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James Beard-nominated KC chef bringing his heralded barbecue to Wichita for one night

A well-regarded — and James Beard-nominated — chef from Kansas City whose specialty is barbecue will be in Wichita soon for a pop-up at Public at the Brickyard, and local foodies in the know say it’s a not-to-be-missed event.

Vaughn Good, the owner/operator at Fox and Pearl restaurant at 2143 Summit Street in Kansas City, Missouri, will be cooking at Public starting at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 3, which is over Labor Day weekend. He’ll be serving a menu that includes several of his famous dishes, including smoked ribs, smoked tri-tip tacos, andouille po’boys and some fresh sides. His culinary creations will be paired with beers from Surly Brewing Co.

Good, who is a personal friend of Public owners Travis and Brooke Russell, opened Fox & Pearl in 2019, and in 2020, it was named one of Esquire Magazine’s 10 Best New Restaurants in America. That same year, Vaughn was a James Beard nominee for Best Chef Midwest.

The chef, who trained at the French Culinary Institute, also has a flair for barbecue, and every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., he serves ‘cue at Fox and Pearl under the name Night Goat Barbecue. The food he’ll serve at Public is the same low-and-slow cooked specialties he’s known for at Night Goat.

“He’s doing a lot to elevate the KC food scene, and we’ve become friends with him over the years,” Brooke Russell said. “We’re super excited to host him and throw a party for him.”

The meal Andrew Gough enjoyed at Night Goat Barbecue in Kansas City, which he described as “simple but well played.”
The meal Andrew Gough enjoyed at Night Goat Barbecue in Kansas City, which he described as “simple but well played.”

Public also will be putting on a free concert that coincides with the popup that will feature Zac Crow & the No Shows starting at 5:30 pm. followed by Rudy Love Jr. at 7 p.m.

People who want to try Good’s barbecue can enjoy it on Public’s patio or get it to go. Brooke Russell said she expects the food will last until around 8 p.m. The bar will be open until 9 p.m.

One local foodie who said he’ll be there (unless he decides to flee the Kansas heat for Colorado) is Reverie Coffee Roasters owner Andrew Gough, who took a trip to Kansas City to try Night Goat Barbecue a year ago.

“Night Goat is the kind of restaurant a committed Wichita food enthusiast seeks out for an authentic foodie experience,” Gough said. “You don’t just tack it onto the tail end of a Kansas City trip. It’s the reason you go to Kansas City.”

For more details about the Sept. 3 pop-up, visit the event page.