If you read my post last month on Tavern in the Village, you know it was full of eye candy for a foodie. I have been thinking about their Grilled Beef Tenderloin sandwich ever since and have wanted to go back. My husband and I just happened to be in that area last weekend and slipped in for a late lunch and cocktail.

We had another event later that evening we were going to be eating at, so we decided to split the Grilled Beef Tenderloin sandwich. The sandwich comes with a choice of a side. I debated on getting something a little healthier than the fries, but my husband wanted the fries and to tell you the truth, I secretly did too.

We were not disappointed. The steak was tender and the bread was fresh. The sandwich is topped with roasted red peppers, chunky bleu cheese dressing, arugula, and served on potato onion hoagie. So yummy! The fries we ordered extra crispy and all though I have really never met a fry I did not like, these were exceptionally good and paired great with the sandwich.

Now about the cocktails, again if you saw the previous post you know that Bartender David Smuckler is winner of the 2007 Greater Kansas City Bartending Competition and that the Lavender Lemongrass Drop is my drink of choice. The rim is coated in sugar and the freshness of the lemons and herbs makes this drink refreshing and dangerously smooth!

In addition to the food and drink being delicious, the weather was beautiful that day so we were able to enjoy our goodies out on the patio. That was a real treat after this snowy winter KC has had! Our server was great and the whole experience was an A+.

If you have not been to Tavern on the Village yet, I encourage you to check it out sometime. Below is some information regarding a Kentucky Derby Party they will be hosting this Saturday, May 7t.h Also included is Bartender David Smuckler’s recipe for the Thai Tavern Julep which was recently featured in Spaces Magazine.

Thai Tavern Julep

2 ounces Basil Hayden’s Bourbon

1 sprig sweet basil

1 sprig mint

1 slice English cucumber

.75 ounce house-made lavender simple syrup*

Build all ingredients in Julep glass, muddle, shake with vigor and serve over ice. Garnish with a cucumber slice and fresh sprig of basil.

*The recipe did not specify simple syrup direction, but from my experience, here is how I make a simple syrup. Take equal parts water and sugar and bring to boil. Remove from heat add a few lavender leaves and let steep for a while to infuse. Strain and use accordingly.

If you think this might be too much work. Get out and enjoy the Tavern in the Village Kentucky Derby Party, and have them make it for you! Details below are from their official press release regrading the party.

Tavern in the Village Brings the Kentucky Derby Party Local

Traditional Derby Cocktails, Kentucky Burgoo, Extended Happy Hour, Eccentric Hats and Styles, and Contender Promotion All Part of the Party

05.04.2011– PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. – Tavern in the Village has quickly become the dining hot spot of Prairie Village and on Saturday, May 7, it will transform its lounge and patio into the hot spot for a grand Kentucky Derby party. The public is welcome to attend Tavern in the Village’s Derby Day Party from 3:00 – 5:30 p.m. and are encouraged to dress in the top fashions of the Kentucky Derby. For women, big, outlandish hats are encouraged and for men, vibrantly colored pants are the norm along with eccentric neckwear.

Other Kentucky Derby traditions will make guests feel like they’re part of the Churchill Downs’ crowd. The Thai Tavern Julep will be the featured party drink and other drinks will be available, custom-created by Tavern in the Village bartender David Smuckler, including The First Turn, The Thoroughbred, Twin Spires, and Millionaires Row. Burgoo, traditionally served at Derby Day parties, will be on the menu. Similar to mulligan stew, burgoo is Kentucky’s most famous stew. In addition to the burgoo, Tavern in the Village’s happy hour food menu of $5.00 small plates will be available for the entirety of the party.

Be A Contender

Each guest attending Tavern in the Village’s Derby Day Party will have the opportunity to win fantastic prizes. Upon entering the party, each guest will randomly draw a name tag with a contending Derby horse’s name. The contender’s name on the tag will represent which horse could win that guest the featured prizes. Guests will earn another draw from the contender field at 3:30, 4:00, 4:30, and 5:00 p.m. At the conclusion of race, guests with the winning horse’s name tag(s) will be entered into the prize drawings, which will include a $50 Tavern in the Village gift card and gifts from Halls Kansas City, Tivol, Peeper Ranch, Bijin Salon, RSVP in the Village, Dolce Baking Company, Fusion Fitness, InClover women’s boutique, Clique Botique, and 435 South magazine. Guests must be present to win.

Tavern in the Village
3901 prairie lane
prairie village, ks 66208
p – 913.529.2229
f – 913.529.2227
executive chef – lon froneberger

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