In celebration of Women’s History Month, one Kansas City restaurant is bringing some of the most talented women in the industry together under one roof.
Chef Pam Liberda and her team will be hosting a chef’s dinner at Waldo Thai Place on Sun., March 21 featuring food and drinks by several different chefs and bartenders.
Although the 5-course meal is currently sold out for dine-in guests due to spacing restrictions, Waldo Thai is offering a creative carryout option that guests can still order to-go for $110 per ticket or $220 for two.
A portion of the proceeds from tickets will go to Hope House KC, a local organization that provides domestic violence victims with shelter and comprehensive services including therapy, education, outreach, personal necessities and more.
With this dinner, Liberda hopes to showcase and highlight many talented and skilled women from the food and beverage community in Kansas City, and hopes it will remind people of the importance of their contribution and accomplishments to the hospitality industry as a whole.
“I run a restaurant with predominantly male employees, but I am proud to have built an environment free of negative judgment or criticism based on gender or sex,” she explains. “I recognize that there is an inequality in the opportunities for women in the industry that needs to be addressed and confronted, but I hope with dinners like these we can create new opportunities to shift the focus toward women. I want to help create and foster a better future for all women, including my two daughters.”
The dinner will feature a true collaboration of chefs who have each been encouraged to bring their own unique cooking style and flavor to the table. Pairing wine and cocktails with this dinner will be local bartenders, who will also be promoting positivity and strong representation of women behind the bar by featuring wineries and distilleries that are owned and run by women.
Each to-go kit includes:
- Cocktail Hour: Snacks paired with a cocktail from Angel’s Envy
- First Course: Tuna tartare with fresh mango and pitaya-infused tostada, filet mignon rubbed in black garlic with hominy and Pacifico beer sauce by TacoNaco chef-owner Fernanda Reyes, paired with a rum cocktail from Diana Condori of Condor's Cove
- Second Course: Chou Farci, steamed purple cabbage roll of lamb, citrus and fennel sausage with creamed spring pea, radish salad and crispy mushroom by Verbena chef de cuisine Kara Anderson, paired with wine.
- Palate Cleanser: Sorbet
- Third Course: Naeb Pla, grilled halibut wrapped in banana leaf, coconut red curry, Thai chile, Thai basil, cilantro, napa cabbage, makrut lime leaf, sweet pepper, watermelon radish, coconut rice and salmon roe by Waldo Thai Place chef-owner Pam Liberda,paired with a gin cocktail from Mari Matsumoto
- Fourth Course: Smoked rabbit, spring herb rice cake with chile-rose honey and crispy onion by Karbón chef-owner Rachel Rinas, paired with a tequila cocktail from Laura Wagner
- Fifth Course: Sweet cornmeal cake with blackberries macerated in elderflower liqueur, honeyed mascarpone cream and blackberry-basil sauce by Extra Virgin/Farina pastry chef Ali Woody, paired with coffee from Jackie Nguyen of Café Ca Phé
- Parting gift: Gram and Pa’s Chocolate Fudge with candied citrus peel.
Liberda considers hosting this dinner an act of self-love, as she is making the time for herself to work with other women in the industry.
“I wanted to share my love of food, not only with my guests, but also to find opportunities for self-growth by collaborating with other chefs and bartenders in the city,” says Liberda. “That’s how the idea for [the dinner] was born; there is so much talent in this city and there is no better way to start this journey of growth than doing this with your own sisterhood.”
Even if you won’t be dining in person, there is still time to order this delicious menu with cocktails included; book your to-go meal on Waldo Thai’s Tock page.
Waldo Thai Place, 8431 Wornall Road, Waldo, Kansas City, Missouri, 816.605.1188, waldothaiplace.com