Operation Series

Highlighting Connections Between WWI and the Modern Era




Operation: Romanov

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Join the Museum for our latest offering in the Operation series, Operation: Romanov! At the centennial of the Russian Revolution, imbibe in a vodka infused revolutionary look at prohibition in Russia during WWI and the rise of local distilleries. Learn more about this event.




 

Operation: Vin

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016

Explore wines of the Western Front that became popular with Allied soldiers during World War I. This event features returning-favorite Master Sommelier and Master of Wine Doug Frost, who discusses the enduring impact of wines that originated from the Western Front. Tickets are sold out.

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Operation: War Fare

Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016

The country’s first annual WWI-themed cooking competition goes even more international in 2016. Operation: War Fare returns Thursday, Aug. 4 for a fun evening with an iron-chef style cooking competition. This year’s event features The Chew contributor, MasterChef Australia star and Dude Food author Dan Churchill, Kansas City native and chef/owner at New York City restaurant Speedy Romeo Justin Bazdarich, Renee Kelly of Renee Kelly’s Harvest, Grünauer’s Nic Bandelier and James-Beard nominated Room 39 owner Ted Habiger. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail hour and complimentary food from the participants with the competition set to begin at 6:30 p.m. Support for Operation: War Fare was provided by The Pitch. Tickets are sold out.

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Operation: Undressed 

Thursday, May 19, 2016 

History reveals that World War I changed everything about undergarments. From corsets to camisoles, uncover the change of the modern silhouette in the latest event in the Operation series: Operation: Undressed.

The event features a limited seating one night exhibition showcasing the progression of lingerie from the late 1800s through the present day curated by Peregrine Honig of Birdies Lingerie in collaboration with the Kansas City Museum. Pairing live models with contemporary lighting to reveal the collection's boning and infrastructure, expect a beautiful  display of modern material and historical femininity. Operation: Undressed also includes an engaging discussion with Honig, National World War I Museum and Memorial President and CEO Dr. Matthew Naylor and Kansas City Museum Executive Director Anna Marie Tutera.

The event begins at 7:30 p.m. with a food/beverage hour featuring live music from Shay Estes and a gourmet spread of cheese, desserts and small bites.

Tickets for the unforgettable event are $35 and include food plus two drinks. 

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Operation: Hard Core

Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015

Join us at the Museum for the latest in the Operation series. Operation: Hard Core is a jubilant historical exploration of the reemergence of cider as one of the world’s most popular beverages featuring Master Sommelier and Master of Wine Doug Frost. The event features beverages from Louisburg Cider Mill, food and much more.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a food/cocktail hour featuring several ciders followed by the program at 6:30 p.m. Additional food and beverages will be available for purchase. 

Tickets are $15 and include food, two drinks and a cider tasting flight. The tasting flight features offerings from Ace Cider, Cidre Artisanal Bigoud, Crispin and imported Dupont Cider from France. Other ciders available during the evening include Angry Orchard, Magner's Irish Cider and Strongbow.

Support for Operation: Hard Core was provided by The Pitch, Central States Beverage and the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund of Kansas City, Mo

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Operation: Ink

Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015

A tattoo is defined as “the act or practice of marking the skin with indelible patterns, pictures, legends, etc., by making punctures in it and inserting pigments.”

The simplistic definition avoids the fact that, as a form of expression, tattoos are undefinable. 

The latest in the Museum’s Operation series, Operation: Ink is an unregrettable evening of fun, food, spirits and exploration of the evolution of tattoos in the 20th century on Thursday, Aug. 6 in the J.C. Nichols Auditorium. 

The event features the Tattoo Historian, Anna Friedman, and Whispering Danny of Whispering Danny Exile Tattoos. Ryan Maybee of The Rieger Hotel will provide sample cocktails for the event, while The Local Pig shares a sampling of its award-winning food. 

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a food/cocktail hour followed by the program at 6:30 p.m. Additional food and beverages will be available for purchase. 

Support for Operation: Ink was provided by The Pitch, The Local Pig, Whispering Danny Exile Tattoos and The Volunteers Fund. 

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Operation: War Fare 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Celebrity chefs from some of Kansas City’s finest restaurants will compete in Operation: War Fare, a World War I-themed cooking competition, on Thursday, April 23 in the J.C. Nichols Auditorium at the National World War I Museum. 

Chefs from Affäre, Grünauer, Renee Kelly's Harvest and Webster House will compete for the War Fare Cup in an Iron Chef-style event hosted by Room 39 chef Ted Habiger with each restaurant providing free samples of World War I-related food. Chefs participating in the competition include Martin Heuser (Affäre), Nic Bandelier (Grünauer), Renee Kelly (Harvest) and Matt Arnold (Webster House). 

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a cash bar cocktail hour that includes a free World War I-themed amuse-bouche from the restaurants with the competition set to begin at 6:30 p.m. 

Support for Operation: War Fare was provided by The Pitch and the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund of Kansas City, Mo.

 


 

Operation: Indulgence 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Soldiers fighting in World War I weren’t afforded many luxuries, but chocolate and whiskey were among them. 

Join acclaimed chocolatiers René Bollier and Christopher Elbow and whiskey expert Ryan Maybee for an evening of chocolate and whiskey tastings as well as a brief history on the role of luxury goods during World War I at Operation: Indulgence at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12. 

Bollier (André's Confiserie Suisse), Elbow (Christopher Elbow Artisan Chocolates)  and Maybee (J. Rieger & Co. Whiskey/Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange) will participate in a panel discussion as well as provide free samples of their chocolate and whiskey. Additional light appetizers and cocktails (cash bar) will be available. 

The event begins at 6 p.m. with mingling and tastings followed by the panel discussion in the J.C. Nichols Auditorium. 

Operation: Indulgence is presented by The Pitch with funding provided by the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund of Kansas City, Mo., and The Volunteers Fund with additional support provided by Central States Beverage, Glazers, Praire Creek Beverages, Beam Suntory’s World Whiskey Specialist and Kansas City’s own Joe Terranova. 

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War Fare: Chow Challenge

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Celebrity chefs from four of Kansas City’s finest restaurants will compete in War Fare: Chow Challenge, a World War I-themed cooking competition, on Wednesday, April 30 in the J.C. Nichols Auditorium at the National World War I Museum. 

Chefs from Affäre, Grünauer, Room 39 and Webster House will compete for the Chow Challenge Cup in an Iron Chef-style event and will provide free samples of World War I-related food. As the chefs display their culinary skills, noted culinary historian Andrea Broomfield will share the food history of World War I and how it not only changed the way we eat today, but should merit a second look for our current dinner tables.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a cash bar cocktail hour that includes a free World War I-themed amuse-bouche from each of the restaurants with the competition set to begin at 6:30 p.m. 

The event is being held in conjunction with the debut of the Museum’s new online exhibition War Fare, which examines an often overlooked aspect of the Great War: food. The exhibition, which launches on April 30, will include the history behind some of the recipes of the era and serve some up with a modern twist.

Support for War Fare: Chow Challenge was provided by the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund of Kansas City, Mo

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