Our events team has everything you need to host the perfect event — whether it’s a holiday party, wedding shower, rehearsal dinner, birthday celebration, business meeting, or just an excuse to get friends together for an unforgettable evening of food and drink.

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Whatever the size of your event, our team promises to help you plan every detail — from the food and drink to ambience and decor — and deliver a truly memorable experience for you and your guests.

To learn more, submit our online event inquiry form or  contact:

Anna Ignatovich  |  Event Coordinator


We offer a variety of elegant indoor and outdoor spaces for private dining and events, including the private dining room, covered patio, and Lakeview Terrace.

Private Dining Room

  • Accommodates up to 30 people
  • Available for Monday-Saturday for breakfasts, lunches, cocktail parties, and dinners
  • Multiple configurations, including formal sit-down dinners and standing cocktail
  • Overlooks courtyard, gardens, and lake
  • Includes digital display for presentations


  • Available in multiple configurations, including combinations with Lakeview Terrace
  • Half patio accommodates 30 people
  • Full patio accommodates up to 50 people for sit-down dinner, and 70 people for cocktail party
  • Available for Monday-Saturday for breakfasts, lunches, cocktail parties, and dinners


  • Available in multiple configurations
  • Accommodates up to 70 people
  • Available for Monday-Saturday for breakfasts, lunches, cocktail parties, and dinners


We offer a variety of menu options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and cocktail parties. Our Event Coordinator will work with you to select the perfect menu for your event. View Menu Options >

Plated Lunch

Choose from one-course, two-course, and three-course options, available Monday-Saturday.

Plated Dinner

Choose from a variety of multi-course plated dinner menus, available Monday-Saturday.


Choose from a selection of appetizers and hors d’oeuvres, served buffet style, for a casual gathering in the private dining room or on the patio. (Can be combined with plated dinner options.)


Our private dining room is the perfect setting for a breakfast event or business meeting. Choose from a variety of house-made breakfast breads and pastries, as well as plated options. We also offer freshly brewed coffee, teas, and fresh juices.


All events with liquor offerings to guests are charged by consumption for all alcoholic beverages. While the restaurant does not have specific bar packages available for events, we do offer the following options to help guide you with your decision in regard to offerings for your guests from the bar.

When choosing to offer pre-selected beverage options our event planner will provide you with the most current beer, wine, and cocktail lists to make selections.

Open Bar
Guests may order any beverage from the cocktail list, wine, and beer. No restrictions.

Custom Bar
Guests may order cocktails, wine, and beer from pre-selected items the host has chosen.

Beer and Wine
Guests may order beer and wine from pre-selected options the host has chosen.

View our current wine, cocktail, and beer offerings >


ANNA IGNATOVICH, Event Coordinator

Anna has been a server at Verbena since the restaurant opened in 2020 and is now responsible for coordinating private events. 

“The thing I like most about my job is being around people. I’m a very social person, and I love how many different people I meet on a daily basis.” 

Anna grew up the Kansas City area and has been in the restaurant industry since she was 16, gaining extensive experience in serving, banquets, and catering. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two kids, hanging out with friends, vacationing, going to the gym, and journaling.

Interesting facts about Anna:

  • She can speak Russian, but not Spanish. (Her mom is Russian, her dad Mexican.)
  • She appeared in several Huggies commercials as a baby and wanted to become an actor when she was younger.
  • She has a “weird obsession” (her description, not ours) with hippos.    

MIKE DeSTEFANO, Executive Chef

Mike, a Kansas City native, graduated from Johnson and Wales University in 2008 with a culinary degree and the University of Missouri in 2010 with a Bachelors in Hospitality Management. Between schools, Mike worked in Washington, DC, for Chef Todd Gray at his restaurant Equinox. While attending MU, he worked for Chef Aaron at Le Bourgeois Winery. Upon graduating from Mizzou, he moved to Chicago and worked under Chef Andrew Brochu at Kith & Kin, Graham Elliot, and El Ideas.

In 2014, Mike joined The Alinea Group to build Roister with Chef Brochu and Chef Achatz. Mike worked at The Aviary until Roister opened in April 2016. He served as Roister’s Chef de Cuisine until 2019.

TARA CURTIS, Wine & Bar Director

Tara is the Wine and Bar Director at Verbena. In her role, she works with her bar team to create seasonal cocktail and mocktail offerings, curates the wine list, and works with private events on beverage options to enhance their experience. She is currently studying for her Sommelier certification with the Court of Master Sommeliers, receiving a full scholarship from the organization to do so.

Tara has been in the restaurant industry for nearly 20 years. Previously, she worked at Union Square Cafe, the flagship restaurant from Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group. While there, she was a captain for private events, received wine and beverage training from industry leading professionals, and worked closely with the chefs to expand her food knowledge as well. She also worked at Gram and Dun for a number of years, as well as multiple restaurants and bars during her college years at Mizzou.

Tara is also an opera singer and loves using the skills honed in that career in her hospitality world. She will happily chat with you about anything music related for as long as you like and tell you embarrassing stories about falling onstage.

REBECCA McCUNE, General Manager

Born and raised in Kansas City, Rebecca attended Bishop Miege High School and earned her degree in Food and Beverage Management from Johnson County Community College. She has worked in hospitality for 20 years, including extensive experience in restaurant management and catering. Leading teams for Kansas City Joe’s BBQ, and Salty Iguana, she has catered hundreds of weddings and public and private events in the region.

From 2008-2013, Rebecca also owned her own car service, driving the first pink taxi in the nation, which helped raise awareness for breast cancer and generated donations to Cabs for the Cure and Pink Ride.

Interesting Fact: Rebecca was actually Verbena’s first manager when the restaurant opened in April of 2020. Unfortunately, she was diagnosed with breast cancer shortly after and left to undergo treatment. Fortunately, she is now a breast cancer survivor, and we are thrilled to have her back at Verbena!

Rebecca is the proud parent of a daughter at DePaul University in Chicago, step-daughter at Shawnee Mission Northwest, and a step-son at St. Thomas Aquinas. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, meditation, gardening, cooking nutritious food, exercising, traveling, spending time outdoors, and caring for four cats, two dogs, a tank full of fish, and a 25-year-old Russian Desert Tortoise.

She is also a true music lover — appreciating everything from alternative to industrial to country to hip-hop — and has attended an impressive of array of concerts, including: Prince, Janet Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Beastie Boys, Eminem, Steve Miller Band, Nirvana, Joan Jett, The Foo Fighters, 50 Cent, Ice Cube, Peter Murphy, and (of course) Taylor Swift.


“I just wanted to say THANK YOU!!!

I was completely taken back at how beautiful everything was…I had been dealing with a lot of behind-the-scenes stress prior to coming in, and when I walked in, I was just overwhelmed with joy! Just perfect!

Everyone at Verbena went above and beyond! I’ve gotten tons of feedback about how beautiful it was! I absolutely will be recommending Verbena to all my clients for all events! I am just blown away! Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

— Mackenzi Maska

“When I reflect on 2020, and all the scary, crazy things that ensued — not to mention a year full of disappointments — I have one very treasured memory. My daughter was married on the green in front of Verbena, followed by dinner on the patio for 27 people.

And although it was a chilly evening, our hearts were warmed by the beautiful event. Your location created a gorgeous backdrop for the nuptials. And the dinner was fabulous!”

— Marybeth Mack