Just a couple more days to get your tickets for a night of friendly but fierce competition among Kansas City’s best chefs. As a judge for this event, I’m afraid some I’ll have to make some tough decisions considering the talent pool.
The Chef’s Classic Knock OUT ‘Bout on Saturday will showcase nine top-notch culinary artists and their delicious creations. In true boxing fashion, three rounds of competition will determine the champion. The first two rounds are judged by attendees and the crowd favorites will advance to the final round. That’s when I join with two other judges to determine the winner of a live cooking showdown!
Pink Champagne and Raspberry Lemonade babycakes with a Kahlua & Cream cupcake
Some days I worry that I’m food-obsessed. It often begins when I have to run an errand in a part of town that I don’t frequent. Other times, it’s before I’m attending a volunteer meeting or visiting friends. There’s this frantic thought-process in my brain mapping out my driving path and placing little push-pins on all the yummy bakeries, gourmet shops, and restaurants that I will pass. “Where can I stop to try something new!?”. “What kind of favorite goodies can I pick up to share with my friends!?”.
Earlier this week, my mind kicked into high gear when I was headed to a salon in South Overland Park. I reviewed the directions and that “internal foodie GPS” of mine started spouting off directions in my head! This place was gonna be close to one of the best bakeries in Kansas City, 3 Women and an Oven.
Yesterday I was shocked to return home from a trip and learn about the tragic gas explosion at JJ’s. I know I speak for foodies and Kansas Citians alike when I say our hearts go out to Jimmy Frantze, his team, and the family of Megan Cramer.
It’s a rare occasion that one gets to experience a party done perfectly. But the pleasure was all mine this month when I attended a friend’s birthday celebration on 12-12-12. No detail was overlooked, no comfort unimportant. But you might expect that from a lady whose business is planning corporate meetings and events. I knew it would be superb, but the experience was far more than I had imagined.
It seems like forever ago the announcement was made that a winery-slash-eatery would be moving into the old 810 Sports Zone space on the Country Club Plaza. So long, in fact, that when a wedding-like, formal invitation came by mail, I nearly tossed it in the trash not recognizing the name.
After a few days sitting on the kitchen counter (typical Missy style, by the way), I examined the address and realized this was the new restaurant that had been working to renovate the space for several months. The invite was for a pre-opening party, full of food and wine sampling. How could I miss it?! Read more
For those of you who love our KC gourmet burger joint Blanc Burgers + Bottles, you are in for a treat at Arrowhead Stadium.
I had heard there was a burger stand by Blanc last season, and one game I took a brisk stroll all the way around the concourse looking to find it. Not sure how I missed it really. It’s easily visible at near section 122 just behind the 50 yard line. But after talking with Blanc owner Ernesto Peralta this summer, I made sure to write down the location.
The choices are more limited than the restaurant, as you would expect for a sports venue food stand. But that doesn’t mean it’s basic. So many of the choices sounded amazing: Brat Burger, Lentil Burger, Turkey Dog. But the two I was torn between were the Classic Cheese Burger and the Corned Beef Burger. So of course, I did what I always do – ask the experts. The manager behind the counter said, “Corned Beef for sure!” and I was sold.
Well I must say, I’m a little sad not to be in my own warm kitchen this Thanksgiving morning to see the sun peek through the windows onto my overfilled holiday counters, and to smell the sweet potatoes and pumpkin bread baking in the oven. Instead I have a balmy Pacific breeze blowing across my face, warm sun on my feet and a view than can’t be described with words.
This year’s Thanksgiving morning view
I’m definitely not complaining about a relaxing trip to Mexico, but I have a little itch to get into the kitchen and make something deserving of this grand day. We will have a holiday dinner dropped off for the family later today. It was entitled “Thanksgiving with a Twist”. We’ll see what that means…..fingers are crossed for something tasty and fun.
The American Royal has named the winners of it’s first ever Steak Competition, and I’ve already got some ribeyes on the way to my kitchen!
The coveted title of Best Steak was handed out Thursday as part of the American Royal Wine Competition and Auction. It was a night of tempting and tasting with some of Kansas City’s best restaurants and wines from around the world.
There was more to taste than one mouth could handle. Reds and whites were flowing from numerous bottles entered into this year’s competition. And best of all, the winning wines were readily available for sampling. Eight local restaurants were serving up special creations in hopes of winning the Best Restaurant award.
On a recent Sunday night, I sat in the candle-lit elegance of a simple patio in Prairie Village. One of our last temperate evenings, the air had just a slight chill and but the wonderful food warmed our souls.
Fried Strawberry Pie
It was a fantastic outing with good friends. And as you do with good friends, we gave in and ordered dessert.
Last weekend, I was disappointed to find that I couldn’t provide a strong recommendation for a Kansas City steakhouse. A friend had his parents in town from California and they wanted a great Kansas City steak at a great traditional steakhouse.
As I went through my “go-to” list for steak, I found myself verbalizing what I have wrestled with for more than a year now – there’s no outstanding LOCAL restaurant that fits the bill.