Kamayan Night Malou Perez-Nievera

Malou Perez-Nievera is bringing her popular Kamayan dinners to Kansas City. 

St. Louis chef Malou Perez-Nievera is bringing her cookbook tour to Kansas City in February with a Kamayan dinner. 

Perez-Nievera will host the dinner with chef-owner Chrissy Nucum at KC Pinoy on Fri., Feb. 28 to celebrate the release of Connecting the Pots: Charting stories and Filipino recipes to fine home late last year. 

Perez-Nievera said in a statement that Nucum heard about her cookbook and reached out wanting to do the collaboration. Perez-Nievera jumped at the opportunity. 

"The timing was perfect," she said. 

Perez-Nievera describes Kamayan, which she says translates to "eating with your hands," as a fun, immersive dinner experience. The dinner features a Filipino feast spread over a banana leaf-covered table that uses no conventional plates or utensils. Perez-Nievera first gained fans in St. Louis by hosting a series of these dinners at the now-shuttered Hiro Asian Kitchen several years ago. Next week, she and Nucum will work together to prepare the dinner with dishes from Connecting the Pots

The Kansas City dinner will kick off Perez-Nievera's cookbook tour, with events following in Los Angeles and New York City. The cookbook will be available for purchase and signing at the dinner. 

Tickets are $65 and available on Eventbrite

KC Pinoy, 1623 Gennessee St. West Bottoms, Kansas City, Missouri, 816.868.1293, kcpinoy.com