwest Mardi Gras, Kansas City’s first Fat Tuesday bash benefitting No Kid Hungry.

The bacchanalia begins with your choice of three drinks to get the party started. Enjoy locally produced beer by your hosts at Brewery Emperial or choose from our short list of curated cocktails, including the drink of the French Quarter – The Hurricane.

Indulge in New Orleans inspired dishes by Kansas City’s top chefs: Ted Habiger, Debbie Gold, Ryan Brazeal, Celina Tio and John C. Smith who have come together to prepare a variety of traditional and comforting dishes, like jambalaya, served buffet-style, so it is hot and ready, when you are.

Experience a traditional Louisiana-style shrimp boil where we’ll serve peel and eat shrimp along with corn and potatoes for you to enjoy as part of your ticket price.

It wouldn’t be a Fat Tuesday party without King Cake from Sasha's Baking Co. and a decadent selection of Mardi Gras-themed cookies and desserts from Swoon Cookies, Smart Cookies Bakery and Annedore's in addition to hot coffee from The Roasterie.

Outside, we are tenting the beer garden and bringing in heat lamps so you’ll be able to drink and dine under the tents, while listening to toe-tapping live zydeco music from Billy Ebeling and the Late for Dinner Band. His music is sure to have you up on your feet and dancing, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes.

Finally, you’ll want to enter our raffle to win a trip for two to New Orleans for Mardi Gras 2018—including airfare, hotel, dining gift certificates, and more!

Featured Chefs:

Chef Ted Habiger

Ted is a three time nominee for the James Beard Award "Best Chef - Midwest" in 2008, 2012 and 2014.  After a couple of restaurant jobs in high school and college, Ted "got serious" joining the Kitchen at Steve Cole's acclaimed Kansas City Restaurant Cafe Allegro, eventually earning the title of Chef de Cuisine. In 2001 Ted moved to New York City to work at the renowned Union Square Cafe until moving back to Kansas City to open Room 39 in 2004, which now has two locations. In late 2016, Ted and his partners opened Brewery Emperial in the Crossroads of Kansas City serving elevated pub food long with hand-crafted beer. He is also serving as our host for our Midwest Mardi Gras.

Chef Ryan Brazeal

Ryan is the Executive Chef and Owner of Novel. He started with baby steps and worked into long strides following his 2003 graduation from the culinary program at Johnson County Community College. He has cooked in several high-profile New York City kitchens, including David Chang’s award-winning Momofuku, before returning to Kansas City’s on-fire food scene to open his own concept, Novel. His wife, Jessica Armstrong, a talented pastry chef in her own right, has joined Ryan in the kitchen at Novel, lending her talents to the overall experience.Ryan is also currently working on a new location for his restaurant Novel, that he plans to open in the Crossroads sometime this summer.

Chef Debbie Gold

Debbie is a James Beard Award-winning Chef and owner of Stone Soup Consulting. She has had the honor of being a James Beard Award-Winner and four-time nominee, and returning Top Chef Masters competitor. She studied in France while cooking at several Michelin-starred restaurants, eventually working in Chicago, at Charlie Trotter’s, Everest and as executive chef at Mirador. She ran the kitchen at The American Restaurant for seven years, receiving national recognition, before opening 40 Sardines, a James Beard Foundation nominee for Best New Restaurant. Gold is currently working on her next project via her company, Stone Soup Consulting.

Chef Celina Tio

Celina is a James Beard Award-winning Chef who started her culinary career in the early 90’s, eventually moving to Orlando to open three speciality restaurants for Walt Disney World. But Celina truly made her mark during the next seven years when she moved to Kansas City to head up the kitchen at Kansas City’s renowned American Restaurant. There she garnered both local and national accolades, including 2005 Chef Of The Year by Chef magazine and the James Beard Foundation’s 2007 Best Chef: Midwest. From there she has gone on to open her first restaurant, Julian, followed by a second, The Belfry, a casual beer/whiskey bar located in the Crossroads, and next door is Collection her restaurant turned event space where she hosts special food and drink events. Always on the lookout for new adventures and opportunities, Tio has made a successful leap to television, competing strongly on popular cooking shows like Food Network’s “The Next Iron Chef” and Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters.”